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Gobble all the way to Turkey Day at these popular bars, restaurants and nightclubs.

 

By Annie Abrahamson

Let’s face it…sometimes the holidays in San Diego feel less than festive with all our sunshine, beaches, and beautiful weather. While the rest of the country layers up in scarves and sweaters to watch the leaves change and fall, we are still reaching for our sunglasses and enjoying happy hour on the patio. But while everyone else prepares to shovel their driveways and rake their lawns, we are putting that extra energy into some serious holiday planning. We don’t need cold weather to pull off a delicious feast or fun-filled gathering with family and friends, and we have our Gaslamp neighborhood bars, restaurants, and nightclubs to prove it!

 

 

Tuesday, November 26

barleymash/Ginger’s

barleymash is hosting a barley-Stache Silent Disco party to benefit the Movember charity. Guests will listen to music on headphones, which basically means the room will be full of people dancing in silence. This event will be held in Ginger’s located beneath barleymash. Mustaches are optional, and ‘70s attire is encouraged. 

600 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101

 

Wednesday, November 27 (Thanksgiving Eve)

El Chingon

Fiesta before you feast at this “Bad Ass Mexican Restaurant”! Enjoy specially-priced margaritas from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., including their signature Prickly Pear Margaritas made with Blanco tequila, orange, orange liqueur, and prickly pear – each for $5!

560 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101

 

Havana 1920

This Cuban spot guarantee guests will be “Havana” good time at their Drinksgiving event featuring its Don Q daiquiris for $5 each from 11 a.m. –1 a.m. From 10 p.m – 11 p.m., diners can indulge in a daiquiri and an award-winning Cubano sandwich combination for $12.

548 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101

 

 

Lionfish Modern Coastal Cuisine

Located in the Pendry San Diego, Lionfish (specializing in modern coastal cuisine) is hosting Friendsgiving featuring Thanksgiving dinner specials. This is the perfect place to take your classiest friends to enjoy some fresh-catch cuisine with seasonal ingredients in a modern and cutting-edge environment. Make your reservation here.

435 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101

Meze Greek Fusion

Yamas’ to Drinksgiving! Meze invites you to get in the holiday spirit with the spirits of Greece! Specials include $5 well cocktails, draft beers, and glasses of house wine along with a full drink menu featuring an assortment of craft cocktails, Greek wines, local drafts, and bottled beers.

345 Sixth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101

Oxford Social Club

Friendsgiving wouldn’t be complete without good friends and…Wild Turkey Shots for $5! Oxford social has both along with beats from DJ Shadowman. They are also celebrating Black Friday early with a $100 first bottle special! Make your bottle service reservation here.

435 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101

Parq Restaurant & Nightclub

The holidays always seem to drum up big talent, and this year Parq is delivering! On Thanksgiving Eve, DJ Mustard will be delivering his hits on a dance floor platter. Grab your ticket here.

615 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101

 

Prohibition

“Drinksgiving” is exactly how it sounds…and Prohibition is all about the drinks! Party like it’s the 1920’s with $5 Old Fashioned cocktails and $5 house lagers from 8 p.m. – 9 p.m. Local musicians, Lafayette Blues Band, will kick off the holiday weekend providing live music all night long! Can’t get enough? Your favorite speakeasy will also be open on Thanksgiving from 8 p.m. – 12 a.m.

548 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Side Bar Nightclub & Lounge

If a party is what you’re after, look no further. Side Bar’s Wednesday nights are infamous in the Gaslamp, and this Thanksgiving Eve is no exception. Join in on this special “Latin Edition” Industry Night featuring DJ Susie. Click here to get on the guest list or here for bottle service.

 536 Market St., San Diego, CA 92101

Tipsy Crow

Remember back in college when you went home for the holidays and saw all your high school friends? Tipsy Crow is tapping into their nostalgic side with “Legends Night Tipsy High School Reunion Keg Party.” All three floors will be open, and they’ll have drink specials all night. And if you want more, they will be open at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day!

770 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101

 

Tin Roof

Let loose before heading to your family’s house with some live music and drink specials at Tin Roof! Their Friendsgiving party includes entertainment by Keep Your Soul, as well as $2 Candy Corn shots, $3 Fireball, and $12 Pitchers!

401 G St., San Diego, CA 92101

Thursday, November 28 (Thanksgiving Day)

Bandar

Bandar restaurant wishes you a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving! The restaurant with be open during regular hours 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m., come enjoy a good old Persian entrée from their classic menu!

845 Fourth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

barleymash

Who wants to cook when you can have a three-course Thanksgiving dinner at barleymash! Enjoy your holiday favorites including butternut squash soup, andouille stuffed turkey roulade, garlic mashed potatoes, spiced apple & raisin bread pudding, and more! And the best part is…your kitchen will stay clean! Reservations strongly recommended, so call or email Lizzie@barleymashsd.com for more information.

600 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101

Cafe Sevilla

You may not be traveling to Spain this holiday season, but Sevilla is the next best thing! Spice up your Thanksgiving Day with live music and a delicious three-course prix fixe menu featuring classic holiday dishes with a Spanish twist. $39.50 for adults and $19.50 for kids.

353 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101

 

El Chingon

We know big family dinners can be stressful. So stop in, kiss your Great Aunt Hazel, and then hurry over to El Chingon for a Feliz Día de Acción de Gracias! They will be open from 5 p.m. – 2 p.m. with their signature Ritmo party, a Latin event featuring reggaeton, Spanish trap, Laton Top 40’s and hip hop!

560 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101

House of Blues

In the spirit of giving, HOB will provide a Thanksgiving meal to more than 200 members of our community who are in need of some extra love and support. They have partnered with several non-profit organizations that have distributed tickets to guests who will have access to a warm, traditional Thanksgiving meal. The event begins at 9:30 a.m. with a special performance by Mission Bay High School. Note: This event is ticket/invite only and is not open to the public.

1055 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101

Le Parfait Paris

If you’re hosting your own Thanksgiving dinner, do yourself a favor and get your desserts from Le Parfait Paris! This Thanksgiving, they are baking up an apple, cinnamon, and pecan pie! This dream-worthy pie is topped with house-made caramelized apple with cinnamon, pecans, and a crumble finish for $35 (serves 10). For pastry lovers, they offer a 2 lb or 3 lb croissant with vanilla or chocolate. Last minute desserts can be picked up, but we recommend pre-ordering here.

555 G St., San Diego, CA. 92101

Meze Greek Fusion

If you want to add some Mediterranean flare to your holiday fare, head to Meze for a delicious Thanksgiving Greek Dinner buffet (only $25.99 per person, which is cheaper than a large turkey!).

345 Sixth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101

Osetra

If you’re looking for the perfect place to bring your family, Osetra Seafood and Steaks is it! Not only do they have a delicious three-course menu for adults, but their three-course kids’ menu might be one of the most gourmet children’s menus we’ve ever seen!

904 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101

Osteria Panevino

Sometimes, it’s best to stick with the classics. Osteria Panevino’s Thanksgiving menu will make you nostalgic for your Grandma’s cooking. Great choice if you’re a bit homesick or just too far from Grandma’s house! Check out their menu here.  

722 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101

 

 

Rustic Root

Leave the cooking up to Rustic Root while you sit down and enjoy a three-course holiday meal! Nosh on all your Thanksgiving favorites with a rustic twist in the downstairs dining room between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. If you’re looking for something more casual, head to the rooftop for football, views of the Gaslamp, and food from their regular menu! View their holiday menu here.

535 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101

The Sugar Factory American Brasserie

The Sugar Factory American Brasserie at Theatre Box is starting a new tradition by offering its first three-course Thanksgiving feast beginning at 5 p.m. for $49 per person. However, if you want to up the ante for an additional $10, you can choose to add the “Gobble Gobble Insane Milkshake” to your meal. This crazy treat is made with (are you ready for this?): vanilla ice cream and pumpkin pie chunks, topped with whipped cream, sprinkles, a slice of pumpkin pie and a dark chocolate turkey in a chocolate ganache covered mug, covered with candy pumpkins.

701 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101

Union Kitchen & Tap

Thanksgiving is a day filled with friends, family, food, and football! If you’re a Cowboys or Bills fan, Union Kitchen & Tap is where you want to be! Feast on a three-course Thanksgiving meal (holiday menu runs all day) while watching the game and sipping on $5 Apple Pie Mules! Make your reservation here

333 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101