In keeping with it's youthful population, Hillcrest has a thriving reputation for its unique nightlife in San Diego. The neighborhood is known for its progressive attitude and active LGBT community so a night out here might mean you seeing a nationally known artist performing at the intimate Martini's Above Fourth, or perhaps the Divas San Diego drag show at Rich's Nightclub. Or watching the latest San Diego Gull's or San Diego Padres game at Flick's Sports & Video Bar. Hillcrest is also home to The Merrow, a fun, hip bar where you can catch San Diego's best bands, comedians, artists and DJ's!
From fabulous nightclubs to quaint retreats, whether you are looking to see and be seen, or looking for something off the beaten track- Hillcrest is the perfect playground for you.
Featured Nightlife & Entertainment
Hopping gay-friendly hangout with a beachy vibe boasts Mexican eats, lots of TVs & happy-hour deals.
142 University Ave - 619.298.2500
One of San Diego’s best happy hour hang outs, this unique location features creative dishes, cozy spaces, and great street side patio with fie pits.
1236 University Ave.
Martinis Above Fourth
Live shows, terrific comedy, and event better cocktails, Martinis is the best kept secret in Hillcrest. A mysterious elevator ride takes you to a terrific lounge and an exciting night out!
3940 4th Ave. #200
One of southern California’s most well known and largest lesbian hot spots, Gossip Grill welcomes everyone to sip at the bar, dance the night away, or hang out around ultra cool fire pits.
1440 University Ave.
Urban Mo’s sets Hillcrest scene with it’s creative spaces including wrap around bars, cozy dining area, street side patios, and a huge dance floor. Once you spend the night, you’ll never be the same.
308 University Ave.
Open since 1960, buzzing gay nightspot boasts bottle service, bar bites, a patio & theme nights.
3796 5th Ave - 619.298.2233
Hillcrest's biggest dance club. Every week, dance your way from Wednesday to Sunday from 10 pm to 2 am.
1051 University Ave - 619.295.2195
#1 Fifth Avenue
Gay-friendly local's hangout boasts an easygoing vibe and a back patio with pool tables. Featuring $5 Stoli drinks on Wednesday's and the best sidewalk cruising!
3845 Fifth Ave - 619.299.1911
Number One Fifth
A charming dive bar and the friendliest bar in San Diego. Great place to meet locals, who have come here for the great attitude of the staff and its friendly atmosphere.
3610 5th Ave - 619.296.6407
Flicks San Diego is arguably the best San Diego Gay Bar in the heart of Hillcrest, one of the original video bars in the US, and home of welfare Wednesdays!
1017 University Ave - 619.397.2056
A Gaelic/Nautical inspired bar and live music concert venue, with regional and choice micro-brews. Neighborhood lounge committed to local art & live music!
1271 University Ave - 619.299.7372