You should type in "night life" in the search. This topic has been discussed rather regularly. There are a couple of episodes of "Wild On" that have been recorded on AC. Check the links on the E! web site. Having given you this info, a couple of items.
First, atleast in early March, Chicken Drop was in front of Caliente. Wet Willy's also has lady's night on Wed night, but the two places are a short walk down the beach from each other. Check out the signs in front of the clubs during the day. They will tell you who is playing where. There are many places to see good bands and nightlife, of course Wet Willy's, Crazy Kanucks(sp?), Hammock House, Fido's, Coconuts Hotel, are my favorites, not in any order. For really late night dancing, Big Daddy's and Barefoot Iguana, more of a disco atmosphere. AC really isn't a dangerous place to party, however care should be taken. Just like anywhere else, the later the nightlife, the more dangerous it is. Women should be escorted and watched after dark and late night.