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What’s Trending in San Diego


Trendy Lounge in San Diego

This past summer, Forbes and Sterling released a ranking of “America’s Coolest Cities”, with San Diego claiming the #6 spot. They were ranked based on such things as the city’s “foodie” culture, population growth and their art scene.

San Diego is undoubtedly a hip city, drawing in vacationers of all ages eager to check out the latest and greatest restaurants, museums, attractions and downtown San Diego hotels that make this city special. Here are some of San Diego’s current hotspots that are definitely worth adding to your vacation itinerary.

Starlite San Diego | 3175 India Street in Middletown, Mission Hills

When you walk into Starlite, you feel like you are walking onto a classy movie set or into a speakeasy with dark décor and romantic lighting. Their lounge area features an elegant bar, which is always staffed with friendly and knowledgeable bartenders. As far as food goes, they serve everything from a farm-fresh, mouth-watering brunch to late-night dinners. The Jidori Chicken with veggies and lemon cream sauce is delicious and their house specialty is a decadent pistachio-toffee ice cream sandwich.

Sidebar | 536 Market Street, Downtown Gaslamp Quarter

The glamorous art deco yet modern and sexy ambiance at this popular bar is created by mismatched furniture in worn leather, soft velvets, and silky blacks. Most unusual are the 30 deep red bird cages hanging from the ceiling, their notorious black brick walls, and artistic nude paintings. This 21+ venue is great for adults who are seeking a sexy place to mingle with local singles and young professionals. Don’t miss out on their Watermelon Cucumber Mojito, Shirley’s Dirty Orange and the Muddled Honeydew Melon Cocktail. A savory bar menu includes cheddar and smoked bacon stuffed hamburgers and a top sirloin Panini.

Art and Adult Libations

San Diego’s art scene has taken to appealing to the 21+ crowd with a multitude of museum gatherings. Whether you opt for a local art walk such as Ray at Night, which takes place every second Saturday in North Park, or you plan on heading to Culture and Cocktails at the San Diego Museum of Art on October 16, there are plenty of ways that San Diego is spicing up a typical museum outing.

If you want to be in the midst of the San Diego culture and art scene, be sure to stay at a hotel in Little Italy San Diego. The Pacific Inn is a great option due to our ideal location, affordability and available discounts. We’re within walking distance to some of the hottest new eateries, art galleries and boutiques. For more information or to reserve your stay, call (619) 232-6391 today.


San Diego’s Top 5 Craft Beers


Best Draft Beer in San Diego

Everyone loves a good beer and what better place to get it than San Diego- America’s Craft Beer Capital? The big craft beer boom hit San Diego in 2011 when, according to The National University System Institute for Policy Research, the number of craft breweries in the county more than doubled. Brewery tourism is something that attracts thousands of people to San Diego every month. If you’re interested in a beer tasting adventure, book your cheap San Diego hotel and head out to local brew pubs in search of the famous beers listed below. Tip: Visit taphunter.com or download their free smartphone app to find out exactly where you can find these beers.

Cigar City Ramblin’ Rye – AleSmith Brewing Company
This is a rye brown ale that receives fantastic ratings from guests all over. With a rich rye spice flavor and a toasty taste and a rich and creamy texture, this delightful beverage goes down smooth. Most visitors compare this beer to a Roggenbier as well as a rye.

10 Commandments – The Lost Abbey
With a dark and sweeter taste, this Belgian Strong Dark Ale is a favorite among beer aficionados world-wide. It has a full-bodied feel with a hint of carbonation, adding to the fruity taste.

19/10 O’Brien’s Anniversary IPA – Alpine Beer Company
An IPA that has an outstanding rating everywhere, the rich golden craft beer keeps guests coming back to this brewery over and over. It has a citrusy smell, reminiscent of oranges, with just a tad of bitterness to add with the sweetness of the citrus. It is subtly carbonated and easy to drink.

AleSmith Speedway Stout Vietnamese Coffee – AleSmith Brewing Company
One of the highest rated American Doubles and Imperial Stouts in the San Diego area, this brew is a mix of imperial stout and Vietnamese coffee. It is a favorite amongst the locals, having a mocha flavor and heavier feel. The high alcohol content is said to sneak up on you, so drink with caution.

Chez Monus – Alpine Beer Company
Tons of San Diego locals flock to this brewery just to get their hands on this American Wild Ale. It has an apricot taste and smell with slight carbonation. A dry finish ends a fantastic sour brew.

Now that you have a list of some of the best craft beers in San Diego, you know exactly what to do- get out there and try them all! When beer tasting, it’s best to start with small samples so that you can experience a wide variety of beers at each location.

For the most bang for your buck, head to San Diego during San Diego Beer Week taking place November 7-16th. Enjoy beer-themed events, special workshops, meet-and-greets, and limited edition brews and tasting events. Head to sdbw.org for more information and don’t forget to book your San Diego Beer Week hotel in Downtown San Diego.

Click here or call the Downtown San Diego Pacific Inn at (619) 232-6391 for information on exclusive hotel discounts and availability.


What to do in Little Italy San Diego


San Diego's Little Italy Attractions

Little Italy in San Diego is a small neighborhood packed full of art, culture, shopping, dining and nightlife destinations. There’s no shortage of things to do, rather, many visitors have a hard time narrowing down their list of top hot-spots. That’s why the downtown San Diego Pacific Inn has put together these tried and true recommendations.


One of the best places to go is Mimmo’s Italian Village, which can be found on India Street. They’re well-known for their frutti di mare with seasonal shellfish, carbonara and fettuccine Bolognese, and you can even reserve a table in the wine cellar for special occasions.

Another great restaurant on India is the Trattoria Fantastica. This Sicilian-style restaurant specializes in wood-fired pizzas, but they’re also known for their incredible Gamberi Al Limone, which is jumbo shrimp in a lemon sauce.


One of the best places to find antiques is India Street Antiques, which is located on the north end of Little Italy. This shop specializes in European antiques such as Belgian and English pottery, traditional cabinets, and beautiful antique furniture at affordable prices.

If you love fine art, then Meyer Fine Art Gallery on Kettner Boulevard has plenty of pieces on sale from artists such as Clay Walker, Luis Solari and Armando Romero. There are also special exhibits that can be seen throughout the year.


One of the hottest bars in the area is 98 Bottles, which is next to the Meyer Gallery on Kettner. This bar has some of the best craft beers brewed in San Diego, and you’ll also find one of the area’s biggest selections of sake. There’s also plenty of live entertainment every weekend.

Another great place is Princess Pub & Grille if you’re looking for a relaxed sports pub atmosphere. They serve up delicious bar food, cheap drinks and have a fun clientele, good for mixing and mingling.

If you’re not one for planning, you can’t go wrong simply enjoying a leisurely walk down Kettner and India, wandering into appealing cafes, restaurants, shops and bars.  However, parking can be sparse on busy weekend days, so be sure to book a room at one of the affordable hotels near Little Italy. The Pacific Inn is located on the outskirts of Little Italy, within a couple blocks of the city’s main highlights. Call (619) 232-6391 to reserve your room today and don’t forget to ask about our available discounts.

Greater San Diego’s Unique Wineries



There’s no need to venture all the way to Temecula in order to taste some of California’s finest wines. San Diego County is home to several award-winning wineries, many most likely within a few minutes driving distance from your affordable San Diego hotel. The warm Mediterranean climate is perfect for growing grapes and with both large wineries and small family-owned establishments, there is plenty to see and taste. Some are set along the stunning coast while others are hidden within the rolling hills of the north. Even more are tucked into the mountains of the east, and one little gem has made its debut in downtown’s Little Italy. Here are some of our favorites that we’ve deemed well worth the short drive.

Carruth Cellars- Winery on Cedros
Carruth Cellars operates the Winery on the Cedros, an urban winery and tasting room located just blocks from the ocean in Solana Beach. This coastal winery acquires its grapes from various vineyards in Northern California and then completes the wine making process at their beach location. An added bonus is that this fun and event-filled winery is located just 20 miles north of downtown San Diego.

Bernardo Winery
Bernardo Winery is the oldest winery in San Diego. Founded in 1889 on what was originally a Spanish Land Grant, the Bernardo Winery has stood the test of time, even surviving the difficult years of Prohibition. Today, the winery still operates out of the original buildings which are now over 125 years old. The old world, rustic ambiance and the little-village shops, art galleries and restaurant truly allow wine lovers to step back into time and fully enjoy their wine tasting and shopping experience. Located in Rancho Bernardo, an entire day can be spent touring the winery, sampling different varietals in the tasting room, and perusing the village. Take part in the Annual Bernardo Winery Grapestomp which occurs every mid-September and includes a traditional Italian buffet, live music, and of course, grape stomping. Or stop by on a Sunday afternoon to enjoy a glass of wine and live musical entertainment on the Tasting Room Patio.

Hacienda de las Rosas Winery
Hacienda de las Rosas Winery makes its home in the town of Ramona, just 45 miles northeast of downtown San Diego. Ramona is nicknamed “The Valley of the Sun” as it is nestled in both the Santa Maria and San Vicente Valleys at the base of the foothills to the Laguna Mountains. Hacienda de las Rosas blends two of Spain’s finest passions together: Spanish wine and horses. Doubling as both a winery and a Peruvian Paso Horse Ranch makes a visit to this vineyard truly unique. The atmosphere of the mission-style winery perfectly complements the fine Spanish reds that Hacienda specializes in. A tour of the winery includes picturesque views of the beautiful Ramona scenery as well as views of the majestic Peruvian Paso show horses. The wines are all named after one of the horses and can be sampled in the tasting room.

Menghini Winery
Menghini Winery makes its home in the foothills of Volcan Mountain near the historic town of Julian, which sits about 65 miles northeast of downtown San Diego. Unlike many other areas of Southern California, the location of the Menghini Winery in the Cuyamaca Mountains provides a climate that includes four diverse seasons. Enjoying a glass of wine amidst the changing colors of autumn or sampling wines in the tasting room while watching snow flurries hit the windowpanes can make a visit truly unique when compared to other area wineries. Take a little extra time and venture past the numerous apple orchards into the nearby town of Julian. With roots that date back to the 1870s gold rush, this little town embraces its history and exudes unending charm, from storefronts housed in original buildings to the boasting of their famous apple pie.

San Diego Cellars
San Diego’s Little Italy district is one of downtown’s most thriving neighborhoods. Filled to the brim with Italian restaurants, quaint sidewalk cafés, art galleries, boutiques and plenty of pubs to keep the nightlife hopping, it carries an ambiance unlike any other area of the city. San Diego Cellars has now moved into the neighborhood as the city’s first urban winery. Offering wine tastings, a dining menu, indoor and patio seating, live entertainment, and even beer, SD Cellars is ready to make their footprint in San Diego. With a nod to the local brewery methods, they offer wine on tap, which is way to allow for wines to be featured in a rotation so as to keep things changing and enabling newer wines to be introduced more frequently. Wine lovers will enjoy their refillable one-liter bottles called the “CRUzers.” Grapes are sourced from several California vineyards, including many in the San Diego area.

All vacationing “winos” should take time to taste the county’s top varietals during their travels. Each of these wineries is unique in its own right, offering decadents wines, a fun atmosphere and a great day trip option when staying in one of San Diego’s Little Italy hotels such as Pacific Inn & Suites. If you’re still looking to book a room for your upcoming trip, contact Pacific Inn at 1-800-571-2933!


San Diego’s Annual Craft Beer Festivals



San Diego has arguably become the craft beer mecca of the world. With new world-class breweries popping up every year, San Diego has quickly attracted the curiosity of international beer snobs. America’s Finest City’s thriving beer scene celebrates its newfound beer fame by hosting a series of annual celebrations dedicated entirely to craft beer brewing and sampling. From annual festivals to San Diego Beer Week, beer lovers always have something to look forward when they head to this city.

San Diego Festival of Beer
On September 9, the downtown Broadway Pier will play host to the San Diego Festival of Beer. There will be live music and at least 60 different breweries. Admission tickets are $20-$30 and they include 10 beer tastes.

Rock Star Beer Festival
On October 11, the Rock Star Beer Festival visits San Diego, setting up shop at San Diego Waterfront Park. For $35-$50 guests can enjoy craft beer, music and access to the rockin’ after party.

San Diego Brewers Guild Festival
The Guild Festival is on November 7-8, and kicks off San Diego Beer Week. Watch musical performances and enjoy brewery showcases on the Broadway Pier. Ticket prices are $50-$100 and well worth the money.

San Diego Beer Week
San Diego Beer Week lasts 10 days, running from November 7 through the 16, during which the whole county turns into a beer connoisseur’s playground. There will be a seemingly endless amount of brewing events, tasting sessions, educational events, and beer specials around the city. The final celebration takes place at the Beer Garden where local breweries and chefs celebrate craft beer in style. This year’s annual event is already starting to create a buzz around town. If you’re planning an SDBW trip into town, we highly recommend booking your San Diego Beer Week hotel near downtown San Diego as soon as possible.

San Diego International Beer Festival
San Diego’s International Beer Festival is coming back on June 19-21, 2015. The event, located at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, includes San Diego Fair tickets along with beer tastings and a souvenir glass. Admission costs between $50 and $100.

If you enjoy a cold craft beer handmade by some of the world’s best brewers, San Diego is the place to be. Book a room at the Pacific Inn, an affordable downtown San Diego hotel, and start planning your Southern California beer vacation today! Call 1-800-571-2933 for more information on available hotel discounts and vacation specials.


Your Guide to Craft Cocktails in San Diego


Cool craft cocktail bars are one of the hottest nightlife trends in San Diego, and city mixologists are concocting some amazing shaken and stirred creations. Check out some of San Diego’s liveliest cocktail venues and sample the best of SoCal’s innovative libations.

Alchemy, South Park
This aptly named lounge whips up some amazing beertails, the hot national trend of mixing beer with spirits, syrups and liqueurs. Sip a Skip and Go Naked, mixing gin, Ballast Point Old Grove, lemon juice and lager, or sample one of Alchemy’s clever beer-less cocktails like Tricolore, a spicy blend of pepper-infused vodka, tomato juice and secret spices. Relax at the organically-designed curved bar amid changing exhibits of work by some of San Diego’s most talented artists.

Craft and Commerce, Little Italy
San Diego’s sexy and sophisticated Craft & Commerce is nestled between shops, cafes and hotels in Little Italy, drawing an eclectic crowd to its airy, open space lined with vintage bottles and books. From airy champagne cocktails to trendy beertails and shaken and stirred twists on classics, C&C coolly evokes the warm and chummy ambience of days gone by. Try unique concoctions like Black Sheep, a mix of coffee bean-infused whiskey, verna, cynar and bitters, or come with a group and hoist antique cups full of communal punch brews like Mother’s Ruin, a potent blend of gin, sweet vermouth, cinnamon spiced, lemon, grapefruit and champagne.

Grant Grill, Gaslamp District
Channeling old San Diego’s speakeasy scene, this glitzy art deco lounge boasts live jazz, rock, blues, samba and pop Thursday through Saturday nights. Stop by and savor one of mixologists Jeff Josenhans’ sexy creations, whipped up with ingredients fresh from the hotel’s roof garden. Favorites at this popular San Diego hangout include house-made amber vermouth and Cocktails sur Lie, the lounge’s unique bottle-conditioned cocktails.

Prohibition, Gaslamp District
You’ll have to look carefully for Prohibition’s exclusive “secret door”, a nod to the speakeasies of the 1920s. Dark wood, sumptuous leather seating and moody lighting create a lush ambience perfect for enjoying a rotating seasonal cocktail menu created with all sorts of prohibition-era favorites. Ask for a “Dealer’s Choice”, custom concocted for each guest depending on their mood and preferences. Live entertainment Thursday through Saturday nights features excellent jazz, blues and soul. House rules include a strictly-enforced weekend dress code.

After tasting all of San Diego’s top craft cocktails, head back to your affordable downtown hotel near San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter. We are ideally situated for visitors looking to explore the city, and are a great option for locals who don’t want to drive home after a long night. Call 7-800-571-2933 for rates and availability.

Insider’s Guide to Nightlife in Downtown San Diego


Going out in Downtown San Diego

Rumors about downtown San Diego’s nightlife scene seem to travel the world, and many of them are true. Downtown San Diego is, in fact, full of fun, cultural diversity, lavish dance clubs and scenic rooftop bars. The amount of diversions available to visitors in San Diego will leave them with only one thought: I wish I had more time to explore it all!

A great deal of the nightlife in downtown San Diego takes place in a 16 square block area called the Gaslamp Quarter, so named from the gas lanterns that lined the streets in the 1800s. Ninety four historical buildings, mostly from the Victorian era, are now occupied by fun boutiques, great restaurants, bars and entertainment venues.


Whether you want a light snack or a multi-course meal at the trendiest new eatery, the 50+ restaurants in the Gaslamp Quarter offer something for every taste and budget. You can “dine around the world” at the diverse options surrounding you. Within a few blocks you’ll see American, French, Mexican, Italian, Spanish, Fusion, Steakhouses, and of course restaurants that specialize in San Diego’s deliciously prepared local seafood.

If you’re looking into staying at one of the cheap hotels near Little Italy, right along the outskirts of Downtown San Diego, then consider dining at The Headquarters at Seaport Village where you can enjoy San Diego’s finest tacos at Puesto or arrange for a romantic evening out at Season’s 52.


San Diego has one of the longest happy hours in the nation, which I’m sure will sound appealing after you unpack in a cheap hotel near the San Diego Airport. The airport, located just a few minutes away from Little Italy and Downtown, is in a prime location for a quick post-flight happy hour. Try Ironside Fish and Oyster in Little Italy or for a casual and cheap drink grab a stool at Bub’s @ The Ballpark.

We recommend you hit downtown early, giving you enough time to enjoy the cocktail scene: from kitschy dive bars and microbreweries to swanky rooftop lounges and hidden speakeasy style bars, visitors to the Gaslamp Quarter will be able to extend their evenings into the very late hours.


Dance clubs line every street in the Gaslamp Quarter, attracting hip-hop lovers to Fluxx and Bang Bang, saucy salsa dancers head to Sevilla, some swing aficionados can be seen at Henry’s Pub, and even those that are 18-20 years old can get their groove on at Spin and Bassmnt on designated underage nights.

Not in the mood to dance? Ten different comedy clubs starring national headliners, up and coming local talent, or featuring improv open mike nights will keep you laughing. Try out American Comedy Co. or Shouthouse for a good time.
End the evening at one of the area’s cigar bars or have a late night coffee or nightcap and reflect on your fun-filled day in Downtown San Diego. Before heading out for the night, be sure you already have a room reserved at one of the top San Diego cheap hotels such as Pacific Inn & Suites. Pacific Inn is currently offering up to 12% off on already affordable room rates, but with our busy summer season fast approaching, we strongly suggest you call us now to book your room before we sell out.

To ask us about our availability, amenities and to book a room over the phone, call Pacific Inn at 1-800-571-2933.


San Diego’s Best Beachfront Bars


San Diego Beach Bars

There’s nothing better than sipping a cool drink as the sun slides behind the palm trees and turns the sky into a postcard sunset as it sinks into the Pacific. Fortunately, San Diego offers many opportunities to enjoy a relaxing evening with breathtaking ocean views paired with local brews and craft cocktails. Should you ask the locals about the best places to go for such a sublime experience, these are the first 5 that they’ll recommend.

Cannon Ball
3105 Ocean Front Walk
San Diego, CA 92109

Cannon Ball is known for its laid back atmosphere and prime location for stunning sunsets, especially from restaurant’s rooftop bar. The bar’s location not far from downtown San Diego and its upscale atmosphere makes it a great spot for business travelers, as well as those in town for a convention. While the menu is varied, the full service sushi bar is sure to grab your attention with freshly prepared rolls and sashimi plates. Craft beers can also be had for $6, as well as specialty drinks and cocktails for $10. If you’re looking to try out Cannon Ball, learn more about affordable hotels near the SDCC and Mission Beach.

Sandbar Grill
718 Ventura Place
San Diego, CA 92109

This sports bar couldn’t possibly have better real estate. Located on the oceanfront just steps from Belmont Park, Sandbar is open from 9am to 2am daily and serves an excellent breakfast. The TVs are great for catching a game, and there’s always a spectacular view of the beach if things go South for the home team. The laid back sports like atmosphere also makes it among the favorites for those staying at nearby San Diego MCRD hotels. Stopping for a bite to eat? The bar’s fish tacos come highly recommended and the selection of draft beers is superb. Save a few bucks by hitting up the happy hour specials from 4pm to 7pm every weekday.

The Green Flash
701 Thomas Avenue
San Diego, CA 92109

The patio sits directly on the beach, making the Green Flash a top beach bar in San Diego. And what’s better – it’s as great of a place for drinks as it is for breakfast the next morning. If you’re working your way down the Pacific Beach, the Green Flash is the perfect place to stop for a quick meal. While all of the specialty drinks are delicious, they are known for their bloody mary. The tab can add up quickly if you’re not careful, but you get your money’s worth in scenery and service.

710 Beach Club
710 Garnet Avenue
San Diego, CA 92109

If you’re looking for oceanfront entertainment, there’s no better place to go than the 710 Beach Club. This place has everything. Live music, dancing, karaoke, open mics, trivia nights, Monday Night Football parties. Everything. The prices are good too, with drink specials available every day of the week. The only caveat – nominal cover charges on weekend evenings or when live bands are playing.

PB Shore Club
4343 Ocean Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92109

Popular music? Check. Beachfront location? Check. Wednesday night goldfish races? Double check (and watch out, these can get competitive). While the place can get crowded at night, it isn’t overwhelming. The clientele does tend to be younger, though. Case in point – the most popular drink in the house is the RedBull Vodka Slushie. However, before 8pm, the food gets rave reviews from people of all ages.

As you can see, there are a wide variety of options available for everyone looking to spend a San Diego evening on the Beach. Whether you’re looking for a great place for lunch or a nighttime, beachside hotspot, you’ll find some in the heart of San Diego. For more information about local accommodations, contact the Pacific Inn. We are one of the preferred cheap hotels in downtown San Diego offering low nightly rates and spacious and clean rooms and suites. For more information, contact a Reservation Manager at 1-800-571-2933.

San Diego’s Top Hipster Bars


San Diego Hipster Bars

What is a vacation to San Diego if you don’t experience the vibrant, trendy and laid back San Diego hipster scene? A hipster is typically someone in their 20s and 30s who follows the latest trends. Urban Dictionary describes a hipster as someone who shuns “mainstream societal conventions “ and values “independent thinking, counter-culture, progressive politics, an appreciation of art and indie-rock, creativity, intelligence, and witty banter.”

The word “hipster” has made a strong comeback in the last few years. During the 1950s it was used to refer to someone who isolated themselves while wallowing alone with soulful jazz music. This dated definition applies to much of what we know about hipsters today. A modern day hipster will usually be found sporting some form of facial hair –preferably a handlebar mustache- while drinking PBR in a tallboy can, because it’s ironically cliché. While not everyone may understand the pinings and attitudes of a San Diego hipster, none can deny that our nightlife scene is hip indeed.

Here are some of the top bars and clubs where the local hipsters congregate:

  1. Craft and Commerce | 675 W. Beech Street, Little Italy
    The outside of this bar and restaurant is covered in green shrubbery, the inside displays chalk board quotes and classic novels all while the Bible or some other dramatic book-on-tape is being played in the restrooms. I think it’s safe to say that this is a token hipster bar. For a safe menu option, order the mini corn dogs, but if you want to experiment then give the roasted bone marrow a shot! You also can’t leave before trying one of their mason jar cocktails like the Black Sheep with coffee bean-infused whiskey. For more information on what to see and where to stay in Little Italy click here!
  2. The Lion’s Share | 629 Kettner Blvd., Downtown
    This classic hipster bar, located next to top San Diego Convention Center hotels, oozes class and sophistication instead of pretentiousness and nonchalance. Their dim lit lounge is covered in eclectic art work and a mounted antelope head, ironic because of the antelope sliders that sell like hot cakes on their menu. Grab a seat at the bar where you can chat up the friendly bartenders, or mixologists, while you nibble on an Exotic Sausage board. Cheese, apparently, is overrated.
  3. Tiger!Tiger! | 3025 El Cajon Blvd., North Park
    Beer, bicycles, beards and burgers! This bar has everything that a hipster could hope for. Lock up your bike on the railing outside before you stop in for some truffle fries, coconut glazed donuts or pork belly. Of course, you’ll need to order one or three of their rotating craft beers to wash it all down.

Looking for a hip and cheap downtown San Diego hotel that’s close to all of this action? Book a room at Pacific Inn & Suites, located no more than 5 miles away from all of the above mentioned hot spots! We have tons of ways to help you save on your stay during your San Diego vacation. Call our reservations line at 1-800-571-2933 so that we can find you the best deal!

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Your Guide to Downtown San Diego’s Bar & Club Scene!


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Downtown San Diego is full of fun activities, exciting bars, mix and mingle events and dancing. The trick when visiting San Diego is picking the right nightlife hotspot when there are so many tantalizing options. There are literally over 100 options to choose from when you hit the Gaslamp District, making it hard to narrow down your options. That’s why we put together this list of the best places downtown for dancing, drinking, dining, lounging and socializing. Take a peek and go paint the town red after you unpack in your affordable downtown San Diego hotel room.


If you’re looking to shake your groove thang downtown you have a few different options. For some swing and sock hop the only place to be is Henry’s Pub for Rockabilly Tuesdays on 5th Avenue.  To celebrate your saucy salsa side, head to Café Sevilla for tapas and the tango. If you’re looking to drop in low in a new and trendy dance club then Bassmnt, Fluxx, and Moonshine Flats will be spinning the latest house, hip hop and country beats.


With a bar on every corner it’s hard to navigate where to go when you tour Downtown San Diego. A great place to start is Vin de Syrah for a glass of wine in an Alice in Wonderland type of atmosphere.  Some places to grab exquisite craft cocktails the Gaslamp Speakeasy, Prohibition, Magnolia and The Blind Burro located next to the SDCC. For more hot spots around the venue including cheap hotels near San Diego Convention Center click here!


Looking for a late night bite in a fun atmosphere? Downtown San Diego caters to the after-hours eaters with some great open late eateries. Check out Brian’s 24 for an upscale Denny’s type of menu, just be prepared to wait on busy Friday and Saturdays. Bang Bang has a trendy late night menu with sushi and Asian fusion cuisine and if you’re looking to party stay after supper for a poppin’ club scene. La Puerta won’t stop serving their delish carne asada fries or fish tacos until 2 a.m.!


Grab your posse and your best pick-up lines before you head out to one of these bars if your main goal is meeting new and attractive party people: Altitude Sky Lounge, Searsucker, Coyote Ugly, Bootlegger or The Shouthouse.

After a fun night of seeing San Diego’s nightlife scene be sure you have a nearby hotel room already booked. The San Diego Pacific Inn is an affordable San Diego Airport hotel that is a mere 2 miles from the airport and is also  conveniently located next to the Gaslamp District!

To book a discounted hotel room near Downtown San Diego, call a Pacific Inn reservations specialist today at 1-800-571-2933.

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