Tavern & Bowl is a fantastic place to try to eat, drink, party and bowl. Yes, bowling alleys right in the middle of the restaurant. Daniel Hurd founded the first one 10 years ago when San Diego’s downtown district started to thrive. With three locations in San Diego, one in Costa Mesa and another in Glendale, AZ, there are so many things to do besides just watching one of the many sports TVs. The East Village San Diego location has 12 bowling lanes, two bars and an upstairs lounge filled with comfy sofas for parties or viewing private sports events.

The menu is filled with a lot of comfort food, and of course some of our favorite bar items. There are over 20 beers to pick from, numerous sliders, mac and cheese dishes, fresh and tasty salads, flatbreads, beer battered fish and chips, tacos and Philly cheese steaks. Sandwiches are huge, and you must try the fries with an added side of garlic Parmesan, which is marvelous.

Located on a corner with plenty of parking all around and only two blocks to the Padres Stadium, this is the place to stop and stay either before or after a game. You can have two simultaneous parties as the bowling alleys are separated into 6 lanes each. Perfect place for corporate buyouts, as the Comic-Con people just found out in San Diego last month, with celebrities renting it out for private parties. Clean, upbeat and great bartenders and waiters. All locations feature their own beer brand called GBU Good Bad Ugly Brewing Co. They even bottle and sell their own hot sauces.

Come in for Tuesdays, Margarita Martes featuring $1 Tequila Poppers and $2 Tacos, $3 Pacifico, Tecate & more; ½ off Hump Day on Wednesday, for select appetizers, draft beers or bowling; and Social Experience on Thursday with $3 shot specials, $6 premium cocktails and free shoe rentals. They also have gluten-free and vegetarian. My longtime friend, Robyn Spencer, has taken over group sales for all the locations, and she can definitely help you with any party or concept you might need. Contact her at Robyns@tavernbowl.com or 619-756-7349 extension 10005.

Tavern & Bowl

930 Market St.

San Diego, CA 92101