Nightlife San Diego – North Park

The North Park neighborhood has gone through a number of changes over the last several years and has really become a “scene” to check out. With a its own relaxed vibe, North Park nightlife definitely differs from Downtown. Part of North Park’s appeal is its variety of nightlife and its unassuming nature. People from all walks of life head to down 30th Street and University Avenue when they just want to kick back and relax and have a little fun.

West Coast Tavern

A favorite for those who like to dance, West Coast Tavern is a fantastic restaurant and bar with a hopping dance floor.  From the street, their movie marquee sign attracts your attention from afar, but it is the steady beats of base that will draw you in for a dance or two at night.

El Take It Easy

Although I haven’t had the opportunity to try their menu, I definitely enjoy frequenting the bar at El Take It Easy (ETIE). I mean, who couldn’t like a place with a name like that?  Rebelling against the traditional bar music scene, ETIE’s music is eclectic, humorous and even on occasion eyebrow raising – but it never fails to entertain. With its collection of off-the-wall named drinks and “mexican wine country cuisine,” ETIE definitely stands out as a place to check out at night.

URBN's pizza

URBN Coal Fired Pizza Bar

URBN Coal Fired Pizza Bar (sister restaurant to Downtown’s BASIC) is the perfect place for a mellow hang out session with your friends.  With a BAF (Big A** Fan) keeping temperatures steady, a large bar stocked with delicious craft beers and cocktails and some of the best thin crust pizza known to man, you can’t go wrong with URBN.  (Note:  Their pizza comes out on a cookie tray – it’s that big! – and is sliced into long strips)

Wang’s North Park

New to the North Park scene and getting rave reviews is Wang’s.  Wang’s recently transformed a former big box department store into a sprawling upscale Chinese restaurant and lounge. Currently North Park’s place to see and be seen, the decor is awesome, the family style portions are delicious and the cocktails are stiff!  Bring some friends and chat the night away over some moo shoo pork!


Lastly, North Park’s other go-to spot for dancing is U-31 (named for its location on the corner of University and 31st). Bar by day, bar/dance hall by night, San Diegans definitely flock to the U to dance the night away.  Just to let you know, this venue is smaller, so be prepared to get up close and personal with your fellow dancers.

All in all, I like North Park’s nightlife as a place to go when I just want to take it easy (pun intended), have a few drinks with friends, a good meal and maybe a few dances. It is easy to stroll from restaurant to bar to the next bar and there is always something entertaining going on!

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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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  4. North Park was awesome as a child and I miss that playground as an adult. San Disband be grateful you are surrounded by beauty.

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