1660 Capalina Road, San Marcos760-471-7778The go-to place to catch a loud metal show in North County. Although the shows are all-ages, the Turtle boasts a full bar for veteran headbangers.
Pounders Sports Pub
125 W Grand Ave., Escondido760-739-1288Escondido's favorite dive bar guarantees a colorful crowd every night of the week. Keep an eye out for free pizza on Wednesday afternoons.
Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens
1999 Citracado Parkway, Escondidowww.stoneworldbistro.comThe folks at Stone, one of the premier local microbrew companies, are busy little beavers, holding all sorts of beer- and non-beer-related events at their brewery-restaurant headquarters.
717 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido760-743-7665This North County sports bar has been known to occasionally pull in national hip-hop acts. Don't ask us how.