Cheese, it is said, is milk’s leap toward immortality, but for a shorter term relationship, let Venissimo’s cheesemongers guide you through the process of making your own mozzarella, ricotta, and queso fresco.If you’d prefer to just eat cheese together, Venissimo also hosts tasting events with charcuterie pairings, beer or wine pairings, or a decadent ménage à trois of cheese, chocolate, and Champagne.Après-dinner, grab a cocktail from the bar and a pool chair, or, if you’re the adventurous type, hop into the pool to view the show. Tiki culture never really left San Diego, so on those rare days when a walk on the beach isn’t in the cards, fake it by sharing a tropical libation in a funny-looking mug.Old school favorites Bali Hai, Kona Kai Resort and Spa, or Moray’s at the Catamaran Resort serve up classic mai tais, Zombies, and Scorpion Bowls, while new wave tiki bars like False Idol, The Grass Skirt and Fairweather bring modern tiki interpretations that range from plush and fruity to refreshing and crisp.Stroll through the trendy Liberty Station Arts District on the first Friday of every month from 5 to 9pm and you'll get to meet working artists, enjoy dance, theater, and music performances, and visit museums and galleries.Wander through the latest exhibits at the Women’s Museum of California, Visions Art Museum, and the San Diego Comic Art Gallery, then hit up Comickaze Comics for their diverse selection of mainstream and independent comics, graphic novels, manga, statues, and action figures.Cap the evening off with cocktails from The Bar at Moniker General and dinner at one of Liberty Public Market’s dozens of food venues.
Fortunately, you can have an effortlessly great date night (or day) in SD by stealing one or more of these can’t-miss ideas.
Held every Thursday through Saturday, you can choose from three- or five-course prix fixe menus that change weekly, with optional wines specially selected to go with your food.
Pro tip: reservations are recommended, and must be made by phone.
Both locations also have vintage pinball, but the Gaslamp venue has Skee-Ball machines and Super Shot Basketball games, both of which are classic "date night" staples. Anyone can be an artist at Pinot’s Palette in the beautiful Liberty Station Arts District.
Each two- or three-hour session takes you through the creation of your own colorful painting, no experience required.