Stingaree, once one of the premier nightclubs in the U.S., will close its doors come Nov. 2:
Voted San Diego’s Best Nightclub by a Union-Tribune readers’ poll in 2012, Stingaree, located in the heart of the Gaslamp, played host to a litany of big-name artists and world-class DJs while serving as one of the leaders in downtown’s high-end nightlife scene. Upon opening in 2005, the venue quickly solidified its reputation as a luxurious destination for entertainment and music. The 1,250-person capacity club has state-of-the-art visual and audio systems and boasts three different levels, iincluding GuestHouse, their impressive ultra-lounge "venue within a venue"; the exclusive, chandelier-adorned Mezzanine level overlooking the dance floor with its own private bar; and the Rooftop Lounge located on -- you guessed it – the roof of the club and featuring private cabanas, a fire pit, DJ booth, bars, and tables.
After Stingaree’s closing party on Nov. 2, however, the location will undergo a full remodel. The global hospitality company the Hakkasan Group will take over the space and reopen it in 2015 as Omnia San Diego next spring. With a restaurant portfolio including San Diego’s Herringbone and Searsucker, the group is also no stranger to the nightclub game – another Omnia location set to open inside Caesars Palace in Las Vegas next year.
The Abu Dhabi-based investment company promises an unparalleled nightclub experience, according to a news release sent out on Friday.
"The Omnia experience exudes opulence with its classic design while merging with state-of-the-art, modern technology," Hakkasan Group CEO Neil Moffitt said in the release. "We are confident that Omnia will enhance the appeal of the Gaslamp Quarter, attracting locals, tourists and even opening the doors to more international guests."
The new venue will have some large shoes to fill. Celeb-studded parties, superstar guest DJs and the best up-and-coming talent in the EDM scene were regular Stingaree fare. In the last year alone, such hip-hop acts as Tyga, YG, Ty Dolla $ign, Kid Ink, Xzibit and Riff Raff either performed at Stingaree or threw official after-parties at the club. Remaining scheduled shows include DJ Brett Bodley on Oct. 24, DJ Dynamiq on Oct. 25, their annual HalloWeird party on Oct. 31, and their official send-off party on Nov. 2.
While we’re always sad to see a San Diego music venue close its doors, we’re optimistic about the future and have high hopes for Omnia San Diego. Thanks for the memories, Stingaree.