Are you ready for some football? Buzzy businesses around San Diego will kick off NFL season with delicious deals during the Chargers opener against the Chiefs on Sept. 11. Grab a brew and your crew and root for the bolts at these local eateries.
Draft Republic (La Jolla)
4282 Esplanade Ct.
With 14 big-screen TVs and nearly 50 beers on draft, Draft Republic is a good viewing spot for that Chargers opener. This eatery will offer deals throughout football season, including “Draft Pick Drinks” (select beer, wine, spirits) for $5 a pop, and $6 “Quarterback Snacks” including House Made Crispy Maple Bacon Sticks and Parmesan Fries. During football season, Draft Republic will open its doors at 9:30 a.m. every Sunday.
Rare Form (East Village)
795 J St.
This East Village delicatessen offers cool schnapps drinks and gourmet deli classics, including the Rare Form 44: hot pastrami and sauerkraut on grilled rye bread. A giant TV hang overhead at this spot – right behind an Old Masters hanging on the wall.
Soda & Swine (Liberty Station)
2750 Dewey Rd.
This classic meatball eatery at Liberty Station is another good spot to celebrate pigskin season. Soda and Swine boasts six big screen TVs, plus cool cocktails like Rum & Cola Slurpees and craft beer.
Quad AleHouse (Downtown San Diego)
868 Fifth Ave.
High-definition TVs and a jumbo projection screen will be filled with football this season at Quad AleHouse. During the Chargers opener, the downtown San Diego spot will boast a Build-Your-Own Bloody Mary Bar for $8, a $5 Mimosa Bar with fresh fruit and house champagne for $12 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Guests can also enjoy Firestone Pivo Pilsner and New Belgium Citradelic IPA for $4 and $5, respectively, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Other weekend football beer specials are also on tap, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Cerveza Jack’s (Pacific Beach)
1165 Garnet Ave.
This new eatery in Pacific Beach is also a solid game day choice. Drink specials during the Chargers opener (and throughout football season) include $20 Coors Light Bottle Buckets with five beers. On the menu, grab a Chorizo & Egg Burrito during brunch for $9, or take $3 off extra-long quesadillas called Machetes. The $10 Devil Fries could also be good gridiron grub: cheese fries, nachos, carnitas anc chicken topped with pico de gallo, guacamole and sour cream.
The Blind Burro (East Village)
639 J St.
With lots of TVs throughout the space and a walk-up outdoor bar, drink specials during football games at The Blind Burro include $5 sangria, $10 bottles of champagne and two-for-one Dos XX Lager cans. The eatery’s Baja Style Taco Brunch menu boasts $3.50 a la carte tacos including the Ranchero: queso Oaxaca, Applewood-smoked bacon, avocado, fried egg and ranchero sauce.
The Deck at Moonshine Flats (East Village)
335 Sixth Ave.
Resembling a cool, outdoor tailgate destination, The Deck at Moonshine Flats is an open-air option for football enthusiasts. An extension of Moonshine Flats, this spot boasts backyard games, multiple bars and tailgate-style food. During football season, the A/V set-up at The Deck will allow patrons to hear and watch the games while basking in the sunshine. Brunch will be offered until 2 p.m. Sundays with specials like Smokehouse Chili-Lime Wings and Tri-Tip Biscuits and Gravy. Drink specials include $17 Shock Top pitchers.
Gaslamp Tavern (Downtown San Diego)
868 Fifth Ave.
Gaslamp Tavern, located right below Quad AleHouse will offer $4 Bud Light drafts during the Bolts 2016 opener, and pitchers for $14, plus $5 Shock Top beers and $15 pitchers from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Of course, this is just a taste of some local businesses where you can catch the Bolts’ opener – which begins at 10 a.m. PT on Sept. 11.