10 Best Nightlife Spots near PETCO Park



The good news is that PETCO Park, the stadium where the Padres Major League Baseball team plays, is already in the thick of things, just steps from downtown San Diego's vibrant Gaslamp Quarter. Some of the city's best shopping and restaurants are here. It's certainly also where nightlife enthusiasts will want to base themselves and there is a shocking amount of variety even for a low-key city like San Diego.

The place to be right now is Moonshine Flats, which has kicked country into another dimension by offering up San Diego's largest dance floor, the longest bar on the West Coast and then some with a Western twist.

Those seeking to sip what is likely to be a cocktail of a lifetime need to secure a reservation at upscale speakeasy Noble Experiment. The entire place seats only 32, guaranteeing personalized experience. They even custom shape the ice here, too.

Or, settle for solid pizza and no-nonsense drinks at Basic, one of the most popular gathering spots before and after Padres games. Basic claims the number one spot on our list for good reason.

After the evening Padres game has wrapped up, consider grabbing a nightcap and hitting the dance floor at these ten popular spots.



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Two clubs in one, Onyx Room and Thin occupy two floors of the same space, with Thin at street level and Onyx below. Both are trendy spots that draw the ultra-cool who want to party with inventive cocktails in hand and plenty of eye candy located throughout the room. Different nights feature different music styles, from jazz to hip-hop and old-school. One cover charge gets you into both. As an upscale nightclub, Onyx and Thin a dress code so skip the beachwear. Onyx is more loungey with a wider variety of music. Register online for the guest list which may feature a discounted or no cover charge.


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207 and Float are the two bars inside the Hard Rock Hotel. 207, named for the hotel's address, is located on the ground floor and designed to be a glamorous, laid-back place to chill over a cocktail during the day but turns into a hot nightlife spot with DJs spinning tunes Thursday through Sunday nights. Float is the outdoor venue located next to the pool, which boasts spectacular Gaslamp views with cabanas, fire pits and plush seating. The same concept applies here--Float also converts into a place to see and be seen at night. Intervention Sundays during warmer weather are where the young and beautiful party throughout the day in opulent style.


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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 will be kept in a constant state of change, designed to create a unique experience with every visit. The venue incorporates organic decor amidst bright, bold colors and playful design elements including a large-scale adult tree house, circular dance floor, a 15-ft custom rope chandelier and eye-catching art. FLUXX offers a Vegas-style VIP bottle service and centrally located VIP tables. Or, reserve the tree house which also has a private bar. It's the most unique nightlife experience in town, created by top professionals in the nightlife business.


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Altitude Skybar & Garden Lounge


 

When the Padres playing at nearby PETCO park, you can actually watch the game from Altitude. Hailed as offering the most spectacular rooftop view in San Diego, Altitude Sky Lounge is located on top of the Marriott Hotel in the Gaslamp Quarter. The rooftop location features gardens and a waterfall, 22 stories above street level. The airy rooftop bar has plenty of open space to mix and mingle along with a fire pit and lounge chairs. Dress to impress as a stylish crowd is always in attendance. Bottle service is available as is a new lounge area with a glass-walled balcony.


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Evoking an Asian street market feel, Bang Bang features three separate concepts in one space - one part asian fusion restaurant, one part sushi bar and one part "theatre" which hosts live music, DJs, movies, and is home to the largest disco ball (5.5 feet wide) west of the Mississippi. Guests are transported through Bang Bang via a tunneled staircase entrance reminiscent of a Tokyo subway, complete with Tokyo subway sounds streaming through hidden speakers. Backed by nightlife impresario, Johnny Shockey and LED, Bang Bang offers unparalleled entertainment with some of the hottest up and coming DJs, inviting guests to come for dinner and stay the rest of the night. A full list of upcoming DJs can be found on their website.


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The multi-level OMNIA San Diego is a new local favorite. Housed in a refurbished warehouse that sits square in the midst of the once notorious Red Light District, this trendy nightspot draws an ultra-chic crowd. It's the part of the same group who owns the OMNIA in Las Vegas. Therefore, the DJs they bring in here are outstanding. Live like a celebrity and reserve a secluded table where staff caters to your every need with a VIP package. Celebrities, world-renowned DJs, and VIPs are often in attendance. This is the place to see and be seen.


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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 from a menu specially created by Executive Chef J.C. Colón. By day, The Rooftop by STK will sweep you away with stunning views and creative regional cuisine for breakfast and lunch. By night, The Rooftop by STK is San Diego's ultimate rooftop destination and nightlife experience high above the city, with live DJs spinning underneath the star-lit San Diego sky at the see-and-be-seen nightclub and lounge.


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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 is always full, as there are only 32 seats. Cocktails are made with premium spirits and all natural, sustainable ingredients. There isn't any food for sale so go to The Neighborhood if you're hungry. A wall of gold-plated skulls lines the wall of this speakeasy and service is top notch. There isn't another drinking experience like this in San Diego. It's special.


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Moonshine Flats offers a ton of fun in the Gaslamp Quarter and is one of two places in San Diego to dance to country music. The 10,000 square-foot venue features multiple levels, dozens of interactive elements, five bars throughout (including the longest bar on the west coast spanning 80 feet) San Diego's largest dance floor, two raised platforms for dance exhibitionists, a 6' x 6' raised "dance pod" and a moveable DJ booth, a large stage that hosts house bands in front of a floor-to-ceiling LED screen. Drink from old school barber "shot" chairs (drink and spin!) or play pool and arcade games like Buck Hunter and a Boxing. You'll love it, even if country music isn't your thing.


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If there's a Padres game happening, Basic, in East Village near PETCO Park, turns into quite a scene. Foodwise, Basic serves up authentic Italian with a simple approach void of frills and fancy ingredients. Guests rave about the thin-crust pizza (try the mashed potato pizza) cooked in a brick oven. The restaurant is a huge 5000 square-foot space in a converted warehouse with a simple, contemporary design. There are two bars and a lounge area where festive Padres fans like to gather to enjoy the no-nonsense drink list (basic, right?) and beer. Get there early as there can be a line.


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