60+ Live Music Venues in North County San Diego (2018 Master List)
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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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.
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?
- Tuesday-Wednesday: 7 pm – 10 pm
- Thursday: 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
- Friday-Saturday: 7:30 pm – 11 pm
- Sunday: 10:30 am -1:30 pm (outside at Bleu Bar)
- 1540 Del Mar Heights Rd, Del Mar, CA 92014
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cardiff Beach Bar at Tower 13
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.
Union Kitchen & Tap
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.
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.
Mr. Peabody’s Bar & Grill
Vigilucci's Trattoria Italiana
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.
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.
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.
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.
La Costa Coffee Roasting
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!
The Landings At Carlsbad
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.
The Stag & Lion Pub and Grill
Coyote Bar & Grill
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.
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)
O’Sullivan’s Irish Pub
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.
Larry’s Beach Club
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.
Surfside Tap Room
Hello Betty Fish House
Midnight Jack Brewing Company
Legacy Brewing Company
Rockin’ Baja Lobster
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.
Poway’s Irish Pub
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
O’Sullivan’s Irish Pub - Escondido
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.
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.
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.
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.