San Diego Nightlife

Downtown's historic Gaslamp Quarter and Little Italy neighbourhood are at the epicentre of San Diego's nightlife scene. New clubs open with amazing frequency, while older standbys constantly refresh their vibe. Rooftop bars with day beds and firepits are all the rage in Downtown, as are small jazz clubs and exclusive lounges. The beach towns all have casual local hangouts, many with outdoor seating. La Jolla, approximately half an hour north of Downtown, is well known for its classy nightlife.

The minimum legal age for drinking in California is 21 years and photo ID should be carried. Alcohol licensing stops at 0200.

Listings and information for nightlife in the city are available online at and

Tickets for cultural performance and events are available for purchase from Ticketmaster (tel: +1 619 298 1695; Half-priced same-day tickets are available from Arts Tix (tel: +1 858 437 9850; Cultural listings are available online at San Diego's performance and events website (

Bars in San Diego

Altitude Sky Lounge

The 22nd-floor rooftop bar comes with unbeatable views of Petco Park and downtown San Diego, accompanied by hand-crafted cocktails, carefully chosen wines and small plates. Crowds assemble early for a bird's eye view of baseball games and brilliant sunsets.

660 K Street, Gaslamp, San Diego, CA 92101, United States
Telephone: +1 619 446 6088.
Bagby Beer Company

One of the finest brewpubs in California, Bagby Beer Company occupies a huge lot at the corner of Coast Highway and Minnesota Avenue, with beer garden and terrace bar making it the ideal summer bistro. Bagby’s own draught list numbers more than two dozen beers and is accompanied by rotating roster of guest beers from across the US and Europe.

601 S Coast Highway, Oceanside, San Diego, CA, United States
Telephone: +1 760 512 3372.
Seven Grand San Diego

Get comfortable in a booth or sit at the bar and take in the 'International Wall of Whiskey', Seven Grand stays open until 0200 every night of the week. The bar is home to the ever-popular Whiskey Society and draws scotch fans and bourbonites from across the US due to its extensive collection.

3054 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92104, United States
Telephone: +1 619 269 8820.

Clubs in San Diego

Café Sevilla

This is a popular Gaslamp Quarter club specialising in Latin, Brazilian, and Spanish rock. Regarded by many as the venue with the best ambience in the Gaslamp Quarter, Café Sevilla has been visited by many notable musicians, such as the Gypsy Kings and Grace Jones.

353 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101, United States
Telephone: +1 619 233 5979.

This 900-capacity club in San Diego’s Gaslamp quarter is a popular late night venue come the weekend. The high-end club attracts the glitterati of San Diego and invites visiting jockeys every Friday and Saturday night, offering patrons bottle service for a hefty cover charge. Previous celebrity guests include the likes of Pamela Anderson, Usher, Snoop Dogg and Nelly.

500 Fourth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101, United States
Telephone: +1 619 232 8100.
Tipsy Crow

Famed for its unusual California martinis and its live music in an underground nightclub space, the Tipsy Crow is an award-winning local institution. It occupies one of Downtown’s most historic buildings, the Spencer-Ogden building, which dates back to 1874.

770 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101, United States
Telephone: +1 619 338 9300.

Live Music in San Diego

House of Blues San Diego

This popular blues- and rock-themed chain occupies a 1,100 capacity venue in Downtown with a multi-level live music hall and a full-service restaurant.

1055 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101, United States
Telephone: +1 619 299 2583.

An intimate live music venue situated on the bay of San Diego's Shelter Island, Humphrey's is a local favourite and regularly hosts blues, folk, jazz and rock concerts at its outdoor theatre.

2241 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92106, United States
Telephone: +1 619 224 3577.
Tin Roof

An unpretentious bar and live music venue in the Gaslamp Quarter, Tin Roof occupies a huge downtown spot with two floors and three bars. Live music is on the bill almost every night of the week and patrons can enjoy the bar’s other major attractions: a beer pong table and shuffleboard court on the patio.

401 G Street, San Diego, CA 92101, United States
Telephone: +1 619 230 8606.
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