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San Diego has a great saved from destruction rollercoaster called the Giant Dipper located in Belmont Park by the beach. There is also a rollercoaster themed dive bar nearby.
San Diego Punk Find some old, one of a kind venues at LA Time Machines.
Tiki Oasis– Annual Tiki event held in August. At the Crown Plaza, Formerly the Hanalai. Heres an old photo I took in the 90s of the old sign.
Insite-various art and performance pieces in the San Diego/Tiquana area-619-544-1482.
The local alt paper is the Reader. Check the site for bar coupons. Also check out Casenet for concert listings. Hillcrest is the bohemian area of town. You are also very close to Tijuana, Mexico and can take a streetcar there. A hipster tipster recommends the Gaslamp Quarter. For food they also recommend Ole Madrid at 751 5th Avenue.
Live Music-The Tower Bar-4757 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92105. (619) 284-0158-roadside architecture, cool music, rock, garage and rockabilly. Since 1932
Casbah-2501 Kettner Boulevard-San Diego, 619-232-4355-The best live music venue in SD.
Brick by Brick-1130 Buenos Avenue-San Diego,619-275-5483-bad location-okay booking.
Belly Up, 143 S. Cedros Ave, Solana Beach, CA 92075 http://www.bellyup.com/
Soda Bar -3615 El Cajon Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92104 619-255-7224
The Merrow-1271 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103 (619) 299-7372
Whistle Stop Bar– 2236 Fern St, San Diego, CA 92104-Occasional live music
Aero Club Bar-3365 India St, San Diego, CA 92103 daily til 2AM (619) 297-7211-cool sign, 400 whiskies.
Star Bar-432 E Street parking,619-234-5575-said to be the best bar in SD.
Live Wire-2103 El Cajon Boulevard-San Diego-619-291-7450-Punk rock country hip hop bar.
Bar Pink-Home of Tiki Tuesdays-3829 30TH STREET, SAN DIEGO, 619.564.7194
Coaster Saloon-744 Ventura Place,San Diego, CA 92109 (858) 488-4438-Food, near the beach, and a rollercoaster right next door. Perfect.
Waterfront Bar & Grill-2044 Kettner Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101 (619) 232-9656 San Diegos Oldest tavern
The Hideout-3519 El Cajon Blvd San Diego, CA 92104 Normal Heights-Occasional bands, and occasional Smiths vs Depeche Mode nights.
Pacific Shores Cafe-old-style, underwater-themed bar: 4927 Newport Ave, San Diego, CA 92107 (619) 223-7549 Daily til 2 am.
Tivoli Bar-505 6th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101 (619) 232-6754 “the gaslamps oldest bar” dive bar which has a restaurant inside called Montreals serving crazy concoctions like hot dogs with cheese curds, deep fried pickles and stuff.
Bali Hai Restaurant-2230 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92106 (619) 222-1181, a tiki restaurant that had been slowly detiki’d over the years, but is now retiki’ed
The Kensington Club Bar, 4079 Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116-2505 619-284-2848 Open since 1935, unremodeled. They have live music.
Crowne Plaza Hanalei-2270 Hotel Circle North San Diego , California 92108 (888) 444-0401-The annual home of the Tiki Oasis convention. Islands restaurant, lobby waterfall and more. Not Cheap
Humphreys Half Moon Inn & Suites– 2303 Shelter Island Dr. San Diego, CA 92106 619-224-3411 Toll Free: 800-542-7400-On Shelter Island in San Diego next to the Bali Hai. Tiki Themed resort. They have concerts next door and have concert/hotel packages. Unaffordable for most.
The Pearl Hotel -1410 Rosecrans Street (at Fenelon in Point Loma) San Diego, CA 92106-old mid century motel done up as a boutique hotel. Nightlife stuff like a weekly
Dive in theater poolside movie 1-877-PEARL-SD
Catamaran Hotel-3999 Mission Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92109 (858) 488-1081-not quite so tiki hotel, but they still have a lot of tiki and they do Luaus during the summer.
Hob Nob Hill-2271 1st Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101 (619) 239-8176-Decades old awesomeness. Incredible diner fare.
Taste of Thai-527 University Ave.-SD-Hillcrest, CA (619) 291-7525
Crest Cafe-425 Robinson Avenue-SD-Hillcrest, CA (619) 295-2510-best burger in town.
Red Fox Steakhouse-2223 El Cajon Boulevard-619-297-1313-steak in a piano bar
Turf Supper Club-1116 25th St-(between C St & B St) -San Diego, CA (619) 234-6363-cool looking olde supper club now a little divey with some crazy cheap steaks-619-234-6363 and grill your own steak!
El Indio-3695 India St. tel: (619) 299-0333 -Mexican food worthy of Eat your way across the USA.
Lucky’s Breakfast-3804 Grim Ave between North Park Way & University Ave,San Diego, CA 92104-breakfast all day. Cool old midcentury sign. It used to be a chinese restaurant and they didn’t change the interior
Imperial House restaurant and cocktail lounge. 505 Kalmia St San Diego, CA 92101 (619) 234-3525-Old timey “continetal” restaurant where they serve the mashed potatoes by using piping bags and serve mock turtle soup Closed Sunday and Monday
Phils BBQ Restaurant-3750 Sports Arena Boulevard San Diego, CA 92110 (619) 226-6333-beef ribs, tri tip, pork, el toro sammy with tri tip and sauce
Albie’s Beef Inn-Near King’s Inn Hotel, classic steak house and lounge with live musical entertainment and velvet paintings of nude ladies. RIP! ALBIES CLOSED!
Kings Inn Waffle Stop-Across the highway from The former Hanelei/Crown Plaza…classic Diner ambiance with great breakfasts-unusual as they have savory waffles with chilies as well as things like Chorizo and eggs -1333 Hotel Circle South San Diego, CA 92108 (619) 297-2231
Rickys Family Restaurant-Gigantic apple pancake, french toast, chicken fried steak and the burger which is huge and on toast instead of bun-2181 Hotel Cir S, San Diego, CA 92108 (619) 291-4498
D.Z. Akin’s -6930 Alvarado Road San Diego, CA 92120 (619) 265-0218 Old School Jewish Deli
Canada Burger-3604 University Ave (between 36th St & Cherokee Ave)
San Diego, CA 92104 619.283.4345-Char broiled burgers and lots of greek influence. Nothing Canadian about it but a good old timey hand painted sign
Donovan’s Gaslamp Steakhouse-570 K St, San Diego, CA 92101 (619) 237-9700 Classic steakhouse with a happy hour that features free cheese steaks and burritos. Call to check first.
Check the visitors bureau site for San Diego discount hotels.
Coronado History Museum website.
Bar–Molly Malones-Bands weekly-1270 Main Street Ramona, CA 92065
(760) 789-9050 http://mollymalones.org/bands.php