5 Party Fouls To Avoid On Your Next Social Cycle Tour

If there was a list of universal employee loved jobs, being a Captain for a party bike would be among the top. Seriously, you show up in summer swag, shades on, tunes bumpin’, to a group of strangers that are there for the sole purpose of a good time. Any introduction that begins with an ear-to-ear smile is generally considered a great start.

But oh how horrible things can go…

Just kidding.

In all seriousness, it is one knee slappin’ good time, but occasionally there are speed bumps.  We call these “party fouls” a.k.a. “what not to do (as a rider).”  Every party bike captain has dealt with ’em, so we wanted to share some of our favorites stories that everyone can learn from.

  1. Not Tipping The Bartenders

Think about it.  We roll up with energy levels full throttle.  The tour has just been singing, dancing, and pedaling their way over and then bop right into the joint with a crew of their closest 16 pals.  The bar is busy and that’s a win-win.  Service staff sees dollar signs, riders see stiff drinks, and I see a 30-minute break 😉

BUT this all comes crashing down when the bar patrons leave a next-to-nothing tip.  These poor bartenders may have just dealt with various individual drink orders, an equal amount of separate tabs, a brow full of sweat, and barely any coin to show for it.  The patrons then finish their one or two beverages before moving on to the next location while the bartenders look on, deflated.

Now I’m not saying that ya gotta leave your paycheck, but consider the effort to appease your squad of beautiful lunatics put in by the local watering hole staff. It will be appreciated and a round on-the-house might be in your future.

2. Wear Your Freaking Seatbelt (That Means Your Blowup Doll Too)

Our number two party foul/moral of the story comes with a funny little tale to go with it. Once upon a time, a group of party-ready pedalers brought a blow-up doll along for their tour. Now, we have no issue with this! We are always happy to accommodate our riders and their friends. But everyone should buckle up (dolls included), or you risk having a big gust of wind blow your blow-up doll into oncoming traffic and cause reduced visibility and car accidents. Yes, this actually happened, so we’ll just politely remind you to please wear your seat belt, for your safety and those around you.

3. Wear Shoes, Please.

Southern California is laid back, we definitely know that. If you’re lucky, you’re spending a good portion of your time on the beach, sand between your toes and no shoes to be found. However, since our party bike tours don’t take place on the beach, we’ve gotta request that you wear shoes on our tours. Not only is it safer for your feet (and way more sanitary), you won’t get to go inside any of our partner bars on the tour if you’re barefoot (it’s the whole “no shirt, no shoes, no service” rule).

4. Starting Your Tour Wasted

You paid to hop on a party bike – you know you’re gonna have to pedal! We know you’ll have some fun throughout the tour and that your pedaling performance might decrease along the way, but don’t ruin the fun by drinking too much before you even get here!

5. Bring Your Real ID – A Picture Doesn’t Count

It’s pretty common knowledge that most bars are going to ID (take it as a compliment, you’re looking young today). So please, pack your ID! Stick it in your friend’s purse, your boyfriend’s wallet, inside your shoe…just make sure it’s with you. Bartenders are busy people and they don’t have time to explain why a photo of your ID doesn’t pass for the real thing. Save yourself some time and headache and triple check that you have your ID before you hop on the bike!

Pacific Beach Bars | Your San Diego Nightlife Guide

Know for it’s laid-back, coastal vibes, San Diego’s Pacific Beach neighborhood is filled with rooftop bars and fruity cocktails. You’ll be able to admire the Pacific’s famous sunsets as you enjoy some of San Diego’s best food and drink.

Join us on a tour to visit all of the great bars below, and more!

Backyard Kitchen & Tap

Looking for the perfect location for families, groups, and even pets to enjoy some great food and drinks? Visit the Backyard Kitchen & Tap! We are just one block off of the beach but you will truly feel at home visiting the Backyard Kitchen & Tap.

So Fresh & So Green
So Fresh & So Green is a gin cocktail with Hendrick’s as it’s base liquor. To build this cocktail the bartender muddles together cucumber, granny smith apple slices, lime juice, and simple syrup. After muddling they add the gin, shake, and strain into a coupe glass garnishing with a slice of cucumber. It is a light, refreshing cocktail that goes perfectly with a hot summer day on our beautiful patio.
Backyard Kitchen & Tap | Pacific Beach Bars | San Diego Nightlife

Duck Dive

As the name suggests, Duck Dive and its ambiance is an ode to the rich surf and beach culture that resides just steps away in the Pacific Ocean and their surrounding neighborhoods and community. They pride themselves on selling quality food and beverages without pretense. Their menu is compiled of takes on classic American dishes as well as coastal favorites.

Take Me To Mexico
This is a great cocktail made with Altos tequila, fresh watermelon, basil, and jalapeño for a little kick at the end.  They’re just steps away from the Pacific so when you walk in you still feel like you’re on the beach (but even better because you’ll have a cocktail in hand).

The Best Pacific Beach Bars | Duck Dive

The Local

The Local’s menu blends some Local favorites, pub-style grub, and coastal inspirations resulting in a delicious variety of flavors. The cocktails utilize fresh, hand-pressed juices and the beer selection highlights our adoration for the craft beer movement greatly influenced by America’s Finest City.

Sand Pail Punch
We recommend the Sand Pail Punch for a tropical vacation in your mouth! Made with Bacardi Rum, Malibu, Amaretto, Fresh Squeezed OJ, Pineapple Juice, and Grenadine this one is a sure-fire recipe for a good time in PB.

Pro Tip: It’s only $6 for the 32oz. Keep-the-Bucket Margarita on Taco Tuesdays!
The Best Pacific Beach Bars | The Local at Pacific Beach

El Prez

Their rooftop overlooks Pacific Beach. Their gourmet tacos are made with fresh, local ingredients and served in house-made tortillas. Their bar features a large selection of tequilas, with 18 beers on tap. El Prez is where to drink, where to eat, and where to party in San Diego!

64oz Blueberry Mint-A-Rita
This giant cocktail is a large version of one of our best-selling specialty cocktails. We fill it with 5 full shots of Espolone Blanco Tequilla, our house-created Margarita mix, and fresh blueberry puree before adding fresh mint and limes to the 64oz mason jar and muddling and shaking everything together. To finish the cocktail, we garnish it with more fresh mint, blueberries, and an orange slice. It’s served with jumbo bendy straws so you and your friends can enjoy the giant cocktail together!
Pacific Beach Bars | San Diego Nightlife Guide | Social Cycle CA

Miss B’s

Miss B’s Coconut Club is a revival of Mission Beach’s colorful past. The pin-up girl’s Caribbean curves and demure smile have returned to welcome everyone who steps inside, whether you’re a first timer, a part-timer, or someone who settled in the area and never left. They proudly pour 20 local and microbrew tap handles, along with kombucha on tap and house-made cold brew on nitro.

Havana Good Time
A refreshing summer punch bowl designed to be shared by a small group, the Havana A Good Time is perfect for cyclers popping in after their ride. The drink consists of vodka, Pamplemousse, and house grapefruit and cucumber cordial topped with kombucha. Light and fruity with a hint of citrusy sweet, it’s a surefire crowd pleaser!
Pacific Beach Bars | San Diego Nightlife Guide | Social Cycle CA