Walking (and Eating) in a Beachy Wonderland OB
“The ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination and brings eternal joy to the soul.” -Wyland
In Southern California, we’re fortunate to be surrounded by beaches! So what goes into the selection process for choosing your favorite beach/beach town? Maybe you prefer a dog friendly beach area like in Coronado, or a beach area populated with surfers like La Jolla, or maybe even somewhere you can eat right by the ocean like over in Mission Beach. I happened to fall in love with Ocean Beach, which is filled with hippies, and free spirits, and a lot of diversity. Here are six great reasons to visit Ocean Beach, but for me, sitting on the wall looking out across the sand, watching the waves crashing under the pier, and doing a lot of people watching from behind the lenses of my sunglasses has become a source of peace and happiness for me. The zen that I feel when I’m in Ocean Beach is pure and organic. So naturally, I feel at home here.
So what is it about Ocean Beach? Well, imagine if there was a place you could go where they served good food and drinks, had live entertainment, a killer ocean view, and they cheer for the setting of the sun every night. A place where you can forget about the woes of your day, become entranced in the ocean tides, and celebrate a simple sunset; it sounds magical, right?!
This magical piece of San Diego Heaven is called Wonderland Ocean Pub
on Santa Monica Ave. in Ocean Beach. This second floor bar and restaurant has, in my opinion, the BEST view in Ocean Beach with window front seating for that fresh ocean air and the best seat for a sunset.
Wonderland has a sunset happy hour Monday-Friday
with an abundant bar, so whether you’re in the mood for a cold beer
, a glass of red wine or some spirits, they’ve definitely got you covered. I personally favor the Mother Earth Brewing Co.
Cali Creamin’ that they have on tap! Sunset happy hour also includes a free shot when you’re sitting around the bar, bonus!
Wonderland also has great food. (Take a look at the menu
for lunch and dinner.) Two highlights for me are the waffle fries and the pretzel balls with beer cheese fondue! Yummmmmy! You can’t go wrong with pretzels that are perfectly golden and salty, with malty beer cheese! The cheese is soo good that I can’t bare to leave any behind, so I usually end up ordering chips or extra pretzel balls! Many a people have stared down our pretzels, and when I share, they’re just as impressed as we are! Trust me, it’s good stuff!
Wonderland OB also features local entertainment Monday-Friday
with acoustic sets. I’ve heard some great live music here. A duet I’m fond of is called The Heart
. They do shows all over the county including Wonderland Ocean Pub. Allow me to give you the visual…the warm sunshine upon your face, the ocean air wafting through the windows as you sit with a cold beer in hand, watching surfers take on waves, (check out this live beach camera
) listening to some cool tunes and waiting for a gorgeous San Diego sunset. I don’t know about you, but that brings a huge smile to my face!
Wonderland is more than just an awesome bar with great food and entertainment, they also host unique events
. Looking for a cool bar to watch a UFC fight? Bring your friends and grab a seat around the bar. Looking for a new place to take one of those wine and paint classes? They offer those too! I’ve taken a paint class here with my friend before and we had a great time painting the Ocean Beach Pier in bright neon colors over a cold brew.
Secure your magical seat and arrive early for sunset, you won’t regret it! What’s your favorite thing about Wonderland?