Sooner or later, your girlfriend is going to figure out that all those fancy restaurants are just your bedroom redecorated with a new elaborate disguise each week. Today's Groupon will help you postpone the inevitable by throwing a real fancy restaurant into the mix. For $20, you’ll get $45 worth of sophisticated American fare and drinks at Fifth Avenue’s Urban Bar and Grill. Your taste buds will leap for joy under the spell of live entertainment, an extended happy hour, and pleasing tableware.
Grill your own steaks at this classic restaurant and lounge in the heart of San Diego‰Ûªs historic Golden Hill neighborhood. Opened in 1950, Turf Supper Club is imbued with an old-school Vegas vibe with its vintage dÌ©cor, rich red carpet and lights, and wafts of smoke coming courtesy of steaks sizzling on the grill. The centerpiece of the dining room is a communal grill where guests cook their meat to their liking. Sides are sparse‰ÛÓthink garlic bread and baked potatoes‰ÛÓand vegetarians are even sparser; however, the real star here is the steak. A long bar with plenty of stools serves up classic cocktails like Manhattans, old-fashioneds and gin gimlets. Leave the kids at home, as Turf Supper Club is restricted to ages 21 and up.
Set in a low brick building on the western edge of San Diego’s East Village, Basic Urban Kitchen and Bar is a reconfigured work space that’s been laid out to take advantage of a relaxed, downtown vibe. The 1912 warehouse corner space is arranged with plentiful WiFi for afternoon meetings and casual dining, including thin-crust brick oven pizzas like their signature mashed potato pie. There’s a chain-curtained central VIP lounge for special group events, and the long bar is bordered by huge garage doors rolled up most days, with a pool table near the back wall. The seating invites conversations on low, upholstered platforms that can be wheeled into comfy configurations to fit the size of your party.
Community, a selectively simple menu, craft brews, fun wines and sake would be enough to make 98 Bottles a go-to hang-out, but the owners locked that distinction down by insuring that The Back Room performance space hosts live entertainment most nights as well. The slim loft and main floor are filled with dark, comforting woods and tones, textured chrome and splashed with color, fabric and art. A garage door rolls up to reveal a patio and the urban chic lay out expands effortlessly, allowing for multiple uses from private events, from weddings to bazaars. Nearby garage parking makes 98 Bottles a breeze to get into – so long as you’re over 21.