At Kearny Mesa Bowl, groups of players demonstrate their underhand accuracy before crooning hits at the onsite karaoke bar. The alley hosts open hours throughout the week, along with league opportunities for men, women, and children. Lightweight bowling balls are available for kiddies or adults whose arms are tired from bouts of underground gorilla arm wrestling. After open sessions on Friday and Saturday evenings, Kearny Mesa Bowl enlivens its space with the music and flashing lights of Rock 'n' Bowl. The alley also boasts an arcade, café, and full-service bar, where guests can exercise their vocal cords during weekend karaoke sessions.
Tucked away on Cabot Drive off Miramar Road, this regional craft beer brewery has produced unique bottles of popular brew for almost two decades. Visitors make use of AleSmith Brewing Co.’s tasting room, which is standing room only with a few tables to gather around and compare the variety of beers. They specialize in American-style IPAs, having received national attention for these carefully crafted beers, while one of their most popular options is the award-winning Horny Devil, a citrus Belgian pale ale that combines fruity and spicy flavors, with a dry finish that goes down smoothly. Perhaps their best known is the Speedway Stout, a surprisingly drinkable stout that comes with a 12% ABV. Weekly tours of the working brew facility are also offered, allowing guests to peer behind the scenes of the brewing process, from barley and hops to beer in a glass.
On Miramar Road near Mira Mesa, Brewski’s Bar & Arcade is part arcade, part bar and overall a great place for an informal hang with a group of friends. As a low key space with beer, pool and arcade games, Brewski’s plays to the twentysomething crowd, offering a no-fuss feel and great value. Best of all: the games are completely free. With over 20 options to choose from, plus a handful of pool tables, there’s never a shortage of ways to spend the night. A well-received selection of beers on tap, as well as a generous menu that lets patrons spend the night snacking, keeps Brewski’s popular on weekends.
Lions Wines began as an importer and wholesaler. As the sole importer and distributor of its products, Lions Wines Cellars provides values well above what other wine sellers can possibly offer. They also focus on small wineries, which further allows them to offer high-quality wines at competitive prices.
Mike Hess Brewing’s original location is on Silverton Avenue in an industrial quarter of Miramar. The no-frills interior has an industrial attitude with large stainless steel tanks scattered throughout. The layout offers a unique vantage point, allowing guests to walk comfortably within the brewhouse and fermentation tanks. The craft brewery is recognized as one of the best in the city, and Mike Hess’s brewmasters are always passionate about their latest batch. Guests delight in trying standouts, such as the Grazias Vienna Cream Ale, a smooth beer featuring vanilla-like malts and slightly toasted flavors with a surprisingly dark finish. The space here is standing room only, and primarily offers tastings.
In many cultures, performers begin training at a young age to ensure they become proficient as well as confident in their art. While the instructors at Scripps Performing Arts Academy believe in that approach, they put just as much focus on stoking the fires of creativity and ensuring that every student has some fun at the same time. Expert faculty members train students as young as three in myriad performance classes, which are held in professional-grade studios outfitted with floating hardwood floors for safe frolicking. Though the studio specializes in the classical discipline of ballet, it also offers programs in tap, jazz, modern, and musical theatre dance. Private lessons, meanwhile, incorporate instruments such as piano.
A calendar of productions allows students ways to showcase what they've learned, and include musicals and three major ballet shows each year. Performances take place in the studios as well as a dedicated black box theatre outfitted with professional stage lights and sound equipment.