We hit the 'Three Month Mark' Y'all --> Thank You!!!

Wow! It's been a little over three months since we opened the door's here at the EL||D, and we owe our patrons, employees, friends, entertainers, vendors, sponsors, local businesses, and the East Village community a huge THANK YOU!!! It took us a long time to get this thing off the ground, but it was definitely worth all work.

We just had our official grand opening on February 19th. It was a great night! Our weekend nights, featuring two different styles of entertainment have been amazing -- Thanks to Ratty, Jblow, and Unite, Fridays pack heavy soul and classic hip-hop. Saul Q and Adam Salter have Saturdays on the rise. And, of course, let's not forget Ikah Love on Thursdays, with the Grown Folk house band, as well as some interesting national talent on the horizon... next Thursday, the legendary Greyboy is on the decks!

Even with all these great events, and new friends, we've made a bunch of mistakes. We're well aware there's much room for improvement. Please don't hesitate to call, email or leave a comment below about anything you think we could improve (or leave the same)... In the end, it's your feedback that makes us better -- and we're glad to listen!

Thanks again,

The Owners of El Dorado




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Feb. 28th

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It's GOOD San Diego, trust me...ALL OF IT!
The rain has subsided and the mythical City Of Gold is ripe for the crushin'!

Unite & J Blow are bringing the funk home tonight, as we ease into the next installment of STEADY CRUSHIN'. The best in Classic Hip-Hop as well as New School ass shaking hitters. We will also be packing some of our nastiest Funk and Soul gems, and anything else that will get your ass up for the downstroke.

This is why we do it

Get on up, and get involved, tonight at San Diego's new Sure Shot!!!

Follow THIS LINK to download one of J Blow's Box Banging mixes, direct from his personal blog "All Up In Your Earhole".

Put on your drinkin cap, and your dancin shoes, and we'll see you downtown!


2.19.09 // ***GRAND OPENING***

That's right, folks, We're Open!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! well, again... only this time it's grand(er)

It's our official GRAND OPENING, Y'all... We wanted to do this thing right, so we waited a bit to guarantee a quality party. And it's looking to be just that — Quality! check the specs:

Space is limited, so if you're intending on joining the party rsvp here: contact@eldoradobar.com

Thanks again to all whom made this event a possibility!!



The RatCast Vol. 1

Let Rat Speak...

MP3: Rat.BOOGIE mix
MP3: Heavy Funk mix

Show DJ Rat.Star some Myspace // Facebook lovin,' y'all



Gettin' Grown


Please allow me to introduce myself...

I was born in 1974 to semi-vagarant jazz musician father and ski cap knitting hippie ma dukes. My closest comrade throughout most of my youth was a kid named Mark Murino. Mark's parents were Italian Immigrants who owned a restaurant in our neighborhood. My mother was a hippie repenting her early life as the daughter of mill workers in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Everyday at school, starting in approximately 3rd or 4th grade, Mark Murino and I would trade the lunches our parents had packed for us. Everyday I opened up the same little brown paper bag - literally, the same brown bag... In the event that I should ever throw one of my empty lunch sacks away rather than pack the stinky crumpled thing up to be reused the following day, I would get a fierce talking to about the wasteful nature of those who had 'more than enough' - AKA, me and the rest of the modern world. Everyday as i opened my lunch and cringed at the sight of yet another almond butter (no jelly. no honey. nothin.) on sliced kamut bread sandwich, Mark Murino was reeling with disgust for the eggplant parmigiana hero his mother had once again packed for him. And so was born the most notable detail of all the years comprising my primary and secondary education, this trade of lunch goods that seemed repulsively repetitive to one child, while offering an exotic and savory escape to the other. Sue Murino (Mark's mama mia) ran shit in the cucina. Respect.

I bought my 1st record in 1988. In the same week i bought a copy of the 'Rock For Light' LP by Bad Brains at the Licorice Pizza (a pretty legit chain of record stores that eventually sold to Sam Goody's in the late 80's) on Garnet Ave. in Pacific Beach, and later the 'Jenifa / Pot Holes In My Lawn' 12" by De La Soul.

My favorite singers are:
2)Sam Cooke
3)Dave Vanian
4)Leroy Sibbles

My favorite dog is the jack russell terrier (no homo), but i love my belongings too much, especially my clobber and my couch, to have one living in my house, chewing and peeing on things.

My favorite Large Professor remixes are:
1)'Stress' remix - Organized Konfusion
2)'It Aint Hard To Tell' remix - Nas
3)'It's A Boy' remix - Slick Rick

I used to frequently get stopped by homeless folk who told me that i look like Prince. Real talk.

My top 5 favorite breakfast cereals (to be eaten at all hours, day or night):
1)Life (original)
2)Golden Grahams
3)Quaker Oatmeal Squares (original golden maple)
4)Grape Nuts
5)Cinnamon Toast Crunch
*footnote: Actually my favorite cereal of all time is a good granola... there are many out there, but it seems to me that granola actually exists as some sort of sub-genre under the larger umbrella of 'cereal', and thus cannot be included in this list.

I think Kris Van Assche is a retard in waay over his head and pretty much everyone agrees.

My favorite films include:
1)"Do The Right Thing' Spike Lee 1989
2)'The Royal Tenenbaums' Wes Anderson 2001
3)'Troi Couleurs: Bleu / Blanc / Rouge' Krysztof Kieslowski 1993 / 1994 / 1994
4)'Olivier, Olivier' Agnieszka Holland 1992
5)'Rumble Fish' Francis Ford Coppola 1983
6)'Before Night Falls' Julien Schnabel 2000

My favorite gangster rapper is Lil Fame of M.O.P..

One of my favorite Lil' Fame lines:
'Patna, it's bug, fake thugs get no love/
You could easily get got by hot sinking slugs/
Nigga what, I take your pride and slide/
Turn your rap cipher into a motherfucking homicide'
- 'Firing Squad' 1996

Me = vegan, minor obsessive compulsive, major Hedi Slimane fan, hopa.

OH... BEE TEE DUB - Im throwing this new party on Thursday nights here at the El D (Check the flyer). The party is called 'Grown Folk Shit'. I'm super mad excited about it. The concept is this... play good music that most everybody appreciates - funk, soul, afro beat, bossa nova, etc - but these days doesn't get a lot of shine in the bars and clubs. From there things have grown to include a Thursday night house band formed expressly for this party. The band debuts this Thursday February 5th. They'll be playing 2 sets at approximately 9pm and 11pm. Also this week we have a special guest dj, One Man Jazz. This kid is no joke. Trust. Totally super mad excited!
In the coming weeks we'll also be having some super talented friends stopping by to join in the fun. San Diego's favorite son Greyboy, as well as Mr. Choc of The World Famous Beat Junkies will be joining us soon. Check the Grown Folk Shit myspace an peep the calendar for details.
Think it's also worth mentioning that there is no cover for the party this week... Holy shit balls! Sweet. Really hope you can join us.

...Pleased to meet you. Enchanté.

Post Script - An aperitif... Here's a little taste of some real Grown Folk Shit: mp3
It's part of a live radio broadcast i did a few winters ago on my key brethren dj Sachamo's radio program on Jazz 88.3 fm (I see you Sach Boogie!).


2.14.09 // Valentines Day

Looking for the right gift? here's a couple ideas... If that lacked inspiration maybe buying a bottle of liquor with those you love is the right idea!?! nothing says 'i love you sweety' like a bottle of booze and a clan of (extra friendly) friends, right? 

Well, guess what -- we've got a couple booths left for the big day. Each booth has a 1 btl minimum ($250). If you're interested, tell us about it ––> contact@eldoradobar.com

Act fast, cuz they should go quick. Why? because not only is it a super fun holiday, but the SQZMYLMNS dudes are throwin a Sadie Hawkins Dance (party)!! POW!


Happy VD, y'all!

Ladies and Gentlemen BOYS and GIRLS

This Saturday Feb 7th is our 2nd official 'BOYS & GIRLS.'  The party goes down on the 1st & 3rd Saturday. This week's soiree was helped by the good peeps at Scion Sessions... Thanks Scion! What will you hear? music along the lines of electro, indie dance, nu disco, house, B-more, dance rock, party rock, etc, (Check the Mix) w/ myself as your resident. To shake things up, some out of town talent is in the works. I'll be spreading the love w/ friends and family each week. Lord Nelson, Mr. Biggs, and Pretty Penny (aka ?) will be DJing with in this week. Matty (flier design as well) will be shooting photos. Jive Ass James and the crew from Active Petco will be holding it down! Come through, drink, dance, do what you do best........... Get loose! 

Guestlist Rez? hit us up ––> contact@eldoradobar.com




Big Up Daygo! I'm proud to announce our OFFICIAL landing at El Dorado this Friday Night as we cork the brand new "STEADY CRUSHIN'" night with resident DJs J Blow & Unite (your's truly) for the FIRST and THIRD Friday Night's of the month. We will be playing the BEST in Hip-Hop, Old School, Funk, Reggae, and whatever else we got got brewin in our record bags. To help us crack this first one off, we have Special Guest DJ PERIL from you local Champion Sound System Tribe Of Kings Sound

J Blow and I orignally linked up in the glorious days of Landlord Jim's, and have been Party Rockin' all over the city ever since. We are now ready to return Downtown, and bring more of your favorite ASS shaking tunes to you in an environment that captures the spirit of our "House Party" vibes. Click Here for past photos from Landlord Jim's Saturday Night Dance "Till The Wheels Fall Off".

Me and J are VERY excited to be a part of what seems to be a new Chapter in San Diego Nightlife, and hope to see every last one of you down there. Even more exciting is that the weeks we are not there, the DJ spot will be filled by legendary San Diego Turntablist DJ RATTY.

All in all, Friday Nights at El Dorado is the new sure shot.


For more on what Me & J Blow got crackin outside the club, we are both avid bloggers, and invite you all to come stop through and check up on us.

J Blow-- All Up In Your Earhole
----------J Blow's Twitter
Unite--- Hugh Knight's Party At 45 RPM
----------Unite's Twitter

As a bonus for powering through my rambling, here is the link to download my new Reggae/Hip-Hop mix called Shogun Selector

See Y'all Friday...


Lemonade + Loud Noises = FUN

Last night was insane!! SQZMYLMNS and Loud Noises Blew the doors off. The dance floor was a freak show... People were goin' bonkers y'all. Someone did a backwards swan dive off the booth (not that we're condoning it... ha). Thanks to Saul Q for hosting a rad event, and much thanks to Loud Noises for providing an awesome show.

Pictures? why yes...