Are you headed to Southern California and ready to party? After a day on the beach, young folks in the San Diego or La Jolla area usually head to Pacific Beach for its extensive collection of bars, clubs, and nightlife. If you’re going to be in the area, known as PB to the locals, you need to know a few things about this SoCal party capital.
Top Spots to Chill With A View
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There are dozens of clubs in PB, and each one has its own personality. If you want to enjoy the views, there are a few clear winners. If you’re looking for a friendly, happy environment to grab a casual margarita and dance to the sounds of a DJ, head to Baja Beach Cafe. Baja Beach’s patio has one of the best views in the area, and the place is always full of partiers who are ready to have a good time.
The Shore Club’s roof is another great place to watch the waves roll in with a drink in hand. The bar sits right on the sand and feels like a continuous beach party. The menu has a Mexican slant and goes well with margaritas or beers. This is a great place to relax with friends all afternoon or evening, and you won’t forget you’re in Southern California for a moment.
For sunset views, go to the rooftop on El Prez. This popular bar offers a huge selection of beers on tap, delicious tacos, and a wide variety of tequilas to try.
Want Live Music?
Moonshine Beach is a country bar with live music and line dancing. Live Melons offers live music on the boardwalk, and the Cannibal Bar is the place to catch local up-and-comers.
Best for Beer Lovers
The Pacific Beach Alehouse is a perennial favorite in PB. The brewery has won awards for its craft beers, and the second floor gives you beautiful views of the ocean. This is a quieter place where the locals go to eat dinner or watch the game.
Barrel Republic is a unique venue for beer lovers. A wristband gives you access to more than 40 taps, each with a different beer. Signs describe each beer’s unique flavor profile and cost per ounce. The bar has board games and tables for quiet conversations with friends.
Another good spot for beer lovers is the Tap Room, which also offers great food, including some of the best pizza in PB. The Tap Room’s patio is dog-friendly, so if you’re traveling with your pooch, this is the place to visit.
Don’t try to party in PB and drive. Get a hotel in Pacific Beach so you won’t have far to go, and use Uber if you’re too far from your room to walk. Leave your valuables in your room, and keep your phone secure. Partying travelers are a clear target for pickpockets. Be extra careful on drinking holidays like St. Patrick’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, or the Fourth of July.
These clubs and dozens more are waiting for you in Pacific Beach, where the nightlife is hopping all year round.