With so many new activities, restaurants, bars, venues, etc., popping up all over Southern California, we thought we’d keep you updated periodically on a couple of our favorites. Today we will focus on two new San Diego spaces, Bailiwick and Bang Bang.
Bailiwick (756 5th Avenue) may be a new kid on the block, but it’s already living up to its name (the term refers to “an area of expertise”). It just received a “Best of” pick in San Diego Magazine for Best Bar Decor, as well as a nod for “Where to Drink During Comic-Con” by the Union Tribune. Thankfully, the folks at Bailiwick have moved away from the so-trendy-it’s-tired prohibition era aesthetic. Sure, there’s a claw-foot bathtub and a few mules on the menu, but thankfully the space has upped the downtown drinking ante with classic and innovative cocktails, fresh artisanal fare, and charming decor that incorporates just the right amount of opulence.
*Find out more about the impressive architecture and design of Bailiwick here.
Bang Bang (526 Market Street) is hot off the presses, opening just last week in the space formerly known as Airr Supper Club. Offering up Asian street food from Chef Jose Rouigomez, the new Japanese social house takes a 180-degree turn from its predecessor, moving away from minimalist decor in favor of an audio/visual explosion of sensations, featuring dramatic colors, rotating projections on large video screens and huge paper lanterns lining the ceiling. The versatile space incorporates both a small 22-seat sushi bar and a massive 300-person theatre for DJ nights. All these amazing attributes, and we still can’t decide if our favorite part is the shrine to Ryan Gosling in the women’s restroom, or the 5′ wide disco ball! Decisions, decisions!
*Read more about Bang Bang here.