In a scene straight of of Hollywood – a red carpet lined with TV cameras, flash-popping paparazzi and a packed red carpet surrounded by a crowded entrance – Nick Cannon himself came to San Diego to open the Gaslamp’s newest bar, Wild ‘N Out.
The San Diego native returned home to a nightlife and business owner hero’s welcome.
While outside was buzzing with the feeling of a celebrity coming to town, inside people were feasting on the food, playing cool arcade games and drinking cocktails from red solo cups, fish bowls and even huge ice bucket-large containers. The latter will, of course, present a different kind of the Ice Bucket Challenge.
Anyone who has had drinks out of a clamshell at the Duck Dive in Pacific Beach or drank a Scorpion out of a big bowl at Tipsy Crow would marvel at the size of those ice buckets.
This was paired with thumping music so the decibel level that was not exactly ear-shattering level but was loud enough to make you raise your voice just short of the shouting level to:
a.) carry on a conversation with the person next to to
b.) order one of those drinks from a smiling bartender.
It was truly a scene straight out of the VH1 show: high-energy, music and a lively crowd that provided lots of energy to the place. In fact, several cast members were on hand for the opening, too. It was as if the TV show were happing right in front of you and you were a part of it.
This is – obviously – one of the signature elements of Nick Cannon’s Wild ‘N Out Bar In San Diego.
It’s also a place already in high demand among San Diego Gaslamp bar and nightlife people. By 9 p.m., there was not just a line out the door but two lines out the door. In both directions. That’s a scene straight of Vegas nightclubs.
Granted, it was opening night but it served as a warning to anyone wanting to go in on a weekend: don’t show up late and expect to walk straight into the bar.
Just to let you know what is inside, the video and arcade games range from racing simulators to air hockey – yes! – to pop-a-shot basketball.
There are also seven large TVs on the back wall and a giant screen on a side wall.
So Wild ‘N Out is just that in the San Diego Gaslamp.
Address: 701 6th Ave., San Diego