Wondering where to go and what to drink this Halloween? San Diego’s brewmasters are mashing up your favorite spooky beers, while talented mixologists have concocted a variety of spine-tingling cocktails for your holiday weekend. From visions of zombies to dry ice and smoking sage, you’re sure to feel the ghostly spirit of Halloween with these potable potions.
The Lusca – Creature from Beneath the Sea
This leviathan of a cocktail is a must-try on your Halloween list. Specially concocted with the house blend of rum, guava-mango kombucha, Nocello, citrus, honey and papaya, the outside is wrapped with seaweed décor and a pineapple head. Priced at $100, it serves five to 10 people, so gather up your fellow spooksters and head over this weekend.
Miss B’s Coconut Club, 3704 Mission Blvd., Mission Beach. (858) 381-0855. missbcoconutclub.com
Trick or Treat Latte and Bloody Bellini
Start your day of festivities with the nonalcoholic Trick or Treat Latte, with pumpkin spice and white chocolate, and festooned with sprinkles and candy corn. Zombies and vampires try The Bloody Bellini with blood orange puree, prosecco, and a blood orange wedge to sink your teeth into.
Breakfast Republic, 2730 University Ave., North Park, (619) 642-0299. breakfastrepublic.com
Along with an extended “Hallow-Hour,” bar manager Zack Gray offers a special holiday libation, inspired by “The Evil Dead” series. Made with local Malahat Spirits spiced rum, amaretto, pumpkin, pomegranate and lime, and garnished with smoking sage, the drink evokes the main character Ash and his smoking gun.
Bankers Hill Bar + Restaurant, 2202 Fourth Ave., Bankers Hill, (619) 231-0222. bankershillsd.com
Corpse Reviver #2
The classic cocktail gets a stunning ocean view at the Hotel La Jolla’s scenic restaurant. Version #2 is widely considered the most lip-smacking, and it features gin, Cointreau, Lillet Blanc, fresh lemon juice and a dash of absinthe. On Halloween night, it will be served for a sinister $6.66.
Cusp Dining & Drinks, 7955 La Jolla Shores Drive, La Jolla, (858) 551-3620. cusprestaurant.com
Invoking frightful visions of a headless horseman and the foggy bridge he crosses, the Sleepy Hollow is made with mezcal, Allspice Dram liqueur and an absinthe rinse, then garnished with a sprig of smoking rosemary.
Bleu Bohème, 4090 Adams Ave., Kensington, (619) 255-4167. bleuboheme.com
Quad AleHouse and Gaslamp Tavern will serve as the San Diego Zombie Crawl Headquarters on Friday, Oct. 28 and Saturday, Oct. 29. There is no cover all weekend on all three levels. For the walking dead, bartenders will be offering two surprise welcome shots.
Quad AleHouse and Gaslamp Tavern, 868 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter, (619) 239-3339. quadalehouse.com
CRAFT BEER OPTIONS
Evil Dead Red
AleSmith, 6.66% ABV
This beloved brew is an annual classic to stockpile while it’s available. Scoring a perfect 100 for style on RateBeer.com, this amber/red ale is perfectly balanced with malty caramel and hoppy notes of pine and citrus.
9990 AleSmith Court, Miramar, (858) 549-9888. alesmith.com
Pizza Port Bressi Ranch, 6.2% ABV
Contrary to its grim name, this refreshingly hoppy ale with citrus and tropical fruit will brighten up your dastardly dark evening.
2730 Gateway Road, Carlsbad, (760) 707-1655. pizzaport.com/locations/pizza-port-bressi-ranch
Heath Bar-infused beer
For Halloween candy lovers, the restaurant is putting the popular candy through its Randall for a liquid holiday treat.
Regents Pizzaria, 4150 Regents Park Row #100, La Jolla, (858) 550-0406. regentspizza.com
OTHER HALLOWEEN BREWS ON TAP
Ballast Point, 5.8% ABV
Coronado Brewing Company, 8% ABV
With 18 years in the restaurant and beverage industry and more than 850 reviews under her belt, Laurie Delk is a one-stop guide to all things craft beer, wine and spirits. You can follow Delk on Twitter @100beers30days or Instagram @sandiegobeer. Send ideas for featured drinks to email@example.com.