San Diego Nights: 5 Things To Do After Dark

San Diego Nights: 5 Things To Do After Dark

Getting ready for a trip to San Diego? Don't forget to plan for things to do at night!

Most people planning to visit San Diego have sketched out a plan to visit Legoland, see the animals at San Diego Zoo or catch some surf at the beach, and these are all fine things to do in the day, but what exactly can anyone expect to do in San Diego at night? In this article, we list down five things to do in San Diego after dark.

See a Movie Outdoors

After a busy day touring the city or spending it in a theme park, you and your group can relax at an outdoor theatre and see a movie. Cinema Under The Stars in Mission Hills normally shows movies at 8PM year-round. Tickets cost $15 each plus a $2 reservation fee if you book it online. The movies shown depend on the schedule, and a list can be found on their website.

Seeing a movie outdoors, specifically at Cinema Under The Stars, is quite a unique experience. Blankets and pillows are provided, and should you get hungry, you can purchase a snack on-site. To add to the audience’s comfort, the cinema even has heating lamps installed. Overall, this is a perfect nighttime activity for anyone who wants to rest but still wants an interesting experience. Tickets can be reserved in advance, and if you’re planning to go, you definitely should since tickets can run out fast.

4040 Goldfinch St.
San Diego, CA
(619) 295-4221
https://www.topspresents.com/

Catch a Comedy Show

Fans of live comedy can choose from a few acts and venues around San Diego. One popular choice is The Gaslamp Comedy Show at The Tipsy Crow. The schedule for upcoming shows are on the website of The Tipsy Crow, with most shows starting at 7PM with an entrance charge of $7. Another option is Finest City Improv, which has improve shows on Thursdays to Saturdays starting at around 7:30PM or 8PM. Tickets are normally around $10 to $15.

Each venue has pros and cons. The Gaslamp Comedy Show is cheaper, but it’s gotten tons of great reviews on Yelp. Another plus is that the venue, The Tipsy Crow, is actuall San Diego’s longest-standing bar, making it an interesting visit for sure. The only con here is that the shows aren’t regular, and you’ll have to watch out for when tickets for the next one become available. On the other hand, Finest City Improv has shows weekly.

The Tipsy Crow
770 Fifth Ave
San Diego, CA
(619) 338-9300
http://thetipsycrow.com/comedy-show/

Finest City Improv
4250 Louisiana St.
San Diego, CA
(619) 306-6047
http://www.finestcityimprov.com/

Bring Out Your Inner Child

Open from 4PM to 1AM from Monday to Friday and 12PM to 1Am on Saturday and Sunday, Coin-Op Game Room is a great place to visit for kids at heart. It has 30 games including Galaga, Pinball, Frogger and Twilight Zone #2, which cost more or less 50 cents to play. They have a menu with a number of food and drink choices ranging from chicken wings and carne asada fries to beer and punch bowls.

Having a round of drinks and playing your favorite games from childhood sounds like an ideal way to end a day. Overall, the food and drinks at Coin-Op are inexpensive and tasty, but the real star is certainly the row of games available. Anyone can spend a couple of hours here just unwinding.

3926 30th St.
San Diego, CA
(619) 255-8523
http://coinopsd.com/

Get Your Wine On and Paint

Want a unique souvenir from your time in San Diego? Take a paint and sip class! You can choose from a couple of options. The first is Pinot’s Palette, which normally has 7PM classes from Thursday to Sunday. A class costs $35 to $45 for each participant. Another option is Painting & Vino, which normally has classes almost everyday at 6PM for $45 per person.

This is a fun activity that has been getting some attention lately, and it’s recommended for people over 21 who want a sort-of-chill night with friends or a date. Between the two studios, you can choose one based on their location as well as the classes or paintings available. Information can be found on their websites.

Pinot’s Palette
2820 Roosevelt Rd
San Diego, CA
(619) 675-0058
http://www.pinotspalette.com/libertystation

Painting & Vino
2400 Kettner Blvd
San Diego, CA
(619) 246-3448
http://paintingandvino.com/

Have a Bonfire

A bonfire by the beach might be impossible if you’re from out of town, but Beach Fire Guy makes it easy and convenient. Enjoy a bonfire by the beach in San Diego through Beach Fire Guy’s packages like the San Diego Chill Out Beach Fire which costs $80 or $100 (depending on the day) and includes a standard beach fire, wood, a fire starter kid, ash disposal and clean up. They can also set up a S’more Party for $100 or $119 including the items from the Chill Out Beach Fire package plus tiki torches and s’mores.

Beach Fire Guy definitely takes out the hassle of setting up your own bonfire. Now you can just give them a call and have your nighttime beach bonfire ready for you. A great tip is to have it set up by late afternoon as you hang out at the beach and light it up as the sun sets. A bonfire is an ideal choice for groups looking for a bonding experience or something to do as a collective at the end of the day.

Mission Bay
San Diego, CA
(858) 405-6391
http://www.beachfireguy.com/

There are a lot of things to do in San Diego, even after dark! Learn more about attractions, accommodation and dining options in the area by reading our articles on Daring Penguin.

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