There are plenty of clubs to choose from in San Diego’s famous Gaslamp Quarter, especially when you stay in downtown San Diego hotels. While it’s a fairly casual city, dressing for a fun night out will require some basic knowledge of what’s appropriate for most of the clubs found in this lively metropolis of San Diego.
Women have a lot of leeway with what they can wear at most clubs in the Gaslamp Quarter. You’ll want to skip beach attire, which means no bikinis, bathing suits, flip flops or sandals. Dresses can be somewhat fancy or completely casual. So long as you wear something sexy but not trashy, you will be abiding by the dress code.
Tees are the only definite no-no for any club, especially ones with graphic art, colorful sayings, or brand names. While it’s not a rule, you might want to keep a pair of comfy shoes in your bag if you’re going to wear high heels and plan to be walking from one club to the next throughout the night.
Guys need to sport a clean, fresh look. If you look like you can star in your own rap video, go back to your closet and start over. Jeans are usually acceptable as long as they’re not overly baggy or look like they’ve seen better days. Shoes should be semi-formal and close-toed.
Most of the nicer venues request that guys wear a collared shirt, which usually means a dress shirt and not a Polo shirt. You don’t have to wear a jacket unless you want to get tips when you go to the restroom. Sporting a tie is entirely up to you, but not required.
Each Gaslamp Quarter club differs with its specific dress code. Some will allow sneakers and hats and others will not. If you’re not sure where the line between acceptable and unacceptable is for an intended destination, call and ask or check the website for any posted guidelines.
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