The Most Iconic San Diego Music Venues

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Live music in San Diego is thriving, with an underground, independent music scene that offers limitless opportunities to rock out every night. Whether it’s The Casbah in Midtown — a San Diego staple for more than 25 years — or a more intimate setting, such as Music Box, these are the San Diego music venues where you can amp up your next visit to the city of sand, surf, and sunsets.

The Casbah

One of the most iconic San Diego music venues, The Casbah opened in 1989 with a capacity of just 75, yet featured headliners such as Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins. Five years later it moved to its present downtown location, where 200 people gather nightly for live music, billiards, and a full bar. Head to the nightclub to hear the best names in indie rock.

Music Box

Nationally celebrated artists and local legends alike have taken the stage at Music Box. With a capacity of more than 700, this music venue in San Diego was founded in the tradition of legendary California spots, like the Palladium in Los Angeles and the Fillmore in San Francisco. Catch big-name acts such as Talib Kweli and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

House of Blues

The headliners may be famous for singing the blues, but with a great menu that includes po’ boys and jambalaya, the stage is set for the ultimate night out. Don’t miss amazing live concerts and the world-famous Gospel Brunch every Sunday.

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