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The Tower Bar

4757 University Avenue
San Diego,CA 92105
(619) 284-0158
E-mail: thetowerbar@gmail.com

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Business hours

4 p.m. to 2 a.m. every day.

A San Diego landmark, built in 1932.  Live music most nights. Serving genuine Absinthe since it was legalized 2007, including Pernod, Grune Fee, Absinthe Ordinaire, La Muse Vert, St. George which we prepare in the traditional French method using an Absinthe water fountain.

City of San Diego District 9 Business of The Year 2023

San Diego Magazine Critic’s Pick- Best Dive Bar 2020

City Beat Best Dive Bar – 2011

San Diego Magazine -Best of San Diego August, 2010

City Beat Best Dive Bar 2007

“One of the 10 best dive bars in San Diego”, The San Diego Union Tribune’s Sign On San Diego.

Bartender of the Month for July 2005,and October 2006

Monday nights at The Tower with Lady Dottie & The Diamonds was one of SPIN Magazine’s top 101 things to do, June 2006.

Delishably.com Coolest Bars and Pubs In San Diego

San Diego Eater San Diego’s 22 Best Dive Bars June 2021

Past performers at The Tower include:

KING KAHN and BBQ, THE SPITS, THE BLACK LIPS, EXCEL, THE VIBRATORS, THE VARUKERS, ZEKE, LOWER CLASS BRATS, TOXIC HOLOCAUST, WYLDLIFE, DIRTY FENCES, MEAN JEANS, THE FREEZE, RADOLESCENTS, THE COATHANGERS, THE GROWLERS, MASKED INTRUDER, M.D.C., SVETLANAS, KING PARROT, THE HEARTACHES,THE MORLOCKS, THE SOFT PACK, ALTAR DE FEY, U.S. BOMBS, GANG GREEN, THE WOGGLES, M.I.A., SPOTLIGHTS, DIABLO DIMES, CASH’D OUT, GRAND OLE PARTY, MARKY RAMONE, THE STITCHES, THE WONGS, TRISTEZA, THE HUSBANDS, RIXE, RIISTETYT, BEEHIVE & THE BARRACUDAS, MR TUBE & THE FLYING OBJECTS, THE SULTANS, PEARS, THE FRIGHTS, RATS EYES, LOS MANITAS DE FUZZ, VERBAL ABUSE, GENERACION SUICIDA, RIISTETYT, WAU Y LOS ARRRGHSWORRIERS, KIM & THE CREATED, COUNTRY WESTERNS, THE BRIDGE CITY SINNERS, CALL THE COPS, RED CITY RADIO, THE DECLINE, CLOWNS (AUSTRALIA), MIKE VALLELY, THE UNDEAD, WIMPY RUTHERFORD (THE QUEERS), DEATH EYES, THE DROWNS, HEWHOCANNOTBENAMED, THE PICTURE BOOKS, ACEYALONE, BAD COP/BAD COP, CLOWN SOUNDS, VACATION, TREASURE FLEET, THE HIP PRIESTS, DAIKAIJU, The Original Harlem Slim, THE FORNICATORS, PKEW PKEW PKEW, GRADE 2, THE MUSLIMS, DECRY, THE RED ONIONS, THE NASHVILLE RAMBLERS, GLEN MEADMORE, SHATTERED FAITH, THE CROWD, THE SLOTHS, BRENDAN KELLY, WOLVES & WOLVES & WOLVES & WOLVES, BEST COAST, THE CREEPY CREEPS, RETOX, Haunted George, The Marked Men, Omar and The String Poppers, SHED, 400 Blows, UNCLE JOE’S BIG OL’ DRIVER, LADY DOTTIE & THE DIAMONDS, OFF WITH THEIR HEADS, Redgun Radar, FATSO JETSON, THE FREEKS, THE GO GETTERS, Prima Donna, DAN SARTAIN, This Bike is A Pipe Bomb, Rip Carson, The Jins, The Lamps, The Deere Johns, The Power Chords, Mario Escovedo, New Buck Biloxi, Sick Thoughts, Mannequin Piss, Danava, The Plagues, The Love Me Nots, The Corvinas, Her Grace The Duchess, Charlie Megira, Harsh Mellow, Negative Blast, CASH’D OUT, Triclops, Sleeping People, The Earl Brothers, The Intelligence, Lloyd Trip & The Zip Guns, Arsen Roulette and the Ricochettes, Bunky, Bartender’s Bible, The Hexxers, Itchy & The Nits, Anihilation Time, Heavy Hawaii, Cheap Curls, Underground Railroad to Candyland, Colleen Green, Spider Fever, Los Sweepers,Death Hymn #9, Joy, Cumgirl 8, The Lumps, Stephen Rey & The Slicks Jungle Fever, The Paperhead, Thee Cormans, Mothers Worry, Writer, Billy Rath (Johnny Thunders), Christmas Island, Los Headaches, The Regressions, Los Vigilantes, Cyclops, Guantanamo Baywatch, Acid Baby Jesus, Rat City Riot, Terry Malts, Night Nurse, King Louie’s Missing Monuments, Blood On The Saddle, The Shag Rats, The Neumans, Skelator, RVIVR, Creepoid, Cosmonauts, Tomorrows Tulips