The fact that it has karaoke and flat screens doesn’t diminish the authenticity of The Ould Sod, a Normal Heights Irish drinking institution carrying the name since 1989. Channeling the Emerald Isles, the neighborhood icon salutes towns from Dublin to Tipperary with flagship taps by Guinness, Harp, Smithwick’s and Magners. It also nods to its U.S.A. craft beer turf with Ballast Point, Green Flash and Dogfish Head, while Irish whiskey flows for those preferring stronger spirits. Proprietors Tommy Quinn, Ron Stout and Mick Ward make certain that this isn’t merely a place where people go to drink, however; the pub oozes friendly Irish hospitality that draws regulars and newcomers to belly up to the bar, grab a stool and order a libation. While there’s no kitchen, patrons can quaff a pint with edibles from adjacent Heights Tavern and Country Kabob.
At Chorus Karaoke San Diego, seven private karaoke rooms await to be overrun by groups of friends looking to showcase their singing chops. These rooms vary in size?the smallest holds up to six, while the largest up to thirty. Once the room is chosen, guests perch on cozy banquettes as they clutch microphones and try to keep up with the lyrics onscreen or the one's they make up on the spot. To sustain their performances, patrons can order potent soju cocktails and dishes from an extensive menu of Korean food.
Guests ride into Surf Bowl under a glowing pink and green sign, and once inside, cast their eyes down freshly polished lanes. As an homage to their name and the local culture, a mural running parallel to the lanes depicts bowling pins engaging in beach activities such as lounging in the sand and testing their own buoyancy in the ocean. Players can stop in for classic games throughout the day, or enjoy Xtreme Glow-in-the-Dark Bowling once night falls. Between games, bowlers can break for a pizza, sandwich, or freshly fried snacks at Blue Wave Café, a casual, diner-style eatery with chrome-accented bar stools. The alley also boasts an arcade, bar, and billiards table.