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Popular Nightlife Venues in Cardiff-by-the-Sea and Nearby


Cardiff-by-the-Sea is known by most for being a great surf destination and having some of the most beautiful beaches in the area, but few know that it is also a great place to have some night fun.

There are various notable venues where you can retire for a fun night, some more fancy, others more casual, where you can find:

  • dance floors
  • live music
  • pool tables

We've put together a list of our top 3 most popular locations in the area, to make it easier for you to choose the place that best suits you.


Address: 540 S Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA.

Opening hours: Wednesday - Friday: 4:30 PM to 2AM, Saturday & Sunday: 12AM to 2AM.

Shelter is an Open-Air Dining Experience with a full service cocktail lounge, bar and restaurant in the heart of Downtown Encinitas.

This venue has some unique features that set it out from the rest:

  • retractable ceiling that allows the air to flow and clients see the sky
  • open-air patio area featuring a large fire pit
  • state of the art audio and video system for DJ's and performers

Duke's Cardiff Office Cocktails

Address: 110 Aberdeen Dr # A, Cardiff, CA.

Opening hours: Monday - Sunday: 09 AM to 2 AM.

Tucked away in a strip mall next to the deliciously renowned VG Donuts & Bakery, Duke's Office has a much airier, welcoming atmosphere.

The walls are paneled in light natural wood and decorated with all manners of sports memorabilia, some signed by local legends.

This place is great for surf enthusiasts as well because boards and coastal elements fill the spaces on the walls that the pennants and framed baseball portraits do not.

The Shanty Cocktail Lounge

Address: 126 Chesterfield Dr, Cardiff, CA.

Opening hours: 12 PM to 10 PM.

The Shanty is one of the oldest bars in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, established in 1964, and is a popular choice among the locals in North County San Diego.

What sets it apart from other modern-day bars and increases its popularity is the fact that it has largely remained unchanged for over 50 years.

Throughout the year locals and tourists alike stop to enjoy a cold beer, generous cocktails or just a great conversation with friendly locals and bartenders that are always open to sharing their stories.

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Minutes from the beach and all major attractions, our beautiful homes are cleaned as per CDC regulations and ready to welcome you, our guests, all year round. With beautiful amenities at the properties, our vacation rentals are suitable for families traveling with kids for a fun-filled San Diego vacation, as well as for couples searching for a relaxing retreat. San Diego with its beautiful weather and kind people welcomes guests all year round, and so do we at Cardiff Vacations.
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