Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego
If wanting that nice romantic night out, or if looking for the nightlife of clubs and many pubs.
The Gaslamp Quarter is Southern California's premier dining, shopping and entertainment district, where you'll find a truly eclectic blend of food, fun and culture -- all within one of San Diego's most historic areas. Stroll past the district's grand, historic buildings restored to their original character. A place where you can see charming Victorian-style buildings constructed between 1880 and 1910.
Dress Code: Dress nice!
Right in the middle of downtown you'll find a gorgeous area (about 10 square blocks or so and growing) of great restaurants and clubs. You can hear live music, dance, grab a cold one.
On the weekends the place is jumpin'!
Those lucky enough to live down here will be hanging out of their windows letting in the ocean air.
Locals will simply refer to this National Historic District as 'the Gaslamp.'
Dress Code: Relax, it's San Diego.
5th avenue downtown;an incredible atmosphere at night,you have the choice between all the discotheques or bars;and of course the strange open air downtown mall(picture)where I spent many hours every day
in this area you can feel safer than on the beach area,which has a rough atmosphere at night
I'm not into nightlife but there is a lot of stuff to do in the Gaslamp Quarter.
In the Gaslamp, there are a MESS of clubs and fine restaurants.
Dress Code: Dress code ranges.....If you're going to Dick's Last Resort, anything goes (I've never been there but I heard from people who have been there) and if you're going to the Old Spaghetti Factory, dress nicely as if you were going to church but it's perfectly fine to wear casual attire.
My second Favorite place Down Town is Buffalo Joe's. I love it!!!
Buffalo Joe's is located on a corner and has windows all the way around so you can watch the action from the street (while you wait in line). A mix of bands plays to whatever's the trend of the moment. They have had swing dancing, retro '80s, but my personal favorite is Saturday night....'70s night...featuring the DISCO PIMPS. They rock. You will have the time of your life. Be prepred this place gets crowded.
tons of restaurants (all price range), clubs, concert venues, and bars. one can walk the avenues or hire bike rides. there's also lots of cute boutiques and a movie theater.
Dress Code: from casual to fancy schmancy.
When I lived in SD I used to stroll through the Gaslamp often after dark. I lived downtown and it was cool to have all these great bars and clubs so close.
It's a straight scene though - for gay stuff go to Hillcrest - I'll be saying more about that area soon.
Dress Code: depends on the place
casual is my preference
all kinds of things here however so just know how to go.
This place is always insane, especially on the weekends. I feel it's a bit too touristy, but it's fun if you like being in huge crowds of people. I would recommend Hillcrest, specifically a place called Nunu's, if you want to hang out in a mellow bar.
Dress Code: There's usually a dress code for the "upscale" clubs.