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Sunrise Love

28 July 2019

The show was good but was not expecting 30min break that was too long

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23 July 2019

Amazing place to go and must see when you are in the area BUT make reservations.

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Rob Tinley

23 July 2019

The Struts were awesome!!

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Matt Vella

9 July 2019

Beautiful venue, great sound system, friendly staff. Will definitely be back.

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Traves O'Neill

9 July 2019

Great venue, big enough for a reasonable crowd and small enough to still feel intimate. I'd see a show here anytime.

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Terri H

9 July 2019

Great venue

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Zoe Navapanich

9 July 2019

Staff can be a little aggressive but the venue is perfect for medium sized shows. The setting feels intimate with decent views from anywhere in the crowd. Sound quality is great and their lighting team is very talented. Also the vents in the floor are game changing. More...

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Kiko Salazar

2 July 2019

Just saw The Roots here. The music and venue were just what I needed.

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jill lewis

2 July 2019

Great venue acoustics amazing

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Robyn Adams

2 July 2019

Great venue

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Annika Joy

30 June 2019

Went to see Eels here. It was a fantastic show. The path to the bathrooms is a bit of maze because you have to go through the attached bar and grill, but overall a great venue.

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ROBERT HENDON

30 June 2019

Great place for local artist plus under ground Rap

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anthony burnham

30 June 2019

Good venue but too big. The sound gets caught in the open space.

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vannygrl

30 June 2019

Love it!!!

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Ryan Buck

30 June 2019

Awesome venue, there's vents in the floor in the standing area.

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Brian Baber

30 June 2019

Sick music. Nice staff.

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SirVent Shaun

30 June 2019

This place is made For great sound great acoustics

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Bryan Meckelborg

30 June 2019

Great crew. Friendly staff.

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Madeline Martinez

30 June 2019

Great venue and they always have great shows

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Joe Jimenez

30 June 2019

Great venue!

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Tiffany P.

9 June 2019

One of the best venues in town by far! Everyone that works there are super nice especially Pinkey! She is always super helpfully when it comes to anything! They are very accommodating for the handicap which was awesome because I just had foot surgery so everyone was super helpful and courteous! Hands down one of the best places for shows! More...

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Martin Bright

30 May 2019

Nice, smaller venue for music. Great space and decor. Easy parking nearby, only $5 on a Sunday night.

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Matthew Rodriguez

30 May 2019

Great venue, great concert!

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Chelsea Shelton

30 May 2019

Went here for Party like Gatsby and it was a blast!

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Steve Basurto

30 May 2019

Nice venue to see live music!

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Craig Mack

30 May 2019

Cool spot to hangout, catch up and watch the basketball game!!

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Tony Pipitone

30 May 2019

Great venue. Intimate, but not crowded and they don't try to gouge you on food and drink costs.

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Monique Perez

30 May 2019

Awesome food & drinks! Even cooler the venue is attached to the back of the restaurant!

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Malissa Lizet

30 May 2019

Nice location. Parking is a breeze. Entry is smooth and no matter where you are you have a good view. The bar service was great.

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JackJack Salgado

30 May 2019

LOVE THIS PLACE !! Awesome venue!!

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Robby Ticknor

30 May 2019

First time at this venue. Really cool. Not huge but a good size for a concert. Drinks are generous and not outrageously priced.

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David Z

30 May 2019

Not bad. Security is kind of everywhere which brings down the vibe but the rest of the experience is good.

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Chuck Ringdahl

30 May 2019

Always parking

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Jason Ruin

30 May 2019

Great venue. Saw Refused and The Hives. Easy to get to and back on the highway. Parking garage across the street. Lots of security. Friendly staff. A+

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gail howard

30 May 2019

The Observatory is the best place to see a band. Intimate and historic.

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Matthew Bliven

30 May 2019

Great venue for live music. Good food. Beer is a bit pricey.

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Patty Robles

30 May 2019

Awesome venue. Wishing I had been standing instead of sitting when I saw the Cowboy Junkies.

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Vince Harron

30 May 2019

This venue has all of the good talent these days. As a venue, it is clean, sounds food, good drinks, friendly staff.

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Luna Celine

30 May 2019

crowded and sweaty and expensive but still a really good time

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Torrie Miller-Parli

30 May 2019

Unique. Mostly standing room only. Parking on street. Gove yourself time for that

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Ted Eicher

30 May 2019

Went to stoner metal show by the band Sleep. The show was sold out. Everyone went nuts for Sleep, they played for over hour and a half. A really awesome venue to see a band of that high(no pun intended) caliber. Highly recommend the Observatory More...

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William Rapp

30 May 2019

The huge, theater-like venue is well ventilated and offers a great view of the stage almost no matter where you are. Sound quality is good. The venue itself is beautiful with very high ceilings and ornate decoration. Bar is easily accessible; the walkways are normally kept clear by the excellent staff. Great experience every time. More...

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Elizabeth Miller

30 May 2019

Gorgeous decor, great food and drinks. Everyone was so nice!

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LCB Chef

30 May 2019

Came here for the Jose Caballero for Congress 2020 campaign kickoff. Good sized venue, perfect for a comedy show, or small concert.

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Tim Almond

30 May 2019

Bad arse place to see a show!

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Mara M

30 May 2019

Awesome venue to see your favorite bands!

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Carolanne Brandt

30 May 2019

This is a nice little theater to enjoy music in. I'd go there again.

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Jackie Sapitro

30 May 2019

Limited seating. Offers standing options. Huge bar.

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Exsiquio Ramos

30 May 2019

We saw a sold out concert and the event was packed! It was organized and the bar tenders where keeping up with the demand. When your done with concert, visit local brewery. More...

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Kate Manzanova

30 May 2019

Great venue. Can’t wait to go back!

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Ashleigh Ledoux

30 May 2019

Saw a fantastic show there! Small venue so you really enjoy the music. Easy parking for the area.

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Mike Phan

24 May 2019

One of my favorite venues in San Diego. The venue isn't too big so you can have a great view from almost anywhere. Bonus points for providing free water stations at the entrance.

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J Saler Drees

22 May 2019

Intimate space. Have gone to several concerts here and have never been disappointed. All general admission so no chairs in the way to instruct you from moving to the music. The floor is at a slant so that those in back can still see decently. Friendly staff decent lighting. Crowds are pretty chill here. Stay in their spot and to don't move constantly or shove their way to front as some crowds do at other joints. Which is a plus. So thank you to audience too for being considerate and actually enjoying the concert and not being a duck and pushing people out of way. Sound acoustics are ok. Depends on concert. But sometimes can't hear vocals as well. The singers' mikes should be turned up more if possible. Or maybe it's just the building structure? I don't know. Overall love going to concerts here! More...

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Keith Zimmer

22 May 2019

Great small concert venue. I was in town on vacation and knew that a band I really liked was playing at the Observatory North. Ticket purchase was easy and reasonable. Security was efficient and respectful. The venue had a cool vintage vibe. I'll go out of my way to see another concert the next time I'm in town More...

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Emmanuel J.

10 May 2019

I went to The Observatory to see Amanda Seales the show happened to be the same night that there was a street fair going on so that made getting to the parking structure a bit difficult. Thankfully the venue is located in a residential neighborhood so I was able to find street parking.Getting into the venue the security was very thorough, I ended up getting a pat down because I forgot that my belt had a metal buckle. I had GA seating, so I arrived early enough where I was able to pick out my seat as it was not reserved. I picked a seat that was near the sound booth and it was a perfect. I was able to hear Amanda Seales with no issues. The security at the venue was very relaxed in nature once inside the venue, they were very helpful when it came to locating our seats. I also had two drinks the first one being a Peach ciroc and then a cucumber spritzer and they both were delicious and gave me a nice little buzz.  The drinks to me were averagely priced, I've paid anywhere up towards $14 for a specialty drink. So to see that my drinks were priced around $11 a pop was nice. The restrooms are located upstairs, the bottom floor restrooms are reserved for the restaurant that shares the same space. More...

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Nicole Gaines

8 May 2019

The Observatory isn't a very large venue but it didnt feel crowded with the large group of people that showed up. Yet again an Excellent Gatsby Party! The multiple acrobatic performances were awesome! Enjoyed seeing all the different beautiful outfits people chose to wear.Also love the convince of having the parking garage right next door. More...

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Tressa Cavigliano-South

8 May 2019

Well I went for the Vintage Flea Market which way pretty awesome. It was in the back of the observatory however. The only con was parking. There was a parking garage across the street for max $5 I think so whatever. I was assisting someone so I wasn't able to shop for myself , but it was still fun to look around. I will definitely bring my teen daughter next time since there was vinyl as well! More...

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Brandon Nguyen

8 May 2019

The venue is pretty small and you can say during the concert it's gets pretty intimate. But I would say those are plusses. I went here for a concert. The acoustics and the lighting we're on point. The drinks were decent. Overall experience was awesome. More...

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Tuta F

30 April 2019

Great venue for concerts...it was special night with Citizens Cope

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Laura Corral

30 April 2019

Great place for music. Loved StVincent show

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Luci Latu

30 April 2019

Went there for the Common Kings final show off their tour. The staff were super cool and attentive. I'm disabled and this was my 1st time there. Before going thru thre front door they immediately informed me there was handicap seating and if I would like to be there. I said yes and good thing I did. It was pretty much a standing only type of venue. Great save from the staff and I had an amazing time! More...

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Jimmy Gonzalez

30 April 2019

The venue is great and so is the atmosphere. I really have to tip my hat off to the security that they have at the Observatory. They did an excellent job at keeping everyone save at the concert. More...

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Lic. Edgar E. De Lara

30 April 2019

Excelente ubicación, estacionamiento cercano. Buenos bares alrededor.

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Juan Garcia

30 April 2019

Great!! Place.

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Drydia Camacho

30 April 2019

Muy amables

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Marvin Trice Jr

30 April 2019

Great show with Dermot Kennedy

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Edward Van Hoose

30 April 2019

Awesome venue and a great performance by Citizen Cope! Definitely will return. Highly recommend it!

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Angela Elizabeth

30 April 2019

Intimate setting, good atmosphere and good sound, with general admission that allows for free roaming. It's easy to get a good view, and up close. Moscow mules are the best drinks here! Easy access, and connected to West Coast Tavern so there are alot of bars within the venue. More...

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Carolyn Scharf-Swaller

30 April 2019

Really neat venue for concerts and the acoustics were great!

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Eric Overton

30 April 2019

I really like it here, it's a beautiful venue with a great sound. Big enough to host popular bands but not large enough to have a "nose bleeds" section. Happy hour at the connected west coast tavern is excellent as well. More...

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Samuel McCauley

30 April 2019

Nice venue

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Ni Ck

30 April 2019

Cool small venue.

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ALEX G.

30 April 2019

The artists that come in here are just great!

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Inez Aguilar

30 April 2019

My favorite venue!!

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Michael Camacho

30 April 2019

Excellent sound, beautiful space, and one of the few venues in San Diego where you can have an all-ages show and still grab a drink at the bar! Good bartenders hope the experience on that side of things, and a central location in North Park makes it very convenient to get to. Go catch a show! More...

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travis royer

30 April 2019

Great place to see live music

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Flash Mob

30 April 2019

Wear the least amount of clothes as possible. THIS PLACE DOES NOT HAVE ANY VENTS OR A/C WHATSOEVER. It gets so hot and it's crazy that they can't crack one of the many doors they have. Also the floor is very grimey so bring shoes that you don't care about. The bathrooms are nice though. They have lots of amenities for women. More...

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Big TonyTone

30 April 2019

Great venue, great location. 7.50 for a modelo i think it was, on site catering that smelled good! Pretty huge, theater set up

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Mariya Ponder

30 April 2019

Super friendly staff great location! Saw Epik High tonight!

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Matt Kyker

30 April 2019

Solid views of the stage despite standing position. It's a fun, somewhat intimate local concert venue.

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Jerry Luna

30 April 2019

Me encanta

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Ellery Turk

29 April 2019

I've been to several shows at the Observatory (North Park) and I wanted to say I am SO impressed with the professionalism of their staff and security guards.I work security for a bar in PB so I know how how taxing the job can be. Everytime I've gone to a show the security has been friendly, polite and super helpful. Even when they have a sell out show and a packed house everyone is in good spirits from start to finish. Oh and the food is awesome. Their hummus appetizer is some of the best hummus I've ever had, great work. Just wanted to say I appreciate the hospitality and looking forward to my next visit. More...

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Bridget L.

26 April 2019

I'm shocked reading some of these reviews. Just having moved here from Austin, Texas where I was very spoiled in the live music scene, I had been disappointed in what San Diego has to offer until I came to a show here. Great venue! Clean, full bar, food, views from wherever you stand, and you can still see the show from the tv when you're standing in line for the restroom. Huge fan of this venue. To add to it, if you're not quite ready for the party to be over after the show, they have a DJ next door to keep the party going. More...

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Noah G.

21 April 2019

Deceitful reviews!I attended the Skating Polly/Culture Abuse/The Interrupters show on April 19th, and reading the views really made me reconsider the 3 hour drive to San Diego. However, it ended up being one of the best nights in a while. I want to do my best to address many of the negative statements seen in most of the reviews here:1) "The security staff are A-holes"Answer: I have a lot of experience going to indie rock shows with minimal security, leaving people with bruises and split lips. I understand the strictness of the security team. At no time did I feel threatened by the security at the door or at the barricade.2) "I was wrongfully removed by security at the venue"I feel very sorry for those who were wrongly removed from the venue despite not being as intoxicated as they believed, but the individuals that were removed from the front area during the show were all barely able to walk, or were inciting an unreasonable level of violence. There was an expected level of moshing, jumping, and dancing, but the people causing serious issues were those being removed by security. It was not as if they were being placed in chokeholds and dragged out (which unfortunately I have witnessed at other venues before). I do admit, after this began I curbed my level of dancing to avoid any misconceptions by the security guards. The main point of this is- you really need to put yourself in their shoes. They're dealing with hundreds of people ranging from age 9 to 60, many of which are intoxicated and rocking out. The goal is to just keep people from getting seriously injured.3) "The security level at the entrance is unbelievable"Yes, going into the venue is like going through TSA. I did not witness anyone being patted down, and I'm guessing the security was a bit more relaxed because it was an all ages show. Maybe it's because I'm from a cushy suburb in Orange County, but the added security made me feel a lot safer being in an area I seldom visit. The Interrupters even wanted people to hold up their lighters and the amount of people who did, surely says something. PS. If you're 21 they use a HUGE sharpie to X out your hands- calm down this is a normal procedure AT EVERY VENUE WITH A BAR. One hand was practically rubbed off by the end of the night and it washed off easily at home. 4) "The sound quality sucks"I am a musician, and there's some truth to this haha. It's an antique building, so I think it should be a given that the architect wasn't a modern sound engineer. Bass tones were incredible, but the higher frequencies would be muffled or run too intensely with not much in between.5) "Drink quality is low"Although I'm 18 and cannot legally drink, most people around me seemed to be enjoying their beer (or spilling it on me) so I cannot attest anything to that statement.6) "Parking was easy/Parking was hard and I couldn't get it validated"I got to the structure about an hour before doors opened and parking was easy- I would highly recommend this because not only do you get a nice spot, you have time to explore the really artsy North Park district (highly recommend Black Horse Coffee). I did have trouble figuring out how to get parking validated! After asking 5 security guards along the way, I discovered a petite woman with her North Park logo hidden under a jacket handing out validated parking passes. I wish this would have been more clear as she didn't make herself known AT ALL, and this is the only reason why I took off one star. Hope this helps out everyone looking into the venue! More...

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Leticia A.

5 April 2019

This was such a great venue to watch a live concert. Small and intimate yet well ran with security.

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Gera N

30 March 2019

I've been here a bunch of times and never had a bad experience. Doesn't matter at what time you get here because you are able to see the bands performing from every part of the venue, it's small but the floor has an incline with chairs if you don't want to be at the pit area. Pretty good acoustic and a nice looking place. More...

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Alfred Delgado

30 March 2019

Queensryche tonight!

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FN-2187

30 March 2019

Muy buen lugar, el clima adentro es perfecto, estacionamiento gratis cruzando la calle y amplio, exelente sonido y seguridad por todos lados

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Kerry Ferreirae

30 March 2019

No seating unless you call ahead for ADA seats.

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Cassie citybeast

30 March 2019

LOVE this place, great venue

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chris d.

28 March 2019

Great venue in cool neighborhood for restaurants b4 the show. Didn't feel overly jammed based on wide stage  Worth the 1.5hr drive for us b/c LA is gross

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Christopher K.

27 January 2019

Big tip: I've been to The Observatory twice for concerts and both started precisely on time. Don't be late!Another tip: The last show I went to had strobe light effects and I didn't see any warning signs posted. It's possible I missed them, but be sure to ask before the show if you're sensitive to strobes.Other than that, it's a good place for a show. Good sound to my ear-plugged ears, good sight lines from the sloped floor or from a couple slightly raised platforms behind, and capable lighting. Plus there's a little taco stand next to the bar. More...

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Rachel K.

25 January 2019

Had a very good first time experience at the Observatory Theater last night--given the mixed reviews I read in advance of my visit I wasn't sure what to expect so this review hopefully helps other first-timers.Parking can be found on the street within a few blocks if you arrive early, otherwise there is a large parking structure next to the theater that is inexpensive. Many performances offer validation. Performances really do start on time and you can still get in if you show up a little late. My advice is come early and enjoy the venue.Security was professional--you will read a lot of negative posts about security but my experience with them was that they did a decent, respectful and thorough job. My advice is take a small or no purse and don't bring any sharp objects. You will have your bag checked going to and from the restrooms so don't be surprised about that. I noticed there were a lot (loads) of security folks--and many of them women. The ladies restroom had three security ladies attending it which I found to be overkill. Please note these are not Observatory staff, they are a contracted company.There is limited handicapped seating which you can reserve when you purchase your tickets. These seats are at the back and in a section lighted throughout the performance (sadly). Apart from these few seats the rest of the theater floor is open concrete and standing only. Note that because this is an old theater from the 30s the runways and open area at stage front is slanted toward the stage. I opted for comfortable shoes and was glad I dressed down. There are tiered sections on the right and left sides if you want a flat area to stand which is what I settled on.The bar in the theater is what you would expect. I found the cocktails weak so stuck to tall boy beer and house wine starting at $9. The house wine was fine. There was no organization to service at the bar but I discovered a bartender behind the pillar on the right and never had to wait for service while others were waiting with no apparent line. I took advice from other Yelpers and did some tailgating once I parked on the street. Other yelpers mentioned water fountain with cups but staff did not know where this was when I asked. There is bottled water for sale as well as snacks next to the bar-be prepared to stand in line.Other miscellany: Trash bins are only near the bar so there is nowhere to toss your empty cups/cans. The Observatory staff did a solid job cleaning up after everyone. Trash and spilled drinks were picked up in a flash.I recommend using the upper restrooms to avoid a line and be prepared to have your bag searched coming back in. The security offers attendant service in the restroom for tips.I did not eat at the restaurant or use the restaurant bar as they were full when I arrived. The menu for both looked decent however and I understand you can check in there as it's in the theater building and then you only have the bag check via the inside door.The sound quality of the performance was very good. I've seen mixed review on this but found the sound as good as it could possibly be. I suggest bringing sound reduction devices/earplugs which I was glad I did. They have earplugs for sale at the theater.The theater has been beautifully restored and is intimate enough that you can be anywhere and really see the performers. There are no bad seats! The balcony was closed when I was there but I imagine the view is as good from there. I give the Observatory Theater 4.5 stars only due to not having an area for people to sit. Had the balcony been open seating that would have added to the experience. Special thanks to Mel, fabulous security lady who helped a person in my group with mobility issues who needed a seat for part of the performance. I look forward to my next visit to this great venue! More...

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Elaine M.

20 January 2019

This place reminds me of the Fonda in Los Angeles. I really like the frame of the stage, it's got a really nice vintage and chill vibe to it. The place itself is just like any other smaller concert venue, with a large general admission area and some seats in the back. I actually didn't think there were any audio problems - I was near the back of the floor, toward the left, and I could head Nao singing perfectly. The security staff also made sure to be quick with the scanning. The lighting was also perfect. I'm shocked, though, at how on time the concert as a whole was. The concert started at 9, and the main performer Nao was on by 9:45. In fact, we missed the opening performer because we were taking our time, assuming that the venue would operate on LA time.The bar was pretty disorganized, unfortunately, and I didn't like how weirdly slanted most of the GA floor was. The worst part about this area is that parking is basically impossible to find. Other than that, it's a fun, intimate little concert venue to go to with friends!! More...

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Kate F.

19 January 2019

I find myself at the Observatory fairly often because I enjoy seeing live music. The last dozen or so times I have been there have been questionable to put it politely: getting into the venue, the sound quality, what's up with those floors? I try not to give it too much thought because if an artist comes through that I like, they repetitively get my business. I try to focus on the positives: the venue is very central to SD, the ceilings are pretty, and they get some great acts to roll through.Last night was the first time I have been since they changed up the entry process and it was a completely different experience. What would have been rated negative stars previously was definitely bumped up to five stars thanks to Leo. He made getting into the venue seamless and was knowledgeable when I asked for basic info about set times, etc. Thanks to Leo for turning around my overall impression of the observatory! I'm looking forward to my next concert there! More...

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Crystal G.

19 January 2019

Really enjoyed the concert here!! The venue is so cute and vintage. The security wasn't that bad but I can see where everyone is coming from saying they are rude. Some were nice and some were on a power trip and treated you disrespectfully. I would see another concert here forsure!!! More...

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Heather N.

2 January 2019

Absolutely one of me and my friend's favorite places to see concerts. Although the security gets overwhelmed with drunk and obnoxious people, they are very understanding and prioritize giving the best experience to their ticket buyers. Went a few days ago and was not the first time I had an amazing night at the venue. Looking forward to more! More...

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Felicia L.

22 December 2018

My friend and I went to see The Internet on Saturday night here and we had a good time. We scored free street parking about a block away and arrived there just in time for the band to start (around 9:15PM). Security was very thorough but appreciated to ensure the safety of everyone attending the event. We were able to get into the middle of the crowd easily with no hassle.The venue is of good size, which is a standing room, no seats. In the back of the venue, the merch area can be found but the staff makes it where a line is formed where people can still easily walk around the back. This kind of got me confused as I thought the merch line was short when in fact it was super long and snaked along the walls, HAHA! If you are 21+, you can go to the back where a bar is located, as well as multiple bathrooms.Overall, we had a pretty good time and it was hassle free. Free street parking, security was a breeze, no crazy bathroom lines, easy to get drinks. The only thing that made me sad was the super long line for the merch, but its not the venue's fault, its the super popularity of the band we saw, haha. More...

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Stacie M.

18 December 2018

I finally got to see a show here, and it was great!  I realize that a lot of the experience can be related to the artist you're seeing, and Big Gigantic in 3D did not disappoint!  There was a short line outside when we got there at 9pm  (doors had opened at 8, show started at 8:40).  Security was friendly and efficient.  The lines for drinks seemed a little long, but the bar is just in the back of the venue, so you can still hear (and watch) the music.  There were 2 bathrooms (that I saw), both of which had a pretty long line, but I don't think I waited more than 5-10 minutes.  This show was 18+, but luckily this artist seems to attract an older crowd, so I didn't notice that many younger kids running around.  The setup is a true venue, there's a "pit" in the front that got VERY crowded (but was fun to dance in for a little).  And then there is a "stadium standing" setup behind that pit, with 3-4 rows.  Obviously the best spot would be up against the front of any of those rows, but we kind of bounced around and found places where we could dance, and were still able to see the (3D!) show pretty well. More...

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Pedro R.

25 November 2018

This is my favorite music venue in San Diego. Not a bad seat in the house. Pretty personal venue.The shows are pretty solid and reasnobly priced. They sell beers in the tall boys which is also pretty nice. I also noticed they started selling tacos last time while I was there. Although they are tasty 3.50 for a tiny taco is a bit overpriced.It's attached to West coast tavern which also has some delicious food and cocktails. More...

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Robin D.

11 November 2018

My favorite place to go to shows! The building is beautiful, acoustics are on point. Saw Queens of the Stone Age & was highly doubtful that they would sound good in such a small place. This place just hugs sound, same can be said with AFI, TV on the Radio, Wolfmother & every ska band I've seen there. Ive noticed people that have issues with security there have done something wrong or are men that got felt up by another dude, I however enjoyed my experience being felt up by a girl. Made the beginning of my night very pleasurable. Highly recommend getting in line just for the security experience More...

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Cathy R.

4 September 2018

Recently wrote a review bemoaning ONP's challenged seating. Was I ever surprised when they reached out with an apology for the misunderstanding!  I tend to be a bit cynical about customer service, so the fact that they reached out and conceded that a ball may have been dropped was pretty cool. I'd like to clarify that although standing room only isn't my thing, it is a lot of fun when you're up for it. I'm not therefore decrying "Festival seating" ( what standing room only concerts were once called. Still?  Anybody ). I'm simply hoping that this and other venues clearly clarify, when advertising a show, the specific type of seating, or lack thereof, that will be offered. I did manage to stand for about three songs before my knees started screaming at me,and it was a blast. It reminded me of why, when my knees and I had more stamina, I loved standing room only concerts. There's a palpable synergy in a swaying, cheering, MOVING  crowd that isn't there when everyone sits. The venue itself is beautiful, vintage old San Diego. The security was ample, friendly, and alert.  Had appetizers and drinks at the exceptional West Coast Tavern beforehand.   All in all, I look forward to returning, since, from what I've learned, some shows do have chairs. But next time I'll probably call to make sure before I buy tickets. More...

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Riley S.

28 August 2018

This place was great ! I love that it's cheap, love that there's like literally a parking structure right in front of it, it's only $5 for the whole day or a few hours I believe. Right in the heart of north park. Just make sure you get there at least 30 minutes to an hour early if you want to get the front row or seats !! The line literally was about 2 blocks. if you wanna take your weed in make sure you don't have any pipes or containers they tried to tell us to throw away our capsules haha trippin!! Inside is actually bigger than I imagined. I'm looking forward to coming back here in the future for an amazing cheap concert !! :) this place rocks my socks ! (Literally I wore boots and ended up taking them off and walking out the door in socks )  and if you do come, don't wear heels lol this is a laid back Venue everyone was in sandals & or vans ! More...

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Alejandro S.

28 August 2018

I came the other day to see the frights and it was totally sold out. We were pretty bummed at first but then this security guard named Leo gave us free tickets and made out night way more epic than we expected! Thank you so much Leo for hooking me and my friend up with tickets! More...

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Sam L.

6 August 2018

Leo was a wonderful staff member who was polite and extremely helpful at the Beach House show! He made my experience at the Observatory the best it could be!

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Elaura G.

29 June 2018

The Observatory is definitely one of my favorite concert venues in San Diego! The security staff is always incredibly nice when I come here. If they are searching my bag, they always ask permission and tell me what they are going to be doing with my bag and conduct the search in front of me. YES, they have a strict policy on what you can bring into the venue, but they have always been reasonable if I have forgotten to take something on the list out of my purse beforehand. If they are doing a pat search they always make sure to let you know what areas they are going to pat and don't make you feel violated like they do at other venues in the area. The venue has a shared door with West Coast Tavern, and you can go in and get drinks at their bar, have dinner, or even enjoy the concert from their space. The venue does have it's own bar as well as a taco stand (which is an excellent addition and delicious). Drinks are reasonably priced and are definitely no more expensive than any other concert venue in San Diego. The acoustics in this place are AMAZING. I love coming here for shows because you can stand anywhere and hear perfectly. You are also able to see from almost anywhere in this venue as well. Big pus for someone who is on the shorter side! The ground floor also has air conditioning vents in it, a big plus when the venue is packed. Not to mention, the interior to this place is just gorgeous! I love that they kept the style of the original theater intact. More...

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Happy C.

6 May 2018

I go to a ton of music venues (huge , med and small clubs) all over the US. Last week I went to The Observatory for the first time. Aside from a great concert (Arctic Monkeys) I was incredibly impressed by the staff. The office staff and security people went out of their way to be helpful and gracious.  The venue is also fabulous and the bar service excellent. Definitely will go back to all (metal) concerts scheduled there when I am in town. More...

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Krystle M.

3 May 2018

This place was fantastic! Was here for the first time from San Francisco for an ultra sold out show last night it could not have gone smoother. The security people Marci and Chris were so pleasant and helpful. They answered all of our questions and ran the line efficiently. As someone who goes to a lot of shows it's rare to have a venue staff that treats fans with genuine kindness and not like just another number through the door while also getting everyone in quickly and without issue. The sound was great and it was such a cool venue inside. The only think that wasn't perfect about our experience was one of the box office girls who was quite rude and unhelpful about our ticket questions right when the box office opened but the girl who came in after her was phenomenal. I would absolutely come back here based on the staff alone. More...

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Tito R.

3 May 2018

100 percent better than HOB. Sounds great, small venue as perfect view at all angle! Will definitely return

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Ciara M.

28 April 2018

Attended the Great Gatsby event and had a marvelous time. Better prefade before coming here because drinks are expensive. It was painful paying $11 for a beer. I want to comment on the security check. They thoroughly check your bags. I didnt experience any harrassment with the security either. The venue itself felt safe. I like the small concerts they hold here and this year's lineup. Looking forward to coming back. More...

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Thaimae L.

27 April 2018

Great venue to see any artist perform. It's not super intimate and small, but also not as large as Valley View on Sports Arena. The bathrooms are nice and the security is awesome. They're not total a-holes, but they definitely do their jobs. They have earplugs available st the bar for $2/pair. I recommend you bring your own at that price. Yes, they serve alcohol - expect the prices to be high. Top shelf scotch is about $20/shot. Bottled water is $3, but they have free cups near the water fountain. It got a little warm once the concert started, but there are vents in the floor that help keep the room a little cooler More...

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Catherine F.

27 April 2018

I've been to both the Santa Ana & Northpark Observatory's. My favorite is Northpark! I like the old theatre look, and the intimate vibe you have with the performers. I love the feeling of not having to be in the general standing area with the crowd, but being able to have a cocktail at the bar and able to see the artist fine. Never a dull moment there. More...

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Cynthia L.

22 April 2018

I went to see the Unwritten Law concert last night and the Security team did an outstanding job. I was front row half watching the band and half observing how on point these guys were. I felt safe and the professionalism they displayed went a long way in making the entire experience enjoyable. These guys were on it. Five stars to these guys for handling business and being on point. More...

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Charles A.

20 April 2018

This is one of my favorite places to see shows.  I just wish everyone else did not realize how great it is to see a show here; gets crowded.  Bonus is that many 2nd line and below bands from festivals book shows here; along with some top liners that sneak in every now and again.  Great parking across the street in the structure is included with every ticket that I have purchased so another nice bonus.  Lets keep it chill and enjoy the shows. More...

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Yhy U T.

17 April 2018

Such a great venue! Security is very friendly and Chris is such an amazing human being!!!!!

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Adam J.

16 April 2018

Head of Security, Leo to the Rescue! How one man saved another man's nightI had the unfortunate experience of purchasing a counterfeit ticket for The War on Drugs show at the Observatory on April 15th.  As I finally made my way through the ticket and security line and it was my turn to walk through the doors, I was asked to stand to the side.  I'm so close, what a bummer, what's an extra 2 minutes though at this point right?  Those dreaded words, "I'm sorry sir,  your ticket is fake.  Unfortunately we can't let you in."  NOOOOOO.  Is there anything that can be done?  What happened?  As reality set in and I was explaining to my girlfriend that the extra ticket I bought to join her at the event was a fraud, I was approached by the head of security, Leo.  He explained to me that he was extremely sorry that my night had been ruined, but I had to get out of line.  As I began to sulk away and figure out how to burn the next 3 hours of my night, Leo signaled me over.  After a long pause, he told me that he someone had dropped off an extra ticket at the front of the line and he would like me to have the ticket.  At first I thought it was a cruel joke, but thankfully, Leo was genuine.  I'll never forget the kind gesture from Leo at the Observatory and I look forward to paying forward his generosity when I can.Oh, and The War on Drugs killed it.  Awesome venue, phenomenal talent, and 1st Class Security.  Will definitely be back and hope to be able to thank Leo again. More...

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John T.

7 April 2018

This review is for our recent concert visit here to see Queens of The Stone Age.  Parking was a snap across the street, and a steal at only $5.  We waited in line on the street, were let in, grabbed some merch, and took our places close to the stage.  This place is really cool...we were surprised to find such a cool venue in San Diego.  We had a couple of drinks and then the show started.  The acoustics here are great, and with only 1998 of our closest friends, not the crowded crush you would expect from other club venues.  Josh Homme and crew put on an amazing show, but this venue truly shined in our minds.  The security was spot on, and kept things under wraps while allowing for appropriate expression of "whoo hoo!"  We will defintely be back to catch another act of our liking! More...

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Rodney W.

5 April 2018

Just went to the KRS-ONE show.  Had a great time thanks to security outside.  They had an extra ticket and gave to me without a charge.  Guys were really kool.

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Becky E.

31 March 2018

I've been to this venue a few times, the latest being 4/17/16. It's a nice venue and they've had some great acts here. It's in a really cool part of town and affordable parking is available right across the street (or free if you're early and lucky enough!). That said... security at this venue has always been a little frustrating. From reading recent reviews it sounds like they've really stepped it up and that's great because in the past they've been kind of inefficient and rude. Last time I was here the lines was split up by sex and people were patted down by a security guard of the same sex. Understandable because of safety concerns, BUT... this resulted in a much-faster line for men and they ended up being the majority of the audience at barrier despite the line having been composed of slightly more women than men.  It was a little disheartening. At a couple of shows before this I had seen the security staff be a needlessly rude to fans and there was one show where they didn't notice a fight until the lead singer himself tried to break it up. Security managed to feel simultaneously over-harsh and ineffective. I really hope they've made some changes because that was basically the one downside to an otherwise wonderful venue.Anyway... the sound was good, the bar/restaurant inside the venue was good. The venue is right in the middle of North Park (at the iconic neighborhood sign!) so there is an abundance of nice bars and restaurants in the area and some fun window shopping to visit before a show. More...

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Erica S.

27 March 2018

I am happy to update my review after our more recent experience.  I was contacted by someone from The Observatory after my 1st review/ visit, which really impressed me. They wanted to know more details about my experience and then tried to make "it right".  Customer Service!!They are working out the security issues (which was our major complaint).  Last weekend they were trying out metal detectors which I had no problem with.  The pat-down was just a little too invasive.Now I know to enter though the West Coast Tavern too.  Less of a line and staff were very nice! Use the bathrooms upstairs for less of a wait.  Be prepared to be searched again though if you go out for drinks etc.  Love that parking is close and cheap/ sometimes free.Lovely looking venue with good sound.  Will definitely be back! More...

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Danielle C.

26 March 2018

Awesome music venue! We saw Through the Roots with Pacific Dub there this past Saturday. The architecture is beautiful and acoustics are great. There was little parking when we arrived (par for the course in North Park) so I reluctantly parked in the parking structure but was pleasantly surprised it was only $5.00. We will definitely see another show at The Observatory. More...

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ty D.

23 March 2018

Last night was my second time there for a show. The sound is not as good as other venues however, it is a fabulous place to catch a show. Both times there everyone was kind and courteous. I would definitely recommend catching a show here sometime ... More...

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Aaron G.

22 March 2018

Got scammed on QOTSA ticketsI was contacted by The Observatory, and they are now going to be posting warnings regarding the ticket fraud on yelp.  I'm impressed that they reached out.  In this day, and age, customer service goes a long way.  I'm still concerned with the number of people allowed into the Queens show, but I'm back on board, and looking forward to future shows! More...

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Liz W.

14 March 2018

Update :The Observatory was kind enough to allow me to see another show.  Although, it wasn't my first choice I truly enjoyed the band .  Also need to state that my issue was with the incompetent man using his imaginary power to bully anyone he felt like... I guess he enjoyed his little power trip... Thankfully I didn't see him at the show that I was allowed to enter. So... Been counting the days for The Flogging Mollys. While in line one of the genius security members who didn't understand my italian husband's English accused him of being drunk. My husband thought he was a homeless man asking him for money. I must say, watching from my line I thought the same thing.  Anyway my husband had one beer with dinner an hour earlier. He was escorted out of line and that was it. Because we were separated male line, female line I couldn't vouch for him. I couldn't plea his case with the other security people.  I understand there are problematic people, especially belligerent drunk people.  This was not the case for either of us this evening.  We never got inside. What a disappointing experience. I feel this venue should know that there are inexperienced staff on the outside of their building. More...

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S R.

9 March 2018

I took one of my best friends to a concert here a couple weeks ago and we had a great time. The ticket staff was super nice and the whole transaction was quick and easy, I will definitely be going to more concerts here in the future.

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Max S.

4 March 2018

After my previous experience with Observatory, I've returned multiple times without any issues. Same issues with sound levels but wristbands haven't been a problem and staff actually went out their way to assist me when there was a mistake on my end at the parking structure. Don't lose your parking ticket, but security guard LEO was helpful in convincing them to give my ID back.. Thanks, man. More...

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Roxanne G.

23 February 2018

Great venue ... every show I've seen here has been amazing ... any spot in the venue is a great view and the sound is on point. Keep the good shows up and I'll keep coming back. More...

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Sharmila H.

18 February 2018

What a great night! One of the best concert venues I've been to. And there was this super cool girl named Pinky that we met who made us feel right at home. The sound was better than the other venues that I've been to in San Diego that I've been to, and the size accommodated the sold out show really well. I'll definitely be back! More...

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Sarah S.

7 February 2018

I was lucky enough to get in on a sold out $5 Reverend Horton Heat/Voodoo Glow Skulls/Big Sandy show at the Observatory North Park a couple of weekends ago. This was my first visit and definitely won't be my last! Unlike most music venues, parking was a breeze in the lot across the way and just $5 for the night or you can stalk the city blocks for free parking if you have the time and patience. We ate at West Coast Tavern before the show and gained early access to the venue without having to wait in any lines, which was a huge plus. Bathrooms are scarce and not very well-maintained, and there was a consistent line for the ladies'. Drinks are pretty expensive like any other venue, and nothing special. The balcony was closed. Just a week or so before the show, The Observatory had been temporarily shut down for various violations but thankfully reopened just in time, but I'm sure that's why the security were out in full-force that night - not sure if that's the norm but it definitely felt like a pretty controlled environment. Since we got in early, I got to be front row and center for The Rev - AMAZING! Since it was a sold out show it definitely filled up, but it didn't feel excessively crowded even after the pit got started. I love that the standing room floor slants toward the stage so there's a good view no matter where you stand in the auditorium. If you get close enough to the front, it really feels like a more intimate performance. Definitely a venue worth checking out. Get there early to be up close, and you'll have an even better time! More...

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Missmojorisin C.

29 January 2018

I've seen countless shows here and con honestly say it's my favorite venue in San Diego. It's small enough to feel intimate, get good views of the bands etc but large enough to where you don't feel claustrophobic. I see complaints on here about security searches, and can honestly say they always check thoroughly because it's their job at the door!! With all the shows I've been to I've never had an issue with staff being unkind or rude, actually quite the opposite. All in all, I love this venue. More...

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Mars S.

3 January 2018

After attending two shows at the Observatory in North Park, it's easy to understand why it's a favorite for both fans and artists alike!Pros:- Parking garage right across the street, with many shows that offer validation with your ticket. Just double check/ask at the end of the concert!- Bar inside the venue and "outside" at the attached restaurant, West Coast Tavern.- They even have tacos for sale - so San Diego!- I'm used to massive venues in the Bay Area, so at first I thought this place was small. However, once it starts to fill up, I realized it actually fits a really good amount of people!- Water fountain with cups to fill up at the attached bar/restaurant.- You can have your ticket scanned at West Coast Tavern, enjoy a drink/bite at the restaurant, then swiftly move into the music venue without having to leave the building.Cons:- Women's bathroom line can get long since there's only one main restroom upstairs and a few single unisex bathrooms downstairs.All in all, I like the Observatory. It's big enough to handle a lot of attendees, but also small enough where you can get an amazing view of the artist no matter where you're standing in the venue. More...

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Lena Y.

2 January 2018

Saw Third Eye Blind here. Safe and efficient security to enter. Great, more intimate venue.

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Kris G.

2 January 2018

This is a pretty cool place to see a show. The first time I went they didn't have a bar open in the venue, you had to go into West Coast Tavern and get a drink and you couldn't bring it back in. This last time the bar was open.  They have changed up some of the configuration and this last time offered some options to see better rather than just the GA floor. The VIP balcony was closed as well. If you can get close to a railing you have a pretty good view of the stage. The fact that the venue is right in North Park is a great plus. Easy to get to from downtown and has a lot of good options to grab food or a drink before or after a show. There is also a parking garage right across the street if you drive. More...

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Dana D.

28 December 2017

I think this is one of the better venues in San Diego. Central location. Good acoustics and easy to see the stage from almost anywhere in the venue. I always appreciate how clean it is and how nice the security guards are. A comfortable place to see a show. More...

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Dana P.

27 December 2017

Was here a few weeks ago for the Dance Gavin Dance concert. Awesome venue! Super clear sound, easy to see the stage, feel the bass run thru your body! Overall amazing! Will definitely return! More...

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Kim V.

26 December 2017

Great place to see a show.  Not a bad place to stand to see the stage.  The bar attached has a better selection than the one inside the main room. The floor was packed and it seems they may over sell the place so make sure if you want to stand up front to get there early. The sound was good too from various parts of the room. Park across the street in the multi level lot and you will be validated and get FREE parking which is unheard of now a day. Just tell them upon entrance and show them your ticket. Just know you'll need to exit directly after the show or you will be charged a fee. More...

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Angel G.

21 December 2017

First off let me sorry for the delay in writing this review. You guys should've gotten recognition right away from your boss.          I attended the Jhene Aiko concert on the 18th with my daughter. From the beginning the security staff was very nice. the two ladies who were giving out the VIP passes were very nice.       These 2 guys were exceptional though. Sama (I hope that's right i know I asked you like 50 times but, I couldn't hear over the music) and Deante.        So, between the migraine I had, the nerve pain in my back and it being very warm. I was fanning myself with two small napkins and Sama brought me a sturdy piece of cardboard which was a Godsend.         When I laid my head on the partition Deante brought me a bottle of water, which was exactly what I needed. Throughout the night both guys took time from their busy jobs and either stood nearby or specifically came over and asked how I was doing. They could definitely teach the guy who was the personal security for the meet and greet pics a thing or two.                  Thank you guys again. you helped make a migraine and back pain at a concert bearable enough to be able to watch my daughter enjoy herself! More...

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Hannah R.

19 December 2017

One of my favorite venues in San Diego for shows. Saw Rezz last thursday and had an unbelievable time. Our group was in a section that Melissa, one of the security guards was working and we befriended her. She is fucking awesome and really makes sure no bullshit happens and if there's a problem she'll handle it. Thanks Melissa for making our time at the observatory THAT much better!! :) More...

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Sarah G.

14 December 2017

I went with my fiancée to go see run the jewels play. On a Sunday we wanted to check out the reviews the venue had and we were shocked we saw so many bad reviews I was so scared to get gropped and touched during security check but it was the complete opposite! I had an amazing time the security were good I mean I didn't really interact with them so yeah ... the drinks where amazing im a fan of Modelo so yeah they had my beer very expensive but it was worth it they had a few varieties of beer the sound was great too no problem. More...

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Rosie U.

14 December 2017

Out of any venue, security here has been the most friendly ...I'm usually a bit hesitant but tonight I had the best walk through with Melissa - all around great venue and chill security

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Camilla W.

5 December 2017

Beautiful venue, high ceilings and a terrace with full bar and kitchen. All ages, which is dope, and whoever does the sound should get a raise because it is great . Security seemed rude and kicked out people for no reason More...

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Joshua C.

1 December 2017

I saw Gryffin here. Good venue with a good bar area, a good balcony area, and a good stage! The venue's pretty small so the shows are more intimate!

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Elaine G.

28 November 2017

I've been to 4 shows so far within the past year or so, and it's always been a good, fun experience. Security and wristband lines move pretty efficiently, and it helps that they separate it into male and female. Drinks are pretty cheap. They used to not let you bring your drinks down to the floor, but during a recent show, they didn't regulate that anymore. Sound system is good and the stage can accommodate any artists' lights/screen set up. And for a shorty like me, I love the elevated stage, and how the crowd floor rises from the front to back. It helps so that I'm not just staring at shoulders the whole time. It's best to find free street parking, but the parking structure right across isn't a bad option at all. You can carpool with friends and pay only $5. My only negative is the bathroom. There's 2-3 unisex bathrooms downstairs. You can try going upstairs but the girls' line usually wraps around the hall. It's also a little grungy and there's only like 6 ish stalls. Not too big a deal, but I usually try to go way before the show starts because I know I'll probably be spending like 15 minutes in line. That aside, I love this venue and will always return! More...

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Paul A.

25 November 2017

Went to a show last night here!! Had a great time, first time ever going to this venue. Definitely will be returning for more Good Times. The sound is great and you really in the action. Shout out to Leo security guard, made our night even better. Definitely recommend this venue to anybody who's looking for good music and a good time More...

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Panzer M.

22 November 2017

Late review but came with wife to see Gary Numan last week.  Epic show!  Sounds was awesome!  The place has vents on the floor with have cool air flowing from it to keep the venue cool.  I really like them vents!  Friendly staff.  We'll definitely return to this venue! Great job, peeps! More...

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jill r.

19 November 2017

Cool old theater resurrected to host hipster shows and other performances. No seats so you can usually get up close to the performers. You also get access to the tavern to get cocktails and food but most shows are all ages so only one bar inside with a few beers on tap and wine. Didn't check to see if there was much more. Great venue to see alternative shows. Free parking in the structure directly across the street makes it even better. Walking to a few other restaurants for a meal beforehand too. More...

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Rae A.

19 November 2017

Came here to watch Aminé and thought the parking was going to be a disaster. It wasn't! There was a parking structure across the street that was for event parking and it was only 5$ cash. It was such a pleasant surprise. I've been to the Observatory in Santa Ana and it's pretty different from the one in North Park. I'm pretty sure there's only one main room here and it was huge. It reminds me of the House of Blues in SD. There's also a lounge/bar area in the back. The venue was nice and it was pretty easy to fit a lot of people in it. I was definitely hyped and the performance was great. The crowd itself wasn't as wild as I was expecting. I was ready to push my way to the front but it was pretty chill.Leaving the venue I was also prepared for the worst but people in SD are  so sweet and someone let me pull out of my spot and leave. It was just a nice experience and I would definitely come here again to watch someone. More...

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Nate M.

10 November 2017

I ventured here for Rocket from the Crypt, but got here early because of Mariachi El Bronx. I lived in San Diego for thirteen years, partied at West Coast Tavern way more than I'd like to admit and still hadn't stepped foot inside this venue until a few days ago. I know the Observatory is relatively new, but I didn't even go here when It was the North Park Theater. What a waste! This place is a fantastic venue. No matter where you stand, sit, or wax and wane, there isn't a bad seat in the house. The sound isn't amazing, but for rock shows it's just right. The bars do get crazy busy, but the bartenders are fast and courteous, just don't walk up and ask them to, "surprise me!" When I was here the doors to West Coast Tavern we're open. Not sure if that's the norm, but it really helped to cut down on bathroom and drink lines. Parking is scarce, but you'll be drinking so just Uber or Lyft, don't be that person. Observatory. You so fine. More...

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April W.

4 November 2017

I had a wonderful time at the observatory. Security did a quick and thorough search, felt safe coming to the venue. The sound system rocked and there is fans on the dance floor! The venue seemed well staffed and I even got help after the show from a very helpful security guard Quincy on the where abouts of  a drunk friend of mine who had to leave. I will definitely be back to see some more of my favorite artist! I would absolutely reccomed this venue to a friend. More...

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Cesar V.

31 October 2017

Best small venue in San Diego!  Can't beat the historic building setting along this sound system.Black star was one of the best shows I've seen at this venue!!

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Ana A.

23 October 2017

I want to give a shout out to the manager there Esteban. He was so nice and helpful when my mom and I really wanted to see Tacuba !! It was my first time coming to a concert here and didn't really know what to expect. I'm just so satisfied I was able to take my Mom and show her a great time! The service was great over all, it was easy to go from the observatory to the tavern. We also had dinner there and tried their Tuesday Special. 2 fish tacos  they were so delicious  ! Great service with great food, music, prices & drinks !! You can't beat that More...

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Scott L.

9 October 2017

went to see Obituary last night..first time going to this venue. Security was tight but they were all very professional and resolved any issues with class. The sound quality inside was great, and parking was not an issue. Ticket prices are also very fair. I'll definitely come back for another show. Kudos to The Observatory for creating a pleasant concert environment. More...

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Ernesto G.

28 September 2017

I really enjoy my experiences at the observatory! Especially as a disabled man in a wheelchair. The security guard Quincy was very nice as he patted me down. Quincy escorted me to Lamar, where Lamar took my ticket & put a wrist band on me & let me in the venue. While I was in the disabled section Quincy came back to make sure I was in the right area. I was very comfortable knowing that I was being checked on even after the fact that I was already in the venue. And to think I had 2nd thoughts about attending the shows. Also a shout out to the security guard, a Mexican guy with a raider lanyard, for escorting me out of the venue after the show was over. I never would've made it out without his assistance. Thank you for looking out for the wheelchair guy in the middle of the dance floor!! I feel safe there! See you soon! More...

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Jean H.

25 September 2017

We had a great time here. Found street parking a few blocks away.Yes, security is serious, but I didn't see any problems. They were all friendly, quick and polite as they frisked people. They also seem serious about safety. There was a man wiping up a drink spill on the floor with a towel about 2 seconds after a woman behind us spilled it.Great view from where we stood on the bar level, above the main floor. More...

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Brandon B.

22 September 2017

First time seeing a show here. Saw the fleet foxes. The venue was great. Sound was really good. My brother got light headed and overheated and needed assistance and Leo, head of security, was great. Helped us out and got us back in to enjoy the show. Thank you. More...

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Kay P.

21 September 2017

SEAN PAUL! AMAZING. But it did get too hot, what happen to the a/c ! Lines were expected to be long, for such a show but once doors were open it was quick! Just curious of how most of the men are being pat down, because you guys are not doing a good job lol they're still smoking inside the venue. I like to enjoy my music with less of a cloud, you know what I mean. I plan to bring my kids to shows but don't want to be bombarded with second hand smoke. That's why there's a smoking section. Staff, especially security thank you for doing your job. Hate it when people complain about how you guys handling certain situations, they tend to leave out the good details as to why they got kicked out lol. It entertaining to see people try to justify to why and make themselves look innocent. I've been to a lot of shows lately (part of my bucket list) and seen it all.Especially the underagers, they have ZERO tolerance for underage drinking so don't do it. You and your over 21yo friend got kick out because you solicited a minor alcohol duh! Don't come to shows drunk, it's not fit for these venues only a house party lol.Thanks barracade dudes for working so hard and catching me when I did crowd surfing for TAKING BACK SUNDAY show. It was AWESOME!!!As to pat downs, thank you ladies!!! I know you ladies aren't thank enough! I've never been inappropriately touch, there's nothing to complain about. I seriously like being safe and secure. I always enjoy the pat downs! More...

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C L.

19 September 2017

T.C., T.C., T.C. We've gotten table service at plenty of places. Whether here in SD or Vegas. T.C., went far and beyond any other service personnel we've ever received. He was professional, kind, and patient. Thank TC!! We will be back because of YOU! More...

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Amy A.

13 September 2017

My husband and I saw Manchester Orchestra at The Observatory and had an amazing time! The venue is really cool and the staff were awesome...especially TC in the VIP bar/lounge area. He made sure we were well taken care of and we're enjoying the concert. We will definitely be back! More...

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Jessica F.

31 August 2017

Went back for the Bone Thugs n Harmony concert and had an amazing time! This is a great venue and getting to watch a show and eat amazing tacos is perfect!

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Jane A.

7 August 2017

UPDATEOkay, I think the Observatory is growing on me. Every time I run/walk/driveby I always have to check the board to see who's playing that week. Last month I saw Tuxedo/Mayer Hawthorne and I thought that was dope. But, then... KRS-ONE and SLICK RICK08.06.17$10... was even a better show. When this place brings classics to the stage for that cheap, you don't miss out. 1. Venue security - always organized and no long wait.2. Venue logistics - same setup and I like the setup: balcony for VIP, floor, elevated sections, and seated sections. Good mix to your comfort. I like chilling at the first elevated section - not too far back and not too close. Ventilation is good and the air is nice and cold. I swear they pump oxygen in there like casinos because I always feel awake, even after leaving a late show.3. Food and beverages - can't complain.PERFORMANCE Headliners can be 50/50. Or they start out terrible and get better as it's lead up to the main performers. Always expect 1hr headliners that will probably bore you to death.But when the two DJs that opened up for SLICK RICK, the crowd woke up. Slick Rick was dope to see live but something out his vocals were a little off. He's a lot older now so I can't expect prime performance. Loved his message to the crowd at the end "Stay in committed relationships. Be faithful. It's all about making memories with the one you love. Raise a family. etc etc etc" I'd never expect Slick Rick to preach about love and staying faithful. Hahah KRS-ONE was off the chains. When "Step Into A World (raptures delight)" came on and KRS-ONE is live and in your face, BEST EVER. One of my favorite hiphop/break songs. I went bananas. Okay, everyone went bananas. Check out the videos I have. His message about encouraging kids to dropping out of school was weird. And his new music is hella deep and political.They bring in some amazing artist here for pretty cheap entrance fees. DON'T SLEEP ON IT. More...

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Tyince V.

7 August 2017

Sunday was my first time there. The artist Slick Rick and KRS-One were great. The venue is centrally located with a parking structure right across the street and very reasonable, $5.00 might I add. The venue setting is fantastic. It was like rocking at an underground party. The music and sound was great. I have been to many venues and when you are able to hear a rap artist crystal clear in the mic. Nice!!!! Not to mention the price of the event $10.00, I thought it was a error (Don't change it! LOL) was exceptional. Drinks were delicious, bartenders attentive. Doors open on time and eveyone was on point!!! Absolutely loved it. If you didn't have a great time, its because you chose not too...and on other comments I heard about security, they made their presence known. (Ifelt secured!) Looking forward to the next event. More...

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John A.

21 July 2017

I just ran into 10+ staff from The Observatory picking up trash near the elementary school. It was midnight and despite the fact that they were all off the clock they were still out with flashlights and garbage bags doing there part to keep our North Park community clean. Also, Khalid gave us a great performance yesterday!! More...

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Cari C.

20 July 2017

This is one of my favorite venues in San diego. Ticket prices are reasonable, great views through the entire place, and you can have food at the tavern inside!

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Rosita F.

13 July 2017

Had the best time at the Vandals show!! The crowd was on fire, the pit was great, crowd surfing was fun to watch, the bands sounded great, and it's always a plus when the artists go on stage when they're scheduled. My friend went here to see The Game and the guy showed up 40 mins late! FOH!  San DIego has a strict curfew in these quiet residential neighborhoods. Sad that guy let down his fans... Anyway back to the venue:I love that there's 3 or 4 bars you can get drinks from an indoor street taco stand right next to the theater bar. You can also go into West Coast Tavern (attached) and they have a full menu, kitchen is open till midnight! Remember, when the show is over the theater closes so it's nice to just step into the bar if you wanna hang out longer. Love all the AC vents in the floors, I've never seen that before. Also--I'm glad security gets out all the obnoxious drunks looking to start fights, falling down, making a mess--save it for your corner bar. This is a historic theater, have some respect. So lucky to have this place within walking distance, I always feel safe. North Park has come a long way in 10 years!! More...

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Rachel H.

6 July 2017

This Observatory is totally awesome in many ways as it's like totally rad to see a show here because their set up is supreme when you compare it to their other location in OC!I've been here a few times now to see a few different artists play and both times it's sounded awesome and been super fun and not to mention cool when your on the floor by cool I mean they have vents on the ground pumping out air to the hot and sweaty dance floor to keep everyone chillin and rocking!It's kinda unique to the fact here that they have a bar/pub connected to the venue where you can get your drink on or get some food and go back in forth between the venue as most places aren't into that concept.They have an awesome balcony area upstairs that provides a great view of the stage as well as some seats to keep you from having to stand the entire time!The only real thing I found here to be trouble was parking as it's on a busy street with a decent night life going on around it we had some luck both times parking behind the venue on the street by the houses so I'd definitely seek that out before you continue to do those car circles trying to find parking!Overall this is an awesome venue and I'm sure that it won't be too long before we venture back here for another awesome show!Until then rock on! More...

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Aaron B.

1 July 2017

I have been to a lot of shows and the North Park Observatory Is by far my favorite spot. Pinky you rock and thank you for your hospitality you the made experience awesome.

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Melanio F.

19 June 2017

Depending on the show, this venue is interesting.  I recently saw Marian Hill and it was totally crowded.  It's attachment with West Coast Tavern makes it easier to get a drink in that bar rather than wait with the crowds on the Observatory's bar in the theater.  Washrooms are in between anyway.I guess food is now available on the theater floor (simply tacos or fries I think).  You are better off having dinner first or after to enjoy your meal (even at the WCT).Security was tight for a show that is relatively pop rather than other shows.  Acoustics are loud which is dependent on the music act you are watching.  There is a balcony area and a bar up there too (another way to get your drank on).Overall, the venue itself is fine for cool and independent acts or on their way up.  Would have been interesting to see Kaleo here (they played BellyUp and from HOB to CalCoast Open Air).Would I see other acts here, yes.  Parking is not super expensive whether it's the garage or other parking lots.  It does get busy in this section of North Park with lots of restaurants and other bars. More...

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Lori R.

14 June 2017

This was a fun evening out in North Park. We saw comedian Stephen Lynch perform, so there was no fancy lighting or effects so I can't speak to a more complex show, but overall this venue was perfect for this. The seating was general admission and they had pretty decent chairs put out where you would likely stand for a band to play. They didn't hurt my back or get uncomfortable halfway through. It was also easy to see the stage even over tall people's heads. The sound was clear and not distorted, but it was only one acoustic guitar so I can't speak to a heavy band. It was at an appropriate volume too. My biggest pet peeve was security. They were throwing pieces of paper all over the ground when they were handing out wrist bands. You also got two wrist bands which seemed so wasteful. Watching them throw garbage all over the ground, twice, was so frustrating. Please stop being so lazy and pick up your trash. More...

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Bo G.

8 June 2017

Man after reading the reviews I thought I'd share my experience at the suicidal tendencies show. Security was fine and no problems there. Bar was packed but bartenders fast & friendly, I didn't have any of the problems people seem to encounter. Sound was great. The pit was unruly as a pit should be, security let it go but kept a watchful eye on the patrons. My buddy grabbed a shirt- was too small . Exchanged it no worries. Bathrooms were... well bathrooms. I had a great time. More...

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Joshua B.

8 June 2017

Love this venue.Saw the Violent Femmes there. Security was great, and very thorough.Because of the recent event regarding a rapper that was performing...it would be a shame if people feared going to this venue. It's never had an incident before (that I know of).They get great acts -- Paul Weller, Adam Ant -- to name a few. The prices are reasonable, and those air conditioned floors are great. More...

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Jessica R.

27 May 2017

I was just here tonight for the sold out Foster the People show. I arrived at the venue early in the morning and was first in line. After dealing with a delay on my will call ticket then being informed the bar entrance was offering early entry, I was feeling stressed about getting into the venue on time. Luckily the security guard Shannon (short pink hair) helped me secure my spot in line (and subsequently at center barricade :) ) and put my mind at ease. She was SO helpful and her positive, upbeat spirit definitely made my day a lot better. I wish all venue security could have her attitude. She was awesome!Sound quality at the Observatory is pretty good and it's a beautiful venue. Nearby bars and restaurants make spending the day in North Park easy. It was a nice, intimate place to see Foster the People again. Security at the barricade even offered the crowd water. Pretty rare at venues these days.I've seen a handful of acts at the Observatory and have never been disappointed. Come early to find parking - permits are strictly enforced in the area around the venue, but the structure across the street generally charges $5-$10. It stays open late on show nights. Early entry through the Tavern varies by show, but venue security generally lets people know well before doors. More...

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Ashley L.

18 May 2017

I had a work event here where we had reserved a table for some colleagues. We had a gift to present which I hadn't realized prior that they might not let me in with. In the midst of me going through security, my date realized he had lost his ID and needed to retrace his steps (he found it). The whole ordeal took less then five minutes but was extremely stressful me me. The security staff handled it all with class. Not only did they treat me with courtesy, they worked with me to not damage the large gift that was in hand and still get us in the door. No one rushed me or made me feel uncomfortable. Alicia and Leah made sure we had everything we needed at the table. My service was on par with what the nicest clubs in Las Vegas demand from their staff. More...

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Ben C.

26 April 2017

Everybody that left bad reviews about the security and what not, I could not disagree anymore with you. Security was a breeze to get through yesterday. Not only that but there was one incident and they were on top of it within seconds. Didn't have one complaint. Great drink prices, great views, and a great concert. Will be back! More...

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Dominic V.

25 April 2017

Recently went to the Mura Masa concert and had an incredible time!   I love this venue, great acoustics , very organized, and it never takes too long to get a drink.

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Chad Y.

13 April 2017

I have seen several shows in my day, but none compare to ones I have seen at The Observatory! The venue offers such an intimate setting to see your favorite artist perform! The staff as always been very professional and extremely friendly! An added bonus,  West Coast Tavern being connected to it! Dinner, drinks, and a show has never been more convenient for a night out! I look forward to seeing many, many more shows with The Observatory! More...

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Ryan B.

10 April 2017

Joe the bartender is boss as f**k! My girl and I had a memorable night last night and he made it even better. He knew his stuff and it showed. Thanks bro! Also both of our first times here. Security was heavy which I appreciate especially with the crowd the concert would bring there. Everyone likes to feel safe when they are out to have a good time and let off some steam. My ninja Desiigner killed it! Dope show! Well be back! More...

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Claire S.

10 April 2017

We drove down from the Bay Area to see one of Yellowcard's final shows ever at the Observatory North Park, and I'm so glad we did. It was such a memorable evening, well worth the 16+ hour RT drive that weekend!THE OVERVIEW.- Security here sucks. The bouncers think VERY highly of themselves and have no issues manhandling people, ignoring people's concerns about their SOs having their tickets, and yelling at everyone in general. Pretty unpleasant+ The venue itself is MASSIVE, and one that welcomes moshing. Attendees, beware+ Inside security is pretty strict too, and you WILL get kicked out if you've had one too many (and are obvious about it)+ There's a raised level upon entry that gives a great viewpoint of the stage with a railing to lean against, I recommend staking out the corner spot and enjoying the show from there+ Multiple bars exist in the venue, including one in the back. Not sure if access is restricted, though?+ There is balcony seating, which you may be forced into if the show is popular and you show up late- Parking is hit or miss in this area, I'd recommend getting dropped off+ Ticket prices are very reasonable here!I would probably frequent this place if I lived in the area, it's a great venue. More...

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Brad B.

7 April 2017

Typically I'm not a fan of "big" venues but The Observatory is a pretty awesome place to see a show. Most recently I had a chance to check out X and Dwight Yoakam, which are far from my favorite bands but that's kind of the beauty of this place, you can enjoy music you aren't too familiar with because the venue is so awesome. Drinks will get a bit pricey but in this day and age I think that's to be expected. A captive audience warrants a bit of a price gouge, I get it, but in all honesty it could be worse. Cities like LA and NYC have mastered the art of picking your pocket at a concert and it's refreshing that San Diego hasn't followed the same path... yet. More...

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Justin N.

5 April 2017

The observatory North park is my favorite concert venue in San Diego.It's a historic building that was renovated in a way that accentuated its historicity, instead of replacing it.  The sound here is absolutely fantastic, and the people that work here are the only thing that tops it.  From the sound guys, lighting guy, to the management and security everyone does a top botch job.The venue fits a lot of people but feels like an intimate experience, in my humble opinion, so much better than seeing a group play at Cal Coast or sports arena.  The sound and lights are on point, there's cooling vents in the floor so the place doesn't get crazy hot like Soma, and they have a killer bar and restaurant attached.Whenever I see a band I like playing at the observatory I'm pumped, cause there isn't a better music venue in San Diego. More...

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Bryce H.

19 March 2017

Love this place. One of my favorite venues in San Diego, and it almost always sounds GREAT!Yeah, security can be tight sometimes but it's worth it for the great shows. Also shoutout to Steve the bartender (long haired guy), always great service whether you're at a show or at west coast. More...

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Wendy C.

13 March 2017

I always have such a fun time at The Observatory! They are booking the best artists right now from every genre. So happy to have such an amazing venue that is not downtown. I love the North Park vibe so much better. I can't wait for the next show! More...

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bookworm j.

10 March 2017

I've lived in San Diego my entire life and saw my first show here on Wednesday. Wow!!! It's a great venue the sound is amazing and you feel like you are right there with the performer. This place is a gem. I'll definitely be seeing more shows here More...

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Venessa V.

10 March 2017

San Diego is not known for its music venues but the Observatory is a huge step in the right direction! They are able to book big name acts to local artists and the venue is awesome! If you are on a budget or want to be in the front row right next to the stage you can get the standing room only tickets. If you want a seat, maybe get dinner or even have a private party get tickets upstairs in the balcony!I have done it all and have never had a bad experience. The sound is great and I love the variety of artists that perform!Security is on point which makes for a safe fun night. This year some of my favorite performances so far....Erykah Badu, Social D! Can't wait to go back for more shows and a full night of fun!If you make plans for dinner make sure to give your self time to get checked into the venue. You still gotta go in main entrance of the theatre to get your wristbands. More...

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Emma B.

7 March 2017

What a great venue! I have been to see quite a few gigs here and I have loved every minute of it! It's a gorgeous venue with great acoustics. It's attached to a very cool bar that have the best staff. North Park is such a cool little spot and having the Observatory here just makes it more enticing. Such a variety of bands and DJ's play ... something for everyone! More...

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Sarah W.

5 March 2017

What a great way to use a theater that no longer had a use. You can see all the great architectural highlights this building had at its finest hour. But the intimate little venue that now has live bands is great! The incline which was built for theater seats has been removed and the incline is still a great feature now to see from almost any spot. Which was great! Not only was entry quick and secure at the same time but finding a spot to enjoy senses fail was easy. The only complaint I have is that the alcohol was extremely expensive!!! Absolutely ridiculous honestly. But I would just not drink or have a few before showing up. Which is the only reason for the 4 star. I get that we live in California but we don't need to get screwed out of our money from all angles. But as a venue this place was great! Security was quick and efficient. I would come back here. More...

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Steven S.

4 March 2017

Last review I wrote about this place I was pretty upset. Fortunately the management of this establishment are professional and for lack of better word amazing. They got a hold of me and worked with me until I was more then satisfied. As soon as they have a show I like I will definitely be going! More...

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Ryan L.

4 March 2017

Observatory North Park has more ground floor than Observatory in Santa Ana, which is huge a plus for shows that require it. However, they only allowed 21+ in for the show that night, which was ridiculous considering I was seeing a hardcore/metalcore band where no one drinks. But since they had a few rock bands, alcohol just had to be ever-present, which overshadowed the whole night and instigated at least a couple fights when things got moving. Alcohol has no place when hardcore/metalcore bands are playing, but I guess that's price paid when they have to tour with a few rocks bands (which were all good, no beef on them). And that's why SOMA SD will always be #1 for hardcore/metalcore and why bands book there more often than anywhere else in SD.But if hey, if your down with alcohol and don't go to high energy shows where crowd turns the place upside down (hardcore/metalcore), you should check this place out. It's just not suitable for the style of bands I like to see and experience. More...

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Ryan M.

2 March 2017

The next day I was contacted by The Observatory and they quickly addressed our issues. I have to say Paris handled it very professionally and some of us in the group were back the next night to see AFI and had a great time!

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Shalini G.

28 February 2017

I can't believe it took me so long to come check out this place.  There are tons of amazing shows that have come through here...i just don't seem to have the time. Well...i made it for Suicidal Tendencies.  The sound in this venue is phenomenal love that the floor has 3 "levels" so there is good viewing in the back as well as the front.Downstairs has a bar in the main room plus one in the "lobby" There is an upstairs bar/bathroom that anyone can use...but the balcony is for table/bottle service only.  Don't recall the prices but it seemed reasonable compared to downtown...but i think i would rather just hang downstairs. all in all...this place rocks and i would have to say is my favorite local venue at this point.  Maybe i should get a job here so I can get in for free... now to think about what job they might give me ( i joke...really i do)...can't wait to return! More...

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Lauren T.

23 February 2017

I had to leave a review after I received wonderful care from Paris!! My boyfriend and I saw AFI the last two nights in a row. The venue is smaller, but intimate, and having the bar inside was a great move for this location. The first night we were there, we were approached by an angry concert goer that tried to ruin our night and actually resulted in my boyfriend and I being asked leave the situation by security and stand in the back. (annoying considering we were the calmest ones in the area). We enjoyed the music which is what we came for, but I was disappointed overall until I spoke with Paris. She took the time to listen to our story, and really turned our opinions about this place around. We came back for the last night AFI was performing, and she really took care of us and made sure that we had a great night, she is wonderful!! When a business goes out their way to right a wrong, that speaks volumes to me! We also really enjoyed one of the bartenders named Josh, who was super charismatic and helpful. Thanks again Josh! We will definitely be back! More...

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Cesar S.

12 February 2017

Great place to see a band play. Sound system is awesome. Place is huge lots of room has a balcony for VIP. I don't get all the bad reviews on here security did a normal search like any other place. I did notice though there is absolutely NO smoking you will get thrown out seen some kids get thrown out. So smoke the ganja before you get in hahaha. Bar had 3 bartenders couldn't keep up with the crowd should've had beer stands on side maybe would've kept lines down. We would definitely come back for more shows loved this place. Drove down from LA was definitely worth the trip. Seems like some people on here either got thrown out or where trouble makers so maybe they got what they deserved. More...

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Jerry P.

8 February 2017

This is a solid venue that gets you up close to the stage if you want or hang back a bit and still get a good view because of the layout.  The staff is friendly, and service at the bar efficient and reasonable prices.  It's a great spot in North Park with a fairly wide range of acts and fair ticket prices.  This particular night we saw George Clinton, the Godfather of Funk.  The entry process flows smoothly with enough staff to keep the line moving quickly.  They will check your purse and pat downs were cursory.  Not packing a gat so no issues from me.  Support the venue if you support live music in this city. More...

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Su I.

6 February 2017

Okee dokee.  I felt like I needed to update this review as I've seen a change for the better. Here are the changes:The Box Office is now open almost everyday from 12-5.  They also take cash AND cards now.  The fee for cash is $3 and the fee for credit card is, I think, $5 per ticket.  Still a savings if you go to the box office versus the online fee.  I went to another all-ages show.  This time they had wrist bands for 21+ and a bar on the concert side.  They also allowed us to go from West Coast Tavern WITH a drink.  Last time I couldn't even take a plastic cup of water.  The concert bar does not come fully stocked FYI.  I did find it interesting that they jack up their drink fees a few bucks during a show at all the bars.  This goes on until the end of the show, per the bartender.  I guess it's like Uber's surge rates. This rate is for all the patrons - not just the ones going to the show.  Slow clap for the massive improvement. More...

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Dominique C.

27 January 2017

Saw a comedy act there so it was seated - not sure what they do for music. We sat in the back which was nice and close to the bar. Drinks were pretty strong. I guess the smell of tacos wasn't quite working for me, but the staff was friendly all around. More...

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A H.

24 January 2017

Best concert venue in SD hands down!! Great audio, well thought out layout, professional security staff and awesome event lineup ... all while enjoying a beer and a shot!! More...

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Caroline W.

16 January 2017

The VIP table here was awesome! The waitress was friendly and had great recommendations. The drinks were strong! The food was delicious. Best of all, the seats were GREAT! We saw a local band from Santa Cruz, The Devil Makes Three. Great music but the crowd is a bit rough. Mosh pit. :/The VIP table allowed us to enjoy the MUSIC. We'll definitely be back! :DAlso, parking was super convenient: garage right across the street. More...

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Dinah M.

13 January 2017

Parking garage across the street from entrance is only $5. Beats downtown parking. Came here to see a J Boog concert. We started off at west coast tavern to have a couple drinks before the doors opened at 7. It was raining so they opened the doors right on time. Security is no joke here. The female security guard patted me down everywhere and she went through my tiny purse very thoroughly. You couldn't sneak anything in this place lol.. I liked how the venue is connected to WCT so you can get a drink or order food if you'd like. There's a small bar inside the observatory but the beer on tap is limited to like 5. Beer starts at $9 a piece. Cocktails $11. Bathrooms are unisex so my husband and I would go in together to cut waiting time. He used the urinal while I used the toilet. Lol we even pretended to be strangers meeting in line and then going in together just to see the look on the other people's faces. That was funny. Anywho... There's an upper/balcony area for VIP tables. I think it's like $250 a bottle or something like that. I tried going up there just to check it out but the security guard came out like a pitbull like I was breaking the law. Chill out. I was just looking *eyeroll The venue is standing room only so wear comfy shoes. Bring lotsa cash for drinks!! More...

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Mariah J.

6 January 2017

I was a little worried to be honest about coming to see a show here. I'm disabled and walk with a medium to heavy limp and have bad balance so I knew I was gonna have to get VIP so I wasn't knocked flat on my ass in the middle of the crowd. Thankfully my fears were dismissed the moment I got there. We checked in at the table reservations podium and went through the line for pat down and over 21 wristband. They escorted us inside and up to the balcony to our table on the far side, which still had an amazing view. The menu and drinks to choose from looked awesome and tasted better. At one point during the show I had to get up to use the restroom. Unfortunately when I drink my limp is more pronounced and I look more intoxicated than I actually am. The security was super friendly and helped me down the steps and lead me back to my table when I came back. Some people gave me some nasty looks but he was having none of it and lead me through. It made me so happy how kind and helpful everyone who worked there was. There is a minimum you have to spend on food and drink at the table and if you don't reach it it'll be added on as a table rental fee. My minium was 175 and my cousin and I barely reached it, but only because we splurged. All in all I consider the amount I spent worth it with the service, food and view I got.  This is definitely a venue to check out. More...

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Nicole W.

1 January 2017

I try to write reviews after I've been to a place a couple times to give a fair educated review.I went last night security was very respectful they let you know what they're doing when they're patting you down and security was very efficient it was raining out so it was nice that it was quick to get in. The bartenders are always very sweet. The bathrooms that I went into were very clean! That is a plus to me. Rebelution played in they were amazingthe sound was excellent! I wish there was a better area for merch set up and purchasing...I like how they use flashlights so we don't fall and to guide us the right way. All in all both times I have been there including the Rae Sremmurd Concert it was a pleasurable experience. Thank you. More...

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James L.

24 December 2016

This is long overdue.  Went to see Tiger Army there a while back and had a GREAT time.  The sound was amazing, the temperature was just right and the staff was professional.  What else is there to ask for?

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Valerie D.

5 December 2016

Always fun staff, good concerts, and great drinks! My favorite thing is west coast having bottomless mimosas. That's the bar connected to the auditorium! The concert venue is actually designed to pump cold air out of the floors, so it's really nice going to concerts there where you don't get so hot being next to everyone. Great place! More...

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Laine V.

4 December 2016

Saw Blondie and Tegan and Sara there.  Pro's - I love the air vents in the floor, good acoustics, size of space is good for shows, bar is good and drinks are reasonable, linked directly to West Coast Tavern.  Cool restored venue.  Security is super detailed, I'm taking this as a positive cause they are also protecting me from harm.  Parking is easy in the garage across the street or around on the street and walk.Con's - Pretty much standing only unless you pay through the nose for upstairs VIP, that's kinda bullshit.  Bathroom line is always long, but what women's line isn't! More...

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Mikayla W.

2 December 2016

First time I been to San Diego. I really liked how the venue looked inside, it was very pretty. The staffing there was super friendly and professional. I had asked them a question before the show started and they responded to me quickly. I am looking forward to shows at this location in the future. More...

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Matt D.

1 December 2016

North Park is a fantastic venue my first show there was Zeds Dead the lighting, atmosphere and music was amazing. I'm used to Echostage which is much larger but the entire vibe of the Observatory is very special. Not to mention that have a great bar if you aren't looking to party too hard. You can always grab a drink at the West Coast Tavern which is a part of the venue. Check this place out. More...

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Jenna H.

1 December 2016

Have been to a few shows here and always had a great time! The venue is small enough to feel intimate but large enough not to feel claustrophobic. Staff were great, snacks and drinks were great, music was great, definitely recommend checking it out More...

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Gina S.

30 November 2016

I love this venue for its unique, vintage appearance and especially the diverse music events that are booked here. It is considered small, but I love how intimate it feels listening to some of my favorite artists. I've seen CHVRCHES and Tegan & Sara's sold out shows and was still able to dance around. Also, the air vents on the floor are awesome!I haven't had issues with security guards or the service here. They pat you down and check your bag before entering. My pen was taken from me the first time. Surprising to me that they don't allow them! They are quite strict, though. I've had a couple of friends get kicked out for being too drunk.The venue is connected to West Coast Tavern, which is pretty cool too. They have good food and sometimes, The Observatory will sell food, like hot dogs and small things, inside the venue. The bar is expensive, comparable to a nightclub.The price for tickets varies, but most of the shows I've been to costed less than $30, which includes the service fee. Tickets were actually listed as $20 with the online service fee being ~$8! I've recently learned to avoid that by buying tickets at the box office. You can find a lot of great shows here. As long as my favorites are performing, I'll be back :) More...

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Ryan B.

21 November 2016

This is a cozy ass venue and way better than Porter's Pub and the House of Blues. Just be aware that it's going to be hipster as fuck no matter what. The beers on tap are cool but it's basically $9 beer night and the selection is whatever, so I always opt for Pacifico or Modelo. Let's see...what else..well, the view is dope from anywhere inside the venue but do not arrive all late.... and I have no basis for comparison but the balcony does look legit -- I'll have to try that someday-- I have never eaten the food here but Im sure it's very edible, tasty and high-priced. Overall, I've seen about 15 concerts here and the artists always bring their best!  Tha Dogg Pound, Wale and DMX killed it!!! Definitely left satisified! More...

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Katie B.

20 November 2016

Saw Gogol Bordello last night and had such a great time! The Observatory is the perfect venue. Great/fast service, clean, and love those little AC vents on the floor. All in all, an amazing experience.

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John T.

20 November 2016

Rough edit: place is tight.  Went for Gogol Bordello last night, but have been for others and it's a great venue that has great acts.  It's nice to have a venue that pulls larger acts into town.  And now you can finally drink in the theatre!  Aces! More...

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Jackson H.

20 November 2016

Been to a bunch of different concerts here and each time the shows are epic. Good sound and lighting is on point. Cool bar attached to get drinks while waiting. Friendly staff everytime, go see Tony if you wanna cocktail he whips them up proper. Looking forward to more shows in the future! More...

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Riley H.

20 November 2016

Absolutely love this venue!!!! I come here a couple times a month for shows and I'm never disappointed, every time I come here the sound is on point! The staff is just as good as the music too, super relaxed and friendly. I always make sure to see Tony the bartender to get a good buzz on before the show starts, super awesome dude! Definitely check this spot out! More...

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Nichelina P.

20 November 2016

I love this venue!  What I love the most is the staff!  Security is always on point to make sure everyone is simply having a good time & they rid of the riff-raff right quick without causing a scene.  Safety first bitches!  Greatly appreciate :) More...

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Kelsey B.

18 November 2016

Saw Slightly Stoopid last Saturday and seriously had the best time! Staff was super nice, venue had great views and acoustics no matter where you were, and Tony the bartender hooked us up with awesome cocktails! Definitely will be back soon!!

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Kari W.

15 November 2016

This venue is unlike any venue I've been to, being that it's connected to a restaurant with 3 completely different bars inside. Since you are actually allowed to go in and out of the theater during the show, you're not gonna get stuck listening to a lame opening act if you don't want to! And if you don't want a tall can of pbr, you can get a fancy craft cocktail inside west coast tavern. The theater is set up on an incline, so short folks (like myself) can actually see the show from pretty much anywhere they stand. The venue is just small enough to make you feel like every show is a private performance. I would be stoked to see all my favorite bands play here.  You would be doing yourself a favor to check out the line up. :) More...

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Morgan B.

15 November 2016

The Observatory is one of the best concert venues I've been to.  The atmosphere and people are amazing.  Our bartender, Tony, was by far the best!  He was extremely nice and fast to getting us our drinks! Will be back so soon! More...

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Gayle G.

7 November 2016

I've just attended my 4th show at The Observatory in North Park. What a beautiful location for concerts & etc. It's in a neighborhood full of bars and restaurants to pregame or continue the party after. It's very spacious, but the earlier you get there the better view you will have. It's open seating!! So you don't even have to buy tickets at the same time with friends you're going with. The staff and security has always been very nice and helpful! Security is a bunch of big Islander guys.. They don't play, if you act a fool you're out! Lol so hold your liquor right people!! There are like 3 bars I believe inside the venue and drinks were reasonably priced in my opinion ($10 for hen&coke!) There is a huge parking garage right across the street for $5, BUT you can also get your ticket validated for free parking :DI will continue going to The Observatory anytime an artist I like is performing (: More...

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Erin K.

3 November 2016

I love going to the observatory a great venue to see great artists and to have a fun time! I would highly recommend to everyone go to one of the many shows they have to offer!!

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Wendy C.

3 November 2016

I love the Observatory! Finally a place to go with all different kinds of amazing artists and genres of music. The staff is welcoming, nice and helpful while the sound and drinks are great. I cannot wait for my next visit!

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Dawnie F.

2 November 2016

Great venue and fun place to see bands! I've been several times and it's always a good time! Lost my wallet and it was returned by security staff (with the cash still in it), which I greatly appreciated!

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Zack R.

1 November 2016

Solid venue. Acoustics are good, easy to get in and out of the drinks area, and overall I had a great experience.

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Erica A.

31 October 2016

Love this place. So good for shows, everything from indie rock to hip hop. You can even sereve VIP tables on the balcony if you want to eat and drink and not be in the middle of the crowd! Best venue in north park, hands down. More...

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Shawn A.

31 October 2016

EXPERT TIPS: Drinks are slightly cheaper inside West Coast Tavern, which you can access after you get wristbanded at the venue, and the lines tend to be shorter, especially when the show starts. You also have to buy water in the theater but you can get it for free inside. You can avoid the insanely high service charge for tickets by going to the box office and grabbing tickets, as it's open any night there is a show. Also, there is free parking in the parking garage across the street. Just make sure to get your pass validated outside the venue after the show. The security there is very tight. Along with everything else, they confiscate lighters and pens, so it's probably not the best place to try to sneak anything any. I've seen more than a few people booted out before shows and they were none too happy about it... all in all the Observatory is by far my favorite live music venue in San Diego. The graded floor allows you to see the stage no matter how close or far back you are. The stage has a touch of that classic old theater feel, as well, it used to be an old theater in the 1920s. I've seen all kinds of shows there, from highly produced stage shows like Beats Antique, to more intimate performances by people like Andrea Day and Glen Hanshard. The only show I was really disappointed in was a hip hop artist, but I think that had more to do with the fact that his stage show was so minimal and he only sung the hook to a few of his songs. If only security was more vigilant about keeping the artists from doing drugs, that performance might have gone better More...

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Shawn B.

31 October 2016

Best concert venue in San Diego hands down. Sound and production are always on point and the staff is friendly every time I've been. Seriously though don't expect Security to treat you nice if your going to break the rules?! More...

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Christopher K.

31 October 2016

Great bar great food fun atmosphere,always something going on, music themed events and probably the best concert venue in San Diego

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Tina L.

25 October 2016

My friend has been here for shows many times (Paul Weller was the last one he hit), and he always liked it.We were going for the Violent Femmes, and we had a blast.Security was friendly and professional. Even before the show, when my boyfriend spotted the singer getting out of his car, he walked over to talk to him. It was great that security didn't freak out about it like they do at some venues.They were strict with my purse (they don't let you bring in Sharpies, so we ditched that). They're worried about graffiti, which is understandable.Beautiful architecture. Great acoustics. And at one point when I wanted to go stand in the back -- you can still see/hear everything from there, too.They had 3 bathrooms, which were surprisingly clean. The line also went very, very fast to use them.The floors are air conditioned, which is incredible. Nothing worse than going to see a band you like, and feeling like you're melting (which was so bad at "4th & B" for Adam Ant, we left the show early).Great venue. Any time bands are going to play here that we like, we'll have no qualms about attending. More...

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Gretel R.

20 October 2016

I love this place! I came here once to see a Pierce the veil and I had a great time. I drive all the way from Orange County, totally worth it.

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Henry W.

17 October 2016

The Observatory is a spacious venue that makes watching shows and hanging out incredibly enjoyable. The area is also well ventilated, which is different from the usual stuffy concert arenas I have been to in San Diego. The Observatory also has an old theater ambiance to it, but unlike the acoustics of an old theater, the Observatory is well maintained and the sound quality here is great. More...

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Troy M.

10 October 2016

Awesome venue!!! Good number of bars in the venue, friendly staff crowd is cool concerts or shows there are awesome I've been to three so far. They have air conditioning!!! Air comes out of vents from the floor!! More...

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Elena D.

4 October 2016

A little late writing this review, but I was there for Oh Wonder last week and there was a situation that I won't go into the details. Scott was able to handle the situation very well and quickly! He was super understanding and listened to my concerns in order to fix the problem. I initially loved this venue but the customer service really allowed me to appreciate the place even more! Thanks again Scott! More...

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Elaine C.

3 October 2016

This place is really nice and I want to go see BlindGuardian there incredible so they're like a sports bar with a great big huge TV in there .the restaurant little dark and noisy that place to get the Show concert hall theater used to be at the theater at one time through a nice place .I did buy any food I just it's my sister and her friend to have you drink I don't drink alcohol I just  juice that's all but the Show incredible fantastic show the best! More...

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Glen N.

3 October 2016

First, they have great management.  I had some ticketing issues four months before the show, and they fixed it.  And I had some ticketing issues the night of the show (my wife forgot them), and they helped me there as well.Second, it's a cool venue.  It's just one huge room.  That can suck... if you hate standing all night. And it can suck if you're short.  But, if you really wanted to, technically because there are no seats, at least for one song or one photo, you could get up to the front row if you pushed hard enough and didn't mind pissing off a few dozen people who have an unrealistic "I was here first" mentality.  If there wasn't an opening act for Adam Ant, I would have gone to front row center, held my ground, and dealt with the inevitable, mass, backbone-crushing smush, but instead I had drinks at the Office Bar around the corner (killer $5 drinks til 9pm).Weak drinks, so you may want to stick with beer or wine.  I read that you can't drink alcohol in the concert area itself. Maybe it's not allowed, but my wife brought our drinks down each time.  Maybe it's because she's cute or lucky.  You know what, maybe the security guards knew how weak the pour on my Tito's and grapefruit were so he let her down because it technically wasn't alcohol. More...

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Lance P.

1 October 2016

This venue is a gem in San Diego, and one of the key reasons live music is growing in this town. First off on the building itself is a restored circa-1930's theater with a  red-decked cathedral hall and great acoustics. The stage is wide and really allows for a great setup for the bands. Smaller opening bands may struggle to fill up the space.It's owned by the same group who runs the Observatory up in Santa Ana. Comparatively, this location is bigger and more comfortable than its Orange County counterpart. They have a full bar in the theater and offer a limited food menu.Since the concerts are standing room only, you CAN get upstairs for a seat if you're willing to fork over some extra cash.  VIP Seating and Table Reservations upstairs are available on a first come first served basis. This is in addition to your ticket. Table service runs $200 and up with minimums depending upon the size of your party. Barstools seats up top go for an additional $20.Parking is easy. They offer validation for the garage at the box office or at the front door after the show is over. You have to have a parking receipt and event ticket available to redeem the parking validation. There is plenty of free street parking also nearby.You'll be frisked and the following items are NOT allowed in the venue:* backpacks* cameras, GoPros, iPads* selfie sticks* helmets* reusable water bottles* pepper spray* knives, numchucks, chains, guns (obviously)* pens, sharpies, pencils, highlighters* outside food and beverages* drugs and alcohol* lightersEnjoy your show.--- If you found this review useful, funny, or cool do me a favor and leave that feedback. I try to make my reviews interesting. Follow me on Yelp and I'll make it worth your while. More...

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Liz B.

11 September 2016

Wow what a great intimate venue. It lacks the grandeur and architect of other small historic venues but for concerts - it's great. We went to see Blondie (yes she's still rocking at 71). The Observatory used to be the Birch North Theatre and home to Lyric Opera, but it's since has the seats removed so unless you get VIP seating (with table) all tickets are GA and standing room only. But the standing room is sloped (where theatre seats used to be) so there is a slight incline up from the floor closest to to the stage towards the back where the sound board is usually posted; which makes it better viewing for those in the back. Also there is a slightly higher level by the bar and fronted by the handicap seats (at least 6 on each side)- I'm so short that behind the handicap was perfect for me. They serve some food from the tavern and there is a full bar. Acoustics were great (although if you record it with your smart phone that isn't true) and the stage is long and wide. The floor area is about 1.5x as big as the Belly Up in Solana Beach and the balcony are (VIP) is higher than the loft at the Belly Up. They validate parking at the ticket office but there are other parking options on 30th too. We parked in a mini mall for $5- 1 block from venue. Great venue - we'll be back. The security frisks you pretty good so don't be surprised. More...

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Janet H.

11 September 2016

Went to Blondie concert last pm. I was a little nervous after reading other reviews. This is a great venue. Lots of parking in the garage across the street. Parking charge is $5 but it's free with concert ticket. Just get a free pass on the way out the door at the end of the show. The security are very friendly. They separate you into male / female lines at the entrance. You get searched by staff that is your sex. It goes real fast. It's a beautiful venue inside. They have a bar in the back. Near the stage is a concrete floor with floor air vents to cool you. Then a middle area and back area that is a carpeted low platform with metal rales. There are no seats for concerts. You can sit on the ledge at the back of the farthest back platform area. It backs up to the bar floor area near the disabled seating area. Had enough room to move around, not packed in like sardines. The sound system is great too. Definitely will return for more events. More...

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Stephanie G.

11 September 2016

Literally best place to watch a show at Huge thanks to the staff and management who hooked it up with a good timeBeen here for all the lit ass party's and never been let down: ) shout out to NPO

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Tyler D.

8 September 2016

Best medium sized venue in SD. Great and interesting artists there. Easy enough to get a good drink and a decent vantage point for the show. Pro tip: AC vents in the floor keep you cool if the crowd creates too much body heat. I'll go to many more shows here. More...

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Jay F.

5 September 2016

Great experience at great venue for music! Lots of great indie bands coming in!!! Love the new look and the balcony!!! The drinks are great and the staff is nice. You are really close to the stage and the artists. Highly recommend seeing concerts here!!! More...

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Rob P.

31 August 2016

There are a ton of good shows happening at the Observatory and that may or may not have influenced my decision to rent an apartment walking distance from the venue. I finally got to see this venue on Saturday for Hot Chip, and again last night for Baroness. The venue itself is great... very big so you don't feel like everyone else is on top of you when watching a band. Sound was good. And they're attached to a great bar with a great beer selection. All the makings of a 5* review. But....I came on Saturday before the show and asked what time Hot Chip played. Nobody knew. They said the show ends at 11pm but didn't have set times. I've never been to a venue before that someone at the box office or at the door didn't know set times. Really put a damper in planning my night.Apparently all of their shows are done by 11pm which means you never really get your money's worth for a show. Their ticket prices are NOT cheap, and I guess it's typically only two bands. So you're out super early which is weird to me.Also, their drink prices are crazy. Yes, it's good beer, but I guess the bar jacks up their prices during the show? I got a beer and it was $9 before tip. Yikes.Gripes aside, I'm sure I'll be a regular at this place. Hopefully I can make friends with some staff and get the bro discount! More...

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Sandy H.

30 August 2016

Like Music? - check!Like Smaller Venues? Check!North Park Observatory may actually take the crown of best music hall in San Diego. Its in the heart of N.P. and is the right size. You can actually see the band.  Its an old theater that has been spruced up to house a restaurant in the front and a music hall in the back. Acoustics - 5 out of 5 chili peppers. I have read conflicting reports but try it for yourself. I don't work for Bose or a sound lab but it sounds dang good to me. Ambiance/Atmosphere - So cool. The old theater feel is maintained and thats cool. A nod of respect to the theater and it works. It reminds me of the famous music hall in San Francisco but in a smaller venue.  Pro Tip - when you need to use the restroom, go upstairs - no lines. More...

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Tay A.

1 July 2016

Came here to see Bryson Tiller! Best experience ever. I love his music. The reason for the 3 stars is because we (my date and I) picked up the tickets there. We received our wrist bands and then went inside. Went to the bar and then went up stairs. When we got up stairs security looked at our tickets and said where's our vip wrist band, we were surprised we didn't know we had vip someone booked this for (my date) him. So we went outside got our wristbands and then got a drink and went back up stairs . We were directed to a room on the right that was so small, packed up and hot. We said this can't be vip, we asked security and he said yes. So, we went back down where we were closer. Another security guard the one that handed us the vip wrist bands looked at our tickets again , and he said we got the wrong bands, apparently we were suppose to get bottle service but either way we didn't get the tickets vip that was paid for or the reserved seats. The show was amazing though I was happier and closer on the floor. More...

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Denise S.

30 June 2016

I recently went to a concert and was very impressed with how security took care of finding my stolen phone. The security manager Una handled the situation very professional and his team Lamar and so deserve to be recognized. I was very hesitant about going back after having my phone stolen I can now say I will attend other concerts due to how exceptional security service was :-) More...

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Kalvin P.

28 June 2016

In terms of an overall music venue, The Observatory is definitely one of my favorites in San Diego!Comparable to The House of Blues in a couple different aspects, the floor seems a little bigger. However, the balcony here is smaller and is not for the general public.There's a parking garage right across the street from the venue, which was covered by the cost of the ticket so that was convenient, albeit a little difficult to get out of once the show was over since everyone was trying to leave.Starting at the door, security was not an issue as some people might state. I don't know, most places I've been to I haven't had an issue with security. Maybe because I'm not a threat or because I haven't acted out of line/stupid.The Observatory doesn't have a dedicated Merch room like The House of Blues does. Instead, the merch booths and stands are lined up against the back wall, along with a station selling water/juice and snacks, and a small bar. I guess the bar has just been added because a lot of the reviews state you have to go in to the adjoining restaurant to get a drink. We were carded at the door and given a color coded wristband for age identification. The bathrooms I used were also located in the restaurant so I'm not sure how people under 21 would get in there. Hmm...The show was great, lighting and sound were fantastic and the event was organized well. Everyone started on time. Very happy with my first experience at The Observatory and will definitely be coming back :) More...

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Samantha R.

18 June 2016

I just went for the first time to the Hombres G & Enanitos Verdes concert.... Loved how security was on top of things and at the first moment of fights; they were removed from the venue allowing all of us to truly enjoy the concert.... It just a little hot; I would recommend some fans upfront, but aside from that I had a blast and would go back!!! More...

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Kim P.

15 June 2016

huge venue but intimate at the same time. multiple levels give everyone a great view of the stage. you can also come and go from west coast tavern too but you cant take drinks back and forth. inside there is a bar for 21+ wristbands and the drinks menu there is quality. bathrooms are located in west coast tavern and also up the stairs just inside the the space between the two locations. the bouncers seem nice and ive never been patted down too thoroughly here. its a crap shoot whether or not they pat down your back for ladies stuffing hip flasks in the backs of your bras More...

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Sunday S.

6 June 2016

San Diego's best spot for concerts I love how it's centrally located unlike the spot in La jolla, so you can just get drunk and take Uber easily. I went to go see flatbush zombies and tech n9ne here, sercurity is on point, the do a great job at keeping the peace and most importantly there isn't a bad place in the house and they have a bar and balcony that are pretty cool. More...

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Kristen J.

28 May 2016

We went to see Telefon Tel Aviv and Moderat here. I agree with other reviews, the acoustics and sound are not the best, but since the bass is so ridiculously heavy, you can really feel it which is always cool to me. We tried out the VIP area above the venue floor. We were one of only 2 tables up there that were taken, but I think it just opened up not long ago. The experience and service was awesome up until a crowd of people flooded in near us by the railing, I couldn't tell if they were friends of people who worked the venue or if they were also customers. One guy's butt was in my face because he was right up against our table and I was visibly annoyed. The reason we dropped extra cash to really enjoy the show and sit back and relax and avoid randos getting all up in our business. Someone from their crowd got the hint and they moved away, and then I was happy again. The food was great, drinks were strong, and service was really on point. You can pay what you would for an overpriced show at a big venue like Sleep Train with overpriced beer, or you can have an amazing view of a performer with a buttload of food and drinks (and perhaps, an actual buttload in your face as a bonus) for the same price in the VIP area of the Observatory. That was the way I looked at it when rationalizing the cost. The tickets to the show we went to were pretty cheap, so it all evened out. Overall we had a really great time and we will definitely do the VIP area again next time a special show for us is in town. More...

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Ashlynn-Joy F.

23 May 2016

I came here for the first time this past weekend to see J Boog, a reggae/local hawaiian music artist. The venue is not too big, but not too small either. The wait time for the security line went smoothly and all the bouncers were nice! The bar could be bigger or have more than 2 bartenders working at a time to make the wait time for drinks shorter. The sound system isn't amazing, but pretty decent! Would definitely come back for other events. More...

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Bianca D.

21 May 2016

Was a surprisingly nice and roomy venue. As it was my first time I didn't realize that it was connected to West Coast tavern, were there is another bar area that you can order drinks from. The main bar in the observatory was impossible to snag a drink but I liked how we were able to have the drink while watching the show. The only thing that I didn't like was that there is no re-entry into the venue & we need to meet people to give them their tickets. More...

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Cindy V.

16 May 2016

Parking Garage right across the street $5 after 6:00pm. Super Friendly staff. Bartenders are quick to make your drinks. However, there's no ATM inside so make sure you bring cash with you.

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Jeric L.

27 April 2016

Stopped by here for dinner and the food is great! Flat bread is awesome. They also have the music venue area and just by peeking in, the room shows a lot of old charming character. The whole building is historic and if you like old architecture, this is a must see!Under the new ownership, he's reviving the music venue the way it's suppose to be. More...

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Ada C.

27 April 2016

This is a great venue for small shows. It's very intimate and the staff is quite organized. Especially with the whole security check upon entering the venue. I just felt like it was a little too extra to have a pat down, but u get it, for safety reasons. The parking structure is also very convenient right across the street because if you're going to a concert event, there's complimentary parking. More...

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Jennifer H.

23 April 2016

I was pleasantly surprised by the venue. After reading so many horror stories, I was expecting the worst. The set up is nice. Good sized venue.  Guessing a sold out show would hold 750. I think only general admission is available. As long as you are inside 15 minutes before a show, you should be able to find a good spot.  Loved the various levels at the middle and back of the space. This is the first venue that has multiple levels available to stand for a concert without paying a different ticket price. I stood along the railing of the second level in front of the mixing booth  It was so nice to be able to see over the people standing in front of the stage.  Plus when waiting for the opening band to go on, you could sit on the carpet and relax.  Another first, the air vents are in the floor. Nice touch to have good circulating air. The sound of the concert itself was a little on the loud side but you want to be able to hear the music at a live concert. I had no issue with security as was mentioned in many other reviews. Yes, I got a little groped going into the venue but I did feel safer as I would rather know everyone was equally patted down and there is less likely of a wacko to get through. I would welcome attending another show at this venue. More...

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Thomas P.

20 April 2016

Best Venue in town!!! Great bands, Great Sound, and the new balcony is awesome, not a bad spot in the house. Get your tickets!

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Chelle S.

20 April 2016

This is quickly becoming my favorite venue. I've seen a number of shows here and have had a blast every time. Amazing shows, great sound, great service/staff. Watched Silversun Pickups from the balcony last night and LOVED it- servers take drink orders and you get to watch the show without being stuck in a crowd. Definitely worth the upgrade and you can reserve a table for a group as well. Love, love, love! Will be back soon - on the balcony! More...

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Kyle R.

19 April 2016

This is definitely the best venue in SD to see a show.  This past week I saw Bone Thugs 1 night and polar opposite, Beach House another night and both were a couple of the best shows I've seen.  The sound is on point and the crew kills it.  Not a bad spot in the house either! More...

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Mack L.

19 April 2016

I've been to many music venues in San Diego and this is hands down the best. They have somehow booked the best non-arena bands that come to San Diego to play at this theater. Also a plus that they share a building with the best bar in North Park - West Coast. A really cool old venue that isn't too big and doesn't feel too crowded. I saw Spoon and Hannibal Buress and while both types of shows were different (one a comedian with a seated crowd, the other a rock show with everyone standing) they both had an electric vibe but mellow enough to not feel like roof was about to come down (I'm looking at you Soma). Looking forward to having a few drinks next door and walking into the connected venue to watch several killer bands they booked this week during the break between Coachella weekends. More...

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Eliza G.

18 April 2016

Last night wasn't my first time at The Observatory and it most certainly won't be my last. My boyfriend and I came down to see Foals play last night and it did not disappoint. We were sitting on the balcony with our lovely hosts from our AirBNB down the street and were able to sit and enjoy the Sunday night show with limited distractions from being on the floor. Amazing service, great view, superb show and awesome company. I had a fantastic evening and highly recommend this venue, particularly balcony seating!! Best,Eliza and Brett More...

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Paige D.

18 April 2016

We probably go to a concert here at least once a month and always have a great time. I love going to concerts in smaller venues. It's a good size because more intimate than a big amphitheater but big enough to attract legit bands. I've regularly been able to be up front and it is pretty cool to have the musicians right in front of you. A lot of their bartenders and staff have worked there for awhile so they will start to recognize you at some point. Being a local North Parker I enjoy frequently places where the people there care to get to know their customer base. We most recently did a table on the balcony where you can order drinks and food to enjoy during concert. It was cool to see the crowd and stage from above. Sometimes it's nice to be above and sometimes I love being in the crowd. Fun to have the option:). As far as people's critique on sound quality despite going to lots of concerts over the years at different venues I haven't really thought about the sound here. I might just not be sensitive to that. More...

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K P.

18 April 2016

Best entertainment in North Park, hands down! Fun, big theater with lots of space to find a good spot to watch the show. Treat yourself to a table in the balcony with food/drink service!We live only a block away from this place and we've had a lot of concerns over the last year or so regarding the way the theater operates. When the Observatory first started we were so excited to have a new venue come into town with REAL performers. Then, all of a sudden they couldn't serve alcohol in the theater. There were so many local people blaming the theater for the increase in noise around the area. In reality, the folks at the Observatory were actually doing their best to listen to what us neighbors wanted. When they finally were able to have food and drink in the theater again my wife and I have been to a couple concerts. We actually got a table up in the balcony the most recent time and the food, service, ambiance, and value was unparalleled! You can't get this anywhere else in North Park and even areas like Gaslamp don't provide this kind of awesome setting in such a large theater. We were amazed at how awesome it was.They've also continued to improve the acoustics, overall sound, and comfort of the theater. Security has tightened so much it's like impossible for anyone to complain unless you're bothering people. There's always nice A/C blasting to keep you cool, there's divided areas to watch the show, convenient bars to get drinks, as I mentioned the upstairs balcony area with table service, and there are never long waits for the bathroom. It's truly impressive what they've been able to accomplish since they opened. We saw some of the bands we never thought we'd see such as Tame Impala, TV on the Radio, The Killers, and some awesome smaller bands we normally couldn't or wouldn't go see because it was too inconvenient. I hope they continue to book overall solid, classy performers and stay away from some of the less musical types because the people in the area tend to prefer classy artists. Overall, I love this place and have even been visiting the adjacent West Coast Tavern more as well because they've really improved their menu and happy hr and also now open for lunch on Fridays. I hope if you're reading some of the unintelligent 1 star reviews that you consider who is writing them. It wasn't an easy task taking a former historic theater and making it useful again without irritating too many people!Welcome to the neighborhood! More...

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Clara D.

18 April 2016

Awesome venue! Have been here a few times for different shows and enjoyed every single one! Staff is great and very helpful. The space it's self is huge and open great for dancing to the music! Highly recommend to anyone! Also make sure to visit west coast tavern up front for amazing food and drinks before and after the show!! More...

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William R.

15 April 2016

Love this place! The sound is awesome. Security is very nice. They have a great bar inside the venue and also you can go into west coast tavern if you want to order a specialty cocktail. My wife and myself took a reservation on their VIP balcony which has a great view and you can order food and drinks up there. Thank you Rachel for being a awesome waitress and recommending the Mac! We are coming back for Silver Sun Pickups, can't wait! More...

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Irma R.

15 April 2016

This is my favorite place in San Diego to see shows. I recommend taking a reservation on their balcony, you can order food and drinks and it has a amazing view of the show. Staff is very nice and hospitable. A big thank you to Jeff for getting us set with a reservation and being so accommodating. Can't wait to come back here! I recommend ordering your drinks from the restaurant if you don't get a table as west coast makes a great old fashioned. More...

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