Best Live Music

There is no shortage of cool places to hang out and listen to live music in Long Beach.

You'll find The Prospector and Que Sera within blocks of one another on 7th Street. Both offer live music nearly every night with regional and local favorites along with up-and-coming artists.

Alex's Bar is mere blocks from The Prospector and it offers live music most nights including punk and hard rock.

The Pike Bar & Restaurant, owned and operated by Social Distortion drummer Chris Reece, offers a range of punk, rock, to DJ sets. On Sundays, bring your iPod and add your own favorites to the playlist.

On the east side, The Gaslamp offers a mix of rock along with 80s cover bands like Knight Ryder.

Downtown offers a bevvy of live music locales, many specialized in a specific genre.

The Auld Dubliner in downtown Long Beach attracts Celtic and Gaelic-flavored live acts from across California and beyond, with Traditional Irish music every Sunday afternoon.

Mai Tai Bar, near the Aquarium of the Pacific, is the best source for Pacific Islander and Hawaiian sounds; its patio is a great place to relax after work with happy hour drinks and appetizers.

Sea Bird Jazz Lounge, next to the famed Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles, offers live jazz, R&B, touring artists and more.

The Long Beach Symphony Orchestra performs classical music, modern composers and Broadway hits in the Long Beach Arena year-round. Performances usually begin at 8 pm, but come early with a picnic to enjoy before the show.