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Wee Hours in San Diego

Where to go when you're not ready to go home yet.

Brian's 24 — always open. - Image by Chris Woo
Brian's 24 — always open.
Place

Spin Nightclub

2028 Hancock Street, San Diego

Spin Nightclub

This three-story, 10,000-square-foot club in industrial Middletown stays open until 6:00 a.m. and is home to two of our most spectacular underground-bass nights.

For the past year-and-a-half, Wobble Events has hosted out-of-town electronic luminaries, many for the first time, such as Tipper, Eskmo, Mimosa, Pumpkin, and Kraddy.

Between the explosive energy, lasers, circus hijinks, and aerial dancers twirling above the dance floor, this urban carnival is the closest you’ll get to Burning Man without leaving the city limits.

Likewise, four-year-strong Elev8 is spearheading San Diego’s glitch and dubstep scene by bringing landmark artists such as Love and Light, Bird of Prey, and Goosebumpz.

Place

Onyx/Thin

852 Fifth Avenue, San Diego

Onyx Room

Open till 4:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, Onyx plays host to a variety of popular nightlife diversions: burlesque shows, Latin-jazz bands, top-40 DJs, and contemporary R&B.

Though rarely meriting “plan A” status for the evening, it’s worth a visit if you find yourself downtown at bar-close with midnight oil to burn.

Expect to pay about a zillion dollars for cover and cocktails; though, in fairness, the venue’s literally underground location and cavernous performance space make for a unique late night on the town.

Place

Brian's 24

828 Sixth Avenue, San Diego

Brian's 24

This place is a not-so-sober shit show come 2:00 a.m., which makes for excellent people-watching (if you can manage it in the dim lighting).

Portions are large, and they have everything from chicken and waffles to a Philly cheese-steak to a triple-decker PB&J. Not the healthiest options, but the convenient Sixth Avenue location makes for a perfect post-party stop — once you’ve been kicked out of every bar downtown. The food’s good but not great: Brian’s has been called “the upscale Denny’s.” The plus side? It never closes. Ever.

Place

Lestat's Coffee House

3343 Adams Avenue, San Diego

Place

Lestat's on Park

4496 Park Avenue, San Diego

Lestat's

From old men sketching colored-pencil portraits to students flipping through textbooks to travelers browsing maps on laptops, you’re liable to encounter just about anybody at this 24-hour coffee shop with locations in Normal Heights (which hosts comedy on Tuesdays) and (more recently) University Heights.

The shop is spacious but has a cozy Edwardian vibe, no doubt in tribute to the notorious vampire for which it is named.

There’s live music most nights of the week, chiefly of the solo dude/chick-with-a-guitar variety. You’re not the only one up at 4:42 in the morning.

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Brian's 24 — always open. - Image by Chris Woo
Brian's 24 — always open.
Place

Spin Nightclub

2028 Hancock Street, San Diego

Spin Nightclub

This three-story, 10,000-square-foot club in industrial Middletown stays open until 6:00 a.m. and is home to two of our most spectacular underground-bass nights.

For the past year-and-a-half, Wobble Events has hosted out-of-town electronic luminaries, many for the first time, such as Tipper, Eskmo, Mimosa, Pumpkin, and Kraddy.

Between the explosive energy, lasers, circus hijinks, and aerial dancers twirling above the dance floor, this urban carnival is the closest you’ll get to Burning Man without leaving the city limits.

Likewise, four-year-strong Elev8 is spearheading San Diego’s glitch and dubstep scene by bringing landmark artists such as Love and Light, Bird of Prey, and Goosebumpz.

Place

Onyx/Thin

852 Fifth Avenue, San Diego

Onyx Room

Open till 4:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, Onyx plays host to a variety of popular nightlife diversions: burlesque shows, Latin-jazz bands, top-40 DJs, and contemporary R&B.

Though rarely meriting “plan A” status for the evening, it’s worth a visit if you find yourself downtown at bar-close with midnight oil to burn.

Expect to pay about a zillion dollars for cover and cocktails; though, in fairness, the venue’s literally underground location and cavernous performance space make for a unique late night on the town.

Place

Brian's 24

828 Sixth Avenue, San Diego

Brian's 24

This place is a not-so-sober shit show come 2:00 a.m., which makes for excellent people-watching (if you can manage it in the dim lighting).

Portions are large, and they have everything from chicken and waffles to a Philly cheese-steak to a triple-decker PB&J. Not the healthiest options, but the convenient Sixth Avenue location makes for a perfect post-party stop — once you’ve been kicked out of every bar downtown. The food’s good but not great: Brian’s has been called “the upscale Denny’s.” The plus side? It never closes. Ever.

Place

Lestat's Coffee House

3343 Adams Avenue, San Diego

Place

Lestat's on Park

4496 Park Avenue, San Diego

Lestat's

From old men sketching colored-pencil portraits to students flipping through textbooks to travelers browsing maps on laptops, you’re liable to encounter just about anybody at this 24-hour coffee shop with locations in Normal Heights (which hosts comedy on Tuesdays) and (more recently) University Heights.

The shop is spacious but has a cozy Edwardian vibe, no doubt in tribute to the notorious vampire for which it is named.

There’s live music most nights of the week, chiefly of the solo dude/chick-with-a-guitar variety. You’re not the only one up at 4:42 in the morning.

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