Best Nightlife Spots in San Diego That Come Alive After Sunset



San Diego’s nightlife will never rival that of a big city, but it exists with a wide variety of exciting options for a casual beach town. If you want to glam it up for a top-notch, Vegas-style experience or chat with friends over a specialty cocktail and ocean breezes, you can.

Most of the bars and clubs on this list are located in downtown San Diego, so if you’re a night owl visiting the city, this is the neighborhood you may want to stay in. The Gaslamp Quarter’s many rooftop bars offer spectacular night-time views over the skyline with cozy seating, fireplace pits and cool cocktails. Go below street level, as many of the historical buildings in the Quarter boast basements (which are not common in California), where you’ll find other exciting places to spend an evening. Nightclubs that will send anyone's senses into overdrive cater to VIPs. Beach communities all around San Diego County also offer up more casual nightlife opportunities, for those interested in enjoying a beer or cocktail with waves crashing in the background.

Regardless of your bedtime, there is nightlife for you in San Diego. 10Best narrows the list down for you right here.


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FLUXX is Downtown San Diego's high-end dance club. Just as its name implies, FLUXX nightclub's mood and motif are kept in a constant state of change designed to create a unique experience with every visit. The venue incorporates organic decor...  Read More


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Belly Up Tavern


 

There's live music at Belly Up almost every night. Belly Up is not pretentious and has a more casual vibe, despite being an award-winning nightspot. Up-and-coming artists as well as established legends in genres ranging from alternative rock,...  Read More


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Oxford Social Club is the new nightlife and chic boutique lounge experience inside of the Pendry San Diego hotel. Sure, DJs spin tuns and there is a dance floor, but the emphasis is also about conversation and relaxation in comfortable seating...  Read More


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Rooftop STK is Andaz San Diego's newly refreshed and rebranded poolside lounge that offers incredibly picturesque views of the Downtown San Diego skyline. It is a sexy, swanky and scenic spot to enjoy handcrafted cocktails, and delicious dishes...  Read More


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Pacific Beach


 

The Grass Skirt is new to the San Diego dining and nightlife scene and already people love it. It's a hidden tiki bar located inside Good Time Poke, a grab-and-go poke spot that is open in the evenings until 2:00 a.m. The goal is to use...  Read More


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Moonshine Flats is a ton of country fun in the Gaslamp Quarter. It's one of two places in San Diego to dance to country. The 10,000 square-foot venue features multiple levels, dozens of interactive elements, five bars throughout, including the...  Read More


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To enter Prohibition, simply show up (no reservations are accepted) and find the door marked Law Office of Eddie O'Hare. It is a speakeasy with a 1920's vibe designed for those who would like to step into the Great Gatsby era for an evening. A...  Read More


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Polite Provisions serves up cocktails and classic American fare in University Heights. Their massive custom tap system not only features 18 craft beers on tap, also ten wines (red, white and rose), carbonated cocktails, non-carbonated spirituous...  Read More


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People come for the cocktails and say that you'll never drink a better one. This San Diego speakeasy is found via a somewhat secret door near the door to the kitchen at The Neighborhood. Reservations are by text message only and Noble Experiment...  Read More


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Onyx Room is three-level dance club, one at street level and two below. This nightclub draws the ultra-cool who want to party with inventive cocktails in hand and plenty of eye candy located throughout the room. Different nights feature...  Read More


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Meet Katie Dillon

Katie Dillon originally moved to the seaside community of La Jolla to attend UC San Diego. When the opportunity presented itself, she and her husband set off for a 7 year stint overseas as...  More About Katie

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