The Best Live Music Venues in San Diego

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11 December 2015

San Diego, as a city, has a great night-life which attracted music and concert venues to be built. The people of the city has so much talent to offer. Come see local talent in any of bars with nights of live music. The huge concert venues attracts bands from all the world to come and play to the big crowds. Read this article to find out the five best music spots in San Diego.

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The Best Live Music Venues in San Diego

The Casbah

The Casbah, a nightclub and music venue has been open since 1989. Its first location had a legal capacity of 75 and hosted such bands as: Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Lemonheads, The Jesus Lizard, and Rocket from the Crypt. The new location has a maximum occupancy of more than 200 in downtown San Diego. Featuring live music at least 6, often 7 nights a week, the club’s cover charges usually vary from “$0 to $15 for patrons who are over 21.

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House Of Blues

House of Blues San Diego opened in 2005 and is home to live music, delta-inspired cuisine and special events. At this big, multilevel Gaslamp branch of the “touristy” music venue chain, fans can get up close and personal with fantastic regional and national performers. Cocktails, great food and “Louisiana juke joint” decor all come into the mix at this venue. Plan your night ahead and make sure to book tickets through the online website to get your spot on any great night.

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Winstons Beach Club

Winstons Beach Club is located in the heart of beautiful Ocean Beach. It’s a 21+ live music club featuring different local and touring bands every night. Winstons has a full bar, friendly staff, fun atmosphere, and daily drink specials. They open at 2pm every day, and it’s always happy hour until 6pm. Their great bands, top notch sound system and location make Winstons one of San Diego’s premier venues to see live music. Winstons is known for live music, but also has some unique events every week including Think and Drink Trivia every Tuesday, Open Mic every Wednesday, Comedy Thursday, and The Best of Ocean Beach Comedy every Friday.

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Soda Bar

Soda Bar is an unpretentious bar with beer and mixed drinks alongside with live music from a variety of artists on specials nights of the week. There is a large space, with a long bar separating two areas and a few cocktail-lounge type round booths facing the bar. Soda Bar brings a taste of Seattle to San Diego with the friendliest patrons and welcoming service. Enjoy the highly talented artists that join the stage and nod along to the rhythm.

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Humphreys Concerts By The Bay

Humphreys Concerts by the Bay is located between Humphreys Restaurant and Humphreys Half Moon Inn. The 1,400 seat outdoor theatre, ideally situated on San Diego Bay, has been presenting a wide variety of major attractions since 1982. Generally running from May through October, Humphreys Concerts covers the total spectrum of entertainment from rock and jazz to comedy, blues, folk and international music. Dinner Show Packages and Premium Show Packages are available for each show. Tickets are available to buy online and through Humphreys Box Office.

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