Can’t decide on the perfect place for you and your date on Valentine’s Day? We’re here to help guide you on the always treacherous decision process of where to go for Valentine’s Day.
For the Outdoorsy Couple: One Door North (North Park)
After spending the day traipsing around Mount Soledad or hiking to potato chip rock, you’ll definitely need to cool off with an earthy cocktail. One Door North is a restaurant inspired by the husband / wife owners’ love of the great outdoors. For an “InTents” experience, book a tent table to enjoy a menu inspired by the season.
Drink: “Pollinator” // Eat: Fennel Sausage & Mushroom Flatbread
For the Couple Who Wants to Try Something New: Clara (Carlsbad)
One of the newest additions to the North County scene is Clara. Located in the Village Faire, it’s a fresh destination for cocktail enthusiasts. Behind the sessionable bar program featuring drinks that are lower in alcohol than average is Seth Marquez, and his use of porróns makes this a fun date destination. The cocktail list is equally matched by a flavorful food menu created by Chef Alex Carballo.
Drink: Literally anything in a porrón // Eat: Cauliflower Tacos and Salmon a la Plancha
For the Couple whose New Year’s Resolution was to Eat Vegan: Kindred (South Park)
If you’re just a die-hard vegan couple you probably already have reservations to one of San Diego’s most impressive restaurants – Kindred. With a badass cocktail menu, bar manager David Kinsey leads the scene in San Diego when it comes to hedonistic vegan cocktails. Juxtaposed against the charming neighborhood, this heavy metal bar & restaurant also boasts some of the most edgy food menus you’ll find in San Diego.
Drink: “Psychotropic” Punchbowl // Eat: Beet Risotto and Soul Crush
For the Couple who Enjoys Mezcal and Oaxacan Flavors: Tahona (Old Town)
Everyone has a crazy tequila story, but how about a fun Mezcal story? If you don’t have one yet, then you’ll need to head over to Tahona with your trusted partner in crime. With its location next to the historic El Campo Santo Cemetery, impressive Mezcal selection and Oaxacan-inspired food menu, you’ll definitely have a great story to tell by the end of the night.
Drink: Mezcal Flight // Eat: Scallop Aguachile and Pulpo Negro
For the Quintessential San Diego Couple: Amplified Ale Works (Pacific Beach)
Nothing says “San Diego” more than enjoying a beer by the beach and watching the sunset with your date. For the more casual, beer-loving couple, Amplified Ale Works offers award-winning beers and a light Mediterranean-inspired menu with a casual atmosphere and ocean views. Also, every house beer is gluten-reduced and the menu presents an array of gluten-free and vegetarian food options.
Drink: Electric Mud // Eat: Doner Fries to share and the Apple Crisp for dessert
Editor’s Disclaimer: Aubree is the owner of Assault Media, providing PR for beverage clients including Amplified Ale Works