Drinking on The Deck

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 Pacific Edge Hotel

Pacific Edge Hotel’s new dining lounge offers the perfect place to sip cocktails and socialize beach side.- By Micaela Myers   |  Photos by Jody Tiongco 

At The Deck, the drink options take up more pages than entrees and appetizers combined, tipping newcomers off to the fact that cocktails are a big part of The Deck experience. Another tip off: Many of the favorites—including mojitos, sangrias, margaritas, key lime martinis and cosmos—are available by the pitcher.

The Deck is located right on the sand, with waves at high tide almost reaching the deck’s base. On summer days, it’s usually packed with people enjoying cool libations and nibbling on food in between chatting and socializing. Surfers can even check their board with the surf valet.

In addition to all the usual options, The Deck features a number of signature drinks in generous-sized portions, such as the Pure Joy, a refreshing, lightly sweet cocktail made with fresh raspberries, Absolut Citron and lemon lime; the guava mango margarita with Cazadores Reposado; and a whole list of specialty martinis.

The appetizer menu offers a variety of munchies to enjoy alongside your libations. Try the warm pita bread dipped in tasty tapenade and hummus, or the ahi chips—ahi on wonton chips with citrus soy. Additional options include calamari, shrimp, chicken wings, oysters and other finger foods.

You’re not likely to find the word “Garbage” on most menus, but this tasty salad listed on the menu as “Everything but the deck,” is packed with small pieces of lettuce, garbanzo beans, chopped olives and tomatoes, and salami if you choose.

Chef Michael Ingrino created the menu, and entrée choices once again reflect the location, with seaside eats including a surf ‘n’ turf kebab, mahi tacos, clam bake, crab legs, plus staples like pasta, steak and a Deck burger, as well as a changing array of specials. If you have room for dessert (and don’t opt for another drink instead), try the cheesecake, which is light and fluffy, served beside a splash of sweet sauce and fresh berries.

Tuesday evenings feature live music from Kevin Miso, whose Hawaiian roots mix with his Southern California upbringing to create an island sound with a contemporary, pop feel. For special occasions or out-of-town guests, the cabanas located adjacent to The Deck are available to rent for the day. Not really cabanas at all, the indoor/outdoor suites include air-conditioned private rooms and seaside decks, complete with lounge chairs and day beds, TVs, amenities, and a “cabana girl” and “beach sherpa” at your service.

Whether eating, drinking or kicking back, The Deck is bound to be a summer hotspot and year-round hangout for locals and tourists.  LBM

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