Where to crush it for Sunday Fundays at the beach
by ANDREW EAKES
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San Diego native, Sam Blacky, a multi-talented DJ, rapper and model, keeps the party going at Firehouse as a guest DJ during a Sunday this summer. / Photo by Thomas Melville
San Diego native, Sam Blacky, a multi-talented DJ, rapper and model, keeps the party going at Firehouse as a guest DJ during a Sunday this summer. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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Jenny Dietz with mimosa and margarita flights at Crushed on Garnet Avenue. Those colorful margarita and mimosa flights go great along with brunch until 4 p.m.
Jenny Dietz with mimosa and margarita flights at Crushed on Garnet Avenue. Those colorful margarita and mimosa flights go great along with brunch until 4 p.m.
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Katina Hughes enjoys a slushie at PB Shore Club for a Sunday Funday.
Katina Hughes enjoys a slushie at PB Shore Club for a Sunday Funday.
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A line forms on a Sunday to get into the popular Waterbar on the boardwalk in Pacific Beach. / Photo by Thomas Melville
A line forms on a Sunday to get into the popular Waterbar on the boardwalk in Pacific Beach. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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Sipping on a vodka slushy on the PB Shore Club’s deck is a good way to enjoy Sunday Funday.
Sipping on a vodka slushy on the PB Shore Club’s deck is a good way to enjoy Sunday Funday.
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San Diego native, Sam Blacky, a multi-talented DJ, rapper and model, keeps the party going at Firehouse as a guest DJ during a Sunday this summer. / Photo by Thomas Melville
San Diego native, Sam Blacky, a multi-talented DJ, rapper and model, keeps the party going at Firehouse as a guest DJ during a Sunday this summer. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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Yes, Sunday Funday is a thing. A few years ago, avocado toast and long, mimosa-fueled brunches took over Sundays. But now, brunch has expanded into day drinking, DJs, and dancing into the evening as a way to extend the weekend party and make the looming work week more palatable.

How does it all work? First, organize your squad. Sunday Funday is a group activity. Second, pick out a spot and make sure bottomless Bloody Marys – as well as various food options that include a lot of bacon – are on the menu. Other things to consider: outdoor deck or patio with a scenic view, music options – live band or DJ-infused, flexibility to “go with the flow,” and plenty of space for all the group Instagrams.

Now that you’re ready for a Sunday Funday, check out our list below of some amazing places to stretch the weekend out to its full potential.

Pacific Beach

Firehouse (722 Grand Ave.): On “Tropical Sunday” they offer $16 bottles of Prosecco and a Bloody Mary bar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. One of their more popular breakfast items is the Churro French Toast. This item features Olive Backing Co. Cinnamon Brioche, a cream cheese glaze, cinnamon sugar and an option to add sausage or bacon. Firehouse also brings in a guest DJ every Sunday to keep the party going from the night before.

Mavericks (860 Garnet Ave.): A Sunday brunch buffet is available 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. They offer their “famous” omelet, carving stations, eggs, bacon, sausage, fruit, as well as chicken, ribs, mussels, pasta and salads. They also offer a wide variety of pastries and desserts.

Pacific Beach Shore Club (4343 Ocean Blvd.): This place can fill up fast on a Sunday, and for good reason. Who doesn’t want to spend the day checking out the beach and boardwalk while sipping on a couple of Tropical Slushies? Breakfast is served from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Favorites include their “Mass Confusion,” a combination of three biscuits, two scrambled eggs, mixed cheese, tater tots, house breakfast gravy, bacon and sausage.

Crushed (967 Garnet Ave.): Known for their “crushed” flights, this place is great to start your Sunday morning off right. Those $9 beer and mimosa flights go great along with brunch until 4 p.m. One of the more popular breakfast items, cinnamon roll pancakes, will have your hangover cured in no time.

Waterbar (4325 Ocean Blvd.) Perched above the Pacific Beach boardwalk, the 6,700-square-foot beachside eatery offers panoramic views and an extensive brunch menu. Try the crab and egg biscuit, or the signature WB Breakfast Sammy with fried egg, crispy pork belly, cherry applewood bacon, cheddar, roasted tomato, and spicy piri piri sauce on an English muffin.

Backyard Kitchen & Tap (832 Garnet Ave.): This is the place for a “premium” Sunday Funday. Enjoy full brunch menu items including the “BKYD Breakfast” from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. while sipping on $6 mimosas, $7 premium Ketel One Bloody Mary’s and premium mimosas, $12 mimosa flights and $16 champagne bottles.

Mission Beach

Beach House (3125 Ocean Front Walk): The Beach House's unique oceanfront environment, featuring outdoor tiki bars, fire pits, and tropical palm trees, set the scene for a perfect SoCal day. Relax in their cabanas or take a seat at their beachfront bars as you unwind with a craft beer or refreshing “Dixie Paloma” to pair with an epic sunset.

Sandbar Sportsbar & Grill (718 Ventura Place): Join in the Champagne Campaign Brunch (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) with $25 Bottomless Mimosas, munch on their award-winning TKO style tacos featuring cotija-crusted flour tortilla and chipotle aioli, and enjoy the view of the beach – and the screams of the Giant Dipper roller coaster riders – from the secon- floor Skydeck.

Draft (3105 Ocean Front Walk): This bar is a great place to watch the games on Sunday with endless beer options, optimal space and TVs galore, including one gigantic one against the wall. Sunday brunch offers $12 Bloody Mary’s, $6 local shandys with Saint Archer blonde ale and the build-your-own mimosa option with a choice of passion fruit, pomegranate and peach flavors for $7.

The Olive Café (805 Santa Clara Place): This place may not have the alcohol options that the rest of the Sunday Funday places did, but The Olive Café is considered by many as the best place for breakfast in Mission Beach. They bake their bread locally at the Olive Baking Co. Customers can drink a mug of coffee, play some board games and eat their popular Dad’s Favorite Pancakes.

Mission Bay

Barefoot Bar & Grill (1404 Vacation Road): This spot may be a little too touristy for a typical local, but everyone needs a little staycation from time to time, and why not enjoy Sunday Funday to a little live music? Barefoot Bar & Grill offers just that on Sunday’s from 2 to 6 p.m. This place opens up at 7 a.m. for the early birds. Get your day started with their “O.G. Acai Coconut” bowl.

La Jolla

Herringbone (7837 Herschel Ave.): They make it really easy for Sunday Funday. Herringbone offers $10 single mimosas or bottomless mimosas for $18. Need I say more? With a very nature-focused ambiance, enjoy the drinks and company while enjoying one of their favorites, “Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict.”

Café La Rue (1132 Prospect St.): Mainly known for their French cuisine while introducing some new flavors from other parts of the world, find yourself immersed in $5 draft beers and glasses of red or white wine, $7 martinis, and rotating $5 food specials. The quaint La Jolla café will have you falling in love by the first bite.

George’s at The Cove (1250 Prospect St.): Considered by many as San Diego’s best restaurant, George’s at The Cove is the best way to soak up the sun, enjoy the ocean view, and indulge in some of the best food and drinks San Diego has to offer. The historic ocean terrace is the place for you. A little bit more on the classier side, this place is great for family outings or romantic dates and getaways.

Prep Kitchen La Jolla (7556 Fay Ave.): Originally a start up in Little Italy, Prep Kitchen has expanded, moving to locations all over San Diego. Their Sunday Funday events include a handcrafted Bloody Mary cart, endless mimosas, hot coffee sundaes, smoked bacon beignets, lemon ricotta pancakes, fluffernutter French toast and much more. Because their mission statement includes the phrase “a restaurant by cooks for cooks,” you know this place is a good one.

LJ Crafted Wines (5621 La Jolla Blvd.): For those looking to enjoy Sunday Funday without the craziness of Saturday night spilling into the morning, LJ Crafted Wines may be a great spot for you. A very casual and cozy spot, they source all of their grapes from the Napa Valley and Sonoma counties and offer wine straight from the barrel. Wine tastings are available for $15, which include six two-ounce tasters. One-liter growlers are also available to take home offering one third more than a typical wine bottle.

Ocean Beach

Raglan Public House (1851 Bacon St.): After a Saturday night of drinking, Raglan Public House may be the fried-and-greasy fix you are craving. Best known for the delicious burgers including their lamb burgers, fish ’n’ chips and chicken pot pies, Sunday Funday gets a little crazier with the addition of $1 mimosas from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Voltaire Beach House (4934 Voltaire St.): There is really no place better in OB to get a Sunday Funday going than Voltaire Beach House. This dog-friendly, open-aired restaurant offers bottom-less mimosas for $14.95, pitchers of sangria for $10 and their Cutwater Spirits Fugu vodka Beach House Bloody Mary for $8. For a larger appetite, bite down on their Short Rib Hash, a mix of braised short ribs, breakfast potatoes, fried eggs, sautéed onion and tomato hollandaise.

Wonderland Ocean Pub (5083 Santa Monica Ave.): Who doesn’t want to soak up their Sunday Funday with one of the best ocean views at any bar in OB? Wonderland offers just that. Some of their breakfast favorites include the OBurrito, shrimp and goat cheese omelet and eggs and enchiladas. On Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., they offer $12 bottles of champagne, $10 Greyhounds (Fugu Vodka by Cutwater, fresh grapefruit juice and agave nectar) and $10 Aperol Spritz (Aperol, champagne and soda water).

OB Noodle House (2218 Cable St.): How good is this place? So good that they opened a second location to accommodate the busy crowds. From shrimp spring rolls to wings to their crispy chicken noodle dish, it is hard not to completely love this place. Because it is so busy the atmosphere can be loud, but an overall exciting experience. Be sure to call ahead on Sunday Funday for a reservation as all drafts are half off.

Point Loma

Bali Hai (2230 Shelter Island Drive): If you are willing to spend the money, this place will not disappoint. For $44 per adult and $20 per child, you will get one of San Diego’s best champagne brunches to get your Sunday Funday going. You will not only get endless champagne for mimosas, but you will also get a seafood bar with shrimp, ceviche and crab legs, prime rib, salad bar, fish of the day and the rest of your traditional breakfast items. The view of downtown isn’t so bad either.

Jimmy’s Famous Tavern (4990 N Harbor Drive): A great start to your Sunday Funday, check out the view of the bay or downtown, and take care of drinking and eating all in one with the Meal Mary. This is more than just your average Bloody Mary. It includes Chopin vodka, blue cheese, olives, chilled shrimp, pepperoni, jack cheese, pepperoncini and jalapeno bedeviled egg. Also enjoy $7 Famous Marys (Chopin Vodka, Blue Cheese Olive, Jack Cheese, Pepperoni, Pepperoncini, JFAT Blonde Chaser) and mini bottles of champagne.

Pizza Nova (5050 N Harbor Drive): Just off the coast at the Fisherman’s Landing, this little unknown spot is great for an unsuspecting Sunday Funday. Overlooking the marina, they offer happy hour everyday from 3 to 6 p.m., which includes a $4 beer of the month, $2 off all small plates, drafts, wines and well drinks and $6.50 mini pizzas. Get your Sunday Funday going with $4 Bloody Marys and mimosas from open to 4.pm.

Breakfast Republic (2865 Sims Road suite 106): Also located in Ocean Beach and Pacific Beach, the Liberty Station spot is a great way to get some drinks going, enjoy some breakfast and get outside for a spectacular Sunday Funday. A good way to get the morning started is with a White Peach Bellini with Glera Frizzante prosecco or one of their build your own kombucha flights. They also have an array of French toast with flavors including s’mores, lemon and coconut and mascarpone with strawberries.

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