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No Big Deal at El Dorado; Wine Vault Sneak Peek; Hillcrest Izakaya Switcheroo

DOWNTOWN— Prep your hangover cures now; tonight at El Dorado, you'll be doing some ill-advised drinking of "cocktails" that include the Fuzzy Navel, the Slippery Nipple, the Scooby Snack and the green menace known as the Midori Sour. From 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., the bar is collaborating with their friends from Noble Experiment for the second annual No Big Deal event. Drink ironically or press your luck with their Wheel of Misfortune; pay $2 and you might (get to?) sip a shot off a bartender's belly. [EaterWire]

MIDDLETOWNWine Vault & Bistro is popping the cork on Restaurant Week early and launching their $20 dinner special starting on Thursday, September 12, with optional wine pairings for $15. The menu from chef Gregory Chavez includes housemade seafood sausage, pickled peach salad and beef bourgignon. [EaterWire]

HILLCREST— Encinitas' Yu Me Ya shuttered their Hillcrest outpost last month and the Reader just had a taste of the new Japanese spot that has taken its place, Izakaya Ouan. There's sashimi plates, hot appetizers and late night weekend ramen. [SDReader]

El Dorado Cocktail Lounge

1030 Broadway San Diego (619) 237-0550