The Casbah

2501 Kettner Blvd San Diego

Written By VAMONDE San Diego

The Casbah

This venue has been around for decades, but it stays forever young thanks to the electric lineup of punk, alternative, emo, ska and hardcore groups that take its stage. The venue's co-founder, Tim Mays, started throwing concerts with other bands just for fun back in the early eighties, but it naturally turned into a legit venture when he realized more and more people wanted to see the acts he was booking. You can catch a show almost every night of the week, but keep in mind that bigger national touring acts with major headliners are likely to sell out quick. The club's maximum capacity is just over 200, so that means tickets go quickly!

All shows are 21+ which means you will want to be sure to remember your ID, but it also means you can enjoy a drink before and after the set. Pro tip: it can get pretty crowded in the front, so you might not want to spill your drink in case a mosh pit breaks out in the shoulder-to-shoulder audience. Not all the music in the venue is aggressive, though, there's plenty of room in the intimate club for heartfelt, sensitive acts to musically express those yearnings we all share but can't put to words. That's the beauty of live music, sharing a feeling with everyone else in the room without having to say a word.

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