Before summer hits full throttle with camps, road trips and playdates at the park, reserve some time for just the two of you! This month it’s all about getting outdoors with your sweetie. From restaurants with a view, to food and beer tastings, to cooking together and an epic movie night, we’ve found what’s hot for a summer date night. Read on for where to sizzle!

photo: Rooftop Cinema Club

Rooftop Movies
Sit under a twilit sky and take in the majestic panoramic views of downtown at the new Rooftop Cinema Club. The roof of the Manchester Grand Hyatt has been transformed into an open-air movie theater with a large projection screen, deck chairs, comfy blankets and wireless headsets. Get ready to enjoy a terrific line-up of award-winning cult-classics and newer releases. Vintage concession stands add to the evening’s charm selling bites like tacos and poke nachos, local brews and California wines. Then cozy up and enjoy your film. You’ll be glad you took the time to put this memorable movie night on your calendar.

Good to know: You get free hotel garage parking with meal purchase.

Manchester Grand Hyatt
1 Market Pl.
San Diego, Ca 92101
Online: rooftopcinemaclub.com

photo: Museum of Man

International Beer Tasting at the Museum of Man
Get out of the house for a fun, relaxed evening at the Museum of Man’s event: Beer, Bir, Bjόr!  This adventure will take you on a journey to five stations in the Museum after hours. Fill your flight with five brews inspired by nations around the world, snack on savory sausages and salads and get artsy as you contribute to a beer-inspired mural.

June 7 , 6-8 p.m.
1350 El Prado
San Diego, Ca 92101
619-239-2001
Online: museumofman.org

photo: Taste of Gaslamp

Taste of Gaslamp
Relish the delicious food of old favorites or discover a newly-established restaurant that piques your interest during the 24th annual Taste of Gaslamp. Starting in Gaslamp Square, make your way around the 24 stations, savoring bites from each participating restaurant and celebrating the great flavors of the historic quarter. A beer garden will quench your thirst in between stops. Your taste buds will thank you!

Saturday, June 16, 1-4 p.m.
Gaslamp Square (check-in)
538 L St.
San Diego, Ca 92101
Tickets online: tickets.sandiego.org/e/taste-of-gaslamp-2018

photo: Maverick’s Beach Club via Yelp

Cheers! Toast Summer’s Arrival
You’ll swoon over this airy, spacious, newly opened five-story bar and restaurant that’s the perfect spot to celebrate summer’s arrival. Maverick’s Beach Club breathes new life into what used to be PB Bar & Grill. Enjoy watching the Padres or a World Cup game on one of the many big screen TVs, meander onto one of the patios with cocktails and enjoy a lively game of corn hole, or just put your feet up while you lounge on a couch by the outdoor fireplace and take in a perfect San Diego sunset. Their food conjures Baja style: grilled shrimp, carne aside and ancho chicken fill tacos, bowls and tortas. Perfect with a margarita or beer (There are over 20 drafts).

860 Garnet Ave.
San Diego, Ca 92109
858-999-0348
Online: http://maverickssd.com

photo: Pexels via pixabay

It’s Picnic Season
Nothing says summer like a picnic. Venissimo Cheese takes the work out of shopping and packing your goodies. Simply go online and order a “picnic pack.” A cool bag filled with two quarter-pound choices of cheese, sliced salami, crackers, fruit and a mini chocolate bar complete with napkins will be ready for you to pick up. Grab a great bottle of wine and you’re good to go. We like the idea of two beach chairs at sunset in Del Mar. Here are our fave places to put down our picnic blanket.

4 locations: Del Mar, Liberty Station, Mission Hills, N.Park
Online: venissimo.com

photo: Betty’s Fish House

Hello, Rooftop Sunsets
In Oceanside, grab a seat on the beautiful rooftop at Hello, Betty Fish House. Besides offering a stellar view of the pier at sunset, the fish house has some fun lined up for warm summer evenings. Listen to Tidal Tunes live music from 5-8 p.m. on Sundays and Tuesdays. Mondays are trivia night from 7–9 p.m. and on Wednesdays, reveal your inner wild thing with Karaoke starting at 7 p.m. Regulars love their salmon sliders, smoked fish tacos and showstopper desserts.

Good to know: Before you book a sitter, check their website to be sure the rooftop is not closed for a special event.

211 Mission Ave.
Oceanside, Ca 92054
760-722-1008
Online: hellobettyoceanside.com

photo: Cucina Sorella via Yelp 

Get Pasta-tively Creative
Take a cooking class together and learn how to make stuffed pasta at Cucina SORELLA in Kensington. Chef Daniel Wolinsky leads these intimate workshops that accommodate only 12 people per class. For about 2.5 hours, pretend you’re in Italy living in the moment, enjoying only the freshest ingredients at your fingertips. In addition to class, you’ll savor a glass of wine and a delicious lunch. Take home the pasta you make as well as a recipe card with the perfect accompaniments.

Sun., June 24, Noon-2:30 p.m.
cucina SORELLA
4055 Adams Ave.
San Diego, Ca 92116
619-281-4014
Book class online: urbankitchengroup.com

Where’s your favorite place to go on a summer date? Share in the comments!

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––Cherie Gough

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