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.