arrow-down arrow-left arrow-right arrow-up play-button plus tab-indicator dots close menu search facebook google-plus instagram pinterest rss twitter youtube rss-two heart Check FeaturedBadge linkedin minus apps placeholder linkedin

Ultimate Night Downtown

The definitive list of all the spots you should hit

This Ultimate Night Downtown will guide a reader from happy hour to dinner, then maybe a craft cocktail lounge, a rooftop bar and finally a pulsing nightclub.

NEED TO GET IT ALL IN IN ONE NIGHT?

Local DJs Schoeny and Ayla Simone have come up with the definitive list of all the spots you should hit to get the most out of your sundown shenanigans. This list will guide a reader from happy hour to dinner, then maybe a craft cocktail lounge, a rooftop bar and finally a pulsing nightclub. Oh yeah, and there's always time for a burrito after the bars.

Ultimate Night Out

6:30 PM - DINNER - FLORENT RESTAURANT & LOUNGE

Okay, so you have to eat…but who says dinner can't be part of the party? Florent is a restaurant, lounge and nightclub all wrapped into one beautifully designed package. Its "Modern American meets Global Gastro" menu includes short rib rigatoni, seared big eye tuna, zucchini florentine and some irresistible Brussels sprouts. Try some whimsical cocktails, like the Southside Gimlet or Maui Mule, and peruse the extensive wine and beer menu.

"The food is amazing! Many local ingredients and sophisticated dishes. Plus their cocktails are spectacular. On Fridays and Saturdays they also have a lounge DJ during dinner hours before their club DJ arrives." - DJ Ayla Simone

Other Options: Rustic Root, BASIC Urban Kitchen + Bar

Ultimate Night Out

8:00 PM - LOUNGE - PROHIBITION

Now that you have a full belly of food, it's time for the night to pick up speed. Head to Prohibition, a speakeasy inconspicuously hidden behind a door reading "Law Offices of Edward Joseph O'Hare, Esq." Inside, you'll go down the stairs to a darkly lit lounge that dishes amazing craft cocktails and an unbeatable, intimate vibe. Often times there will be a full band playing in the corner...an opportunity for you to loosen up those dance moves if you feel so obliged.

Other Options: Vin de Syrah, Noble Experiment

Ultimate Night Out

9:00 PM - ROOFTOP BAR - THE ROOFTOP BY STK AT ANDAZ

The rooftop bar experience is a must in downtown San Diego, so make your way to The Rooftop by STK at Andaz. On San Diego's largest rooftop lounge—high above the Gaslamp Quarter—you can get a great cocktail while soaking up the breathtaking views of the city. Consider it a brief moment of relative calm (there's still a bumping DJ and plenty of excitement) before you enter the electric jungle of San Diego's club scene.

Other Options: The Nolen, ALTITUDE Sky Lounge

Ultimate Night Out

10:00 PM - NIGHTCLUB - BANG BANG

Okay, it's game time. Bang Bang features a modern Japanese design with a restaurant lounge on one side and a dance club on the other, where DJs will spin some of the best deep house sets around...all under the West Coast's largest disco ball. The attention to detail throughout the entire establishment is incredible...just wait until you see the Ryan Gosling-covered ladies' room. Gents, yours is plastered in retro Godzilla posters. If you're hungry again, now is your chance to grab some awesome sushi rolls including the Kill Bill, Hello Kitty and—you guessed it—The Gosling and Godzilla rolls.

"Bang Bang books a lot of the indie dance and deep house artists that are well known internationally." - DJ Ayla Simone


Other Options: Sidebar, Analog

Ultimate Night Out

12:00 AM - PREMIER CLUB - OMNIA

Now to the big show. Downtown San Diego is home to some of the hottest clubs in the entire country, featuring big name DJs, epic venues and killer atmospheres.  Omnia has been at the center of the San Diego club scene for years now, and it always ranks among the top nightclubs in the nation. Similar to it's sister club in Las Vegas, this club has top-of-the-line lights, sound, dancers and energy. With connections to the biggest names in the industry, every weekend offers someone new. Don't be surprised if you run into a celebrity or two as you vibe out with this Vegas-level experience.

Other Option: Parq

Ultimate Night Out

2:00 AM - LATE NIGHT EATS

You did it! You've raged with the best of them in the ultimate night out in downtown San Diego. You're sure to have worked your appetite back up with all that dancing, jumping, mingling and partying, and there might be a cocktail or two in your belly that needs to be soaked up.

Many San Diegans choose one of countless burrito spots to find their post-club sustenance. If you do, order a California Burrito (stuffed with carne asada and French fries). It's a San Diego staple. If you want a slice of pizza, you can't get better than Buona Forchetta or Ciro's—popular refueling stations for locals.

Find a place to stay

Book online or call 1-800-350-6205 to speak with a local expert

Related Articles and Features

Deals just for you

Accommodation

AAA & CAA Member Rate

Best Western Plus Island Palms Hotel & Marina
Valid: Jan 12, 2021 - ongoing

AAA and CAA Members save 10% off of our Flexible Rate. Valid membership card required at check-in. Your health and safety is our top priority, although we are open, we encourage you to read what we...

Accommodation

Plan Now, Pack Later Offer

The Dana on Mission Bay
Valid: Jan 13 - ongoing

Why not secure a San Diego getaway at one of the city's premier waterfront resorts in 2021? Enjoy special savings of up to 20% off our Best Flexible Rate when you book at least 60 days in advance. To...

Tours & Sightseeing

Save 20% on an Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure

Amazing Scavenger Hunts by Urban Adventure Quest
Valid: Jan 1 - ongoing

Turn San Diego's Old Town or Balboa Park into a giant game board with this fun Scavenger Hunt Adventure. Combine the excitement of the Amazing Race with a three-hour city tour. Guided from any smart...

Events to check out

Event

That Good Good Market

Aug 8, 2021

That Good Good Market is an entirely vegan market that takes place on the second Sunday and last Thursday of every month. The event is located just 10 minutes from downtown San Diego at a new event...

Event

Mission Federal ArtWalk

ArtWalk San Diego
Oct 2 - Oct 3, 2021

Mission Fed ArtWalk is returning to the streets of Little Italy with an in-person event on Saturday, October 2 and Sunday, October 3.

Event

Nighttime Zoo at the San Diego Zoo

San Diego Zoo
Jul 20 - Sep 6, 2021

Stay after dark and help us celebrate summer during Nighttime Zoo. Come "rock and roar" every day this summer with live music and other amazing entertainment experiences. There's so much to do, see...

Stay in touch

Sign up to receive the latest news, events, and updates about San Diego. Our monthly and weekly newsletters will keep you informed about the latest and greatest happenings in the destination.

Sign Up

Partners

Explore

Plan

Stay

Follow Us

Language:

English | Change Language

Select your country or region

China FlagChinaGermany FlagGermanyGreat Britain FlagGreat BritainJapan FlagJapanMexico FlagMexicoKorea FlagKoreaSwitzerland FlagSwitzerlandBrazil FlagBrazilFrance FlagFranceAustralia FlagAustraliaCanada FlagCanada USA

Or use Google Translate

Afrikaans Albanian Arabic Belarusian Bulgarian Catalan Croatian Czech Danish Deutsch Español Estonian Filipino Finnish Francais Galician Greek Haitian-Creole Hebrew Hindi Hungarian Icelandic Indonesian Irish Italian Japanese Korean Latvian Lithuanian Macedonian Malay Maltese Nederlands Norwegian Persian Polish Portuguese Romanian Russian Serbian Slovak Slovenian Swahili Swedish Telugu Thai Turkish Ukranian Vietnamese Welsh Yiddish