Over the Border: More than Slasa
This is a place you'll either love or hate. That's how it seems from the comments I've gotten. This is a Rock en Espanol Rock Club/Dance Club. The music is mixed-up, though some nights there is some sort of theme. They hold concerts, have contests sometimes live music, sometimes a DJ, and who knows what all. They have a strict dress code so everyone looks pretty nice. The cover charge to get in (2013) is $10.00 but the drinks are not as expensive as in San Diego, $3.00 -$5.00 well drinks and up to $130.00 plus tax and tip, for a bottle of Don Julio Anejado/Reposado or Buchanan's Scotch Whiskey. They have a smoking patio and outdoor bar and I think they serve some food, but am not sure these days.
It's interesting that they say they are open Thursday through Saturday but offer $3.00 drinks and contests on Wednesday. I believe that if you get there early there is no cover charge and for concerts and some other events the cover fee does not apply. They bring in International bands and well you see, almost any thing to keep the customers coming in.
They've given the place a new look. Nothing else has changed, just the color.
Dress Code: The advice that I usually give is to dress your best. This place does have a specific dress code so check out their website before going. Mainly they want you to be presentable and not look like a construction worker or a gang member.
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Galley at the Marina: More My Style
This is a good, casual and comfortable restaurant during the day and at the end of the week, by night it becomes a music and dance club. The music played here ranges from Country to Rock & Roll. Most of the time the bands are local and pretty good. I'm not sure how late it goes on because I've never stayed till closing time. The restaurant usually closes at 10 pm, but on the nights they have a band, they may stay open a little longer.
The crowd at the Gallery are usually on the older side, say forty and up mostly. Still the music is good and everyone is welcomed.%s
Dress Code: To my knowledge there is no actual dress code. Most everyone dresses casually and trendy. I say dress casual but not too casual.%s
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Spin City Lounge: Funky Clubs
There are a few places around the downtown area that offer a fun evening. One dancing venue that I can think of in Chula Vista is Spin City Lounge. There is another north of E Street on Broadway, but I can't remember the name.
Spin City Lounge is much smaller but lots of people like it's friendly atmosphere. I personally have only been there once because I can't dance anymore. I usually spend an evening out in a calmer and more peaceful place. The weekends are usually crowded. The age range and the people are diverse. There is no cover charge and drinks are not expensive. It is a favorite of the locals. It's the type of place that people either love or really dislike. It's a dive and a bit funky.
Spin City Lounge seems to have taken over several of the store fronts next to their original section and it is now much bigger. They have an much bigger dance floor and have added TV's and pool tables for their sports bar.
This not far from the Vagabond Inn and a couple of blocks east of the hotels on E Street. The music is not live but dancing is allowed.
Dress Code: Casual clothing is accepted.
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Sleep Train Amphitheater Chula Vista: San Diego County's Largest Concert Venue
An outdoor venue for big and lesser named entertainment offering seating on the grass, at a reduced rate, bleecher seating and table seating, where a glass of wine or a meal will be served.
This is more than a Chula Vista concert center, it is the newest in the County of San Diego with room for 20,000 people and offers entertainment all year long. The price range for tickets depend on the performer's popularity and can be quite expensive for the biggest named artists.
House Of Blues.com gives more information about the Ampitheater as well as a schedule of events planned.
Again the name has changed. This venue is now called, Sleep Train Amphitheatre. Nothing else has changed, except the web address.
Dress Code: Casual to Stylishly Casual.
There are several rules regarding what you can and can not bring in, from backpacks to weapons! So, make sure you've checked the website before arrival.
You can, however have a tailgate party before the concert and they are always fun!
Galley at the Marina: Music on the Marina
A pleasant and unassuming retaurant on the marina becomes the local center for live music & dancing in the evenings.
Be sure to call the restaurant for details.
Dress Code: California casual
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