2501 Kettner Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92101
619.232.HELL (4355)

How do I get tickets for The Casbah?

We sell tickets for most Casbah shows through See Tickets – www.www.casbahmusic.com. Service charges are between $2 – $6 depending on ticket price. When you purchase tickets online, we recommend that you select the will call option – your name will be on a list at the door and you don’t have to worry about your tickets showing up in the mail, or losing them, or the dog eating them, or anything like that – simply show up, ask for your name on will call and you’re all set. Just like that.

For shows outside the Casbah we try to offer tickets at www.www.casbahmusic.com whenever possible. Some venues have contracts with other ticketing companies and tickets for those shows are on sale via Ticketmaster, Ticketweb, or other ticketing platforms. You can usually minimize the service charge by purchasing direct from the venue. We always include the most direct link to buy tickets for shows at these venues on our website.


The Casbah has been open since 1989. Its first location had a legal capacity of 75 and hosted such bands as: Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Lemonheads, The Jesus Lizard, and Rocket From The Crypt.

In the beginning of ’94 we moved just down the road to our larger, plusher quarters and the rest is history. Our “new” location has a capacity of 200+, there is an enclosed smoking patio, a back room featuring a pool table, booths, and a full bar. There is also a music room with a full bar and a state-of-the-art sound system.

Some of the bands that have played at our current location include: Boss Hog, MGMT, TV on the Radio, Devotchka, Franz Ferdinand, Morphine, The Damned, X, Vampire Weekend, The White Stripes, Death Cab for Cutie, Basement Jaxx, TSOL, The Arcade Fire, The Shins, Band of Horses, The Breeders, Elastica, The Jesus Lizard, Gogol Bordello, Cold War Kids, Weezer, Silversun Pickups, Ben Harper, Liz Phair, G Love & Special Sauce, Social Distortion, Flogging Molly, The Cult, Foals, Young the Giant, Gene Vincent’s Blue Caps, R.L. Burnside,Cold War Kids, Ty Segall, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, T-Model Ford, The Heavy, Ra Ra Riot, Wavves, Dum Dum Girls, Bright Eyes, Modest Mouse, Postal Service, OFF!, Lemonheads, Cows, The Strokes, The Blasters, Supersuckers,Peter Hook, Brandi Carlile, Dale Watson, Jonathan Richman, Camper Van Beethoven, OK Go, The Kills, Raveonettes, Brian Jonestown Massacre, M Ward, Ariel Pink, Melt Banana, Diplo, Prefuse 73, RJD2, Mountain Goats, the Muffs, Dwarves, Coheed and Cambria, Cat Power, Alejandro Escovedo, Duncan Sheik, Nouvelle Vague, Minus the Bear, Okkervil River, Explosions in the Sky, Ume, The Hold Steady, Pretty Girls Make Graves, Metric, The Coup, Clientele, Clinic, Ben Lee, Tristeza, Blowfly, Rogue Wave, John Waters, Lucero, Wolf Parade, The Helio Sequence, High on Fire, Bob Mould, Meat Puppets, The Wedding Present, Low, The Sounds, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Hellacopters, The 88, Jamie Lidell, The Greenhornes, The Stills, South, Elbow, Supergrass, Art Brut, Jose Gonzalez, Liars, D-Generation, Black Angels, Black Mountain, The Horrors, Blue Cheer, Link Wray, The Meteors, The Avengers, The Duke Spirit, Harvey Danger, Talib Kweli, Supernova, Queers, Ratatat, Crystal Castles, Chromeo, The National, D.O.A., The Adolescents, NoMeansNo, Kool Keith, The Slits, Wire, Hot Chip, Stiff Little Fingers, Melvins, Joanna Newsom, Jeremy Enigk, Helmet, Greg Laswell, Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, Black Lips, Cibo Matto, Cornelius, Autolux, Failure, Dinosaur Jr., Delta Spirit, Menomena, St. Vincent, Pere Ubu, Brainiac, The Walkmen, Jonathan Fire*Eater, The White Buffalo, Naked Raygun, Shonen Knife, Joan Jett, Juliette Lewis, Imperial Teen, Fleet Foxes, Yeasayer, Grouplove, Blitzen Trapper, Beach House, Yacht, The Sword, L7, The Ting Tings, Nortec Collective, Sea Wolf, Frightened Rabbit, Andrew Bird, Jay Reatard, Wombats, Filter, Mudhoney, Gang Gang Dance, O’Death, Deerhunter, Neko Case, Ozomatli, Pennywise, Cursive, The Devil Makes Three, The Tallest Man on Earth, Strange Boys, The Donnas, Built To Spill, The Warlocks, Monotonix, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, OM, Fitz and the Tantrums, Blind Pilot, Buraka Som Sistema, Cold Cave, Surfer Blood, Moving Units, Japandroids, Zeros, Hockey, The Thermals, Harlem, The Soundtrack of Our Lives, Little Boots, Hank Williams III, Phantogram, the xx, GBH, Sharon Jones and the Dapkings, Antibalas, The Gories, The Dirtbombs, The Black Keys, Tom Tom Club, Wild Flag, Dawes, Deer Tick, Justin Townes Earle, Dresden Dolls, and local acts such as Rocket From The Crypt, Drive Like Jehu, Three Mile Pilot, Creedle, the Rugburns, Jewel, The Dragons, Blackheart Procession, Pinback,Crocodiles, The Soft Pack, Transfer, The Silent Comedy, Little Hurricane etc..

The Casbah features live music, often 7 nights a week, with cover charges usually varying from Free to $20. Patrons must be 21 with a valid ID. We are open only when a show is listed on our calendar at “door time”.

The Casbah does not accept reseller tickets such as StubHub, Seatgeek, and other platforms at any of the venues where we promote shows. 

Casbah sound specs

Updated January 2012

Stage size:
20′ wide x 10′ deep – 18″ high

What time is the show?

The Casbah opens at 8:30 pm on show nights unless otherwise noted on our site. Generally our bands will kick off around 9 or 9:30 depending on the night of the week. For touring acts, the set times are at the discretion of the headlining artist, however they generally start by 11pm on weeknights and by 11:30 on weekends. For shows outside the Casbah, the set times are determined by the venue and artists.