Plane, train, car: No matter how you get there, after the races you’ll need a place to hang your hat! Yelp has the report on local businesses and parties that will make your perfect opening day festivities complete.
3790 Via De La Valle #301
Spacious with an impeccable remodel, this just opened local biz sits across from the Polo fields and now boasts 55 craft brew tap handles, a hefty wine selection with 27 wines by the glass and comfort food even your Grandma might be jealous of. Eat your Ecstasy Mac & Cheese next to aged bourbon barrel décor in indoor and outdoor patio seating and take advantage of the valet parking.
Opening Day After Party
L'Auberge, 1540 Camino Del Mar
Famously celebrating this start to track season each summer, the fourth annual party at L’Auberge is not to be missed. Click your heels and trot over to the nearby hotel where Chef Scott Thomas of Kitchen 1540 will preside over the tasty bits while DJ Gabe Vega spins sweet San Diego sounds. Ocean views and hopefully winnings in your pocket? There’s nothing better down in old Del Mar.
Sea & Smoke
2690 Via De La Valle, No. D210
Highly anticipated and in its soft opening phase: Snag a seat at Matt Gordon’s newest adventure after the long race stretch, it’s just up the street in Flower Hill. Grab your sun-dressed filly and order the family style entrees, served a la cart and perfectly paired with a selection of $6 sides: Sweet Corn Skillet Bread? Just the thing to soak up those clubhouse cocktails.
Fortune 421 and Local Magazine’s Opening Day After Party
Hotel Indigo, 710 Camino Del Mar
With entertainment featuring Gigamesh, Adam Salter, Dancellor and Brady Spear, this sexy soiree post paddock is sure to impress. Go from turf to surf in high fashion, cocktails will abound at the beautiful pool and outdoor deck setting. VIP packages and bottle service are available and it’s an easy trip, less than two miles from the track.
12995 El Camino Real, #21
Welcome to the neighborhood, you’re just in time. Boldly throwing the doors wide with a fresh face-lift on opening day at 4:30 p.m., they’re featuring a trifecta menu special that’s sure to top your day better than a fancy fedora. Summer nights are heating up and this new addition is most welcome with a perfect patio and plenty of space for you and your stretch run pals.
Trish Sanderson is the community manager and marketing director for Yelp North County San Diego. She leads the local community of Yelp reviewers both online and off.