Insomniac Events has been a dominating force in the dance music scene for decades in Southern California with its flagship festivals such as Beyond Wonderland and Escape Halloween, as well as club nights at Exchange LA and Academy LA. While they’ve traditionally touched down in cities like Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Costa Mesa, one further South towards the border, San Diego, has remained rarely touched by the behemoth brand.
More recently, it seems the tides have shifted in the favor of San Diegans. Towards the end of 2020, Insomniac announced the Chula Vista Drive-In concert series, but those shows were unfortunately canceled due to concerns surrounding the pandemic. Then, this past year, they hosted their first-ever standalone event in San Diego with the emergence of Audiotistic San Diego, which featured a stacked lineup over two days at the North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre.
OMNIA San Diego, which formerly hosted major names in the scene like Armin van Buuren, Above & Beyond, Marshmello, and more, remained shuttered since the onset of the pandemic – even while other local clubs have begun hosting shows once again. Many were left to wonder what would happen to the massive venue in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter downtown, but rumors of the club changing hands to Insomniac began to swirl in late 2021.
The news broke when a liquor license was submitted by the CEO and founder of Insomniac, Pasquale Rotella. Previously owned by the Hakkasan group, the Omnia Nightclub in San Diego is the sister of the famous Omnia Las Vegas. In 2020, the club had big plans for its 5th anniversary. However, the pandemic forced the venue to shut down, and even though the majority of clubs opened back in the country, this one didn’t.
For the moment, it looks like the club’s name will be NOVA SD. Many more details will come in the future, but we can say for sure that the EDM community in the San Diego area will benefit from this move by Insomniac.
Stay tuned for more updates!
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Today, were off to check out some of the best clubs in San Diego that offer a free Guest List! DISCLAIMER ALERT: Before we begin, I have to inform you good readers of TWO very important things.
First, know that not every single one of these venues will always have free guest list for an event. Depending on who’s performing, there may not be a guest list for that night, even if there has been free Guest List 10 nights before.
Second, not every guest list will be free. Even if a Guest List was free Friday, it may not be Saturday. More often then not, depending on who’s performing, the Guest List is subject to change.
So how do you check to see Guest List details? Discotech has made this difficult and tedious process easy and simple. So, are you still looking for the best clubs offering free Guest List in San Diego? Now you can see upcoming events, sign up for guest list and book table service directly on the free Discotech Mobile App. Or reach out to our helpline directly at 415-735-6716 – we can help you pick a spot for your next night out in San Diego.
Now back to our list. As you may already know, these lists are in alphabetical order, not ranking order. That way we can provide details and pictures and let you decide which club most appeals to you. So, to find your next favorite free spot in San Diego, look no further. Here we go!
Inspired by Pancho Villa and the pistoleros of the Mexican Revolution, El Chingon is a new badass club in the San Diego Gaslamp. With an exciting menu featuring some Mexican classics, they serve only the best of the best when it comes to ingredients and spirits.
Nothing makes great Mexican food better than a little something to quench your thirst! Aside from their curated selection of tequilas, mezcales and sotoles, they’ve carefully crafted a drink menu that will pair perfectly with any menu item or stand boldly alone. For those looking to elevate their nightlife experience, El Chingon offers bottle service to those really looking to party. Make sure to check out up coming events at El Chingo to sign up for Guest List and see who’s performing!
FLUXX has shown itself to be the next big thing in nightlife and event venues. Located in downtown San Diego, this ever-evolving venue commands your full sensory attention from the moment you step inside the doors.
From touchable design textures and vibrant pops of color to the pulsating sound system, tantalizing cocktails, an amazing bottle service selection and views, FLUXX finds a way to pull you into its world and leave you with higher expectations of “a night on the town.”
With world class entertainment and A-list celebrity guests, you are sure to not only see the stars, but feel like one yourself! True to its name, FLUXX nightclub’s mood are kept in a constant state of change. Guests remain intrigued with the regular shifts in theme and style, creating a unique experience with every new transformation.
Whether you are drenched in an underwater fantasy with mermaids, or riding a psychedelic rainbow next to giant mushrooms, there is one thing that is for sure…you never know where FLUXX is going to take you next. Luckily for you, entry is free (depending on the night) with FLUXX Guest List through Discotech!
Modeled after her sister club in Las Vegas, Omnia San Diego ups the ante for San Diego nightlife, featuring top tier talent on a weekly basis, with DJs such as Gareth Emery, Afrojack, 3LAU, Calvin Harris, and Tiesto gracing the decks.
When guests walk through the doors on the corner of Sixth and Island Ave., they will immediately be immersed into the dark, provocative and intriguing world that is OMNIA, covered with burgundy velvet wallcovering at the ticketing desk and a mirrored portal lined with mesmerizing LED screens.
Party-goers enter the club’s main room, which comes in hot at 8,000 square feet of ornate black, gold and dark walnut tones. Gold leather banquette-style booths surround the dance floor, enhanced with state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems. Look for the signature black and gold custom wall and horizontal LED strips pulsating to the beat of music.
Then of course, guests can make their way to the main bar before heading upstairs. For the best view of the club, VIP boxes equipped with bottle service line the 4,000-square-foot balcony that offers an exclusive vantage point of the dance floor. A separate balcony bar serves libations here, too, designed with a wallcovering reminiscent of tin ceiling patterns. Continuing upward, a 7,000- square-foot rooftop terrace incites a romantic garden scene under the stars, lined with tiered cabanas, sofas and enchanting greenery.
The rooftop, with views of the Gaslamp, will also feature its own DJ booth mounted on a platform for an enhanced audience experience. With all this, you would be crazy not to sign up for Guest List at Omnia.
Onyx Room Nightclub has represented what is best in San Diego’s nightlife for years. Featuring a variety of local San Diego spun DJs and international talent along with world-class bottle service. Onyx has created a night-time destination for all.
With music genres from hip hop, mash-ups, top 40 and party rock to house, electronic, dubstep, 80’s and reggae they have something to offer for everyone. What really makes a dance club are the people. It is here that Onyx has captured something special as it attracts an open minded, up-for-anything and above all, incredibly friendly crowd.
Onyx brings something different to the culture of San Diego’s downtown nightlife. It is a nightclub at ease with all the details that make a club really work, and an unusually tight synergy in the music. Join Onyx’s nightclub in the Gaslamp district for a great time! Check out upcoming events at Onyx to sign up for Guest List!
Parq SD. So what’s this highly-anticipated new hotspot all about? The restaurant and club together make up 40,000 square feet of entertainment space, all designed by the renowned designer Davis Ink.
Chandeliers guide party-goers through a dark brick tunnel and onto the dance floor. Contrasting textures and colors stimulate the senses, as seen on the booth upholstery, custom metal tree branch dividers and warm walnut wood tones.
Ladies, listen up: A women’s makeup lounge will be available with its own bar, where makeup artists are ready for whatever you could want. A video confessional and photo booth will also ramp up the fun. While you’re exploring, take note of the luxury VIP tables, a state-of-the-art sound system and lighting by Steve Lieberman of SJ Lighting, whose work includes the Electric Daisy Carnival and Drai’s in Las Vegas. Looking to hop on the Guest List? We got you! Click upcoming events at Parq to reserve your spot today!
Sevilla Nightclub was launched in 1987 and has been drawing fans of the many forms of Latin and Spanish music and dance ever since. They offer an intimate ambiance, a roomy dance floor, VIP bottle service amenities, Salsa lessons, Bachata lessons, and Merengue lessons throughout the week.
Side Bar, an intelligent combination of both ultra lounge and nightclub, provides a dynamic aesthetic with classic sex appeal. A mismatched array of leather booths and velvet couches lend themselves to be both lounge seating and bottle service tables.
A cluster of maroon birdcages dangle from the lofted ceiling above the front lounge. The caged theme continues to the focal point of the club; a life-size birdcage that houses the DJ and doubles as a stage for go-go’s to climb in and tease the high-energy dancing crowd that gathers below.
A custom-designed ambient lighting package provides just the right mood for any given event while the unique collection of erotic paintings and decor provide subtle distractions. Side Bar is one of the best hip hop nightclubs in San Diego, and they offer an experience that is both stimulating and suggestive depending upon where you are standing. For free entry, click upcoming events at Side Bar and hop on the Guest List!
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After an impressive, nearly 15-year run in the Gaslamp, Side Bar will temporarily suspend its industry nights, DJ sessions, and bottle service-fueled dance parties. The well-established bar, lounge, and nightclub is closing this Sunday, June 24 for a top-to-bottom renovation by RMD Group, which also operates the adjacent Ciro’s Pizzeria and Rustic Root and Volcano Rabbit in the Gaslamp
The remodel will reportedly take the venue in a more upscale and elevated direction. When it reopens this fall, Side Bar will feature a craft-ier cocktail menu as well as offer food service. A countdown to Sunday’s closing date starts tonight with its very last industry night, follow by the final Latin-inspired Stilo Thursday. Demolition Night is scheduled for Friday, with memorabilia and other pieces of the bar up for grabs, and an over-the-top “champagne war” blowout will go down on Saturday.
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After more than a year of gestation and much speculation, CH Projects’ has laid its offering at the feet of the tiki community by finally launching False Idol this past Sunday. Positioned as a bonafide tiki bar in the truest sense, it was created in partnership with author and rum expert Martin Cate, whose highly-regarded Smuggler’s Cove in San Francisco was deemed Best American Cocktail Bar at the year’s Tales of the Cocktail.
Now open from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. daily, reservations — made via the bar’s website or OpenTable — are highly recommended, as the intimate space is only 1,000-square-feet. Hidden within a walk-in cooler inside Craft & Commerce, which just reopened last week after a year-long hiatus, the tropical wonderland is covered in tiki icons from top to bottom — from a ceiling strung with puffer fish and colorful glass buoy balls to walls and bar surfaces covered with custom masks and carvings of “false idols”. Vintage tiki ephemera, from matchbooks to menus, is displayed under glass on the bar top and there’s even an entrance grotto complete with a waterfall and a real flaming volcano. The bar’s tiki cred is enhanced by the involvement of famed industry craftsmen Bosko Hrnjak (Tiki Objects by Bosko) and Ignacio “Notch” Gonzalez (Top Notch Kustoms).
The 36-count drink menu, a collaboration between Cate and CH Projects Beverage Director Anthony Schmidt, will be served in custom-made tiki mugs. Spanning Polynesian classics to more modern craft interpretations, the $13 to $22 lineup ranges from the iconic Trader Vic’s Mai Tai and Eastern Sour to lost concoctions from long-shuttered tiki hotspots, including the Coronado Luau Special (blended lightly aged rum and black rums combined with brandy, dry curacao, orgeat, lemon and orange) from Hotel Del Coronado’s now-defunct Luau Room.
Some of the original cocktails include the Mai Sha Roa Na (blended Jamaican rum, madeira, banana liqueur, vanilla macadamia nut cordial, brightened with fresh lemon) and the Ode to Okolehao (bourbon, vanilla macadamia nut cordial, squeezed-to-order lemon and orange). There are also two $40 shareable cocktails, including the Luau Scorpion bowl for four people and the interactive Alkala the Fierce made with chai-infused-bourbon, aged and dark rum, vanilla, pimento dram and orgeat; ordering the drink will cause smoke and lava to billow from the volcano and the banquette seats to rumble and shake. False Idol will also house a serious rum collection — more than 200 rare and vintage varieties — and plans to launch a special Rum & Cocktail Club for die hard fans of the spirit.
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The first round of food and drink reveals slated for the Gaslamp’s forthcoming Pendry San Diego, the first hotel site for a new luxury brand developed by the well-regarded Montage Hotels & Resorts, contained a trio of venues that will be operated in partnership with Clique Hospitality, including Lionfish, its signature restaurant helmed by local chef Jose “JoJo” Ruiz (Ironside).
Due to open in the Gaslamp by late 2016, the Pendry is aiming to offer much more than just a swanky hotel stay; in addition to the Lionfish restaurant, The Pool House rooftop lounge, and nightlife venue Oxford Social Club, the 12-story complex will also house three more hospitality concepts designed to attract both locals and tourists. Of course, bottle service at the Oxford Social Club will be available.
Craft beer-centric Nason’s Beer Hall, named after the Nason & Co. Farmer’s Market that once operated at the same downtown site in the 1900s, will feature a deep tap list San Diego-made beers and international brews, plus a menu of global comfort food, and entertainment via vintage bar games.
At the Pendry’s lobby bar, Fifth & Rose, craft cocktails and elevated bar food will be served in a living room-inspired setting.
And its all-day eatery, dubbed Provisional Kitchen, Café & Mercantile, is being designed in collaboration with Raan and Lindsay Parton of Alchemy Works in Los Angeles. The greenhouse-like space will encompass a restaurant, which will offer a seasonal menu and takeaway options, and a marketplace retailing everything from homeware to gourmet pantry items and jewelry. In the communal dining room will be a full-service espresso bar fueled by Vittoria Coffee, an Australian brand which also runs the coffee program at Big Sur’s Post Ranch Inn.
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