When it comes to Kensington nightlife, prepare for fun and friendly dives and pseudo-dives, along with gastropubs, tapas bars, and cocktail lounges. Most establishments offer reasonable drink prices and a comfortable ambiance perfect for friends and dates.
Clem's Tap House features 50 beers on tap, a wide selection of bottled brews, and a sizable wine list. Their food menu features fried snacks, appetizers, gourmet pizzas, and paninis. For an authentic dive bar experience, the Kensington Club is a purveyor of live music featuring local bands from San Diego, as well as other fun events. Saddle up to a regular at the bar and order a cold brew.
Hitting up happy hours is a great way to get to know a new area while on vacation. Fortunately, Kensington is home to numerous happy hours at many different bars and restaurants. A few notable happy hour spots include:
If sake is your thing, Tanuki is just the place for you. Part Japanese cafe and part tapas-style eatery, this establishment features more than 100 varieties of sake, as well as sushi, sashimi, small plates, and more. Ask about their plentiful happy hour specials during your visit.
Feel free to bring a four-legged friend to the Working Class for their canine-friendly happy hour. This establishment features an attractive outdoor patio and a good selection of craft beers, wines, and even kombucha. There are midday happy hours from 4 pm to 7 pm, along with late-night happy hours running from 10 pm to 12 am, during which there are discounted prices on starters, beer, and wine.
With a focus on Asian fusion fare, SKA bar combines tasty drinks and plates. Choose from handcrafted cocktails, spirits, small plates, burgers, salads, and delectable desserts. Happy hour runs Monday through Friday, from 3 pm to 6 pm.
Perhaps you're not interested in the bar scene. In that case, Landmark's Ken Cinema is the place for you. This eclectic little theater features something for every cinema lover. Along with the latest new releases, you can also enjoy an array of independent flicks, including foreign and experimental cinema to enrich and entertain. This theater is also home to many special events, so be sure to check out their calendar during your visit. A far cry from the chain movie theater experience, Ken Cinema is a place for people who hold movies in high regard.