Sky Top Bar at the Ivy Hotel: Partying over the Marina
The Ivy Hotel has stepped up as the new place to be and be seen in San Diego. The Sky Top Bar and dance club boasts 360 views of downtown San Diego, including Petco Park and the Marina. It attracts a hip crowd that ranges in age from just 21 to hip tourists in their 40s. There is both dancing (with Go Go dancers who range from Flame Swallowers to Contortionists) and lounging near the pool. A great time to go is at sunset. Have a cocktail and the calamari and enjoy the view. Then take a quick nap and rejoin the scene when the crowd starts pouring in. You won't regret it!
Dress Code: Dress to impress. Women mostly wore dresses and men wore collared shirts and designer jeans. It gets a bit chilly, but there are heat lamps.
The Beach Bar at the W Hotel: Beach Themed Rooftop Bar
This is a pretty interesting bar at the W hotel. It's called beach and as you would expect it has a beach theme. It is a rooftop bar with the ground covered in sand. It is a pretty trendy place with fairly expensive drinks, but it is a pretty fun place to go to.
Dress Code: Not sure if there's a dress code, but you'd look out of place wearing jeans and a t-shirt.
Stingaree: Hottest Night Club
Stingaree (pronounced sting-a-ree...some people call it string ray) is a swanky night club located on 6th Avenue, which is in the heart of the the warehouse section of San Diego. The club is a 3 stories high with dances floors, bars, roof top bar and restaurant filling the space. The facade looks very state of the art and it's definitely a place where you will be paying top dollar for drinks. After 9pm, there is a $30 per person minimum for dinner...so don't think you can make a dinner reservations and skip the very long line and cover charge outside.
I've been there twice now and it's ok. Nothing I haven't been to before....I guess once you've seen one club, you've seen them all.
The service is good...as long as you get a bottle of vodka and reserve a table. If you don't do that, you will grow old waiting in the 6 person deep bar line.
Dress Code: Dress to impress. Girls- less is more ;) Guys - nice jeans, cool shirt and nice shoes. Don't even think about wearing: sneakers, flip flops, shorts, ball caps, cardigans or mu mus.
Belly Up Tavern: Killer Local Music!!
The Belly Up Tavern is one of the best, if not THE best, place to see live music - mostly national acts, but some tip-top local acts as well. Head out on April 15th, a lovely Sunday afternoon at 3:00 to see San Diego's Michael Tiernan and his band.
Dress Code: CasualRelated to:
Belo: Hottest Spot Downtown!!!
Belo is San Diego's newest hotspot and a must see while in San Diego. This 70's inspired disco-esc club features three seperate rooms with house, hip-hop, dance, and live music. Located on 4th and E street Downtown, Belo has some of the worlds top guest DJ's including Paul Oakenfold, Armin Van Buuren, DJ Scribble, and DJ AM. Be sure to be around San Diego come March first to take part in their year anniversary party!!!
Dress Code: Call and check ahead of time because dress code changes with each big event. To be safe, no athletic attire, no tennis shoes, no ball caps. Ladies.... Dress to impress!Related to:
Rock Bottom Brewery
The Rock Bottom Brewery in La Jolla is a great spot to grab a good meal and a fresh beer. On weekends it is full of UCSD students who can walk from campus.
Happy hours is everyday from 4-7pm & 10-12 pm. During happy hour, most drinks, including micro brew pints, are only $3.
Princess Pub: Football (Soccer) Pubs
This is a traditional English pub, that serves an assortment of British beers and ales. Has football on whenever there is a game. Great place to knock back a few beers and watch the game.
Dress Code: Football Kits and scarves!
Lips Restaurant: The ultimate in drag show dining!
Jenee's friends suggested we check out Lips Restaurant, which offers a dining and drag show experience. So one Saturday afternoon, we stopped by the establishment to make a reservation. Fortunately for us, we got to snag the last two remaining seats in the house for the night. Woohoo!
Lips was freak'n awesome and the M.C. was just fabulous! He/she was a total riot and very quick on her heals. Her impersonations of Cher and other female celebs were right on. If only I could remember her name (Tootsie or Tootie or something) cuz I'd gladly return just to watch her perform again, but the other gals were also great. Incidentally, the performers are also your waitresses.
They mostly lip-synch though, but they're excellent at it, especially the Whitney Houston wannabe with the diva-esque attitude. She refers to everyone as bitc*h. It was kinda amusing at first, but then got pretty irritating after the 100th time she said it. Just don't mess with them cuz they'll cap on your as*s (they'll poke fun at you). Anyway, go to Lips and have a ball. I'd recommend it especially for celebrating birthdays and bachlorette parties. The food is mediocre, but the show is way cool!
Just so you know, they do charge a minimal entertainment fee of $3.00. And because they are a restaurant and not a show bar they enforce food order minimums that vary according to the day. On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, there food order minimum is $15.00 (excluding alcohol). On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday nights, the minimum is $10.00 (excluding alcohol).
Dress Code: Don't dress janky or they'll probably make fun of you! However, cute shoes and outfits are bound to get their praises, especially if you're the celebrant.
In Cahoots Dance Hall and Saloon: "A Two Step above the Rest"
This is the best Country Music establishments in San Diego. The place is clean, well run and has a great sound system. A DJ plays the music. Wednesday nights are college student nights but Thursday thru Saturday, dancing to the Western Sound is the best. There is a $3 cover charge on Thursday and a $5 cover on Friday and Saturday.
Sunday is Dodgeball Night! No Cover and all the drinks are $2.25. It is absolutely a kick to watch the 30 or so teams involved in a double elimination on the dance floor which is surrounded by net. The spectators watch from the perimeter and from the floor above.
Lots of other promotions going on all the time.
Parking is free and abundant!
Country Dance lessons begin at 6:30pm Tue-Sat and they are free.
Hours: Tuesday-Sun 5pm-2am
Dress Code: No apparent dress code but Western attire is the norm.
AIRPORT LOUNGE: New "Hot Spot"
Why this place?
Start with the ingenuity of transforming a Mediterranean-facade dry-cleaning business into an eminently hip lounge. The black and gold rotating arrow above (a holdover from the dry-cleaners days) is one of two motorized neon signs left in San Diego. It pinpoints a hangout that is as surprising as it is imaginative.
And so the inside of the 5,000-square-foot building became the hipster's equivalent of a luxury lounge – one either aboard a jumbo jet or tucked away in a big-city airport. The curved walls were painted stark white, allowing a sophisticated computerized lighting system to alter and manipulate the mood of the room upon whim. Projected on the south wall are airliner "windows," through which you watch clouds roll by, patches of multicolored sky changing hue ... even the space shuttle in flight.
Beverage servers are clad like the flight attendants of air travel's mod era (a la PSA), in short skirts and boots; bartenders wear pilot's dress shirts; barbacks don the flight suits of tarmac workers.
Outdoors, you'll find a separate patio with stainless steel furniture where you can smoke, mingle and read off the numbers on the bellys of the jetliners as they descend toward the Lindbergh Field runway.
Lounge achieves the off-the-tourist-track, private-club ambience that Couturier covets. It's not a private club, per se, but he hopes that the venue (capacity 236, with restaurant seating for 25 inside at a 27-foot-long counter and for 60 on the patio) will fill up nightly with customers who make reservations in advance, thus lessening or even eliminating the need for perpetually trying to manage and accommodate a line outside.
( by DAVID L. CODDON SD Tribune)
Dress Code: It's a she she la la type place so dress accordingly. Keep in mind though, San Diegians are known for their cool but not over dressed (nor over the top look).
Call ahead of time to get your name on the list. It's a private party thing, not really a bar. You must call or you are not getting in.
Rosie o grady's: Another great Neighborhood Bar on Adams Ave
I have spent many nights with friends hanging out here!
There's no trendy, flash-in-the-pan quality about Rosie O'Grady's. It's just a great hangout for loyal locals. Traditional Irish corned beef sandwiches are served right beside jalapeno poppers and pizza. If the live blues and rock they bring in Thursday through Saturday is too talented for you, Rosie's also proudly features Wednesday night karaoke.Related to:
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Ould Sod: Great Irish Pub with personable bartenders
Neighborhood pub with live music!
Live music is played here every Tuesday
through Saturday. Young hipsters generally play Tuesday and Wednesday nights, while Thursdays and Fridays are rightly reserved for traditional Irish bands and Saturdays are devoted to one of the best karaoke scenes in San Diego.Related to:
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Red Fox Room: Great place for a romantic date!
The return of a classic, where the steaks and prime rib and the retro cocktail lounge are a tasty blast from the slightly tarnished fifties. Cheap drinks, great meat and authentic waitresses who put the serve in service. The nightly piano bar attracts wannabe lounge singers as well as outstanding opera and show-tune performers who make this kitschy den the best dinner theater in town. Extra: Late-night dining until after midnight.
Dress Code: Not required, but why stand out! No coat and tie required, but dress nice!Related to:
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Martini Ranch: Atmosphere appeals mostly to a deep-pocketed
Martini Ranch is an experience. Sure, they've got all the prerequisites a bar needs to draw in the beautiful people and keep them coming back. But it's the choice of upstairs or down, vodka or gin, cozy sofas or booming dance floor, and shaken or stirred that has everyone talking. Choose your poison from a menu of 50 martinis that spans the distance of the ever-trendy "Apple- tini" to lesser-known concoctions such as the "French Horn" (Stolichnaya Oranj, Grand Marnier and orange slices).
Dress Code: Better believe it! Dress Nice! No jeans or sneakers!Related to:
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The Blue Tattoo: Top 40, hip-hop and R&B dance club
The Blue tat is a place that always seems to attract the blond headed girls with there breast enhancements and cell phones stuck to there heads. It seems to be a great place for the girls to have that Bachlorete party!
The DJs keep the crowd on the floor while the bartenders keep the libations flowing. There's no beach-bar crowd here. Instead, the city-chic folks turn out to bump and grind in the club's subterranean quarters.
Dress Code: Dress nice, belt and shoes! If you look messy, they won't let you in!Related to:
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