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Dinner & Dancing in San Diego?

Hi,

I'm looking for a venue (or 2) for an elegant evening of dinner and dancing for 4. Any suggestions?

Thanks!

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  1. I'd start with dinner at Cafe Chloe and cab it over (it's walkable, too) to the Gaslamp for a bunch of dancing options.

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    1. re: geekyfoodie

      There was a place with a recent re-opening in PB, a flamenco joint or something along those line, advertised dinner and dancing, it's right next to the freeway in that wierd hood over there. Need some help with this one.

        1. re: SaltyRaisins

          Thank you, yes that's what I had in mind.

      1. re: geekyfoodie

        "cab it over (it's walkable, too) to the Gaslamp for a bunch of dancing options."

        Remember, the original poster asked for "elegant dancing".

        "Elegant" is a word I have never heard in describing the gaslamp.

        Cafe Chloe is a great tip.

        1. re: stevewag23

          Oh, c'mon, Steve... if you're going to critique the suggestions, you better top them.

          I'm not exactly well-versed in San Diego's offerings on dancing (which is off Chow's scope), but last time I checked, there weren't many beyond the typical fare found in Gaslamp and PB. There's a couple of salsa joints near and around downtown, but that's about it.

          For what it's worth, I did consider if "elegant" applied to both the dinner and the dancing, but the OP wasn't incredibly detailed and if you want dancing within some reasonable proximity to a good meal, there aren't a lot of places in San Diego that fit the bill.

          1. re: geekyfoodie

            "Oh, c'mon, Steve... if you're going to critique the suggestions, you better top them."

            I did.

            Check out my comment below:

            "Anthology could be very elegant depending on the performer. I would check that out."

            1. re: stevewag23

              Sorry, Steve, I think we were typing at the same time b/c I didn't see the anthology rec until I'd hit submit. I stand corrected.

      2. Thanks. Yeah, stevewag23, for dancing we're looking for something more upscale than the bump&grind downtown routine. Maybe some jazz band or something like that.

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        1. re: Auriana

          Not a dance venue, but Dizzy's downtown has Jazz, you could have a nice meal and head over.

          Sat Dec 5: A John Coltrane/McCoy Tyner Tribute concert featuring Brian Levy tenor saxophone, Mikan Zlatkovich piano, Bob Weller drums, & Dave Marr bass
          8PM - $15 cover ($10 students)

          1. re: Auriana

            Anthology could be very elegant depending on the performer. I would check that out.

            1. re: stevewag23

              For a while, I was following the threads on Anthology because I wanted to go, but they indicated that the food might have gone downhill at some point. Have you been recently?

              1. re: geekyfoodie

                I've heard that the food at Anthology is not that good. Croce's is good for dressed-up American Comfort food, and there is always pretty good music there, and I have seen people dancing in the bar space. There is a great swing scene at Henry's in the Gaslamp on Tuesdays- some seriously good dancers there, and are very happy to direct you to free classes etcetera.

                Seems like each bar that has room for it does certain types of dancing on a given night. I think the best bet would be for you to pick a style and yelp it from there.

                Cheers.

                1. re: geekyfoodie

                  Not for food.

                  But music was top notch, and the dancing, although I didn't feeling like I was at a club in Medellin, Colombia, was legit.

                2. re: stevewag23

                  The food at Anthology has improved somewhat with the new chef, but still is not worth the trip. Plus...no dancing, they pack em in like sardines and there is no room.

                  1. re: foodiechick

                    "no dancing, they pack em in like sardines and there is no room."

                    Dancing on the upstairs.

                    1. re: stevewag23

                      The new Chef at Anthology was one of the runners up for Chef of the Fest at the SD Bay Food and Wine Festival. His Gnocchi was off the hook, so much so I asked for the recipe which he was nice enough to take a few minutes to explain during the event. I'm willing to bet the food is getting better from what people reported earlier, although I haven't eaten there.

                1. Marine Room has entertainment on Friday and Saturday night..not a bad venue to have dinner, drinks and dance...just double check on the dancing..they used to have it when Rita or Craig was there on piano.

                  www.marineroom.com