Edit ModuleShow Tags

Lei Lounge

Lounging


Published:

location > 4622 Park Boulevard, San Diego
phone > 619-813-2272
web site > leilounge.com

TUCKED INTO UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS like a hidden beach, Lei Lounge is rarely seen as a prime perch for San Diego socialites. Regulars prefer the seclusion. The scene is marked by a pink, backlit entryway that attracts nighttime foot traffic to the door——like tourists to the shore.

VIBE: Centered in a diverse locale, Lei woos a mixture of middle-and upper-class visitors with its island charm. Breezing into this retreat, loungers experience a North Shore décor stitched with Fifth Avenue fashion sensibilities and welcoming attitudes. The trickling waterfall backing a lengthy bar glistens down a distressed-bronze wall, furthering the free-flowing atmosphere. Ambient house music fills the air.

DÉCOR: Modern styling and eggshell tones help kick the kitsch feel of most themed lounges. Flowers, tiki masks and bamboo shoots become artistic touches. At the rear, an enclave of grass-roofed cabañas and fire-pit tables draw guests to a pristine patio. Above the courtyard, dreamlike panoramas of oceanic and tropical scenery are illuminated on an expansive 90-foot screen, while fiber optics swash the canvas cabañas with rainbow hues.

EATS & DRINKS: Mixing tropical cocktails that compete with great vacation versions is difficult, but the mixologists at Lei shake up a solution. There are 25 eclectic creations——like a lemon-grass Collins and vanilla berry mojito——that hint of turquoise waves and white sand. With more than 40 tapas, Lei’s dishes often fuse multiple cultures into items such as the Philly cheese steak spring rolls and lobster pad Thai.

MISCELLANEOUS: Come on a Tuesday night, when the sunny-day drinks are half-price until 2 a.m. Though Lei is a relatively hidden treasure, catching a cabaña here is as hard as catching the perfect wave. A tip from the staff: Reserve a cabaña at least three days in advance for a weekend visit.
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

More »Related Stories

Happy Half Hour Podcast: Episode 4

A downtown bakery serves beer and donuts, Chef Tim Kolanko talks Liberty Public Market, The Best Thing I Ate This Week, and more

Restaurant Review: Trust

Chef Brad Wise and Trust are two reasons to return to Hillcrest

La Vida Vegan: Green Acai Bowl from Seaside Smoothie & Juice Bar

Breakfast by the beach is a go-to once the summer months hit
Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Most Popular

  1. San Diego's Best Restaurants 2016
    From barbecue to vegan options, there’s a bit of manna for everyone in this year’s list of the city’s best
  2. What's It Like to Be the CEO of the Smartest Company in the World?
    We went to Illumina’s headquarters to find out
  3. The 12 Most Important People in Design Right Now
    See what they’re up to and working on in San Diego
  4. 54 Summer Travel Ideas
    Get out of town!
  5. Making a MasterChef
    MasterChef winner Claudia Sandoval on the life-changing ups and downs
  6. FIRST LOOK: Carnitas' Snack Shack
    San Diego's kings of pork, Carnitas Snack Shack, crack open their third location at Embarcadero Marina
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Promotions

Go Ahead... Ask McMillin!

At McMillin Realty, we are encouraging you to bring us your real estate questions. We will answer these questions….. for free.

More Than 1,300 Prizes are Ready to be Given Away

What are you waiting for? Buy your raffle ticket now

Not Your Grandma's Orthotics

New year, new – shoe? Staying on your feet for long hours at a time just got a whole lot more comfortable with Wiivv’s BASE custom insoles
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module
Edit Module

Connect With Us:

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Sponsored

Win 1,000 Cash Back on Your Solar Install and 500 Cash

Brought to you by Sullivan Solar Power

Win 2 tickets to Kenny Chesney at Sleep Train Ampitheatre!

Brought to you by Corona Light and Kenny Chesney

Go Ahead... Ask McMillin!

At McMillin Realty, we are encouraging you to bring us your real estate questions. We will answer these questions….. for free.
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags