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 and Bar

Elegant dining & lounging with seasonal shared plates, craft cocktails, a whiskey menu & live music.

Major rating websites rate the Red Restaurant and Bar 3.5 to 4.3 stars out of 5.

Address: 200 Locust St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 
Phone: (831) 425-1913
Website: https://www.redrestaurantandbarsc.com/

Red Room — Bar & Grill

This local favorite is a vintage lounge that attracts working professionals, tortured artists, college students and professors.

Major rating websites rate the Red Room 3.5 to 4.1 stars out of 5.

Address: 1003 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 
Phone: (831) 426-2994
Website: https://m.facebook.com/pages/The-Red-Room/111558892217087

Seabright Social (Seabright Brewery)

Pub / Music / Dancing — The brewery gets a nice mix of people ranging form college students to working professionals and tourists.  Live music is available on Friday nights.

Address: 519 Seabright Ave., Santa Cruz
Phone: (831) 426-2739
Website: https://seabrightsocial.com/



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