Ivy at Andaz - Editor's Choice for San Diego Hotel Nightlife
San Diego’s nightlife scene is vast, and it varies from hole in the wall, surf-vibe dive bars to high-class swanky nightclubs. Every neighborhood has a different feel to it and an array of bars and nightlife venues to choose from, but one of the most competitive markets in the nightlife scene is the San Diego hotel nightlife in the Gaslamp Quarter.
The biggest and best hotels in San Diego work hard to perfect the San Diego nightlife scene by constantly pushing the envelope and enticing visitors and locals to frequent their venue. One hotel that has the right recipe is Andaz San Diego, where the Ivy at Andaz nightlife scene is a mix of class, sex appeal and sophistication all rolled into one.
It’s not just about providing one of the hottest nightclubs in San Diego at Ivy, it’s about providing an array of facets of nightlife from a smouldering wine bar to a modern and sophisticated rooftop lounge. Ivy at Andaz is now expanding it’s nightlife repertoire to also include monthly Andaz Salon nights where guests and visitors can experience the beauty and appeal of Ivy before the nightclub begins. These posh events include “Behind the Beat” and the most recent, “For The Love of Wine”, where guest speakers, ranging from well known electronic music DJs to wine sommelier’s, come to Andaz Hotel to educate and share their stories with guests.
As editor of SanDiego.com, I was lucky enough to go to the “For the Love of Wine” Andaz Salon event and was surprised by the style, sophistication and social atmosphere I found. Patrons were hotel guests as well as trendy San Diego locals of a wide age range, all dressed to impress and mingling in this posh downtown wine bar. The Ivy creates a sexy environment with orange mood lighting, secluded sitting areas and large backlit pillars and ceiling pieces. It’s inviting while also enticing, and brings about an air of sophisticated sex appeal to this contemporary luxury hotel in San Diego.
The Andaz Salon event was a great way to spend an evening tasting six different wines from Mi Sueno Winery in Napa, CA. There was a brief history of the winery as well as each of the different wines and how they came to be, but the focus of the evening was on enjoying the wine tasting and socializing with other wine connoisseurs in a stylish setting. As an added bonus to the monthly Andaz Salon events, guests were also granted access to the nightclub and stunning rooftop lounge.
From the doormen to the bartenders, the Ivy at Andaz staff was superb. We were courteously lead to the rooftop where we were pleasantly surprised by the breathtaking San Diego skyline views and modern atmosphere. The rooftop bar was absolutely stunning and on the night of the Andaz Salon, the moon was nearly full so we basked in the moonlight while enjoying the gorgeous view. The rooftop was decked out with fire pits, deep chocolate brown furniture and burnt orange accents creating a warm and inviting ambiance at this posh rooftop bar. Glass railing put the skyline at our toes and provided an unforgettable view of twinkling lights of downtown San Diego. There was also an incredible rooftop pool where we watched the moon dance along the water's surface. It was an unforgettable rooftop environment and one I haven't yet seen matched in San Diego. On weekend nights, once the DJs start, this swanky lounge is transformed into a popping nightclub with a busy dancefloor, flowing drinks and plenty of scantily clad visitors. It’s a place to mix and mingle with the sexy San Diego crowd for a wild night out in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter.
Ivy at Andaz is definitely a "scene" where locals and visitors come to brush elbows with stylish patrons and sip cocktails with the who’s who of San Diego. For a mellow cocktail or party hard late night out, Ivy at Andaz is a heavy hitter among San Diego hotel nightlife and that’s why I gave Ivy my stamp of approval as the SanDiego.com Editor’s Choice for San Diego hotel nightlife.
*Keep an eye out for monthly Andaz Salon events including bi-monthly digital music forums where a panel of guest speakers from the wildly popular electronic music scene, come together to share stories and secrets of the business. Many of the speakers are regular DJs at the Ivy nightclub, so guests can get the inside scoop behind the music before hitting the dancefloor.