10 Best Early Entertainment Nightlife Options in San Diego

For those of us who aren't night owls, fortunately there are plenty of things to do in San Diego that end well before midnight. Of course, dinner and drinks at any one of our amazing restaurants fits the bill. However, this list includes entertainment ranging from outdoor concerts to comedy shows that end roughly before 10:00 p.m., give or take a little bit.

One way to enjoy time in downtown San Diego is by eating an early dinner out and then seeing a Broadway/San Diego show. As the name implies, these are the big-name shows one might see in Las Vegas or New York City, except they are here in San Diego (and at a much lower ticket price).

Another option--that is also popular with families--is the Summer Pops and other shows put on by the San Diego Symphony. Forget the image of an older, stuffy crowd. Our symphony does a great job of hosting performances that appeal to all ages. The Summer Pops happen at the Embarcardero on an outdoor stage with great food and views of the sun setting over the bay for a quintessential San Diego experience.

Or, opt for a dinner cruise around the San Diego Bay that includes dancing to  DJ spinning tunes and a 3-course meal. It's a great way to combine a little sightseeing into evening entertainment, too. The ship arrives back to port at 10:00 p.m.

Be well-rested for a full day at the beach or one of San Diego's attractions!



The San Diego Symphony gave its first performance in 1910 and now gives over 100 performances a year including the Masterworks series, the Winter Pops series, annual holiday programs, a Family Festival series, the Light Bulb Series and now a...  Read More



In its 35-year history, Broadway/San Diego has presented over 325 shows and events, including the record-setting blockbusters The Phantom Of The Opera, Miss Saigon, The Producers (in its West Coast Premiere), Les Miserables, Disney's The Lion...  Read More



The Comedy Store has been in its same La Jolla location since 1977. Before that, it was located in Pacific Beach where shows even featured then-unknown Gallagher, Robin Willams, David Letterman and Michael Keaton on the same bill. Popular...  Read More



An outstanding music venue and top-notch restaurant make this the place of choice for both visitors and residents of San Diego. From its legendary Sunday Gospel Brunch to its roster of libations and great musical lineup, this spot definitely has...  Read More

Old Globe Theatre


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Flagship Cruises & Events


In addition to whale watching, Sunday brunch cruises and private events, Flagship Cruises offers nightly dinner cruises that board at 7:00 p.m. and return to the cruise ship terminal at 10:00 p.m. Guests receive a welcome champagne, 3-course...  Read More



With three theaters and a new in-house seafood and sushi restaurant called James' Place, this playhouse offers a wide range of events, from plays to readings and educational opportunities for all ages. A non-profit theatre, La Jolla Playhouse...  Read More



The National Comedy Theatre offers the longest continuously running show in San Diego County. The improv comedy is clean (with the exception of the late night show labeled for ages 16 and older) and guests help determine the outcome during this...  Read More

Humphrey's Back Stage Music Club


Humphrey's is a multi-faceted resort establishment with a hotel, restaurant, live music club, and outdoor summer concert arena. The music club has a great view of Point Loma, and schedules a wide variety of performers, from local cover bands to...  Read More



Stone Brewing Co. has an expansive indoor-outdoor space with gorgeous gardens that are perfect for sipping beer throughout the day and well into the evening. It's possible to tour the brewery for a small additional fee up until the last tour at...  Read More


Meet Katie Dillon

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