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Party Scene


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4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: There are always parties but Greek parties are difficult to get into

2 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Most parties are Greek parties that only allow sorority girls in or girls that look like sorority girls

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: There is always something to do

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5 College Freshman

Party Scene: Theres a party almost every night of the week.

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5 College Freshman

Party Scene: Nightlife is great but its mostly available to greek life.


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San Diego State is known as a party school for good reason; it has the biggest college nightlife scene in San Diego, and one of the largest in California, along with UC Santa Barbara and CSU Chico. There is always something going on during the weekend, whether it is an `80s party on Fraternity Row or a triple-kegger at a random house down Montezuma Road. As long as you have some connections, you will always have something to do every weekend night. For those over 21, San Diego offers one of the best bar and club scenes in the nation. Pacific Beach and downtown San Diego are the two biggest hotspots. Mexico is always an option for anyone who wants to cut loose across the border.

Greek parties often get all the attention regarding nightlife. Unfortunately, fraternity parties can be a hassle to get into for non-Greek guys, and girls may be harassed by the fraternity members themselves. House parties occur just as often as fraternity parties do, though they tend to get broken up by the police. The police have become really strict during the evening, and have sucked a little fun out of the party scene. However, when one party gets busted up, you move on to the next. The nightlife around campus is incredibly strong, but it gets tired after a while due to the monotonous nature of it all. However, once you get tired of the San Diego State parties, you've still got plenty of bars and clubs to visit in La Jolla, Pacific Beach, downtown, and Mexico.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Downtown
  • Gaslamp District
  • Ocean Beach
  • Pacific Beach
Student Favorites
  • The Bitter End
  • Effin's Pub & Grill
  • Fourth and B
  • In Cahoots
  • Moondoggies
  • Onyx and Thin
  • Pacific Beach Bar and Grill
  • Tavern at the Beach
Other Places to Check Out
  • Airport Lounge
  • Bar Basic
  • Bar Dynamite
  • Belo
  • Ole Madrid
  • Red Circle Café
Local Specialties
  • AleSmith:
  • Alpine Beer Co. :
  • Firehouse Brewery:
  • Gordon Beirsch:
  • Karl Strauss:
  • Oggi's:
  • Stone Brewery:
Favorite Drinking Games
  • 4 Corners
  • Beer Pong (Beirut)
  • Caps
  • Edward 40 hands
  • Flip Cup
  • King's Cup
  • Quarters
  • Waterfall
Useful Resources for Nightlife
  • San Diego Reader
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Effin's Pub and Grill, but keep your eyes open for happy hour specials listed almost everywhere you go.
Organization Parties
Many clubs and organizations at San Diego State rent out venues at the end of each semester. These parties are always a rocking good time—you already know everyone there, and it is a chance to hang out in a much livelier setting than the usual mundane surroundings.

Club ListingsWhat's This?

On Broadway

Located on the outskirts of downtown, On Broadway hosts well-known DJs and performances.

615 Broadway

Downtown San Diego

(619) 231-0011

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Gringo's Cocina y Cantina

4474 Mission Blvd.

Pacific Beach

(858) 490-2877

Dick's Last Resort

An imperfect place in a perfect world. They have always been known for their outrageous, surly, energetic wait staff who inflict humor upon their guests.

345 Fourth Ave.

San Diego

(619) 231-9100

Winston's Beach Club

Hosts live music seven nights a week

1921 Bacon St.

San Diego

(619) 222-6822

The Sunshine Saloon

They have an easy-access window into the Mexican Food restaurant next door called Livingston's so you can grab food without leaving.

5028 Newport Ave.

San Diego

(619) 222-0722

Prospect Bar & Grill

La Jolla's only upscale sports lounge that overlooks the World Famous La Jolla Cove.

1025 Prospect St.

La Jolla

(858) 454-8092

Maloney's Tavern

777 Fifth Ave.

San Diego

(616) 232-6000

Belly Up Tavern

Belly Up has been continually voted "San Diego's Best Live Music Venue"

143 S. Cedros Ave.

Solana Beach

(858) 481-8140


Casbah is a great place to listen to live music, have a few drinks, and enjoy good food.

2501 Kettner Blvd.

San Diego

(619) 232-42355

Pacific Beach Bar and Grill

PB Bar and Grill keeps its guest occupied with pool tables, shuffleboard, darts, and NTN Video interactive television. There are 72 large televisions showing every sporting event.

860 Garnett Ave.

Pacific Beach

(619) 272-4745

Plum Crazy Saloon

Plum Crazy, though located within the heart of the Pacific Beach night scene, claims to be the local home of the Philidelphia Eagles football team, and caters to a mostly college-aged crowd. Inside, there are a dozen televisions, pool, air hockey, and foosball tables.

1060 Garnet Ave.

Pacific beach

(858) 270-1212

Side Bar

Side Bar is a very trendy cocktail lounge featuring video art and vintage films, and it is tailored toward the sophisticated crowd. The drinks here are relatively expensive, but they are almost worth their price.

536 Market St.


(619) 696-0946

Typhoon Saloon

Typhoon saloon has four different levels, including a balcony, pool lounge, and dance floor, as well as being host to frequent live music, making the club appealing to various crowds.

1165 Garnet Ave.

Pacific Beach

(858) 373-3444

Tavern at the Beach

Tavern is a pretty chill sports bar with constant weekly events, a happy hour from noon until 7 p.m., and it has awesome specials.

1200 Garnet Ave.

San Diego

(858) 272-6066

Beach Bar and Living Room

The martinis and cosmopolitans are some of the best drinks served here.

W Hotel 555 West B St.


(619) 231-8220

Café Sevilla

Café Sevilla also offers a dinner show on Saturday nights, as well as a tapas bar and a late-night dining menu. The property also includes Club Sevilla, which hosts live music seven days a week.

555 4th Ave.


(619) 233-5979

In Cahoots

Both beginner and seasoned cowboys and cowgirls can work on their country moves on the dance floor. Cahoots also offers free country dance lessons five days a week, three full service bars, and some of the best country music.

5373 Mission Center Rd.

Mission Valley

(619) 291-1184

Effin's Pub & Grill

Located very close to campus, Effin's Pub is an Irish-themed bar that serves food late, so it's a hot spot for college partiers. Effin's also features a weekly Saturday night cover band, as well as a comedy night.

6164 El Cajon Blvd.

San Diego

(619) 299-9800

Fourth & B

Fourth & B is a small-scale concert venue popular with SDSU students. Bands that play there are usually local or underground in popularity and rarely mainstream, but the place is always packed with music lovers or diehard fans of touring bands.

345 B St.

San Diego

(619) 231-4343

On Broadway

On Broadway has numerous distinct areas within its property, including a huge dance floor which offers house music, `70s and `80s, and hip hop, and a lounge where VIPs can relax and indulge themselves in luxury at a hip, trendy Sushi Bar.

615 Broadway


(619) 231-0011

Onyx and Thin

The classic Jack and Coke is served in a coffee mug and is one of the bar's specialties. Onyx has jazz on Tuesdays, and DJs spin house and club tunes on the other nights.

852 Fifth Ave.

Gaslamp District

(619) 235-6699

The Bitter End

Sometimes the music is played by DJs and other times by local bands. This bar has great drinks and a fun atmosphere, but it is populated by a slightly older 30+ crowd.

770 Fifth Ave.

Gaslamp District

(619) 338-9300


A local sports bar, Moondoggies offers a great place to catch the game, munch on some greasy yet delicious bar fare, and have a few beers. Some evenings they also host live bands.

832 Garnett Ave.

Pacific Beach

(858) 483-6550

What to Do if You're Not 21What's This?

Living Room Cafe and Bistro

Located two miles south of campus, students can relax and enjoy free Wi-Fi. It is a good place for students to study, it feels like you are in a living room.

5900 El Cajon Blvd.

San Diego

(619) 286-8434


Soma is a venue that hosts live music, usually pop/punk, hardcore, ska, emo, indie rock bands and occasionally hip-hop.

3350 Sports Arena Blvd.

San Diego

(619) 226-7662


On Thursday nights, also known as College Nights, Belo hosts 18-and-over events designed for college students to go out and party safely in Downtown. It is perfect for those who want to go party in downtown, but aren't quite 21.

919 4th Ave. #100

San Diego

(619) 231-9200

House of Blues Downtown

House of Blues is a music venue located in Downtown. Although some nights are 21+, the majority of the time they host all-ages events. Many music artist perform here when they well known, but not quite big enough to put on arena shows.

1055 Fifth Ave.

San Diego

(619) 299-2583

The Comedy Palace

An 18-and-over comedy venue

8878 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.

San Diego

(858) 344-9252

Deco's Nightclub

On Thursday nights, also known as College Nights, Deco's hosts 18-and-over events designed for college students to go out and party safely in Downtown. It is perfect for those who want to go party in downtown, but aren't quite 21.

731 5th Ave.

San Diego

(619) 296-3326

Student Polls

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 133 responses

  • 36% The greek life
  • 23% It is whatever you want it to be
  • 21% Halloween
  • 14% Aztec Nights
  • 4% Orientation night
  • 2% Sigma halloween
  • 1% School of OX

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 272 responses

Very poor
  • Convenience to get to
  • Cover charges
  • Distance from campus
  • Drink prices
  • Fun
  • Variety/number of options

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 263 responses

  • 19% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
  • 52% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 17% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 5% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 6% Parties? What parties?


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