Tunes & Brews Near Little Italy, San Diego

San Diego’s Little Italy is full of fun things to do, and if you’re into live music and craft beer, the options are endless! If you’ve been following our blog, you’ve probably seen us write about beer before. Allow us to offer a few more suggestions to take full advantage of the vibrant San Diego music and beer scene. 

San Diego Festival of Beer 

Get ready to celebrate all things beer on September 21, 2019 at the 25th annual San Diego Festival of Beer! The event is held at the San Diego Broadway Pier right on the bay front–it’s just a few minutes from our Little Italy hotel! 

The indoor/outdoor event features live music and 50+ breweries pouring 120 varieties of tasty craft beer! The San Diego Festival of Beer is brought to you by the San Diego Professionals Against Cancer, the only 100% volunteer-run nonprofit that donates 100% of proceeds to local cancer-fighting charities.

Your ticket purchase includes: entrance to the event, unlimited craft beer tastings, access to food trucks (food purchased separately), vendor booths, lively music, fun games, and more. Additional details and tickets are available now at: Be sure to follow San Diego Festival of Beer on Facebook to stay in the loop with event updates:

Local Love: Bar One San Diego

Bar One San Diego has the distinction of being Little Italy’s only Gastro Pub! In case you were wondering, Wikipedia defines a Gastro Pub as: a hybrid pub and restaurant, notable for serving good quality beer, wine and food. The term was coined in the 1990s, although similar brewpubs existed during the 1980s.

As Bar One says on its website, they connect old world charm with today. You’ll LOVE the beer list! Remember to save room for dessert, they have Churro Doughnuts and House Made Pie of the Week. They serve breakfast, too! Learn more at:

Sunsets + Wine on the Piazza

Is wine more your scene? Enjoy a glass on the Piazza Della Famiglia (directly across from our boutique hotel) while you take in the gorgeous San Diego sunset. The wine and beer cart by Little Italy Food Hall on the Piazza is there to meet all of your adult beverage needs! There’s even HAPPY HOUR on the Piazza! 

The Piazza Della Famiglia is also the perfect date spot to share a meal and drinks while people-watching in Little Italy. We also encourage you to keep an eye on the event calendar for fun, local happenings including live music: We have a feeling you’ll be spending a lot of time hanging there when you stay at our boutique hotel in Little Italy, San Diego. 

San Diego Music Scene Staples: Casbah and Music Box 

Along with the San Diego craft beer scene, the San Diego music scene has also been bustling. When you come to stay with us, remember to check upcoming shows at Casbah and Music Box. Both venues are easily walkable from our Little Italy hotel. 

The Casbah is a San Diego music staple, and a short 10-minute walk from La Pensione Hotel. Whether it’s one of your favorite bands or one you’ve never seen before, you’ll love the local ambiance. Visit to see what’s happening at Casbah. 

Music Box is an upscale 3-story live-music venue serving craft cocktails & a variety of small plates. The best part: MusicBox is a 5-minute walk from our location. See what’s on the schedule at

Remember to book rooms direct with us and early to make your music experience into a staycation or vacation in San Diego’s Little Italy!