1. Nightrocker Live
605 San Pedro, (210) 265-3573, nightrockerlive.net
Nightrocker Live has been showcasing metal, rock, hip-hop, and even reggae on a regular basis since opening in 2009. Stand-up comedy and a sexy tattoo ladies’ night help round out the weekly schedule. The last time we visited, it was for the annual Ram Jam, a fitting place to host the tribute to dearly departed Ram Ayala since the venue, founded by Roland “Nightrocker” Fuentes, sticks to Ayala’s Taco Land formula pretty well: cheap tequila, loud, local music, and an utter disgust for pretension of any kind. Just the way a rock club should be.
2. TIE: The Korova
107 E Martin, facebook.com/thekorova
4202 Thousand Oaks, (210) 281-8306, zombiesliveinsa.com
3. The White Rabbit
2410 N St. Mary’s, sawhiterabbit.com