best places to take visitors - san diego
suggestions for places to take a visiting guest? not neccessarily looking for a foodie experience. looking for somewhere with either a view, semi-scene or mellow wine bar. or somewhere with a great happy hour menu!
thoughts at this point are:
hotel solamar rooftop
would prefer downtown / hillcrest / mission hills area of town.
There is actually a wine bar in Point Loma (Liberty Station) called MELLOW, a wine bar! They have a great happy hour from 4-7PM weekdays, tasting events on Tuesdays and an awesome deal on tastes for Sat during the day (5 tastes of wine for $10 or 10 tastes for $20). They also have panini's, salads and light apps.
Prado is in the middle of Balboa Park, which is a great setting for their patio. I know that they have been mentioned on the board before, but I can't recall if it was positive or negative. Sorry about that, but a search for "Prado" or "Balboa Park" should pick it up.
Prado At Balboa Park
Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101
I agree that c level has lovely views. We also like to watch the seaworld fireworks from El Agave in old town and I do like the food. I usually take people to celadon too, the foods great, the service is lovely (esp boo) and the people watching is always fun. There is always something funny going on there.
Both Hamilton's and O'brien's have an excellent local beer selection.
If making the trek up to Alpine isn't a problem you could try out the Liar's Club. The beer selection is on par with Hamilton's but I think the food is slightly better.
For a slightly smaller (but still excellent) local beer selection and excellent food you could take your visitors to The Linkery.
Everyone has given great suggestions and to add to the mix, I like the Bali Hai..best mai tais and they have some pretty decent food..views are stunning.
Love C level/Island Prime and the food is getting better.
Outside on the deck of the Fish Market is always a good time.
Top of the Hyatt
Bertrand's at Mister A's
Any rooftop bar in the Gaslamp..during a Padre game the Marriott Gaslamp has a fun bar..across the street from Petco Park.
Brigantine Shelter Island for the Happy hour
If you venture North..
Jake's Del Mar
Crab Catcher on the patio
La Valencia out on the patio overlooking the Pacific.
View: I agree on C Level and Hotel Solamar Rooftop. If you want to step up the food one more notch I suggest Island Prime. And then for another step you could do Mr. A's which has an amazing view (especially at sunset).
Scene: Maybe Bondi, Basic or The Field. Bondi was pretty fun the one time I went there and they've got solid Australian food and beers. I've only been to Basic late at night so I can't speak to it during more normal hours, but for late night eating and an atmosphere it's good stuff. The Field has pretty damned good authentic Irish food and an great pub atmosphere. The Boxties are excellent.
Wine Bar: Wine Steals in Hillcrest is my favorite.
If the weather is nice, drinks on the patio at C Level is hard to beat. Great view and pleasant enough surroundings. Food has always been inconsistent to me, but if you have to have food, the apps can be pretty good.
For a mellow wine bar try either 3rd Corner or The Vine, both in OB