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.



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...  Read More



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...  Read More



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...  Read More

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....  Read More



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...  Read More



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...  Read More



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



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



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...  Read More



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...  Read More


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