La Jolla Nightlife Spotlight

While San Diego is the second largest city in California, most of the time it really doesn’t feel that way because of its diverse neighborhoods. An evening in La Jolla is different from an evening in Little Italy which, in turn, is different from an evening in North Park, etc.

Of course the beauty of nightlife is that you can find it everywhere! No matter where you are, people love to be out at night! San Diegans particularly love our evenings out, especially in La Jolla!

La Jolla’s dual personality of boutique luxury village and college town are equally represented in its nightlife. Choices range from upscale wine bars with live jazz music to laid back brewhouses and bars. Whether you’re “suiting up” or keeping it casual, La Jolla’s got a spot for you.

Band playing at Prospect Bar & Grill

Prospect Bar & Grill is a great place to start or end your night. Prospect definitely gets my vote for late night bites with a fantastic menu of upscale bar food (think Gouda Mac n’ Cheese or Salmon BLTs!) served until 11:00 pm. They’ve got live music 7 days a week and DJs spinning Top 40’s music on the weekends starting at 9:30 pm. With a pool table and a great outdoor patio with fire pits, this is definitely a place to hang out with a group of friends and kick back.

For those looking for more of the club scene, check out Barfly. Restaurant by day, Barfly turns into La Jolla’s version of a nightclub after taking away all the dining tables and converting the booths to Bottle Service areas. Lasers, disco balls and DJs spin until the early morning makes this is the place for your fist pumping good times! The outdoor patio and fire pits are a great reminder that you’re still in San Diego.

For those who prefer a more relaxed evening in jeans and a t-shirt, head to the La Jolla Brewhouse. With a large selection of craft beers on tap, good bites and music pumping from the speakers, the Brewhouse is definitely a spot for those wanting their nightlife a little more mellow.

Eddie V's "V Lounge"

If you are interested in a more upscale experience, La Jolla does not leave you wanting. Eddie V’s on Prospect Blvd has a fantastic upstairs lounge (the V Lounge) with live music at night. With coastal views and a great wine selection, this is a great option for those wanting to get a little more dressy.

Other great upscale dining options with live music include foodie haven Whisknladle, the timeless George’s at the Cove and Manhattan of La Jolla (live music Thursday – Saturday nights).

So…in a snapshot, La Jolla nightlife is great for those seeking an upscale dining/bar/wine experience, a casual, comfortable evening of hanging out or a fun night out with your friends dancing to a live band or DJ.

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Benjamin Eastman

About Benjamin Eastman

I lead a pretty active lifestyle and try to spend as much time outdoors as possible. On any given Saturday morning you'll find me on one of San Diego's beach volleyball courts and quite possibly on the water or a hiking trail at some other point during the weekend. As a single professional I definitely enjoy experiencing the nightlife throughout the county - but lean more towards the Gaslamp Quarter, North Park or Hillcrest when planning a night out. I love to eat, and try to keep my ear to the grapevine about new and exciting restaurant openings.  And while I'm certainly excited to try the latest, trendiest restaurant in town, I am also infamously known for late night trips to 24-hour taco shops. Basically, whether I'm in board shorts or a bow tie, I try to enjoy all the many opportunities available to me in San Diego!What would you do on your ideal San Diego day?I’d start with a leisurely, late morning brunch.  Spend some time on the beach.  Grab some rolled tacos at a taco stand and then grab a nap.  In the evening I’d hit the Gaslamp District for dinner and then end the night at a rooftop bar/lounge.If you were invisible, where would you go?If I got to pick a superpower, I don’t know that I would pick invisibility…but if I were to become Mr. Invisible, I guess I would go to all the live music, theater and symphony performances in town.What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity?On a beautiful, San Diego day there is nothing better than playing beach volleyball.  The sun on your back, a gentle ocean breeze, and a whole lot of bump, set, spiking!  And of course the perfect day of beach volleyball isn't complete without a grill to barbeque some burgers or carne asada on.Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguine and red wine?Both actually!  That’s the beauty of the San Diego food scene.  I CAN have my cake and eat it too!  Depending on my mood (and my finances!) I am happy to chow down at a hole-in-the-wall neighborhood burger joint or a luxury steakhouse. I'm actually a founding member of a Burger lunch group that eats at a different burger restaurant each month.  We've been going for 6 months now and still have plenty of locations to visit before we exhaust all our options!

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