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There seems to be a growing number of coffeehouses offering a wide variety of music, from jazz acts to various kinds of folk to classical. Anyone in San Diego who hasn't gotten out to their neighborhood coffeehouses (and even those farther away) is missing out. If you have no idea where to begin in your quest for a good java joint, I've put together a list to get you started. Some of them host musical and other performance and some do not. Each one has a note as to whether or not there is music. For the ones that have music I have also included a secret code to indicate the days. You'll have to use your special decoder ring to figure it out...


Greater San Diego | North County Coastal | North County Inland | South Bay Area | East County


Greater San Diego (La Jolla to Downtown)
Live Music No Live Music
  • BEANS!, 8935 Towne Center Drive, Golden Triangle. Live music F,S. 453-9252
  • Cafe Crema, 1001 Garnet Ave, Pacific Beach. Live music Th,F,S. 273-3558
  • Caffe Italia, 1704 India St, Middletown/Little Italy. Live music (wkends). 234-6767
  • Cafe 1018, 1018 Rosecrans, San Diego. 523-1018.
  • El Campo Ruse, 940 16th Ave (between Broadway and E St), San Diego. 619/702-2030; Info line: 619/ 702-2033
  • Gelato Vero, 3753 India St, Middletown. Occasional live music. 295-9269
  • The Grove Caffé on the UCSD campus. Occasional live music.
  • Java Centrale, 11738 Carmel Mountain Rd #182, San Diego. Live music F,S. 674-0804
  • Lestat's, 3343 Adams Avenue, Normal Heights. Billiards, Live music every night. 282-0437
  • Java Joe's Coffeehouse, 4994 Newport Ave., Ocean Beach. Live music every night but Tu. 523-0356
  • Javanican, 4338 Cass, Pacific Beach. Live music every night but Sunday (poetry night). 483-8035.
  • Living Room Coffeehouse, 5900 El Cajon Blvd, SDSU area. Live music wkends. 286-8434
  • Millinium Bookstore and Coffee House, 2906 University Ave. Live music Tu-S. 296-7722.
  • Pannikin Cafe, 7467 Girard Ave, La Jolla. Live music (Sundays). 454-5453
  • Pannikin Cafe, 3145 Rosecrans St, Point Loma. Live music (Saturdays). 224-2891
  • Rebecca's, 3023 Juniper St, Golden Hill. Occasional live music; call ahead. 284-3663
  • Secret Garden Cafe, 928 Silverado St, La Jolla. Live music most F,S; call ahead. 551-0928
  • Stella Bella Coffee, 1050 Garnet Ave, Pacific Beach. Live music W(open-mic),F,S. 272-9838
  • Stella Bella Coffee, 7417 La Jolla Blvd, La Jolla. Live music S. 551-9997
  • Thomas Paine Coffeehouse (formerly the WikiUp), 4247 Park Blvd, North Park. 291-1955.
  • Upstart Crow, 835 W. Harbor Dr., Seaport Village. Bookstore, reading room. Call ahead. 232-4855
  • Venice Cafe/Bar, 2910 Canon St, Point Loma. Live music Th,F,S. 223-6547
  • Zanzibar Coffee Bar and Gallery, 976 Garnet Ave, Pacific Beach. Coffee bar and food. Th+one other night (call for calendar). 272-4762
  • Avignon Coffee House, 560 Fifth Avenue. No live music. 338-9080
  • Cafe Sol, 2912 Mission Blvd, South Mission Beach. No live music. 488-4488
  • Farmer's Market, Horton Plaza (Street level, at 1st & G streets). No live music. Coffee bar and specialty shop. 696-7766
  • Grab and Go, 109 West C Street, San Diego. Coffee and subs. No live music. 239-2739.
  • Java Cabana, 2922 Damon Ave., Pacific Beach. No live music. 274-0949.
  • Java Cabana, 10791 Tierrasanta Blvd. #105, Tierrasanta. 278-6618
  • Java House, 8750 Genessee Ave. No live music. 457-5282
  • Kensington Coffee Co., 4141 Adams Ave., San Diego. No live music. 280-5153
  • Living Room Coffeehouse, 1010 Prospect St., La Jolla. No live music. 459-1187.
  • Panini Cafe, 2168 Avenida De La Playa, La Jolla-North Shore. No live music. 454-5665
  • Pannikin Cafe, 523 University Ave, San Diego. 295-1600
  • Poochies, 6030 Santo Road Ste F, San Diego. "Espresso bar, Self-Service Pet Wash, and Fine Pet Supplies". No live music. 541-BONE
  • Same Old Grind, 3077-A Clairemont Drive, San Diego. No live music. 276-7500 (276-7601 fax)
  • Santos, Beech and 30th, Golden Hill. 236-8622
  • Seventh Near B Coffee Bar and Newsstand, 1146 Seventh Ave, San Diego. No live music. 696-7071
  • Stella Bella Coffee, 7081 Clairemont Mesa Blvd Ste 103, San Diego. 278-9993
  • Stella Bella, 4150 Regents Park Row #175, La Jolla. No live music. 450-2128


North County Coastal
Live Music No Live Music
  • Arthouse Coffee and Gallery, 2931 Roosevelt St. in Carlsbad. Music Th,wkends; open-mic Tu. 730-0270.
  • Kafana Coffeehouse, 3076 Carlsbad Blvd, Carlsbad. Live music most nights. 724-0074
  • Kirby's Cafe (more of a restaurant but has great coffee drinks), 215 15th St, Del Mar. Live music S,Sun. 481-1001
  • La Costa Coffee Roasting Co., 6965 El Camino Real Ste 208, La Costa. Live music F,S. 438-8160
  • Miracles Cafe, 1953 San Elijo Ave, Cardiff. Live music Sun (a.m.),Tu,F,S. 943-7924.
  • The Naked Bean Coffee Co., 1126 First St, Encinitas. Occasional live music (call ahead). 634-1347
  • Donna Lee's Coffeehouse, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Dr, Solana Beach. No live music. 481-8800
  • Esmeralda Books and Coffee, 1555 Camino Del Mar. No live music (readings, signings). 755-2707
  • Java Depot, 243 N. Highway 101, Solana Beach. No live music. 259-0308
  • Pannikin Cafe, 2670 Via de la Valle #A-240, Flower Hill Mall. Live music. 481-8007.


North County Inland
Live Music No Live Music
  • Metaphor Coffeehouse, 258 East 2nd Ave, Escondido. Food and art. Live music most nights. 489-8890
  • Mikey's Coffee on 12222 Poway Rd. in Poway. Live music every night. 486-5540.
  • Kensington Coffee Co., 13479 Poway Rd., Poway. No live music. 748-2887
  • Wynola Coffee Co., 4355 Highway 78, Julian. Call ahead. 765-2368

  • South Bay Area
    Live Music No Live Music
    • The Dutchess' Place, 247 3rd Ave., Chula Vista. 498-1847.
    • Kensington Coffee Co., 1106 First, Coronado. No live music. 437-8506


    East County
    Live Music No Live Music
    • Experience Coffee, 3709 Avocado Blvd, La Mesa. Live music F,S in summer. 670-9669
    • Jelly Roll Cafe, 4509 Sweetwater Springs Blvd #2, Spring Valley. No live music. 670-6655


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