Here's a fascinating video about our city. Whether you are just visiting or you've lived here for years, you'll learn a few things from watching this video...
Mission Beach and Pacific Beach are two different places. A lot of times tourists ask us to take them to Mission Beach but what they really want is Pacific Beach (or vice versa); and then they end up calling another taxi or walking 40 minutes to get to where they want to go.
Yes, Mission Beach is a great beach and there are a few great spots to grab a drink or burger, but Pacific Beach and North Pacific Beach offer a larger restaurant and bar scene.
Then, to confuse things even more, there's also Mission Bay.
Here are the highlights for Mission Beach, Mission Bay, Pacific Beach (PB), and North Pacific Beach (North PB):
Silver Fox - 1833 Garnet Ave, 92109
Least expensive drink prices you'll find in PB aside from bringing your own flask in your boot.
This is a dive bar that makes you feel like you stepped back in time to the 1980's. Well, no you didn't, but you did step down a flight of stairs onto leopard print carpet.
Open Bar - 4302 Mission Blvd, 92109
Least expensive drink prices you'll find in Pacific Beach aside from the Silver Fox. Basically this is a dive bar with dancing near other bars so you can make this a stop on your bar hopping tour.
The Local - 809 Thomas Ave, 92109
Two-story bar that will have you paying double-digits for a shot of tequila and you may have to wait in line to get in and then wait in line to get upstairs. Double-digits, double-lines.
Shoreclub - 4343 Ocean Blvd, 92109
My personal favorite. Whoever is in charge of the music here, is a genius. Beautiful views of the ocean and great music if you like a variety of songs dating back to the 80's. No dance floor but you can dance where you're standing.
Duck Dive - 4650 Mission Blvd, 92109
Two words: Bottomless Mimosas.
On Saturday and Sunday from 9am - 3pm (and during the wk 10am-1pm) they serve bottomless mimosas for $17.50 which of course means this place is packed with 21-25 year old's during that time. They do also have other great specials and good food, as well as tv's for watching football on Sundays.
Moonshine Beach - 1165 Garnet Ave, 92109
Awesome if you like country music, line dancing, America, and/or girls in daisy dukes. Huge dance floor and live music most nights!
Warning: There is a $10 cover charge (or more if there is a concert) after 8pm, unless you go online, get on the list, and then arrive before 10pm.