January 17, 2020

OP Group Pleased to Welcome PatrckStatic as New Client

We are pleased to announce that PatrckStatic has hired Online Performers Group for management services.

Known to many as one of Dem Salty Bois in his Sea of Thieves adventures, PatrckStatic got his start in content creation on YouTube in 2013 and started streaming to Twitch in 2015.

He plays just about any and every game, from Destiny 2 to Minecraft, to PUBG. His goal from the start has been to bring a little happiness to the world through his comedic content and is one of the top fundraisers for St. Jude Play Live.

We will be providing business development, negotiation, and day-to-day management services so that PatrckStatic can continue to focus on providing high-quality, live streaming entertainment to his fans.

January 8, 2020

Creating Successful Content in 2020

The new year is a popular time to set new goals for yourself. For an online content creator, it offers an opportunity for a “fresh start” regarding your content and your process of creation. Whether you believe in the notion of New Year’s resolutions or not, now is as good a time as any to set out to improve yourself or your content.

In order to help you succeed in accomplishing your goals as an online content creator in 2020, here are some helpful tips to keep you on track.

Setting Specific Goals

For many, creating vague goals remains the biggest fallacy of any New Year’s resolution. The key to setting yourself up for success with new goals lies in its measurability. Let’s look at an example that we posted about on Twitter not too long ago. 

Screenshot of a Twitter poll from @OP_Group inquiring about goals to accomplish for an online content creator in 2020.

While setting a goal to create content in a new medium is great, really honing in on something more specific like creating content on TikTok or uploading regularly to YouTube is even better. These specific goals allow you the opportunity to stay more organized and formulate a plan to execute your goals most efficiently. Diving in a little deeper from there and setting goals that are timely (weekly, monthly, etc) just allows you to be that much more effective.

The key here lies in these goals’ level of measurability. There’s an easily identifiable set of factors that can help you in judging success rates. Measurable goals like these allow you to easily establish your successes and maintain a sense of momentum as you work through those goals. 

Creating a Content Calendar

Another way to aid yourself in maintaining your momentum throughout 2020 would be creating a formal content calendar. Now, don’t be scared off… While the concept may seem daunting at first, a content calendar only serves as a road map to your content creation. Taking some time at the beginning of the year to plan out the next week, month, or even quarter has a lot of inherent benefits for the quality of your content.

As an online content creator, there are tons of different ways to do this, but you don’t need to over-complicate matters. To start things off, take the time to mark important dates throughout the year, such as game releases and convention dates. Once you’ve got bigger events like those in place, the picture becomes clearer as to where you want to drive your content.

Let’s look at the much-anticipated sequel to Naughty Dog’s 2013 masterpiece, The Last of Us as an example here. The Last of Us Part II is currently set for release towards the end of May. As a means of building up anticipation for the release, you could play through the original game at the beginning of the month or even earlier. Marking significant release dates and game releases early in the year can help you map out what certain weeks or months will look like.

Furthermore, you’ll also get a head-start on determining slower periods where you may have gaps in your content. You can use this information to plan out new content ideas or maybe even a vacation. Either way, understanding what lies ahead and planning your content out in advance allows you the flexibility to be more creative with your content.

Maintaining Focus

Perhaps the most important thing to consider when setting your goals for the year is to retain a sense of focus. Don’t get too caught up with trying to do too many things all at once. 

Instead, try to establish one long term goal that you’d like to accomplish within the next year. You’ll then want to dive in a tiny bit more to set quarterly goals that all work together to help you accomplish that larger, more difficult goal. 

For example, let’s say your goal is to gain a certain number of followers over the course of the year. Regardless of what that number is, there are small steps you can take each quarter to help you reach that goal. Sticking to a schedule, playing certain types of games, or being more interactive with your community are all smaller goals that can help you achieve this.

Once you’ve established your quarterly goals, you can dig a little deeper to determine the bite-sized short terms goals (perhaps monthly or even weekly) that will help you work towards accomplishing that main long term goal. Analyzing the content calendar you created earlier will also be extremely useful.

At this point, you may need to re-evaluate some of your initial strategies and adjust your content plan a bit to ensure your content creation is consistently working towards helping you reach those short and long term goals. 

Accomplish Your Goals in 2020

We had a fantastic 2019 as a company and we’re hoping that these tips help you have a successful 2020. Try and implement some of these strategies into your content creation process for this year and let us know how it worked out for you. Also, be sure to follow us on Twitter and let us know what kinds of strategies or new content you plan on creating this year.

December 27, 2019

2019: OPG’s Year in Review

Hello everyone! 2019 was yet another fantastic year for all of us here at Online Performers Group (OPG). In fact, in a lot of ways, it was the best one to date. With the curtain almost ready to close on the year, we thought it was the perfect time to pause and take a look back at everything the OPG family accomplished in 2019.

New Year, New Digs

Studio 54

To kick things off in 2019, our team made one of the biggest moves in our company’s five-year history; and we mean that quite literally. Towards the beginning of the first quarter, we picked up our things and moved a little over 10 miles north to our new offices in La Jolla, California. While this move provided a lot of immediate improvements (like places for new employees to sit and a location close to the beach) it has also become so much more. 

Our expanded office space has provided us the ability to build not one, but two separate streaming studios on-site. These two studio spaces have already been utilized for a variety of different purposes. A couple of notable ones would be our weekly Office Hours broadcasts and most recently, our Company Town Hall. 

While we intend on continuing to find new, creative ways to utilize this space, we made this decision to provide yet another asset to our clients and other streamers who may be in need of the space. 

Additionally, our new office served as the headquarters for the first-ever OPG Media Day. We’ve noticed more and more media coverage within the industry this past year. This Media Day allowed us to help best prepare our clients for these inquiries should the opportunities arise.

In addition to the media training, we also offered our clients the opportunity to meet with other experienced professionals. Financial planners, real estate workshops, and training for IRL streaming were all made available while visiting our offices. Finally, we were able to conduct some photoshoots and of course, take the OPG family out to Korean BBQ. After all, what gathering of streamers would be complete without KBBQ?

Company Growth

We’ve always been proud of the way our OPG staff takes pride and ownership over their work. We’ve worked hard to cultivate a client-first mindset at OPG and that means always doing the best we can to make their lives just a little bit easier.

“Hold off before you spend your time, effort, or money. I’m gonna see what we can do.” – Audrey (Senior Account Manager)

This simple message from Audrey, one of our esteemed Senior Account Managers, is but a single example of the type of exemplary service that our account team strives for on a daily basis.

While our account team continues to focus on direct client services, we’re never ones to rest on our laurels. In fact, we feel that it’s an obligation to our clients to continuously find ways to improve. 

The reality of our industry is that it is still relatively new and is constantly evolving. Because of this, we owe it to ourselves and our clients to continue to evolve with it. It was with this mindset that we made the decision to expand our OPG family and bring in Shane Wilson to serve as our new Chief Revenue Officer. Shane brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge to our team and has made it his goal to help OPG do more to increase our client’s financial stability.

Shane wasn’t the only new addition that we made to our team in 2019. Sara and Rachel were also brought in as our new Account Specialist and Executive Assistant respectively; not to mention Tyler being brought on as an Account Manager at the tail end of 2018. Incorporating these new team members was a necessity given our company trajectory, but the results have been anything but rudimentary. Their combination of industry knowledge, experience, and work ethic has made them invaluable members of the team and we’re excited to see what 2020 has in store for them.

TwitchCon 2019

For us, TwitchCon 2019 was as convenient as it could have possibly been given that it was held right here in our backyard. As soon as the announcement dropped, our office filled with excitement. First and foremost, we didn’t have to travel to the convention. That in and of itself was incredibly convenient for our team. Beyond that, we didn’t have to worry about figuring out how the area around the convention would play out.

For a lot of us, however, the highlight of the show was no doubt our OPG party. Recent OPG signing, Grimecraft, opened the show and the one and only T-Pain headlined (big thanks to 7-11 for sponsoring the event!). This was the first major convention party we’ve thrown for our clients and I don’t think it’s an understatement to call it a resounding success. Drinks, music, and great people are always a combination for a good time, but when you top all that off with a headlining performance by a Grammy Award-winner, well, it doesn’t get much better.

While the party itself was a hit with our guests, what we were truly proud of was how much our clients enjoyed it. We set them up with their own VIP entrance and did everything we could to make sure they had a good time, after all, the party really was for them. Without their hard work, none of it would have been possible and this was just one small way for us to give back to those that have given us so much through the last few years.

Client Successes

Speaking of those fine folks who had such a good time at our party, 2019 was also quite a successful year for our clients. In fact, looking at everything together, our clients combined for 11 billion minutes watched on Twitch alone. For some perspective, that’s about 40 percent of the viewership that South Park pulled in for 2019. As if that wasn’t enough, our clients also combined to take part in nearly 1,500 sponsored streams over the course of the last year.

2019 will always be looked at fondly for us here at OPG as the year we were able to expand our client-base and include “Non-Traditional Clients” as members of the OPG family. We’ve already mentioned T-Pain, but other musicians like Herman Li of Dragonforce and Grimecraft have also hired us for management this year. Beyond music, we’ve also begun working with professional athletes in traditional sports like Trevor May of the Minnesota Twins. While our work for our non-traditional clients is still largely based on gaming, it has helped us to expand beyond what we would have ever thought just a short year ago. 

The OPG Family

There’s no doubt that 2019 was a momentous year for all of us here at OPG. While we’re extremely proud of the work we’ve done over the course of the last 12 months, we also want to take some time to enjoy some of the significant personal accomplishments we’ve achieved as well.

Between the new marriages and new babies that have joined our OPG family, it truly has made for a special 2019. So to close out 2019, we leave you with some adorable pictures from some of these special moments.

Sacriel and ShannonZKiller walking after their wedding.
Shannon & Sacriel’s Wedding
Simcopter1 with his wife and baby
Simcopter1 and his wife with their new baby, Jordan.
TheAudreyRawr on her wedding day
Audrey’s Wedding
P4wnyhof smiling with his new baby and dog.
P4wnyhof and his dog… and Ella!
Darkness429 and his newborn baby.
Darkness429 and Kyler
Newlyweds standing in front of a LEGO Pick-a-brick-wall
Oliver’s Wedding
BajheeraWoW and his newborn son, Archer.
Bajheera and Archer
Newborn baby in santa clothing
Devin’s newborn, Ronan
CohhCarnage and baby
CohhCarnage and Kai
December 20, 2019

OP Group Pleased to Welcome SilentSentry as New Client

We are pleased to announce that SilentSentry has hired Online Performers Group for management services.

A pioneer of the wild Role-Playing badlands and a shooter marvel, SilentSentry is a man of many talents. From his first stream, he had been a master shooter and survivalist in games such as DayZ, PUBG, and Escape from Tarkov.

While he made a name for himself showcasing his talents in shooters, fans of his also know SilentSentry for his phenomenal work in the GTA role-play community where he is better known as Ron Otterman and Snake.

No matter what he’s playing, SilentSentry continues to be at the forefront of innovation when it comes to the field of streaming.

We will be providing business development, negotiation, and day-to-day management services so that SilentSentry can continue to focus on providing high-quality, live streaming entertainment to his fans.

We are pleased to announce that GRIMECRAFT has hired OP Group for management services regarding his business endeavors.
December 13, 2019

OP Group Pleased to Welcome GRIMECRAFT as New Client

We are pleased to announce that GRIMECRAFT has hired OP Group for management services regarding his business endeavors.

Known to most as video game DJ and remixer GRIMECRAFT, Clarke Nordhauser has operated within the music and games industry for over 5 years. Under a plume of poofy hair the former Harmonix artist turned international touring DJ fused a passion for music and games into a unique creative career.

As part of the founding team at Wave, he helped build a platform for creating and sharing virtual concerts. He has also lent his artistic efforts to award winning AAA game studios such as Crystal Dynamics and Insomniac Games, as well as managed A&R for independent record label GameChops.

We will be providing business development, negotiation, and day-to-day management services to GRIMECRAFT so he can continue to focus on providing high-quality entertainment to his fans.

September 24, 2019

TwitchCon Does San Diego 2019: Best Beaches

TwitchCon 2019 is fast-approaching and we’ve done our best to get you ready to visit San Diego over the last few weeks. We thought we gave you everything you’d need to find the best places to eat, drink, and hang out at but somehow we forgot one important thing, the beach. A trip to San Diego would hardly be complete without at least a quick stop to one of the city’s great beaches.

Ocean Beach

Ocean Beach Pier by Lupita Pascual

Take a trip back to 1975 in this San Diego beach town known for its laid back attitude where shoes are always optional. Ocean Beach is home to the second-longest pier on the West Coast, spanning almost 2,000 feet long. The pier is host to a collection of colorful characters and fishing is always welcome with a proper license.

The whole town is dog-friendly and famous for a small portion known as Dog Beach reserved exclusively for our furry friends. There’s plenty of laid back breweries, bars, and restaurants along Newport Ave if you need an escape from the sun and want to mingle with some of the locals that fondly refer to themselves as OBcean’s (pronounced “oh-BEE-shun”).

To close out your day, head just south of Ocean Beach to Sunset Cliffs for a relaxing stroll with beautiful scenery and a great photo op.

Pacific Beach

About 15 minutes north of downtown lies Pacific beach, a lively beach town known for its younger crowd and nightlife. Enjoy a day of fishing off of the Crystal Pier, learn to surf, or just grab a drink and some food at any of the 50 some odd restaurants and taco shops along Garnet Avenue and Mission Blvd.

PB, as it’s known to the locals, can be pretty busy on the weekends and when the sun sets for the day, the nightlife rivals that of Downtown’s. At the very least, people watching along the boardwalk in PB is always sure to bring a smile.

La Jolla Shores

La Jolla coastline
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Those looking for fresh air, cool breeze, and mellow surf should look no further than La Jolla Shores. Located about 20 minutes north of Downtown, La Jolla Shores is home to sea cave kayak tours and some of the best surf lessons around. Enjoy swimming or tanning at this calm beach with a small boardwalk connected to the quaint La Jolla Shores community. Situated right next to beautiful Torrey Pines, La Jolla Shores is also perfect for hang gliding or parasailing.

Mission Beach

Mission Beach is a peninsula just south of Pacific Beach that spans 3 miles long and flanked by the ocean and Mission Bay on either side. Mission Beach is a mellow beach town with multimillion-dollar homes running the length of the boardwalk. The ocean front is a great place to relax and watch the waves roll in and if you want to take it even slower, visit the bayside and watch sailboats and paddleboarders cruise the calm waters.

Renting a beach cruiser for the day remains one of the most popular modes of transportation and makes for a great way to enjoy the vibrant atmosphere that Mission Beach offers. Finally, stop by Belmont Park for some ice cream and a roller coaster ride or go to Draft for some oceanfront beer and cocktails.

Coronado Beach

Hotel del Coronado
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Take a short trip over the Coronado Bridge and you’ll find one of the largest beaches in San Diego. Coronado Beach offers great views of the Harbor and Downtown San Diego all the while being easily accessible by car or Ferry ride.

Once you’ve made it across to the west side of Coronado island, enjoy a vast and expansive beach with some of the softest sand around. While you’re there, be sure to visit the historic Hotel del Coronado, one of the most famous (and allegedly haunted) places in California.

TwitchCon 2019 is at the end of the week to close out September and the OP Group team could not be more excited for all of you to visit our home town. We hope that this blog series helped you mark some things to do while you’re in San Diego and look forward to seeing you here soon!

September 20, 2019

TwitchCon Does San Diego 2019: Beyond Downtown

TwitchCon 2019 begins exactly one week from today. While everyone is frantically getting ready to come into the city for the convention, don’t overlook the fact that you’ll get to spend at least a few days in America’s Finest City. It can definitely be tempting to stay close to the action in the Gaslamp District Downtown, but if you’re looking to see more of the city, these are some of the best places to check out.

Balboa Park

Balboa Park Lily Pond
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Few places in San Diego offer as eclectic of an experience as that of Balboa Park. Sitting just north-east of TwitchCon’s home at the San Diego Convention Center, Balboa Park is a 1,200 acre urban cultural park featuring a collection of museums, gardens, theatres, and much more. 

From the Fleet Science Center to the Natural History Museum, you could easily spend days getting lost in the museums and different attractions found at Balboa Park. There’s just so much to do and explore but don’t let it distract you from the fact that it’s also one of the best places to just walk around and take in the sights. 

Zoo/Safari Park

For all the animal lovers making their way to San Diego for TwitchCon, a visit to the World-Famous San Diego Zoo should be high on your priority list. At nearly 100 acres, the San Diego Zoo features thousands of different species of animals and is one of the most-visited zoos in the entire country. Their reputation of excellence is also well-deserved, with the zoo leading many successful breeding and conservation efforts for various species including the California Condor, tigers, black rhinos, and of course, the giant panda.

For the more intrepid animal lovers, a journey to the Zoo’s Safari Park in North San Diego County is well worth the trip. Standing at over 1,800 acres, the Safari Park is the largest tourist attraction in all of San Diego County. The Safari Park offers visitors a truly unique experience with it’s spacious free-range enclosures housing antelopes, giraffes, rhinos, and much more. 

To top things off, San Diego Zoo Global, the organization that operates both the Zoo and Safari park is a nonprofit organization. This means that all of the money raised in the park goes directly into running the parks and furthering their conservation efforts.

Belmont Park

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Few things feel more inherently “Southern Californian” than visiting an amusement park on the beach. Belmont Park is a historic oceanfront amusement park in Mission Bay that originally opened in the summer of 1925. Today, this San Diego favorite still stands as a great place for those in search of fun and thrills at the beach.

While Belmont Park features a variety of amusement park classics, the crown jewel of the park is no doubt the Giant Dipper roller coaster. This wooden coaster is a historic national landmark that has been thrilling adrenaline junkies since the park opened in the 1920s. For a special treat, take a ride on the Giant Dipper at dusk for one of the most unique beach-front sunsets in the entire city. 

Hiking Trails

Torrey Pines Hiking Trail by Lupita Pascual

While San Diego offers a lot of different attractions for you to see, one of the best ways to experience the natural beauty of the city is to spend a day exploring some of the local hiking trails. For the novice hiker, trails like Torrey Pines or Mission Trails offer scenic views and simple trails to enjoy for a leisurely stroll.

For the more experienced hikers, however, San Diego also offers a few more difficult trails such as The Devil’s Punchbowl and the Three Sisters trail; the latter of which being one of the most difficult trails in the city, rewarding those willing to brave the rocky terrain and bouldering with a beautiful waterfall.

North Park

North Park is a vibrant neighborhood in San Diego found just east of Downtown. This trendy area of San Diego features a wide array of modern eateries and local watering holes.

The North Park Beer Company is an award-winning brewery within a gorgeous two-story brewpub. For the full NPBC experience, grab a sausage from Mastiff Sausage company and pair it with one of their signature IPAs. Do all of this while enjoying the San Diego sunshine outside on their patio and you have yourself a recipe for enjoyment and relaxation. As if that wasn’t enough reason to stop by for a visit, the owner of NPBC is former game developer, Kelsey McNair.

North Park is also home to one of the best beer bars in the country, Tiger!Tiger! While it owes some of its recent attention to its appearance on Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, this restaurant has a full farm-to-table menu paired with a fantastic craft beer selection.

If that isn’t enough reason for you to visit this lively San Diego neighborhood, North Park is also home to Seven Grand. One of only four locations in the country, this dimly lit wood and leather-lined bar carries one of the largest selections of whiskey, bourbon, and scotch in the city.

Convoy Street

Chashu Miso Ramen at Menya Ultra by Zac Galsim

For fans of Asian cuisine, a trip to Convoy Street should be placed high on your priority list. Unofficially known to locals as “San Diego’s Asian Restaurant Row,” Convoy Street and its surrounding areas are home to some of the best food and desert experiences in the city. Whether you’re looking for dim sum, dessert, or the ever-popular Korean BBQ, you’ll find more choices than you could reasonably try on Convoy. A few favorites from the OP Group team are Kura Revolving Sushi Bar, Taeguki Korean BBQ, Somi Somi Korean Ice Cream, and Menya Ultra Ramen.

Convoy also has a great selection of drinking spots to go to and relax after a delicious dinner with your friends. Places like Thang Thang and Common Theory are popular spots to grab some soju and a craft beer. Min Sok Chon on the other hand, offers the option to rent a karaoke room for a few hours to enjoy with your friends. Whatever you decide to do, a visit to Convoy street is definitely worth the effort. 

There were just too many places in San Diego worth mentioning so we tried our best to include most of our favorites here for you. That said, be sure to check back in early next week for a special bonus entry in our “TwitchCon Does San Diego 2019” series!

September 13, 2019

TwitchCon Does San Diego 2019: Things to Do in Downtown

TwitchCon 2019 is just a couple of weeks away and while we’re all excited to see our friends and favorite streamers at the convention, San Diego has so much to offer that it would be a shame to not go out and see some more of the city. To help you figure out some of the best things to do around downtown, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite San Diego activities here for you. 

Escape Rooms

Enigma HQ, San Diego Escape Room

There are plenty of escape rooms to choose from these days, but few that stray from the norm. Here in San Diego, we have two recommendations that you’ll be hard-pressed to find anywhere else.

By now, most people have tried an escape room at least once – but have you done one in VR? Enigma HQ VR and Escape Room, features San Diego’s very first VR Escape Room experience. Team up with up 2-6 friends and see if you can escape the disturbing estate house of deceased composer, Hans Komisch, in “Decomposed VR”.

Escape The Nat is located on the bottom level of the San Diego Natural History Museum. Created by actual museum employees, your group will dig through museum archives to piece together the key to save the world – with science! Once your group has escaped (or everyone dies) you can then hit up the rest of the museum, which is included in the price of the escape room!

Museum of Contemporary Art

If you’re looking to add a little culture to your TwitchCon trip, the Museum of Contemporary Art’s downtown location may be just the thing you’re looking for. With a focus on contemporary works, this museum focuses on presenting art created in all types of mediums created since 1950. 

For those inclined to swing by the MCASD this month, you’ll be greeted by Marnie Weber’s Songs that Never Die installation based around a fictitious all-female rock band from the 1970s.

Seaport Village

Seaport Village - San Diego, California
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A trip to San Diego would hardly be complete without at least a quick stroll through Seaport Village. Located just a quick walk from the convention center itself, Seaport Village is a charming shopping and dining complex sitting right on the San Diego Bay. The entire complex stretches over 90,000 square feet and features a wide array of unique shops and eateries.

Aside from the shops and waterfront dining, Seaport Village is also home to The Headquarters which features additional storefronts built into a restored police headquarters complete with historic jail cells that offer a perfect photo op for your Instagram feed.

San Diego Sailing Tours

The San Diego Sailing Tours offer one of the most unique ways to view the city and is well worth a few hours of your stay in San Diego. Their signature two-hour tour takes you and a few friends to see the sights around the San Diego Bay in a restored luxury sailing vessel for an experience filled with fun, snacks, and drinks.

On top of enjoying the sun and sea, your Captain will also be well equipped with a wealth of knowledge about local history and of course, sailing. So take some time to step outside of the convention for a bit for some fresh air and relaxation on the Bay.

Maritime Museum 

Star of India 150th Anniversary Sail
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The Maritime Museum in San Diego features a stunning collection of awe-inspiring sea vessels that includes steam-powered boats, submarines, and the oldest functioning sailing ship in the world. These historic ships sit docked in the San Diego Bay, just west of TwitchCon’s home at the San Diego Convention Center and have been featured in various media such as television, film, and even advertising for video games.

The Star of India, originally constructed in 1863, is arguably the Maritime Museum’s crown jewel and may be best known to video game fans for its use in promotion for Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag during the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con. 

There’s one more week and one more blog post to come before TwitchCon arrives in America’s Finest City. Be sure to look back at our last couple of blog posts on restaurants and cocktail lounges and check back in next week for some of our final choices to see, eat, and hang out at in San Diego!

September 6, 2019

TwitchCon Does San Diego 2019: Bars and Cocktail Lounges

After a long day of TwitchCon festivities, you’ll likely want to find a place to unwind for the night and grab a few drinks. We’ve already given you some ideas of where to eat while you’re in town, but how about checking out some places to drink? To help you navigate the crowded Downtown San Diego bar scene, we’ve put together a quick list of some of our favorite places near the convention center for you to check out.

Vin de Syrah

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Take a trip through the looking glass at this Wonderland-esque speakeasy bar in Downtown San Diego. Located just over a half-mile from the convention center, you’ll find this wine parlor underground and past an inconspicuous-looking door covered in greenery. Once inside, however, you’ll find yourself transported to a unique lounge with a bevy of quality wines and cocktails for you to enjoy.

While the libations and secretive nature of Vin de Syrah should make it a destination to highlight for your TwitchCon trip on their own, they also regularly feature a unique decor that is unlike anything else you’re likely to find in the city.

El Dorado Cocktail Lounge

For those weary travelers in search of a fun night in a casual atmosphere, the El Dorado Cocktail Lounge may be just the place you’re looking for. While the rustic interior design and eclectic decor will no doubt grab your immediate attention, don’t let it distract you from the delicious cocktails just waiting to be served.

Channeling the spirits of a worn-down saloon from the days of cowboys in the old west, El Dorado features a unique aesthetic highlighted by the massive buffalo head named Otis suspended above the dance floor. Cocktail favorites include their signature Cadillac El Dorado and the spicy Amarillo by Morning but be sure to also inquire about their rotating seasonal cocktails as well.

The Nolen Bar

OPG Account Manager, Janessa enjoying drinks with her mom at The Nolen

A rooftop bar in San Diego is hardly difficult to find. From Altitude to the newly opened Layover Bar, there’s plenty of places to choose from, but for our pick, it has to be The Nolen. Named after one of San Diego’s early city planners, John Nolen, this rooftop bar and lounge features the perfect combination of timeless drinks and breathtaking views of the San Diego skyline. 

While the atmosphere and skyline views draw you in, you’ll likely find yourself staying for a while thanks to their collection of cocktails. Whether you’re in the mood for a timeless classic or a modern re-interpretation, The Nolen is sure to have just the recipe for the end of one of those long TwitchCon days.


Located less than a mile away from the convention center, the Coin-Op Game Room will no doubt be one of the most popular spots to hang out and grab a drink at over the course of the long TwitchCon weekend. 

Coin-Op has everything you could want when you’re looking to take a break from the festivities at the convention center: food, drinks, and obviously games. A visit to Coin-Op typically consists of playing through their collection of arcade classics, enjoying a beer from local favorites such as Ballast Point or Alesmith, and maybe even enjoying some freshly made donuts.

Punch Bowl Social

A long-defunct boxing venue may not be the first place you’d think to find a good night out, but that’s exactly what you’ll discover at Punch Bowl Social in San Diego. Whether you need a place to go for dinner, drinks, or just somewhere to hang out for the night, you’ll find everything you could want here.

Sitting at just over 23,000 square feet, Punch Bowl Social is one of the larger “eatertainment” venues you’ll find in the area. Aside from the bar and food options at PBS, you’ll also find a bowling alley, private karaoke rooms, and a wide array of games ranging from foosball and ping pong to board games and giant Jenga. Long-story-short, there’s just too much to do to be bored at Punch Bowl Social.

Be sure to check back in next week as continue our “TwitchCon Does San Diego 2019” series with more awesome places for you to check out this year during TwitchCon.

August 30, 2019

TwitchCon Does San Diego 2019: Downtown Eats

Much to the delight of avid convention attendees and those of us at OP Group, Twitch’s annual celebration of gaming, streaming, and community returns to San Diego again after three long years. While the main course for the weekend no doubt lies inside the storied walls of the San Diego Convention Center, there are more than a few tasty side dishes in the area worth sinking your teeth into. It is with this in mind that our team here at OP Group presents to you our picks for the best things to eat, drink, and do during your visit to America’s finest city and we’re starting with where to find the best food in Downtown San Diego.

Finding the Best Food in Downtown San Diego

OP Group’s “TwitchCon Does San Diego 2019” will be a weekly blog series highlighting various restaurants, bars, and attractions that our team recommends you check out while in town for TwitchCon.

Kicking off this series is going to be one of the most hotly debated topics in the OP Group office, where to find the best food in Downtown San Diego.

Puesto – A taco taste-fest

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There are few ways to spark a debate in San Diego that are as heated as where to find the best tacos. If you’re looking for a tasty taco within walking distance of TwitchCon, look no further than Puesto.

Located about a half-a-mile from the convention center, Puesto is a popular choice for best food in Downtown San Diego and serves up some of the best Mexican street food in the entire city. While their drinks are delectable and the appetizers salivating, the main reason to come to Puesto is to try some of their signature street tacos.

From local staples such as carnitas and baja fish, to the Tacolandia “Best Taco” winner that is their Filet Mignon taco, Puesto is sure to leave an impression on anyone that strolls on over for a bite.

Crack Shack – A casual chicken joint

Crack Shack is a casual chicken joint located just a few miles from the convention center. Known for their high quality, locally raised, free-living chickens, fans of Crack Shack know that this isn’t your average restaurant.

Crack Shack’s menu features a wide array of dishes from their signature fried chicken to their tender chicken oysters. Those looking to settle a winner in the great chicken sandwich wars of 2019 should make a point to swing by this cluckin’ eatery.

Juniper & Ivy – A fanciful feast 

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If you’re looking for something a little fancier in your dining experience, then look no further than Juniper & Ivy. Located right next to our previous entry, Juniper & Ivy is undoubtedly one of San Diego’s most renowned dining experiences and is sure to appear on any list of the best food in Downtown San Diego

Founded by Top-Chef All-Star winner, Richard Blais and Michael Rosen, Juniper & Ivy is a love letter to San Diego focusing on local ingredients, innovative cooking techniques, and an artful presentation meant to share with your closest friends. If you’re considering a stop at this fine eatery, we recommend you take the time to make a reservation early.

Basic Bar & Pizza – A pizza party to remember 

From the fantastically fancy to the effortlessly simple, Basic Bar & Pizza bakes up some of the best pizza in the city and is just about half a mile away from the convention center. Known for it’s straight-forward approach and urban style, Basic is a no-nonsense pizza spot built into a massive warehouse from the early 1900’s.

A trip to Basic is the perfect solution for those looking for a no-frills eating experience. Grab your friends and order yourselves a couple of classic pies that are sure to leave the entire group smiling and satisfied.

Fogo de Chao – A magical meat lover’s paradise  

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Few things can work up an appetite like walking around the over 600,000 square feet that make up the San Diego convention center. After a long day checking out all the booths and meeting your favorite streamers, why not sit down for an all you can eat feast of meats at Fogo de Chao.

Fogo de Chao is a Brazilian steakhouse serving up a selection of tasty meats in the traditional style of churrasco grilling. What this means for you, the diner, is that waiters, known as Gauchos, walk around the restaurant with cuts of meat on long skewers looking to serve you until you call it quits.

When you take your seat, you’re given a small card that is green on one side and red on the other. If you’re hungry, place your card green-side up and when you’ve had enough, turn it over to the red side, it’s as simple as that. However, given just how delicious everything is, you may find it difficult to turn that green card over.

Café Gratitude – A delicious vegan venture

Café Gratitude features a wide array of delicious vegan food that everyone is sure to enjoy. From vegan wraps and sandwiches to enchiladas and pasta, you’ll find this vegan venture just a couple of miles from the hustle and bustle of the convention center.

Café Gratitude seeks to nourish their patrons with the kind of love that can only be experienced from quality ingredients sourced from local farmers. A pro tip for those arriving early or staying late after the convention is Café Gratitude’s “Meatless Mondays” which features a 50% discount off of select menu items. With a deal like that, it can be hard to stay away.

Hodad’s – A San Diego burger staple 

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There are plenty of places in San Diego to find yourself a delicious burger. From the fast food favorite of In-N-Out to the half beef, half bacon, all amazing Slater’s 50/50, there’s no shortage of bountiful burgers around sunny San Diego. For our choice burger joint for ” best food in Downtown San Diego” though, it has to be Hodad’s.

A San Diego staple since 1969, Hodad’s has been serving up huge, savory burgers to locals and tourists alike for a half-century. Long considered one of the best burgers in the city, Hodad’s found fame beyond the sandy shores of San Diego thanks to a feature on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. If you’re in the mood for a good old-fashioned burger, you can grab one at Hodad’s from their Downtown location just a mile away from the convention center.

Underbelly – A ramen spot to revel in

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A neighborhood called “Little Italy” may not be the first place you think of to find delicious ramen, however, that’s just what you’ll discover when you wander over to Underbelly. A local favorite among foodies and ramen fans alike, Underbelly features a nice selection of traditional and modern ramen dishes that are sure to please everyone’s palate.

While known primarily for their ramen dishes, this Asian eatery also serves up a savory selection of bao buns and appetizers ranging from a seafood tartare to crispy chicken wings.

Crab Hut – A salivating seafood sanctuary

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A trip to San Diego would hardly be complete without a stop at one of the many seafood spots in the city. While locations like Blue Water Seafood and Ironside Fish & Oyster offer particularly delectable dishes, our choice has to be local favorite, Crab Hut.

People that refrain from messy eating experiences should likely skip this one, but those willing to get a hands-on experience with their food should definitely make Crab Hut a “must-visit” on their TwitchCon San Diego experience. Shrimp, crawfish, crabs, lobsters, and a lot more can all be found at this unique restaurant that combines the flavors of southern Louisiana with fresh locally grown and raised ingredients from right here in San Diego.

Brian’s 24 – A late-night safe-haven

Rounding out the list is a local favorite amongst those that have experienced the kind of fun and festivities that only a night out on the town can bring, Brian’s 24. This bar and restaurant is the go-to eatery for those looking for a spot they can count on because they’re open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

After a long day and night, Brian’s 24 is the go-to place to find some of the best food in Downtown San Diego. Order some food, a few more drinks, and be ready to share because the serving sizes at Brian’s 24 will not disappoint.

Be sure to check back in next week as we continue our “TwitchCon Does San Diego 2019” series with our selections for the best bars and cocktail lounges to grab a drink and hang out.