We were doing touristy stuff in San Diego during the day. (You know, the Zoo and Sea World etc) and, as tourists, naturally gravitated towards the Gas Lamp quarter for meals every night.
I love pubs with live music and our cab driver directed us towards Patricks ('two' for some reason).
So, after our meal on a Saturday night about 9 p.m. off we went to check it out - only a few blocks away from where we dined.
What a blast.
Small, intimate, dark, with a fine selection of beers and live music - and not too crowded, (it turns out on any night we was there).
The first night, as I wasn't driving, I was was introduced to San Diego's astonishing IPA beers - and, on this visit, a band playing great blues music for tips.
We was so impressed we came here every night after we'd dined - where a different band was playing every night.
And all of them was brilliant.
One night Blues, next night a different style of blues, the next night a brilliant soul band then we went to Tuesdays jam session which, probably more by luck than anything was sensational. At one time there seemed to be about a dozen people playing - dunno where they came from - they wasn't in the orginal band. (OK jam sessions anywhere are unpredictable so be prepared for anything).
Funny thing was I think the band was supposed to finish about midnight - but seems they didn't want to finish at all and 12:30 a.m. they was still going and had to be closed down by the bar people.
Also on Tuedsday 'jam' nights they put on free fried chicken as a snack - all you have to do is go help yourself.
We didn't get back to our hotel 'til about 2 a.m. Wednesday morning - now I haven't had a night like that in years.
What made our visits to Patricks so pleasurable was the staff - who sort of adopted us the first time we spoke to them. (Well, our accents helped identify us as people in need of looking after).
Being the low-key sort of place it it, Patricks attracts the sort of people who are just out for a night's entertainment or a bit of company themselves and we found it easy to get into pub-chats every time we went with a whole bunch of nice people - which added to our pub experience.
I can only suggest that, if you like the style of place I've described - it doesn't get any better than Patricks 2 in San Diego.
Just turn up with no expectations and see what happens.
Have fun - we did.
FYI - I'm 62 y/o and I suppose meant to be past all this frivolity.
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