Get in the mood for Valentine’s Day at these San Diego hotspots


With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, San Diegans have options for celebrating that are sure to put them in the mood for romance and fun.

Lumberyard Tavern provides a one-of-a-kind Valentine’s Day experience thanks to its selection of whiskey to get you - or your partner - frisky. This warm, inviting Encinitas tavern has a wide selection of bourbons, Tennessee whiskeys, Scotch whisky and single malts as well as a rotating selection of craft beers to get you in the mood.

Lumberyard even offers a Whiskey Club that provides a true connoisseur experience; get exclusive tastings of Lumberyard’s featured Whiskey of the Month and win various prizes as you make your way through the bar’s whiskey list.

Libations from Lumberyard Tavern can put you in the mood while comfort food such as burgers and meatloaf and scrumptious fare including fish tacos topped with cabbage, jalapeno cream sauce and a mango pico de gallo can help keep couples going strong.

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For a spicy evening that includes tequila to “make your clothes come off” this Valentine’s Day, head to ViVa Bar + Kitchen in the heart of San Diego’s Gaslamp District. The tequila flights here - including Tanteo infused tequila - along with sangria and cleverly crafted cocktails are sure to rev up anyone’s holiday celebrations.

Cocktails at ViVa have been uniquely designed to complement the restaurant’s Latin cuisine. Spice things up with savory fare ranging from seafood and street tacos to paella and tapas. The vibrant small plates with bold flavors paired with tequila or ViVa’s innovative cocktails will inspire the Latin lover in anyone.

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To get a little saucy this Valentine’s Day, head to Brazen BBQ, where award-winning flavors abound. The mouth-watering slow-cooked and hardwood smoked meats, homemade sauces and delectable sides are sure to get your juices flowing.

Located at the corner of Washington and Fifth streets in Hillcrest, Brazen serves up a fresh new approach to barbecue and classic southern foods along with delicious and extraordinary twists. The platter for two is perfect for any couple. Savory flavors paired with innovative drinks from Brazen’s Lost & Found Saloon will add a spark to friendly fun on Valentine’s.

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Pacific Beach AleHouse is the perfect place to combine a sunset with a side of aphrodisiac this Valentine’s Day, courtesy of this microbrewery and restaurant’s oysters on the half shell. Sip a handcrafted beer on the establishment’s outdoor deck while taking in the stunning ocean views.

Couples can cozy up around the patio’s fire pit for more romance. PB AleHouse brews eight beers on-site and has become known as a destination for beer aficionados. They also serve up a savory menu including handcrafted burgers, pizza and more that are sure to please any couple looking for a unique Valentine’s Day experience.

Visit to make plans for your Valentine’s sunset and aphrodisiac experience.

Source: DiscoverSD