Garrett Harris 12:36 a.m., June 19
Rad Patio: Sweet Tea, Beer-Basters, and Live Music at the Lafayette Pool
A solid candidate for Raddest Patio, the recently remodeled 65-year-old Lafayette swimming pool measures two inches short of an Olympic pool and is open to the public from noon to 6 p.m. in the summer.
“Always mindful of its great history,” the Lafayette Hotel and Swim Club website reads, “the hotel today is a budget getaway for hip parents traveling with children, international travelers, and free spirits who tend to find common ground the same indiscriminating elements and historic charm that made celebrities never want to leave.”
Yesterday reached 83 degrees on the pool deck, where man-thongers beer-basted their chests in the sunshine and suicide girls drifted with the wind on inflatable rings, drinking Bud Light Lime in a koozie through a straw.
“It’s a secret recipe,” says Mckinna, the smiley redheaded bartender from Baton Rouge, pouring the last of her homemade sweet tea into a cup of vodka and ice.
“It comes from the dirty South, made hot and sweet and spicy, with some Southern hospitality.”
The bar also serves margaritas, bloody marys, mojitos, mai tais, and tequila sunrises from noon to 6 p.m. every day except for Fridays, when you can drink ‘til 8.
Pool admission is $5 on Saturdays and Sundays.
Bear Barfield plays live blues from 6 to 8 this evening, coinciding comfortably with happy hour. The show precedes the evening's Rock the Boulevard summer concert series, which features live music every Friday of July in the Lafayette's Mississippi Ballroom hosted by the El Cajon Boulevard Business Improvement Association.
You can mack on some of San Diego’s unique food truck cuisine on weekends, such as Food Junkies tomorrow and the Mijo Gastrotruck every Sunday.
King Khan & the Gris Gris will be playing a pool party DJ set from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 17th - $10
Do a cannonball.