When the sun goes down, the natives get restless. Many head for their nearest watering hole, while the more sophisticated leave their beachwear behind, freshen up and slip into something slinky, stylish and fashionable. They head to the best nightclubs and start moving to the rhythm of the music. In addition to these recommendations, our many casinos offer the best in top name entertainment, as does Humphreys by the Bay and Coors Amphitheater.
San Diego Nightclubs
San Diego Happy Hours
|Balboa Park||The Prado Restaurant||Tues. to Fri.||4-6pm,8-10pm||Mexican|
|Carlsbad||Dini’s Bistro By the Sea||Mon. to Fri.||4pm to 7pm||California Cuisine|
|Coronado||Il Fornaio||Mon. to Thurs.||5pm to 6:30pm||Italian Gourmet|
|Del Mar||Il Fornaio||Mon. to Thurs.||5pm to 6:30pm||Italian Gourmet|
|Downtown||Cafe Sevilla Restaurant||Daily||5pm to 6:30pm||Spanish|
|Downtown||Fred’s Mexican Cafe||Mon. to Fri.||4pm to 7pm||Mexican|
|Downtown||Anthology||Tues. to Fri.||5:30 to 7:30pm||California Cuisine|
|East County||Casa de Pico Restaurant||Mon. to Fri.||3pm to 7pm||Mexican|
|Escondido||Miller’s Field||Mon. to Fri.||3pm to 7pm||American|
|Harbor Island||C Level Lounge||Mon. to Fri.||3:30pm to 5:30pm||California Cuisine|
|La Jolla||Truluck’s||Mon. to Fri.||5pm to 7pm||Seafood|
|Mission Valley||Albie’s Beef Inn||Mon. to Fri.||4pm to 7pm||Steak House|
|Mission Valley||Bully’s East||Mon. to Fri.||4:30pm to 6pm||Steak House|
|Ocean Beach||Kaiserhof Restaurant||Tues. to Fri.||4pm to 7pm||German|
|Oceanside||333 Pacific||Daily||3pm to 7pm||Seafood Fine Dining|
|Oceanside||Harney Sushi||Daily||10pm to 12am||Sushi|
|Old Town||Casa Guadalajara||Mon. to Fri.||4pm to 7pm||Mexican|
|Old Town||Fred’s Mexican Cafe||Mon. to Fri.||4pm to 7pm||Mexican|
|Old Town||Harney Sushi||Daily||10pm to 12am||Sushi|
|Old Town||Old Town Mexican Cafe||Mon. to Fri.||3pm to 7pm||Mexican|
|Pacific Beach||Fred’s Mexican Cafe||Mon. to Fri.||4pm to 7pm||Mexican|
|Point Loma||Fiddler’s Green||Daily||5pm to 7pm||Steak & Seafood|
|Point Loma||Humphreys Restaurant||Mon. to Fri.||4:30pm to 6:30pm||Seafood Fine Dining|
San Diego Live Music & DJ’s
San Diego Symphony
San Diego Live Theatre
Lambs Players Theatre
New Village Arts Theatre
San Diego Late Night Dining
Downtown Dinner Cruises
Hornblower Nightly Sunset Dinner Cruises, 1066 N. Harbor Dr., at the Embarcadero, Downtown (619-686-8715). Age: 30+. Dinner cruises nightly 7 p.m.–10 p.m. starting at ($58.95). Reservations recommended. Boarding begins a half hour before cruises. For $5 off Dinner Cruises, use their discount coupon in the SAN DIEGAN for up to 6 people!
Flagship Cruises & Events, 1050 N. Harbor Dr., at the foot of Broadway, Downtown (619-234-4111). Age: 30+. Boarding time is 7 p.m. Nightly dinner cruise 7:30 p.m.–10 p.m. ($55–$74 latter price includes unlimited bar). Prices are ($5) more on Fri. and Sat. You can save 25 percent off your dinner cruise with their discount coupon in this book. Offer good up to 6 persons.
San Diego Casinos & Gambling
Casino Gaming, Just Like Vegas
Get Lucky at the Slot Machines
Exciting Black Jack Tables
Downtown San Diego Nightlife
San Diego’s historical Gaslamp Quarter is a 16-block area between Fourth and Sixth avenues and Broadway and the waterfront. It’s filled with popular nightclubs, galleries, shops and restaurants. During the day it’s a great place to dine and shop and when the sun goes down it’s the place for bar hopping and dancing.
The Bitter End, at the corner of Fifth Avenue and F Street, Gaslamp Quarter (619-338-9300). Age: 21+. Cover charge: ($10) beginning at 9:30 p.m. Enjoy 25 different martinis at this very popular cocktail lounge. It has a high-energy dance club called The Underground, a stage for live entertainment and the Onyx bar.
Cafe Sevilla Restaurant, Tapas Bar & Club, 555 Fourth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter (619-233-5979). Age: 21+. Enjoy dinner and dancing at this Spanish-themed bar and club. They have a popular Gypsy dinner show Sat. ($47.50) and Sun. ($39.50), 7 p.m.–9:30 p.m. in the downstairs nightclub.
Dick’s Last Resort, 345 Fourth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter (619-231-9100). Age: 21+. No cover charge. Open daily 11 a.m.–1:30 a.m., nightclub open till 2 a.m. nightly. Dick’s Last Resort is an unpretentious and unsophisticated yet highly popular bar and restaurant. Live entertainment nightly and patio dining.
Elephant & Castle Pub and Restaurant in the Holiday Inn, 1355 N. Harbor Dr., Downtown (619-234-9977). This restaurant has a definite British feel. Have a cold ale while you dine on your favorite British dishes.
The Field, 544 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter (619-232-9840). Age: 21+. This is a 100 percent Irish pub in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter. Even the bartenders and waiters are authentic Irish! Fun, lively pub atmosphere.
Gaslamp Tavern, 868 Fifth Ave., at the corner of Fifth Avenue and E Street, Gaslamp Quarter (619-239-3339). Age: 21+. This is a great place to meet to enjoy a cocktail, cold beer and tasty tavern-style food. It has a casual atmosphere and eleven high definition plasma TVs featuring sporting events. Sidewalk patio seating.
House of Blues, 1055 Fifth Ave., Downtown (619-299-2583). Age: 21+. Open 11 a.m.–midnight. This renowned company’s ninth club features a multi-level music hall. Live national and local performers. Dance floor, bar, café and restaurant.
Onyx/Thin, 852 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter (619-235-6699). Age: 21+. Thin is the modern and sleek upstairs bar/ lounge with downtempo. Onyx is its sister club located underground. It has a cocktail lounge and dance hall, live music and DJs on weekends.
Shakespeare Pub & Grille, 3701 India St., Middletown (619-299-0230). This authentic British pub and restaurant is a local favorite. It’s a great place for a filling meal with friends.
Top of the Hyatt at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel, 1 Market Pl., Downtown (619-232-1234). Age: 21+. This bar on the 40th floor of the Hyatt Hotel offers the best view of San Diego, the Bay and Coronado.
Yard House Restaurant & Bar, 1023 Fourth Ave., Downtown (619-233-9273). Age: 21+. No cover charge. The Yard House is famous for its distinctive oval-shaped bar featuring over 100 beers on tap. It’s noisy, trendy and fun and perfect for groups. Dance club downstairs featuring hiphop and top 40.
Mission Bay & Pacific Beach Nightlife
Fred’s Mexican Cafe, 1165 Garnet Ave., Pacific Beach (858-483-8226). Age 21+. Open 11:30 a.m.–1 a.m. daily. Enjoy cold margaritas and a large tequila selection at this popular restaurant and bar. Sidewalk patio. They also have locations in the Gaslamp Quarter at 527 Fifth Ave. (619-232-8226) and Old Town at 2470 San Diego Ave. (619-858-8226).
Miller’s Field, 4465 Mission Blvd., Pacific Beach (858-483-4143). Open Mon.-Fri., 11:30 a.m.-2 a.m.; Sat.-Sun., 9 a.m.-2 a.m. ($5.95-$16.95). This is the best place to watch your favorite sporting event in Pacific Beach. With two huge bars, a rooftop deck with amazing ocean views and more than 25 high definition TVs, this place is absolutely packed on game days. The friendly atmosphere, excellent food and great sports coverage make Miller’s Field the place to go for game day. Upstairs patio and bar available for special events.
RT’s Longboard Grill, 1466 Garnet Ave., Pacific Beach (858-270-4030). Age: 21+. Open daily 11:30 a.m.–10 p.m., bar open till 2 a.m. Happy Hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Casual beach bar with 12 brews on tap. It’s a natural magnet for good food and fun, or for watching your favorite game. Live music five nights a week.
Tap Room Beer and Pizza Point, 1269 Garnet Ave. across from Henry’s Marketplae supermarket, Pacific Beach (858-274-7014). This restaurant bar features only local award-winning microbrews, plus wine and Vodka martinis. These excellent microbreweries include Karl Strauss, Stone Brewing Co., Ballast Point, Pizza Port, Green Flash and AleSmith. Complementing this host of delicious beverages are more than a dozen flat-screen TVs where you can watch your favorite sporting event.
Mission Valley & Kearny Mesa Nightlife
94th Aero Squadron, 8885 Balboa Ave., San Diego (858-560-6771). Age: 21+. Call for event info, they also have a great piano lounge.
Albie’s Beef Inn, 1201 Hotel Circle So., Mission Valley (619-291-1103). 45 year legend draws diners for their great food and popular piano bar. Live entertainment in the piano bar Tues.-Sat. starting at 6:30 p.m. They also have a great happy hour Mon.-Fri., 3:30 p.m.-7 p.m. with double well drinks and complimentary hors d’oeuvres.
In Cahoots, 5373 Mission Center Rd., Mission Valley (619-291-8635). Age: 21+. Line dance at San Diego’s number one home of country music. Free country dance lessons five nights a week.
Kelly’s Steakhouse & Irish Pub at the Town & Country Resort, 500 Hotel Circle N., Mission Valley. (619-291-2232). This lively piano bar hosts nightly sing-alongs and serves some of the best slow-roasted prime rib you’ve ever tasted.
Coastal North San Diego County Nightlife
Coyote Bar & Grill, 300 Carlsbad Village Dr. in the Village Faire Shopping Center (760-729-4695). Age: 30+. Open daily from 11 a.m., bar is open until 12:30 a.m. Sun.–Thurs. and till 2 a.m. Fri. and Sat. Listen to live music while you dance under the stars. Fire pits on the patio and entertainment nightly. Extensive tequila list.
Dancing The Alley, 421 Grand Ave., Carlsbad (760-434-1173). This small dance joint only serves beer, wine and liquor. Karaoke Tue.–Wed. Live top 40 and pop music Thurs.–Sat. from 9 p.m.
Dini’s Bistro By the Sea, 3290 Carlsbad Blvd. Carlsbad (760-434-6000). In addition to being a great place to dine, Dini’s is definitely one of the liveliest and most popular cocktail lounges in all of North County. And if you’re a sports fan that enjoys camaraderie, pretty girls and lots laughter, this is the place.
Monterey Bay Canners, 1325 N. Harbor Dr., Oceanside (760-722-3474). Great Happy Hour daily specials 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Lounge open Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-midnight, Fri. & Sat., 11 a.m.-1:30 a.m., Sun. 9:30 a.m.-midnight. Call for entertainment schedule.
Ocean House at Carlsbad Village, 300 Carlsbad Village Dr., Carlsbad (760-729–4131). Happy Hour Mon.-Fri. 3 p.m.-6 p.m. DJ and live music on varied nights.
Tom Giblin’s, 640-A Grand Ave., Carlsbad (760-729-7234). You’ll get into the spirit of the Old Sod at this an authentic Irish pub. They have 12 premium draft beers and a range of Scottish and Irish whiskeys.
Chula Vista & South Bay Nightlife
La Bella Cafe & Games 373 Third Ave. (619-426-8830) is the most popular pizza restaurant in Chula Vista. Boasting 55 years in business, they truly have it all including a huge games parlour. Yet, the games are just the latest attraction to go along with entertaining the hundreds of families who dine here everyday.Their game parlor, which is celebrating four years of success now brings lots of happy diners back again and again. It’s filled with every game you can imagine including X-Box games, pinball machines, pool tables, dart boards and more.