Pacific Beach News & Stories

Revolt Wine Co. targets a different kind of wine drinker

The keg-only local wine label wants its wine where there’s live music

No adult beverage is more closely tied to a sense of geography than wine. Names of wine growing regions are used as shorthand for quality, attributed to an appellation’s terroir. In other words, the flavor ...

This 55 Thai fries chicken thighs

Healthy, affordable Thai chain grows into large Pacific Beach restaurant

When 55 Thai Kitchen first appeared in the cramped back room of a corner market in Golden Hill, the community-minded eatery had me intrigued. When the food turned out to be good, in addition to ...

A classic pairing sandwiches up at Rhythm's Chicken and Waffles

Pacific Beach has a new late night beacon for the drunk and hungry

It’s admittedly been a few years since I stumbled out of a Pacific Beach bar in search of something heavy to quench an inebriated late-night hunger. But if I were looking to stave off a ...

How to drink (and pronounce) yerba mate

Local empanada makers open San Diego’s first yerba mate bar

Fans of tea and coffee have an intriguing new flavor to explore in Pacific Beach. Yerba Mate Bar opened last week, San Diego’s first café dedicated to the caffeinated beverage of choice for the southern ...

Campland gives big to Campbell

Lobbyists furnish political services, campaign cash

News that Campland on The Bay, the legacy recreational vehicle park on the northeast corner of Mission Bay, is rapidly closing in on a five-year lease extension from city hall is casting a spotlight on ...

Pacific Beach sends dog owners to re-education camp

“It strikes me as similar to ‘surf gangs’ who attack any outsider"

“A San Diego Police officer rolled up on an ATV and stopped us,” Steve G. said. “He told us dogs were not permitted in the park — except at certain unfathomable hours. A second officer ...

Pacific Beach leads the town in dog tickets

"I am not going to shut up until we get a real off-leash park"

Pacific Beach dog lovers have been frustrated over the lack of off-leash options. Many go rogue and let their dogs run free in parks with rules against that. In January, increased enforcement led to residents ...

Dockless bikes and scooters in San Diego get new rules in June

3 mph on Embarcadero, geofencing on Mission Beach boardwalk, and the 4X40 rule

It's not all coasting as San Diego works out new rules for dockless rides. The city has to balance climate action goals with the needs of citizens who feel they've been pushed off the sidewalk ...

Cars end up on Pacific and Mission Beach boardwalk

Blame Uber drivers, their customers, or Zonies?

“What in the hell is that car doing?” said Stephanie Z. when she saw a black SUV driving along the Pacific Beach Boardwalk — on February 7. “The driver stopped and tried to reverse,” she ...

Colton Underwood groped, then blamed for walking out of Mavericks

Did fans really care about cystic fibrosis?

On Feb. 13, when Bachelor star Colton Underwood abruptly left a charity event at Mavericks in Pacific Beach, many took to social media to discuss the sequence of events that made national news on Valentines ...

Why college students love Insomnia Cookies

Warm cookies delivered during prime munchie hours — till 3 am

A new cookie shop turned up in Pacific Beach at the end of last year. Insomnia Cookies takes up little space on Garnet Avenue, just a hole in the wall about three blocks from Crystal ...

Spring Valley artist uses wet sand at Pacific Beach

Seven drone pilots offered to film her

On February 12, Leslie Monroy went out to the north side of Crystal Pier in Pacific Beach with a stick and a rake — to create art. “The closest name that I can come up ...

I once lived in an RV in San Diego, and it sucked

Van-lifers on Fiesta Island: you are subject to police profiling

On January 26, about 150 van-lifers converged at Fiesta Island. Jarrod, 33, rolled to the Vanlife Meetup in his 2003 Ford E-350 ambulance that he purchased from Pennsylvania last week. “[I believe that] most of ...

Lost vision in the waves

A big board can knock you out

Name: Santiago Guadalupe Age: 30 From: Ocean Beach Location: Tourmaline Surf Park Santiago Guadalupe was heading to the showers, board on head, when we stopped to chat. “I just got this longboard. It’s a Murphy ...

"Bad chemical smell" on Fiesta Island

“A lot of contractors dump wood and furniture in the pits”

On January 12, Tiffany Bauer and her kitties inhaled a “bad chemical smell” exuding from a nearby fire on Fiesta Island. Bauer looked outside of her window and noticed a burning “sofa” about 100 feet ...

The most terrifying thing is the stingray

I’m going to keep surfing until I can’t

Name: Doc Waske Age: 74 From: La Mesa Location: Tourmaline Surf Park On a sunny day in Pacific Beach, Don Waske was heading to the showers after a morning surf session. Waske started surfing San ...

In those days, we didn’t have a leash

It’s a great sport for people who are older

Name: Inge Morton Age: 80 From: Coronado Location: Tourmaline Surf Park Inge Morton was walking to the showers with board on her head when we stopped to chat. “I’ve been surfing here for 25 years, ...

Best driving shortcuts for 2019

Kearny Villa to Ruffin as alternative to I-15

On Oct. 9, 1975, the Reader published a story on driving shortcuts. It was written by then cabbie Ray Lilly and contained 14 San Diego shortcuts when gas went for about $.57 per gallon. In ...

Vigilantes root out rooftop camps on Garnet

Ladder behind the 7-Eleven was the clue

Residents and business owners in Pacific Beach have taken it upon themselves to help tackle the problem of rooftop encampments. “We get lots of backlash,” one member who wished to remain anonymous told me. “We ...

Just you, the board, and your opponent

One tends to play better in a serene setting

“Chess by the Beach” is a monthly gathering of chess players at the Pacific Beach Library for all ages and skill levels. “Games are played in the library during the dark months,” said Albert Elguira, ...