MERRYMAKING: On Broadway (615 Broadway) has a dance floor and a crowd matching its retro-modern decor, while the Onyx Room (852 Fifth Ave.) is a lounge and "underground" nightclub. At the W Hotel (421 W. B St.), sip a martini in the Living Room or hit the Beach, a rooftop bar with a heated sand floor. Indie kids jam at Casbah (2501 Kettner Blvd.).
CULTURE CONNECTION: The Museum of Contemporary Art's TNT (Thursday Night Thing) includes DJ lessons and poetry readings to live bands ($3 suggested). The Museum of Photographic Arts (Balboa Park) screens offbeat films, which novice critics then dissect. Ray at Night is a free monthly open house of galleries on Ray Street in North Park.
OUTDOOR FUN: Join other hikers at the Torrey Pines State Reserve ($6 parking). Frisbee meets putting at the Morley Field Disc Golf Course (green fees from $2) in Balboa Park. Learn to paraglide at La Jolla's Torrey Pines Gliderport (from $150) or surf at the San Diego Surfing Academy (from $30). And don't forget the "Baywatch" beach scene.
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MERRYMAKING: Raleigh's seven-block Glenwood South district pulsates with nightlife. Popular singles hangouts include swanky-cool Sullivan's Steakhouse (414 Glenwood Ave.), for whiskey and T-bones; the Hibernian (311 Glenwood), an Irish pub; and the Office (310 S. West St.), where you can do the (upscale) hustle. In Durham, Brightleaf Square is the social hub.
CULTURE CONNECTION: Artspace (201 E. Davie St.) features dozens of studios; a free gallery walk is held every first Friday. At the Company Store and Espresso Bar (517 W. Jones St.), view art and listen to tunes. Tour N.C. State in Raleigh, which includes the College of Textiles. Durham's Carolina Theatre (309 W. Morgan St.) spotlights David Byrne to horror flicks. Go to Raleigh's Rialto (1620 Glenwood Ave.) for similar fare.
OUTDOOR FUN: Umstead State Park (8801 Glenwood Ave.; free) fills with canoers, hikers and mountain bikers. Durham's West Point on Eno City Park (5101 N. Roxboro Rd.) has hiking, rafting and a photo museum. Jog/bike the Museum Park Trail, part of the N.C. Museum of Art complex (2110 Blue Ridge Rd.). Tee off under the moon at Knight's Play Golf Center (2512 Ten Ten Rd., Apex; from $8), which stays open late.