Places to Dance

West Coast Swing in San Diego and Surrounding Areas

List Compiled by Ron Ford & Mike Lock

For listings of Bands & Artists playing at these venues, call the venue or
check the Reader. Always telephone ahead to verify the listings & times!

If you have a venue you would like added to this page please send your information to

Tango Del Rey

3567 Del Rey Street
San Diego, CA 92109

Telephone: 858 581 1114

The Jazz Project Big Band


Host: Tengo Del Rey
Music: Live Music, Dancing & Bar
When: Tuesdays: Lesson 7 to 8:30, Dance 8:30
& 2nd Thursday of Every Month
Price: $10 Cover at the Door
Time: Doors Open - 7PM, Dancing Begins - 8PM


Starlight Dance Studio
6506-H El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA

Telephone: 619 287 9036

Price: $5 Members - $10 Non-Members
Music: DJ - WCS, Country Western, & other
Floor: Large -Wood

Dances are held the first Saturday Night of every month, from 8 to 11PM preceded by a Workshop at 6:30PM.

Lot's of WCSers here!

Downbeat Big Band

Veterans Museum & Memorial Center
2115 Park Blvd.
San Diego (Balboa Park)

Music: Live big band (EC, WC, Lindy, Balboa & occassional
When: Next Dance Sunday, July 28, 2019
Floor: Large 2000 square feet, raised stage
Time: 5PM to 6PM Dance Class
6 to 8PM Down Beat Big Band - Details
Admission: $10

The 17 piece Downbeat Big Band with vocalist plays all your favorite tunes:
Swing, Latin & Ballroom dance tunes. As San Diego┬┤s premier big band,
our fans love to dance to the great music, or just listen and reminisce.


2241Shelter Island Dr.
San Diego 92106

Telephone: (619) 224 3577

Music: Varies.
Floor: Wood - small
Food: Excellent in lounge or restaurant

Monday Blue's Party
Band Jazz/Swing/WCS
Time: 7PM
Cost: Free

Now we’re talking real class. Humphrey’s Backstage Lounge is beautifully decorated and boasts a panoramic bay-view and some ofthe best artists in the country.

to be announced:

Coyote Bar & Grill

Carlsbad Village Drive
Carlsbad CA.

Telephone: (760) 729 4695

Music: Varies
Dance floor: Concrete/Small
Food: Excellent Mexican cuisine

The Coyote has great ambience indoors or outdoors. The bands play outside on the patio! The floor is concrete and small. This place is worth the effort when a good band is playing.

Desert Swing Dance Club

Pavillion Dance Studio
401 S. Pavillion Way
Palm Springs CA. 92262

Telephone: (760) 323 8272

For more info: view Club Flyer

VFW 3788

7785 Othello Avenue
San Diego, CA 92111
VFW website

Telephone: 858 277 5510

Music: Mix of Rock, Swing, Pop, Country
Disco, R&B, Latin and more
When: Every Friday (dinner 5PM music 6PM)
When: Every 4th Saturday (Live Music 7PM)
Flyer: VFW 3788
Next Band: Please check the website below.

Check with for band information.

Belly Up Tavern

143 S. Cedros Ave.
Solana Beach

Telephone: 858 481 8140

Music: Varies.
Dance floor: Wood - large (sticky!!!)
Food: Excellent cuisine
Time: Fridays 5:30 to 8PM (Happy Hour)

This long time club has a friendly, colorful ambiance. Not all of the bands play danceable music. When they have a good band you should make a point to dance at this venue.

Incahoots Dance Hall & Saloon

5373 Mission Center Road
San Diego, CA 92108-1301
619 291.8635

Telephone: 619 291 8635

Dance floor: Medium Wood
Music: Mostly Country Western
Food: Good (hamburger/French-fries, stuff)

Classy Country Western ambience. The floor is well maintained. A very nice place when the music is right.

Kearny Mesa Moose Lodge

3636 Ruffin Rd
San Diego
Jody's website

Jody's Telephone: 858 848 5540

What: Partner Dance Night
When: Every Tuesday of each Month
Time: Lesson 6:20PM, Open Dancing 7:20 (2 hours)
Music: DJ Jody - (WCS, Country, Night Club, Jitterbug, Cha Cha & Waltz)
Food: Mexican Food available every 2nd & 4th Tuesdays (may 24, Jun 14 & 28)
Cover: $5 for Jody's Guests, Moose Members get a discount .

Complimentary dance lessons by various Local Dance Instructors
Month of May 2016: Mary Manzella

Tio Leo's Mexican Restaurant

5302 Napa St. (at Morena Blvd.)
San Diego

Telephone: 619 542 1462

Music: Varies.
Dance floor: Medium - Wood
Food:Excellent Mexican Cuisine.

This is an up-scale venue for dinner and dancing when the music is right.

New on Monday Nights (May 2011). Jazz Allstars play form 6 to 9PM. Jazz & Swing dance music. Cover: $8.

West Coast Swing Tuesdays

West Coast Swing San Diego - website

Tango Del Rey - website
3567 Del Rey St.
San Diego, CA 92109

Telephone: (858) 581 1114

When: Tuesdays - 9 to 12PM
Music: Contemporary WCS

Escondido Elks Lodge

2430 S.Escondido Blvd.
Escondido, CA 92025-7029

Telephone: 760 745 1687

Admission: varies
Floor: Large - Wood
Food: Open bar & snacks/hot dogs available.
Music: Check website or call for dance information.


New! WCS in North County
view flyer

Pal Joey's

5147 Waring Rd.
San Diego, CA 92120

Telephone: 619 582 6699

Music:Band, Lindy/Swing/WCS
When:Wednesday Blues Jam 7:30
Admission: 6-$10
Refreshments: Bar

The Encinitas Elks Lodge

1393 Windsor Road

Take 5 (from either direction), turn East on Santa Fe, go one half mile then turn right on Winsor. Go a quarter mile, the Elks will be on your left.

Telephone: 760 753 2243

Music: Blues, R&B, Oldies, et al...
Dance Style: WCS, ECS, Cha Cha, and more....
Floor: Medium Wood
Admission: $10
Refreshments: Open Bar
When: Every Friday 7 to 11PM

The Firehouse Swing Dance

Queen Bee's
3925 Ohio St.
San Diego, CA 92104

Telephone: 858 395 6060

Music: Blues on alternate Wednesday
When: West Coast Swing on alternate Wednesdays

Check website for additional information.

Swinging Thursday WCS Social Dance

Starlight Dance Studio
6506-H El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA

Telephone: 619 287 9036

Dances are held every Thursday Night. beginning at 8:30PM
Beginning and Intermediate Lessons from 7:30 to 8:30.

Lot's of WCSers here!