This post will help you with suggestions on the San Diego nightlife dance party scene based on your taste in dance clubs.
Since I can remember, I’ve always loved to go out. I love meeting new people, checking out the party scene, and I absolutely LOVE to dance to great music. In my early 20s, I had made it a point to meet as many people in the “industry” so that I didn’t have to spend money on San Diego club entrance fees or wait in lines to get in. I was what some may have called a club rat, and I was happy to be one. Since then, I’ve chilled out quite a bit, but I still like to have a good dance session with my friends from time to time.
Famous DJs, million dollar sound systems, go-go dancers, and laser light shows all play a part in the experience you will have at a mega nightclub. While San Diego is a fairly big city, there are only a few clubs that will hold close to 1,000 people or more at a time. There are, however, quite a few clubs with the lux and sexy vibes comparable to Vegas or L.A. clubs. Here is my list of favorites:
FLUXX (Gaslamp) – Known as one of San Diego’s best, this nightclub recreates itself several times a year. With FLUXXuating themes, they introduce new décor, staff attire, and events to keep the club fresh and new to locals and regular club-goers. They also bring in some big-name performers such as Bob Sinclar, Snoop Dogg, and Ice Cube. Check out their events calendar for future performances.
Parq (Gaslamp)– This restaurant and nightclubares one of San Diego’s newest additions to the Downtown area. The huge venue has a great club layout with plenty of bar space, a serious sound system, and an enormous LED wall. Come early and enjoy dinner at their restaurant that transports you to a majestic place of brick walls and light trees.
Nightclubs Coming Soon
Cake (Opening Spring 2015 - Gaslamp) – It’s difficult for me to speak about a club that’s not yet opened. However, there has been quite a bit of hype about this nightclub. They haven’t released much other than it will be a boutique nightclub situated in the building of a very popular club that had closed down a little while ago in the Gaslamp District.
Omnia (Opening Spring 2015 - Gaslamp) – I can see the construction of this club happening every time I’m in the Gaslamp Quarter. It’s in a large building that has a rooftop, and since I’m familiar with venues the Hakkasan Group has in Vegas, I have a feeling that this place will be amazing! I can’t wait for it to open!
Just Dance! Bars and Mini Dance Clubs
Sometimes all you want to do is dance and not have to worry about your attire, breaking the bank, or the pretentious attitudes at some of the larger clubs. This genre of nightclubs can typically be found near Pacific Beach or North Park, but you’ll find quite a few in the Downtown area as well.
U-31 (Northpark) – This bar is known to host fun events such as karaoke and trivia nights throughout the week, but it’s a go-to spot for some weekend dancing. Come early, eat, and stay late to dance the night away.
The Air Conditioned Lounge (North Park) – I love this club! With DJs seven nights a week, you can always cut a rug here. For those who like to steer clear of the mainstream, you can listen to drum and bass, dub step and different types of house here played from local DJs.
Avenue (Pacific Beach) – In P.B. it’s common for a sports bar to turn into a dance club after
all of the games have ended for the day. The best is when there is a DJ playing during the commercials, giving me the option to dance in between plays. This place has some fun DJs, and the vibe is friendly and fun, and they have delicious craft cocktails!
Barleymash (Gaslamp) – This restaurant/bar is located in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter. Thousands of people pass it each day, so it’s known, and always has a great local and visitor crowd. They know how to entertain with the DJs they bring in. You can certainly get your groove on any day of the week here after 10pm.
Whether you want to make it a big night out celebrating life, or you just need to let off some steam on a dance floor, you can find plenty of dance clubs in San Diego. Enjoy your night out, and always party responsibly!