San Diego Nightlife
An evening on the town in San Diego can take you to a ballgame, a fine restaurant, a stage show, a nightclub, movie, concert, or even a moonlight stroll along the beach. Because of a large and growing youth population, San Diego has many great clubs for those interested in checking out the local music and dance scene, and great bars ranging from sports bars to piano bars to martini bars. And for cultural events, San Diego offers symphony, theater, and opera in the downtown area, as well as many movie complexes throughout the region.
In the Gaslamp quarter, you can have a great dinner at a fine restaurant, then hit a martini bar and dance at one of the many clubs such as the Onyx or Club 66. There are even country dance clubs such as “In Cahoots.” For jazz clubs there are no better venues on the west coast than Dizzy’s on Seventh Avenue, downtown, or Croce’s—founded by the wife of Jim Croce—on Fifth Avenue. For the college-age crowd, Pacific Beach and Mission Beach attract the more casual partier. And for the gay and lesbian community, there’s Uptown and the Hillcrest area. There’s always something to do for fun in San Diego, but be aware that the city enforces drunk driving laws, so be sure to find a designated driver if you’re unable to drive yourself. Also, by state law, alcoholic beverages are not served after 2 a.m.
San Diego has a thriving indie and alt rock music scene with favorite local and national bands making appearances at Humphrey’s, the Casbah, or the Hard Rock Café, among many others. In the North County, the favorite destination for touring bands is the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach, which offers entertainment nightly of national acts.
In La Jolla, you can have an evening of live comedy at the Comedy Store on Pearl Street. And Epazote’s in Del Mar offers great jazz. In addition, there are many organizations that meet at casual spots around the county for whatever your interests are.
In addition to all the clubs, bars, loungers, and dance clubs, San Diego offers great theater downtown and at the Globe Theater located in Balboa Park. The San Diego Symphony is a well respected orchestra and there are other classical music events in La Jolla, such as the La Jolla Symphony. There are even opportunities for families to enjoy the nightlife with welcoming sports bars such as Seau’s and late-night game parks throughout the county. San Diego is an active community and there’s always something of interest going on in the area. The nightlife in San Diego is a part of the Southern California lifestyle and an important part in attracting visitors to the area.