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Pacific San Diego Magazine

All About That B.A.S.E.

Clair Marie knew from an early age that she wanted to spend her life jumping off (and out of) high-altitude objects.

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Pacific San Diego Magazine

Gaining Ground

Since its April opening in the North Park nook that formerly housed Claire de Lune Coffee Lounge, Tamarindo Latin Kitchen & Bar has already cultivated quite a following. And for one of the venue’s accomplished bartenders, cultivation is nothing new.

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Pacific San Diego Magazine

Yes, We Can!

Among the myriad brands of beer lining shelves at supermarkets and liquors store, perhaps none evoke a stronger sense of summer than Corona Extra.

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Pacific San Diego Magazine

July 2017 Movies

It’s man vs. monkey as a hoard of gun-toting primates face off against the fearful humans eager to eliminate the simian threat.

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Pacific San Diego Magazine

July 2017 Events

Make up for being a hot mess on the Fourth by getting rid of filth on the fifth as Surfrider hosts its annual morning-after cleanups around Oceanside Pier, Ocean Beach Pier, Crystal Pier and Belmont Park.

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Pacific San Diego Magazine

Just Add Cutwater

Back in 2008, when Ballast Point was a big favorite among local beer aficionados, but still far from the billion-dollar brewer it is today, a few of the brand’s employees began dabbling in distilling. Fast-forward to the present, and these aleumni from the now-international brewing outfit have left the mothership and launched a premium assortment of locally made alcohols under the name Cutwater Spirits.

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Pacific San Diego Magazine

Splash Down - San Diego's Hottest Pool Parties

To help beat the heat (and the depressing news cycle), here’s a guide to a different breed of dive bars, splashy scenes where San Diegans can make waves in the sun.

Still it comes at night 1 article
Pacific San Diego Magazine

June 2017 Movies

An ominous threat forces a couple and their child to remain hidden at home, until a forlorn family arrives on their door, eager to share shelter.

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Pacific San Diego Magazine

June 2017 Events

Show off your shucking skills and check out live performances from Matisyahu, Vokab Kompany, and many more musical acts during this annual appreciation of everything oyster.

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Pacific San Diego Magazine

Fantasy Draft

You're not dreaming. After nearly 40 years in America, Corona Extra is finally available on tap.

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Pacific San Diego Magazine

¡Viva La Prohibición!

Hidden inside the wood-paneled walls of Oryx Capital Gastro Pub lies a not-so-secret speakeasy called Nortico. Photos of Al Capone and other infamous outlaws hang on the walls of venue, where head bartender and Tijuana native, Fernando Villalobos, seems poised to make history.

Still baywatch 2 article
Pacific San Diego Magazine

May 2017 Movies

More than 15 years after its final TV episode aired, the quintessential Californian beach show hits the big screen with more snarkiness, six-packs and slow-motion jogs than ever before.

Taste of cardiff article
Pacific San Diego Magazine

May 2017 Events

Treat your taste buds, excite your eardrums and bask in the area’s beauty during this self-guided stroll to Cardiff’s most alluring eateries, featuring several in-between “sip stops” serving swigs of North County’s best beers and wines.

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Pacific San Diego Magazine

Seafood and Spirits this Sunday in Little Italy

Kettner Exchange’s inaugural Seafood & Spirit Festival, aka KEX Fest, is set to make a big splash on Sunday by beginning a new tradition that’s sure to be a can’t-miss for seafood fanatics.

Still how to be a latin lover article
Pacific San Diego Magazine

April 2017 Movie Releases

While a past-his-prime casanova waits to inherit the fortune of his elderly, obscenely wealthy wife, she leaves him for far younger man, forcing the Don Juan to find a new lover to leach off.