San Diego is consistently rated as one of the best tourist destinations in the United States. While the kid-friendly tourist attractions, such as San Diego Zoo, Sea World, and Legoland are well known, there are also plenty of top nightlife options for adults to enjoy too. Here’s our list of the best San Diego bars, clubs, and rooftop bars for you to enjoy when visiting California.
*Altitude Sky Lounge
*Upper East Bar
*Barefoot Bar and Grill
*The Lion’s Share
1) Altitude Sky Lounge
Located in the heart of San Diego’s Gaslight district, the Altitude Sky Lounge is consistently rated as the top rooftop bar in all of San Diego. Featuring a panoramic view of the city, and a modern atmosphere, the Altitude Sky Lounge is located 22 stories above street level in the Marriott Hotel. With a legendary happy hour and outstanding bottle service, the Altitude Sky Lounge is the place to go in San Diego for your bachelor or bachelorette party. For more information, and to make a reservation, contact the Altitude Sky Lounge on 619-446-6086.
2) Upper East Bar
Featuring a variety of drink specials throughout the week, and rentable cabanas, the Upper East Bar is the premier rooftop bar in downtown San Diego. Located in the Kimpton Solamar Hotel, the Upper East Bar is your go-to socialization destination in downtown San Diego. Additionally, the Upper East Bar features renowned small plates such as rosemary French Fries as well as outdoor games, a fire pit, and access to a beautiful swimming pool. Call 619-531-8744 or visit Upper East Bar for more details.
3) Noble Experiment
A top secret speakeasy and cocktail lounge, Noble Experiment is a San Diego treasure. Located within the Gaslamp’s quarter neighborhood, Noble Experiment is incredibly popular, and requires a reservation several days ahead of time. Featuring a wall of glided, yes glided skulls, Noble Experiment is one of those unique San Diego attractions that one would not otherwise be aware of without extensive research. Not to be missed is the extensive menu of handcrafted cocktails cultivated by Noble Experiment’s talented Mixologists. Bartender’s at Noble Experiment are also known to make handcrafted cocktails based on your particular tastes. Find out more if you dare or call 619-888-4713 to make a reservation.
4) Barefoot Bar and Grill
Located at Paradise Point, one of the premier waterfront hotels in all of San Diego, the Barefoot Bar and Grill has been in operation since 1962. Renowned for its amazing views of Mission Bay, the Barefoot Bar and Grill is a top San Diego destination and is known for its casual California cuisine and new-American dishes. Not to be missed is the Monday through Thursday Happy Hour which runs from 3 pm to 6 pm, and features the Bar’s best at discounted prices. The Barefoot Bar and Grill is open until midnight, and can be reached at 858- 581-5960 for reservations.
Known as San Diego’s favorite nightclub, Fluxx is arguably the premier party destination in all of San Diego. Located in the famed Gaslamp district, Fluxx is the place to go if you are looking to see or be seen. Featuring 3 full-service bars, a beautiful outdoor patio, and over 11,000 square feet of space, Fluxx is your go-to destination for all your event hosting needs. Whether you’re looking for outstanding bottle service, or outstanding dance music and musical acts, Fluxx is a top San Diego destination. Visit Fluxx and call 619-232-8100 to make a reservation.
6) The Lion’s Share
An eclectic lesser known venue, The Lion’s Share is a unique San Diego bar and restaurant that is not to be missed. Rated highly for its bar food, decor, and happy hour, The Lion’s Share is a bar and restaurant for people who simply love food and drink. Perfect for a casual night out or a large private event, The Lion’s Share can be reached at 619-654-6924 for reservations.
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