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Live Music & Nightclubs in Santa Cruz

Our guide to Santa Cruz Nightclubs and Music Venues provide the vacation traveler with valuable information on local entertainment.

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Santa Cruz

Blue Lagoon

Lounge / Music / Dancing
923 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060  (831) 423-7117

Bocci's Cellar

Lounge / Music / Dancing
140 Encinal St., Santa Cruz  (831) 454-9030
Live Entertainment, Food in Santa Cruz, CA Bocci ball, billiards, large Jenga, large dice, live bands and DJ's are all available.


Lounge / Music / Dancing
1011 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz (831) 427-1795
The Catalyst is the ultimate college hangout!  Because of its large stage and dance floor, the Catalyst is able to showcase some of the great music groups that come to Santa Cruz. 

Crow's Nest

Lounge / Music / Dancing
Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor  (831) 476-4560
This is a very popular watering hole for both the working professional and seasoned traveler. 

Ideal Bar & Grill

Lounge / Music / Dancing
106 Beach St., Santa Cruz (831) 423-5271
Ideal Bar & Grill is located in beautiful Santa Cruz, directly adjacent to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and the Municipal Wharf. Open for Breakfast, Lunch, Sunday Brunch, & Dinner. Come feast on a Maine Lobster on Wednesday Nights and enjoy our Prime Rib Special on Friday Nights. We offer happy hour Monday thru Friday, 3pm-6pm. Brunch is served Saturday & Sunday 8am-3pm.

Kuumbwa Jazz Center

320 Cedar, Santa Cruz  (831) 427-2227
Kuumbwa Jazz provides opportunities for residents and visitors in the Santa Cruz area to enjoy and appreciate the full spectrum of jazz music through live performance and education.  We present extraordinary regional, national and international musicians and provide educational programs for people of all ages.

Moe's Alley

Lounge / Music / Dancing
1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz (831) 479-1854
Moe's Alley features the best in live entertainment.  From Blues to Salsa, Rhumba to Reggae, we have something for everyone to enjoy. Our spacious music hall, friendly staff, full bar, outdoor patio, and best of all great live music, create an unforgetable experience.

Poet and Patriot Irish Pub

320 E Cedar St., Santa Cruz  (831) 426-8620

Rosie McCann's Irish Pub & Restaurant 

Pub / Music / Dancing
1220 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz  (831) 426-9930

Red Restaurant & Bar

200 Locust Street Santa Cruz, Ca
Relax in front of our dramatic fire place, or lounge amongst the couches and enjoy elegantly casual food and unique hand-crafted cocktails.

Red Room

1003 Cedar St., Santa Cruz  (831) 426-2994
This local favorite is a vintage lounge that attracts working professionals, tortured artists, college students and professors.

Seabright Brewery

Pub / Music / Dancing
519 eabright Ave at Murray, Santa Cruz (831) 426-2739
The brewery gets a nice mix of people ranging form college students to working professionals and tourists.  Live music is available on Friday nights.



231 Esplanade # 101 Capitola, CA 95010  (831) 476-2263
Magaritaville offers fresh sustainable contemporary Mexican seafood in afirst class casual environment with panoramic oceanviews.

Zelda's  On The Beach

203 Esplanade, Capitola  (831) 475-4900
Zelda´s on the Beach is located in the quaint Capitola Village, overlooking beautifulCapitola Beach. Open for Breakfast, Lunch, Sunday Brunch, & Dinner.


Mediterranean Bar

265 Center St., Aptos  (831) 688-7004

Severino's Bar & Grill

7500 Old Dominion Ct., Aptos  (831) 688-8987
Severino's Bar and Grill is acclaimed for its appealing atmosphere and delicious food, a favorite with the locals and travelers alike.

Santa Cruz Mountains

Ben Lomond, Boulder Creek, Felton

Brookdale Lodge

Currently being remodeld. Should reopen Fall 2015
Restaurant and Motel
11570 Highway 9, Brookdale  (831) 338-6433

Henflings Firehouse Tavern

9450 Hwy 9, Ben Lomond (831) 336-8811
Henfling's Tavern – San Lorenzo Valley's hot-spot for great live music, full bar with several brews on tap, and The Henfling's Grill, offering an excellent selection of appetizers, entrees, And Now, Pat's Pit BBQ every Monday, All Day! 

Joe's Bar

13118 Central Ave., Boulder Creek  (831) 338-9417

What’s on Tap


Santa Cruz Festivals & Events:

Thunderbirds on the Santa Cruz Wharf! Sept. 29, 2018 at 9am to 3pm.

Featuring the classic 1955-1957, the 1958-1965 vintage and the retro, 2002-2005 Thunderbirds.

Open Studios Art Tour – First 3 weeks in Oct. 2018

Welcome Back Monarchs Day – Oct. 14, 2018 11am – 4pm.

Annual Monte Foundation Fireworks Extravaganza! – Oct. 7, 2018

Santa Cruz Pumpkin Patches—Oct. 2018

MORE Santa Cruz Halloween Celebrations—Oct. 2018

Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival—Oct. 13 & 14, 2018

Main Street, Half Moon Bay, CA



For more event information, click on our Festivals & Events page for Santa Cruz.



Top Santa Cruz Attractions:


Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Fun for all ages.

Santa Cruz Campgrounds

Ocean views or Redwoods? Over 27 campgrounds and RV Parks

Santa Cruz Fishing 

Fall is fishing and crabbing season in Santa Cruz!

Santa Cruz Surfing

With 11 world-class surf breaks such as Steamer Lane and Pleasure Point, it is easy to understand why the greatest surfers in the world call Santa Cruz home!

Whale Watching – Whale Watching December through May


For more information on local attractions, click on the Attractions or Recreational Activities.




The Region’s Fall Advisories:

Traffic Conditions. Rush hour traffic can be extremely challenging – especially along Mission Street and Highway 1 between Santa Cruz and Capitols. It’s a good idea to plan ahead and arrive early and leave late. Go to to learn about road conditions.

Yes, it’s still water, water, water! California is undergoing an extreme drought. If you are planning a lake vacation be sure to check about water levels. That rafting trip, fishing, or skiing can be impacted.

EXTREME fire danger. The drought has created a very dangerous combination of dry vegetation and no moisture in the air to help contain any fire. Please use extreme caution during your trip.