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!
Benjamin Eastman

Club Crawl San Diego – The VIP Gaslamp Quarter Experience

Club Crawl San Diego

Want to join Club Crawl San Diego on a nighttime journey to some of San Diego’s hottest nightclubs? Leave a comment on this blog post by 11:59 PM on Wednesday, July 8, 2015 for the chance to win two Club Crawl San Diego tickets.

Recently, my girlfriend and I decided we needed a night out on the town, but wanted to avoid as many lines and cover charges as possible. Most of our nightlife-loving friends were out-of-town for the weekend and we were indecisive about where we wanted to go. Gaslamp Quarter definitely, but where in the Gaslamp?

Enter Club Crawl San Diego

For just $25, you are included in a crawl that hits 4 nightclubs/lounges/rooftops in one night. You’re not paying cover at any of the stops, and Club Crawl San Diego has access to get you in through the VIP lines. The only waits you experience are at the first stop to check-in and when showing your ID at the door at each of the venues!

Stop 1: Analog

A little about our night: All Crawls begin at 10:00 PM at Analog (801 5th Avenue) where you check in with the Club Crawl San Diego staff, get your wristband and enjoy discounted drink specials. Make sure to get your photo taken (hey, there’s gotta be a “before” photo, right?!) and then get right out onto the dance floor!

After an hour or so at Analog, the Crawl hosts pull the group together and you walk to the next stop. The beauty of the Gaslamp Quarter is that everything is really close. Everyone get’s a little break on the short walk before skipping the line into the next club.

Stop 2 – Fluxx

FLUXX Nightclub

For us Stop 2 was FLUXX, my girlfriend’s favorite stop of the night. The constantly theme-changing, laser light blasting, pulse pounding nightclub continues to win award after award for the outstanding nightlife product they produce. We grabbed a couple of drinks and danced our hearts out amidst the lasers, cold fog and sparkler carrying VIP girls.

Stop 3 – Rooftop600

After a little over an hour it was on to the next stop: Andaz San Diego’s Rooftop600. While I enjoy a great dark, nightclub scene, there is just something about San Diego rooftop lounges that holds a special place in my heart. In this gorgeous city, with our fantastic weather, it just seems natural to enjoy your nightlife outdoors as well. And Andaz does it well – great music, fun vibe, awesome views of the city – this was a perfect addition to the crawl.

Stop 4 – Side Bar

Side Bar

Stop 4 was our last and it was on to the intimate lounge, Side Bar. A great spot to end the night with. Although it is a smaller venue, don’t mistake that for being slower or quieter. This lounge packs quite the punch and was a great way to end a night of crawling.

Looking back at the experience I can see that the Club Crawl San Diego is good for visitors and locals alike. What a great way to experience multiple venues on a busy Friday or Saturday night and not have to worry about finding out how to get on each of their VIP lists, getting there before a certain time, waiting in line, etc. And the beauty of the Crawl is that if at any point during the night you find your groove and just can’t see yourself leaving – you don’t have to. The Crawl is about having a fun evening of nightlife – so if you’re loving Stop 2 or 3 and don’t want to leave, there is nothing that says that there has to be a Stop 4.

San Diego Club Crawl Details

Club Crawl San Diego happens every Friday & Saturday night (and occasional Sundays during holiday weekends) and they mix up which clubs they go to each night. So make sure to check out their website to see what stops they’ll be making on the night you’re interested in going.

They’ve got a big 4th of July Crawl happening on Saturday the 4th where Crawlers are encouraged to wear red, white & blue and will receive some fun holiday swag at check-in!

> Find out more about Club Crawl San Diego

And remember kids…party responsibly! If you’re going to party your faces off and don’t have a designated driver, call up your friendly neighborhood Uber driver and get home safely – so that you can party again another day!

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Benjamin Eastman

San Diego St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

It’s that time of year again where San Diego’s Irish community celebrates in true kilt-wearing, bagpipe blaring, whiskey drinking camaraderie! San Diego St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are scattered throughout the region and there is no shortage of green beer! So whether you’re out to celebrate your heritage or just be Irish-for-the-day (we won’t tell!), get out there, do a jig and keep an eye out for a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!

Harrah’s Resort Southern California

For those looking to celebrate a little early, Harrah’s Resort Southern California will be partying “Clover The Top” all weekend long with a number of events including their Neon Nights Lazy River Party, River Dancers & Fiddlers and a performance by The Fighting Jamesons – not to mention loads of specials in the casino, restaurants and bars!
Location: 777 Harrah’s Resort Southern California Way; Valley Center, CA 92082
When: March 15-17, 2014


We couldn’t forget the Gaslamp Quarter‘s major Block Party SHAMROCK!  In it’s 19th year of helping San Diegans celebrate all things Emerald Isle, 20,000 revelers will swarm the streets of downtown drinking Jameson Irish whiskey specials, green beer and rocking out at one of the 3 main stages of performers.
Location:  Gaslamp Quarter
Time:  4:00pm – 12:00am
Cost:  Starting at $30


Music lovers will want to head to Hooleyfest in La Mesa for an evening of performances by Tony Cummins, Jukebox and Lexington Field. This Guiness sponsored event is raved about every year for its memorable performances. And since San Diegans love our tacos, why not try one of Hooley’s famous corned beef tacos while you’re there?
Location:  Tents at Grossmont Center in La Mesa
Date:  March 17, 2014
Time:  5:00pm – 12:00am
Cost:  $25 at the door

Want to celebrate, but not excited about the crowds and big events? San Diego has plenty of great hole-in-the wall Irish Pubs that will welcome you with open arms, such as Dublin Square, Stout Public House, Gallaghers and O’Sullivans.

How will you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in San Diego? Let us know in the comments.

Benjamin Eastman

San Diego Races You Don’t Want To Miss!

La Jolla Half Marathon

With our gorgeous year-round weather and variety of terrain throughout the region, it is no wonder that San Diegan’s are some of the most active people in the USA. And while many of us choose that activity to be surfing, biking, jogging, swimming or some other leisurely pursuit, some San Diegan’s like to push their competitive limits by participating in one (or many) of the numerous races that are held throughout San Diego each year.

As an avid mud runner myself, I’m excited to be taking on my 3rd Super Spartan Race at the end of the month. Nothing quite gets my blood pumping like crawling through mud under barbed wire, pushing my way through a gauntlet of defenders or perfecting my javelin throwing skills. Here’s more information on the Spartan Race and several other upcoming San Diego races that are guaranteed to get you dirty, wet and beaming from ear to ear!

Spartan Race

8+ mile Mud Run course through the Temecula hills. 20+ obstacles including climbing over walls or through tunnels, balance challenges and jumping over fire.

Where: Vail Lake Resort – 38000 Temecula Pkwy, Temecula, CA 92592
When: January 25-26, 2014
Cost: $95-$140 (depending on when you register)
> Find out more about the Spartan Race

Super Gladiator

Super Gladiator Race

Are you tough enough to make it through the Super Gladiator race?

This 5-mile, 25 obstacle mud run course is the biggest, baddest, muddiest Gladiator event yet!  They claim to have more obstacles per mile than any other race in the planet – and I’m looking forward to seeing if that is true!  Climb sheer walls, slither across muddy fields and rocket down a 150 foot water slide into a pool of mud – who wouldn’t like to do that?!

Where: Barona Indian Reservation – 1800 Wildcat Canyon Road, Lakeside, CA 92040
When: Saturday, April 26, 2014 – Changed to August 2, 2014
Cost: $75-120 (depending on when you register)
> Find out more about Super Gladiator

Ridiculous Obstacle Course (ROC) Race

A 5k “Fun Run” with 12 larger than life, game show inspired obstacles including the Wrecking Ball, World’s Largest Inflatable Water Slide and Jumping Balls. Many participants dress up in costume and this is meant to be a fun time with your friends. I’ve done this race 3 times and highly recommend it – a San Diego race that everyone can have fun doing!

Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds – 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA 92014
When: Saturday, May 10, 2014
Cost: $55-80 (depending on when you register)
> Find out more about the Ridiculous Obstacle Course (ROC) Race

For those who like to run but could do without the mud, here are a few upcoming San Diego races that might pique your interest:

San Dieguito Half Marathon

San Dieguito Half Marathon - Races in San Diego

This scenic half marathon course winds its way through some of the most beautiful areas of Rancho Santa Fe. One of America’s oldest half marathons, the San Dieguito is celebrating 46 years this year!

Where: San Dieguito County Park in Rancho Santa Fe
When: Sunday, February 9, 2014
Cost: $50-70 (depending on when you register)
> Find out more about the San Dieguito Half Marathon

La Jolla Half Marathon

La Jolla Half Marathon

Are you prepared to take on the Torrey Pines “Mountain” climb?

Race #2 of the Half Marathon Triple Crown, the La Jolla Half Marathon features a gorgeous run along the La Jolla coast, a challenging incline up to the summit of Torrey Pines State Park and then through picturesque La Jolla Shores where it finishes at the La Jolla Cove.

Starting Location: Del Mar Fairgrounds – 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA 92014
When: April 27, 2014
Cost: $80
> Find out more about the La Jolla Half Marathon

Safari Park Half Marathon & 10K Run

San Diego Safari Park Half Marathon

Run with the animals at the San Diego Safari Park Half Marathon

Starting at the Westfield North County Mall, this half marathon ends inside the Safari Park. Runners will not only experience the fun of running past vineyards, horse farms and golf resorts, but they’ll also run through some of the Safari Park’s behind-the-scenes areas. Not only will they see animals along their run, but participants will also  get to stay to explore the park after the race is over!

Where: San Diego Zoo Safari Park in Escondido
Date: May 4, 2014
Cost: $75-120 (depending on when you register)
> Find out more about the Safari Park Half Marathon & 10K Run

> Find more San Diego Races and Runs

So whether you’re a racer looking for a new location to run, a visitor looking for a unique San Diego experience, or a local who’s out to spice things up a little, I encourage you to get out and enjoy some San Diego races.  Your body will thank you!

Benjamin Eastman

San Diego 2013 New Year’s Eve Parties Are Epic!

Another year of amazing nightlife has come and gone in San Diego. We’ve had some top-notch talent visit America’s Finest City this year and if you didn’t get out much this year, make it a New Year’s Resolution to get out more and enjoy some of San Diego’s nightlife!

> Family Friendly New Year’s Eve Events

San Diegan’s like to celebrate milestones as much (if not more!) than the rest of the country and as such, there are a multitude of parties to choose from this New Year’s Eve.  Here’s a modest selection of those parties:

Bottom’s Up @ Marriott Gaslamp

Bottom's Up NYE 2014 at the Marriott Gaslamp

Marriott Gaslamp’s “Party From The Street To The Sky” features both the lobby level and rooftop! All Inclusive tickets include unlimited alcoholic drinks, a great selection of food (think sushi, carving stations and chocolate fountains!), DJ’s spinning top tunes in both the lobby and at their Altitude Sky Lounge and a champagne toast at midnight to start the 2014 clock ticking!

Where: 660 K St, San Diego, CA 92101
Time: 8:00 PM to 1:30 AM
Cost: $165
> Find out more about Bottom’s UP NYE 2014 at the Marriott Gaslamp

FLUXX’s New Year’s Eve Big Top Extravaganza

NYE Big Top Extravaganza at FLUXX

Join FLUXX as they say farewell to 2013 and their latest Fluxxuation “Big Top”. Close out 2013 at one of San Diego’s hottest clubs with music by DJ Karma and Special Guest Rico De Largo live on trumpet. General Admission tickets including entrance and a midnight champagne toast are currently around $80, or spring for the extra $10 and get a VIP ticket which also includes hosted champagne from 8:00 to 10:00 PM and hosted apps from 8:00 to 9:00 PM.

Where: 500 4th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Time: 9:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Cost: $20-$80
> Find out more about NYE Big Top Extravaganza at FLUXX

VAVI’s New Year’s Eve Yacht Party 2014

New Year's Eve on the Inspiration

Ring in the New Year on the bay with the San Diego skyline as the perfect backdrop

Hosted on the 3-deck Hornblower Yacht “Inspiration,” you and 1,000 of your closest friends can party it up to the beats of Sleeping Giant artists DJ Who & Paulo Da Rosa, DJ Demon and DJ Chris Devoy  This All Inclusive, All VIP experience features unlimited alcoholic drinks and gourmet hors d’oeuvres.

Where: 970 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
Time: 8:00 PM to 1:00 AM
Cost: $179-$189
> Find out more about VAVI’s New Year’s Eve Yacht Party 2014

Big Night San Diego at The Hilton Bayfront

Big Night San Diego New Year's Eve Champagne

There will be plenty of toasting champagne at Big Night’s New Year;s Eve Party

Probably one of the biggest and most well-known San Diego New Year’s Eve parties is Big Night. Sponsored by radio stations Channel 93.3 and 91X, Big Night has 12 different party zones including 6 dance floors featuring both DJ and live band music. Their All Inclusive tickets include unlimited alcoholic drinks, a tasty dinner buffet and fun party favors to get you in the spirit! The party runs from 9pm – 3am and tickets start at $130.

Where: One Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
Time: 9:00 PM to 3:00 AM
Cost: $109.99-$239.99
> Find out more about Big Night San Diego at The Hilton Bayfront

The Grand Del Mar’s 3 New Year’s Eve Parties

Grand Del Mar's New Year's Eve

Pick from one of three NYE parties at the Grand Del Mar

Those a little farther north, might want to check out one of the Grand’s two NYE parties.  80’s lovers will want to check out one of SoCal’s top 80’s bands BETAMAXX at the main party, or head to Club M for sounds by DJ By The C and DJ Showtime.

Where: 5300 Grand Del Mar Ct, San Diego, CA 92130
Times: 5:00 PM to 1:00 AM (each event has different times)
Cost: $50-$180
> Find out more about The Grand Del Mar’s 3 New Years Eve Parties

And lets not forget San Diego New Year’s Eve party mainstays: Hard Rock Hotel, Andaz San Diego, VAVI’s Beach Party @ The Catamaran Hotel, Stingaree and Side Bar.

> Find even more great San Diego New Year’s Eve Parties

Remember, it’s all about having a good time, but be safe and arrange alternate transportation if you’re going to be drinking. We want you out partying hard in 2014!

Benjamin Eastman

Taking a BITE out of the San Diego food tours scene!

Bite San Diego food tour coronado

San Diego is known for some incredibly delicious food, so what better way to enjoy as much of it as possible than on a San Diego food tour? I recently had the pleasure of going on one of BITE San Diego‘s neighborhood food tours. BITE has organized, small group (no more than 15 people) food tours of San Diego neighborhoods including Little Italy, Coronado, Old Town, Julian and North Park that operate pretty much every weekend throughout the year.


A sampling of some of the food we enjoyed on the La Jolla food tour!

These tours are not only a great way to sample food at a bunch of great neighborhood spots, but they also provide you a chance to explore an area that you might normally just drive through without really stopping to look around and experience. My La Jolla tour introduced me to a hole-in-the-wall Hawaiian cafe, a cute little coffee shop with some tasty scones and a gem of an oil/wine tasting shop with a hidden back patio with AMAZING views of the ocean!

The amazing view from the back patio at We Olive!

The amazing view from the back patio at We Olive!

As a food lover, I would definitely recommend exploring the city bite by bite through one of the region’s food tours, and I can’t wait to get out on BITE’s Julian tour this winter (can you say apple pie and hard apple cider? Yum!)

Other great local food tours include:  So Diego Tours’ Brothels, Bite & Booze tour and Tacos, Tequila and Tombstones tour – and don’t forget the great Beer and Wine Tours that are available!

What San Diego food tour is your mouth watering for? Tell us in the comments below.

Benjamin Eastman

San Diego Halloween Parties That You Shouldn’t Miss!

Zombie crawl san diego halloween 2013

As we all know, San Diegan’s don’t really need an excuse to dress up in costume…but when there’s an actual holiday with costumes involved, you know this city gets behind it! And while the kids are out trick-or-treating in the early evening, the ghoulish get down at night.

Here are just some of the San Diego Halloween parties that will be sure to get you moving:

San Diego Monster Bash

monster bash san diego halloween 2013

Dancers get the party going at last year’s San Diego Monster Bash

Without a doubt the largest and most spectacular Halloween party in town! They’re shutting down 8 blocks of downtown San Diego to create a massive street party with 3 music stages, 10 bars, 50 dancers and thousands of costumed party-goers.

When: Saturday, October 26th, 6:00pm – Midnight
Where: 7th Avenue & Market Street, San Diego, 92101 
  $40 Advance General Admission; $45 Day-Of General Admission or upgrade to VIP status for lots of fiendishly fun extras
> Get your tickets to Monster Bash 2013

San Diego Zombie Crawl

Zombie crawl san diego halloween 2013

Things might get scary at Zombie Crawl

As the perfect add-on to your Monster Bash tickets, or even a great party on its own, your Zombie Crawl pass will get you into 22 different Halloween parties at participating downtown bars and nightclubs and includes a free drink at 15 different locations! Enjoy no cover charge access to Halloween hot spots including Bassmnt, F6ix, Stingaree or the Pussy Cat Dollhouse – with free shots at any number of local restaurants, bars and nightclubs. And for those day-walkers who want to party all night, admission to Side Bar’s FIVE TEN “Crack of Dawn” party from 5:00-10:00 a.m. is included!

When: Saturday, October 26th, 5 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Where: 820 5th Avenue, San Diego, 92101
Cost:  $60
> Get your tickets to Zombie Crawl

Hard Rock Hotel’s Halloween Haunts

hard rock hotekl san diego halloween 2013

The Hard Rock Hotel’s annual Halloween bash features lots of room to party

Start the Halloween party early on Saturday night with 3 floors of the Hard Rock Hotel dedicated to Halloween hijinx, featuring 4 venues and 15 DJs! Then come back for more mischief on Halloween night to party with the EC Twins and other featured entertainers in 2 separate venues.

When: Saturday, October 26th and Thursday, October 31st, 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Where: 207 5th Avenue, San Diego, 92101
Cost:  Saturday – $60 pre-sale/$75 Day-Of; Thursday – $30
> Find out more about Hard Rock Hotel’s Halloween Haunts

Night Fright at Wave House Beach Club

night fright wave house san diego beach club halloween

Night Fright is your stop for Halloween on the beach

For those Halloween revelers who just can’t give up being in the sand – even for a wild night of partying – look no further than Fortune 421’s Night Fright party at the Wave House in Mission Beach.  Dance the night away under the stars to the beats of Andy Caldwell, Ayla Simone and Chris Liosi.

When: October 26th, 8 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Where: 3125 Ocean Front Walk, San Diego, 92109
Cost: $12.50 Early Bird/$17.50 Day-Of
> Find out more about Night Fright at the Wave House

Know of any other great San Diego Halloween parties?  Comment below and let us know!

Benjamin Eastman

Cool San Diego Rooftop Pools – A View from the Top!

Andaz San Diego - Rooftop Pools

San Diegan’s love their rooftops. So it should come as no surprise that many downtown hotels, lacking in horizontal space, have gone vertical and placed their pools on the roof.  Those looking for an urban resort pool experience should consider the following rooftop pools:

Hotel Solamar San Diego

Hotel Solamar Rooftop Pool

Relax under the sun at the Hotel Solamar Rooftop Pool

There’s nothing better than a tanning session alongside a great pool – especially when there’s a bar just steps away! Solamar’s pool deck features a relaxed vibe, comfortable lounges and, for those who want to step it up – private cabanas with bottle service. Bottle service not an option? You’re in luck! LoungeSix is just steps away from the pool area and features delicious hand-crafted cocktails and small bite plates.

Pool hours: 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM daily.

Andaz San Diego

Andaz San Diego - Rooftop Pools

Enjoy the view from the rooftop pool above the Andaz San Diego

With gorgeous city views and decadent private cabanas, the Andaz’s rooftop pool is definitely an experience to be remembered! Cabanas have flat screen TVs, offer bottle service – and you can even have a spa treatment in one. For a truly luxurious poolside stay, book an overnight stay in their Cabana Suite which features a spiral staircase to its own private cabana on the pool deck!

Pool hours: 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM daily.

Palomar San Diego

Palomar San Diego - Rooftop Pools

Cool off and mingle at the Palomar Pool and Lounge

Palomar’s 4th floor SummerSalt Rooftop Pool and Lounge is the perfect spot to relax and enjoy an afternoon of flavorful food and skillfully crafted cocktails. Whether you’re in a private cabana, posted up at the bar or soaking in the pool, the chill vibe of the Palomar’s pool deck will surely warm your soul.

Pool hours:  12:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

Hard Rock Hotel

Hard Rock Hotel San Diego Rooftop Pool

This rooftop pool rocks! (Sorry, just had to)

Best known for its Intervention Sunday pool parties during the Summer, the Hard Rock Hotel’s pool is actually surprisingly small. But what the pool lacks in size is absolutely made up for in Rock & Roll! Set above the Gaslamp Quarter, Hard Rock’s “urban garden oasis” features upscale cabanas and lounges with easy access to Float Bar for all your liquid refreshment needs.

Pool hours:  8:00 AM to 8:00 PM

The Westgate Hotel

The Westgate Terrace - Rooftop Pools

Get a good workout and then relax at the Westgate Hotel’s rooftop pool

This rooftop pool is dedicated to your health, mind and body wellbeing. Opening in 2013, the remodeled terrace at the Westgate Hotel will feature an Olympic-sized lap pool, a relaxing lounge area with a fire pit and jacuzzi, and outdoor fitness and training stations.

Where’s your favorite place to swim in San Diego?

Benjamin Eastman

Mardi Gras in San Diego – Carnival in Paradise!

Mardis Gras in the Gaslamp

Would it surprise you to know that San Diego is the city with the largest Mardi Gras festival west of the Mississippi River? I mean, you know San Diegan’s like a good party, right? The following are just a few of the debaucherous ways that you can celebrate on Fat Tuesday (February 12, 2013):

19th Annual Mardi Gras in the Gaslamp

Mardis Gras in the Gaslamp

It’s a carnival atmosphere in the Gaslamp during Mardi Gras. Photo Courtesy of Be Water Photo.

Featuring an electrifying talent lineup ranging from local, regional and national zydeco, blues and rock bands, electronic and House music DJs, dance crews, acrobats and visual artists on 4 stages – this celebration will be a wonderland of fun!

Location: 5th Avenue between Market & L Streets (Gaslamp Quarter)
Time: 5:00 to 11:00pm
Cost: In Advance – $40. Day of – $50.
> Find out more about Mardi Gras in the Gaslamp

Gaslamp Mardi Gras – The French Connection

Gaslamp Mardi Gras - The French Connection

Get into the Gaslamp’s hottest clubs during Mardi Gras with the French Connection VIP pass.

Rather celebrate the holiday inside a bar or nightclub? Check out Club VIP’s “The French Connection” passport which gets you VIP Access to a number of Gaslamp nightclub celebrations (including those at the Hard Rock, Belo, Onyx, McFadden’s and the Pussycat Dollhouse!) and runs until 4:00 in the morning! Your passport cost includes welcome shots at 10 different venues and food & drink discounts at all participating venues.

Location: 5th Avenue between E and G Streets (Gaslamp Quarter)
Time: 5:00 PM to 4:00 AM
Cost: $29 pre-sale
> Find out more about Gaslamp Mardi Gras – The French Connection

12th Annual Hillcrest Mardi Gras

HIllcrest Mardi Gras

HIllcrest Mardi Gras. Photo credit: Jim Winsor

The Hillcrest Street Party will feature live entertainment, special guest performers and food & drink options. Count on lots of beads and lots of fun! For an even more memorable event, check out their VIP options (an additional $50) which provides partiers with an express entry and private reception & bathrooms.

Location: University Avenue between First & Fourth Avenues (Hillcrest)
Time: 6:00 to 11:00 PM
Cost: $15-$75
> Find out more about Hillcrest Mardi Gras

More Mardi Gras in San Diego

And for those who want to start early, check out the Little Italy Carnavale and the San Diego Brazilian Mardi Gras Ball happening on February 9th!

Benjamin Eastman

New Year’s Eve San Diego-style!

New Year's Eve with Big Night San Diego

No matter how good (or bad) 2012 was, everyone’s looking forward to a better 2013 and that starts with New Year’s Eve in San Diego! So are you going to spend another night on your couch watching thousands of revelers celebrating on TV or are you going to go out there and usher in 2013 with a bang?!

Haven’t made plans yet? Not sure where to go? Here’s a handful of options that will surely give you a night to remember!


Big Night San Diego

New Year's Eve with Big Night San Diego

Spend New Year’s Eve and make new friends at Big Night San Diego

The thousands of people attending this event each year can’t be wrong…This party is A-mazing!  Your All-Inclusive tickets get you access to 12 themed party areas, 6 dance floors, food, drinks and a ton of fun! If you’ve got a little extra cash to spend, spring for the VIP tickets for the top-shelf liquor and private bars – while the lines at the normal bars are never bad, it’s always good to ring in the new year VIP-style!

Location: Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel, One Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101 (map)
Time: 9:00 PM to 3:00 AM
Cost: Starting at $120
> Find out more about Big Night San Diego

NYE Ivy with Drop the Live & Grum


Featuring headliners DJ Drop The Line from NYC and DJ GRUM from Scotland, Andaz is definitely an enticing option for the imported electronic music crowd. With 5 separate venues throughout the hotel offering entertainment – including the Ivy Nightclub downstairs and the Ivy Rooftop (because let’s face it…San Diego’s beautiful weather let’s us party outside while people in other cities have to bundle up on NYE).  And let’s not forget the Lipstik Dancers. These girls are H-O-T, hot!  Tickets include “playful party favors” and a champagne toast at midnight.

Location: 600 F Street, San Diego, CA 92101 (map)
Time: 9:00 PM to 1:30 AM
Cost: Starting at $75
> Find out more about NYE Ivy with Drop the Live & Grum

More Downtown New Year’s Eve Celebrations

And of course, don’t forget your favorite nightclubs when making NYE plans – FLUXX, Stingaree, SideBar and Hard Rock.

On The Coast

New Year’s Eve Beach Party


Located at the beautiful Catamaran Resort Hotel & Spa on Mission Bay, this 2,000+ person party features entertainment by Sleeping Giant Music (DJ Fresh One, DJ Chris Cutz, DJ G-Roy & DJ Sanjay, etc) in 4 separate areas. Hors d’oeuvres, drinks and a ton of fun can be had at this annual event. This year’s bonuses include an optional VIP Party Boat pass that will take you out onto Mission Bay aboard a private boat with 3 decks of music, a prize casino, open bar and the ultimate in unique experiences.  Also, don’t forget to stop by one of the party’s themed photo booths for some commemorative photos. Remember what happens on NYE stays on NYE, right?!

Location: 3999 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109 (map)
Time: 8:00 PM to 1:30 AM
Cost: Starting at $139
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In The Water

Moonlight NYE Cruise 2013 Aboard The California Spirit


Board the California Spirit at 9:30pm and ring in the New Year on the open water. What better way to enjoy the last night of 2012 than gazing at the picturesque views of Downtown and Coronado? With 2 dance floors, open bar, food and party favors you will experience an evening like no other! Tickets start at $175 or spring for an extra $25/person for your group of 6 and get a reserved table. The boat returns to the dock at 1:00am.

Location: 1050 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101 (map)
Time: 9:00 PM to 1:00 AM
Cost: Starting at $175
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Be Safe this New Years Eve in San Diego

Now remember gang… There’s a lot of fun to be had on New Year’s Eve (and believe me, there are a lot of people having it!) but be responsible…don’t drink and drive – and don’t be “THAT GUY”!

Happy New Year!

Benjamin Eastman

Halloween Nightlife, Parties and Cruises in San Diego – 2012

Crowds - San Diego Monster Bash

Halloween and nightlife go hand-in-hand. What other night can you go out dressed up in whatever you want and have people not even bat an eye at you? It’s the night that it’s OK to howl at the moon, wallflowers become the center of attention and venue decorations are overshadowed by the amazing and creative costumes of their patrons.

Not sure yet where you’re going to enjoy San Diego’s Halloween Nightlife this year?  Here are a number of options that you should seriously consider!

Andaz San Diego’s Maxim Devil’s Cut Halloween 2012 Party

Andaz San Diego's Maxim Halloween Party

Devilish Fun at Andaz San Diego’s Maxim Halloween Party

Maxim Magazine has chosen the Andaz San Diego as one of the few venues in the country to host one of their deliciously naughty Halloween parties – and you know the Andaz & Ivy Nightclub will deliver! The devil-themed underground Ivy Nightclub will feature the deliciously evil Lipstik dancers, while the rooftop will radiate a “heavenly,” vibe with white, modern energy. Those who can’t decide between heaven & hell, can congregate in the Ivy Wine Bar which will be transformed into Andaz’ own Garden of Eden – with an Adam & Eve theme. With 4 beautiful Maxim models circulating through the party meeting, greeting & taking photos with guests the evening will undoubtedly prove to be one for the record books!

Location: Andaz San Diego (map)
Date: Saturday, October 27, 2012
Time: 9:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Tickets:  $50; Bottle service available

San Diego Monster Bash

Crowds - San Diego Monster Bash

San Diego Monster Bash

Perhaps the largest Halloween party in town is the 12th Annual Dos Equis XX Monster Bash block party taking place between 6th & 8th Street and Market & J Street. With nearly 20,000 revelers in attendance at last year’s Bash, this year is likely to be bigger and better! 3 stages of entertainment are sure to keep you party rockin’ all night – but don’t worry, there will be 10 bars situated throughout the venue to help you keep cool. While dancing to the likes of Flosstradamus or The Knocks, be sure to check out the over 50 sexy stage dancers and thousands of hot, costumed attendees. Debauchery and scandal will turn this party into a Halloween hotbed never before seen in San Diego!

Location: Gaslamp Quarter
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Time: 6:00 PM to 12:00 AM
Tickets: Pre-sale – $40; $45 at the door; $35 VIP Upgrade

The Titanic Halloween Masquerade

The Titanic Halloween Masquerade

For Halloween party-goers with a twisted sense of humor, why not sail aboard the Hornblower Inspiration on a Titanic themed party cruise? The decks will be full of ghosts & ghouls resurrected from the Titanic and after a few drinks at one of the many bars, you all will be partying it up like it is 1912!

Location: Hornblower Inspiration Yacht
Date: Saturday, October 27, 2012
Time: 8:30 PM to 1:30 AM
Tickets: Starting at $50

9th Annual Halloween Ball

9th Annual Halloween Ball at the Prado Flyer

Work night? What work night? For those wanting to continue to celebrate on the 31st, The Prado will once again feature Balboa Park’s sexiest Halloween party. Set in the gorgeous ballrooms and courtyard of The Prado, the Halloween Ball will feature 4 stages of entertainment (with headliners Manufactured Superstars) and over 20 bars.

Location: The Prado Restaurant at Balboa Park (map)
Date: Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Time: 9:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Tickets: Pre-sale tickets:  $40, but prices will go up to $75

Of course there will be tons of other fun including a Halloween Party Cruise aboard the William D. Evans and other excitement at your local favorite nightlife spots like FLUXX (their current fluxuation is Fetish, and will have Lil Kim performing on Halloween night), Stingaree (Asylum theme with DJ Cobra on the 27th and Halloweird on Halloween night) and the Pussycat Dollhouse (Circus Bloodlust party on the 31st) – so there’s no excuse to not get out and let your inner devil out!

So throw on that sexy nurse or escaped convict outfit and head out for a ghoulishly great time!