Picture this – after many sleepless nights excitedly awaiting your escape room experience at
Quicksand (hey, we get it), the day is finally here. It’s all you could’ve imagined. You and your
team enjoy the best hour of your lives! But now what? Time to call it a day after 60 minutes of
puzzling? Absolutely not. After all, one does not simply waste a good parking spot in Pacific
Beach. Here are 4 ways to make the most of your night out in PB:
Catch the Sunset
Depending on your game schedule, there’s a good chance you’ll be out in time to see one of our
famous sunsets. Not to brag, but people have been known to stop in the middle of the street and
applaud – our sunsets are a pretty big deal. Luckily, the sun doesn’t even set until almost 8pm in
the summer! And Quicksand is conveniently located just 3 blocks away from the beach. You can
embrace the PB lifestyle and sit with your toes in the sand, or keep your shoes on while taking in
the beautiful views from Crystal Pier.
Pick Up a Sweet Treat
Did you know Quicksand is within walking distance of not one but two famous cookie spots?
Baked Bear, a company started by two San Diegans, is known for their legendary cookie-and-
ice-cream sandwiches. They’ve expanded their cookie goodness across the country from Texas
to Maryland, but our Pacific Beach storefront is the original location (circa 2013). Our second
favorite cookiery is Insomnia Cookies. They’re not a local company, but because they have some
incredible vegan and gluten-free cookie options (and are located just downstairs from us), we’re
willing to forgive. Both companies are also open until midnight, so you’re set no matter when
your escape room ends!
Toast Your Victory (or Drown Your Sorrows)
Since we all know you arrived at your escape game completely sober (right?), it’s only fair that
we offer some adult-friendly suggestions for afterwards. If you’re still feeling competitive,
Society PB (which is only a few doors down from our location) has nine pool tables and tons of
bar games. Or, if you're keen, take a quick stroll across Cass St then grab a flight from Crushed (which also features sliders for all tastes!).
Burn off Some Adrenaline
Win or lose, escape rooms can really pump up your adrenaline levels, and you might be looking
for a way to harness some of that energy. Luckily, PB is filled with fun spots to get active.
Topping the list is Mavericks Beach Club (21+), the quintessential PB party destination where
you can dance the night away. Start walking towards the beach from Quicksand and you can’t
miss it. If you’re looking to move to a different type of music, head a block east to Moonshine
Beach (21+), a surprisingly popular honky-tonk bar with country concerts and line dancing. If
you like bowling, we’re also walking distance from Break Point PB, where you can let out your
frustration on some bowling pins (kids welcome before 8pm).
No matter which activities sound the most exciting to you, remember that going to Quicksand
Escape Games isn’t just an hour-long experience; it’s the start of an amazing night filled with
beachy, Californian fun.
Hermione’s been called the brightest witch of her age, but does that automatically make her a
Quicksand escape room MVP? Do you think Malfoy would keep his team in line or cause them
to implode? And what about Ron’s incredibly specific wizard’s chess skills? We have some
thoughts. Sit back and enjoy the escape-room-meets-Harry-Potter crossover you never knew you
Harry Potter: 6/10
Of course we must begin with the Boy Who Lived. To be honest, Harry’s a bit of a toss-up. As a
Gryffindor, he’s a gifted leader and clearly has no problem convincing people to follow him
anywhere. His ability to motivate his friends would come in handy when they get tired or
discouraged. However, he also tends to make rash decisions that don’t always work out well
(stealing the Weasleys’ flying car, anyone?). We give him a solid six for leadership and moxie,
but considering the number of life-threatening situations he’s been in, his decision-making skills
might be better suited to magical duels than escape rooms.
Ron Weasley: 8/10
We can’t mention Ron without acknowledging his epic game of wizard’s chess, which allowed
Harry to move on and do all the cool hero things. Ron exemplifies one of the most important
escape room qualities: teamwork. While some escape room goers focus on understanding the
bigger picture, Ron is our boots-on-the-ground man getting things done. He’s the teammate
painstakingly translating morse code so someone else – ahem, Harry – can rush to the lock and
enter it themselves. He may not always get the credit, but here at Quicksand Escape Games, his
sacrifices will not go unnoticed. Eight points to Ronald Weasley!
Hermione Granger: 9/10
Time and time again, Hermione has basically saved the world using her logic and deductive
reasoning skills. While that might not be enough in all situations, cleverness is half the battle in
escape rooms. If Harry’s the idealistic leader and Ron’s the hands-on muscle, then Hermione is
the brains behind the operation, noticing small details and connecting clues. Admittedly, she’s
not the best at staying calm under pressure (cue the infamous Malfoy slap), so we won’t give her
a perfect score. But remember when she literally harnessed the power of time travel just to take
extra classes? Yeah, that should warrant a nine.
Draco Malfoy: 5/10
No offense to any Slytherins reading this, but we’re not convinced Draco’s resourcefulness
would compensate for his other – shall we say, darker – traits. A big theme here at Quicksand is
the importance of teamwork and collaboration. Good teammates know how to prioritize the
success of the group, but Draco seems a little more driven by personal ambition. He strikes us as
the type of guy who would discount his partners’ ideas, only to steal them a few minutes later
and play them off as his own. We bet he would also sabotage his team by refusing to take any
hints. Only five points for Draco.
Albus Dumbledor: 10/10
It’s Albus Dumbledor. If he can’t escape a room, we don’t know who can.
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