FOOD WITH FLAIR
JRDN (723 Felspar Street; 858-270-5736) is an ultrasleek steak and seafood house with an oceanfront dining room. Make sure to grab an avocado cocktail and catch the sunset. (Entrées are priced at about $30.)
Dussini (275 Fifth Avenue; 619-233-4323), a trilevel Mediterranean bistro in the Gaslamp District, features a wine room rising from the lower level through the mezzanine floor. The third level is also a billiard room where you can refill your glass and chill just a little longer. (Entrées are priced at $20 to $30.)
The Gaslamp Strip Club (340 Fifth Avenue; 619-231-3140) is a steak lounge with an atmosphere that is fun and casual. Sip on a specialty martini or an old-school martini before your meal. (At about $40, entrées are large enough for two.)
Confidential (901 Fourth Avenue; 619-696-8888) proves a place can be posh and sophisticated yet comfortable and inviting. This modern lounge is the spot to go to relax and listen to good music.
Belo (919 Fourth Avenue; 619-231-2000) feels like being transported back to the Seventies. This huge club has three rooms, each with its own style of music and decor.
Stingaree’s (454 Sixth Street; 619-544-9500) has an insider crowd and glamorous atmosphere. Celebrities feel at home with the private cabanas on the Oasis Rooftop Lounge and catwalks lining the dance floor.
Niche Boutique (621 West First Street; 619-615-0782), hidden among the pasta shops of Little Italy, is worth checking out for the latest in shoes by designers such as Marc Jacobs, Peter Kent, BCBG and Puma. Be sure to check out the accessories and undergarments by some of Southern California’s indie designers.
The Assembly (740 Fifth Avenue; 619-255-8051) embodies San Diego style. The shop has a hip industrial vibe and is stocked with brands such as Gentle Fawn, Fornarina and House of Spy.
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Zoom Fitness Studio (8222 Vickers Street, Suite B1; 858-565-1900) provides private and group classes. The studio’s top trainers and Zen-like atmosphere may be exactly what you need to recharge. Check the group schedule online at zoomfit.com or call ahead to schedule a private session. (Group classes are $15.)
Tower23 (723 Felspar Street; 858-270-2323) is a boutique hotel on the beach and features in-room spa treatments such as the Koi Calm Facial ($145) or the Sea Goddess Salt Scrub ($135).