The Field, Las Hadas & Tin Roof Are Fun & Happening Hangouts
San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter is nightlife nirvana on the weekends.
There is live music, DJs, restaurants that turn into mini clubs, pubs, rooftop bars, mysterious places where you stand in a corner at the bottom of steps staring at ivy trying to figure out which wall is the door and bars that are “hiding” clubs in the basement. PubClub.com calls it a “mini Las Vegas.”
Thousands of people are packed into nearly every place and wandering around the streets every Friday and Saturday night as if it’s New Year’s Eve.
Weaving through all this to find a few favorite places is as difficult as being on the 5 freeway at 5 o’clock on a Friday.
This can help. PubClub has identified three “go to” bars that will have you singing, dancing and laughing into the night. There are hardly ever lines at any of these bars, they are all casual places (in other words, it’s where to go when you don’t want to change from the shorts into slacks like is advised for some other places) and only one of them has a cover charge, and that’s just $5.
Las Hadas Mexican Bar
This place is great because it has $5 margaritas. Yes, on the weekend! And not some cheap things with a bunch of ice in a small glass and made with that awful pre-made factory mix. Nope, these are freshly made by the busy yet attentive bartenders, and they are strong. There are also $5 shots of Patron. The crowd mostly crowds around the bar in small groups of friends. It’s not the best mingling bar in the Gaslamp as a result, but it’s great people watching and a PubClub favorite for starting out the night. A DJ provides music and some girls – inspired by the tequila – turn a small area into a makeshift dance floor.
Location: 4th Ave., between Island & Market streets. No cover.
The Field Irish Bar
PubClub loves Irish bars and this is a good one – especially when an Irish band like The Fooks is playing. It’s just a fun party scene. This place reminds PubClub of one of our favorite bars in Las Vegas, the Fine Nine Irishmen, because of the band and the scene. It gets a good, lively crowd of mid-20s to the 40s, including groups of girls, as well as guys looking to have fun and not have to go “clubbing.” And get this: the place has a “beer of the month” that’s only $4.25. In August, it was Heineken, too, not something that’s usually cheap (and I won’t drink) like a Coors Light or Bud Light.
Location: 5th Ave., between Island & Market streets. No cover.
Tin Roof Live Music Bar
Need elbow room after those crowded places? Tin Roof often provides it, as it’s a spacious place and most people pack in at the stage where a band plays fun party cover tunes. There’s singing, dancing, hand waving and sometimes girls are even allowed to get on the bar and dance. Tin Roof is a very fun bar – especially for those who like to sing the lines to their favorite songs.
Location: Market Street & 4th Ave. $5 cover.