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Bars & Happy Hours

Drinking against the tide

Posted: January 27th, 2017 | Bars & Happy Hours, Featured, Food & Drink | No Comments

By Dr. Ink It was a mellow afternoon at Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, the international chain that rooted itself in San Diego’s beer culture more than a decade ago with German-style “biers” adhering to that country’s ancient purity laws. There’s only one location in San Diego among nearly 30 others spread throughout the country, plus a few in Taiwan. I’ve been here often for full meals, combining them usually with the company’s smooth, malty Marzen, […]

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Highpoint in Ocean Beach

Posted: November 18th, 2016 | Bars & Happy Hours, Columns, Featured, Food & Drink | No Comments

By Dr. Ink | Come on Get Happy! It’s touted as the tallest outdoor patio on Newport Avenue in Ocean Beach, which becomes indisputable once you gaze beyond the ledge with a beer under your nose and look down at all the other rooftops in the vicinity. The ocean and the palm trees in front of it steal the view, and you suddenly feel as though you’re on top of the world.

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Versatility at Sammy’s

Posted: November 4th, 2016 | Bars & Happy Hours, Featured, Food & Drink | No Comments

By Dr. Ink Since its humble beginnings in San Diego 27 years ago, Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza & Grill has spawned multiple locations, allowing customers to nosh on internationally inspired dishes while partaking in numerous wines, select craft beers and soju cocktails. Gone are the days when only pizza and domestic brews like Budweiser dominated the menu.

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Probiotic bonus

Posted: October 21st, 2016 | Bars & Happy Hours, Columns, Featured, Food & Drink | No Comments

By Dr. Ink Happy hour at Farmer’s Bottega is presented on a wine bottle, which lists the daily drink and food specials served at a small, curvy bar that seats about eight guests. It’s an intimate space that doesn’t intrude on the fairly large dining room, allowing you to rub elbows with other patrons while sipping on craft beers, house wines or bellinis made with fresh-fruit puree.

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Margarita gluttony

Posted: September 23rd, 2016 | Bars & Happy Hours, Featured, Food & Drink | No Comments

By Dr. Ink Since learning about the humungous margaritas and free happy-hour nibbles at The Amigo Spot in Hotel Circle in Mission Valley, it finally floated to the top of my list for appraisal. The restaurant sits off the beaten track for locals, but not so much for tourists staying at the nearly 60-year-old Kings Inn, which is also home to the more popular breakfast-lunch diner, The Waffle Spot.

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Under the moose

Posted: September 9th, 2016 | Bars & Happy Hours, Featured, Food & Drink | No Comments

By Dr. Ink The whimsical theme of a hunter’s lodge flowing throughout Barn Brewery parallels that of the former Tractor Room in Hillcrest, which a decade ago set a local trend of drinking in the company of prairie animals stuffed and mounted by taxidermists. Yet unlike the Tractor Room, the Barn complements its food menu with beer only. About eight of them are signature varieties brewed onsite. Also, the exterior and interior rely on ubiquitous […]

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