Best San Diego Nightclubs
San Diego is known for its great weather, beautiful beaches, and laid back attitude. When the sun sets on warm San Diego, its inhabitants move away from playing in the shores and in the waters, to go deeper into town to enjoy some of the attractions to finish off their fun filled day. In San Diego, you’ll find a variety of nightlife and clubs that you can enjoy no matter what type of a mood you are in.
The most common answers one might hear to the question of the “best nightclub” in San Diego are the largest clubs that shell out the most money to feature the biggest DJs and live performers. However, the best and hottest nightclub in San Diego – in terms of how much fun YOU personally will have – will of course depend on your music preference and budget.
All things amazing happen here
Arguably the best nightclub in San Diego, located in the heart of the Gaslamp district, the all new Nova San Diego pulls out all the stops when it comes to creating an enjoyable experience for its guests. The club was spearheaded by the Hakkasan Group who created Omnia based off of its namesake in Las Vegas. Now, run by Insomniac (the team behind EDC) you can have an amazing experience that is even customizable to meet your requirements, if you book an event in advance. The club regularly features the top EDM and Hip-Hop talent that attract huge crowds and is always known to be busy after dinnertime. With multiple levels and even a rooftop patio, you’ll want to get lost in the magic of Omnia in the midst of the confetti and lasers. You can either book bottle service at Nova, buy Nova SD tickets, or wait 6 months for our free Nova San Diego guest list to go live.
A well rounded team makes Parq a one stop shop for dinner and bottle service
Located in between 6th and Broadway in the Gaslamp district of San Diego, Parq SD gives their guests an unparalleled night of entertainment that is brought together by the efforts of the leaders in the restaurant and nightclub industries. At Parq you get treated with high quality VIP experience and bottle service as you enjoy and bump along to a Hip-Hop setlist curated by the minds of DJs Crooked, Hollywood, CLA, Dynamiq, Mustard and more as well as enjoy live performances by artists like Tyga or G-Eazy. Not to mention, the club has the newest and latest advancements in technology and entertainment to help them create an unforgettable experience with superior sound, lighting, and design.
Get ready for a late night on the dance floor with champagne showers
Side Bar is the exquisite hybrid of both an ultra-lounge and nightclub that is located in Downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter. At Side Bar you’ll get to choose between a late night on the dance floor with unexpected champagne showers and sparkling chaos, or a classy rendezvous with your friends, complete with delicious bites and libations. Whether you want to feel fearless and wild or are going for more of a sophisticated and chill vibe, Side Bar has the best of both worlds. Allow yourself to get lured in with subtle distractions, such as the unique collection of erotic paintings and décor. The custom-designed ambient lighting and unpredictable bottle parades will keep you yearning for more at the club. Side Bar offers an experience that is both stimulating and suggestive…it just depends on where you’re standing. Free guest list available.
If tequila is your thing, then so is this spot
The “Bad Ass” Mexican restaurant and bar revolution located in San Diego’s Historic Gaslamp Quarter takes its inspiration from Pancho Villa and the pistoleros of the Mexican Revolution. El Chingon is a restaurant by day which transforms into a high energy club after dinner – The restaurant features an exciting menu with both Mexican classics and alcohol all made with the best of the best when it comes to ingredients and spirits. Along with their curated selection of tequilas, mezcales and sotoles, they also have a carefully crafted drink menu that will pair perfectly with any menu item or stand boldly alone like the Mexican Firing Squad or the Battle of Juarez! From the authentic, traditional flavors of their delicious Mexican cuisine, unforgettable ambiance, and eye-catching décor, to the nightly entertainment and endless list of Tequilas and Mezcals, you will truly experience the definition of “Bad Ass” at this eclectic, fun, and authentic Mexican locale.
High energy, intimate type of place that has great visual technology
Bassmnt is the most electrifying underground nightclub to hit the San Diego Downtown scene. Bassmnt is a uniquely designed venue that perfectly blends together cutting-edge audio-visual technology with a rugged ultra-modern feel in an incredible historic property. The club is separated into three rooms of endless energy and intense musical pulse where the sickest EDM beats and Hip-Hop tracks are blaring as the guests of the club dance the night away. In all areas of the club, whether it is on one of the multiple dance floors or in the VIP sections, Bassmnt strives to provide its guests with the right blend of playful atmosphere, extraordinary touch of ambiance, and top notch hospitality.
One of the best views of downtown San Diego the city has to offer
Perched 22 stories above the historic Gaslamp Quarter, Altitude Sky Lounge is an elite rooftop bar in San Diego that pairs stunning panoramic views with a sleek, modern atmosphere that is complete with a blazing fire pit and an unmissable happy hour. The lounge not only offers unparalleled views of the City Skyline and San Diego Bay but also a fine selection of wine, beer and cocktails for their bottle service. Be sure to munch on an impressive array of appetizers, flatbreads, burgers and more as you take in the Coronado Island, Coronado Bridge, Point Loma, and even Petco Park for a superior viewing of an ongoing Padres game.
Historic venue that is open after hours to keep the party going all night long
Spin is one of the oldest nightclub venues in San Diego. The club was established in 1989 and is the reinvention of Club Montage, the first and only true after-hours dance club in San Diego. Voted Club of the year various times in its history, it has been a trend setter and part of the EDM movement and the uprise of the gay circuit by exposing the world most elite artists and performers to an industry of music enthusiasts every weekend. At the club you will be able to experience top of the line internationally known artists and DJs such as Tiesto, Armin van Buuren, Paul Oakenfold, David Guetta, Mstrkrft and more. Guests will be able to enjoy three floors with the best sound in San Diego hands down as well as free parking 3 designated areas to smoke, an open air rooftop, a bar at every room and floor, kinetic lighting and lasers, a CO2 gas cooling system until the early hours of 4-5am.
Always in a state of flux, you never know what themed party you’ll be walking into
Conveniently located near the Convention Center and Gaslamp hotels, Fluxx is the Gaslamp Quarter’s most unique experiential nightlife venue showcasing intimate live music performances by today’s hottest artists and top-tier DJs. Gaining a reputation over the years for its over-the-top themed rooms, at Fluxx you’ll be able to experience everything from live mermaids to gigantic neon mushrooms seeping with fog to storm troopers to Marrakesh inspired belly dancers. Home to San Diego’s elite, Fluxx surpasses the standard VIP experience by making their clients feel at home with the highest-class service. What sets this club apart from the others on this list is that they are the only ones that are 18+, if you have any friends who haven’t hit their 21st birthday yet but still love to party this is the place to be. Guest list available on the app!
Mavericks Beach Club
Mavericks combines chill vibes of the beach with poppin’ bottles
Mavericks Beach Club is located just steps from the ocean in Pacific Beach. Designed as a multi-level entertainment complex with 5 indoor/outdoor bars, you’ll be able to truly enjoy yourself at Mavericks Beach Club. The venue has 38 TVs to keep their guests entertained as they enjoy Baja-inspired food fresh from the restaurant. Mavericks pays homage to California’s largest surf break and one of the world’s top surfing destinations, capturing and celebrating California’s infectious beach and surf culture while providing an all-around, daily beach party.
Standing the test of time, Sevilla offers everything from DJ’s to dance lessons
Known as one of the longest running nightclubs in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter, Sevilla Nightclub has remained a top destination for San Diego nightlife. This stand-out nightlife club delivers a unique atmosphere with the best in live entertainment including turn-table DJs and live bands nightly. They offer a top of the line sound/lighting system, VIP bottle service amenities, intimate dance floor, plush lounge areas, a wrap-around bar and even dance lessons for patrons that take place earlier in the night.
To keep up with the constantly changing San Diego party scene as well as find the perfect fit for you, you can use the Discotech app – to search nightclub events by the specific dates you’ll be in town, and then buy tickets, sign up for guest lists, or even reserve tables if you’re feeling super-fancy. The app event info refreshes daily, pulling from various San Diego entertainment online resources including the official websites of the clubs themselves, so it’s always current, accurate, and in the know.
A couple things of note: 1) America’s Finest City is different from other cities in that the nightclub scene is practically dead from Sundays to Wednesdays. 2) Related to that, Thursday nights are much more lively in San Diego than they are in most other cities, owing to San Diego’s large population of twentysomething locals and transplants. After perusing the app to get ideas on where to go, don’t hesitate to ask a local friend – or reach out to our help line – for further guidance.
San Diego Nightclubs FAQ
What time do San Diego Nightclubs typically open?
Most nightclubs open around 10 PM.
What time do San Diego Nightclubs typically close?
Most close at 2 AM. San Diego is definitely not a city that stays up late.
What is the dress code like at San Diego Nightclubs?
Guys can wear nice jeans and a form fitting plain t-shirt or a nice button down shirt. Girls can wear jeans or a comfortable but stylish dress if they prefer. Of course guys and girls can never go wrong with dressing up even more – there is no such thing as overdressing when it comes to nightclubs.
How can I book bottle service for San Diego Nightclubs?
How much is bottle service at San Diego Nightclubs?
Table minimums can get pretty expensive, but every venue is different. The best way to find out is to use our app.
What are the best EDM clubs in San Diego?
The best EDM clubs in San Diego are Omnia SD, Bang Bang, Spin Nightclub, and Bassmnt.
What are the best hip hop clubs in San Diego?
The best hip hop clubs in SD are Parq, Sidebar, and Fluxx.
Is Pacific beach or Gaslamp Quarter better for nightlife?
It depends what you’re looking for. Gaslamp has more nightclubs and has a high energy vibe. Pacific Beach has a more laid back vibe, with many bars and breweries.