When it comes to live music, San Diego boasts an embarrassment of riches. From the central city area, on up to North County and select destinations to the east, there are dozens of venues of all shapes and sizes that host everything from acoustic folk to big-production, elaborately choreographed pop.
The underground, independent music scene in San Diego thrives, with clubs throughout the city hosting nightly shows. For more than 25 years, The Casbah in Midtown has been a prime spot to see up-and-coming acts. And just a little to the east in City Heights, the neighboring Soda Bar and The Hideout have a similarly impressive calendar of shows.
In Downtown and North Park, respectively, the historic Copley Symphony Hall, home to the San Diego Symphony, and Observatory provide a picturesque backdrop for crowd-pleasing headliners. Just a short drive up Interstate 5 will take you to the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach, which offers the best chance to see big names in an intimate setting. And next to the bay, Humphreys Concerts by the Bay pairs live music with a gorgeous waterfront view, not to mention dinner and hotel packages.
Even on college campuses, it's easy to find a great place to see a show. The Open Air Theatre can be found in the center of San Diego State University's campus, and hosts big-name touring bands throughout the year. Or for a more intimate experience, grab a cup of coffee and get comfortable at the Loft at UCSD.
From stadium-filling touring acts to local bands in neighborhood bars, there's something for every music fan in San Diego.