Live Music and Local Talent
Oceanside is home to tremendous musical talent, as well as fantastic venues that welcome artists to perform their musical craft. These following locations display live entertainment for free regularly, and are an excellent way to spend your afternoon in Oceanside.
Larry’s Beach Club
The sprawling Larry’s Beach Club was originally built as two single-family homes in the forties. Once joined, the neighborhood bar operated as The Pump, then Across the Tracks, then McCabes Beach Club before it was sold around eight years ago and became Larry’s Beach Club. The iconic dive bar is fun and casual with kitschy decor and a laid back coastal vibe. Larry’s draws a colorful eclectic crowd making it an entertaining people watching spot. The onsite restaurant serves crowd pleasers such as jalapeño poppers, chicken wings, burgers and pizzas at inexpensive prices. Open from 10am to 2pm, Larry’s also serves breakfast and lunch. Sports are shown on flat screen TV’s throughout the bar.
Live bands perform every Friday and Saturday from around 8:30pm to 1:30pm (be sure to call 760-439-6646 for exact times as they can vary). In the back room, Larry’s also runs Karaoke with an extensive selection of songs Tuesdays through Sunday’s. A local favorite, retro surf band Hipper with singer/guitarist Tim Flood, performed recently and played classics such as Knee High and Lunch Break.
MainStreet Oceanside Sunset Market
The family-friendly Sunset Market runs year round on Thursdays from 5pm-9pm and is located at Pier View Way and South Tremont Streets. The weekly gathering features food vendors, merchandise vendors, live entertainment and Dorothy’s KidZone. There is a main music stage along with multiple performers spread throughout the market.
Music changes week-to-week. There’s a diverse lineup of new and returning bands such as Yael & Vlady, Hoodoo Blues and the Flying Mangoes. And the type of music covers all genres from rock to reggae. The outdoor Sunset Market offers fun for the whole family and is an Oceanside attraction not to be missed.
Mission Avenue Bar And Grill
Open since 2014, Mission Ave. Bar and Grill has been a staple in downtown Oceanside offering new American cuisine from esteemed Chef Adam Griffin. In addition to their food menu, they also offer an upscale bar with 36 different California beers, 180+ whiskeys and bourbons, various weekly specials, and a weekend brunch.
The interior of this restaurant walks the line between industrial and modern, while still being laid back to fit the vibe of Oceanside. With this look and feel Mission Ave. Bar and Grill serves as a great venue for live music, showcasing up and coming artists every Thursday from 7-10pm. For information on who will be playing call ahead at (760)-637-2222.
Surfside Tap Room
As their about page says, Surfside Tap Room loves beer “and if you do, too, you’ve come to the right place!” Surfside offers a craft beer tap room and bottle shop, stocked with award winning craft beers from local, San Diego Country and Regional breweries. If you’re looking for a high quality selection of locally owned and brewed craft beers, you can’t go wrong with Surfside Tap Room.
In addition to their great selection of high quality brews, Surfside Tap Room hosts numerous popular weekly events in Oceanside, including a trivia night, an open mic night, and of course live music weekly from 6-9pm on Thursdays.
The Pour House
Longtime Oceanside’s residents David and Emily Rassel opened the Pour House in 2014 on South Coast Highway 101. The Pour House is one of Oceanside’s most prolific music venues. The Rassel’s dream was to establish a neighborhood bar that provided terrific food, great drinks and promoted North County music. Now the Pour House runs music just about every night of the week. Tuesday’s music is run by DJ Lexicon Devil, Wednesdays are open mic nights, and Thursdays through Sundays feature live music from multiple bands per night. Regular performers include local bands California Rangers, Gone Blond, Nathan James & The Rhythm Scratchers, and Jimmy Ruelas. Customers can dance the night away on the floor in front of the music stage. To see who is is playing and when be sure to check the Pour House Event Calendar.
The Pour House also serves tasty modern American fare. The menu features salads, sandwiches and specialties including Truffle Fries, Dirty Chips and Seared Ahi Tuna. There’s a full bar with sixteen local and Belgian beers on tap. The Pour House also features rediscovered classic cocktails such as the Manhattan, Old Fashioned and Pisco Sour. Three flat screen TV’s and a pool table provide further entertainment.
This list of venues and times for live music is not exhaustive, live entertainment can be found all across Oceanside on any night of the week! Always be sure to check out the Visit Oceanside Event Calendar for a complete listing of events and venues.
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About the Author
Jolee Pink is an Oceanside-based writer, designer and artist. She runs the popular Eat Drink SD Facebook group and is also the organizer of North County’s premier, annual culinary arts event: Foodie Fest. Her Wabisabi Green lifestyle blog focuses on art, design, food and travel. For more information, please visit wabisabigreen.com.