We locals may take our many nocturnal hot spots for granted when gifted with wild parties every night of the week. But all it takes are a few high profile celebrity sightings to make us realize just how lucky we are to live in America’s Finest City. First, Ashton Kutcher put San Diego on the cover of every gossip tabloid when he reportedly cheated on Demi Moore while partying at FLUXX and the Hard Rock Hotel. Just weeks later, and with a whole lot more class, our favorite bad-boy British prince kept the global spotlight on San Diego when he was spotted enjoying a taste of the good life this past weekend.
Buckingham Palace announced that Prince Harry had arrived in the United States last week, and that he will be staying in the states for a two-month military helicopter training course. More than just a notorious party boy, the Prince of Wales is a British Army captain and his Apache helicopter training is based at the Naval Air Facility in El Centro, which is about a two-hour drive from San Diego. But of course, it can’t be all work and no play for the 27-year-old prince.
Prince Harry has already been spotted at a few San Diego bars and clubs, including Ivy Rooftop at the Andaz Hotel in the Gaslamp Quarter and McP’s Irish Pub & Grill, a military hangout in Coronado. Prince Harry and 20 of his military training pals lounged in a VIP cabana at Ivy Rooftop on Friday, October 7th and were seen drinking Absolut Vodka, Red Bull and plenty of beer while catching the rugby match on TV and soaking in the city views. Unlike Ashton, the prince kept his composure, partied responsibly and enjoyed a fun night out with the boys, San Diego style.
But it’s not all posh super-clubs for this royal party boy; Prince Harry was also spotted at McP’s which is a laidback Irish pub located just a block away from the Hotel del Coronado. "He sat outside at a picnic table and ate a burger and beer. He was very personable. He was a nice guy, very low-key," McP’s bar manager Ted Taylor told People magazine.
McP’s is owned by Greg McPartlin, a former Navy SEAL, and has become a popular gathering place for off-duty SEALs in the nearby military base. The menu even gives a shout out to men and women in uniform, encouraging civilian patrons to raise a glass their way. Does this mean Prince Harry will be back for more burgers and beers in Coronado? My guess is that McP’s is going to quickly become a popular spot for Football Sunday Funday and celebrity-stalking this fall season.
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Pictured Left: Prince Harry outside Andaz Hotel courtesy of Pop Sugar
Pictured Above: Prince Harry WireImage