Just as San Diego’s city life is that little bit more laid back in comparison to San Francisco or Los Angeles, this also applies to the nightlife. Only to some extent, of course.
The theatre scene is really booming here. There is an array of plays, as well as operas always playing in the city. If you decide on going to the theatre for a change, the best place to get tickets is at the Arts Tix stand/booth in Horton Plaza Park as this is where they are the cheapest.
The jazz scene is another which is thriving in San Diego. There is a number of bands playing the local circuit in the local jazz clubs. Other clubs simply play jazz music without the live bands. There are more and enough to choose from. The Gaslamp Quarter is quickly becoming the jazz centre of the city with many clubs in the area.
Naturally, to feed the appetites of the party animals in the city, Sand Diego is full of clubs and bars with everything from rock music to dance music booming out of the speakers. Ocean Beach and Mission Beach are very popular with night owls, although in later years it seems that everything is centred around, again, the Gaslamp Quarter – make sure if you are going out for the night that you pay the district a visit!
852 Fifth Avenue, Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego, USA
The Onyx Room caters for all tastes as, not only do live bands play frequently but it is also one of the areas liveliest dance clubs.
Closed on Mondays.
2501 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, USA
If you want to see the hottest bands in town, this is where you will have to come to see them. Whether big names, or smaller local acts, The Casbah has the best name for live acts in San Diego.
5028 Newport Ave., Ocean Beach, San Diego, USA
With its rooftop bar overlooking the Pacific Ocean, this Ocean Beach bar is extremely big, and also very popular. Because of California's no-smoking laws, the rooftop is always full of smokers, but this doesn't make it a 'smokey' bar. If you are in Ocean Beach at night, don't leave without having a beer here.
8125 Balboa Ave, San Diego, USA
You can't beat a night out in a 'superclub' and Pure definitely fits into this category. Choose from two huge rooms playing dance music, and sometimes hip-hop/r n'b. It also houses billiard tables and an 'oxygen bar' where you can choose from four different types!
2028 Hancock St, San Diego, USA
This primarily gay nightclub is one of the biggest in town and is renowned for its laser light shows and party atmosphere. Scattered over three floors, you are bound to hear dance music pumping through the speakers in what is one of San Diego's largest clubs.
Hotel La Jolla, La Jolla, San Diego, USA
Jazz music has always been part of the social scene in San Diego, and this is one of the city's landmark clubs. Having been closed for a while, the club re-opened and, once again, was full with people who live for jazz music.
802 Fifth Ave, Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego, USA
As well as being one of the city's best restaurants, Croce's is also a great place in the Gaslamp Quarter to catch a live jazz band. Open until midnight nightly, the 'Top Hat' part of the venue is more known for its rhythm and blues.
3373 Adams Ave., Normal Heights, San Diego, USA
No city is complete without an Irish Bar, and San Diego's one is a bit out of the city, but is guaranteed to give you a night to remember.
79 Broadway Circle, Horton Plaza, San Diego, USA
For those of you are looking for a bit more culture, something which you will not find in many of the bars or clubs, you should try and get tickets for some of the musicals or plays which are held in this theatre.
3999 Mission Blvd, San Diego, USA
While this bar is usually playing dance music, live bands and more alternative tunes can also be heard banging from through the speakers.