North Park Bars | Your San Diego Nightlife Guide

Friends! We’re back with more. More of San Diego’s best bars and the second part of your San Diego nightlife guide. If you missed our guide to downtown, check it out here. If you’re ready for North Park’s best bars and breweries, keep reading.

Dunedin New Zealand Eats

New Zealand-inspired restaurant featuring organic grass-fed burgers. Take your time to enjoy their mainly outdoor seating and a casual family-friendly atmosphere. They’ve got local beers with 20 taps, a $5 happy hour menu from 3-6 every day, and $2 mimosas for brunch on the weekends.

Peach Basil Sangria 
Peach Basil Syrup, Champagne, Pinot Gris, Garnished with Peaches and Basil
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Cabernet, Cinnamon, Orange Juice, Cider, Garnished Cinnamon Sugar Rim and Oranges
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Mike Hess Brewing

Mike Hess Brewing was San Diego’s first nano-brewery when they opened way back in 2010, but has since grown to include three locations in town and is the region’s 11th largest brewery. Their world-class brewery and tasting room in hip North Park has produced two World Beer Cup gold award-winning beers and they have garnered some 25 other medals as well. Their reputation is one of making great beer across a broad spectrum of styles and flavors, fulfilling their mission of Bringing People Together Over Great Beer. If you cannot make it to North Park, be sure to visit their original location in Miramar or their coastal tasting room in beautiful Ocean Beach.
Grapefruit Solis IPA is one of MHB’s flagship brands, featuring a sublime balance of malt, hops and of course, real grapefruit. Available on draft and in cans throughout San Diego, this beer refreshes and nourishes at the same time!
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Eppig Brewing

Eppig Brewing has deep brewing roots dating back to 1866 in Brooklyn, NY. The brewery was reincarnated in North Park in 2016 by great-great-granddaughter Stephanie Eppig & her business partners and has already received multiple awards including best new brewery 2017 (by San Diego Magazine & West Coaster Magazine).
Eppig offers a diverse range of beer styles, including a dedicated lager program that pays tributes to the family’s brewing roots.
Featured Beer: Special Lager
This beer fills the void for the devout craft-beer lover who quietly shames themselves for occasionally wanting a cold, crisp (probably) macro lager on a hot day. Special Lager is a Japanese-style dry lager brewed with rice as a featured ingredient. The combination of pilsner malt and rice with a dose of citrusy, late-addition hops creates an aroma faintly reminiscent of sweet, starchy sushi rice and lemon blossoms. Special Lager finishes exceptional dry and clean.
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North Park Beer Co.

North Park Beer Co is a neighborhood brew-pub at the center of one of the fastest growing craft beer scenes in San Diego.  With Craftsman-inspired decor and a massive yet welcoming space, the taproom offers a wide selection of house brews as well as guest beers, wine and cider.  The tasty suds are perfectly paired with the food offerings from the on-site purveyors, Mastiff Kitchen, famous for their house-made sausages.
Hop-Fu! is NPBC’s award-winning, flagship IPA.  This perfect example of the West Coast style showcases a whopping 7 different hop varieties that create a bold yet balanced depth in flavor.  Dank, citrus, fruit, and spice notes are all expressed in harmony with a moderate, drying bitterness that leaves you ready for the second (and third) sip.  Not to be missed!
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Belching Beaver North Park Tasting Room

Located in the heart of North Park on 30th street this was Belching Beavers’s first satellite tasting room opened in 2013. With 24 taps pouring a variety of styles, this tasting room is eclectic and cozy. Sit at a table made out of  Torrey Pines, enjoy a flight or pint and enjoy food prepared by local food trucks that rotate serving at the tasting room. There is also a great mural from the “Greetings from San Diego” tour painted on the side of the building. It’s become a go-to photo op in San Diego. Make sure to snap a photo and tag us on social media!
Phantom Bride IPA 
Named after the ethereal song by the one and only Deftones, Phantom Bride IPA is a blend of Amarillo, Citra, Simcoe, and Mosaic hops delicately balanced for the perfectly drinkable mix of citrus and hoppy goodness. A truly original Deftones/ Belching Beaver collaboration envisioned by Chino Moreno and skillfully crafted by Thomas Peters.
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A Guide to America’s Best Party Bikes

There’s no better way to explore a new city than to hop on a party bike and pedal your way around the city. Whether you’re looking to try out handcrafted cocktails, explore breweries, or just find some of the hidden gems, check out our friends and their party bikes in these cities!

Nashville Pedal Tavern
Nashville’s Best Brewery Tour

Love beer? This is the perfect route for you! Visit the famous Yazoo, Jackalope, and Rock Bottom breweries to taste some great brews and inhale some hops.

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Pub Crawler of Austin
Barton Springs Tour

Pub Crawler of Austin’s Barton Springs Pub Crawl tour will show you the best of Austin. Explore the area riverside and see the scenic side of Austin while enjoying some drinks.

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Pedal Hopper Denver
LoDo Route

Not only is the LoDo route the flattest route in the Mile High City, it boasts some of Denver’s best drinks. You’ll have your choice of over 20 bars to visit, depending on what you’re looking for that day!

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Pedal Wagon
Tavern Cruise

Ready to pedal and party? Pedal Wagon will get you ready to go! Whether you’re in Cincinnati, Columbus, or Dayton, they have options. But we always recommend the Tavern Cruise when you’re in Cinci – it combines two of their best routes (Downtown and OTR) so you’ll get to explore hidden gems and eclectic spots.

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Social Cycle
Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone

Ok, ok, we had to add ourselves to this list. But only because we want to have you ride with us in all three of our locations! San Diego was our OG location, but we’ve also got Palm Springs and most recently, Santa Barbara. We love SoCal, so join us and we’ll show you around!

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Creative Dates in San Diego

San Diego is known for its great weather and laidback atmosphere, both of which are great for meeting people and exploring the city! We’ve rounded up a great list of date ideas in San Diego for you to enjoy with that special someone, or just friends and family.

The Pearl Hotel
Dive-In Movies

Nope, that’s not a typo. Instead of drive-in movies, get ready to experience dive-in movies! The Pearl Hotel offers weekly shows for free, featuring eclectic films in their poolside lounge. Dine with your date at the hotel’s fabulous restaurant and then cozy up poolside to enjoy the show. This is a popular outing though, so make sure you make a reservation!

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San Diego Sky Tours
Biplane Aerial Tours

Dodge the tourists and explore the city from the sky! San Diego Sky Tours offer biplane aerial tours along the coastline, over downtown, and around the beautiful bay. For couples, check out their Couples Biplane Formation Flight tour.

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Grotto Climbing and Yoga
Indoor Bouldering and Rock Climbing

If you’re looking to challenge yourselves, spend an afternoon at Grotto’s indoor climbing gym. With 7,000 square feet of climbing space, they’ve got routes for newbies to experienced climbers. If you’re both new to the sport, Grotto offers quick intro sessions to help you learn the basics of bouldering. Expect to have sore hands and happy smiles at the end of this date!

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Dallmann Fine Chocolates
Chocolate Making Classes

This is the perfect date for foodie enthusiasts or people with a massive sweet tooth. Discover your inner chocolatier as you learn the proper techniques to temper chocolate, prepare and pipe fillings, and infuse flavors into rich ganache. You’ll get to take home your creations at the end of the day to enjoy later, or devour in the car on the way home if you’re like us. 

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Social Cycle
Party Bike Tours

With routes in five of San Diego’s best neighborhoods, you and your date will have your choice of exploring your favorite area of the city! Enjoy San Diego’s great weather while pedaling from bars to breweries and enjoying some of the city’s best cocktails. 

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Bivouac Ciderworks and Coin Op
Great Cider and Games

Hanging out in North Park? Bivouac Cider (also one of our partner bars!) is creating some of the best craft cider in the region. Try their original or savor the English style. After enjoying a couple drinks, head on over to the Coin Op. The first arcade bar in San Diego, you’ll get to test out your gaming skills on everything from Ms. Pacman to Golden Tee. 

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Cloud 9 Living
La Jolla Sea Caves Kayak Adventure

Choose a single or tandem kayak and get ready to explore the wonders of San Diego’s hidden sea caves! Your guides will offer up interesting facts about the history and geology of these formations as you take in the views with awe. Keep an eye out for sea life while you’re there, as many paddlers see sea lions, dolphins, cormorants, harbor seals, leopard sharks, and more! Grab a bite to eat at the Cliff Hanger Cafe when you’re done, as you will have definitely worked up an appetite!

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Cow By Bear
Exclusive Secret Dinner Parties

Cow by Bear is a dinner party experience that takes place at secret San Diego locations every Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM. With a limit of 14 guests, you’ll be part of an intimate setting where you’ll enjoy incredible food and make new connections. If dinner’s not your jam, they also have brunch and wine tasting options.

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Craft and Commerce + Music Box
Classic Dinner and a Show in Little Italy

Craft and Commerce is known as a hipster gastropub – but all you need to know about that definition is that they serve up fresh, tasty food and some super creative cocktails. After enjoying everything on their menu, head over to the Music Box for your choice of an array of entertainers. They bring in some of the best performers and up-and-coming acts.

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Morley Field
Disc Golf Course

Morley Field is one of the original frisbee golf courses in the world. Open 7 days a week, grab your date and go enjoy the sunny San Diego weather! One of the busier courses in the area, you’ll never be at a loss if you’re in need of some friendly advice or insider info.

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Your Palm Springs Nightlife Guide

Palm Springs is a desert oasis full of pool parties and warm weather. Keep reading for our suggestions on where to grab a drink and cool off in Palm Springs! We visit all of these bars on our Palm Springs party bikes tours too, so ride with us to check them all out!

Tonga Hut | Tonga Hut’s Mai Tai

Tonga Hut Palm Springs houses a neo-retro Tiki bar (pouring classic “island drinks” like Old Skool Zombie and Voodoo Juice) as well as an adjoining Polynesian/Cantonese restaurant called The Hideaway. Items like meat-skewer pupu platters are served on carved wood dishes, and unlike L.A.’s Tonga Hut, this menu even features authentic Pacific cuisine like purple yam mash.

Tonga Hut’s Mai Tai | A classic cocktail based on the original 1944 Trader Vic’s recipe, where Jamaican and Puerto Rican rums blend harmoniously with orgeat & orange curaçao and finishes with citrus notes. It’s a perfectly refreshing cocktail to set you off on a tropical escape at the Tonga Hut!

Wang’s In The Desert | Smoking Dragon Martini

Wang’s In The Desert is an award-winning Palm Springs Pan Asian Cuisine restaurant and bar. With a top-shelf happy hour and some of the best food in the city, you won’t be disappointed!

Wang’s Signature Smoking Dragon Martini | Nothing says fun more than a little smoke and confidence. Release your inner dragon.

Moxie Palm Springs | Moxie Pop-Tails

Moxie Palm Springs is a rooftop bar, lounge, and eatery with plenty of space for guests to relax outside of the traditional bar setting. Founded on the basic principle that all are welcome to relax and unwind while enjoying great food, great music, great views, and of course great cocktails, Moxie has something for everyone.  The garden is equipped with games and seating that overlooks Palm Canyon Drive, while inside you will find TV’s showing your favorite sports games and a stage where the bar hosts local DJs.  

Pop-tails | With an extensive and cocktail-forward menu, mixing unique flavors and pushing creative boundaries, our “Pop-Tails” have become a viral hit.  Combining custom crafted cocktails with house-made popsicles of complimenting flavors, one of our “Pop-tails” is a perfect and refreshing libation for any Social Cycle-er on their brief escape from the desert heat!

Alibi Azul | ALWAYS a Social Cycle Happy Hour

Azul Palm Springs Day Bar is the only outdoor bar in all of downtown, centrally located in the heart of Palm Springs. Featuring our signature glider booths and climate control elements, it’s the perfect place to celebrate your next party!

When visiting with Social Cycle, you’ll get Happy Hour specials all day long! We’re talking $3.50 well cocktails, house wine, and domestic draft or bottled beer.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our roundup of Palm Springs’ best nightlife!

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Palm Springs Bachelorette Parties

It comes as no surprise that Palm Springs is an amazing destination for your bachelorette party. Whether you’re a local looking to get out and celebrate or you’re coming in to visit our beautiful region, we can promise that a bachelorette party in Palm Springs will be a great decision.

We’re excited to be featured in Greater Palm Spring’s “Ultimate Bachelorette Party” blog as one of the best things to do during your time here. Check out the feature here and we hope you’ll join us for your next Palm Springs bachelorette party!

Creative Date Ideas in Santa Barbara

Whether you’re on one of those *awkward* first dates or you’re just finally getting to spend some quality time with your long-term partner, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to round up some of Santa Barbara’s most unique date ideas.

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Drive-In Movies in Santa Barbara

Is there anything more classic and romantic than cuddling up next to your date while watching a movie on the big screen? Other than the fact that the gear-shifter is probably in your way, no, there really isn’t. Visit West Wind, Santa Barbara’s drive-in movie theatre, for a date that will take you back to when life was simpler and people met for milkshakes.

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Santa Barbara Art Glass 
Glass Blowing Classes

For something unique and memorable, take your date to Santa Barbara Art Glass for an inside look at the delicate and intricate process of glassblowing. Whether you’d prefer to observe as master glassblower and owner, Saul Alcaraz, creates one-of-a-kind pieces, or jump in on the action during his private classes, you will leave in awe of the creativity it takes!

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Paddle Sports Center
SUP + Kayak Rentals

If your date is slightly more adventurous, take them paddle boarding or kayaking along the Santa Barbara coastline. Enjoy your bonding time on the water while you watch seabirds, sea lions, dolphins, and whales! You’ll have worked up an appetite so grab a bite to eat at the Shoreline Beach Cafe after your adventure.

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Party Bike Tours

We may be new to Santa Barbara, but we’re long-time lovers of Southern California. For an out-of-the-box date idea, join us for a Santa Barbara party bike tour through the Funk Zone and we’ll show you the best bars and restaurants the city has to offer. We’ll pedal along the waterfront and Cabrillo Boulevard while visiting distilleries, cocktail bars, and breweries.

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Lobero Theatre
Live Music and Shows

With both community and professional performance, the Lobero Theatre has been entertaining Santa Barbara residents since 1873 when it opened as an opera house. Today, the Lobero features top-notch performances from ballet companies, orchestras, film festivals, symphonies, jazz ensembles, and much more. Check out their events calendar here and take your date out for a classy evening.

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Downtown Bars | Your San Diego Nightlife Guide

San Diego is a city known for its vibrant social scene and exotic nightlife. As San Diego’s first party bike, we’ve had the chance to get to know all of San Diego’s best bars and happy hours. Check out our curated list of Downtown San Diego bars below, and know that we’re only bragging about the best of the best. We’ve already done the research.

We visit these bars on all of our public and private party bike tours in Downtown San Diego. So, book now if you’d rather go with the pros.

Tin Roof | Basil Berry Moonbounce and Nashville Star

The Tin Roof features live music seven nights a week. With awesome food, bar games, and 24 beers on draft (some from great local craft breweries), it’s a no-brainer option for your Thursday night out with friends.

Basil Berry Moonbounce | Moonshine, muddled seasonal berries, fresh lime, and Red Bull. Refreshing and easy to drink.

Nashville Star | Jack Daniels, peach puree, and Sprite. A tribute to our southern roots.

 

La Puerta | The Angel of Harlem

At La Puerta, they focus on authentic flavors being the forefront of their food and drink to ensure their guests have the best experience and come see them again!

The Angel of Harlem is one of their specialty cocktails comprised of house-infused Serrano agave syrup, fresh lime juice, fresh strawberry puree, reposado tequila, and Aperol aperitivo. The blend of flavors is sure to please guests looking for something a little different, but a little familiar as well.

 

Knotty Barrel | Blind Date

Knotty Barrel likes to put their own unique spin on everything they do. They carry the best craft beer (including their very own from Knotty Brewing), amazing spirits, and wine. Their food always stands out, whether you’re looking for comfort food, light bites, or just a great variety. Check out their front bar and game room, play some shuffleboard or darts, or enjoy the outdoor seating area. We’re sure you’ll become a regular once you experience their unforgettable setting and wonderful staff.

 

Social Tap | Social Tap Margaritas and Mimosas

Social Tap is focused on high-quality customer service and an incredible menu made entirely from scratch. Go check out their signature sandwiches, braised tacos, and signatures hot wings. And make sure you check out their signature cocktails below!

Social Tap Mimosa: Champagne with peach Bellini, muddled blueberries, and orange.

Social Tap Margaritas: Blackberry and jalapeno, or strawberry and mint

 

Garage Kitchen and Bar | Lavender Sparkling Cocktail

Garage Kitchen + Bar is a local favorite in the Gaslamp for friendly service, excellent food, and a rustic atmosphere. Your mom would go here.

Their Lavender Sparkling Cocktail is the perfect drink for any occasion. A mix of Tito’s Vodka, Lavender Syrup, Lemon juice and champagne, this libation will bring a sparkle to your night.

 

Fairweather | Oaxacan Dead

Fairweather is billed as one of the best rooftop bars in San Diego that specialized in handcrafted signature cocktails. The rooftop bar has a relaxed vibe and overlooks iconic Petco Park.

The cocktail is the Oaxacan Dead. It is a spin of the Zombie drink and an ode to the Walking Dead. It features the signature spirit from the Mexican town of Oaxaca, which is also renown for Dia de Muertos. Ingredients include mescal, aged rum, Cuban style 151 rum, absinthe, lime juice, pineapple, and secret spices.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our roundup of Downtown San Diego’s best nightlife!