San Diego culture & nightlife
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San Diego is known for its eclectic mix of Mexican and American culture, and its thriving arts and music scene. The city is home to symphony halls, opera theatres, award-winning playhouses, comedy clubs and a number of concert venues. It also boasts some of the region's top art galleries and museums.
San Diego is also popular for its good food and great beer. In fact, it's widely considered one of the best places for craft beer in the United States. You can sample local brews at many bars, restaurants and microbreweries throughout the city.
San Diego: eating out
Many popular San Diego restaurants are centred in specific neighbourhoods – the Gaslamp Quarter, La Jolla, Hillcrest, Little Italy and Old Town.
Due to its proximity to Mexico, many restaurants across San Diego offer local Mexican specialties, such as fish tacos, carne asada (grilled meat) burritos, enchiladas and ceviche (cured fish). Top spots for authentic Mexican food in San Diego include:
· Tin Fish in the Gaslamp Quarter, popular for its generous, tasty fish tacos, which are served with fries and coleslaw.
· Café Coyote for super-fresh burritos, tortillas, tamales and quesadillas; the California Burrito, stuffed with grilled meat, cheese and fries, is a must.
· La Puerta in the Gaslamp Quarter, famous for its tacos and margaritas with freshly squeezed lime juice.
· Puesto Mexican Street Food in downtown La Jolla, for grilled meats and seafood.
· Ponce's Mexican Restaurant, a 40-year-old institution that serves tasty Mexican classics, including enchiladas, rice and beans, tacos, burritos and carnitas.
Thanks to its coastal location, San Diego is also popular for its seafood. It has been a major contributor to the tuna industry for decades, and includes a number of top-rated seafood restaurants. A selection of highly rated places to try include Point Loma Seafood's, known for its outstanding crab sandwich, The Fish Market Restaurant, a bay-front restaurant serving grilled seafood, sushi and oysters, Truluck's Seafood Steak and Crab in La Jolla for sushi, seafood and steakhouse classics, and Top of the Market, an establishment with great views and even better fresh seafood.
There are a number of local markets where you can find fresh, organic and seasonal produce, along with gourmet treats, during the day. These include Hillcrest Farmers Market and Ocean Beach People’s Organic Food Market.
San Diego: Nightlife
The historic Gaslamp Quarter in downtown San Diego is the entertainment hub of the city, with hundreds of restaurants, nightclubs, bars, pubs and live music venues within walking distance of each other.
Some of the most popular nightlife spots are Top of the Hyatt, a bar with spectacular views of the San Diego-Coronado Bridge, San Diego Bay and downtown, The Tipsy Crow, a historic tri-level pub with games, comedy acts and live music performances, Pacific Beach Bar and Grill, the perfect place for a laid-back evening, with live music, pool tables, darts and reasonably-priced food and drinks, and The Noble Experiment; a hidden gem in the Gaslamp Quarter, offering fantastic cocktails.
If you're keen to visit a nightclub, On Broadway is an up-scale club housed in an old bank in the Gaslamp Quarter. The stylish club features numerous dance floors and bars. The Bitter End is another up-scale club in the area, with a bar upstairs and a pumping dance floor downstairs. If you're enticed by the rich culture, delicious food and lively nightlife of San Diego, we can help you get there! At Netflights.com, our expert travel team offers the best deals on San Diego holidays – with the lowest possible prices on San Diego flights, hotels and car rental.