Nightlife & the Arts in San Diego

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Nightlife Overview
Name Category Location
 
4th & B
Occupying a former bank, this club is only open...
Music Clubs Gaslamp Quarter
 
710 Beach Club
This surprisingly spacious beach bar hosts...
Bars, Music Clubs Pacific Beach
 
Aero Club
Named for its proximity to the airport, this...
Bars Mission Hills
 
Alexander Salazar Fine Art
The gallery's namesake has practically taken...
Art Galleries San Diego
 
Altitude Sky Lounge
Location is everything at this sophisticated...
Piano Bars / Lounges Gaslamp Quarter
 
American Comedy Co.
At this underground space modeled after the...
Comedy Clubs Gaslamp Quarter
 
Arts Tix
You can buy advance tickets, many at half...
Tickets San Diego
 
Bahia Belle
This Mississippi-style stern-wheeler offers...
Entertainment Cruises Mission Bay
 
Baja Betty's
Although it draws plenty of gay customers, the...
Bars Hillcrest
 
Balboa Theatre
This renovated theater offers a variety of...
Music San Diego
 
Bar Basic
This spot is always bustling, in part because...
Bars East Village
 
Bar Dynamite
Affectionately known to regulars as Bar D, what...
Dance Clubs Mission Hills
 
Bar Pink
Cheap drinks, loud music, and a hip crowd explain...
Bars North Park
 
Bar West
Bar West brings downtown flavor to style-starved...
Dance Clubs, Piano Bars / Lounges Pacific Beach
 
Barefoot Bar and Grill
This beachfront watering hole and hotel bar...
Bars Mission Bay
 
barleymash
A gigantic newcomer to the Gaslamp can resemble...
Bars Gaslamp Quarter
 
Blind Lady Ale House
Enjoy sublime pairings of two of the best...
Bars University Heights
 
Bourbon Street
Locals stop by here to meet old friends or make...
Bars, Dance Clubs University Heights
 
Brigantine
The most popular of this local chain's seven...
Bars Point Loma
 
Café Bassam
A Parisian-inspired coffee-sipping experience is...
Cafes Bankers Hill
 
California Ballet Company
The company performs high-quality contemporary...
Dance San Diego
 
California Center for the Arts, Escondido
The center presents mainstream theatrical...
Theater San Diego
 
The Casbah
This small club near the airport, the unofficial...
Music Clubs Gaslamp Quarter
 
Ché Café
This good old-fashioned bastion of...
Music Clubs La Jolla
 
Chuck Jones' Studio Gallery
This gallery, often crowded at night with...
Art Galleries San Diego
 
City Ballet
The ballet holds performances at the Spreckels...
Dance San Diego
 
Claire de Lune
High ceilings and huge arched windows give the...
Cafes North Park
 
Comedy Store La Jolla
Like its sister establishment in Hollywood, this...
Cabaret, Comedy Clubs La Jolla
 
Copley Symphony Hall
The great acoustics here are surpassed only by...
Music San Diego
 
Coronado Playhouse
This cabaret-type theater near the Hotel Del...
Theater San Diego
 
Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
The largest concert venue in town, the...
Music San Diego
 
Croce's
Ingrid Croce books superb acoustic-jazz...
Music Clubs, Piano Bars / Lounges Gaslamp Quarter
 
Cygnet's Old Town Theatre
A 248-seat theater operated by Cygnet Theatre...
Theater San Diego
 
Dick's Last Resort
The surly waitstaff and abrasive service at this...
Bars Gaslamp Quarter
 
Diversionary Theatre
San Diego's premier gay and lesbian company...
Theater San Diego
 
East Village Tavern & Bowl
Twelve bowling lanes means no more hauls to the...
Bars East Village
 
El Agave Tequileria
The bar of this restaurant named for the cactus...
Bars Old Town
 
El Dorado
El Dorado means "The Gold," and that's exactly...
Bars, Dance Clubs East Village
 
Eveoke Dance Theater
San Diego's major avant-garde dance company...
Dance San Diego
 
Extraordinary Desserts
A delicious visual treat, with a lacy, laser-cut...
Cafes Little Italy
 
Extraordinary Desserts
This café lives up to its name, which explains...
Cafes Hillcrest
 
Filter Coffee House
A colorful cast of Hillcrest locals crowds this...
Cafes Hillcrest
 
Firehouse PB
Despite attempts at a South Beach chic in the...
Piano Bars / Lounges Pacific Beach
 
Flagship Cruises and Events
Flagship Cruises welcomes guests aboard with a...
Entertainment Cruises Little Italy
 
Flicks
This hip video bar that's popular with the...
Bars Hillcrest
 
Fluxx
Arguably the hottest club in the Gaslamp, this...
Dance Clubs Gaslamp Quarter
 
Fumari Hookah Lounge
This relaxed café is a dark and cozy spot for...
Cafes Gaslamp Quarter
 
Gelato Vero Caffe
A youthful crowd gathers here for authentic...
Cafes Mission Hills
 
The Grape
Swing by this narrow, Parisian-style wine bar...
Wine Bars Gaslamp Quarter
 
Hamilton's Tavern
More commonly known simply as Hammy's, this bar...
Bars North Park
 
Hard Rock Hotel
A-list wannabes (and a few real celebs) gather in...
Dance Clubs, Piano Bars / Lounges Gaslamp Quarter
 
House of Blues
The local branch of the renowned music chain is...
Music Clubs Gaslamp Quarter
 
Humphrey's by the Bay
From June through September this dining and...
Music Clubs Shelter Island
 
Humphreys Concerts by the Bay
This waterfront, outdoor venue stages intimate...
Concerts San Diego
 
In Cahoots
With a great sound system, large dance floor, and...
Dance Clubs, Music Clubs Mission Valley
 
Industry Showroom
This large space in downtown serves both as a...
Art Galleries San Diego
 
Inn at the Park
This lounge at the Park Manor Suites offers large...
Piano Bars / Lounges Hillcrest
 
Ion Theatre Company
The little theater company that could, most of...
Theater San Diego
 
Jean Isaacs San Diego Dance Theater
The company has earned serious kudos for its...
Dance San Diego
 
Jimmy Love's
This combination dance club, bar, and restaurant...
Bars, Music Clubs Gaslamp Quarter
 
JRDN
This contemporary lounge (pronounced "Jordan")...
Piano Bars / Lounges Pacific Beach
 
Karl Strauss' Brewing Company
San Diego's first mircobrewery now has multiple...
Brewpubs / Beer Gardens, Bars Little Italy
 
Kava Lounge
This free-spirited underground dance club is a...
Dance Clubs Gaslamp Quarter
 
La Jolla Athenaeum Music & Arts Library
The Athenaeum is a membership-supported,...
Music San Diego
 
La Jolla Playhouse
Under the artistic direction of Christopher...
Theater San Diego
 
La Puerta
This Mexican-themed bar and restaurant is great...
Bars Gaslamp Quarter
 
Lamb's Players Theatre
The theater's regular season of five mostly...
Theater San Diego
 
Landmark Theatres
Known for first-run foreign, art, American...
Film San Diego
 
Lei Lounge
This fabulous tropical-theme lounge provides a...
Bars Old Town and Uptown
 
Lestat's Coffee Shop
One of the few San Diego coffee shops that's...
Cafes Old Town and Uptown
 
The Lion's Share
Hemingway would have loved this exquisitely...
Piano Bars / Lounges Embarcadero
 
Lips
Patrons enjoy their dinner while drag queens...
Cabaret, Comedy Clubs North Park
 
Live Wire
A tried-and-true authentic dive just on the...
Bars North Park
 
Living Room
This coffeeshop in an old house has creaky wooden...
Cafes Point Loma
 
Living Room Coffee
The La Jolla outpost of this local coffee...
Gathering Places La Jolla
 
The Local
A decidedly relaxed atmosphere and a...
Bars Gaslamp Quarter
 
The Loft at UCSD
This quaint, comfortable performance space inside...
Concerts San Diego
 
LOUNGEsix
The trendy poolside bar on the fourth floor of...
Piano Bars / Lounges Gaslamp Quarter
 
Lyceum Theatre
Home to the San Diego Repertory Theatre, the...
Theater San Diego
 
Lynx Performance Theatre
This progressive theater space is known for...
Theater San Diego
 
Malashock Dance
The city's esteemed modern dance company,...
Dance San Diego
 
Manhattan of La Jolla
Lovingly referred to as the "Manhattan Lounge" by...
Piano Bars / Lounges La Jolla
 
Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theater
Amateur and professional puppeteers and...
Theater San Diego
 
Martinis Above Fourth
This swank lounge presents live piano, comedy,...
Bars Hillcrest
 
Monkey Paw
What was once a notorious dive bar attracts...
Brewpubs / Beer Gardens East Village
 
Moondoggies
This recently revamped relaxed hangout welcomes...
Bars Pacific Beach
 
Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company
Staging three productions over the year at the...
Theater San Diego
 
Museum of Photographic Arts
In its 226-seat theater, the museum runs a...
Film San Diego
 
Noble Experiment
Speakeasy-style bars have been popping up all...
Piano Bars / Lounges East Village
 
North Coast Repertory Theatre
A diverse mix of comic and dramatic works is...
Theater San Diego
 
Nunu's
This retro-cool hangout with stiff cocktails...
Bars Hillcrest
 
O'Brien's
The self-proclaimed "Hoppiest Place on Earth"...
Bars La Jolla
 
O'Hungry's
This landmark saloon is famous for its yard-long...
Bars Old Town
 
The Old Globe
This complex, comprising the Sheryl and Harvey...
Theater San Diego
 
Onyx Room
Descend a flight of steps to two bars in one. In...
Dance Clubs, Piano Bars / Lounges Gaslamp Quarter
 
Open-Air Theatre
Top-name rock, reggae, and popular artists give...
Music San Diego
 
Orchestra Nova San Diego
From September to May, a 35-plus member ensemble...
Music San Diego
 
Over the Border
This unassuming cinder-block club still hosts...
Music Clubs Gaslamp Quarter
 
Pacific Beach Bar & Grill
Only a block away from the beach, this popular...
Bars Pacific Beach
 
Pacific Shores
This bar isn't going for classy with its...
Bars Ocean Beach
 
Palomar Rooftop Lounge
The fourth-floor rooftop of the Hotel Palomar...
Piano Bars / Lounges Gaslamp Quarter
 
Patrick's II
Patrons enjoy live jazz, blues, soul, and rock in...
Bars Gaslamp Quarter
 
The Pearl Hotel
Step into late '60s Palm Springs, with shag...
Piano Bars / Lounges Point Loma
 
Polite Provisions
Spiked milkshakes and malts enhance the vintage...
Piano Bars / Lounges Old Town and Uptown
 
Prohibition
This underground jazz lounge lives up to its name...
Piano Bars / Lounges Gaslamp Quarter
 
The Propagandist
A nice break from what can be a crazy Downtown...
Piano Bars / Lounges Gaslamp Quarter
 
Prospect Place Fine Art
Etchings and lithographs by 19th- and...
Art Galleries San Diego
 
Quality Social
It's been open several years, but this large,...
Bars Gaslamp Quarter
 
Quint Contemporary Art
For more than 30 years, art lovers and museum...
Art Galleries San Diego
 
Red Fox Steak House
Referred to as Red Fox Room by those in the know,...
Piano Bars / Lounges North Park
 
Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
Movies about space, science, and nature are...
Film San Diego
 
Rich's
The dancing and music here are some of the...
Dance Clubs Hillcrest
 
Rooftop 600 @Andaz
At this rooftop bar and lounge atop the Andaz...
Dance Clubs, Piano Bars / Lounges Gaslamp Quarter
 
RT's Longboard Grill
A young, tanned crowd comes to schmooze and booze...
Bars Pacific Beach
 
San Diego Art + Sol
You can scan arts listings and book tickets...
Tickets San Diego
 
San Diego Asian Film Festival
Over a decade old, this fest (usually held in...
Film San Diego
 
San Diego Ballet
The ballet brings a vast repertory of classic and...
Dance San Diego
 
San Diego Civic Theatre
In addition to being the home of the San Diego...
Theater San Diego
 
San Diego Film Festival
Usually held in late September, this festival...
Film San Diego
 
San Diego Opera
Drawing international performers, the opera's...
Music San Diego
 
San Diego Symphony Orchestra
The orchestra's events include classical concerts...
Music San Diego
 
Scott White Contemporary Art
The local spot to see the next big thing in...
Art Galleries San Diego
 
Seven Grand
This whiskey lounge is a swanky addition to an...
Piano Bars / Lounges North Park
 
Sevilla
For more than two decades, Cafe Sevilla and the...
Dance Clubs Gaslamp Quarter
 
Shakespeare Pub & Grille
This Mission Hills hangout captures all the...
Bars Mission Hills
 
Sherwood Auditorium
The 500-seat auditorium at the Museum of...
Film San Diego
 
Sherwood Auditorium
A 500-seat venue in the La Jolla campus of the...
Music San Diego
 
The Shout! House
Dueling pianos and interactive, rock-and-roll...
Piano Bars / Lounges Gaslamp Quarter
 
Side Bar
One of San Diego's premier clubs has a "more is...
Dance Clubs Gaslamp Quarter
 
Small Bar
True to its name, this University Heights pub is,...
Brewpubs / Beer Gardens University Heights
 
Soda Bar
Don't be fooled by the name. Soda is in short...
Music Clubs Old Town and Uptown
 
Soma
This all-ages club, associated with the San Diego...
Music Clubs Northern San Diego
 
The Spot
Nightlife can be kind of sleepy in affluent La...
Bars La Jolla
 
Spreckels Organ Pavilion
Home of a giant outdoor pipe organ donated to the...
Music San Diego
 
Spreckels Theatre
A landmark theater erected in 1912, the Spreckels...
Theater San Diego
 
Starlight Musical Theatre
A summertime favorite, the Starlight performs a...
Theater San Diego
 
Starlite
Bar-goers are dazzled by Starlite's award-winning...
Piano Bars / Lounges Mission Hills
 
Stingaree
One could argue that Stingaree was the Gaslamp's...
Dance Clubs Gaslamp Quarter
 
The Studio Arts Complex
Several artist studios and fine-art galleries...
Art Galleries San Diego
 
Subtext Gallery
This cute little gallery sells some fantastic...
Art Galleries San Diego
 
Tap Room
Beachside locals have been clamoring for an...
Brewpubs / Beer Gardens Pacific Beach
 
Tavern at the Beach
Drink specials and socializing draw fun-loving...
Bars Pacific Beach
 
Thumbprint Gallery
This quaint little gallery brings a little...
Art Galleries San Diego
 
Ticketmaster
Ticketmaster sells tickets to many...
Tickets San Diego
 
Tiger! Tiger!
A communal vibe prevails at this wood, metal, and...
Brewpubs / Beer Gardens North Park
 
Tio Leo's
Contained inside a Mexican restaurant, this...
Music Clubs Northern San Diego
 
Tivoli
Rumor has it that Wyatt Earp himself threw back a...
Bars Gaslamp Quarter
 
Top of the Hyatt
This lounge at the Manchester Grand Hyatt crowns...
Piano Bars / Lounges Embarcadero
 
Top of the Park
Held only on Friday evenings, this festive...
Bars Hillcrest
 
Toronado
One of San Diego's favorite gathering spots for...
Bars North Park
 
True North
Many long-established locals hate this sports...
Bars North Park
 
Upstart Crow
A bookstore and coffeehouse in one is tucked into...
Cafes Embarcadero
 
Urban Mo's Bar and Grill
Cowboys gather for line dancing and...
Bars, Dance Clubs Hillcrest
 
Valley View Casino Center
Big-name concerts are held at this historic arena...
Music San Diego
 
Viejas Arena
Located on the San Diego State campus, the Viejas...
Music San Diego
 
Vin de Syrah
This "spirit and wine cellar" sends you down a...
Wine Bars Gaslamp Quarter
 
The Vine
Alongside a small-plates food menu, this romantic...
Wine Bars Ocean Beach
 
The Waterfront Bar & Grill
It isn't really on the waterfront, but San...
Bars Little Italy
 
Westgate Hotel Plaza Bar
The old-money surroundings, including...
Piano Bars / Lounges Gaslamp Quarter
 
Whaling Bar & Grill
Nestled inside the historic La Valencia Hotel,...
Piano Bars / Lounges La Jolla
 
Whiskey Girl
A major stop on the bachelorette party circuit...
Bars, Dance Clubs Gaslamp Quarter
 
Whistle Stop Bar
Here's a place to get your groove on to indie,...
Bars North Park
 
The Wine Cabana
A nice and affordable selection of wines and a...
Wine Bars Old Town
 
Wine Steals
This room crackles with excitement on busy...
Wine Bars Hillcrest
 
Winston's
This Ocean Beach rock club in a former bowling...
Music Clubs Ocean Beach
 
Yard House
It's a chain, yes, but you can't really go wrong...
Bars Gaslamp Quarter
 
Zanzibar Café
This cozy, dimly lighted spot along Pacific...
Cafes Pacific Beach

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