It’s no secret that La Jolla has some of the best restaurants in San Diego – even the country, for that matter. But gastronomic excellence around here doesn’t stop at food. We got a bevy of cocktails made with top-shelf liquor, exotic ingredients and a touch of genius, suited to any occasion – from Happy Hour, to casual lunches and big nights out on the town. And because there are so many great spots to choose from, competition is stiff – the restaurants and bars separate themselves by making cocktails you won’t find anywhere else. So if you’re looking for a saucy drink to spice up your outing, here are eight of the most unique cocktails you’ll find in La Jolla.
Part of what makes La Jolla the town it is today is the University housed on its land. The University of California, San Diego is located in north La Jolla, just south of Torrey Pines and gives shape and scope to La Jolla, making it far more than just a beach town. The beautiful campus boasts some prime real estate, enticing some of the smartest students and professors around the world to move to La Jolla to learn and conduct cutting edge research. UCSD gives La Jolla an academics angle that extends to art, marine study, and an entire community within a community atmosphere.
There are certain individuals in this world who exude more energy than regular human beings. You know the sort? The kinds of people who manage to squeeze a week’s worth of tasks into a single day and still find time to volunteer, catch the news and socialize. Sherry Ahern, one of La Jolla’s torch-bearers for public service and a glowing example of what it means to give back to the community, is part of that club. In her case, she probably has at least four times the regular quota of enthusiasm and energy than others.
One of La Jolla’s claims to fame is the five star dining found in the city. From burger joints to ocean view gourmet restaurants visited by celebrities, La Jolla has it all in terms of dining. As such, La Jolla isn’t hurting when it comes to top of the line steak, lobster, lasagna, and truffle fries – but what are the most unusual menu items you can find in La Jolla? Surely in a city that boasts some of the most epic restaurants in the country, there must be some pretty inventive menu items. Intrigued, we decided to investigate.
Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla has long been a staple of the community and much loved by both visiting groups of schoolchildren and adults on vacation in the area. It’s known for being a great family excursion for families who live in the area or visiting La Jolla. The aquarium is important to the community as its research helps find new ways to help the ocean and creatures of San Diego. Birch Aquarium believes that by promoting conservation through education and research, people will begin to understand why it’s important and be more apt to protect the sea and the environment as a whole. La Jolla Blue Book recently had the opportunity to speak with Kristin Evans, the Education Director at Birch Aquarium, and we learned what’s coming up for Birch Aquarium, how the Aquarium helps educate visitors on the shoreline of La Jolla, and why you should visit Birch Aquarium this year – whether it’s your first or tenth time.
When you are planning a trip for your entire family, you want to make sure that you take into account your accommodations and location. Many families plan their trip without doing enough research into the hotel in which they are staying, and that can mean some boredom setting in for the younger members of your brood.
Even though La Jolla has a number of great things for the whole family to see and do, you have to make sure that the hotel in which you are staying is going to be kid friendly and a good fit for your particular kids. Fortunately, you will be able to find some high quality kid friendly La Jolla hotels without too much trouble. But it’s choosing from among these great options that is difficult and this requires you to narrow what amenities are most important to you. If water is important, you are luck because many of the popular hotels in the area are close to the beach or La Jolla Cove or have pools available. If proximity to shopping and dining is at the top of the list, there are again fantastic hotel options to consider. Below are some of the best hotels for families in La Jolla.
La Jolla Shores Hotel for example, offers some great things that parents are sure to appreciate. They have cribs, rollaway beds for the older children, and even a children’s menu at their onsite restaurant. And in terms of a child friendly location, the La Jolla Shores Hotel and its neighbor the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club may best all its rivals as these properties are literally on the La Jolla Shores beach and thus are steps away from the Ocean. And this incredible location means that families can step outside their rooms at these two hotels and walk a few seconds to reach the beach and play catch or paddle ball on the sand, jump in the ocean water and snorkel, frolick in the waves, kayak or even surf! For athletic children who enjoy swinging a club or racket, be sure to call these properties to inquire about the pitch and put golf course and tennis courts at the Beach Club and/or Shores Hotel.
If you prefer a La Jolla hotel that’s closer to the downtown La Jolla village, the Best Western Inn By the Sea is a few blocks away from the heart of shopping district on Prospect Street and Girard Avenue and is a great family-friendly hotel with a wonderful heated pool and cribs upon request at no additional charge. The La Valencia Hotel is also a great option for family travelers as it offers childcare services if you need it and also is home to a great pool. Located on Prospect Street, this historic hotel is really the perfect option for parents desiring a luxurious and elegant stay in incredible rooms overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
While we have only listed just a sliver of the many La Jolla hotel options that you should consider, this overview would be incomplete without mentioning Mission Bay, which is an incredible place to stay if beach and water sports activities are your thing. Located just a few miles south of La Jolla, the Bahia Resort Hotel and Catamaran Resort Hotel are both located at Mission Bay and offer kids a plethora of water activities including sailing, water skiing, biking, skating, and much more.
The hotels mentioned above are just a couple of examples of the kid friendly properties that are available in and around La Jolla when you are traveling with your little ones. Again, we encourage all those travelling to La Jolla and Coastal San Diego to be careful when selecting a hotel to make sure it has the accommodations and location you desire for your family trip. Because La Jolla is such a popular community to visit, many of the websites you’ll find when searching the internet are full of misleading information about the hotels in La Jolla. It is very easy for even the most experienced travelers who rely on the web to be fooled into booking a hotel that is not located close to the beach, not located close to shopping or family attractions and it’s even possible to book a hotel not really all that close to the community.
To avoid being tricked or at least not getting what you expect when selecting your hotel, if there is any doubt in your mind about the features, amenities and/or location of a hotel, we suggest that you take proactive steps and to call in advance of your trip for clarification.
Our latest Quiet on the Set video presents a relaxing look at the beaches and coastline of La Jolla CA.
With seven miles of coastline and pacific ocean views, La Jolla beaches rank among the best in the world. With so many beaches to explore, there are endless possibilities for fun in the sun.
This video offers a glimpse into La Jolla surfing, coastline, attractions, and some beautiful Pacific Ocean views.
To learn more, visit the La Jolla beaches guide
La Jolla Blue Book presents our latest “Quiet on the Set” video series featuring videos of the best La Jolla California businesses and La Jolla attractions and events.
This La Jolla Blue Book video features Bistro Pazzo Italian restaurant in La Jolla California. Bistro Pazzo is La Jolla’s neighborhood eatery where locals and visitors can enjoy great Italian cuisine at affordable prices.
Located in the heart of La Jolla village just one block from Prospect Avenue, Bistro Pazzo serves all the Italian classics for lunch and dinner in a warm, inviting atmosphere.
To learn more, visit Bistro Pazzo La Jolla online or contact Bistro Pazzo directly at
7930 Ivanhoe Avenue
La Jolla California 92037
Browse all La Jolla Restaurants here.