It’s Spring Break time in San Diego! Translation: Good luck parking by the beach. Spring Breakers from all over the country are flooding our beautiful beachsides for some much-needed sunlight and day drinking. Some people choose to live inland, crazy right? This week we’re showcasing the best places to eat and drink in every Spring Breakers favorite neighborhood, Pacific Beach. It’s time to grab your bikini, check into your Mission Blvd vacation rental and hit the beach.
Pacific Beach is basically Spring Break headquarters, and Spring Break never ends. Garnet and Mission Blvd are littered with bars, pubs and bars masqueraded as restaurants. Firehouse is a restaurant by day, bar by night local favorite. Sit in the newly renovated bottom floor while you enjoy your brunch. The menu has tasty options like the Croque Madame and Lox Bagel. If you don’t need to eat just yet grab a drink on the rooftop overlooking the Pacific. Don’t miss College Night every Thursday 9 pm to close. Bring your college ID for half off your tab, and tons of fun.
Located right on the corner of Garnet and Mission Blvd, Sushi Kuchi is the perfect dinner time spot for your spring break squad. Sushi Kuchi is famous for its always 50% off rolls and .99 cent sake bombs. We LOVE the Pink roll, which is filled with spicy tuna, salmon, avocado and drizzled with spicy mayo. Sushi Kuchi is usually packed with college kids drinking sake so the atmosphere is never dull. The best place to get your southern California seafood fix without stopping the party. Sake, sake!
Duck Dive has everything a Spring Breaker needs: brunch, cheap drinks, and FOOD. College kids flock to Duck Dive for their bottomless mimosa brunch from 9 am to 1 pm every weekend. For an appetizer we recommend the Duck Fat Fries, which are perfect the morning after a week of drinking. If you can only go to Duck Dive once make sure it’s for Taco Tuesday. San Diegans take Taco Tuesday very seriously, and Duck Dive always has a line outside the door for their $2.50 craft beers after 9 pm. Be warned, you may need to fight your way to the bar.
The Local, nestled on Mission Blvd just a few blocks south of Crystal Pier, is another restaurant with great food and fun nightlife. We love the Ahi Tuna Poke and the Big Wet Burrito, pictured above. The Local has events all week to keep the Spring Break festivities going. Stop in for weekday happy hour, Free Taco Tuesday, Trivia Wednesday and Champagne Brunch on the weekends. Try California favorites like Chilaquiles and Chicken & Waffles during the Champagne Brunch if you really want to feel like a Local.
If you’re visiting San Diego you have to try the beer. San Diego has over 135+ breweries and it’s something we’re very proud of. SD Taproom is a local craft beer bar and kitchen situated on Garnet Ave. With its 50 craft beers on tap and 100+ bottles Taproom is a beer lovers dream. We love Taproom so much we did a Restaurant Spotlight on them! Try their Lobster Mac and Cheese when you’re craving a fancier hangover meal. For those on a tighter budget, you can never go wrong with the Truffle Fries and Mushroom Swiss Burger washed down with a freshly poured beer.
If you need a breather from the Spring Break madness, or perhaps more food, hop over to another neighborhood for one of our walking food tours. We recommend Encinitas for a more laidback beach vibe!