Get to know these 3 new Core-Columbia businesses

Itching to check out the newest businesses to open in Core-Columbia? From a speakeasy to a brewery, read on for a list of the newest destinations to land in this part of San Diego.

Room 56

831 Sixth Ave.

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Room 56 is a speakeasy. The 24-seat bar is hidden within the Moxy San Diego hotel through the library on the mezzanine level.

The cocktail menu features drinks like the vodka-based Martha Mary Mercy, the mezcal Late Night on Market Street and the gin-based Public Spectacle.  

Room 56 currently holds five stars out of nine reviews on Yelp, indicating good reviews.

Yelper Venessa V., who reviewed Room 56 on March 31, wrote, "Great staff, great cocktails and absolutely awesome space. The space is quite inviting, reminds me of something straight out of a 007 movie."

Yelper Zildheam D. noted, "Beautiful ambiance, incredibly nice staff and excellent drinks. Small setting in a lovely location inside the hotel. By reservation only! Highly recommend this speakeasy — creative drink menu, small bites and there's a jazz player on Thursdays."

Room 56 is open from 6 p.m.–2 a.m. on Wednesday-Saturday. (It's closed on Monday, Tuesday and Sunday.)

Enigma HQ VR And Escape Room

1281 Ninth Ave., Suite 108

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Enigma HQ VR and Escape Room is a virtual reality center and escape room.

Guests can play virtual reality games or try "Decomposed," San Diego's first virtual reality escape room, according to its website.

Enigma HQ VR and Escape Room currently holds five stars out of three reviews on Yelp, indicating good reviews.

Yelper Kami H., who reviewed Enigma HQ VR and Escape Room on April 7, wrote, "This place was amazing! It was so much fun!"

And Yelper King Y. wrote, "Our group of four did the VR escape room. It took a few minutes to get used to, but it was a lot of fun."

Enigma HQ VR and Escape Room is open from noon–9 p.m. on Monday-Thursday, noon–11 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m.–11 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m.–9 p.m. on Sunday.

The Owl Drug Co. Social Eating House

602 Broadway

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The Owl Drug Co. Social Eating House is a bar, brew pub and traditional American spot.

On the food menu, enjoy snacks like the German pretzel, fried pickles and short rib sliders, as well as pizza, sandwiches, burgers and more. The cocktail menu features handcrafted cocktails with owl-inspired names, such as Owl Take It Dirty, Owl By Myself, Captain Jack Sparr-owl and Hoo-dini. 

The Owl Drug Co. Social Eating House's current rating of four stars out of 86 reviews on Yelp indicates the newcomer is getting positive attention from users.

Yelper My H., who reviewed The Owl Drug Co. Social Eating House on March 9, wrote, "I highly recommend coming during happy hour because the value of the food per quality is worth it. If you love beer, this is the place to be. They have a wide selection of different house beers. The ambiance and atmosphere are really chill. "

Rachel P. noted, "The atmosphere is really nice with an upstairs area for private parties and plenty of room at the bar. Happy hour is from 3-6 p.m. and there was plenty of drinks and food on the happy hour menu. The pizza was outstanding and the butter cake was to die for!"

The Owl Drug Co. Social Eating House is open from 11 a.m.–midnight on Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.–2 a.m. on Friday, 10 a.m.–2 a.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m.–midnight on Sunday.


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