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House of Blues San Diego

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Neighbourhood: Downtown
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Address: 1055 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
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16:00 - 23:00
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Outside wait 3 stars, inside event 5 stars

Starting with the positive. The inside experience was phenomenal! The venue is exactly what you expect for a downtown private music performance. The main floor is SRO for about a... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 16 July 2016
Riverside, California
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Riverside, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 474 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016 via mobile

Starting with the positive. The inside experience was phenomenal! The venue is exactly what you expect for a downtown private music performance. The main floor is SRO for about a thousand people. The upstairs balcony is for ADA and VIP, and includes the menu (which I assume is prepared by the attached full restaurant of the same name). Stage, lighting,... More 

Thank Kauai-Biz-Traveler
Boston, Massachusetts
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156 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

I've been lucky enough to hit up a lot of HOB locations and this happens to be far and away the worst. While in town on vacation I was lucky enough to catch Thrice in concert here. The venue itself is tiny and then has a lot of odd shaped rooms off the main stage area for people who just... More 

1 Thank Matt C
San Diego, California
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224 reviews
67 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2016 via mobile

We saw Shinedown and while the show was great the club itself really packs people in here. Its very difficult to get around once the headliner comes up. Someone passed out from the heat and cramped nature. Most concerts have you waiting in line around the block. Once you get in try to get a standing spot in front of... More 

1 Thank Dan F
Tempe, Arizona, United States
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183 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016

Was on the way back from Balboa Park and stopped in. Great variety of beer -- hubby loves IPA and there were plenty for him to choose. Service was great -- attentive but not pushy. Fav thing on the menu was the voodoo shrimp. A must try.

Thank Vickie S
Carlsbad, CA
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266 reviews
157 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2016 via mobile

House of Blues is a fun venue for a concert. I've been to many concerts here. Good views from all over the place. The acoustics are good. Drinks are crazy, expensive. $11 for a rather small vodka + soda. Sheesh. I will say that it is quite an unsavory part of downtown San Diego. There are so many homeless people... More 

Thank Robonski
San Diego, California
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32 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2016 via mobile

We attended HoB for the Fonseca band concert last Friday. Security was high like in any other important venue. Sound system, atmosphere and overall nice place for rock/melodic concert. Drinks reasonable price. Recommended for first dates or any occasion. They could use some remodeling. Overall good.

Thank Qosqo15
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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153 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 186 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2016

We went as a large group wanting to listen to some good blues music but were surprised that a hip hop concert was on the day. Sat down for a few drinks - really good drinks and beer by the way and came out.

1 Thank Aaditya_Ud
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2016 via mobile

I flew from Edmonton, Canada for this concert. The venue is beautiful and the staff were very very friendly. Concerts almost never start on time and this was no exception but they kept up with the chaos and it made for a wonderful night of rock and roll. What an amazing historical music venue.

Thank Joline F
Waterford ct
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12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2016 via mobile

Place was ok, not like other House of Blues we have visited. I don't think I would come back. .......................................

Thank 72gsspeed
San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2016

We have been to the HOB about three or four times and the first time was a little rough on customer service, however the manager stepped in and from that point on he took it to a whole new level.. Outstanding service from that point on, and always comes over and welcomes us in like family.... if you have never... More 

1 Thank tbfrsd

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