Easy riders: Park-2-Park Shuttle connects North Park, South Park nightlife

Why do bars have parking lots?

It’s a fair question. Drinking and driving is both dangerous and illegal. Yet in San Diego, most people drive to and from their favorite bar.

The truth is, bars will have parking lots as long as their customers have no viable transportation alternative. That’s starting to change in North Park, however, with the newly-initiated Park-2-Park Shuttle Service.

Begun last week, the service runs Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights starting at 6 PM. It carries foodies and bar patrons to one of 9 stops on a loop that covers 30th Street from Beech to El Cajon Boulevard, then parts of Park Boulevard and Adams Avenue. The cost is $5 for an all-night pass, which is a hard-to-lose wristband. Service continues until midnight on Thursday, and 2 AM Friday and Saturday. Venues on the route include Ritual Tavern, Blind Lady Ale House, Sea Rocket Bistro, Red Fox Room, Live Wire, Lancers, Air Conditioned Lounge, Jayne’s Gastropub, Small Bar, Lei Lounge, and True North.

Facebook fan Stefanie Histed and friends ride the shuttle

Facebook fan Stefanie Histed and friends ride the shuttle

You can buy a pass with PayPal online at Park-2-Park’s website, or in person at Filter, Grant’s Marketplace, Lefty’s Chicago Pizzeria, Lestat’s Coffee House, Rebecca’s Coffee House, or Zensei Sushi.

There are deals to be had, too. Drivers who park in the parking garage on North Park Way and 30th Street, which charges $5 after 5 PM, ride for free. Some businesses (Alchemy, Sea Rocket, Station, Splash, West Coast Tavern, Velo Cult, Viva Pops) are offering discounts to those wearing the Park-2-Park wristbands. See this schedule or follow @SDPark2Park on Twitter for up-to-the-minute shuttle news and deals.

If you find yourself too loaded to drive, leave your car in the parking garage and take a cab. Park-2-Park will buy you breakfast if you show them your taxi receipt the next day.

Imagine…less competition for parking on 30th Street, fewer impaired drivers on the weekends, and sensible, responsible folks in bars identified by their wristbands. If you enjoy the nightlife in North Park, South Park, University Heights or Normal Heights, this may be the best news you hear until they dig you a tunnel from your front door to your favorite bar.

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