We all enjoy a nice relaxing vacation, whether in the mountains of Colorado or the infamous vineyards in California. But sometimes, you need a little adventure in the city. You need to blow off steam, get weird, and explore new cultures while taking in new experiences. You need a vacation where you sleep until noon and party until dawn.
That may be extreme, but you catch the drift.
We have a few suggestions if you are looking for a fun-filled West Coast vacation full of food, fun, and fantastic nightlife.
The 6 West Coast Cities with the Best Night Life
1 - Las Vegas, NV
#1 Best Nightlife Cities in the US According to USA Today.
When you think of epic nightlife, Las Vegas is likely the first city you think of. Millions flock to the city to enjoy its luxurious entertainment options and splendor. With a reputation as America’s adult playground, the Las Vegas strip can feel like a carnival or theme park for those looking for an epic night out. The brightly lit strip is lined with vibrant casinos, nightclubs, and gourmet restaurants.
Vegas is home to the most casinos in the country and the second most bars in the world—countless other forms of entertainment, from famous DJs in glamorous nightclubs to world-renowned dining opportunities.
A few options:
Check out the fountains at the Bellagio Casino.
Take a ride on the High Roller Observation Wheel.
Visit the Neon Museum
Explore the classic, less-frequented casinos on Fremont Street. You’ll also find the incredible SlotZilla Zipline.
Experience the wonder of Cirque du Soleil.
Check out any or all of the incredible casinos. From Caesars Palace Casino to the New York-New York Casino
Just make sure you buy tickets and make reservations in advance.
2 - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles is a sprawling city with some of the country’s most diverse neighborhoods. A hub for visual entertainment and pop culture, and home to eclectic cuisine and culture. The city is large, so it can be challenging to see everything it has to offer. Instead, pick a neighborhood and start exploring the unique culture.
A few options:
La-la-land allows you to party with the stars and dance amongst movie backdrops. Hit up the stylish, see-to-be-seen clubs and hotspots.
Explore swanky rooftop bars and speakeasies in West Hollywood or Beverly Hills.
Hit up downtown clubs for EDM, Latin, or pop dance music.
Tour Paramount Pictures Studio or the Warner Bros. Studio.
Escape the city and enjoy beach-side bars and restaurants in Malibu, Santa Monica, or Venice Beach.
3 - San Francisco, CA
For a California night full of food, art, dancing, and stunning views, there’s no place quite like San Francisco. Whether you are looking to party hard or want a colorful night on the town with your family or friends, San Francisco has something for everyone.
Much like LA, San Francisco offers a variety of eclectic entertainment options, from drag shows to chic wine bars and luxurious nightclubs. And even though it doesn’t hold the same Hollywood, A-list charm that Los Angeles is famous for, it makes up for it by cramming a wide assortment of options into a small space. You can dine in a quirky restaurant by the pier for one minute, then walk a few blocks to one of the city’s many vibrant gay bars or a hipster hideout.
A few options:
Hit up SOMA, Downtown, or Mission Districts for neon markets, hipster hideouts, or other crowded entertainment hubs.
Check out the wide assortment of gay bars on Castro St., where you can dance until you drop, no matter your sexual preference or gender.
Visit the rooftop bars on North Beach.
If clubs and bars aren’t your things, head to the Exploratorium to enjoy their adult-only After Dark parties. You can watch movies under the stars and enjoy incredible food.
OR, go on a ghost hunting tour or night tour of the famous Alcatraz prison.
4 - San Diego, CA
San Diego is known worldwide for its incredible beaches and seaside activities. You can surf at Mission Beach or absorb the sun’s rays at La Jolla. On countless sunny days in San Diego, you can visit their famous Zoo, go whale watching, or take a fishing tour. Then, as the sun sets, you can enjoy any of the numerous bars, nightclubs, and event venues.
A few options:
Enjoy some laughs at any of the multiple comedy clubs around the city.
For music and dancing, check out Flicks in Hillcrest. It’s been a local favorite for almost 40 years.
For movie lovers, you can check out the rooftop theater on top of the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego. They offer weekly showings of cult classics alongside sweeping panoramic views of downtown.
Party on the Beach like a true local at Mavericks Beach Club, a nightclub and entertainment complex.
If you happen to visit on the first Friday of the month, head to the Liberty Station’s Art District and enjoy spontaneous music, dance, theater performances, outdoor movies, and unique art showcases.
If you are in the mood for a Drag Show, head to Lips in North Park.
5 - Seattle, WA
Seattle is more than just Starbucks and fish markets. This under-appreciated city in the Pacific Northwest is home to more than 200 bars and nightclubs and thousands of restaurants. With fewer people crowding the street, partying the night away is much easier. You won’t need to wait in lines for hours or stress about making reservations.
There is something for everyone to enjoy, but especially travelers who hate excessive crowds.
A few options:
Capital Hill is where you want to go for incredible grungy rock bars or artistic bars.
If you want to dance, head to Belltown for amazing dance clubs.
Explore microbreweries in Pioneer Square or scattered throughout downtown Seattle. Some good ones to check out are Pikes Place Market, Holy Mountain Brewing Company, and Cloudburst Brewery.
Laugh until you drop at one of the many comedy clubs, including CSz Seattle, Comedy Underground, or Laughs Comedy Club.
Seattle is a popular musical tour destination. You can take in a play or concert at any of Seattle’s multiple theaters.
Check out a Burlesque Show at The Rendevoux or Can Can clubs.
6 - Portland, OR
If you like the idea of partying without the crazy crowds, Portland might be your ideal destination. This small city is known for its eccentric and wild nightlife. Whether you like strip clubs and dance floors or karaoke and comedy, Portland has something for everyone. You can expect the unexpected in the city that prides itself on being weird.
Being that Portland is known for keepin’ it weird, it wouldn’t be right not to mention a few of their great themed bars. The Funhouse Lounge is excellent for “fringe” theater-like entertainment in the form of burlesque or stand-up comedy. If you love horror, head to The Coffin Club for live music and a unique goth atmosphere.
A few options:
Hit up one of the many open mic nights scattered throughout the city.
If you love karaoke, one of Portland’s multiple nationally acclaimed spots will pique your interest.
Check out any of their adult-friendly gaming spots.
For happy hour, head to Slow Bar for an incredible beer and burger, Cubo for delicious Cuban food and mojitos, or Departure for innovative Asian cuisine and cocktails.
Step back in time and visit one of Portland’s elaborate speakeasies.
In the end,
Whether you are looking for a vibrant night of glamour and entertainment or a memorable night out on the town with the locals, the West Coast has a plethora of nightlife options that will meet anyone’s preference. Partying can get expensive but don’t worry, as a 2xcape member, you can relax knowing you will have safe and comfortable accommodations and save some money. Money that you can spend savoring the nightlife.