This is a blast from the past, if you know what I mean. The Red Fox Room is connected to Red Fox Steak House, which is connected to the Lafayette Hotel & Suites San Diego. It is located on El Cajon Boulevard in North Park and has been around for over fifty years!
I started coming here over twenty years ago when I worked for EF Foundation. My boss and I would stop for dinner, as a way to wind-down and relax from the hectic days just before a group would arrive. The funny thing is that we wouldn't leave until well past one in the morning!
After a delicious steak and lobster dinner we'd move over in to the bar--a piano lounge--and take a booth until two of the seats around the piano became available. My boss loved to sing along , but I was just the audience. The age range at this dimly lit lounge was 21-91!! There were songs for everyone and everyone had a good time.
This is how it would work. Each person around the piano--except me--would have a turn singing their songs while the pianist played. Most of the clientele happened to be "regulars" but everyone, including a stranger was accepted and made to feel welcomed.
Later in the evening a bright, beautiful and talented group would show up and show off! Young actors from the local theaters around town stopped in for a night-cap and wowed us with their really great voices.
It was a wonderful chance to get to know the talent in the SD Theater world.
This is a bit off the tourist's path but worth a trip over if you like this sort of thing. I love the friendliness and the atmostphere, not to mention the excellent drinks.
Dress Code: Dress nicely. Nothing too fancy.
As you can imagine the age range, the styles ran from really old fashion to pretty trendy.
Nice place to drink, eat some tapas or dinner, dance, with great flamenco live music . If you want dance latino mucsic go down stairs in the entrance there is a pub, i went there to know and danced, but i love the flamenco, i felt that music in my skin whit very good players so i really enjoyed the sevilla restaurant. Ah! dont forget drink the delicious sangria.
Dress Code: I didnt see some dress code.
Well, what can I say??? We were mostly 19 year olds who had no idea where they might find themselves in the coming months, and for many of us it was the first time away from home for any amount of time.
I remember visiting the base club but this wasn't so great because there weren't so many girls there... only drunk sailors! Speaking of drunk sailors, one night a group of drunk Australian sailors wandered into our barracks and wanted to fight... Why??? I have no idea and it is no reflection upon anyone from Australia, ok? More a reflection of too much to drink! Anyway, there was no fight even though one pulled off his belt to use the buckle as a weapon of sorts. Someone had the presence of mind to call the SP (Shore Police) of the Navy... In the Army it is the MP... Military Police. Confrontation Avoided!
Jenee's friends suggested we check out Lips Restaurant, which offers a dining and drag show experience. So one Saturday afternoon, we stopped by the establishment to make a reservation. Fortunately for us, we got to snag the last two remaining seats in the house for the night. Woohoo!
Lips was freak'n awesome and the M.C. was just fabulous! He/she was a total riot and very quick on her heals. Her impersonations of Cher and other female celebs were right on. If only I could remember her name (Tootsie or Tootie or something) cuz I'd gladly return just to watch her perform again, but the other gals were also great. Incidentally, the performers are also your waitresses.
They mostly lip-synch though, but they're excellent at it, especially the Whitney Houston wannabe with the diva-esque attitude. She refers to everyone as bitc*h. It was kinda amusing at first, but then got pretty irritating after the 100th time she said it. Just don't mess with them cuz they'll cap on your as*s (they'll poke fun at you). Anyway, go to Lips and have a ball. I'd recommend it especially for celebrating birthdays and bachlorette parties. The food is mediocre, but the show is way cool!
Just so you know, they do charge a minimal entertainment fee of $3.00. And because they are a restaurant and not a show bar they enforce food order minimums that vary according to the day. On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, there food order minimum is $15.00 (excluding alcohol). On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday nights, the minimum is $10.00 (excluding alcohol).
Dress Code: Don't dress janky or they'll probably make fun of you! However, cute shoes and outfits are bound to get their praises, especially if you're the celebrant.
Located on Mission Beach, Canes is a multi-purpose spot with its oceanfront restaurant, rooftop deck, nightclub, and concert venue. I was introduced to Canes by Mike, a buddy who religiously attends their ongoing Saturday nights 80's tributes and thankfully so because it's really fun. One awesome 80's tribute band is Tainted Love who I saw perform one night and also Dead Man's Party (Oingo Boingo cover band) whose act I caught on another night. Canes is really a great venue for live music because of its intimate and comfortable space.
Canes is open Monday to Friday from 11am to 2am and Saturdays and Sundays for breakfast starting at 9am. Happy Hour is Monday to Friday from 5pm 'til sunset, and for sports fans, Canes has 25 satellite-ready TV's for your game-viewing pleasure.
Dress Code: Canes doesn't really enforce any particular type of dress code. Every time I've gone I've always seen a variety of fashion styles. There's the girls in halter-tops, jeans, and high-heels; boys in shorts and flip-flops; girls in mini-skirts and flip-flops; the Metrosexuals; and other folks who just don't give a flying hoot what they wear and who sees them. Again, SD is a pretty laid back beach community, so it's generally unpretentious at Canes.
My wife and I stopped here at the Grand Lobby Bar in the Grand Hyatt for some afternoon drinks. The hotel is absolutely beautiful; definitely should have stayed here instead of that dump of a hotel the Hilton Gaslamp, next time we will. The Grand Lobby Bar is exactly that; "Grand". All around the bar area is mahogany wood, period furnishings and art, Italian Marble and beautiful flower arrangements. I was very impressed by the look and vibe of the place and so was my wife.
We chose to have a seat at the bar for our drinks. The bartender was very friendly and came from a town not too far away from where I grew up in upstate NY. After perusing the drink and food menu I decided to just have a Miller Lite. The food offerings looked good but we just had a late lunch and were still stuffed. My wife decided to have a club soda with lime as she was still feeling good after a large Margarita from lunch.
We had a really good time here just people watching, talkig to the bartender and discussing our cruise that we were sailing on the following day. This was a nice place and I'd definitely come back even if I wasn't a guest at the hotel.
**The bartender provided my wife with a to-go cup with a refill of her club soda with lime. This was perfect for our walk back to the Hilton as it was still very hot outside and a beverage helped keep us hydrated.**
Dress Code: Casual
We were looking for a place to relax and unwind before heading off to dinner, so while walking in the Gaslamp District, we found Analog. A nice, hip place with excellent food and "strong" drinks. As an appetizer, we ordered Hummus & Pita as well as the BBQ Pork "Bahn Mi" Street Tacos.
Dress Code: Casual to hip
The zombie lounge is the only place I know in San Diego that has Pabst Blue ribbon on tap. The scene here is a mix of classic horror movies, hot rods, rockabilly, punk rock, graffiti, tattoos, checkerd floors, classic video games and cigerettes. yeah that about sums it up. Good drink specials, great juke box. The dj' s do a good job of not playing any crap.
If Frankenstein and Dracula went out for a beer, this is where they would probablly go.
Me like Zombie
Dress Code: coat and tie strictly enforced
The Comedy Store in La Jolla is a great place to spend an evening laughing with friends. It was ironic that on the night that I visited, there were three Italian comics from back East (New York and New Jersey) doing their thing out here on the West Coast. We have a great time cracking up with the crowd and enjoying a few drinks. The picture below shows Mike Marino - www.mmarino.com.
See the website for the schedule of comedians and for cover charges.
Dress Code: Come as you are.
Why this place?
Start with the ingenuity of transforming a Mediterranean-facade dry-cleaning business into an eminently hip lounge. The black and gold rotating arrow above (a holdover from the dry-cleaners days) is one of two motorized neon signs left in San Diego. It pinpoints a hangout that is as surprising as it is imaginative.
And so the inside of the 5,000-square-foot building became the hipster's equivalent of a luxury lounge – one either aboard a jumbo jet or tucked away in a big-city airport. The curved walls were painted stark white, allowing a sophisticated computerized lighting system to alter and manipulate the mood of the room upon whim. Projected on the south wall are airliner "windows," through which you watch clouds roll by, patches of multicolored sky changing hue ... even the space shuttle in flight.
Beverage servers are clad like the flight attendants of air travel's mod era (a la PSA), in short skirts and boots; bartenders wear pilot's dress shirts; barbacks don the flight suits of tarmac workers.
Outdoors, you'll find a separate patio with stainless steel furniture where you can smoke, mingle and read off the numbers on the bellys of the jetliners as they descend toward the Lindbergh Field runway.
Lounge achieves the off-the-tourist-track, private-club ambience that Couturier covets. It's not a private club, per se, but he hopes that the venue (capacity 236, with restaurant seating for 25 inside at a 27-foot-long counter and for 60 on the patio) will fill up nightly with customers who make reservations in advance, thus lessening or even eliminating the need for perpetually trying to manage and accommodate a line outside.
( by DAVID L. CODDON SD Tribune)
Dress Code: It's a she she la la type place so dress accordingly. Keep in mind though, San Diegians are known for their cool but not over dressed (nor over the top look).
Call ahead of time to get your name on the list. It's a private party thing, not really a bar. You must call or you are not getting in.
This is the best Country Music establishments in San Diego. The place is clean, well run and has a great sound system. A DJ plays the music. Wednesday nights are college student nights but Thursday thru Saturday, dancing to the Western Sound is the best. There is a $3 cover charge on Thursday and a $5 cover on Friday and Saturday.
Sunday is Dodgeball Night! No Cover and all the drinks are $2.25. It is absolutely a kick to watch the 30 or so teams involved in a double elimination on the dance floor which is surrounded by net. The spectators watch from the perimeter and from the floor above.
Lots of other promotions going on all the time.
Parking is free and abundant!
Country Dance lessons begin at 6:30pm Tue-Sat and they are free.
Hours: Tuesday-Sun 5pm-2am
Dress Code: No apparent dress code but Western attire is the norm.
College atmosphere, friendly bar service, indoor and outdoor seating, tons of TVs. Its a great place to watch your favorite sports or catch a bite and meet friends. Heated lamps outside make it cozy.
Dress Code: Anything goes.
Bartenders can be a little stand offish, but they soon warm up. Usually has live bands on the wknds. Warmers outside for those who smoke or need a break. Lighting could use some work.
Dress Code: Anything goes..its the beach
Humphrey's by the Bay is great for Smooth Jazz lovers. This is just what I was looking for on my last visit to San Diego. Every Sunday they have live jazz and a great brunch buffet. I know they also have a night club, special outdoor concerts, and very fine dinning.
Humphrey's is set on the inside coner of Shelter Island and from the very nice windows the view is of a large small boat harbor, and Point Loma beyond.
The live jazz was a local group, but they do have headliner special events. The local Smooth Jazz station, KIFM broadcasts live from there on Sundays.
Dress Code: Not that I know of, "tourist informal" to formal would work. Certainly clean up for this place.
The Rock Bottom Brewery in La Jolla is a great spot to grab a good meal and a fresh beer. On weekends it is full of UCSD students who can walk from campus.
Happy hours is everyday from 4-7pm & 10-12 pm. During happy hour, most drinks, including micro brew pints, are only $3.
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