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60+ Live Music Venues in North County San Diego (2018 Master List)

60+ Live Music Venues in North County San Diego (2018 Master List)

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North County San Diego has some great live music venues. From small quaint coffee shops to large stadiums you can find live music all over.

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Club M

There aren’t many nightclubs in North County, but Club M would definitely qualify as one. Part of the Fairmont Grand Del Mar, Club M offers an upscale evening that’s equally inviting to an older and younger crowd. Live music is featured Friday and Saturday nights.

Live Music:

Living Room Bar, L’Auberge Del Mar

Great place to go watch people, the sunset, and music. L’Auberge Del Mar can be a “Scene”, but if that’s what you’re after, how is that a bad thing?

Live Music:

Searsucker Del Mar

Celebrity Chef Brian Malarkey (Top Chef) set out to have a restaurant with: a casual dining experience, New American food, and a great social environment. He succeeded. Searsucker is a popular inland Del Mar spot with Live Music (and all night Happy Hour) on Wednesday nights.

Sundays offers a mellower experience with acoustic bands during brunch. Designed to be the place where you want to hang out with friends, listen to music and stay, Searsucker hits all the right notes.

Live Music:

Zel’s Del Mar

Zel’s is a great neighborhood bar with good food and a dog-friendly patio. Featuring San Diego’s top acoustic Blues, Jazz, and Classic Rock musicians, Zel’s has music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday Night. New music from Independent Singer/Songwriters is showcased during Open Mic Nights on Sundays.

Live Music:

En Fuego Cantina & Grill

Peaking during race season, En Fuego brings the party to Del Mar. Serving Coastal Mexican Food and a plethora of Margarita options, En Fuego is a fun upbeat place before and after the races. Live music is featured Sunday and Wednesday Nights.

Live Music:

Del Mar Fairgrounds

The Del Mar Fair, the Horse Races, Kaboo; music and entertainment of all sorts flow through this venue. Catch bigger entertainers from all genres here. Ample parking and shuttle service provided for larger events.

Live Music:

Red Tracton’s Steakhouse

Across the street from the Fairgrounds for more than 25 years, Red Tracton’s serves up it’s steak in gigantic portions. Enjoy fine food, impeccable service, and live music, in the Lounge and Piano Bar most nights of the week.

Live Music:

The Saddle Bar

Click on their website and the first thing you’ll see is “Booze and Rock n’ Roll”, that sums it up for this small venue by the beach. Featuring live music every Thursday night, Saddle Bar is fairly straight up with its offerings of drinks and music.

Live Music:

Crush

Open 3 pm – Midnight daily, Crush offers a lively atmosphere with an upscale dining experience and wood fired pizza. Live music and a late night menu, 7 days a week.

Live Music:

Cardiff Beach Bar at Tower 13

Just across the 101 from the waves, Tower 13 makes everyone feel like a local. Chill beach vibes and a friendly staff make listening to a band even better.

Live Bands:

The Kraken

Cheap drinks, great bands. That’s really all you need to know. Right across from the beach this place doesn’t pretend to be what it’s not. Because of that, they have a strong local following that enjoys just what they offer. Live music most nights, look at schedule first.

Live Music:

Union Kitchen & Tap

Union is a place that captures the youth and vitality of Swamis in a restaurant. Beach surf culture, with great food and a lively atmosphere. Featuring live music regularly, check the schedule for dates and times.

Live Bands:

Solace and the Moonlight Lounge

In Encinitas, between the Ocean and the train station, Solace provides a modern space, delicious food and live music every Sunday. Sunday nights also feature $1.50 Chef’s choice oysters, drink specials, and fried chicken.

Live Music:

The Saloon

The Saloon has been serving cocktails in a no-frills environment since 1934. With live music on Wednesdays, the Saloon can get packed – they do offer booth reservations on their Website.

Live Music:

Encinitas Library

A great neighborhood resource, overlooking the ocean, in a beautiful new building, the Encinitas library offers a bevy of music options. Free music Wednesdays, First Sundays Music Series, ticketed Concerts and International Festivals, the Encinitas Library showcases multiple music styles.

Live Music:

The Roxy

The Roxy Encinitas is a coast highway staple. Remodeled with a new menu, The Roxy features live music almost daily.

Live Music:

Mr. Peabody’s Bar & Grill

Mr. Peabody’s in Encinitas enjoys a party! Extensive Happy Hours and live music almost daily make this a great place to hang out!

Live Music:

Rosati’s Pizza

Local Chicago Pizza place with an extensive list of draft beer. Rosati’s tends to get crowded, so call ahead to check in! Live music every Tuesday night.

Live Music:

Vigilucci's Trattoria Italiana

Specializing in traditional Italian food, Vigilucci’s is a Coastal fave. They have a wood-burning brick oven for pizzas, and a pianist every night at 6 pm. Perfect place for that romantic evening.

Live Piano:

Priority Public House

Think of your local watering-hole, add fine dining with an emphasis on ingredients, and you’ll get Priority Public House. A great vibe, open windows that overlook Hwy 101, friendly staff, and live music.

Live Music:

Solterra Winery

Solterra is a working winery just off the coast in Leucadia. Utilizing grapes from Southern California and Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico, Solterra ages their wine in French Oak barrels on site. Occasional Live Music adds to the ambiance.

Live Music:

Le Papagayo

Highway 101 dining at its best. Papagayo offers a unique fusion of Mediterranean and Latin food that truly works. The walls are lined with local art for sale and live music is featured daily.

Live Music:

Chandler’s Restaurants and Lounge

Located at the Cape Rey Hilton Resort, Chandler’s has a friendly atmosphere that welcomes tourists and locals alike. Covered and open patios overlook Hwy 101 and the coast making it a great spot to watch sunsets. Featuring live music throughout the year, Chandlers ups the ante during the summer and has live acts Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

Live Music:

Ignite Bistro & Wine Spot

With a great view of inland Carlsbad, Ignite is always buzzing with people. The whole place has a great ambience and friendly feel. Sunday Brunch has bottomless mimosas from 10am-3pm with live music featured during that time, from 11am-2pm.

Live Music:

La Costa Coffee Roasting

A warm and cozy neighborhood coffee shop. La Costa Coffee roasts their beans on-site, has live music and features open mics every first Saturday of the month.

Live Music:

Seafire Restaurant & Bar

Seafire is a casual restaurant in southern Carlsbad that specializes in Mediterranean Cuisine and wood-fired pizzas. Outside on the patio, Seafire hosts local bands four nights a week!

Live Music:

The Landings At Carlsbad

Watch planes land and take off at the Palomar airport. Practically on the tarmac, The Landings is a quaint restaurant with a long bar and cozy patio. A local hidden gem with occasional live music.

Live Music:

Twenty/20

Part of the Sheraton Carlsbad resort, Twenty/20 offers great sunset views and a lovely patio with a cozy fireplace. A hidden Carlsbad gem, a casual friendly atmosphere makes Twenty/20 a go-to spot. On Saturday nights, kick back on the Terrace and watch local favorites perform.

Live Music:

The Stag & Lion Pub and Grill

Relaxed British Tavern that has darts and opens for soccer and rugby. No frills, food, craft beer, full bar, live music.

Live Music:

Coyote Bar & Grill

Local favorite located in Carlsbad Village. Catering to a more mature crowd, Coyote has a great patio with fire pits and karaoke or live music. Very popular on weekends.

Live Music:

Boar Cross’n

Catch up with the locals, shoot some pool, and listen to a band. Boar Cross’n is an unassuming place with multiple pool tables and a back patio that allows smoking. Nothing fancy, but the place to see local rock and punk bands.

Live Music:

The Alley

The Alley is the kind of place that people swear they won’t go back to, but always find themselves in at the end of the night. This local bar always seems to be filled with happy dancers in the late night hours. Expect a packed dance floor Saturday nights when local band The Rangers plays their weekly set. ($5 Cover after 10 pm)

Live Music:

O’Sullivan’s Irish Pub

Homey Irish Pub in Carlsbad, O’Sullivan’s has live music, dog-friendly patios, and an Irish inspired menu. Live music 5 nights a week.

Live Music:

Hennessey's Tavern

Irish Pub in the heart of Carlsbad Village. Hennessey’s atmospheric patios, a friendly staff and lots of locals make this place a good place to be. Live music is weekly Thursday-Saturday at 9 pm, with additional patio music Saturdays at 6 pm.

Live Music:

Pour House

A locals favorite in south Oceanside, Pour House offers a great food and drink menu. Faves are the Mac and Cheese and Truffle Fries. They also feature Live Music every day.

Live Music:

Larry’s Beach Club

Larry’s is an unassuming dive bar in Oceanside that prides itself on offering straightforward service. Catering to an older crowd, Larry’s features live bands on the weekends.

Live Music:

Masters Kitchen & Cocktail

Good food, a casual atmosphere and friendly service, make this a go-to Oceanside spot. The interior is open, and massive with an Industrial flair. Just beginning to feature Live Music see calendar for dates that local bands will be performing.

Live Music:

Surfside Tap Room

A converted garage on the coast highway houses this small tap house. With lots of beer and occasional food trucks, live music adds a nice little touch.

Live Music:

Hello Betty Fish House

Just up from the beach in Oceanside Hello Betty serves a SoCal menu with a lively atmosphere. Hello Betty is hosting Tunes at Twilight, from 6pm-9pm on their rooftop deck.

Live Music:

Midnight Jack Brewing Company

Midnight Jack brews craft beers that are inspired by Prohibition Era recipes. With a large tasting room and game room, the atmosphere is pretty straightforward. Find live music Friday and Saturday Nights.

Live Music:

Legacy Brewing Company

Off the beaten path, you’ll find Legacy Brewing Company hidden in an industrial area near the Oceanside Airport. Great beer, a clean atmosphere, dog-friendly. Legacy feature live music often.

Live Music:

Rockin’ Baja Lobster

Overlooking Oceanside Harbor Rockin’ Baja offers Mexican food with a great view. Live music on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.

Live Music:

Sanctuary Lounge

Sanctuary Lounge offers an Inland late-night retreat. Leather couches, darts, full bar, cigar room and patio, all make Sanctuary a great neighborhood spot when you don’t want to drive to a club. Live music featured often.

Live Music:

Poway’s Irish Pub

Poway’s Irish Pub has a die-hard local following. There to hang out, play pool, and chat with their favorite bartenders, the regulars give the place a family feel.

Live Music:

Poway Center for the Performing Arts

Poway Center for the Performing Arts is a beautiful theater nestled in the heart of Poway. With a wide range of events, from ballet to comedy, the Poway Center is a wonderful choice for an upscale evening out. Expect to find entertainers such as Kansas and Aaron Neville.

Live Music:

Wholly Crepe

Small little restaurant and cafe that specializes in Sweet and Savory Crepes of all kinds. The Wholly Crepe features live music often.

Live music:

Bernardo Winery

Bernardo Winery is the oldest working winery in Southern California. Escape the suburban sprawl and retreat to an old-world village, with restaurants, tasting tours and more, Bernardo Winery is a must visit location. Live music is featured every Sunday on the Tasting Room Patio from 2pm-5pm.

Live Music:

Avant

At the Rancho Bernardo Inn Avant is decadence defined. This upscale dining experience is lush in atmosphere and taste. Experience beautiful dishes and live music nightly.

Live Music:

The Cork & Craft

Executive Chef, Scott Cannon, is nominated for Zagat’s 2017, 30 Under 30 National list. Attached to Abnormal Beer and Urban Winery, Cork & Craft’s menu shines brightly. The interior is modern industrial with brick, brass and Edison lights. Vast interior, dog-friendly patio.

Live Music:

Dolce at the Highlands

Dolce has the kind of atmosphere that’s casual and inviting, but equally suitable for fancy occasions. With a great wine list, Farm-to-table California menu and plenty of parking Dolce is a great place to sit with the people you love. Live music every Saturday.

Live Music

Wokou Ramen

Wokou Ramen is a fast-casual restaurant in Pacific Highlands Ranch Village that features Ramen and Bao Bao. Wokou brings local, handcrafted food and drink to suburbia and helps break the banality of big chains. On Fridays enjoy late night food with local musicians.

Live Music:

California Center for the Arts - Escondido

Downtown Escondido is fortunate to have such a wonderful resource. The California Center for the Arts not only hosts big name artists, but it also has free concerts for locals. Check the calendar and enjoy!

Live Music:

O’Sullivan’s Irish Pub - Escondido

Inviting Irish Pub in Escondido, O’Sullivan’s has live music, dog-friendly patios, and an Irish inspired menu.

Live Music:

Stone Brewery World Bistro and Gardens

Beautiful grounds and wonderful architecture make Stone Brewery a go-to place in western Escondido. Farm to Table, with 36 craft and specialty beers on tap, and extensive wine list, Stone Brewery is an amazing place to relax and listen to music.

Live Music:

Lakehouse Hotel and Resort

You don’t need the ocean to have a water view. The Lakehouse, located on Lake San Marcos, has an amazing lake view. With lots of dining and recreation options, the Lakehouse Hotel and Resort is fun for visitors and locals alike. Special live music events are scheduled regularly.

Live Music:

Northern Spirits

Jazz Music and Thai Food. Odd combination, but this quaint San Marcos Restaurant makes it work. Part of Nattiya’s Thai restaurant, Northern Spirits stays open late and has live Jazz Friday and Saturday nights.

Live Music:

Belly Up Tavern

The North County live music go-to for all ages, Millennials to Baby Boomers, this place hosts it all. Local Happy Hour bands, cover bands, reggae, rock, hip-hop, etc, this is the best venue for tours and dancing in North County.

Live Music:

Belching Beaver Brewery Tavern & Grill

The Belching Beaver is a brewery in the heart of Vista with a casual setting and a great patio. Enjoy live music weekly.

Live Music:

Lush Coffee & Tea

Lush Coffee & Tea is a small Vista coffee house that focuses on Organic Free Trade ingredients. Live music is offered throughout the week.

Live Music:

Oceanside

Outside of bars and restaurants, Oceanside has music throughout the city. Here are some outdoor venues worth checking out:

Drea Colores: Drea Colores grew up in Tucson, AZ and now lives in Carlsbad. Writer + Maker + Photographer. IG: dreacolores