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    Babcock & Story Bar: A Story In It's Name

    by lmkluque Updated Oct 25, 2011

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    Under the Landmark Dome

    Mr. Babcock and Mr. Story were two of the original founders of the resort city of Coronado in the mid-1800's. They wanted to build a resort hotel that would be one of the best in the western world. So it is not surprising that the bar at the Hotel del Coronado is named after these two visionaries.

    B&S Bar is a great open bar and lounge area of the Hotel Del--there is also outside seating. The prices are steep for a drink, but worth the splurge to lounge in the ambience of the Hotel Del.

    Located under the landmark dome, in the back of the Hotel Del. The views are mostly of the Sun Deck Bar & Grill rather than the Pacific Ocean and if you sit outside on the patio you'll see mostly the people walking around the Hotel. Still it's a nice place to spend the evening.

    It is large, yet a comfortable place to go. They offer a full service bar, some food items and desserts as well as live entertainment in the evenings.

    Sunday through Thursday the also have Happy Hour (4:00 pm to 7:00 pm) where you can try their offerings and stick close to your budget at the same time..

    Dress Code: My advise is to dress your best while visiting here.

    Of course, as with most San Diego area vacation spots the employees at the Hotel Del will be as polite and helpful to you whether you are in designer resort wear or Wal-Mart sweats. Dress as you like.

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    The Little Club: Dive! Dive!

    by goodfish Updated Jul 23, 2013

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    Having grown up in Small Town Midwest, Goodfish has a special place in her heart for local taps. You know, those holes-in-the-wall where the locals suspiciously eye anyone strange to them for about 30 seconds to see if they’re worthy of a nod? Once they’ve determined that you’re not wearing anything with dryclean-only tags and are unlikely to order anything weird involving a blender, they’ll shuffle right on down and make room at the bar for ya’ll.

    Little Club is one of those places. It’s probably the only drinking hole on the island that meets the requirements of a bona fide dive bar: dark; worn; rec-room paneling; interesting odor; no website; lousy bathrooms; good jukebox; pool table; great bartenders. This one also appeared to be a favorite with the community from Naval Base Coronado as the walls are decorated with photographs of aircraft carriers - past and present - which active and retired locals have served on.

    I wandered in one late afternoon, passed the 30-second test, exchanged nods all around, and settled in to eavesdrop the local scuttlebutt. The friendly bartender told me she was gearing up for a big night ‘cause the Nimitz had just sailed in for a 24-hour stopover and her crew would be making the most their abbreviated shore leave before heading out for weeks or months at sea. Sure enough, a contingency of sailors trotted in about 30 minutes later and ordered up enough rounds of alcohol to float the carrier they just got off. A few of those rounds - provided by yours truly - won me the company of 3 delightful young ladies, and I had a great couple of hours sharing smokes, admiring their collective tats, and getting an education about life on the Nimitz (yep, you can be really seasick; nope, that doesn't excuse you from duty; yep, you just carry a barf bag around.)

    Cheerfully serving folks in and out of uniform for 50 years; cheap beer; cash only; smoking but no drinking allowed on the patio; no credit; no nonsense. Highly recommended.

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    Cays Lounge: Weekend Nights at Lowes

    by lmkluque Updated Oct 25, 2011

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    View from South side of Loew's

    The Coronado Cays is a posh residential area on the penisula south of downtown Coronado. Each home has a boat slip and there is a marina alongside of Lowes. As I've mentioned, Loew's is a more isolated resort and because of this I think they make more of an effort to offer as much as a guest would like in a resort. However, not only guests are welcomed, so you might give the Cays Lounge a try.

    The Cays Lounge at Lowes overlooks the San Diego Bay and offers a lovely view from the terrace. They also have sections near the fireplace and fire pits.

    Entertainment is offered on weekends but this is also a nice place to stop for an intimate evening during the week.

    Dress Code: Stylishly casual is fine but I suggest that you dress your best.

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    Play Night Tennis: While at the Hotel Del...

    by lmkluque Updated Oct 25, 2011

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    Instructor waiting for pupil

    As you can see from the picture, there are big lights over the tennis court for those who would like to play a game in the evening. Anyone not versed in the game of tennis can arrange lessons with an instructor.

    Of course the lessons are for guests only, but it is something interesting to do in the evening.

    Dress Code: Usually white shirt/blouse, white shorts/short skirt, white tennis shoes and a sun/big light visor. Of course, if you don't mind being spotted as an amature, any color will do.%c

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    Coronado Boathouse 1887: Marina Views!

    by Yaqui Written Dec 25, 2009

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    Although, this place has limited evening hours. It would still be a great place to sit out on the verranda and enjoy the lovely marina views.

    HOURS OF OPERATION
    Sun-Thur 5:00-10:00 pm
    Fri-Sat 5:00-11:00 pm

    Flexible Hours for Banquets:
    (619) 495-1975

    History from the website in short:
    Built 1887 and designed by the Reid Brothers, The Coronado Boathouse The Coronado Boathouse was also the first San Diego home for William E. Ritter's marine research. In fact, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, which Ritter helped found, can trace its roots back to the summer of 1903 and the initial research Ritter performed in Coronado.%g

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    Babcock Bar 1888: Sports, Relaxing, or People watch spot!

    by Yaqui Updated Dec 25, 2009

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    If you head over to the pool and beach area thru the hotel, you will pass right by this beautiful 46-foot handcrafted mahogany bar which was at one time the centerpiece of the hotel. It was brought by ship from Philadelphia around Cape Horn in 1888. It was quite the happening place the evening we were heading over to the beach area. A really beautiful feature from the victorian era.

    Open daily from 11:00am until 1am; food served from noon until 10:00pm daily.

    HAPPY HOUR
    4pm-7pm, Sunday - Thursday
    Enjoy half-price draft beers, house wine, specialty infusion cocktails, and delicious bar appetizers.

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    Coronado Brewing Company Brew Pub: Brew Heaven

    by goodfish Updated Jun 21, 2013

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    Craft beer lovers rejoice: Coronado has a very decent microbrewery with an impressive list of taps ranging from pilsner to stouts. The Husband gave a big thumbs-up to the Idiot IPA, and the coffee stout was seriously yummy: I had several over our couple of days in town. And oh yeah, it's a restaurant too (and a very busy one - although my mid-afternoon pix don't show it) but we were so focused on our excellent pints that we forgot to eat. No matter: there’s a sandwich in every beer, right?

    Nice place; friendly bar staff; growler sales; sampler flights; sport on the telly for the fellas; all sorts of gear available. Pints: $5-$8.00. Now if they just had a beer garden…

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    Pick a Local Favorite!: Nothing Too Wild!

    by lmkluque Updated Oct 25, 2011

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    Life Guards do not work after dark.

    There are various restaurants and bars where adults can enjoy themselves in the evening, but this is not a big party town.

    The beach is a fun place to be on warm summer evenings.
    Fun for all ages.

    Of course, if you want something a bit more exciting, take the ferry to downtown SD and head for the Gaslamp Quarter! That is always the place for anything from a quiet evening to a wild one.

    Dress Code: Casual in most places but at some, you might want to dress up.

    An evening at the beach however, almost anything you'd like to wear. (A note to those used to European beaches, women MUST wear a top.) Keep in mind that the life guard is not on duty at night.

    Also, if you opt for a night at the the Gaslamp and don't have the use of a car, check the time of the last ferry or bus from SD to Coronado so you won't be stuck.

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    Lamb's Players Theatre: Go to the Theater

    by racheljapi Written Feb 5, 2005
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    Lamb's Player Theatre is is one of Southern California’s leading non-profit performing arts organizations. The resident theatre is located in the beautiful village of Coronado just over the bridge from San Diego.

    Along with presenting the classics and lesser known gems of the theatre, LPT has produced over 35 World Premieres and more than 30 Regional Premieres.

    You’ll find our beautiful and intimate 350 seat resident theatre in Coronado’s historic Spreckels Building, just two blocks north of the world famous Hotel del Coronado. An annual 5 play Season runs January through November, with December filled with a variety Christmas productions.

    Dress Code: Dress nice, remember that you are going to a Coranado evening event. This place does not require a coat and tie but don't be surprised if you see it.

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Coronado nightlife, generally speaking, is calm.  This is not a vibrant nightlife town at all and if that is what you want, take the ferry across the S.D. Bay and go to the Gaslamp...

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