Remember falling for your partner? Bet you weren’t talking about potty training or baseball practice then! Shake off the mundane and put on your party clothes. Whether your idea of a perfect date is low-key time together or a casual night out with friends, there are plenty of reasons to ditch your Netflix marathon and get off the couch this month. From listening to a legendary guitarist jam to fist-pumping theater to March Madness and great restaurants, we’ve found all the fun. All you have to do is read on and book the sitter.

photo: Stella E. via Yelp

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day With an Authentic Irish Meal
St. Patrick’s Day is coming, but why wait for the 17th when you can eat, drink and be merry any day of the week at The Field Irish Pub? Enjoy shepard’s pie or traditional Irish boxty and listen to live music. Grab a seat upstairs and take in the views of the historic Gaslamp District, people watch and catch up with your sweetie over a pint of Guinness or an Irish coffee made with a special touch.

The Field Irish Pub
544 Fifth Ave.
San Diego, Ca 92101
Online: thefield.com

STOMP
If you’ve never seen this show and you love music, you MUST go. STOMP’s talented performers create high-energy percussion from everyday items like garbage cans, sticks, brooms and newspapers. The show’s magnificent rhythms and surprising humor are so unique it’s a captivating night that will make your heart beat faster. You’ll be talking about this experience for a long time. Enjoy STOMP, which runs just over 90 minutes, in comfortable totally renovated seats at the theater, then grab a drink downtown with your sweetie.

When: March 2-4, matinees and evenings
Tickets: $60-$84

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The Balboa Theatre
868 Fourth Ave
San Diego Ca 92101
Online: broadwaysd.com

G Love and The Special Sauce at the Belly Up
The Belly Up is always a great place to catch an intimate show and with G Love and the Special Sauce playing, you’re sure to get your groove on and dance all night. Grab a cold beverage from the bar and savor the laid-back talent of this band from Philly that blends acoustic blues, funk and hip-hop to create a flavor all their own: some super fun, upbeat and relaxed tunes. Be sure to buy tickets online. These shows will sell out.

When: March 10 & 11, 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $33-$99
Belly Up Tavern
143 S. Cedros Ave.
Solana Beach, Ca 92075
Online: bellyup.com

Buddy Guy: Blues Legend
California Center for the Arts in Escondido is a hidden gem. The theater promises a beautiful venue, a good view no matter your seat, easy parking and also hosts some terrific talent. March is no exception with legendary blues guitarist and singer Buddy Guy. His epic talent has influenced guitar icons for generations from Jimi Hendrix to Eric Clapton to John Mayer. From seductive tracks like Feels Like Rain to impressive guitar on Midnight Train to the sing-along favorite Mustang Sally, Buddy Guy puts on a great show–you won’t be disappointed.

When: March 12, 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $45-$115
Order Online: my.artcenter.org/single/SYOS.aspx?p=3162
or by Phone: 800-988-4253

California Center for the Arts
340 North Escondido Blvd.
Escondido Ca 92025
Online: artcenter.org/event/buddy-guy/

photo: Cirque du Soleil

A New Cirque on Ice
Sometimes you just need to forget reality. For a night that transports you to another world, check out Cirque du Soleil’s new show Crystal that blends ice skating with Cirque’s breathtaking stunts. Be mesmerized by the beauty and power of the skaters and let the music transport you to a place where you end up cheering “Bravo!”

When: March 21-25, evenings and matinee
Tickets: $40-$145
Valley View Casino Center (formerly Sports Arena)
3500 Sports Arena Blvd.
San Diego, Ca 92110
Online: valleyviewcasinocenter.com

March Madness at SDSD
Score some of the most coveted tickets in town! You can watch NCAA Men’s Championship Basketball 1st and 2nd round live right here this year at SDSU’s Viejas Arena. Let the thrill of March Madness sweep over you as you enjoy an unforgettable night out. You might even feel like a college student again!

When: March 16 & 18
Tickets: Prices vary and are pricey, at least $120-$360
For a guaranteed safe bet to buy resale tickets, use NCAA ticket exchange.

photo: Dimitriy R. via Yelp

Sports and Sunsets in PB
Can’t get a seat at State to watch the game? Check out the newly opened Waterbar in Pacific Beach. A sports bar filled with big screen TVs for sure, but this place also comes with a million dollar view of Crystal Pier and iconic San Diego sunsets. Sit at comfy bar seats or next to the floor-to-ceiling windows. Keep it causal with calamari, po boys and fish and chips or dress up your plate with salmon or filet mignon. Don’t miss their creative cocktails.

Waterbar
4325 Ocean Blvd.
San Diego, Ca 92109
Online: waterbarsd.com

photo: Coinhaus

Double Date Nostalgia
Girls (and boys) just wanna have fun at Coinhaus, a recently opened pour-your-own, gaming “beercade.” Enjoy a casual night in the relaxed, trendy open air venue. Here’s how it works: Load a card with your credit card, then enjoy self-serve beer and games. With over 50 taps, you choose how much of each drink you’d like to try. You’re charged by the ounce so you don’t have to commit to just one. They offer an ever-changing variety of brews, including many locals and even ciders, mead, root beer and kombucha. Get your blast from the past by trying out all the retro games like Frogger, Centipede and the many pinball and foosball machines.

Insider’s tip: Don’t get too carried away or things can get pricey. Keep an eye on your tab. Save money by arriving early. During daily Happy Hour until 6 p.m. play any games for free.

Coinhaus
8361 Allison Ave.
La Mesa, Ca 91942
619-741-2288
Online: cohnrestaurants.com/coinhaus

photo: Petco Park via Facebook

Padres Home Opener (with Wine!)
Baseball season opens a bit earlier this year with some great giveaways. Our pick for date night is WineFest on Friday, March 30th. Whether you just want to relax with a glass or consider yourself a connoisseur, enjoy watching the Padres take on the Milwaukee Brewers and indulge in pre-game happy hour drink specials and live music from 4:30-7 p.m. featuring $5 red and white wine specials from local and regional wineries.

Insider’s Tip: Be one of the first 500 to buy the special WineFest package and you’ll receive a Padres themed wine topper.

When: March 30,  4:30 p.m.
Tickets: $22.50- $100

Petco Park
100 Park Blvd.
San Diego, Ca 92101
Online: padres/tickets/specials/party-in-the-park

Where do you love to go for date night? Share in the comments!

––Cherie Gough

featured photo: Kristina Litvjak via Unsplash

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