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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Pacific Beach Shore Club (Pacific Beach, California)

Pacific Beach Shore Club, 4343 Ocean Blvd. Pacific Beach, San Diego California, USA.  This is a very popular bar and well located.  It is right on the beach right across from the life guard station.  It is located on the second floor.  There is a set of stairs in front when entering from the beach.  There are two bar areas when you enter.  The bar on the left has a 10 person sit up bar and along the two walls with windows there is bench seating facing the windows.  Just about everyone sits on the table area and feet on the seats facing in.  There are also two large picnic style tables in the middle.  There are 25 different types of beer on tap!  The bar on the right has several booths and 3 picnic tables. They have the same style sit up bar as the other side.   There are 25 TVs through out!  For lunch I had the  Lobster burrito which was very good.  My wife had the 2 grilled mahi tacos and black beans and they were awesome!.  This place was packed by 1:30 pm You would have thought that it was 11 pm instead.  Lots of people were drinking these Red Bull smoothies!  If you are ever in Pacific Beach you have to go here for sure!

Bon Vin (San Diego, California)

Bon Vin, a wine shop and wine bar.  542-5th Avenue, San Diego, California, USA in the Gaslamp Area.  It was fairly quite when we were there.  They sell wine from California, France, Italy and Spain.  There is a tasting room in the back and a sit up bar where we sat.  In front there are comfortable chairs to sit and enjoy a glass of wine.  To go with our wine we had a cheese plate with three different types of cheese.  Bon Vin is located in an old heritage building. The plaque on the front of the building offers this information about the building:
The Lewis Brick Block, Stingaree Hotel 1887.  Known as the Lewis Brick Block, the upper floors were referred to as the Stingaree Hotel in reference to the area's red light district.  The main floor was used for cigar and tobacco shop, billiard hall and revival center.   This Victorian building is characterized by decorative b rick arches over the second story windows and stepped brickwork along the roof line.
It is a very nice relaxing place to have a glass of wine, some cheese and let the day slip by.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Coronado Firehouse Bar and Grill (Coronado, California)

Coronado Firehouse Bar and Grill 126 Orange avenue, Coronado, California, USA.  This is a Coronado Historical Landmark as it was the site of the first fire house in Coronado in 1892. Obvious fire dept theme. Sit up bar with its checker plated face plates, seats 25 and is 45 feet long. They have roll up garage doors at the front to open it all up,  with side walk patio. 20 flat screen TVs through out the bar. The food was very good, I had the pizza, which was very good!  My wife had the chicken salad and said it was very good.  Our friend had a burger and he too said it was very good. All of the food had fire fighter themed names. They have a nice patio area in front and it is a very relaxing place to enjoy a drink and something to eat. With 14 beer on tap, a large selection of craft beer and the usual beer as well as a nice wine selection you can't go wrong.  Very wide open feeling here and mix that with all the sunshine it is all good!! Two thumbs up!!

Pacific Beach Alehouse (Pacific Beach, California)

Pacific Beach AleHouse 721 Grand Avenue, Pacific Beach, San Diego, California, USA .  I can't tell you about the main area of the alehouse as we sat upstairs in the Sky Bar area.  The bottom picture shows the inside of the main part of the alehouse.  Upstairs was great, sitting up there in all the sunshine!  They brew their own beer on premise and have seven of their beer on tap.  Happy hour is Monday to Friday 3-6pm where they have $ 3.00 house beer and well drinks.  The sit up bar up top holds 6 people.  A covered area, for those who have to watch them selves in the sun is just beside the bar.  On the roof top they have 2 flat screen TVs so you don't miss anything.  A full food menu is available but we did not try any of the food, just the wine!  It is half a block from the beach, very modern and upscale.  There is glass on top of the walls surrounding the bar to cut out any breeze.  The glimpse I had of the main looked pretty nice, but we were n a hurry to sit up in the sunshine.  The service was very good.  I would go here again if I had a chance!

Lahaina Beach House (Pacific Beach, California)

Lahaina Beach House, 710 Oliver Avenue, Pacific Beach, San Diego California, USA.  This is a really cool place.  It is right on the beach with a large patio area on the front facing beach and ocean!  I love the rules that they have posted on the wall.  Check out the photo (click on the photo for and enlargement).  Inside this place has a cottage feel to it.  There are two sit up bars that can each 8 - 12 people.  They boast 13 different beer on tap. There is a full kitchen and you can sit and watch your food being cooked....if that is what you want to do.  In the back of the bar they have several rectangular tubs with bottled beer on ice.  This is a great bar patio for watching people walk by on the beach.  When the weather is nice the patio seats are very hard to come by, so If you get a seat don't let it go!!.  This place is a two thumbs up for sure.

Hennessey's Tavern (Carlsbad, California)

Hennessey's Tavern, 2777 Roosevelt Street, Carlsbad, California, USA  Est 1976, This is an Irish theme bar if you haven't figured that out. The sit up Bar seats ten and extends through the wall to the outside area and that section also seats ten. They serve 10 different beer on tap. Very good service 4 waitresses. 2nd sit up area is opposite bar facing pub area and seats 10.  Through out the bar there are 10 TVs. . Food and drink specials through out the week. "Grady" the bartender when I was there was great.  He had a genuine smile on his face and really took pride in his job.  The food here all looked really good when I saw it coming out.  I tried the thin sliced potato chips, kettle cooked with sea salt and vinegar.  They were very good.  There were quite a few people here having lunch from all ages (no kids under 21).  The out side area is neat with a covered area that goes around the walls and covers about 6-8 feet deep with the center area open.  They have a gas fire pit in the middle as well as the front patio area.  I give this place two thumbs up.  Say hi to Grady the best bartender in the San Diego area!!

Analog Bar (San Diego, California)

Analog Bar,m 801-5th Avenue Gaslamp area, San Diego, California, USA  This was interesting, we were there on a Sunday afternoon around 33o pm.  This place was rocking to techno pop style music.   Girls were dancing with glow sticks, and the guys were dancing as well.  You would have thought that it was 1:00 am and not 3:30 pm on a Sunday.   We chose to sit out side on the side walk patio area, where we could hear the music but not go deaf, LOL!  The bar in the picture is the right side of the bar, the quieter side is to the left with booths and a couple of large tables in the middle. As for food and beer I have no idea, I didn't venture in side too far other than to use the washroom.  You choose if this is your kind of place.

Wine Styles (Coronado, California)

Wine Styles, 928 Orange Avenue, Coronado, California, USA  A very nice wine shop that you can sit down and order a glass of wine and a nice cheese plate.  They have a very nice sidewalk patio area in front.  In side there is a 6 person sit up bar and 6 bar height tables for two.  There is a very good selection of wine.  I suggest ordering the wine flight which is 3 half glasses of wine.  They change the types of wine daily and you can do reds or whites.  A daily wine special is another feature they have.  With a good selection of cheeses, they will pair it up with your wine.  The back room has a wine tasting area and it was very popular when we were there.  I think you pay a small fee and they take you through various wines.  The Wine Styles also has a great selection of gifts all with a wine theme.  If you are n to cigars they have a nice selection of fine cigars.  They had a live singer when we were there.....I could have done with out him.  I preferred the recorded music and the singer got kind of cheesy!  I recommend you try this place out if you are ever in the area!

Ten Bar and Grill (Tukwilla, Washington)

Ten Bar and Grill, 100 Andover Park West, Tukwilla, Washington, USA  This was a surprise find, as it is right beside the South center Mall, south of Seattle and just off the Interstate 5.  It is located in the Acme Bowling lanes which has 40 ten pin bowling lanes.  No minors under 21 years old are allowed in the bar. The sit up bar seats 12 with 9 beer on tap, 3 of which are seasonal beer and rotate in and out through out the different seasons.  They have a full menu with pizza, burgers, pasta, sandwiches, salads and appys.  If you want you can bowl and have your drinks with you!   They sure know how to do it up right in the USA!!  There are 8 pool tables, 15 flat screen TVs to boot!  Lots of parking and makes a nice break when your spouse is shopping.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Ye Olde Plank Inn (Imperial Beach, California)

Ye Olde Plank Inn, 24 Palm Avenue, Imperial Beach California.  This is the most South Western bar in the United States of America.  It opened up 126 years ago and is still going on strong.  Years ago a huge wave caused some damage, but now condos are built beside it between the bar and the ocean and should protect it from any other rogue wave. It is a stones throw from the beach.  They have a rectangular sit up bar that can hold around 20 people.  The interior roof has the thatched look with one dollar bills stuffed everywhere.  10 different beer on tap. In the back there are two pool tables.  They have an out side area that is open in the middle and covered around the sides. A testament to the great weather here!  Every Saturday it is $2.50 Vodka drinks.  Apparently it gets filled up really early. Go figure this place opens up at 6 am every day of the year.  I was told it is the local older people who are out for a walk that come in early and take advantage of the 25 cent coffee.  The locals are very friendly and always enjoy getting involved in a conversation.  This place has tons of character.  I give this bar two thumbs up for sure!!!

Tivoli Bar (San Diego, California)

Tivoli Bar 505-6th Avenue, Gaslamp Area, San Diego California, USA  (Island Ave and 6th Ave) .  This is the oldest bar in the Gaslamp Area, established in 1885.  The bar it self seats 8 people.  They have 15 different types of beer on tap.  A pitcher of Pabst beer is $9 and a pitcher of Stella is $14.  They have a long narrow covered patio area along the side walk that seats about 30 people or so.  The grill serves hot dogs, burgers, nachos, wings, fries and they have daily specials.  There is a pool table in the back area of the bar.  The walls are adorned with old pictures. It is an old interesting place but it just didn't jump out and captivate me.  There are alot better bars in the area.

Bub's Dive Bar (San Diego, California)

Bub's Dive Bar 7th Avenue and J Street 1050 Garnet Avenue, Gaslamp Area of San Diego California, USA.  This is a real happening place.  I was there on 2 occasions and both during the day on a Sunday once after a San Diego Padres game and once with no game.  Both times were in the early afternoon.  This place was packed!  Music rocking tons of people having a great time.  Off to one side there there is a basket ball court with a chain link fence around it about 15 feet lone and 6 feet wide.  This also comes down very easily.  In the middle there is a large rectangular bar that seats 40 people.  Behind the bar there are stainless steel tubs with bottled beer on ice.  They have 15 plus beer on tap.  The outside patio area is raised about the height of a loading dock, with large roll up garage doors,  They have weekly specials, such as Monday $5 food specials, Tuesdays: $3 grilled cheese sandwiches,  Wednesdays 25 cent wings, Thursdays $2 tacos.   There are 25 or so flat screen TVs through out the bar.  They also have a second sit up bar that is L shaped and sits bout 12 people.  The food is very good.  My wife had the fish Tacos and I had the Grilled Cheese sandwich both were excellent.!!  They have a lot of staff and always are around to keep you happy.  What is the catch.........well there is a catch, they allow kids in here.  So there fore it is not a true bar.  Why people would bring their young kids in here....I'm not sure,  if it's full of young people in their 20's and 30's having a great time!  Then you get parents letting their 2 and 3 year old's run around.  All in all it was pretty darn good, two thumbs up.

Lime Tequila Bar (San Diego, California)

Lime Tequila Bar 653-5th Avenue, San Diego California, USA in the Gaslamp Area.  As you can see there is a sidewalk patio area.  It is located in a great area with tons of bars and restaurants.  They have a huge selection of tequila as one would guess.  This bar is much bigger than it looks from the out side.  On the in side they have a second floor area that wraps around the wall and is open in the middle.  The sit up bar seats about 10 people.  It was fairly quiet when we were there which was around 9 pm.  The bar tender told us that it gets busy around 11 pm.  I can't really say much about this  beer? and other drinks?  If you like tequila I guess it is OK.