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San Diego, CA

“I’ve always been inspired by the beauty and happiness of San Diego. The climate, with our blue sky, and vast oceans have created a “quality of life” scenario that is important to all who live here. That happiness has made its way into all of my music. A type of aspirational, a bit rebellious, but energetic DNA that is present in every song I write.” – Tom Delonge

Curated by: Tom Delonge, Garden Echo, Broken Stems, The Frights, Sydney Blake, The Gloomies, The Lucy Ring, The Lulls, Rocket From The Crypt, Oh Spirit

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San Diego, CA
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Prepkitchen Del Mar
Prepkitchen Del Mar
Prepkitchen Del Mar is located right by the ocean, offering up some of the best coastal views in San Diego. Winner of many “Best Outdoor Dining” accolades, settle into their patio while enjoying artisanal, farm-to-table cuisine paired with delicious craft cocktails.
Prepkitchen Del Mar, Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, CA, United States
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Soma
All-ages punk, indie and hardcore venue.
Soma, Sports Arena Boulevard, San Diego, CA, United States
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The Casbah
Legendary underground rock venue with an established history of booking up-and-coming bands before they breakout (including Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana and Alanis Morissette to name a few). Other entertainment includes pool tables and pinball. Bring earplugs, the space is small and loud.
The Casbah, Kettner Boulevard, San Diego, CA, United States
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Belly Up
Award-winning low key live music venue featuring concerts and events ranging from emerging to popular artists. Expect everything from alternative rock, rock, reggae, and hip-hop to blues, folk, jazz, Latin and more, plus the occasional dance party thrown in the mix.
Belly Up, South Cedros Avenue, Solana Beach, San Diego County, CA, United States
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Soda Bar San Diego
Cool music venue that also has pool tables and arcade games. Cheap drinks and cheap cover charges make this spot accessible to all.
Soda Bar, El Cajon Boulevard, San Diego, CA, United States
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Kensington Cafe
Neighborhood cafe with a dog-friendly patio serving coffee, beer, wine, food and dessert. Community is emphasized through regularly showcasing local artwork and hosting live music.
Kensington Cafe, Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA, United States
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Kaffee Meister
Family-owned coffee house serving dark-roast espresso, lattes and cappuccinos and teas, plus a variety of pastry and breakfast options available all day. Enjoy local music on Wednesday and Friday nights and an open mic every Thursday.
Kaffee Meister - Santee Coffeehouse, Carlton Hills Boulevard, Santee, CA, United States
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Cafe Bassam
The oldest coffeehouse in San Diego outfitted with antique furniture, photos, jewelry, paintings, guns, clocks and rifles. Locals love the Chai Latte.
Cafe Bassam, Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA, United States
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Isabelle Briens French Pastry Cafe
Cafe serving pastries, breakfast and lunch items, plus gourmet coffee and tea. Locals love the croissants (try the almond), along with their danishes, turnovers, palmiers, cinnamon crispies, crepes and more.
Isabelle Briens French Pastry Cafe, North El Camino Real, Encinitas, CA, United States
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Haggo’s Organic Taco
Flavorful fish tacos by the beach. Owner James Haggard sources organic ingredients and prepares the halibut in his own dry rub.
Haggo's Organic Taco, North Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA, United States
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City Tacos
Taquería in North Park that serves mouth watering Mexi-Cali eats inspired by recipes passed down through generations. Try the chorizo and Callo con Rajas
City Tacos, University Avenue, San Diego, CA, United States
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Spruce Street Suspension Bridge
This hidden pedestrian suspension bridge stretches 375 feet long, and offers beautiful views of the Sessions Canyon 70 feet below. The bridge was built in 1912, and engineered by Edwin Capps as a footbridge for access to the new trolley lines built on Fourth and Fifth avenue. It now serves as a secret, serene spot loved by both locals and visitors.
Spruce Street Suspension Bridge, San Diego, CA, United States
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The Cardiff Kook
Surfer statue in Cardiff-by-the-sea. Kook is a slang term for a wannabe surfer and though the statue was intended as a tribute to local surf culture, its form has been deemed incorrect by professional surfers. The statue was originally intended to be riding a massive wave, but plans fell through when the Cardiff Botanical Society ran out of funding. So today it stands as is.
S Coast Hwy 101, Cardiff, CA 92007, United States
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La Jolla
Known as San Diego's "jewel by the sea," La Jolla is one of the top beach destinations in the world. La Jolla attracts locals and visitors alike for its beautiful beaches, the La Jolla Cove which is perfect for snorkeling and scuba diving, La Jolla Shores for surfing and kayaking and much more.
La Jolla, San Diego, CA, United States
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Kate Sessions Park
This park offers amazing views of Mission Bay, the Pacific Ocean and the city below. The 79-acre park is perched high atop Lamont Street at Soledad Road and is named after noted local horticulturalist and “Mother of Balboa Park,” Kate Sessions. The park is divided into two section: a low sloping area ideal for picnicking and activities. The north side features wild habitat with coastal sage scrub and numerous hiking trails for nature loves.
Kate Sessions Park, Soledad Road, San Diego, CA, United States
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Torry Pines State Natural Reserve
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is one of the wildest stretches of land on the Southern California coast. Featuring 1,500 acres of preserved land including the maritime chaparral, the rare Torrey pine, miles of unspoiled beaches, and a lagoon vital to migrating seabirds. Experience California in its purest most natural state.
Torrey Pines State Reserve, San Diego, CA, United States
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Old Point Loma Lighthouse
The Old Point Loma Lighthouse is the highest point of the Cabrillo National Monument park and has been a San Diego icon since 1855 when it was built by the United States government after California's admission as a state. It is no longer operational and currently functions as a museum.
Old Point Loma Lighthouse, Cabrillo Memorial Drive, San Diego, CA, United States
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Petco Park
Petco Park is home to Major League Baseball team the San Diego Padres. The arena has beautiful views of the city and its architecture celebrates the sea, the sky, and cultural diversity of San Diego: Indian sandstone and stucco, white steel and dark blue seats mimic the beaches and ocean by the bay. Also hots concerts, soccer, golf, and rugby events. "An afternoon game that extends into a perfect 70 degree evening at Petco Park is heaven." - Tom Delonge
Petco Park, Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA, United States
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San Diego Music Thing
An annual 2-day music conference held in November. Features interactive and roundtable sessions with nationally-known panelists and featured speakers. Day time activities including a trade show, happy hour parties, listening stations and pop up live performances. Evenings feature performances by over 150 local, regional, and national bands performing at various venues around San Diego.
San Diego Music Thing, El Cajon Boulevard, San Diego, CA, United States
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Adams Avenue Street Fair
The Adams Avenue Street Fair and Adams Avenue Unplugged are San Diego’s largest free music festivals and occur on the final weekend of every September and April. Taste of Adams Avenue, held every year at the end of June, provides the opportunity to sample the Avenue’s finest flavors from over 30 food and beverage establishments.
Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA, United States
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Del Mar Fairgrounds
Site of the annual San Diego County Fair in June and July, as well as the Del Mar Racetrack built by the Thoroughbred Club in 1937 by founding members Bing Crosby and Pat O'Brien with Paramount Studios as corporate sponsor. Plus Del Mar Arena, a 3,500-seat arena used for sporting events, concerts and other special events.
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar, CA, United States
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Comic Con San Diego
Comic-Con International: San Diego is a nonprofit educational corporation dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular artforms, primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture.
Comic Con San Diego, East Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA, United States
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Pacific Shores Bar
Under-the-sea-themed dive bar which opened its doors the day before Pearl Harbor was bombed. Patrons love the extremely cheap drinks, kitschy decor, and old school jukebox which plays all the classics from country to punk.
Pacific Shores Bar, Newport Avenue, San Diego, CA, United States
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Fall Brewing Company
Award Winning North Park brewery including the Plenty for All Pilsner and Apocalypse Pony Imperial Stout.
Fall Brewing Company, 30th Street, San Diego, CA, United States
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Sycamore Den
Crafting some of the best cocktails in San Diego in far out digs. The ’70s styled bar feels like a mountain lodge with an open beam ceiling, wood and lava stone accent walls, a massive fireplace, framed rifles and large orange vinyl booths for taking it all in. As for the drinks, Sycamore Den does not disappoint with an extensive selection of custom drinks. Bonus: free popcorn and weekly live music and trivia nights.
Sycamore Den, Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA, United States
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Green Flash Brewing Co
Craft brewery that's developed an award-winning assortment of specialty craft ales including the popular Soul Style IPA (featuring flavorful citrus and floral notes). Also have experimental, limited-edition and seasonal offerings.
Green Flash Brewing Co., Mira Mesa Boulevard, San Diego, CA, United States
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Modern Times Beer
Brewery creating hybrid-style, aroma-driven, complex, flavorful, sessionish beers. Plus special release and one-off batches.
Modern Times Beer, Greenwood Street, San Diego, CA, United States
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Helix Brewing
Helix Brewing Company in La Mesa, CA is dedicated to adventure and community. They use a 10BBL brewhouse from Portland Kettle Works to create their craft brews.
Helix Brewing Co., Commercial Street, La Mesa, CA, United States
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Karl Strauss Brewery
Craft brewery with eleven brewpub locations across Southern California and an onsite tasting room and beer garden at their main brewery in the Pacific Beach neighborhood of San Diego. The multi award-winning Red Trolley Ale is a favorite among locals. It's brewed with a half-ton of caramelized malts for a deep copper color and toffee flavor and warm-fermented to bring out hints of raisins and currants. Hold on to your tastebuds.
Karl Strauss Brewing Company, Scranton Road, San Diego, CA, United States
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Ballast Point Brewing
Creative craft brewery. From bringing a hoppy twist to a porter, or developing a proprietary yeast to an amber ale, to creating a breakthrough gold medal-winning IPA. Try their Grapefruit Sculpin or Thai Chili Wahoo.
Ballast Point Brewing Company, Carroll Way, San Diego, CA, United States
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Mike Hess Brewing
One of the premier craft breweries in San Diego. Mike Hess Brewing has three locations in San Diego, the original “nano” in the Miramar area of San Diego, the showcase, production brewery in North Park and the satellite tasting room near the water in Ocean Beach. Mike Hess is recognized as the national expert on nanos and has spoken at the 2016 and 2015 Craft Brewer’s Conference, the 2016 Draft Brewery Accelerator, The NHC (Going Pro Panel), at Beer Con 2011, and is widely sought by nanos across the country each day.
Mike Hess Brewing, Silverton Avenue, San Diego, CA, United States
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Lou’s Records
Since 1980 this old school record shop has been selling everything from a unique mix of used and new vinyl, CD's, and cassettes as well as turntables. Plus the occasional history making live event.
Lou's Records, North Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA, United States
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M-Theory Music
Voted best record store in San Diego for 11 years in a row and counting. Specializing in Indie Rock and also stocking hip hop, jazz, soul, funk, metal/punk, blues, garage, psych, folk, world, and electronic.
M-Theory Music, West Washington Street, San Diego, CA, United States
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Mimi & Red
Women's boutique selling trendy and fashionable clothes and accessories with locations in North Park and La Jolla Bird Rock.
mimi & red boutique, University Avenue, San Diego, CA, United States
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Aloha Beach Club
Boutique shop carrying menswear and accessories inspired by Hawaii, including boardshorts & sunglasses.
Aloha Beach Club, University Avenue, San Diego, CA, United States
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Flashbacks
Vintage store with a range of fashions from the 1950s to the early 1990s, plus gently worn current clothing.
Flashbacks, Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA, United States
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Pigment
Husband-and-wife owned shop with a focus on art, design, gifts and home goods, from furniture to flora. Also offering workshops ranging from calligraphy, watercolor, paper flower making and more.
Pigment, 30th Street, San Diego, CA, United States
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Little Dame
Alternative retail shop and art gallery specializing in taxidermy, zines, feminist art, and handmade goods.
Little Dame Shop, Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA, United States
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Buffalo Exchange San Diego
Located in the heart of the Hillcrest neighborhood and just a few steps from the iconic Hillcrest sign. Hillcrest is one of the oldest, trendiest, and most diverse neighborhoods in in San Diego and was named one of the top 10 great neighborhoods in the country. You're sure to find some treasures in this Buffalo Exchange outpost.
Buffalo Exchange, Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA, United States
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Shaper Studios
DIY surfboard-making studio and retail shop that offers classes in surfboard shaping and glassing. Their Shaper Studios Membership plan offers unlimited access to their shaping bays, professional shaping tools, and templates. Plus a huge selection of custom glassing and artwork options. Bring your own digital logo or choose from their fine resin color work.
Shaper Studios, 30th Street, San Diego, CA, United States
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Black’s Beach
A clothing-optional beach, Black's is part of the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and is the Southern end of some of the most beautiful and pristine views of the Southern California coast.
Black's Beach, San Diego, CA, United States
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Pipes
Pipes is famous among surfers for its good waves and laid back vibe. All levels of surfers can be seen hitting the waves. After hanging-ten, check out some of the local eateries and shops like Bull Taco, a gourmet, locally-famous taco shop serving lobster ceviche and duck tortas.
Pipes Cafe, Cardiff, Encinitas, CA, United States
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Torrey Pines Gliderport
The Torrey Pines Gliderport, is the most historic aviation site in North America, with nearly 100 years of flying history. It is Southern California’s premiere location for paragliding, hang gliding, remote control models and sailplanes. The approximately 3 mile hike from Gliderport to Black's Beach comes highly recommended by locals for its scenic views. Black's Beach is clothing-optional and part of the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve offering some of the most beautiful and pristine views of the Southern California coast.
Torrey Pines Gliderport, San Diego, CA, United States
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La Jolla Cave
One of seven caves along the San Diego coast. Explore the caverns and tide pools (best to go at low tide for prime and safe exploring). You'll likely stumble upon all kinds of birds and creatures like Horn shark egg cases, lobster, California Sea Hare, Abalone shells, Turban snails and much more.
La Jolla Cave, San Diego, CA, United States
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