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“Plenty of bars and a great local music scene.”—

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SLO After Dark- Nightlife & Entertainment

San Luis Obispo transforms from a casual, relaxed daytime town into an electric, lively city after dark. Clubs, pubs and restaurants pulse with steady beats downtown that ignite visitors’ eclectic inner selves.

San Luis Obispo’s energizing nightlife and entertainment is sure to invigorate even the weariest traveler. A college town with sophisticated residents, San Luis Obispo boasts a cultural mix satisfying diverse tastes.  

The downtown area, bordered by Higuera and Marsh streets, is the centerpiece of SLO nightlife, coming alive each evening as professionals and coeds enjoy restaurants and watering holes featuring savory culinary options and live entertainment. Even as day fades into night, the town's casual, languid pace -- the SLO Life -- remains part of the evening's fabric.

Big-city attractions are staples of the culture here, like the respected SLO Symphony and annual Festival Mozaic. Lovers of live theatre should seek out SLO Little Theatre, one of the nation's oldest community theatres.

San Luis Obispo entertainment allows music lovers to easily shut out the world with a concerto at the Christopher Cohan Performing Arts Center.  

Film buffs and live-theater lovers enjoy performances at The Great American Melodrama & Vaudeville, and movies at our many theaters, including the independent Palm Theater or the Moderne-style Fremont Theatre built in 1941. San Luis Obispo nightlife comes alive at local bars and taverns, movie theaters, restaurants and more.

Whether you are looking for a night out on the town, a world-class dinner at one of the famed restaurants, an intimate stroll along San Luis Creek, or an evening of live entertainment, you don’t have to venture far to find it in San Luis Obispo.

Here are some ideas of things to do...
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Bars & Taverns
Coffee Houses/Expresso Bars
Movie Theatres
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