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.