We all have our favorite sport, whether its football, baseball, soccer or golf. While some may love watching these sporting events in the comfort of their own home, or throwing tailgating parties at the local sporting venue, there are others who love the thrill and excitement of being out at the local bar and grill sharing the climactic ups and downs of the game with their fellow sports fan. And what better way to do it than to grab a bar stool and a menu and take advantage of the specials and prices that come along with watching that favorite past time. The following is a list of some of the best San Diego has to offer in the way of food and drink specials -- all you need for the perfect game day.
809 Thomas Ave., Pacific Beach, CA 92109
This two-story, beach front restaurant sitting in the heart of San Diego’s beloved Pacific Beach is a sure hit when looking for the perfect sports bar. If the 29 televisions, 16 beers on tap, and pool tables aren’t enough, Nick’s also boasts an outside ocean view deck upstairs and a casual dining room downstairs. The Football Sunday happy hour drink prices range from $2.00-$9.00, and include Mimosas, pitchers of Coors Light, and 22oz pints of beer. Happy hour is also featured every night from 4pm-7pm. Some of their special menu items include a Chicken Quesadilla, Onion Rings served with a special house ring sauce, and succulent Crab Cakes served with a corn sauce and chipotle mayonnaise all from $3.50-$9.00. Enjoy taking in a game while soaking in the California sun.
Hooley’s Irish Pub and Grill
2955 Jamacha Rd #21, Rancho San Diego, CA 92019
Located in Rancho San Diego, with a second location recently opened in the Grossmont Center in La Mesa, Hooley’s is one of San Diego’s truly genuine Irish pubs. The interior furniture and décor of the restaurant was shipped from Ireland itself, giving Hooley’s a unique and rustic charm. Here at Hooley’s you can find authentic Irish food, as well as a wide selection of beers, wines, and whiskey. They also display multiple television monitors throughout the bar showcasing sports such as football and rugby. On Sundays you will find specials such as pints of beer and tacos all day (including their famous Irish Taco filled with corned beef, cheese, cabbage, and a jalapeno cream sauce) from $2.00. Monday night football doesn’t disappoint, with draft beer specials, happy hour from 4pm-12am, and free appetizers. On weekends they also have live music and late night happy hours.
1640 Camino Del Rio North #1376, San Diego, CA 92108
Seau’s has been the ultimate go-to, sports-themed restaurant in San Diego since 1996, thanks to Linebacker and former San Diego Charger player Junior Seau. This restaurant is happily nestled in the popular Mission Valley area, and is home to many televised sporting events, celebrity fundraisers, and tailgating parties. The atmosphere is suited for sports enthusiasts as they feature 60 televisions and a 12x14 foot projection screen displaying all the best in sports. Happy hour is Monday through Friday from 4pm-7pm, and Friday-Saturday from 10pm-close. Special appetizer prices include Jalapeño Poppers, Calamari, Chicken Wings, and a Wood Fired Personal Pizza of your choice all ranging from $4.50 to $8.00. Special prices on cocktails include draft beer pitchers and pints, and microbrew and well drinks for $3.00-$9.00.
2044 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
This establishment, one of the oldest in San Diego, has been serving up great food and drinks since 1933. The Waterfront is located in the heart of Little Italy, in downtown San Diego. Perched near San Diego’s harbor, The Waterfront used to be a local favorite for fisherman and oil company workers, and now is still a favorite of the locals. It is a small little dive bar with a huge pouring of customers -- this is understandable once you enjoy some of the fantastic food they have to offer. Weekends are a favorite because of the Mexican Brunch, which is offered from 6am-2pm. Menu items include Pazole (a Mexican soup with pork and hominy, corn, served with tortillas), Huevos Rancheros, sunny side up eggs smothered with ranchero sauce (also served with rice, beans, and tortillas), and even a Breakfast Burger (a 1/4 pound burger topped with a fried egg and cheese, served on an English muffin with your choice of hash browns or fries). Monday nights don’t disappoint with 25 cent Chicken Wings from 4pm until they are gone. Check out a game here while enjoying a beer with the locals.
2401 Camino Del Rio South, San Diego, Ca 92108
Following the success of the original Bully’s restaurant that opened in 1967, in La Jolla, Bully’s East opened with equal success in 1971. A favorite hangout spot for sports fanatics and locals alike, Bully’s is also known for their first-class late night menu and brunch specials. The appetizer menu of over 30 delectable food items to choose from includes the Cheesy Garlic Bread, the Shrimp Cocktail, and the famous Prime Rib Bits. The late night menu goes from 10pm until closing time. Daily happy hours are Monday-Friday, from 4:30-7pm. For all the NFL fans out there, Sunday specials start at 10am with a brunch menu (from $3.75-$8.00) that includes the Pre-Game Meal of 2 eggs, potatoes, pancakes or French toast, ham, bacon, or sausage, and a Johnsonville Bratwurst. Drink specials range from $2.00-$4.00, and include Bloody Marys, Champagne, and Mimosas. For Monday Night football they offer beers and food items starting at $1.75 – such economical treats include the Fish Tacos and the Tri-Tip Sandwich served with Basil Pomme Frites.
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