A Night Out in San Diego

Content originally written for the Let’s Go: USA & Canada Guide by our researcher-writer, Graham Bishai.

The Tipsy Crow

770 Fifth Ave.; (619) 338-9300; thetipsycrow.com; open daily noon-2am

It’s pick your poison here at Tipsy Crow, with its three different floors, extensive drink menu, and calendar packed with a variety of daily events and specials. On the main floor of this Gaslamp Quarter staple, with its wood paneling and ornate ceiling, experience taproom elegance at the price of a speakeasy and with the informal atmosphere of a dive bar. Amp up the classiness upstairs in “the Lounge,” where leather couches, ceiling murals, and a pool table make you feel like an important aristocrat of an era past. During happy hour, each day from opening until 8, drinks are on a “stock exchange,” meaning screens display live prices depending on demand. All of this, plus they have fantastic food. Downstairs—dubbed the Underground—you’ll find a club.  With DJs and dancing from 9pm on Thursday through Sunday, it’s a great spot to break it down on the dance floor. Tipsy Crow has your weekend night out—or afternoon happy hour—covered.

Cover $5 after 9 F-Sa; beers from $6; BGLTQ+ friendly; limited wheelchair accessibility; 21+ from 9pm Th-Su

Atomic

762 Fifth Ave.; (619) 940-7202; http://atomicgaslamp.com/; open M-F 11am-2am, Sa-Su 8pm-2am

Taco joint by day, live music club by night, this flashy Gaslamp Quarter spot is a great spot to grab a drink, and maybe a taco or two, while hearing live DJs or bands. Lit up in electric neon, the club possesses the electricity of SoHo, but with a SoCal chill. Hang out with the DJ on the main level, or break it down in the Graffiti Bar, a more grungy downstairs dancefloor. Drinks are affordably priced, and its in-house taco joint, Michos, serves up delicious fare weekdays from 11am-9pm. If you’re looking for a place with an electric sexiness any night of the week, hit up Atomic.

Cover varies; drinks from $4

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