8 Places to Move & Groove in the East Bay

In search of a place where you can grab a meal and a beverage while listening to some tunes?

The East Bay has a variety of venues that offer all types of music, dancing and karaoke. Whether you're looking to hit the dance floor or jam to live music, there are plenty of options to get your fix. Most of these venues are 21 and over.

Vinnie's Bar & Grill 2045 Mt. Diablo St., Concord, CA

Vinnie's Bar & Grill has been a long-time favorite for those looking to groove to live music in Concord. Open daily at 11:00 am, Vinnie's has events every week Monday through Saturday in addition to good food (including breakfast!), a full bar and bar games like pool and darts. Vinnie's is 21+ in the evening.


Comedy Night happens once a month on a random Monday. Show starts at 7:30 pm.


Every Tuesday is Country Night at Vinnie's. Dance classes start at 7:30 pm and open dancing starts at 9:00 pm.


Jam Night starts at 9:30 pm every Wednesday.


Thursday is Salsa Night! You won't find any formal lessons, but you will find great music and a lively crowd.

Friday & Saturday

Live music begins around 9-9:30 pm both nights. Check the schedule at www.vinniesbar.com to see who will be playing.

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Nica Lounge 1907 Salvio Street, Concord, CA

Nica Lounge is one of the newest East Bay venues to get a drink and listen to some tunes. They have monthly events as well as special events for holidays, which are updated on their schedule at www.nicalounge.com. Nica Lounge also offers bottle service for special events. This is a 21+ venue.

First Friday - Friday Rewind

On the first Friday of the month, live DJs play hip-hop and rap favorites from the early 90's and 2000's.

Clave Sundays - Live Salsa

Every Sunday from 6:00 pm to 1:00 am, Nica Lounge has live DJs playing the best music to get your salsa on.

live singer in restaurant

Grant Street Pub & Pizzeria 1822 Grant Street, Concord, CA

In addition to drinks, pizza and a patio, this neighborhood spot also has events throughout the week. Every week is different, so check out their Facebook page for updated events. Grant Street has live music, karaoke nights, comedy shows, salsa dancing and open mic nights.

It's a family-friendly restaurant, so the whole crew can enjoy an evening out. Grant Street Pub is located just one block North of the BART station and Todos Santos Plaza.

live bar music

Red Hat Sports Bar 1860 Monument Blvd., Concord, CA

Red Hat is a local bar and music venue geared toward the rock music scene. With music every night, rotating drink specials and an outdoor patio, Red Hat is a great option for a night out with friends. They also have free pool on Sunday -- Sunday Funday, anyone?

Sunday, Monday & Thursday - Rotating DJs

Red Hat has a DJ every Sunday, Monday and Thursday night.

Tuesday Jam Night

Jam out to whatever you want! Tuesday night is karaoke night at Red Hat.

Friday and Saturday - Live Music

Every weekend Red Hat has a live band. While the music leans towards punk and rock music, there are all types of bands to enjoy. Check their Facebook page for music updates.

Plate & Vine 1970 Diamond Blvd., Concord, CA

Located within the Hilton Concord, Plate & Vine has live music on Friday and Saturday evenings. They have a great happy hour from 5:00-7:00pm during the week and an impressive wine list. This is a family-friendly restaurant, so bring the family and an appetitie.

wood fire pizza

Barrel Aged Cocktail Bar & Lounge 823 Main Street, Martinez, CA

This is a unique venue in downtown Martinez that should be on every music lover's list. The bar is behind (or through) Barrelista Coffee House. Barrel Aged Cocktail Bar is known for their cocktails and serve food as well. They also have happy hour Wednesday through Saturday and a variety of events in addition to music, like trivia night.

Friday and Saturday - Live Music

Catch a live band every Friday and Saturday night at Barrel Aged Cocktail Bar & Lounge. There is usually a jazz band on Friday nights.

Armando's 707 Marina Vista, Martinez, CA

If you are looking for a musical surprise, Armando's is the place. From jazz to bluegrass, folk to rock and roll, Armando's has it all. They have a packed calendar that is updated on their website. Armando's is a 21+ venue that is cash-only and serves beer and wine. They have "Happy Hour and a Half" from 4:30-6pm on Friday nights.

Nu-Rays Bar 709 Ferry Street, Martinez, CA

A friendly local bar just off Main Street in Martinez, Nu-Rays has live music, karaoke and a jukebox. They have a full bar, beer on tap and excellent martinis. The music schedule is updated weekly on their Facebook page.

Martini Monday

Every week Nu-Rays has a new speciality martini for the week. On Monday night the special martini is just $3.

Taco & Tequila Tuesday

Tuesdays are for tacos! Every week a new tequila is on special for $7 all day. Tacos start at 6:30 pm.

Thursday - Karaoke Night

Karoke starts at 9:00 pm on Thursdays. Test your pipes to your favorite song.

Friday and Saturday - Live Music

Live music usually starts at 9:00 pm. Check their Facebook page or website for updates.

Sunday - Open Mic Night

The mic is open to any brave soul starting at 8:00 pm.



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