Doomsday Drinkers, Party Like There’s No To-Maya

December 19, 2012

This Friday, gather friends together to toast the end. The end of a cycle in the 5,125 year old Mayan calendar, also interpreted as the end of the world, is bringing about chaos and concern. Who are we to question mass hysteria? To celebrate, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite gathering places for communal cocktails with friends:

 The currently scheduled apocalypse might just sucker punch non-believers. The Duck Dive will make sure of it. Order the Sucker Punch for your group this Friday (or any other time) and forget all about pesky gas masks, anti-radiation tablets and freeze-dried food.  

Even internet doom-mongers mellow out with a pitcher of Uptown Tavern’s St. Germaine Sangria.  This time-ending (nay, all-time) favorite is topped with St. Germaine, Peach Schnapps, champagne and chardonnay. Since sangria is of Mexican origin, we bet sipping this super juice slowly can aid one’s ability to outrun zombies and atomic fireballs on December 21st.  

Apocalypse-proof bunkers aren’t easy to find. Instead, get to the Gaslamp and hunker down inside barleymash alongside your friends and a Giant Mason Jar. The signature sustenance is served in a 1.5 gallon mason jar filled with a favorite cocktail.  We suggest the Clydesdale, a barleymash version of the classic mule or the Kate Sessions, with gin, lemons and fresh strawberries.

Blackout predictions? NASA says reports on some sort of “alignment of the universe” which could cause a world-wide blackout are false. Just in case, try the outdoor patio at Prospect Bar & Grill, where the well-lit space offers lovely views of La Jolla waves. Quench thirst and qualms about a San Diego tsunami with a Grilled Peach Margarita, freshly made with anejo tequila, muddled grilled peaches and handmade sour mix.

Prefer to prep at home? Stop by Pacific Beach Ale House first for a growler to go. With 64 ounces of your choice from six different hand-crafted brews, you might not mind if the world’s crashing down around you. Growlers stay fresh in the fridge for one to two weeks. Once opened, get into the Mayan mindset by starting the countdown and consuming the growler within four to six hours.  

Just for the record, if the world really does end, I'll miss you all, each and every one of you!