From any seat in the house, it's impossible to miss the game at Randy Jones All American Sports Grill. Throughout the brightly-colored interior, 30 flatscreen TV's and two high-def projectors broadcast games from NFL, NHL, MLB, NCAA, and more. From the bar, two dozen American beers flow through the taps, and a full wine and liquor list is also available. Paired with bar-friendly grub, the food menu is home to sports-themed American classics, such as Randy's Sinkers (a trio of pulled pork sliders), a Padre burger, and the 35's chili dog.
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.
Burgers and beer-pong, karaoke and carne asada, breakfast sandwiches and pool. These are all combinations guests can create at the Skybox San Diego: a sports bar that doesn't skimp on the extracurriculars. Thrice-weekly karaoke (every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday) encourages belting power ballads in praise of the half-pound Angus beef burgers and, on Wednesdays, diners can feast on quesadillas and tacos while engaging in competitive bouts of beer-pong, finally using beer for its true purpose.
Thousands of miles from the Land of Erin, this lively Irish pub brings a hearty slice of Dublin-style hospitality to San Diego‰Ûªs bustling Gaslamp Quarter. Sports memorabilia and photos share wall space with Irish maps and flags, giving a lived-in feel to this relatively new establishment. Traditional Irish fare like bangers and mash and Guinness stew is served alongside American favorites like Angus beef burgers and seafood linguine. A good selection of Irish ales, whiskies and, of course, stouts, keeps the crowd going nightly until 2 a.m. A special excitement buzzes across the barstools at Stout Public House during hockey season, when NHL fans convene to watch their favorite teams go to battle on the bar‰Ûªs big-screen TVs.
“When [you] walk through the door, the first thing you’re gonna smell is bacon.” That’s a promise from Slater’s 50/50 founder Scott Slater, whose restaurant serves an infamous burger patty built from half ground beef and half ground bacon. Executive Chef Brad Lyons helped with the recipe, though the original inspiration came from the all-bacon patties Scott and his friends used to grill up during Chargers tailgate parties. For the restaurant, he decided to cut the bacon with high-quality beef that, like a baby's fake ID, is aged 21 days. As if the bacon-infused patties weren’t distinctive enough (as far as they know, Slater’s 50/50 the only restaurant in the world that serves them), Scott and Brad designed a DIY menu that lets patrons customize their burgers by size and with 11 cheeses, 40 toppings, 19 sauces, and four kinds of bread. Patrons overwhelmed by these options can instead order one of the specialty burgers, such as a Peanut Butter and Jellousy with creamy peanut butter, strawberry jam, and of course, thick-cut bacon. Bacon reappears throughout the menu, including as candied crumbles on brownies and in the syrup used in bacon milkshakes.
When live music is the antidote for a dull evening, head over to Patrick’s in the Gaslamp. No matter what night of the week you visit, there’s sure to be live blues, soul or rock n’roll blasting from the little stage in the back. Should the evening stay fair, leave your coat at home and grab one of the bar stools on the sidewalk patio for a nice mix of music and people-watching. Inside, the pub shows its Prohibition roots with a full tin ceiling, long bar and ring of seats, if you can get one. Most evenings there’s a standing room only crowd but if you’re looking to rub elbows with the natives, stop by early for happy hour and catch up on the local gossip.