Best Of 2006

Best Neighborhood Bar (North County): Gino's Lounge

The in-crowd know to get to Gino's Lounge before 6 p.m. Why so early? Because that's when Gino's stops serving the "set-up": a mini-bottle of liquor, ice and your choice of mixer. Can't get your drink on that early? No worries. There are plenty of other reasons to head over. From blues and free food on Monday to vocalist Chuck Wallace's standing gig on Saturday, every night's a party at Gino's. The lounge recently celebrated its 31st anniversary with free food for everyone and prizes for winners of the "sexy leg contest," "ladies pleasant smile contest" and "ugly man contest" (to name but a few). Don't despair if you missed the festivities—Gino's will surely be around to celebrate its 32nd anniversary. Just make sure you get there before 6 p.m.

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