Month in review: Hottest stories of May

San Diego might be known as the laidback, notoriously chill city of SoCal, but the amount of weekend festivals, updates in the food and bar scene, nightlife happenings and constant activities say otherwise.

To keep it all straight, here's a breakdown of some of the month's biggest news in San Diego's lifestyle and entertainment scene.

Eat and Drink

Park & Rec opened doors last week, introducing University Heights to a patio-style bar from industry veteran John Pani (Waypoint Public) featuring craft cocktails from beverage masters Trevor Easter and Anthony Schmidt. It's communal and cool, a spot to sip outdoors in what feels like your hippest friend's backyard. Guests can kick back with shuffle board, darts and more casual games, plus indulge in "Sunday Day Camp," a weekend brunch with live entertainment. (4612 Park Blvd., University Heights)

Green Flash Brewing Co. also just debuted their second regional craft beer facility, Cellar 3, in Poway . The 12,000 square foot space serves as a packaging facility and tasting room with over 30 barrel-aged beers. (Cellar 3, 12260 Crosthwaite Circle, Poway)

Stay

Hotel Palomar San Diego has opened 50 new rooms inspired by our surf and sand beach lifestyle on floors 16 through 20. The Skyline Collection includes guestrooms, suites and penthouses designed by Theresa Fatino Design. Each new room has surfboard-themed headboards, surf art and marine-colored tie-dye fabrics with views of San Diego Bay and Coronado Island. To pair, new entertainment will take place on the hotel's rooftop lounge, SummerSalt, including poolside brunches on weekends with live music. (1047 Fifth Ave., downtown)

Play

FLUXX Nightclub - known for their ever-changing, tantalizing themes - launches their newest design-overhaul on Friday, May 29. Party-goers can now enter into Marrakesh, centered on exotic Moroccan motifs. (500 Fourth Ave., downtown)

OMNIA San Diego continues to rattle the nightlife scene with the recent announcement of their June headliners. The Hakkasan-owned club is bringing major DJ talent like Gareth Emery, Audien, NERVO, Erick Morillo, Bingo Players, Quintino, Morgan Page and Fedde Le Grand. (454 Sixth Ave., downtown)

A local boutique named Maven has just opened up on 30th Street and Adams Avenue The boutique by Alexandra Hall carries clothing, accessories, and apothecary and home goods for women, men and children. (2946 Adams Ave., Normal Heights)

Looking ahead, the San Diego County Fair rolls into town on Friday, June 5 through July 5. The food this year looks more fascinating and stomach-churning than ever before, including deep fried Starbucks, Sriracha corn dogs and fried peanut butter pickles. See it all here.

Fit

San Diego has a brand new gym, and this one totally kicks ass. UFC Gym has just opened in Mission Valley with kickboxing, self-defense classes and a signature UFC Octagon ring. Offering a full-range of group fitness classes, private MMA training, personal and group dynamic training, plus MMA-style youth programming, you won't want to mess with any member of this UFC Gym. (5448 Mission Center Road, Mission Valley)

Source: DiscoverSD

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