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The Observatory

3503 S Harbor Blvd, Santa Ana, California, United States
Review summary
4.5
Jonathan
a month ago
Hands down my favorite venue of all time. The venue is less than 20 miles away from me so it's easy to get to. The best thing about The Observatory is the artist selection, they book some of my favorite artist so I come here pretty often. You will have a different experience every time, depending on what room the band is playing at and what equipment the band brings with them. The more mainstream artist bring their own lights and decorations so it makes the experience better. Most artist play at the Observatory room but there is also the constellation room right next to it. During music festivals like Burgerama and Beach Goth there are usually three stages, both inside and outside. The sound here sounds pretty clear and since the venue is not that big seeing bands play here feels very intimate. If you get to the show early you will probably get to stand 5 feet away from the artist. The parking here varies depending on who is playing. Sometimes you can park for free, sometimes $10 and sometimes it can reach $25 (which is ridiculous). The only thing I hate about the Observatory is how hot it gets, it makes the place feel dirtier. I don't recommend that anyone take a sweater because you're just going to want to toss it in a trash can (even during winter). I also recommend that you eat and drink a lot before a show because they overprice everything. No one likes paying more than $2 for a bottle of water.