Our Executive Assistant Jackie Fennelly has been on the prowl for new and/or noteworthy restaurants, venues and activities all over Southern California. Here are some of her recent finds. If you’re interested in hosting your next group event at one of these locations, give us a buzz at 888.EVENT.88! The Event Team would be thrilled to help you coordinate your next corporate event or activity!
Ballast Point Tasting Room & Kitchen (Little Italy)
Within the 9,000-square-feet of this beer wonderland is a 5 BBL brew house that’s producing all kinds of specialty beers to be featured at the 50-tap tasting bar. One half of the space is like a traditional tasting room, without seats but plenty of surfaces on which to rest your glass. On the other side, the dining area holds tables of different heights and an eating counter that spans a wall of windows looking out onto India Street. Even more seating is available in the beer garden. Food is ordered via a front register, or at the tasting bar, and delivered to you. The all-day menu, split into sections labeled Land, Sea and Garden, incorporates brewpub familiars (burger, fish taco, bratwurst) and chef-driven dishes, including a surf & turf of cumin-seared albacore and crispy pork belly, duck confit salad, house made herb gnocchi and house smoked seafood. In charge of the kitchen is chef Colin MacLaggan, who is also doing seasonal specials and beer dinners; a three course prix fixe, with beer pairings, is offered daily.
Interactive Brewmaster Event (on or off-property)
San Diego is leading the charge in the country’s burgeoning craft beer industry, much to the excitement of tourists and locals alike. For this fun and interactive event, we provide a panel of six craft beer experts, including brewmasters, cicerones (beer sommeliers), and local craft beer educators. We’ll set up several interactive and entertaining stations, manned by our experts, where guests can enjoy visiting at their leisure. At these tables guests can learn how beer is made, play with the ingredients, and ask questions of our experts. There will be beer-related gifts for all. San Diego local brewmasters will circulate during the 2 hour event and speak with guests about the beer making process and the craft beer culture.
This dance lounge and music venue in a sprawling, 3,000 square foot space brings a retro vibe to two rooms. The first is a more relaxed cocktail bar featuring an impressive menu of 50 thoughtfully curated craft cocktails, and holds a pool table, upright piano, and plush booths to hang out in. Think mirror ceilings, blue hues, and wood accents for a rather comfy place to sip something like a Stone Cold Fox, made with tequila, sherry, apricot liqueur, and cardamaro. The dance room, called The Disco, also has bottled cocktails and cocktails on draft for quick service and a hand selected beer and wine list. The dance floor holds an analog LED lighting system while the raised seating area can also change into a space for a full band.
Part rustic cocktail lounge and part Hollywood club, Warwick, a warehouse of exposed brick, fireplaces, and unfinished ceilings, has a simple concept. Take the typical Hollywood club, but give it more of a rough, indie feel, and vastly upgrade the alcoholic options to seasonal craft cocktails made with better booze and quality ingredients. As one can see from the layout, it’s a space suited to table/bottle service, but in this case the bar program is executed by top talent Jason Bran and Damian Windsor who are also the masterminds behind the bar at The Roger Room. While one can always order a drink from the venue’s multiple bars, here’s how tableside cocktail service works. Those who reserve a table score a personal cocktail attendant to make drinks throughout the night. A table might come with a choice spirit, fresh squeezed juice, housemade syrup or bitters, seasonal garnishes, housemade “foams,” and depending on the drink, fancy ice like gravity pressed ice spheres.