Startup Scene San Diego: Top 5 Post-Work Hangouts

December 04, 2016

If you’re an entrepreneur or work at a startup, it’s easy to fake some after-hours “social” time by ordering in some takeout, digging into a 6 pack, and continuing to hash out the issues of the day with your team. While it makes total sense to enjoy the perks of casual office life, you could be missing out on the restorative benefits of an actual break and setting yourself up for potential burnout. Beyond the benefits of renewed focus, you could even meet some new contacts for your business while out on the town.  Need some inspiration? We’ve got you covered with 5 post work hangouts with the perfect vibe for those living the startup life in San Diego!

The University Club Atop Symphony Towers

Conveniently located at Symphony Towers, The University Club is a great place to see and be seen in San Diego’s business community. Take in the skyline and rub shoulders with potential investors in style. Just don’t forget to make sure a member is in tow!


The Quartyard

For something more casual, hit up The Quartyard and relax open air style over craft beers and artisan hot dogs. Rotating food trucks complete the scene and make the Quartyard the perfect place to spend an evening away from the office. Go on a night when there’s live music to ensure you have something other than work to get excited about as you meet some new pals.



Half Door Brewing Co

Make Half Door Brewing Co your go to Happy Hour spot and indulge in their inspired menu of under $10 drinks and bar bites including their much loved ahi tuna tacos, speciality cocktails, and fried goat cheese. Bringing the team? Get there at 4 to finish up work talk and you’ll still have until 6 to enjoy food & drink specials.



The Local

Head to the local on a Wednesday evening to exercise your mind over a game of trivia. A little friendly competition will keep your mind off work and make it easy to mix and mingle. Not in the mood for trivia? The Local’s whimsical menu and delicious drinks are more than enough to entertain.




For a high-energy crowd in the heart of San Diego’s iconic Gaslamp District, check out Barleymash for people-watching and creative bar fare with an extensive drink menu featuring beer and bourbon. With large communal tables that make it easy to strike up a conversation with your neighbors, Barleymash is the perfect spot for both networking and hanging out with the whole team.