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The Observatory OC

Music Venue, Rock Club, and Concert Hall
Santa Ana
  • Glen F.
    "... venue - free parking, tiered viewing areas so more people have good..."(4 Tips)
    John T.
    "$10 parking in the rear and around the corner though."(2 Tips)
    Nechama D.
    "Awesome small and intimate venue"(2 Tips)
    Alex M.
    "Great drinks and a great view of the stage."(6 Tips)
78 Tips and reviews
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  • tiers
  • scenic views
  • intimate
  • Pabst Blue Ribbon
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  • Karen E.
    Karen EguJuly 26, 2016
    I love this venue because you can always feel the bass in your soul 👌🏿 but a con is, since it's more of an intimate venue, it can get pretty hot while you're turning up. Always have $ for parking!
  • Michelle C.
    Michelle ChanFebruary 24, 2014
    Intimate venue with tiered levels for concertgoers of all heights! Tickets are super reasonable, especially if you buy straight from the box office. Check out some great underground bands here!
  • Michelle C.
    Michelle ChanFebruary 24, 2014
    Intimate venue w/ tiered levels for concertgoers of ALL heights! Plus ticket prices are super reasonable, especially if you buy straight from the box office. Listen to some GREAT live music here!! 🎤
  • Dan P.
    Dan ParksSeptember 21, 2014
    Love this place for small concerts- no food - expensive drinks - I get there early to get a seat upstairs... This is my usual view.
  • Nikki
    NikkiDecember 11, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    great variety of programming, but increasing rapidly in popularity. shows will be harder to get tickets to, and there is a capacity for the pit. so arrive early and drake your claim!
  • John T.
    John TorresDecember 5, 2013
    KRS-One a-ttacked! Best $5 concert ever! $10 parking in the rear and around the corner though. Cash only!
  • Billy A.
    Billy AmpDecember 11, 2014
    Small little spot to see a underrated show. Always a good spot to see your favorite artists up close!
  • Jose T.
    Jose TorresDecember 23, 2014
    Awesome place. Came to see immortal technique twice plus Chino XL, Aesop Rock, Raekwon, Sick Jacken, etc.
  • Glen F.
    Glen FujimotoAugust 10, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The Kills just finished playing tonight - awesome! Really enjoyed the venue - free parking, tiered viewing areas so more people have good views - will definitely visit again
  • Aling Z.
    Aling ZhangJanuary 23, 2012
    Go behind the curtains and upstairs. A much better view of the stage and you won't have to battle the crowds. There's a bar up there too
  • Pamela
    PamelaOctober 22, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    They no longer serve food in the venue! They had the best BLT too! :( They now serve expensive ass burgers in the smoking patio. Be sure to eat dinner somewhere else before seeing a show here.
  • Thierry L.
    Thierry LangfordJanuary 19, 2013
    Awesome venue, reminds me of the House of Blues, Houston. :) Great crowd, Trampled by Turtles always puts on a good show!
  • Savannah R.
    Savannah RoseAugust 15, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Galaxy is an all ages venue with a full bar and restaraunt. Buy tix at box office in cash for no extra fees (boycott ticketmaster!) make reservations if you want a table. for sched.
  • Juan Carlos C.
    Juan Carlos CastanedaDecember 31, 2011
    Beware with parking especially if u park across the street, I work next to this place and they tow cars like crazy every time there is an event!
  • Teresa G.
    Teresa G.October 25, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Always a good experience when we come here! The venue is definitely one of the best in orange county.
  • Joseph L.
    Joseph LembleAugust 29, 2013
    Pay for your drink after it's poured. Just saw the bartender poor half foam and half beer and give the middle finger to the customer. Also, be ready to be blinded by the house lighting guy.
  • Alex M.
    Alex MollazadehMay 29, 2014
    Bottle Service is the way to go. Great drinks and a great view of the stage. Thanks Tori and Ryan!
  • Steven G.
    Steven GoinsSeptember 5, 2013
    Good venue but parking situation is absolutely horrible for bigger show. Get here early or you'll pay for it figuratively and literally.
  • Amy S.
    Amy ShriderFebruary 15, 2013
    This is an amazing venue! Great price, better bands, and every seat is a wonderful one!
  • Allison K.
    Allison KasicMarch 29, 2015
    The tiers are great for concerts. Even short people like me can see the stage clearly!
  • Diana G.
    Diana GDecember 22, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Get there early to get the best seats and close to the stage.
  • El martin P.
    El martin PSeptember 21, 2013
    Tribal seeds fucking sucks their band members took over everybody else's set. They keyboard and guitarist came out as guest singers on the other opening bands but muffled the whole set. Narcissistic!!
  • Niku A.
    Niku AzamMarch 3, 2015
    Spacious venue, great sound
  • Israel Z.
    Israel ZamoraSeptember 7, 2013
    Get there early, tables on the balcony, first come first serve
  • Stephanie
    StephanieAugust 18, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Loving the newly added patio & restrooms located on the left of the stage
  • parker j.
    parker jaydenDecember 18, 2013
    New Year's Eve 2014 Party at The Observatory - Santa Ana, CA early @ Tuesday December 31, 2013.Grab Your Tickets @
  • Josh C.
    Josh C.April 18, 2012
    It gets hot as balls in here if there's a big crowd, so be sure to wear light clothing.
  • Raeanne D.
    Raeanne DonatoJanuary 26, 2014
    One of my favorite venues and usually never disappointed but sound was off tonight.
  • Alyssa F.
    Alyssa FuentesDecember 18, 2014
    Love this venue, get here early free parking if the kit isn't full!
  • Peter A.
    Peter AnargirouOctober 27, 2014
    Great venue with lots of room
  • Danielle M.
    Danielle MireSeptember 21, 2015
    The second floor table service is a must!
  • Shmee
    ShmeeMarch 3, 2012
    Tip the servers! They work for tips and are awesome.
  • Angela T.
    Angela T.January 18, 2014
    much better view of the stage at the bar!
  • Marco L.
    Marco LopezFebruary 28, 2015
    Saw Ilan bluestone here for cheap!! I love this place!!
  • Nechama D.
    Nechama DinaAugust 22, 2013
    Awesome small and intimate venue
  • Rudy R.
    Rudy RomanosAugust 18, 2014
    Staff and security not very informative about late starts suggestion while waiting put people in patio and sell drinks make money before events
  • matt m.
    matt meddockJanuary 22, 2011
    Since you're already at a show and partying you need to get yourself a spirithood. Raaawr!
  • Brad E.
    Brad E.March 25, 2013
    Food, and dining available upstairs.
  • Trent S.
    Trent ShamaleyNovember 26, 2011
    Super dirty venue... Fxx'n killer! Great vibe. Great people... Come for a SMOG event!!! Http://
  • Jenn M.
    Jenn MorrisApril 23, 2013
    Seriously. Music hasn't even started and already hate it here. Our "reserved" table is shared with some random people. Worst menu and they're already out of stuff. Also Slowest will call ever.
  • dp_recess
    dp_recessNovember 13, 2013
    Always a good spot for live music
  • Steve P.
    Steve PerezMay 7, 2014
    Great place !! Awesome people ! Good times.
  • Aldo B.
    Aldo BustosFebruary 1, 2015
    Try the music!
  • Connie C.
    Connie ChiuMay 10, 2015
    Such a cool music venue.
  • Cesar T.
    Cesar TapiaFebruary 1, 2016
    Good show.
  • Tina S.
    Tina SarmientoJuly 26, 2014
    Old guy bartender is a jerk! First experience here and not a fan!
  • Dan S.
    Dan SantanaJuly 20, 2010
    Sign up for the Galaxy Theatre's newsletter. They give away free tickets just about every week.
  • ivan r.
    ivan rhivanzAugust 28, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Jenny Lewis! That's what's up
  • Cam! B.
    Cam! BApril 23, 2013
    If you're looking for a nice experience Don't come here! Even with reservations, you have to share your table and they are out of half of the items on the menu. This place sucks!
  • Sandro S.
    Sandro SolerMarch 26, 2014
    Boddington's at the upstairs bar
  • Blake F.
    Blake FolgnerJuly 8, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Call the boxoffice at 714-957-0600 to get tix and make dinner reservations
  • Kevin S.
    Kevin SilvaMarch 21, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Unless you feel like being harassed for money and have the simple act of taking a piss turn awkward, don't use the restroom. Annoying attendant.
  • Kira B.
    Kira B.December 4, 2011
    Line up change with no notice and no refunds if you bought tickets online. Be careful. Also really meh crowd.
  • Staaacy R.
    Staaacy RodriguezNovember 23, 2014
    Skyyyyy is lifeee
  • Frances
    FrancesJune 23, 2015
    Prepare to be felt up on your way in.
  • Rian M.
    Rian MabusSeptember 19, 2011
    Enjoy the new wood floors, i installed em!
  • Jan V.
    Jan VarelaMay 16, 2013
    Great Venue
  • Saul R.
    Saul Ramirez Jr.August 11, 2014
    Finally I get to see #Antemasque !!
  • Daniel p.
    Daniel parkAugust 20, 2010
    Check for acropolis Records showcases on the calendar!
  • Nathan P.
    Nathan PendleyOctober 16, 2011
    Doc & Thomas soundn pretty darn tight
  • Erick H.
    Erick HernandezOctober 5, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Finch & Retox!!!
  • Psychobilly Cadillac
    Psychobilly CadillacMarch 11, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Watch out for the douchebags with the SLR cameras.....they think they own the place.
  • Ryan T.
    Ryan TaboraJanuary 20, 2015
    $10 parking
  • Blake F.
    Blake FolgnerJuly 24, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Try a Karl Strauss Red Trolley Ale
  • Erick H.
    Erick HernandezOctober 27, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
  • Carlos P.
    Carlos PizanoFebruary 9, 2014
    Get back stage passes.
  • Greg D.
    Greg DiDieuJanuary 23, 2011
    Home of the worlds slowest will call window
  • Jessica T.
    Jessica TaylorApril 25, 2015
    It was cramped
  • girlx
    girlxAugust 18, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    most annoying venue ever
  • Teresa V.
    Teresa VAn AusdelnJuly 9, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Come on down and join the fun
  • Manda C.
    Manda CurrellJuly 2
    Been here 5+ times
    No bandanas allowed...
  • Dylan I.
    Dylan IvarSeptember 27, 2012
    TDCC Oct. 28th
  • Sandra G.
    Sandra GoldblattDecember 16, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    not my type of music
  • Sean U.
    Sean UrbanskiFebruary 26, 2010
    Come see the burlesque show!
  • Jenn M.
    Jenn MorrisApril 23, 2013
    Why the hell is this show still not starting 20 minutes late?
  • Natasha S.
    Natasha SterlingDecember 18, 2011
    Worst and Slowest service ever!
  • Buddy M.
    Buddy MachenAugust 14, 2010
    Worst venue ever. Full of preteens and scenesters that don't even know the artist.
  • Gina J.
    Gina JimenezAugust 30, 2013
    Simplemente hermoso.
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