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Places to go in Normal Heights

Normal Heights Events

Open Mic Night

Lestat's Coffee House

Monday, March 27, 7 p.m.
Irish Music Jam

Irish Music Jam

The Ould Sod

Tuesday, March 28, 7 p.m.
Ould Karaoke

Ould Karaoke

The Ould Sod

Thursday, March 30, 9 p.m.
Escape Door

Escape Door

The Rabbit Hole

Friday, March 31, 9:30 p.m.

Normal Heights News & Stories

Big Thief's first Masterpiece

Brooklyn-based indie rockers set up at Soda Bar Friday night

Messy, free-ranging, raw-boned music that sometimes comes with an explicit-language warning. Big Thief makes music that hangs together on a thread of workman-like monotony, using chords in progressions that were hoary and predictable way back ...

Corn husk takes on banana leaf

Two tamales enter, both get eaten

One of my favorite parts about living in San Diego is that I can be cruising down a street on just about any day and spot a little cart selling tamales. I noticed Tamales el ...

Slim Cessna's hillbilly hootenanny

Gothic Americana act takes Soda Bar a little higher

How does one begin to describe Slim Cessna’s Auto Club? The band, forming 25 years ago in Denver, defies categorization, though many have tried. Some have labeled their sound — a wickedly enchanting mix of ...

Where there's no smoke, there's no chicken

“The wind usually blows towards the east in the Pancho Villa parking lot."

“We just lost their main flagship,” said Mr. Robinson, a resident who lives one block away from the Pancho Villa supermarket at 3245 El Cajon Boulevard. Robinson said he is “bummed out” by the pollos ...

Street repair must wait until wire undergrounding?

"They've scrapped the master list and are setting up a new schedule."

After a particularly hard crunch was suffered by his car's front end on the really bad pavement in front of his Normal Heights house, Kevin G. used the city's Get It Done app to ask ...

Normal Heights HOLLER

Holler about this neighborhood in the comment section below. Share anything and everything about Normal Heights: compliments, critiques, lost-n-found items, recommendations, neighborhood crime watch, you name it!


Joe Deegan April 5, 2013 @ 10:56 a.m.

Forget the advice a recent article proclaimed that flooding a neighborhood with bars and restaurants is good for local businesses, creates jobs and promotes social interaction. Peope in Normal Heights are grumbling about the parking problems that the new Heights Tavern is creating on Adams Avenue. Already the Ould Sod is two doors over and Rosie O'Gradys in katycorner at Adams and 34th. And soon the old Lou Jones bar, which has been sold, will be replaced by a new bar right next door to the Heights. The Adams Avenue Business District (BID) thiinks it's got it all figured out. But the grumbling gets louder and louder.
And dont' forget there are two new wine bars on Adams in Kensington and the new Soda and Swine meatball haven at the corner of Adams and 3oth in North Park.


AbnormalHeights June 6, 2013 @ 10:44 p.m.

Terrific. Along with NP, are we competing with the beach areas for the title of Booze Central?

We should hand out AA meeting flyers in front of the bars, or post on Adams Avenue car windshields.


pinskal June 19, 2013 @ 1:48 p.m.

We have lived in abnormal heights for over 20 years and it just gets better and less normal all the time.



BLACKSMITHDAVE June 23, 2013 @ 9:40 a.m.

Still waiting for the undergrounding of our lovely power lines, can't wait! and I hear the city is rimming our street trees again, hurray!


Leeroy June 23, 2013 @ 11:14 a.m.

This neighborhood gets better by the week! I wish that Polite Provisions was where Heights Tavern is, and Soda and Swine was where Sycamore Den is... if those places were swapped it would be even more awesome!


eadrian June 24, 2013 @ 7:50 a.m.

My abnormal dog loves to sniff around and cruise normal heights. We wish the cars would slow down and enjoy the scenic adams ave. Woof


mrt June 24, 2013 @ 12:17 p.m.

Normal Heights is the best hood in town!


Kelly4508 June 26, 2013 @ 2:42 p.m.

love Normal Heights, own a home since 1998-very eclectic wonderful neighborhood. lots of free activities and a very active neighborhood association. it certainly has changed over the years.


lessthanjakesd June 27, 2013 @ 10:07 a.m.

I absolutely love this neighborhood! I actually grew up in Poway and after I visited this neighborhood for the first time I knew I wanted to eventually move down here. I have lived here for a few years now and I love it more and more everyday. My favorite bar on Adams is Triple Crown Pub. I didn't discover this bar until after I moved here, but it is without a doubt one of my favorite places. Everyone who works there is friendly and I have never had a bad experience at that bar. I have also met some really cool (and interesting) people there. If you haven't been to TCP yet then I highly suggest going!


Ecodove June 27, 2013 @ 11:07 a.m.

I love our little community! Thank you all so much for your help finding our missing dog Lily! She was found this Monday and we are so happy to have our little family back together again!


s4davis June 27, 2013 @ 9:55 p.m.

I live more in the "Between" Heights which is perfect, if you haven't checked out Hanna's Gourmet, Cafe 21, Sabuku Sushi, Jayne's Gastropub, and of course Cantina Mayahuel I highly recommend doing so.


LiveFatDieYum April 5, 2016 @ 3:05 p.m.

We are buying a condo right around the corner from this strip of Adams.. I love Adams ave in general and instantly gravitated towards it when I moved from the right coast. There's a bunch of new places going in soon per the waitress at Soda and Swine. Excited to move to the neighborhood soon.


MikeyScuds June 27, 2013 @ 10:39 p.m.

Normal Heights!!! I had the luck of moving to Normal Heights from SF just cause my buddy hooked up a place here and boy am I glad he did. I love living in Normal hook a fool up with a t-shirt


laurenalexandrea June 28, 2013 @ 1:03 a.m.

My hubbs and I just moved into town this month (June) and we love it here.. most notably, we loving finding street art everywhere! From tiny hidden stencils, to giant whole-wall murals... this community and our neighbors have been so welcoming. A random sweetheart waived hello to us the day we drove our U-haul up, there was a block party going on the week after, and there is tons of local music going on all the time. Also, we were the neighbors who gave out warm homemade from scratch brownies paired with Oatmeal Stout beers to everyone in our complex as a way to meet everyone. We know that's not normal, but that's the way we like it. AB-Normal Heights all the way <3


jmperkins June 28, 2013 @ 1:22 a.m.

I choose to live in normal heights because 1) it makes me feel a real sense of community 2) It has half a dozen bars, a comic book store, a game store, and a 24 hour coffee shop all within walking distance and 3) It just has an active pedestrian and biking community which feels great. There's always something going on, but even one block off of adams it's quiet enough to be able to nestle up in your apartment and get some sleep.

In short, Normal Heights feels like home.


cnh1982 June 28, 2013 @ 11:27 a.m.

I Love Abnormal Heights. Being a native to San Diego, I never knew this place existed until a friend of mine brought me over here during a street fair when I was around 14 years old. I have been frequenting ever since and now live here.


AGARCIACPA July 1, 2013 @ 10:53 p.m.

moved in 2006 and have loved it every since! great homes, people, bars, food and central to all san diego proper!


ziphius July 2, 2013 @ 11:56 a.m.

No one here has mentioned the main node, the junction box, the Center of the Universe, the meridian, the Stonehenge of Normal Heights..... It's where I go when I want to hear news from the neighborhood, relax and feel welcomed, or hear an occasional dirty joke. Dick and Anna run the place! Mariposa Ice Cream! If you live in Normal Heights and haven't been there, you really haven't lived in Normal Heights!


erniesd619 July 2, 2013 @ 10:55 p.m.

what up Normal Heights!!! i love this place great bars, great food, great people. i love walking down adams with my little pug puppy.


gonesavage July 4, 2013 @ 6:32 p.m.

Moved here in 2009 just before the boom. Love it! Parrot Man, tweakers, and yoga folk all co-existing. Great for walks and crawls.


danzero July 4, 2013 @ 9:53 p.m.

Normal Hieghts rox! moved here from Little Itally in 2000 lived on Adams next to the Triple Crown then on Bancroft now live on 35th this place is the best hood in S D ! love the new Sycamore Den it rox! rock on!


Starsabove July 5, 2013 @ 3:47 p.m.

I've lived in Normal Heights for over 6 1/2 years now and I love living here-it's certainly grown on me! Having VONS and Rite Aid right there is nice as well as is Subway. Appreciate the music and art festivals :)


boypudding July 8, 2013 @ 1:20 a.m.

hottest nightclubs, best restaurants,cool unique retail shops! safe ,fun friendly people! WAY COOL !


EekaNumber3 July 25, 2013 @ 11:59 a.m.

Moved to Normal Heights two years ago and love it! I love Dark Horse coffee and all the fun little shops. Normal Heights is the best!


JohnnyENO July 30, 2013 @ 10:40 p.m.

Over here! Yeah, I've been hanging in the 'hood for about 6 years now (I call Abnormal Heights my vacation home, heheh). I must say, I'm really impressed with the number of improvements along Adams over the last few years. Heights Tavern has proven to be a nice place (keep up the good work!), but even with all the new establishments popping up, I dig that the OG businesses are still going strong. I'm talking about YOU Triple Crown, and YOU Antique Row Cafe. The 'hood is up an coming and here to stay.


njardr2311 Aug. 3, 2013 @ 9:45 a.m.

I moved to Normal Heights 3 months ago and love it. Everything I could want to do is close and the community rocks!


thebellladonna Aug. 12, 2013 @ 2:20 a.m.

The first time I visited Normal Heights, I knew I wanted to live here... and now I do! I love it here! <3


hybrid5228 Aug. 14, 2013 @ 10:48 p.m.

Love Normal Heights. Friendly people, excellent bars, always something going on. Proud to call it home.


ecstatica Sept. 11, 2013 @ 1:41 p.m.

So excited to be buying a house in Normal Heights! My hubby and I have lived in OB for 10 years so it looks like we better start trying on some skinny jeans. We will probably be moved in in time for the street fair! Hot diggity!


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