The Casbah (music venue)

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Coordinates: 32°43′48″N 117°10′18″W / 32.73000°N 117.17167°W / 32.73000; -117.17167

The Casbah is a nightclub and music venue located near downtown San Diego, California.


The Casbah was first opened in 1989 by Tim Mays, Bob Bennett and Peter English at the site of a former Irish pub at 2812 Kettner Boulevard. The three men also owned the now-defunct Pink Panther Club. The Casbah hosted San Diego bands such as Rocket from the Crypt, Lucy's Fur Coat and Deadbolt. It also hosted bands such as Nirvana[1] and The Smashing Pumpkins. English later left the venture.

Because the original site had a maximum occupancy of 75 people, in 1994 the Casbah moved to a larger facility at 2501 Kettner Boulevard. The new location has a maximum occupancy of more than 200.

The club usually hosts live music six to seven nights each week.[citation needed] Bands that have played at the current location include: Alanis Morissette, The Breeders, Ben Harper, The Cult and blink-182.

MC5 playing at The Casbah


  1. ^ Dailey, Keli. "NIRVANA NOSTALGIA: WHEN KURT & CO. PLAYED THE CASBAH". UT-San Diego. Retrieved 2013-07-23. 

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