Nightlife Issue

After Dark: San Diego Nightlife

Life begins when the day ends

Hipness, hobnobbery, and crullers at 4am.

Art after dark

Traditional art shows can be boring. You go for the free wine and cheese, stroll around the gallery, and are in and out in less time than it took to find parking. But it doesn’t ...

Jazz Joints

If you know where to go, the dedicated jazz fan can find something happening in San Diego seven days a week. Here are eight recommended spots: The New Dizzy’s All ages. Cover: $15, $10 students. ...

Eat the Night Away

Just starting out the evening and need to pre-game? Head to Kensington first. If beer’s your thing, Clem’s Tap House, which serves organized flights of fancy beers at reasonable prices. It’s more of a tasting ...

Dance the Night Away

Where to get your groove on, however you get your groove on.

Wallflowers beware: addictive beats and tasty elixirs move San Diego’s dance scene to a new state of trance. We rhythm seekers live forever on the dance floor and DJs always play our favorite songs. From ...

Barbarella's menu for a perfect night out

STARTERS: Wine Vault & Bistro One of the best dining deals in town, this hidden gem is tucked away atop of Midtown’s International Restaurant Row (on India near Washington). Enjoy three courses of finely executed ...

Rockin' and rollin' all night long

San Diego's best rock clubs

Winstons A slice of history in the midst of Ocean Beach, Winstons dates back to 1986 and retains that wonderful sense of all things hippie. That means Dead tributes and jam bands and reggae groups ...

Groovy nightlife in Tijuana

We’ve all heard the story by now: 9/11-mania brought the border to a halt. Tourism died. Tijuana got bad. Locals stopped going out. Locals got tired of not going out. La Mezcalera opened. Locals went ...

100+ Places to Go After Dark in San Diego

Nighttime to-dos

Nighttime to-dos: Speakeasies, dive bars, hipsters, art exhibitions, brewskies, craft cocktails, and more!

Artsy Funsy

Artsy Places to Go After Dark in San Diego

San Diego's late-night art scene: Art in the Park, Drink & Draw, Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School, Pasaje Rodriguez, and more.

Mix Masters

Places to Go for Drinks in San Diego

The Tractor Room Inspired by the barnyard speakeasies of Prohibition-era rural Chicago, the Tractor Room’s cocktails cater to those who relish poison in their potion. After all, what’s the point of ordering a $10 drink ...

Brew Ha Ha

Places to Grab a Cold One

Monkey Paw For most, laying claim to three of the most widely respected craft-beer bars in a city obsessed with artisanal suds would be enough. But not for Scot Blair. The neighborhood-watering-hole mogul behind Hamilton’s ...

Kick Up Your Heels

Places to Go Dancing in San Diego

Shake your groove thang on dance floors from La Jolla to TJ.

Fast, Cheap, and Out of Control

Dive Bars in San Diego

Tin Can Alehouse At the Tin Can Alehouse you can see some of the coolest local and touring underground bands for $5–$7 Monday–Saturday. Or you could just wait a year and see some of those ...

Hip Hip ... Hooray!

Hipster Places in San Diego

SD's hipster scene: Don a pair of oversized glasses, skinny jeans, and an ironic t-shirt, then put a bird on it and head out.

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