Remember Bondi, the Australian restaurant and bar at 333 Fifth Ave., Downtown? The Aussie haunt closed earlier this year, and, about two months ago, Donovan's Steakhouse expanded and opened Donovan's Circle of 5ths there. The self-described “destination for an upscale, business-casual good time” recently added dueling pianos to the live-music schedule, which officially makes San Diego a city with dueling dueling-piano bars; The Shout House is just a few blocks away. Locals might dig the bar's weekly Thirsty Thursdays night, hosted by KPRI, which is featuring The Rescues from L.A. as the resident band through Oct. 27.
Last weekend, The Rose Wine Pub (2219 30th St. in South Park) celebrated its grand opening (read more on Page 19), as did Iron Fist Brewing Company (1305 Hot Spring Way, Suite 101, in Vista), a familyowned craft brewery with a small tasting room. And on Oct. 28, the restaurant half of Eden will open in the former Universal building at 1218 University Ave. in Hillcrest. The club portion of the venue, though, won't open until Nov. 24.
“We're completely gutting the place,” says Rob Corea, Eden's spokesperson. “It will be more casual than Universal was. We're throwing the air of pretension out the window and focusing heavily on the local gay and lesbian community.”