Who’s Got Game?

At a bar with no foosball, pool table, Jenga or beer pong? Forgot your portable dice or deck of cards at home? Tired of staring at the TV? Not a good conversationalist? Well Social Cycle has you covered with some game ideas during your tour. 

Shot Roulette

First, each participant needs a shot glass. Second, fill all glasses with water except one with vodka. Third, shuffle the shot glasses around. Fourth, everyone pinches their noses and takes their shot one at a time until the inevitable happens; someone gets the vodka. Finally, if the person who gets the vodka shot manages to conceal the fact that they drank the vodka, that participant gets to choose someone to take a vodka shot. If not, fill ‘em up and keep the rounds comin’!

 

The Name Game
This game only requires one to know famous people – easy, right? First, the game begins with the first player saying the name of a famous person. For example, they start by saying Winston Churchill. Secondly, it’s up to the following player to say a famous person’s name that begins with the first letter of the last name just mentioned. A possibility in this situation could be Christina Aguilera followed by the next player saying a name and so on.  Now if a player says a name where the first and last name starts with the same letter, the game changes direction. Finally, if a player cannot immediately name someone they must take a drink and the game restarts. So, turn off those phones and turn up the brain power! 

 

Text or Shot

First, everyone must have a cell phone. Second, place all the phones in the middle of the table and shuffle them up. Third, everyone grabs a random phone. Fourth, without sending it, everyone composes a text message to someone on that phone. Next, the group goes around in a circle and, without seeing the message the phone’s owner can choose to take a shot or let their phone’s captor send the message. The game then continues until everyone has zero friends left on their phone (joking!) – but, there might be some explaining to do in the morning!  

 

Bar Golf

This game is short and simple. It consists of playing at each bar on your stop and assigning different drinks par values (points).  For example, a shot is par 1, a mixed drink is par 2, an IPA beer is par 3 and a pilsner beer is par 4. After your tour ends add up your scores and reward the winner with… a golf clap? We dunno, but we’re sure you’ll think of something.  Oh, and don’t forget to wear your golf attire!

 

Thumper 

Do you like animals? Can you make animal noises? If so, this game is for you. First, every player chooses an animal. Second, the first player acts out his/her animal by its noise, motion or both. Third, when that player is finished acting out their animal they point to the next player who then follows by replicating the noise/motion of their animal. Play should move quickly, and anyone who pauses too long has to drink. The game requires a voice, some flailing arms and a high tolerance when getting heckled from your fellow patrons. Hee-Haw!! 

Editor’s Note: Please drink responsibly and be respectful of the bars you attend. Oh, and remember you still need to pedal! Happy Gaming!! 

Little Italy | Your San Diego Nightlife Guide 

In our fifth edition of San Diego’s Nightlife Guide we take a look at Little Italy.
If a thriving restaurant scene, craft breweries, pubs, wineries, patio cafés and a pedestrian friendly area is what you are looking for then Little Italy has it all. Check out our favorite places below:

Queenstown Public House:
Queenstown is a New Zealand-inspired restaurant in a 1905 craftsman style home.
With indoor and outdoor seating at this dog friendly joint, Queenstown serves amazing upscale pub food paired with local beers, wines and craft cocktails.

Our Favorite Drink: The blood orange organic juice mimosa
Our Favorite Foods: The patty melt, quiche, grilled cheese, kiwilango burger, mac & cheese and anything with lamb (we could go on)

 

Ballast Point:
Ballast Point was founded in 1996 in San Diego in the back of a home brew mart. Now a residence in Little Italy, Ballast Point offers award winning beers, casual dining, an outdoor patio and private cabanas. If you’re looking for a laid back atmosphere cruise in for a beer, flight, growler, keg or even a tour.

Our Favorite Drinks: Their flagship beers such as Sculpin, Manta Ray or Victory at Sea

 

Nolita Hall:
Inspired by Europe’s legendary beer cities, Nolita Hall is a stylish contemporary joint that is a hot spot with the locals. Known for it’s specialty food, beer taps and extensive cocktail menu Nolita also has two indoor shuffleboards and large TVs to view sporting events.

Our Favorite Drink: Lara’s Jam
Our Favorite Food: The pizzas

 

 

Waterfront Bar and Grill:
Are you looking for cold beers, shots, good food, old friends, new friends, an amazing staff, a swordfish, a jukebox and free popcorn? Did you say “heck yeah”? If so, then cruise into San Diego’s oldest tavern. The Waterfront for lack of a better word is rad. This is a must stop on anyone’s list of San Diego hot spots. Fun Fact: Usually the last place to close in Little Italy for one, two or three last call beverages.

Our Favorite Drink: The Bloody Mary
Our Favorite Foods: The machaca burrito and huevos rancheros

 

The Food Hall:
Voted best “New Food Halls” in the nation by USA Today.  Little Italy’s Food Hall also boasts a 10,000 square foot piazza. Belly up to the bar for some craft beers, Italian ales, wines and Italian-inspired craft cocktails that compliment their six local food stations. The piazza is also home to Little Italy’s Farmers Market on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Our Favorite Drink: Wine Wednesdays with ½ off all bottles of wine
Our Favorite Food: Bobboi’s natural gelatos

We hope you’ve enjoyed our roundup of Little Italy’s best nightlife!

Social Cycle’s Survival Guide To Winters In Southern California

Did you know that temperatures in Southern California can dip down to 40 degrees? We know it’s unbearable and scary to think about, but here at Social Cycle we have you covered. We have put together a survival guide for you.

Dress Appropriately: Mom always said to wear a hat in the cold because we lose 80% of our body heat through our head. So, bundle up with a jacket, hoodie, hat, beanie, earmuffs, scarf and gloves. Want to add some extra flair to your tour? Make it a themed tour and wear a warm costume or onesie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daytime Tours: Book a daytime tour and avoid our frigid arctic Southern California nighttime temperatures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keep Those Feet Pedaling: While on your tour you’ll be pedaling, thus generating instant body warmth from stomping on the pedals. To create further warmth waive your arms around like a wacky waving inflatable arm-flailing tubeman!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During Your Tour Stops: For those chilly nights order a hot and tasty boozy beverage. Irish coffee, hot toddies and hot buttered rum are some of our favorites!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During Your Tour Stops: Still cold? Well it’s time to hit the dance floor and dance, dance, dance! Warm those muscles and impress your friends while doing the running man, the sprinkler, the dougie or even a little flossing.

San Diego Gift Guide: The Best Local San Diego Gifts To Give This Holiday

It’s that time of year again! Time to spend hours planning a gift for each person in your life, brave the crowded mall with all the shoving, stress, and competition to get the best gift. Because that is the meaning of the holidays, Right? …Wrong! It’s time to break the cycle and offer a gift that comes from the heart (and your gorgeous city)! Give something this year that gives back to this community with awesome local San Diego gift ideas this season. With all the personality San Diego has, you are bound to find something perfect for everyone on your ‘Nice List!’

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The Gift That Gives Back To Local Charities: It’s All About The Kids Foundation

It’s All About The Kids Foundation is a local San Diego charity that strives to bridge the gap of weekend food insecurity for impoverished youth in California. With your charitable donation, they provide fresh and non-perishable food items to homeless and struggling youth all over the state. If your loved one if the type of person who doesn’t want anything, give them the gift of giving!

 

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The Gift That Gives Them A Thousand Memories: Social Cycle Private Tour

Does your loved one have an upcoming birthday or celebration? Book them a San Diego tour on Social Cycle! Our private tours can take their group to Downtown, North Park, and more! Choose their favorite neighborhood or the one they’ve been dying to explore and give them a gift that they’ll never forget!

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The Gift That Supports Local Businesses: Dickinson Farms Gift Box

Dickinson Farms is a local San Diego heirloom fruit, vegetable, and herb farm in National City, CA. Not only does this farm have a story that will warm your heart (check it out here), their selection of fresh, organic produce and products will blow you away. If your loved one loves to cook, give them a Gift Box from Dickinson Farms. Each box is completely unique, but they ensure each box receives locally roasted coffee, homemade jams,  gift certificates to the farm, and more!

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The Gift That Gives Them Health: Barry’s Bootcamp

Whether your loved one is an exercise junkie or their New Year’s resolution for the past 5 years has been to “get in shape,” Barry’s Bootcamp is an awesome gift to give them!  Pro tip: stay tuned for their holiday sale early to mid-December. The only time during the year you can buy discounted classes!

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The Gift For The Adventure Junkie: Ikon Ski Pass

Does your loved one look forward to taking off each winter weekend to find the best snow? With 37 destinations, the Ikon Ski Pass will satisfy every snow craving they have. California mountains include Mammoth, Big Bear, Squaw Valley, and June. They’ll get unlimited days at 12-14 of the resorts on the pass, and 5-10 days everywhere else.

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The Gift That Supports Local Artists: Love & Aesthetics

Love & Aesthetics is a San Diego boutique that showcases products created by locals artists. Carefully curated, the collection of products you’ll find at Love & Aesthetics are seldom seen anywhere else. If your loved one appreciated talented artisans, from jewelry to fragrances to home decor, they’ll appreciate a gift from this beautiful boutique!

The History of Party Bikes | Who Invented These Crazy Things?

In the last few years, party bikes have popped up in almost every metropolitan area in the US and have spread their happy vibes down the streets of all these cities! However, it wasn’t always a popular activity for tourists and locals alike.

In 1997, Henk and Zwier Van Laar, brothers from the Netherlands, came up with the idea of “Fietscafe” or “bike cafe” in English. Sitting at a bar and listening to the owner’s woes of needing to promote his pub in a local parade prompted them to build a multi-person bike that could be pedaled down the street during the parade. They started manufacturing and distributing the bikes soon after that and they quickly started to gain popularity in Europe.

It wasn’t until 2007 that the Fietscafe made it over the pond to the US. Al Boyce came across a photo of this crazy contraption and decided to bring one over to the US. Eric Olson and Al Boyce purchased a bike from the Van Laar brothers, trademarked the brand “PedalPub”, and claimed the “first and oldest party bike business in the United States.”

So, how exactly did this story lead to SoCal party bike business? It’s been a crazy adventure since the start of Social Cycle, but it’s worked out really well, thanks to the support of party bike patrons along the way.

Owner and founder, Laura Rovick, moved to San Diego for college and then worked in marketing and sales after graduating. Laura realized she was ready to start something new and on her own, but wasn’t sure what exactly that would be. Her sister suggested she“call those crazy bike guys in Minnesota that you always talk about.” So, Laura called the Pedal Pub guys in Minneapolis and as fate would have it, found out that one of them was in San Diego for the weekend. They grabbed a beer (what else, right?) and the rest is history! Social Cycle San Diego launched the first year followed by Palm Springs and Santa Barbara in the years following.

“We’ve built the business, but more importantly, built a team and a family that always has each other’s back. We’re proud to be SoCal’s best party bike and can’t wait to continue to provide the best tours in San Diego, Santa Barbara, and Palm Springs!” – Laura Rovick

 

 

Best Instagram Spots in San Diego | Do It For The ‘Gram

San Diego is a major vacation destination, meaning it’s full of awesome photo ops and Insta-perfect backdrops! There are a ton of beautiful murals throughout the city that will be the perfect background for your post, but we have a few favorite Instagrammable spots in San Diego that we wanted to share today.

“Greeting from San Diego” by Victor Ving

One of the most classic and well-known mural spots in San Diego and we visit it on our North Park brewery tours and party bike tours! Created by NYC muralist Victor Ving, this mural is part of a series called the “Greetings Tour” to create landmarks through public art.

“Catnap” by Michael Summers

“Catnap” was commissioned by the City of Carlsbad in 2013 and completed by talented local artist Michael Summers.

“One Pointed Attention” by Kelsey Brookes

This mural “engages the viewer in a mesmerizing vision scape” and also serves as an epic Instagram background. The artist, Kelsey Brookes, is also known for his album art for the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Flaming Lips.

“You Are Radiant” by Channin Fulton

Designed by Channin Fulton, the actual completion of this mural was an amazing team effort by the local community!  Since it’s one of our favorites, this mural is a must on our North Park party bike tours.

Top 10 Places to Visit in San Diego

San Diego is the heart of Southern California. It’s known for great food, amazing weather, and a million different activities to choose from. Our team loves this city and everything it has to offer, so we’ve put together our favorite things to do in San Diego. We’ve lived here quite a while now, so we’re only sharing our absolute favorites!

Catch A Show At the Observatory

The Observatory is a historic theatre located in North Park. They attract a number of different performers, from Red Hot Chili Peppers to David Gray and Joan Rivers. Since being remodeled and re-vamped, the sightlines in this venue are amazing from any spot on the tiered floor so you’ll always be able to see your favorite artists performing perfectly!

Snorkel at La Jolla Shores

La Jolla Shores is a 1-mile long, sandy beach with gentle waves, located next to the Underwater Park Ecological Reserve. Bring your own snorkel gear and enjoy a swim or register for one of the many beginner scuba diving classes offered on the beach!

Have a Bonfire at Mission Bay Jetty

Mission Bay Jetty is a popular hangout and the perfect place to have a bonfire. Bring your own firewood and gear, and sit next to the fire as you watch seals and dolphins frolic in the bay!

Grab Some Fish Tacos at Kiko’s Taco Truck

Kiko’s Place serves some of San Diego’s tastiest fish tacos. They’re one of the top places to eat on Yelp and people can’t stop raving about their OG fish tacos (which you’ll eat for less than $10).

Visit the Sunset Cliffs

A visit to the Sunset Cliffs as the sun sets is a sight to behold! These steep, rocky cliffs do a great job of showcasing one of the things the West Coast is most famous for – colorful, unforgettable sunsets and evening views! Wear good shoes and be cautious of the steep dropoffs.

Spend a Night Out at The Casbah

Located in downtown San Diego, The Casbah first opened in 1989 in a former Irish pub. Today, the club hosts live music and events seven nights a week. They bring in a variety of performers and you’re guaranteed to see a great show when you visit.

Jump Into A Summer Pool Party

One of the best things about living in San Diego is the amazing number of pool parties you can find! You’ll sip specialty cocktails poolside and bust out your best dance moves to some catchy tunes. Whether you’ve got the hookups to attend a private party or you visit one of San Diego’s hottest hotels, you’ll have a blast.

Hop Over the Border and Visit Valle de Guadalupe

Valle de Guadalupe is located just over the border, a beautiful village with incredible wine and food. This is one of Mexico’s blossoming wine regions and it’s the perfect way to experience authentic Mexico while sipping on some fantastic wines.

Toss a Few Beers Back at Local Breweries

North Park in San Diego is famous for their brews – in fact, they’re known as America’s Craft Beer Neighborhood! You’ll find great pale ales, flavorful sours, and strong porters. Walk from brewery to brewery or hop on one of our North Park brewery tours and explore the neighborhood and its breweries by bike!

Explore the Hiking Trails Around the City

San Diego may have great nightlife, but they also have an amazing array of hiking trails to get you outside in the beautiful SoCal weather. Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, Potato Chip Rock, Cedar Creek Falls, and Cowles Mountain are all beautiful hikes that will show you some of San Diego’s most beautiful scenery.

Best Bachelor Party Ideas | Southern California Bachelor Parties

Well, fellas, you bought the ring, asked the question, and she said yes! What’s next? The wedding, obviously, but there’s definitely some fun to be had before then.

Planning your bachelor party can take you in a variety of different directions, but we highly recommend you choose SoCal as your destination. San Diego is famous for pre-nuptial celebrations and for a really good reason! No matter what time of year you choose to party, the weather is *almost* guaranteed to be perfect.

No soon-to-be groom is the same, so we’ve gone ahead and split up our favorite activities by the type of weekend you’re looking to have!

The Adventurous Bachelor

If you’re looking for an adventurous bachelor party, you’re going to want to make sure to check out all of the awesome outdoor recreation San Diego has to offer.

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Desert Offroading in Anza-Borrego State Park 

Tours with California Overland Desert Excursions aren’t your typical driving-tours…they’ll take you offroad and into the wild with the option to add some pretty awesome hikes to your itinerary. Explore slot canyons, dry lake beds, and check out the seasonal stargazing. You can join other adventurers on a tour, or book a private Jeep and create a custom tour. Choose between day tours or overnight excursions and start creating some memories!

Skydive Over the Pacific Ocean

Skydiving is on most people’s bucket lists, and what better time to check it off than on your bachelor party weekend?! GoJump Oceanside is the only skydiving company in the area that offers full views of the Pacific during the entire freefall. Starting at 13,000 feet, you’ll freefall next to the Pacific in the safest gear and the most experienced guides.

The Party-Hardy Bachelor

Social Cycle San Diego

Planning an epic bachelor party is easy when you hop on with Social Cycle. We’ve got a list of awesome partner bars and you’ll be able to choose three of your favorites during our tour. They even give you discounted drink specials so you can save some pennies for other fun San Diego activities! Bachelor parties usually love our Downtown and North Park routes because they’re full of great bars, breweries, and restaurants.

The Sports-Loving Bachelor

Coronado Golf Club

Ranked #5 in the nation by Golf Digest, the Coronado Golf Club offers incredible harbor views with immaculate greens and wide fairways. Minutes from Downtown San Diego, you can spend your day on the course before heading out for some great drinks and bites in all of the restaurants San Diego has to offer.

San Diego Padres Baseball Game

It’s not a surprise that a Padres game ended up on our list. After all, a day at the ballpark is a classic way to spend a weekend! Bring your buddies and grab the best seats you can find at Petco Park. Enjoy local bites and craft beers from the area as you cheer on your favorite home (or visiting) team!

4 Fun & Unique Ways to Celebrate Your 21st Birthday

Twenty-one is a big milestone…you’ve made it through the first two decades of your life and you’re finally allowed to (legally) drink. Southern California has SO many great bars and restaurants that serve great local beer, specialty cocktails, and feature awesome live music to get your night going right. It’s almost inevitable that you’ll end up drinking a little more than you bargained for that night, but instead of starting off the night by walking bar to bar, we’ve rounded up our four favorite 21st birthday party ideas.

1. Party Bikes!

You’ll get to pedal around your city with up to sixteen of your favorite friends and explore some of the neighborhood’s best bars. Not only do we have great partnerships set up with our friends at these bars (a.k.a., you’ll save some cash this way), you’ll make memories you *hopefully* won’t forget. Social Cycle party bike tours are a great way to kick the night off right in a unique way that will be the envy of your already-twenty-one friends who didn’t have a cool party like this.

2. Food Tours

You’re going to be consuming some alcohol that night, that’s why you’re going out! Get the celebration started with a food tour around the city and give yourself a little bit of food in your stomach for when those nice strangers at the bar start buying you shots.

3. Bartending Class

Chances are, you couldn’t make a classy cocktail before this day. Not because you’re not classy, but because you were limited to the cheap alcohol your friends would bring over to your house. Vodka and Country Time Lemonade? Done. But that’s all changed! You have entered into the real legal world where you can freely spend $100 on quality liquor, grab some bitters, and even learn what muddling means.

4. Wine Tasting

Turns out there’s more to wine than red or white, who knew! Now that you can drink *all* the varietals, visit a local vineyard and learn how to tell the difference of how it smells on the nose and tastes on the palate.

Building Better Teams with Fun Corporate Team Building

Unique team building tours have shaken corporate America in the last few years. From escape rooms to improv classes to party bike tours, there is a multitude of ways to bring your employees together that are fun, engaging, and out-of-the-(boring)box.

Since we are Southern California’s experts on all things fun, we wanted to focus on our favorite corporate team building outing- party bikes. We’ll cover how corporate party bike tours teach employees the importance of teamwork and how you can build a team while building some muscle.

Now, screaming “PEDAL!” at the top of your lungs while you cruise down the street on Social Cycle may not be your first idea of great communication and teamwork, but you’ll quickly realize that in order to make it to your next destination everyone needs to be moving those legs and engaging to successfully make it down the street. Similarly to tasks in the workplace, everything gets accomplished faster and better when you have a team of people working in unison towards the same goal.

“Great way of fun team building with co-workers celebrating the success of our financial audit. It was so much fun going around Pacific Beach on Social Cycle and stopping for drinks while enjoying each other’s company.”

Occasionally, offices can become similar to high school cafeterias. You’ve got legal in this area, HR over here, and sales and marketing over there. And similar to vinegar and oil, they do NOT like to mix. However, bringing different departments together can create a feeling of unison within the entire company. Sitting them next to each other on a moving 16-person party bike will ensure that the individuals who wouldn’t normally interact have an opportunity to get to know each other and bond over the shared perspiration and exhilaration they experience while exploring the city. Back in the office, this connection and blossoming friendship will encourage departments to work closely together to accomplish goals and increase communication between employees.

“We were in town for a company incentive trip. One of our awesome team mates coordinated 2 time slots with 4 bikes at a time. We had such a blast. The bars on a Monday were not over crowded and reasonably priced. Just a little warning, you really do have to pedal lol.”

Finally, it takes strong communication and teamwork to make decisions. Which bars are you going to hit? Will you be stopping at a cupcake shop along the way to get your sugar fix? These are decisions that everyone should make together. Similarly to office life (and just life), sometimes you have to learn to compromise to get the job done. It’s actually impossible for every person to get their own way (we know this first-hand) so teaching your employees to have discussions and make group decisions will help your party bike tour go smoothly and your weekly meetings go even smoother.

We’re sure you’ve seen us pedaling down the street in SoCal, and you’ve probably thought it looked like an absolute blast! We love having San Diego corporate team building groups join us, as well as all those looking for team building in Palm Springs and Santa Barbara as well! If you’d like to learn more about booking a tour and watching your employees flourish, check out the link to your city’s corporate events page below.

San Diego Corporate Team Building

Palm Springs Corporate Team Building

Santa Barbara Corporate Team Building