Friday Night Lights


Fridays are for:


Closing the week. If you're at work and my experiences when I worked in Human Resources in an office then you're probably going through your checklist making sure you finish what must get done before you clock out. Maybe there's an end of the week meeting with your peers and bosses. Maybe you're the one leading your department and you've gotta review the week before everyone leaves home for the weekend.


Meeting friends. Before Jo and I had Sebastian when we lived in Virginia we used to meet for happy hour at Chili's or Buffalo Wild Wings. Why? They had a happy hour that promoted being social with friends. Back in my younger days when I worked at Chili's, I would fry wings like it was the end of the world. Then I was able to enjoy those wings myself. Sometimes the wings would arrive to the table before the pitchers of beer. Oh, man, did I drink beer back then. Weighing 250 lbs and munching on those delicious spicy chicken arms would make me feel thirsty. After a few pitchers of beer we would then head to someone's house to continue the weekend celebration. I was in my early 20's back then and I was making $10/hour as a human resources/payroll assistant. Eventually, I would give up big chain establishments and began to host happy hour at home. The deal was simply, I would cook and our friends would bring the booze. I would always stop by Martin's for a case of Magic Hat #9.


Football games. Maybe you are a coach, assistant coach, referee or have kids who are in the football squad. This season is for football. Even though I played football growing up, yes American football, I don't have enough connection to it in order to write more than four paragraphs.


Party. Are people still having parties on Fridays these days? The only Friday parties I remember are the ones from JMU. Maybe a house party? I don't know.


Get-Togethers. I like get-togethers better. Parties are too formal and too much planning.


Work at night. If you're like me, you'll be working too. Whether at a food/drink establishment, in the hospital, law enforcement, or another type of work requiring its personnel to be there on a Friday night, like businesses in the service industry.


The following two apply to people working in the food/restaurant industry. Like me.


Sling tapas. This is where I come in. Every day is good at Cueva Bar Cafe but Fridays are always the busiest even when the curve is on a slow slope. Tapa after tapa, taco followed by more tacos, empanadas, Fozzie's favourite, sangrias, local san Diego natural wines as well as local San Diego craft beer on tap.. so good! Do you believe in dharma? Well, I believe part of my dharma after being a husband and father is to be a host. I love hosting you every time you visit Cueva. I truly enjoy coordinating the kitchen and the front of the house so all of our guests have a bombskie time!


Pour wine or beer. Is not just about pouring drinks. It goes beyond that. Every wine and beer we have available is unique, different, yet delicious. My number #1 priority when choosing wines or beers is that I like them. I believe every dish we offer at Cueva Bar Cafe will give you a different experience depending on what drink you're accompanying it with.

The Base: Water and tapa (doesn't include soft drinks, coffee or tea)

1st: Option: Wine and tapa (This includes our sangria)

2nd Option: Beer and tapa


Either way. We work diligently to make sure the food by itself is enough to provide a good experience. The craft beer, the San Diego County, National International wines we offer are an option unless you're stopping by for just a glass of wine or beer you can rest assure you're experience should be as good.


If none of these categories fit your lifestyle. What is that you do on a Friday evening?

Cueva Bar is Chef Oz’s approach to the concept of Tapas with an essence of Mexican cuisine, known for continuous reinvention and embracing evolution, where food is prepared in a cosy, relaxed and inclusive atmosphere without the white table cloth element, just a purely human relationship fostered by those who dine in the all are welcomed neighbourhood gem.

Letting the inspiration flow and keeping balance in mind, Chef Oz marries Mexico’s ingredients and flavours with elements from around the U.S and the world using local-organic produce and vendors to produce both delicious and healthy dishes that have little to zero impact on our environment.

Cueva Bar in San Diego California offers world-inspired tapas by Mexican-Gringo, Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen alumni Chef Oz. Fusion tapas inspired menu with plenty of omnivores, gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options.

Our happy hour is from Tuesday to Saturday from 4 pm to 6 pm. Happy hour offerings are $2 off tapas and $3 off all drinks by the glass

We're located in the eclectic University Heights neighbourhood



TEL 619-269-6612

2123 Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116

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