San Diego Date Night Ideas

Love is in the air this month! Whether you’ve been together for years or are celebrating the start of a great relationship, San Diego is a perfect place to celebrate Valentine’s Day or simply enjoy some unique date nights. Enjoy rooftops with breathtaking views, secret bars, beachside picnics, and special Valentine’s Day celebrations at The Dana. Here are some of our favorite nighttime date ideas!


Have a Bonfire at Sunset Park (a few steps away)

(Photo: @danamissionbay)

Located adjacent to The Dana, Sunset Park is an ideal place for a romantic bayside bonfire. Grab something to-go from Firefly Eatery & Bar and head to the sandy shoreline to enjoy some cozy fireside time together. Plan your bonfire around sunset to see exactly how this spot got its name. 


Check Out Beach House & Belmont Park  (1.1 miles away)

(Photo: @beachhousesd)

For a lively date, head over to Beach House Tequila & Taqueria. The oceanfront space features tiki bars, cabanas, firepits, tropical palm trees, and beachfront bars all designed to ensure you have a good time. Enjoy a menu filled with street tacos and tequila-forward cocktails. During the weekends, the laid-back spot turns into a party with live music from some of the best DJs in the area! If you get here early enough, be sure to stop over at Belmont Park to ride the famous Giant Dipper Rollercoaster, hit some bumper cars or game in the arcade!

3125 Ocean Front Walk at Belmont Park, San Diego, CA 92109 


Drop In to Cannonball (1.2 miles away)


(Photo: @cannonballsd

Sushi, the largest oceanfront rooftop patio in San Diego, and located only a short walk from The Dana make Cannonball one of the best date night spots in the area. Sip on tropical craft cocktails, sake, and local brews while indulging in freshly made and inventive sushi. For an unforgettable experience, reserve a table around sunset so you can catch the show with your dinner.

3105 Ocean Front Walk, San Diego, CA 92019


Go Undercover at Oculto 477 (3.7 miles away)


(Photo: @oculto477)

Step back in time at Oculto 477. This speakeasy pays its respects to mixologists of the past as well as the 477 nextdoor “neighbors” buried in the adjacent cemetery. Oculto 477 politely enforces dress and etiquette codes making this an upscale and classy San Diego date night option. Just getting in is half the fun — you’ll have to visit a mock confessional to confess your sins in order to enter. Once inside, be sure to order the “Risk it All”, a drink where a literal roll of the dice determines what ends up in your glass. 

2414 San Diego Ave, San Diego, CA 92110


Take in a Movie at Rooftop Cinema Club Embarcadero (7.2 miles away)


(Photo: @rooftopcinemaclub)

Catch a movie under the stars and city lights at the Rooftop Cinema Club Embarcadero. Vegan popcorn, snacks, and candy are available along with comfortable seating, this will be the best movie-viewing experience you’ve ever had! Choose from extra comfortable lounge seats, Adirondack loveseats, or traditional Adirondacks and settle in for an ultimate open-air film experience. Beanbags for kids are available making this a great, family-friendly date option. 

Manchester Grand Hyatt, 1 Market Pl, San Diego, CA 92101


Get Your Game on at a Barcade


(Photo: @punchbowlsocial)

“Barcades” are growing in popularity nationwide, and San Diego has some amazing examples. Punch Bowl Social is one such fast-growing fun zone. Imagine your well-off buddy’s basement rec room writ large, and you’re approaching the vibe. Similarly, Coin Op Game Room is a North Park staple (which recently opened a second location in the Gaslamp Quarter). It was the first barcade in “America’s Finest City”, and it remains a mandatory stop for anyone on the hunt for beer, burgers, and bytes. 

Punch Bowl Social (7.5 miles) — 1485 E St, San Diego, CA 92101 

Coin Op Game Room (8.6 miles) — 3926 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104 


Take Off On the MOTHERSHIP (9.3 miles away)


(Photo: @secretsofsunshine and @theresandiego)

For an out-of-this-world date night, head to MOTHERSHIP, San Diego’s newest speakeasy. With a riveting backstory, creative drinks, and permanent vacation vibes, this hidden bar is a sci-fi lovers’ paradise. Pair your tropical cocktails or mocktails with delicious food, and you’re sure to have an otherworldly time!

2310 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104


Enjoy a Picnic at Ellen Browning Scripps Park (10.8 miles away)

(Photo: @lajolla_seals)

Considered one of the most photographed spots in San Diego, Ellen Browning Scripps Park is an ideal place for a romantic evening stroll on the beach. The sandy beaches below the park are some of the most breathtaking places you’ll ever see, even in a city that is filled with nothing but beauty. Don’t forget to snap some photos to remember your cozy evening! 

1100 Coast Blvd, La Jolla, CA 92037


Celebrate Valentine’s Day at The Dana on Mission Bay

Celebrate the month of love at The Dana with our Feel the Love Package. You and your beloved will enjoy room accommodations and a daily $25 food credit for any stay in February. For the ultimate Valentine’s Day date, celebrate a delicious three-course meal with champagne and unbeatable marina views at Firefly Eatery & Bar. 

Book your romantic getaway now!