Restaurants conjure up creepy, creative menus that would raise the dead

Danse de la Mort cocktail
(Bleu Boheme)

Spooktacular boo-zy cocktails and frightfully delicious dinners inspired by Halloween


Halloween is next Thursday. Several restaurants are treating guests early to get them in the All Hallow’s Eve mood. Here’s a sampling of where you can get in the spirit of spook in and around San Diego.

Moniker General at Liberty Station honors Dia de los Muertos with sugar skull crafting, a taco bar with all the fixings, and live music. Liven your spirits with Moniker’s build-your-own paloma station, with your choice of a Spicy Marg or a Oaxaca Old Fashioned, courtesy of El Jimador Tequila. 6 to 8 p.m. today. 2860 Sims Road, San Diego. $35 per person. (619) 255-8772.

Join Jsix on the roof of Upper East Bar for an all-you-can-drink Brews & Boos Halloween Beer Festival. Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. $25. Kimpton Solamar Hotel, 435 Sixth Ave., San Diego.

City Tacos will serve free food on Halloween. Come to any of the three locations and receive a free quesadilla, made with a homemade corn tortilla filled with ooey-gooey grilled Oaxaca cheese. While you’re there, try the Tomahawk Taco of the Month, rib-eye steak served over a bed of melted Oaxaca cheese and topped with tomato, guacamole, radishes, couscous, spicy fried corn tortilla crisps and a drizzle of lime aioli. Oct. 31. North Park, La Mesa and Imperial Beach.

Bleu Bohème gets into the Halloween spirit with its Danse de la Mort cocktail. Translating to the death dance, it’s made with 10-year-old tawny port, sweet vermouth, lavender bitters, Amaretto di Sarrono, fresh lemon juice and a lemon twist. Oct. 31. 4090 Adams Ave., San Diego. (619) 255-4167.

Franken Berry Martini
Franken Berry Martini
(Primavera Ristorante)

Primavera Ristorante offers two inspired cocktail concoctions: the Jolly Rancher cocktail, made with Midori liqueur, Apple Pucker Schnapps, watermelon vodka, lemon vodka and pineapple juice, topped with a lemon twist and raspberry; and the Franken Berry Martini, made with Crème de Violette, white Godiva liqueur and vanilla vodka, topped with a splash of pomegranate juice and garnished with a blackberry. Oct. 31. 932 Orange Ave., Coronado. (619) 435-0454.

Grave Digger
(Bankers Hill Bar + Restaurant)

Bankers Hill Bar + Restaurant‘s featured cocktail, the Grave Digger, is a spirited cocktail made with house-blend rum, muddled strawberries, pineapple juice, lime juice, orgeat syrup, grenadine syrup, orange juice and topped with a float of activated charcoal rum. Oct. 31. 2202 Fourth Ave., San Diego. (619) 231-0222.

Havana 1920 will bring on the “boos” with its Halloween cocktail, Truco or Trato ($12), made with Havana Club añejo rum, fresh lime juice, fresh sugarcane syrup and passion fruit. Oct. 31. 548 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter. Reservations: (619) 369-1920. all cq

Prohibition will concoct the Witching Sour ($14), a bewitching twist on a whiskey sour with a splash of red wine. Oct. 31. 548 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter. Reservations: (619) 501-1919.

Mezé Greek Fusion‘s bone-chilling cocktail, To Die For ($13), is made with Dobel Diamanta GBOD single-barrel tequila, mango puree, Ancho Reyes Verde, fresh lime and R&D fire bitters. Oct. 31. 345 Sixth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter. Reservations: (619) 550-1600.

Madero de Muerto
(El Chingon)

El Chingon will haunt and scare with its hair-raising holiday cocktail Madero de Muerto ($12), a combination of Azuñia Blanco tequila, house-made watermelon cordial, lime and Tajín. Oct. 31. 560 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter. Reservations: (619) 501-1919.

Bruegger’s Bagels will celebrate Halloween with a hair-raising deal. Visit the bakery and receive 13 fresh bagels and two tabs of cream cheese for $10.31. Oct. 31. Locations: San Diego (6), Coronado and Carlsbad.

Breakfast Republic is the place to park your broomstick this harvest season as you order a Witch’s Elixir Mimosa, infused with a shot of tropical detox antioxidants cradled by Brut bubbles, all finished with a raspberry rim. Through Oct. 31. Locations: East Village, North Park, Mission Valley, Liberty Station, Ocean Beach, Pacific Beach, Carmel Valley, Encinitas.

It’s caramel apple season, and Bub’s @ the Beach offers its Let’s Get (Apple) Sauced mule of the month, made with Jack Daniels, Apple Pucker, butterscotch schnapps, lime juice, bitters, ginger beer and, to top it off, a caramel apple sucker. Through Oct. 31. 1030 Garnet Ave., Pacific Beach. (858) 270-7269.

Dark Side of the Moon

20|Twenty beverage director Stephen George invites you to try the Dark Side of the Moon, featuring Nolet’s Gin, lemon juice, a pinch of butterfly pea flower powder and lavender-infused syrup, topped with sparkling wine, a dusting of activated charcoal and a small piece of dry ice. Through Oct. 31. 5480 Grand Pacific Drive, Carlsbad. (760) 827-2500.

The Westgate Hotel isn’t superstitious when it comes to Halloween’s iconic felines. The Black Cat Martini ($14) is mixed with Blue Ice vodka, pomegranate liqueur, simple syrup and lemon juice and is topped with a small cube of dry ice. Through Oct. 31. 1055 Second Ave., San Diego. (619) 238-1818.

Morton's Double-Cut Prime Pork Chop

Morton’s The Steakhouse’s celebrates Halloween and Dia de los Muertos with a three-course menu ($36) that includes favorites like baked five-onion soup, grilled bistro filet, pork chop with au jus, and chocolate mousse. Try a Candy Corn Old Fashioned ($12), made with Jack Daniels Whiskey, orange bitters, an orange slice and Monin Candy Corn Syrup, with a side of candy corn. Wednesday through Nov. 1. 285 J St., San Diego. (619) 696-3369.

The Oceanaire Seafood Room will treat couples to Dinner for Two. The “spooktacular” menu includes a choice of two appetizers, entrees and desserts, plus a bottle of wine. Dishes include grilled oysters rock, jumbo shrimp scampi, frilled salmon fillet with sage brown butter and lemon and a pumpkin-ginger crème brûlée. Stop by the bar for $1 oysters all day long on Halloween. Wednesday through Nov. 1. 400 J. St., San Diego. $70 per couple. (619) 858-2277.

Sugar Factory American Brasserie’s Toxic Zombie Goblet is a fright-tastic oversize goblet of Voli vodka, strawberry Pucker schnapps, pineapple juice, sweet and sour mix, Sprite, pineapple syrup and strawberry puree, topped with gummies and red licorice. And it smokes when poured tableside. Through Nov. 4. Theatre Box, 701 Fifth Ave., San Diego. (619) 814-2225.

(Corner Drafthouse)

The Corner Drafthouse is serving a less-than-frightening cocktail, the Spookytini ($9), a mix of Pumpkin Bailey’s Irish Cream and Captain Morgan, with sweet caramel drips from the rim. Into November. 495 Laurel St., San Diego. (619) 255-2631.

Farmer Boys will be giving away Halloween scratcher coupons with every purchase through Oct. 31. Every scratcher is a guaranteed winner, but no peeking! Bring the unscratched coupon back to Farmer Boys between Nov. 1-15 and find out what prize you have won. 1333 E. Valley Parkway, Escondido, and 925 W. Mission Ave., Escondido.