The Catalyst: "The Catalyst" Santa Cruz Nightlife Tip by MDH

Santa Cruz Nightlife: 8 reviews and 12 photos

  The Violent Femmes live at the Catalyst
by MDH

The most popular music club in town. It caters to variety of local and sometimes international acts (Neil Young, Papa Roach, Emmylou Harris, Ice T, Nirvana, and Alanis Morissette have all played here), but for most of the time, it pays attention to the local scene.

The most popular music among Santa Cruz's youth is punk, without a doubt. Sorry dance music folks, but this isn't your town. You're bound to hear some sort of punk music if you're in town. Other really popular forms played at the Catalyst are reggae, surf rock, and ska, another big favorite. A burgeoning local hip-hop movement is starting in Santa Cruz at the moment, and you can catch a lot of their new talent start here.
Older fans will appreciate many classic rock and blues legend often try to stop by at the Catalyst.
A bar is also inside for over-21 guests.

Dress Code: Casual clothes, but expect to find a lot of Hawaiian shirts and gas station jackets with the younger crowds. It's also very common for giant mosh pits to break out on the floor with local punk shows.

Address: 1011 Pacific Ave
Directions: Located on the lower end of Pacific Ave.
Phone: 831-423-1336
Theme: Concert

Review Helpfulness: 1.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jul 19, 2003
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