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Holiday Bowl: San Diego Bars & Restaurants Recommendations

Dining and drinking suggestions for UCLA fans before and after the 2012 Holiday Bowl in San Diego where the Bruins will take on Baylor Bears.

Fortunately for Charger fans, we will be able to watch another #17 in Bruin blue at Qualcomm Stadium.
Fortunately for Charger fans, we will be able to watch another #17 in Bruin blue at Qualcomm Stadium.
Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE

Special thanks to the frontpagers at Bruins Nation for their suggestions on the finer points of America's Finest City.

San Diego, home of the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl and LA's sister city to the south, is known as America's Finest City due to its year-round great weather, strong military presence and general laidback atmosphere. While there are plenty of tourist attractions (San Diego Zoo, San Diego Wild Animal Park and Sea World anyone?), our frontpagers have a few lodging and dining suggestions for those who will be staying in the city.

Hotel Suggestions

Hotel del Coronado - Ask for room 1408 if you believe in ghosts

Hotel Solamar - Check out the rooftop bar

Andaz San Diego - Party on the roof!

San Diego Marriot Gaslamp Quarter - The rooftop lounge is nice.

Hotel Indigo San Diego - what do you know? This place has a nice rooftop bar too.

Dining and (Responsible) Drinking Suggestions

Del Mar

Jake's Del Mar

Poseidon Restaurant On The Beach


Grant Grill

Cafe Sevilla

Urban Bar & Grill

Hopping Pig

Proper Gastropub


Gaslamp Tavern


Encinitas Ale House


Stone Brewery

La Jolla

George's at the Cove

Midway (near the San Diego Sports Arena)

Phil's BBQ

Broken Yolk Café

BGR The Burger Joint

Mission Hills

Lucha Libre - Try the Surf and Turf Burrito and call early to reserve the champions booth.

Little known fact: In the movie Anchorman starring Will Ferrell, Jack Black, while riding a motorcycle gets a Lucha Libre burrito thrown at him.

El Indio

Mission Valley

Gordon Biersch

Ocean Beach

Wave House

Pacific Beach

PB Fish House

PB Shore Club

Costa Brava


The Fishery

Enoteca Adriano

Turquoise Café



The Tap Room

Broken Yolk Café (2)

Qualcomm Stadium Adjacent

McGregor's Bar & Grill

Seaport Village

South Park

Hamilton's Tavern

If you are from San Diego or from around the area, please feel free to add your own favorite spots for dining and responsible drinking.