Local bands or national headliners? Ventura invites them all!

Tori Bodin

By , Local Expert, Oxnard
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Whether you want to spend the evening listing to folk rock strummed on an acoustic guitar or punk rock blasted across an amplifier, Ventura County has a venue to satisfy your ear buds! Ventura loves live music, having even raised popular artists such as Colbie Calliet with surf rock and singer songwriter support. For those looking to discover local talent, several downtown establishments bring together upcoming artists and eager listeners. The Tavern offers stages for both swing bands and modern rock bands, The Watermark allows for acoustic sets, and The Good Bar puts bands right in the middle of the dance floor so you can...  Read more »

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    It's All Good Bar

    The Good Bar places incorporates its stage into the dance floor.

    Local Expert Tip: "The bathroom is shared so if you're looking to avoid lines, you may want to make a stop elsewhere first."

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    Watermark on Main

    Happy hour is sure to please anyone looking for live music, drink specials, and specialty appetizers.

    Local Expert Tip: "Check ahead for upcoming shows, Kenny Loggins and Colbie Caillat have been known to make appearances."

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    Majestic Ventura Theatre

    The Majestic Ventura Theater brings in both old and new names, offering a small venue that allows for intimate shows and strong acoustics.

    Local Expert Tip: "If you are over 21, the bar area offers a view overlooking the floor space for a level location to enjoy the show. "

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    The Tavern Ventura

    The Tavern is one of the most popular places to dance in Ventura. Their range in live music and bar areas is also impressive.

    Local Expert Tip: "Splurge on the Boathouse Gin, its a spicy spin on the classic drink."

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    The Wine Rack

    While Ventura has several small music venues, The Wine Rack includes a specialty shop.

    Local Expert Tip: "Check their schedule for live music, it pairs well with wine."

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    Martini Lounge at Cafe Fiore

    Cafe Fiore brings patrons through its doors with great food and a lively ambiance.

    Local Expert Tip: "Enjoy a seat on the patio where you can watch the downtown nightlife while enjoying your own private concert."

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    Bombay Bar & Grill

    Bombay Bar & Brill has been around for years, bringing in locals and those looking for a place to dance.

    Local Expert Tip: "Stay late for $1.00 tacos, they are a perfect snack after a night of dancing."

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    Social Tap

    Offering the newest patio in town, Social Tap is bringing music to its excited patrons.

    Local Expert Tip: "Their truffle fries or "stap man n' cheese" pair perfectly with craft beer and good tunes."

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    Zoey's Cafe

    Zoey advertises "world class live music," and it delivers!

    Local Expert Tip: "Browse their website and YouTube channel to find upcoming bands and singers you may be interested in seeing!"

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    Sandbox Coffeehouse

    Sandbox Coffeehouse is bringing together music and art within the surf community.

    Local Expert Tip: "Join Jammin Joe as he hosts Open Mic Night on Thursdays! "



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