San Diego

We’ve compiled the best of the best in San Diego - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Fairweather

    East Village | Bars/Pubs

    Hidden in plain sight next to PETCO Park, Fairweather is an urban tiki oasis with a top-notch cocktail menu that boasts classics like daiquiris...Read More

  • 2. False Idol

    Little Italy | Bars/Pubs

    A walk-in refrigerator harbors the secret entrance to this tiki-themed speakeasy, which is attached to Craft & Commerce. Beneath fishing...Read More

  • 3. Rooftop600 @Andaz

    Gaslamp Quarter | Dance Clubs

    At this rooftop bar and lounge atop the Andaz hotel, a fashionable crowd sips cocktails poolside while gazing at gorgeous views of the city...Read More

  • 4. The Casbah

    Gaslamp Quarter | Music Clubs

    This small club near the airport, the unofficial headquarters of the city's indie music scene, has a national reputation for showcasing up-and...Read More

  • 5. The Waterfront Bar & Grill

    Little Italy | Bars/Pubs

    It isn't really on the waterfront, but San Diego's oldest bar was once the hangout of Italian fishermen. Most of the collars are now white...Read More

  • 6. Vin de Syrah

    Gaslamp Quarter | Wine Bars–Nightlife

    This "spirit and wine cellar" sends you down a rabbit hole (or at least down some stairs) to a whimsical spot straight out of Alice in Wonderland...Read More

  • 7. Westgate Hotel Plaza Bar

    Gaslamp Quarter | Piano Bars/Lounges

    The old-money surroundings, including leather-upholstered seats, marble tabletops, and a grand piano, supply one of the most elegant and romantic...Read More

  • 8. Altitude Sky Lounge

    Gaslamp Quarter | Piano Bars/Lounges

    Location is everything at this sophisticated lounge on the roof of the 22-floor San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter. The views of the Downtown...Read More

  • 9. American Comedy Co.

    Gaslamp Quarter | Comedy Clubs

    At this underground space modeled after the legendary comedy clubs in New York, there's not a bad seat in the house—which is especially great...Read More

  • 10. Bar Basic

    East Village | Bars/Pubs

    This spot is always bustling, in part because it's the place to be seen for Padres fans or anyone else attending events at PETCO Park. True...Read More

  • 11. barleymash

    Gaslamp Quarter | Bars/Pubs

    This gigantic space can resemble either a raucous club or a sports bar, depending on what night you're there. But the drinks are strong and...Read More

  • 12. Cat Eye Club

    East Village | Bars/Pubs

    Separated from the hectic hustle of East Village by just a short and dimly lit foyer, Cat Eye Club might as well be in an entirely different...Read More

  • 13. East Village Tavern & Bowl

    East Village | Bars/Pubs

    Twelve bowling lanes means no more hauls to the suburbs to channel one's inner Lebowski. Lane rental is pricey during prime times, but reasonable...Read More

  • 14. El Dorado

    East Village | Bars/Pubs

    El Dorado means "The Gold," and that's exactly what this hip hangout—part trendy club, part sophisticated speakeasy—has brought to a dodgy strip...Read More

  • 15. Fluxx

    Gaslamp Quarter | Dance Clubs

    Arguably the hottest club in the Gaslamp, this Vegas-style, multitheme space is packed to the gills on weekends with pretty people dancing to...Read More

  • 16. Hard Rock Hotel

    Gaslamp Quarter | Dance Clubs

    A-list wannabes (and a few real celebs) gather in two bars, the loungey 207 off the lobby and the rooftop Float. The latter's Intervention and...Read More

  • 17. House of Blues

    Gaslamp Quarter | Music Clubs

    The local branch of the renowned music chain is decorated floor to ceiling with colorful folk art and features three different areas to hear...Read More

  • 18. Karl Strauss' Brewing Company

    Little Italy | Bars/Pubs

    San Diego's first microbrewery now has multiple locations, but the original one remains a staple. This locale draws an after-work crowd for...Read More

  • 19. Kava Lounge

    Gaslamp Quarter | Dance Clubs

    This free-spirited underground dance club is a favorite of the nightlife-lovin' counterculture. You're likely see the next big thing in electronic...Read More

  • 20. LOUNGEsix

    Gaslamp Quarter | Piano Bars/Lounges

    The trendy poolside bar on the fourth floor of the swank Hotel Solamar is a sexy spot to people-watch while sipping sangria or chili-mango margaritas...Read More

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