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Nov 8, 2010 10:25 PM

21st Birthday Suggestions! :D


I am new to Chowhound~ But I have always loved this website!

My 21st birthday is this Thursday (11/11)! Woo! But I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions as to what I should do at midnight of Thursday~ When I actually "turn" 21! And if anyone had any suggestions for the night of! Downtown SD? PB? Gaslamp?

I am in the La Jolla area, and was considering TGIF... but I heard the one here is not that great~
Any ideas? and thank you! :D

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  1. Have cocktail (and dinner) at Starlite with friends

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    1. re: honkman

      That is a great idea! You only turn 21 once and you should do it at a fun bar/restaurant. Craft and Commerce has good food and great cocktails in Little Italy.
      If you want to stay in La Jolla (and by La Jolla I don't mean University City/UTC) go to Whisk-n-ladlle (fun bar) or the bar at George's California Modern.
      TGIFriday's is, well to be honest, a cruddy chain. Why would you spend an important birthday at a chain that only attempts to be mediocre to suit the masses?

      1. re: jturtle

        Yes, I agree completely with these suggestions. Either Starlite or Craft & Commerce would be great. Neighborhood/Noble Experiment would be good too.

        This week is San Diego Beer Week so if ddalki_kiss is into beer at all he/she might want to look into some of those events. A few good options on Thursday:

        Small Bar - Maui Brewing night -

        30th Street Green Flash Progressive Dinner at Sea Rocket, Ritual Tavern, The Linkery, El Take It Easy, Blind Lady, etc. (this is a great option) -

        Blind Lady - New Belgium night -

        If you wanted to end the 30th street night with a PB scene you could end at True North -

        If you want actual PB, the San Diego Taproom is having a sort of North County breweries night:

        And last but not least, there's always Eleven since it'll be 11/11 -

        And I just realized that several of these places might not be open after midnight. Are you looking for Wednesday night or Thursday night? I'm confused.

        1. re: DougOLis

          I'm sorry for the confusion but I was actually looking for both Wednesday night and Thursday night! haha

          I heard about PB Bar & Grill, have you been?

          I am not a huge fan of beer but I would like to try it out more, so these suggestions are great! Thank you! And I am a girl~ haha to clear up any confusion

          1. re: ddalki_kiss

            the last time I was at PB Bar & Grill (a loooong time ago), the food was meh, at best. Your typical, fried, greasy bar food. Nothing special and nothing memorable. If that's what you're looking for, then it'll suffice. o/w, follow the great suggestions everyone has given you.

            1. re: daantaat

              Agree with daantaat that the food at PB Bar & Grill is just average and nothing even remotely good. Definitely not a place where I would like to celebrate a 21st birthday. There are many good but still affordable options in San Diego which are much better.

            2. re: ddalki_kiss

              I have been to PBBar and Grill for College Football Saturdays for the past 5+ years. The last time was this past Saturday for Brunch. The food here is very very good.

              There are also various daily Specials. Wednesday is burger and beer for $5, Thursday is Sushi.

              There is one game every year which starts at 5:30 San Diego time and being there at 5:30 on a Saturday night is very crowded.

              1. re: ddalki_kiss

                Yes, I've been to PB Bar & Grill. Not my scene but I guess it's good for a college party scene.

            3. re: jturtle

              So true! I didn't want to really go to TGIF but had no idea where else to go! Haha, but I was considering PB Bar & Grill~ But all these other places sound great too! Thank you!

              1. re: ddalki_kiss

                Well, you have to get PB out of your system sometime. . .

          2. I didn't know there was a good TGIF's?! Starlite, noble experiment or syrah would all be good for a 21st birthday.

            3175 India Street, San Diego, CA 92103

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            1. re: SDGourmand

              Hahaha I know right? I dislike TGIF but didn't want to go anywhere too expensive because we're a large group and heard about their late night happy hours~

              Those sound great! Thank you!

            2. Please don't go to TGIF! And please don't stay in UTC! As long as you're not going for a 21 shots kind of 21st birthday, I would definitely go to one of the speakeasies downtown. Get a small group of friends, dress to the nines, and have some great cocktails at either Noble Experiment or Prohibition. At least, that's how I wish I would've spent my 21st birthday...

              1. I don't have anything to add, just wanted to state that 11/11 is a good birthday to have.

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                1. re: RB Hound

                  haha thank you~ i know right? this year it will be 11/11/11 :D

                2. Happy 21st Birthday!
                  Party like its 1999...rooms at the US Grant Hotel on expedia are $139 for 5* hotel under deals on 11/11..then you can hang out in the Gaslamp with all your friends eating and drinking..
                  Tower23 in PB is another thought and drinks at JRDN and then bar crawl your way down it all the way down to the Night Owl and you can make it a 'dive bar' crawl..
                  Another option is Vegas baby..
                  Report back and have a great time!


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                  1. re: Beach Chick

                    21 and in the La Jolla / UTC area? Probably has Friday classes. :)

                    1. re: RB Hound

                      Yeah, but its only 8 minutes from the Gaslamp to LJ /UTC...hee hee