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🚽 Riveting restrooms
SD Ryan Gosling Bathroom Bang Bang
Hey, girl — this bathroom is legendary.|Photo via @bereodri
If you have to go, you might as well do it in style. Cintas’ annual America’s Best Restroom contest is back. Cast your vote for the best bathroom in the country by Friday, Aug. 11.

It looks like San Diego’s creative commodes got the snub, but we won’t let our city’s best bathroom contenders go to waste: San Diego is flushed with great restrooms.

Bang Bang, 526 Market St.

Arguably the most famous local bathroom, the Ryan Gosling-themed masterpiece at this downtown sushi restaurant and nightclub might have you saying, “Hey, girl.” The walls are blanketed with photos of the A-list actor wearing everything from tuxes to T-shirts. Gosling apparently got wind of the motif and once commented on social media, “#Disturbing… Really?”

SD Mothership bathroom

This spacey stall is certainly out-of-this-world.


Photo via @coheteboy

Mothership, 2310 30th St.

Even the restroom at this buzzy, space-themed restaurant in South Park is out-of-this-world. Customers have said the glowing red stalls remind them of the Death Star from “Star Wars,” or perhaps what it feels like to be inside a UFO.

SD Miss B's Coconut Club best bathrooms

Marilyn, meet JFK — JFK, meet Marilyn.


Photo via Miss B’s Coconut Club

Miss B’s Coconut Club, 3704 Mission Blvd.

The Caribbean restaurant in Mission Beach gives a cheeky historical nod in one of its restrooms: The wallpaper features images of Marilyn Monroe and President John F. Kennedy.

The Invigatorium, 631 Ninth Ave.

The zany decor at this coffee, breakfast, and lunch spot flows into the restroom. The wallpaper features strawberries and cockroaches, which is strangely not as revolting as it sounds — especially against the chic fixtures.

Morning Glory, 550 W. Date St., Ste. C

This trendy brunch restaurant in Little Italy gives patrons a chance to reflect in its bathroom. It’s completely covered in mirrors and features a Japanese toilet, keeping the Instagram-worthy energy going… everywhere.

Who will take the throne? Vote for your favorite local bathroom.
My favorite bathroom in San Diego is at...

A. Bang Bang
B. Mothership
C. Miss B’s Coconut Club
D. The Invigatorium
E. Morning Glory
Wednesday, Aug. 9
  • Hooray Miss Marae | Wednesday, Aug. 9 | 10:30-11:15 a.m. | Mission Valley Branch Library, 2123 Fenton Pkwy., San Diego | Free | Miss Marae and her partner Mr. Chili Lime will play lighthearted and fun songs for kids.
  • Funny Dirty Women | Wednesday, Aug. 9 | 7:30 p.m. | Mic Drop Comedy, 8878 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego | $18 | The spotlight shines bright on a group of female comics who aren’t afraid to tell a dirty joke.
  • Noah Kahan + Joy Oladokun | Wednesday, Aug. 9 | 8 p.m. | Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre, 5500 Canyon Crest Dr., San Diego | $185-$470 | The Vermont-based singer + songwriter performs.
  • Nurse Blake | Wednesday, Aug. 9 | 8 p.m. | Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., San Diego | $40-$110 | Your funny bone will appreciate this: The comic nurse performs the “Shock Advised Tour.”
Thursday, Aug. 10
  • Summer Fest Happy Hour | Thursday, Aug. 10 | 4-7 p.m. | Encinitas Ranch Golf Course, 1275 Quail Gardens Dr. | Free | Enjoy drinks, pizza, food trucks, a putting course, corn hole, and live music by D-Shire band.
  • The Smashing Pumpkins | Thursday, Aug. 10 | 6:30 p.m. | North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre, 2050 Entertainment Cir., Chula Vista | $33-$150 | Party like it’s “1979" at “The World Is A Vampire Tour” with guests Stone Temple Pilots and Rival Sons.
Friday, Aug. 11
  • Toro Nagashi Festival | Friday, Aug. 11 | 10 a.m.-6 p.m. | Japanese Friendship Garden and Museum, San Diego | $12-$14 | With lantern floating, performances, and local vendors, this fest honors and celebrates those who are no longer with us.
  • “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" In Concert | Friday, Aug. 11 | 7:30 p.m. | The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park, 222 Marina Park Way, San Diego | $52-$115 | Watch the wizard’s final film with the soundtrack performed live by the San Diego Symphony.
  • Dive-in Movies | Friday, Aug. 11 | 8 p.m. | Lakehouse Resort, 1025 La Bonita Dr., San Marcos | $10-$30 | It’s the final flick of the resort’s summertime outdoor movie series on the pool deck — “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.”
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News Notes
  • San Diego is on pace to meet its climate action goals by 2030. The county said recent wins include reducing electricity consumption by 46% at county buildings, planting 3,913 trees, and conserving 1,000+ acres of open space. Leaders continue to plan for a zero-carbon future for SD.
  • The deadline for bids to redevelop two high-profile, city-owned downtown sites has come and gone — perhaps without much interest. Any potential plans for the Civic Center Complex and formerly planned Ritz-Carlton must prioritize lower-income housing. (San Diego Union-Tribune)
  • Which part of San Diego County could use better transportation options or upgrades? SANDAG wants locals to voice their opinions by adding a pin with their feedback to this interactive map by Thursday, Aug. 31. Input will help the agency as it continues to develop its Regional Plan.
Coming Soon
  • North Carolina’s Rise Southern Biscuits and Righteous Chicken plans to open several restaurants in San Diego. The first will debut this fall at 6364 El Cajon Blvd. in the College Area. The menu is all about fresh buttermilk biscuits topped in various ways. (Eater San Diego)
  • Barbie fandom never sleeps. The Barbie Dreamhouse Living Pop-Up Truck will roll into Westfield UTC this Saturday, Aug. 12, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., near Room & Board. The shop on wheels sells exclusive Dreamhouse-inspired merch including graphic shirts, blankets, totes, and mugs. (
  • The Laughing Pony Rescue in Rancho Santa Fe will host “Mindfulness and Movement” this Sunday, Aug. 13. The donation-based class features yoga, “equine-guided meditation,” and quality time with the organization’s rescued horses. It may become a monthly series.
Try This
  • San Diego author and motivational speaker Jonas Royster will discuss his book, “Quotes Off the Wall,” at The Mental Bar on Imperial Avenue this Saturday, Aug. 12, at 12 p.m. The Encanto local will talk about his ongoing work to become a positive role model for his community.
  • Refinance rates are skyrocketing. But home equity rates remain relatively low — which means that now is a great time to borrow against your home. Calculate your payment.*
  • The latest Kindle model — the Kindle Paperwhite — boasts a glare-free display, warm light options for night, and is waterproof from the beach to the bath.
  • The buzziest deodorant in the beauty scene: Lume whole body deodorant. Free of aluminum or baking soda, it offers odor protection anywhere and everywhere.
  • The 2023 Etsy Design Award Winners are here. Check out extraordinary, imaginative items including cactus leather bags, whimsical dandelion lamps, and donut mugs.
  • Want to give your pup a paw-sitive surprise? Spoil them with treats from Botanical Bones – guaranteed to fit any pup’s personality.
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I’ve been loving the restaurants in Barrio Logan lately, including ¡Salud! Tacos with its big patio that’s perfect for lunch or dinner.

The menu is filled with winners, like the carne asada tacos and califas. Last time I visited, I paired my tacos with a craft cocktail — the Paloma Llorona with tequila, fresh grapefruit juice, and soda water, rimmed with Chamoy. Word is next time, I should save room for the famous churros.
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