Live Music Venues

BALEENkitchen / Portofino Hotel

baleen lounge - sbbj

260 Portofino Way
Reondo Beach, CA

Jackie says: The upstairs bar at BALEENkitchen offers live music Thursday through Saturday. The intimate lounge offers an cozy setting with fireside sofas, leather chairs, small plates, a serious mixology program and view of the marina. A super romantic spot for date night! The Portofino Hotel has live music in the Living Room (lounge off the lobby) every Friday and Saturday. Sunday Funday (summer months only) offers the most unique live music venue on the property (and the entire South Bay) – the gas dock!

Hennessey’s Hermosa Beach

Hennessey's Hermosa

(310) 372-5759
8 Pier Avenue
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

Jackie says: Hennessey’s is a classic Irish pub which just happens to have one of the best locations in the South Bay – right on the Strand at the end of Pier Avenue – with live music every Thursday through Sunday.

Hermosa Saloon

211 Pacific Coast Highway
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
Jackie says: This South Bay watering hole has been open since 1975. They have live music on Fridays and Saturdays. Best part, there’s no cover charge and free parking in back!

Lighthouse Cafe

(310) 376-9833
30 Pier Avenue
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254


Jackie Says: The Lighthouse Cafe has been around since the 1940s and has traditionally been the go-to spot for great jazz. These days, they mix it up with all types of music but it’s still one of the best, most intimate music venues in Southern California. If you’re looking for a classic beach vibe, stop by any Sunday for the Jazz Brunch followed by Reggae Sunday.

Naja’s Place

Najas Place

154 International Boardwalk
Redondo Beach, CA 90277


Jackie says: In addition to having pretty much every beer in the world, Naja’s also offers live music every Friday night, Saturday afternoon, Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. Naja’s is the ultimate harbor dive bar – it’s a fairly raucous scene and the acoustics leave much to be desired… but it’s a completely unique South Bay institution, adored by all and a favorite stop during a Strand Cruise!

Old Tony’s on the Pier

old tony's

210 Fisherman’s Wharf
Redondo Beach, CA 90277


Jackie says: Old Tony’s offers live music every night of the week. A South Bay classic, the Crow’s Nest is the place to kick back, watch a sunset and let the water do it’s magic.

Palos Verdes Performing Arts

27570 Norris Center Drive
Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274 
Jackie Says: This 450 seat theater produces a variety of concerts – from a Beach Boys Tribute band to some of Broadway’s finest performers. The Irving Berlin White Christmas concert is sure to get the whole family in the holiday spirit.



3615 Highland Avenue
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266


Jackie says: Pancho’s has been around since the 70s and is still a favorite hangout for locals. (Everybody has a Pancho’s story!) They have entertainment every night (comedy, karaoke) and live music on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights.

Primo Italia

24590 Hawthorne Boulevard
Torrance, Ca 90505 (Hillside Village)
Jackie says: Primo Italia is known throughout the South Bay for fine Italian cuisine, but did you know you can also pop in for live music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night? Think supper club, think the Great American Song Book, think nightcap, think date night, think Primo!

Project Barley

2308 Pacific Coast Highway
Lomita, CA 90717


Jackie says: Project Barley is first and foremost a craft beer brewery, but it’s roots are in music – Partner Brent Reger plays in local band, Barley. The partners’ plan revolved around live music, hand-making small batch beer, and focusing on keeping it local and in the tap room. PB features a variety of bands Thursday through Sunday and has quickly become a hangout for local musicians, so you never know who may sit in for a tune or two.

Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center

(310) 937-6607
1935 Manhattan Beach Boulevard
Redondo Beach CA 90278


Jackie Says: RBPAC is the largest music venue (1,457 seats) in the South Bay and showcases some of the hottest musical talent in the world. They host the Southern California Slack Key Festival, the Aloha Falsetto Festival, the Los Angeles Flamenco Festival, the Los Angeles Guitar Festival and the Gypsy Jazz Festival. It’s a teriffic venue to see a variety of great musical styles.

Salt Creek Grille


(310) 335-9288
Plaza El Segundo (Across from Whole Foods)
2015 East Park Place
El Segundo, CA 90245

Jackie says: A huge venue with numerous seating options (bar, community tables, outdoor patios), Salt Creek Grille offers live music Thursday through Saturday nights and sometimes on Wednesday nights.

Shade Hotel Redondo Beach

655 North Harbor Drive
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Jackie Says: Shade Hotel Redondo Beach offers the Live Jammin’ music series at Sea Level Restaurant & Lounge on Thursdays and Fridays from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. This location serves as the perfect seaside destination for family and friends to get together, enjoy sweeping marina views, gourmet bites, and a glass of rosé or handcrafted cocktail while taking in the melodic beats of some of Southern California’s top bands.

Starboard Attitude

Starboard Attitude(310) 379-5144
202 The Pier
Fisherman’s Wharf
Redondo Beach, CA 90277


Jackie Says: Old school watering hole on the Redondo Beach Pier featuring generous pours, good prices, dance floor and kickass rock and blues. One of my favorite spots to kick back with friends – think shorts, tanks and flip flops. This is as South Bay as it gets!

The Bull Pen

bull pen

(310) 375-7797
314 Avenue I
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Jackie says: The Bull Pen is a long established, seriously old-school, steak house. But don’t let the red vinyl banquettes, captain’s chairs and faux tiffany lamps fool you…..this place ROCKS every weekend with live music on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

The Slip



(310) 376-8910
120 North International Boardwalk
Redondo Beach, CA 90277


Jackie says: The Slip has live music on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, in addition to an Open Mic Night every Wednesday night beginning at 8 p.m. This fun, intimate venue is located at the water’s edge in the Redondo Marina and is a favorite dining destination and watering hole for locals.

Tower 12

53 Pier Ave
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
(310) 379-6400
Jackie says: Tower 12 is located in the former Fat Face Fenner’s space on Pier Plaza on a second story deck with views of the ocean and pier. It’s the ultimate beach bar decorated with vintage artifacts and artwork that showcases the laid back surf, music and beach scene. They have DJs and dancing on Tuesdays, live music on Wednesdays, karaoke on Thursdays and the Sunset Sessions on Sunday night. Check the schedule for one-off events.