San Diego has a tremendous independent and local music scene that is loaded with talented artists. Every genre and sub-genre is well represented here! However, we have chosen to concentrate primarily on the Punk and Metal side of it all. Just a personal preference. Therefore, below you’ll find a list of small intimate venues that have support our local and host touring punk and metal artists. We should note, that these venues have been known to host other music genres and non-musical events as well. Be aware that a few of these venues, some not all, of these venues are more about the music than decorations, comfortable seating and all that frilly shit. While others boast a menu of finely crafted cocktails, food and some rather eclectic decors.
Also, don’t forget to check out our list of breweries that support our local music scene. HERE.
San Diego’s South County area is National City and below. We are starting from Imperial Beach and working our way north.
The Salty Frog – 992 Palm Ave. Imperial Beach, CA 91932 ( 619 ) 429-3764
Manhatten Bar – 400 Broadway Chula Vista, CA 91910 (619 ) 422-6641
Best way to keep up with Manhattan’s events is on their FACEBOOK.
Central San Diego
We feel that anything North of National City but South of Poway, is Central San Diego. Also, included is the nearby coastal areas. Because we’re geographically challenged, we opted to put these venues in alphabetical order. Rather than areas of Central San Diego.
Bar Pink – 3829 30th Street San Diego, CA 92104 ( 619 ) 564-7194
Black Cat Bar – 4246 University Ave. San Diego, CA 92105 ( 619 ) 280-5834
Brick by Brick – 1130 Buesnos Ave. San Diego, CA 92110 ( 619 ) 276-3990
The Casbah – 2502 Kettner Blvd. San Diego, CA 92101 ( 619 ) 232-HELL
Che Cafe – 1000 Scholars Drive S La Jolla, CA 92093 ( 858 ) 247-2648 *This venue is on UCSD campus and can be tricky to locate. Directions HERE
Go Lounge – 7123 El Cajon Blvd. San Diego, CA 92115
The Holding Company – 5046 Newport Ave. San Diego, CA 92107 ( 619 )341-5898
House of Blues – 1055 Fifth Ave. San Diego, CA 92101 ( 619 ) 299-BLUE *House of Blues is part of a chain BUT they have been quite supportive of our local artists.*
Kensington Club – 4790 Adams Ave. San Diego, CA 92116 ( 619 ) 640-0494
The Merrow – 1271 University Ave. San Diego, CA 92103 ( 619 ) 299-7372
Music Box – 1337 India St. San Diego, CA 92101 ( 619 ) 795-1337
Observatory North Park – 2891 University Ave. San Diego, CA 92104 ( 619 ) 239-8836
Til Two Club – 4746 El Cajon Blvd. San Diego, CA 92115 ( 619 ) 255-1481
The Tower Bar – 4757 University Ave. San Diego, CA 92105 ( 619 ) 284-0158
Space – 3519 El Cajon Blvd. San Diego, CA 92104 ( 619 ) 501-6540
Soda Bar – 3615 El Cajon Blvd. San Diego, CA 92104 ( 619 ) 255-7224
Soma – 3550 Sports Arena Blvd. San Diego, CA 92110 ( 619 ) 226-7662 *All ages venue that set in the back corner of a strip mall. Lots of free parking!*
Sycamore Den – 3391 Adams Ave. San Diego, CA 92116 ( 619 ) 563-9019
Whistle Stop – 2236 Fern St. San Diego, CA 92104 ( 619 ) 284-6784
Winstons OB – 1921 Bacon St. San Diego, CA 92107 ( 619 ) 222-6822
East County, is anything off the 8 east and 94 east. Well, that’s our opinion.
The Bancroft – 9143 Campo Rd. Spring Valley, CA 91977 ( 619 ) 469-BEER
Dirks Niteclub – 7662 Broadway Lemon Grove, CA 91945 ( 619 ) 469-6344
The Landing – 1185 E. Main St. El Cajon, 92021 ( 619 ) 966-9905
The Navajo Live– 8515 Navajo Rd. San Diego, CA 92119 ( 619 ) 465-1730
We have decided that anything North of Poway is North County. However, we are including Ramona in this as well because it feels more like North County to us than East County. Whatever. Ramona is Northeast.
More to come!
We’re always looking to add on to this list and any other list we have. So, please check back! Thank you for dropping in.
- Featured image is one I took of San Diego’s own, Theosis.