Places in North County to BYOB, Drink and Paint

Places in North County San Diego to BYOB, Drink and Paint

Believe it or not, a bottle of wine paired with a paint brush is a growing trend all over the city for date night, girls night out, bridal showers, fundraisers and just because.

There is absolutely no prior experience (or talent) required though devotees of this festive activity vouch for its therapeutic benefits and skill improvement over time.

A few drinks might make you a better artist… it works on the dance floor, doesn’t it? Here’s how to enjoy adult beverages and art in North County San Diego.

La Costa Wine Company/Clay a Go Go

Art and Wine Tuesdays are a regular event at La Costa Wine Company. This week, pay $10 for a thee wine flight and $10 to paint either a ceramic wine bottle stopper or a ceramic cheese plate The event is in partnership with Clay a Go Go, a North County paint-your-own ceramic company that comes to you. RSVP here but check the both La Costa Wine Company’s event for future events.  Clay a Go Go can also come to your home or office for private events.

  • Date: Tuesday, July 8
  • Time: 4:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • La Costa Wine Company address: 7750 El Camino Real, Suite L, Carlsbad, CA 92009
  • Phone: 760-814-5570
  • Cost: $20

CeramiCafe (Del Mar)

Every Wednesday night is wine and cheese night at CeramiCafe though you can BYOB and snacks any evening. Call to reserve a table and bring your favorite bottle of wine. They’ll have cheese and plenty of ceramics to paint (the latter is at your cost). Or, grab 6 friends and make it a Moms Night Out or other festive private event. Note that CeramiCafe has a new Del Mar Highlands location.

  • Date: Any night of the week
  • Time: Evenings
  • Address: 3435 Del Mar Heights Road, San Diego, CA 92130
  • Phone: 858-259-9958
  • Cost: The website says a $10 deposit is required online, however, we called and were told to just come in with wine and snacks. It is probably wise to call them in advance, however.

Mia Francesca/Wine and Canvas (Del Mar)

Wine and Canvas is an art entertainment company that hosts events all over San Diego in partnership with restaurants and in scenic locations such as the beach or Mission Bay. Mia Francesca in Del Mar Highlands is one of their popular North Count San Diego venues for drink and draw events. The next one is happening during Sunday happy hour from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00p.m. on July 27. Actual happy hour is from 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. with some wines at $5. They expect to continue hosting events there so check the calendar online. You’ll need to register through Wine and Canvas.

  • Next Mia Francesca date: Sunday, July 27
  • Time: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Address: 12955 El Camino Real, Suite G-4, San Diego, CA 92130
  • Phone: 858-519-5055
  • Cost: $35, plus cost of beverages

Xpressive Arts Center (Poway)

BYOB painting classes happen weekly at Xpressive Arts Center in Poway. Bring your favorite adult beverage, your friends and a photo that they’ll help you bring to life. The intimate and very social classes seat 5-6 people so advance reservations are necessary.

  • BYOB Classes: Every Tuesday
  • Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Address: 12257-B Old Pomerado Road, Poway, CA 92064
  • Phone: 858-679-ARTS (2787)
  • Cost: $50 per person, including all art supplies

Paint and Palate (Various Locations)

Another art entertainment company, Paint and Palate hosts private parties as well as events at venues that serve wine and beer so there is no need to bring your own (in fact, it isn’t permitted by the venues, usually). Check their calendar for new events in North County San Diego and elsewhere, which are posted after the 20th of each month. They provide a 16″x20″ canvas for adult parties and slightly smaller ones for kids and seniors along with paint and brushes.

  • Upcoming event: Fifty Barrels in Vista
  • Date: Friday, July 11
  • Address: 230 Main Street, Vista, CA 92083
  • Phone number: 760-500-0383
  • Time: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Cost $35, including all supplies though excluding drinks

Paint N Vineyard (Scripps Ranch)

Jumpstart your creative self at a venue dedicated to channeling your inner Picasso through booze. Classes happen almost every night of the week and vary by theme. Their event calendar shows a photo of exactly what you’ll be painting that night. Of course, Paint N Vineyard is available for private parties. A small selection of wine and beer is for sale, but most patrons BYOB. No corkage is charged. All events are currently for ages 21 and older.

  • Address: 10035 Carroll Canyon Road, Suite G, San Diego, CA 92126
  • Phone: 858-504-7128
  • Cost: $35, including all supplies

Color Me Mine (Rancho Bernardo)

Grab your BFF and head to Color Me Mine for Ladies Night Out. You pick the pottery and paint it. They fire it and then you take it home with you. Bring your adult beverages of choice.

  • Dates: Every Tuesday
  • Time: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Address: 4S Commons Town Center, 10550 Craftsman Way, Suite 183, San Diego, CA 92127
  • Phone: 858-312-5500
  • Cost: $3 per person for studio fee plus cost of pottery.

Fun Dabbles (Encinitas)

Adults love Fun Dabbles as much as the kids do. The walk-in art center has a bouncy house jump area and offers not only paint-your-own ceramics and canvases, but also make-your-own handcrafted candles and fragrant soaps. Private parties on weekends and evenings are available for retirement parties, bridal showers, baby showers, office parties and more. Six people are required to reserve and bring your own adult beverages.

Or, consider this drink and paint alternative… Fun Dabbles can assemble a custom party package for you to pick up and host an art party at home.

  • Address: Encinas Business Park, 6102, Avenida Encinas, Suite M, Carlsbad CA, 92011
  • Phone: 760-603-9100
  • Cost: Varies

McArt Studio (Carlsbad)

This fine art studio teaches children and adults to paint realistically including still-life, the figure, landscape, portraiture, cartooning, animation, collage and more. Book a Creative Sips class to learn painting techniques in a more relaxed, BYOB environment. Check McArt Studio’s calendar as these class times and dates vary. Private Creative Sips classes are available and they’ll work with you to customize the piece everyone will paint on the day.

  • Address: 3138 Roosevelt Street, Suites A-B, Carlsbad, CA 92008
  • Phone: (760) 889-6904
  • Cost: $35 and up

Missus Potts (Oceanside)

BYOB and snacks to Missus Potts any evening of the week. If your group has four or more people, call and they’ll reserve a table or tables for you. Otherwise, just show up.

  • Address: 4225 Oceanside Blvd, Suite D, Oceanside CA 92056
  • Phone: 760-517-6319
  • Cost: Adult studio fee of $8, plus cost of the item you paint.

A Colorful Universe (San Marcos)

They’ve got the glasses so you bring the wine! Canvas and Wine nights are new at A Colorful Universe. If you’d like to host a private adult party, group discounts are available and the host receives a $10 credit. They can even bring the party to you (call for details).

  • Class dates: Every Friday night
  • Times: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Address: 1523 San Elijo Road, Suite 106, San Marcos, CA 92078
  • Phone: 760-761-0476
  • Cost: $45 per person

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Note that if you’re painting ceramics that you’ll likely need to return to the venue a day or two later to pick up your glazed and fired work of art.

Your Turn…

Have you been to any of these BYOB art venues? We would love to know what you thought and if your favorite is missing from this list.

Katie Dillon: Katie writes La Jolla Mom, a lifestyle site focused on parenting, luxury travel, cooking with kids, home management and local happenings. When not traveling, she lives in the seaside community of La Jolla, CA with her 7-year-old fashionista, dog, and husband. Follow Katie on Twitter, Pinterest and Google +.

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