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.
The chefs at Bay Hill Tavern hand-press burger patties, slice fries, and cleverly group ingredients into scrumptious sandwiches, salads, and more. Ignite your appetites with a starter from the menu, such as chicken wings ($8.95), slathered in a choice of buffalo, barbecue, or teriyaki sauce, or combine all three for a trifecta more flavorful than the Beastie Boys. The hill-top dip sandwich ($10.95) lays a french-roll foundation and piles on stories of thick with fresh roast beef, sautéed mushrooms, and melted swiss cheese before celebrating construction with a dip in a jus jacuzzi. The little tavern burgers, a quartet of 2-ounce hand-patted patties, come dressed with flavorful frills such as cheese, guacamole, and barbecue sauce ($8.95) and can be buoyed by the currents of a root-beer float ($5.75).
Society Billiard Café combines the pool hall's social atmosphere with a full bar and eatery's complement of entrees and drinks. Pool sharks pay by the hour, sinking stripes and solids on green felt-topped tables lining the pool hall. Black chairs and marble-top tables encourage chatting over drinks and pizza slices from a full bar and food service, and die-hard pool pros can spend all three hours perfecting their trick shots off through the 8th dimension.
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.
Offshore Tavern's recently updated menu presents juicy burgers and upscale pub fare made with ingredients culled from sustainable and local sources. Hand-dipped, beer-battered onion rings with chipotle ketchup ($7) and an order of tots or fries tossed with herbs, spices, and cotija cheese ($5) stretch stomachs until they are ready to accommodate larger meal deposits. The fuego burger wraps pepper jack, bacon, jalapeños, and habanero jelly in a spicy barbeque-sauce blanket ($9), an eight-ounce grilled ribeye ($15) demonstrates what a half-pound bag of flour feels like in terms of weight, and the B.L. fried green T. orchestrates a fried green tomato, sun-dried ancho aioli, and bacon symphony ($8). Glowing tongue embers can be put out with a jalapeños margarita or sudsy glass of brew.
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.