A Night on the Town: Combine Dining & a San Diego Show on a Sofia Hotel Getaway
San Diego holds its own with any city in the world when it comes to the performing arts, and there’s no better place to take in its many and varied productions than the Sofia Hotel, offering historic and luxurious Downtown accommodations.
It’s not simply the well-appointed and strategically located lodgings, though, which recommend the Sofia for soaking up the onstage arts-and-culture of America’s Finest City: We’re also lucky to count one of Downtown San Diego’s best restaurants, Currant American Brasserie, as our on-site dining partner. You simply can’t beat dinner at Currant and a show or concert: a combo you’re not likely to soon forget!
Pre-Show Dining at Currant American Brasserie
Presenting New American Cuisine colored with plenty of inspiration from a classic French cookery, Currant offers a superlative menu and a warm, casual atmosphere under the Sofia’s roof. Get in the mood for a night on the town at one of San Diego’s performance venues with such Currant delights as frites served with thyme and truffle Parmesan or Duck Confit Tacos as starters; grilled salmon, Croque Monsieur, Plum & Port Wine Braised Short Ribs, or other entrees; refined soups and salads; and perhaps a house-made beignet or cookie sundae for dessert.
With an exceptional wine list and hand-crafted cocktails on offer as well, you’ll enjoy a superb expression of San Diego’s nationally renowned culinary spirit at Currant American Brasserie—and the ideal prelude for an evening’s entertainment at one of San Diego’s many dozen world-class venues.
Some Upcoming Shows at Leading San Diego Venues
This brand-new year has some wonderful material in store for the theater- and concert-goer calling the Sofia home away from home in Downtown San Diego. The San Diego Civic Theatre (1100 Third Ave, San Diego), for example, is presenting the musical Dear Evan Hansen through January 12th; the Martha Graham Dance Company (courtesy of the La Jolla Music Society) on January 22nd; and the acclaimed Shen Yun evocation of Chinese legends and stories through classical dance from January 24th through the 26th. In February, meanwhile, the San Diego Opera is doing the Engelbert Humperdinck work Hansel & Gretel at the Civic.
At the Balboa Theatre (868 Fourth Ave, San Diego)—opened way back in 1924 as a cinema and vaudeville house and along with the Civic part of the San Diego Theatres—the comedian Jim Jefferies is taking the stage on January 10th; the Internet star Miranda Sings is performing her show, “Who Wants My Kid?” the next day; and there’ll be a raucous run-through of some goofy flicks on January 25th courtesy of Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live: The Great Cheesy Movie Circus Tour, which’ll be the final tour featuring the show’s creator and first host, Joel Hodgson—joined for a last time by those wisecracking robots of his.
In Balboa Park, The Old Globe (1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego)—a Tony Award-winning venue that’s launched an impressive share of future Broadway staples—is putting on August Wilson’s Jitney at its Donald & Darlene Shirley Stage from January 18th through February 23rd, and the comedic Hurricane Diane—a Madeleine George play that sees the god Dionysus pay a visit to contemporary New Jersey in the form of “butch gardener Diane”—from February 8th through March 8th.
A bit farther afield but still easily within reach of your Sofia Hotel room, the venerable (and also Tony Award-winning) La Jolla Playhouse (2910 La Jolla Village Dr, La Jolla) is offering the West Coast premiere of a new musical based on J.M. Barrie’s Peter & Wendy called Fly from February 18th through March 29th.
We’d also be remiss not mentioning the feast of concerts this month performed by the San Diego Symphony as part of its “Beethoven at 250” festival. They include the great Emanuel Ax taking on Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 from January 10th through the 12th; pianist Shai Wosner featured in “Beethoven: Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man” on January 14th; violinist Leila Josefowicz in the spotlight for the great man’s Symphony No. 5 on January 17th and 18th; and a presentation of the Pastoral symphony (Beethoven’s 6th) January 24th and 25th. All of these take place at Copley Symphony Hall (750 B St, San Diego) except for the “Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man” concert, to be held at the Conrad Presbys Performing Arts Center (7600 Fay Ave, La Jolla).
At the Lamb’s Players Theatre (1142 Orange Ave, Coronado), meanwhile—another fantastic local venue—you can take in the West Coast premiere of Babette’s Feast, a theatrical adaptation of the Isak Dinesen short story. The story focuses on a French cook in a small Norwegian village, and also inspired an Oscar-winning 1987 film.
Join Us at the Sofia Hotel for Dinner at Currant & an Unforgettable Show in San Diego
We’ve only offered up a sample of some performing-arts highlights in and around San Diego in the coming weeks, and suffice it to say that with our city’s year-round menu of onstage delicacies there’s never a bad time to stay at the Sofia and take in a night at the theater alongside a first-rate meal at Currant American Brasserie! Make your dining reservations here.