Carlsbad Nightlife & Social Scene | RTX Traveler Magazine

  After dark in the Village by the Sea

Carlsbad caters much more to the family-friendly scene than to the spring break partiers, but there are still plenty of options for entertainment and fun after the sun sets over the Pacific and the little ones are tucked away in bed. Theater performances, film screenings, live music and neighborhood pubs are the heartbeat of Carlsbad’s social scene, and here are some highlights for your consideration.


Coyote Bar & Grill Dini’s by the Sea New Village Arts Theater
This hot spot in the Village Faire shopping complex is just a block from the beach and is always busy after dark. With live music five nights a week and fire pits on the busy patio bar, this is the place to grab a drink and your sweetie to dance and laugh the night away. If you visit on a Monday or Tuesday, warm up your vocal chords first for karaoke on both nights. With an extensive tequila selection and a Mexican-inspired menu, this is the place to be for a lively bar scene in Carlsbad. For tasty cocktails with ocean views, Dini’s by the Sea is the place to be in Carlsbad. For more than 20 years, the Dinis brothers have set the standard for hospitality at their bars and restaurants in the area. Dini’s by the Sea is no exception with an intimate indoor space for friendly drinking and dining, and a lively outdoor patio for taking in the best views of the sunset around while surrounded by  new and old friends. In its 13th season between July 2013 and June 2014, this acclaimed theater is housed in an historic lumberyard building from 1922 and seats 99 people for an intimate experience. With around six performances per season and approximately a month between each show, there are regular events held at the theater between shows. This fall, check out “Wait Until Dark,” a tense thriller from the 1960s perfect for Halloween season in October, followed by “Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings,” a holiday musical showing from the end of November until the end of December. Show times and days vary.
300 Carlsbad Village Dr.
Carlsbad, CA 92008
(760) SAY-HOWL
3290 Carlsbad Blvd.
Carlsbad, CA 92008
(760) 434-6000
2787 State St.
Carlsbad, CA 92008
(760) 433-3245


Carlsbad Village Theatre Hennessey’s Tavern
Originally a movie house from the late 1920s, this multipurpose community theater hosts screenings of independent films and documentaries, live performances of theater, dance, music and comedy, festivals, holiday and community events and more. The historic theater in the heart of the village was fully renovated in 1999 and is the perfect place to catch a performance or a film and mingle with locals. If you’re looking for a laid back neighborhood pub where you can carry on a quiet conversation while people watching from the patio or engage in friendly banter with other patrons at the bar, this is the place for you. Hennessey’s features different food and drink specials each day, from a liquor tasting menu and cocktails featuring fresh-squeezed fruit juices to free meals on your birthday week and two burgers for the price of one each Tuesday. This casual joint is family-friendly during the earlier hours with southern California cuisine served for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
2822 State Street
Carlsbad, CA 92008
(760) 720-2460
2777 Roosevelt St.
Carlsbad, CA 92008
(760) 729-6951







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