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Looking for a night out on the town? Downtown San Luis Obispo has you covered with a full lineup of bars, cafés, and lounges along Higuera Street and its side streets. Visitors can begin their night at a wine bar and hop to a lounge or pub as the evening progresses.

Whether you enjoy live acoustic music at an outdoor setting like Luna Red, the flashing lights and DJ scene of Mother’s Tavern, locally known as MoTav, or the creative cocktail masterpieces from Sidecar, visitors are bound to have an amazing time. If you find yourself downtown during the earlier hours of the evening, consider visiting some of SLO’s popular happy hours.

Evening Events in San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo nightlife extends far beyond the bar scene with fun-filled, evening events. Experience an evening concert during the summer months by attending the popular Concerts in the Plaza, or join the arts and culture scene and peruse the local shops during Art After Dark.

  • Art After Dark: Happening on the first Friday of the month from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Art After Dark is a free, self-guided tour of galleries and non-traditional art venues. This unique event showcases the work of local, visual, literary, and performing artists. With wine and appetizers served at various venues, people can appreciate the local talent and nightlife while strolling throughout SLO.
  • Art Bar: If you want to create your own masterpiece while sipping on Edna Valley wines, then you’ve come to the right place. Art Bar SLO is a fan-favorite event, where local artists teach you how to create your very own work of art. Hosted at The Station, your $40 ticket includes your first glass of wine and supplies for your painting.
  • Bike Night: A can’t miss and local favorite, Bike Night happens on the first Thursday of every month. Attendees dress up for the month’s theme and ride through Downtown SLO in a bicycle brigade. You can expect boomboxes attached to the back of bikes and tons of fun memories. If you’re visiting without a bike, consider renting one from Flanders Bicycle, Foothill Cyclery, or Wally’s Bicycle Works.
  • Fremont Theater: This historic art deco theater has been in business since 1942, and still fills the seats for live entertainment from world-renowned artists. This iconic theater is a must see on your next trip to San Luis Obispo. Be sure to check their website for upcoming shows.
  • Concerts in the Plaza: Concerts in the Plaza occurs on Friday nights at Mission Plaza from June through September. Free and fun, Concerts in the Plaza features musical genres across the spectrum from reggae to rock. With the option to bring in your own food and purchase drinks inside, you can enjoy a picnic in the plaza and groove to the sound of local musicians.
  • Performing Arts Center: This state-of-the-art facility is located on the Cal Poly, SLO campus just minutes from Downtown. Known for its intimate setting and world-class acoustics, this venue is always featuring top talent from comedy, jazz, opera, ballet and more.
  • SLO Repertory Theatre: If you’re a fan of the performing arts, the SLO Repertory Theatre is a perfect way to start (or end) your evening. A local favorite that has been around since 1946, SLO REP is great for those looking for a taste of the theatre scene while visiting San Luis Obispo.

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