While San Diego's not exactly the Big Apple of the West Coast as far as nightlife is concerned, it's definitely not lacking for a club scene. We like to drink, we like music, we even like to dance occasionally. From "Skull Kontrol" to "Fashion Whore," the list of club nights is plentiful and expanding. Which nights are the hottest of happenings, the danciest of the dancey? Judging quality and danceability over quantity and hype, we've narrowed it down to a few listed below in no particular order.
Jivewire @ The CasbahThe first and most obvious of inimitable events in this city is Jivewire, the not-so-regularly occurring party every month or so at The Casbah. What started as a relatively small dance night at Live Wire in North Park has exploded into an always-packed primo party for kids from every walk of life-be they surfers or stoners, hipsters or hoodlums. Usually taking place on holiday weekends or whenever there's a hole in the live-music schedule, Jivewire welcomes the One Nation DJs-Atari and Blackstone-for a night of disco, new wave, party-punk and hip-hop gems from the last two decades. The combination of cheap booze, amazingly danceable tunes and no cover charge fills The Casbah to its capacity every time, so it's highly advisable to show up early if you want to avoid the line. www.thecasbah.com.
Dub Dynamite @ Bar DynamiteSince late 2003, reggae fans and dub heads in San Diego have been shaking things up at Dub Dynamite every Monday night inside Bar Dynamite. Tribe of Kings Soundsystem's Rashi and RE:UP magazine's Eddie Turbo showcase their sexy selections of reggae roots, "rub-a-dub" and 21st-century dub music for this cover-free event, where there's "never no fuss nor fight" and always a mind-blowing, earth-vibrating bass. www.my space.com/dubdynamite.
Kimika Events @ Various locations Party promoters around the country are looking to Tijuana for pointers on how to create a truly incredible dance scene. The production team known as Kimika, for example, has been throwing a series of parties in Tijuana during the past few years that cater to partygoers whose enthusiasm for the music is unparalleled in any other city in North America. Bringing in first-class acts like Tiesto, Mark Farina, DJ Hell, Hernan Cattaneo and Swayzak to venues like El Foro, Mexitlan, Trez Lounge and La Candelaria, Kimika's dance-till-sunrise bashes are peerless in their energy and vibrancy. These guys positively are the definition of "party"-er, fiesta. www.kimika.org.
Dos Tres @ Modus Supper ClubOne of the newest club nights, Dos Tres quickly joined the list of San Diego's leading electronic-music events. Every Thursday, the crew of local DJs known as L.A.M.M.B. trade off as "master of the turntables" to create a night of minimal, tech, "quirky house" and indietronic dance. Frequently welcoming international mixers like Maurice Fulton, Style of Eye and Optimo, Dos Tres places DJ superstardom literally at arm's length. www.my space.com/viceversaclub.
Deep @ Honey Bee HiveNo "best club nights" list would be complete without giving a nod to San Diego's longest-running strictly drum-and-bass event. Celebrating their sixth anniversary last November, Deep's resident DJs-Probable Cause, Skyler Mic and Wallkrawler-blow out the speakers every Thursday night at the Honey Bee Hive and continually welcome guest DJs like John B, Ed Rush and The Usual Suspects. Here's to six more years. www.my space.com/deep_sd.