Ah, the 1980s. No matter how much time has passed since that golden era of Miami Vice, DeLoreans and cocaine, we still regard it with nostalgic reverie. That's why, even in 2013, '80s nights are still rampant in bars and clubs all over town, giving bachelorette parties something to do every weekend. So, of course, this week has a few choices for any girl looking to take a crimper to her hair.
Downtown cantina La Puerta (560 Fourth Ave.) started its own homage to the era with L-80's Night, happening every Wednesday. This week, DJ Gabe Vega spins the greatest hits from the decade while the bar offers half-off prices on draft beer, wine and frozen margaritas. Gear up for the weekend with Poison, Dexys Midnight Runners and a few delicious tacos at this chill night.
If that teaser got you jonesing for an '80s night where you can Wang Chung harder than Lamar from Revenge of the Nerds, head to The Flame (3780 Park Blvd. in Hillcrest) on Thursday, Jan. 10, for Club '80s. This night is a San Diego institution, bringing the best in new wave since way back when it was a club night at Shooterz, the dingy dive bar that became True North in 2009. The cover is only $3, so bring your dollar bills and dancing shoes. If your ears need a palette cleanser, rockabilly tunes will be blasting in the back room of The Flame. Bettie Page bangs and greaser hair may or may not be a prerequisite for entry.
Round out a week of reminiscing about Punky Brewster on Monday, Jan. 14, at The Brass Rail's '80s night, Manic Monday. DJ Junior the Discopunk puts the gay bar in party mode all night long. The $2 drink specials should also help liven up the mood. I hear this one is a really good time.