Free Hosted Bars in San Diego: How to Snag a Free Drink Downtown

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San Diego can be one of the most exciting cities in the world to visit, but it can also be one of the most expensive. So if you’re looking to save money while still painting the town red and experiencing San Diego’s nightlife scene, we have some must-read tips for you. If you’re ready to hit the bars and clubs while sticking to your budget, the trick is to find the city’s hosted bars and VIP hook-ups where party people can score a free cocktail, no strings attached.

If you do not already know about Hosted San Diego, then you should familiarize yourself with their twitter page and other social media resources. They always have new deals with some of the best hot spots in San Diego to provide tourists and locals alike with free drinks.

These promotions are done in tandem with liquor companies who are looking to make a great impression with the highflying, jet setting clientele that come through San Diego on a consistent basis. Companies such as 619Vodka have been known to host events at swanky and popular hotels such as the Hard Rock San Diego and the Seven Grand Hotel. These hosted bars typically require that you sign up for their VIP email list online in order to receive the 1-2 hour hosted bar. For those unfamiliar with “hosted bars” – this is a designated time frame where bar goers can receive free drinks, on the house.

Be sure to keep up with the Hosted San Diego twitter page @HostedSanDiego. Stay on the lookout for promotions at your favorite bars and clubs because it is likely that you will be able to get other deals directly on their websites as well.

For more savings, steals and freebies, check out Marina Inn for a cheap San Diego Convention Center hotel located near Downtown San Diego. When you book a room at Marina Inn, you’ll be walking distance from Downtown San Diego, the San Diego Bay and all guests receive a complimentary buffet breakfast each morning.

If you’re trying to find a cheap San Diego Downtown Hotels near Little Italy next to all of the best local nightlife, Marina Inn has just the room you’re looking for. For more information about the San Diego Marina Inn and our available discounts, call us at 1-800-571-2933.


Military Tributes and Music Fill San Diego this Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day Weekend 2014

With its captivating beaches, world-class attractions and incredible history, San Diego is a fun place to visit any time of year. However, Memorial Day weekend holds a special place in San Diego as this city serves nearly 100,000 uniformed military men and women. Pair that with San Diego’s deeply rooted military history and you get Memorial Day celebrations that are particularly unique and memorable.

Jump aboard the USS Midway!

Families in town for the weekend will find a full schedule during the Legacy Week festivities at the USS Midway Museum. Events kick off this Saturday, May 24 at 9 a.m. with a Veterans’ Wreath Ceremony. The Midway’s Kids Adventure Discovery Zone delights families throughout the weekend, while Sunday’s celebrations include a “Meet The Aviators and Their Planes” event and a rousing Navy Band performance. Monday’s Memorial Day Ceremony features a vintage WWII plane flyover, guest speakers, family fun and much more.

There are several ways to save on admission to the Midway’s daytime events. The Saturday Wreath Ceremony is free, and attendees also receive free admission to the Midway Museum after the ceremony. Donating blood during the Memorial Day blood drive also comes with free Midway admission.

Arguably the biggest Memorial Day event at the Midway will be Saturday evening’s patriotic rockers concert. The Annual American Freedom Festival Concert will feature classic big-name performers from Santana, Journey, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Boston and Steppenwolf. Proceeds benefit several military charitable organizations, including the Wounded Warrior Support Network and ReBoot Workshops. It’s a sell-out event on the flight deck of the Midway, so you’ll want to get your tickets early.

Free Memorial Weekend Activities

If you’re looking to save some money while still enjoying your weekend in San Diego, you can take advantage of plenty of free memorial events, including:

  • Saturday Veteran’s Museum Memorial Service and 21-gun salute in Balboa Park
  • Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery Memorial Day ceremony
  • Memorial Day ceremony in Coronado’s Star Park features a stirring rendition of “Taps” and a group singing of “God Bless America.”

Another way to save money is by booking a room at one of the affordable Hotels near San Diego Bay in Downtown. Marina Inn is the most affordable bay front hotel, located just a block from the water and less than one mile from the USS Midway and close to all other major San Diego attractions.

Non-military Happenings

With Memorial Day acting as the unofficial start to summer, you better believe San Diego is pulling out all of the party stops. This weekend you can enjoy the sounds of the San Diego Jazz Festival at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, you could take a break from fast food to enjoy the flavors of the House of Pacific Relations’ Ethnic Food Fair on Sunday from noon to 4 pm at Balboa Park, or head to downtown San Diego’s Petco Park for the Padres game and a special military salute.

Whether you spend the entire weekend honoring our military or relishing in all of the town’s many pleasures, Memorial Day weekend in San Diego is sure to be an unforgettable experience but a very busy one at that. Be sure to book a room at one of the top cheap hotels in Downtown San Diego today and if you make a reservation at Marina Inn & Suites, you could qualify for our early booking discount!

Marinna Inn is one of the most budget-friendly hotels near Seaport Village, Little Italy and the Gaslamp Quarter, putting you in a prime location to enjoy all of the Memorial Day weekend activities.

For more information on our special room rates and complimentary amenities, or to reserve a room right now, call us at 1-800-571-2933.

Fun & Free Places to go in San Diego

Free San Diego Activities

If you’re looking for ways to have fun in San Diego and save money at the same time, you’re in luck. San Diego offers a wide array of exciting and free attractions. Traveling without going over budget might seem difficult, but with our help you can experience San Diego main attractions and sights on a dime!

  1. Wake up early, and take a free fly fishing class with the San Diego Fly Fishers Club on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lake Murray. Don’t worry about bringing your own equipment, they’ll supply that too!
  2. If you and your family love to learn, don’t miss out on San Diego’s many fun and educational museums, 35 of which offer free admission for children. Some of our favorites include: San Diego Botanic Garden, Museum of Making Music, Birch Aquarium at Scripps, San Diego Air & Space Museum, and The San Diego Museum of Art.
  3. If you reserved a budget hotel near Old Town San Diego then you can enjoy their free events including a weekly farmer’s market, the Southern California Folklorico Competition this weekend or Fiesta de Cinco on May 3 and 4.
  4. Do you like to cook? If so, head over to Williams-Sonoma for a free cooking class. How often do you get the chance to learn from true culinary professionals? You’ll walk out feeling like a gourmet chef yourself.
  5. If you prefer dining out over cooking, grab some grub at one of the many San Diego restaurants where kids eat free:
    Barra Barra Saloon |10 years and younger/nightly
    Mia Francesca | 12 years and younger/Sundays
    PeriPeri | 12 years and younger/Tuesdays starting at 4 p.m.
    The Weevil Burger | Any age/Sundays
  6. Looking to unwind? Sit back and enjoy a free organ concert at 2 p.m. every Sunday at Spreckles Organ Pavilion. You’ll be impressed as you listen to the beautiful music of one of the world’s largest outdoor pipe organs.

These are all great examples that it’s possible to visit San Diego on a tight budget. As long as you plan ahead of time, book a room at a cheap hotel near the San Diego airport with a free breakfast, it’s possible to have a fun weekend in San Diego without it costing an arm and a leg.

Booking a family-friendly hotel room at Marina Inn & Suites is the perfect option for San Diego visitors who are traveling on a budget. Our affordable downtown San Diego hotel rooms come with plenty of free amenities, including WiFi, breakfast, and parking. We are also always helping our guests save money with discounts of up to 12% off on already competitive rates.

To see how much money Marina Inn can save you on your upcoming San Diego vacation, call us today at 1-800-571-2933.

Free Monthly San Diego Art Walks


San Diego is a diverse city that loves to celebrate art, culture and local businesses and one of the best ways to do this is through monthly art walks. Every month throughout San Diego county various cities, towns and villages host art walks where locals and tourists are welcome to come wander the streets, sample food, browse through art galleries, sip on vino and mix and mingle among local artists and business owners. Want to know the best part? It’s all free! Of course if you want to leave with a stunning new sculpture or some handmade jewelry you’ll have to fork over some cash, but just wandering through the city streets is an experience in and of itself.

Each of the events listed below aim to celebrate the eclectic avenues available for art, cuisine and entertainment. Stroll through the doors of local galleries, sample tasty food vendor bites, grab a drink at a street-side wine bar or sit and listen to live music while people watching.

Here are the regular monthly art walks happening each month in San Diego:

  • Art in the Park | The 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month, Spreckles Park in Coronado Village | 9 am to 4 pm
  • Friday Night Liberty | First Friday of every month, NTC at Liberty Station | Starts at 5 pm
  • Ray at Night | 2nd Saturday of every month, North Park | 6 pm to 10 pm
  • Second Saturday Art Walk | 2nd Saturday of every month, Downtown Escondido | 5 pm to 9 pm
  • Kettner Nights | 2nd Friday of every month, Little Italy North | 6 pm to 9 pm
  • Family Sunday | Every 3rd Sunday of the month, Balboa Park | noon to 4 pm

For more information on what to see and do in Balboa Park and Downtown San Diego during your family vacation, click here! You’ll also find information on affordable Gaslamp Quarter accommodations.

The culturally rich and trendy community of Little Italy is also hosting the Mission Federal Art Walk next month on April 26-27, from 11 am to 6 pm. This two day event will go above and beyond by featuring special 30th Anniversary Art, live street painting, a special hands-on Kids Walk, and live performances from acclaimed musicians and dance troupes. Turn this special event into an excuse to take an extended San Diego vacation and book a nearby Little Italy budget hotel room at Marina Inn & Suites.

To book your cheap downtown San Diego hotel room at Marina Inn & Suites you can click on the “Reservations” tab above or call a friendly reservations specialist at 1-800-571-2933. Don’t forget to ask about our available discounts and follow us on Facebook for exclusive offers!

Blooming Spring Activity for Nature Lovers


With the month of March only a few days away, spring is in the air! If you’re planning a trip to San Diego for spring break or a weekend getaway, there are countless things to do from visiting top attractions like the Zoo and SeaWorld to roaming the streets of historic neighborhoods such as at the Gaslamp Quarter and Little Italy. Yes, these activities are fun all year-round, but what San Diego destination can’t be missed by springtime visitors? Balboa Park!

This month, we’re highlighting San Diego’s Balboa Park as our must-see attraction. This urban outdoor park, located minutes from our cheap downtown San Diego hotel, is filled with winding pathways, rolling hillsides and lush tropical gardens that come alive in the spring. In fact, the natural beauty of the park is so breathtaking, an entire tour has been dedicated to exploring the brilliant spring blossoms.

There are rotating tour themes including Balboa Park History, palm trees, other trees in the park, desert vegetation and tour del dia, each highlighting the unique botanical offerings that thrive during the season. Other destinations within the park that you won’t want to miss are the Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden, overflowing with more than 2,500 roses, and the Alcazar Garden which has won national awards for its intricate composition of floral designs.

Interested in going on the tour? Here’s what you need to know.

  • When: Every Saturday morning at 10am
  • Where: Meet outside the Balboa Park Visitors Center
  • Duration: 1 hour (from 10am to 11am)
  • What to Wear: Comfortable walking shoes and a hat or sunscreen

Because of the early Saturday morning start time, visitors have plenty of opportunity to explore the rest of San Diego during the day. Stop for lunch at the popular Prado at Balboa Park or head back towards your cheap hotel near San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter and grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants that line 5th Street, before continuing your city explorations.

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San Diego Museum Month offers 50% Off


San Diego’s 25th Annual Museum Month has officially begun! For the entire month of February museum lovers can get a free museum pass that grants them 50% off at 44 local museums. That means you have 22 whole days left to enjoy the plethora of participating San Diego museums. The overzealous can even attempt to tackle two museums a day to see them all. If you’re flying into San Diego for your vacation, click here for information about San Diego Airport hotels that are minutes from all the museum action!

The San Diego Museum Council started this event 25 years ago in 1989 as a way to draw tourists and locals to local museums. All you have to do to participate is go to 1 of 14 Macy’s stores in the San Diego Area, Temecula or Imperial Valley to pick up your free Museum Pass. One pass is good for 50% off museum admission for up to four people throughout the entire month.

Here is a list of the 44 participating museums:

  1. Adobe Chapel
  2. Barona Cultural Center & Museum
  3. Birch Aquarium at Scripps
  4. Bonita Museum and Cultural Center
  5. California Surf Museum
  6. Coronado Museum of History & Art
  7. Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
  8. Gaslamp Museum at the William Heath Davis House
  9. Heritage of the Americas Museum
  10. Japanese Friendship Garden
  11. Junipero Serra Museum
  12. La Jolla Historical Society
  13. Living Coast Discovery Center
  14. Lux Art Institute
  15. Maritime Museum of San Diego
  16. Marston House & Gardens
  17. Mingei International Museum
  18. Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Downtown
  19. Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla
  20. Museum of Making Music
  21. Museum of Photographic Arts
  22. Oceanside Museum of Art
  23. Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
  24. San Diego Air & Space Museum
  25. San Diego Archaeological Center
  26. San Diego Automotive Museum
  27. San Diego Botanic Garden
  28. San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum
  29. San Diego Chinese Historical Museum
  30. San Diego History Center
  31. San Diego Model Railroad Museum
  32. San Diego Natural History Museum
  33. Santa Ysabel Store
  34. The New Children’s Museum
  35. The San Diego Museum of Art
  36. Tijuana Estuary Visitors Center
  37. Timken Museum of Art
  38. USS Midway Museum
  39. Veterans Museum & Memorial Center
  40. Visions Art Museum
  41. Warner-Carillo Ranch House & Museum
  42. Water Conservation Garden
  43. Whaley House Museum
  44. Women’s Museum of California

As you can see, there is a vast array of museums throughout the county specializing in different subjects, from boats and botanical garden to surfing and song, your interests will surely be appeased.

Of the 44 museums, 13 are located in the beautiful Balboa Park next to the San Diego Zoo. For a day full of cheap family fun, book a budget hotel near the San Diego Zoo to enjoy the local museums like the popular Reuben H. Fleet Science Center at Balboa Park before walking to the Zoo to ogle the new panda cub. Or you could make this an adult only vacation and attend Balboa Park’s Culture and Cocktails event at the San Diego Museum of Art on Feb. 20. This 21+ social event features South Asian art, multiple bars inside the museum, an after party and a live DJ! Who said museums weren’t any fun?

Book your cheap San Diego hotel now and start planning your SoCal vacation so you don’t miss out on these great affordable events. For more information about discounted hotel rates, contact the Marina Inn today at 1-800-571-2933!

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