Guide to catching a Padres Game at Petco Park

Zack Garhart
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If you’re visiting San Diego and looking for a fun and adventurous outing, then you’re in for a treat! We’ve put together a guide to catching a San Diego Padres game at Petco Park.

From tailgating to happy hour specials, Petco Park has something for everyone to make your game day an unforgettable experience. So buckle up, sports fans, and get ready for an epic adventure!

Tailgating Extravaganza: Where to Party Before the Game

Tailgating is a time-honored tradition that adds excitement to any sports event, and Petco Park is no exception. Grab your friends, pack some snacks, and head to one of the nearby tailgating hotspots to kick off your game day in style!

  1. Tailgate Park. Located just steps away from Petco Park, Tailgate Park is the ultimate destination for pre-game festivities. With its vibrant atmosphere, live music, and food trucks galore, this is the ultimate tailgating destination!
  2. East Village. The East Village neighborhood surrounding Petco Park is known for its trendy bars and restaurants, making it a popular spot for pre-game celebrations. Join the crowds of fellow Padres fans and hop from bar to bar, enjoying the lively atmosphere and soaking in the game day vibes.
  3. Park at the Park. If you’re looking for a more relaxed tailgating experience, head to Park at the Park, an open grassy area inside Petco Park that’s perfect for a picnic-style gathering. Bring your own food and drinks, spread out a blanket, and enjoy some pre-game bonding with your buddies.

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Happy Hour & Specials: Where to Sip and Savor at a Padres Game

Once you’ve fueled up with some pre-game tailgating, it’s time to quench your thirst. San Diego is known for its vibrant bar scene, and Petco Park has plenty of options for good happy hour and drink specials to keep the party going.

  1. Bub’s at the Ballpark. With its laid-back atmosphere, Bub’s at the Ballpark is a favorite among young sports enthusiasts. Grab a drink from their extensive craft beer selection or indulge in their signature cocktails while enjoying their spacious patio, perfect for people-watching before the game.
  2. Social Tap. Located just a short walk from Petco Park, Social Tap is a popular spot for happy hour with its daily drink specials and lively atmosphere. Sip on a refreshing margarita or enjoy a cold brew from their rotating tap list while taking in the game day energy.
  3. Tacos El Gordo. Originally from Tijuana, Mexico, this taco joint has been serving San Diego since 1998. With a robust selection of both meat and vegetarian tacos, Tacos El Gordo gives you a taste of Mexico. We recommend trying to Adobada and Cabeza tacos. Stop by on your walk to the stadium!

What to Expect at Petco Park at a Padres Game

As you make your way into Petco Park, get ready for an unforgettable game day experience. With its modern design, stunning views of the San Diego skyline, and passionate fans, Petco Park is a baseball lover’s paradise.

Iconic Western Metal Supply Co. Building: A Unique Stadium Feature

Petco Park is known for its iconic Western Metal Supply Co. Building, which has been incorporated into the stadium’s design and adds a unique touch to the ballpark experience. This historic building houses luxury suites, restaurants, and even a rooftop bar, making it a must-visit destination for young sports fans.

  1. The Cutwater Spirits Sodfather Bar. Located on the rooftop of the Western Metal Supply Co. Building, The Cutwater Spirits Sodfather Bar is a trendy spot where you can enjoy panoramic views of the stadium and the city skyline. Sip on a craft cocktail or enjoy a local brew while taking in the game day energy from this unique vantage point.
  2. Ballast Point Craft Pier. If you’re a craft beer enthusiast, then Ballast Point Craft Pier is a must-visit destination inside Petco Park. Located on the main concourse level of the Western Metal Supply Co. Building, this beer lover’s paradise offers a wide selection of Ballast Point’s award-winning craft beers, along with tasty snacks to enjoy during the game.

With so many options to choose from, here are some additional  recommendations on great eats in the stadium!

Food vendors You Will Find at a Padres Games

  1. Hodad’s. If you’re a burger lover, then Hodad’s is a must-visit food stand at Petco Park. This legendary San Diego burger joint offers juicy and flavorful burgers piled high with toppings that will satisfy your cravings. From their classic bacon cheeseburger to their unique peanut butter and bacon burger, Hodad’s is a game day treat that you won’t want to miss.
  2. Lucha Libre Gourmet Taco Shop. For a taste of San Diego’s famous Baja-style cuisine, head to Lucha Libre Gourmet Taco Shop inside Petco Park. This colorful food stand serves up delicious tacos with unique flavor combinations, such as their Surfin’ California taco with grilled steak, shrimp, and avocado. With its lively atmosphere and mouthwatering tacos, Lucha Libre is a fun and adventurous dining experience.

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Now that you have an idea of where to eat and where to tailgate, you’re all set for a beautiful day at the ballpark! Remember to stay hydrated, and don’t forget the sunscreen!

After enjoying a day at Petco Park, cruise on over to our awesome Adventure Hostel in downtown San Diego for a fun night’s stay!







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