Bars & Clubs 2011

Cupertino

Alexanders ROOTING SECTION: The diners at Alexander's new lounge can keep an eye on their favorite overpaid athletes while they nosh. Photograph by Felpe Buitrago

Alexander's Steakhouse

10330 N. Wolfe Road, Cupertino; 408.446.2222

Blue Pheasant

22100 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino; 408.255.3300

Bowlmor Lanes

10123 N. Wolfe Road, Vallco Fashion Park, Cupertino; 408.252.BOWL. Bowlmor Lanes has almost as many big-screen TVs as it does lanes: 32, all lit with fluorescents.

Britannia Arms

1087 S. De Anza Blvd., Cupertino; 408.252.7262. The pub hosts a significant showcase on the weekends for local bands; open-mic sessions every Wednesday.

Duke of Edinburgh

10801 N. Wolfe Road, Cupertino; 408.446.3853. A thriving pub in the strict English/Irish tradition for more than 25 years.

Park Place

10050 S. De Anza Blvd., Cupertino; 408.873.1000. The bar, near the Cypress Hotel, features both restaurant and bar food, and a comfortable patio.

Paul and Eddie's Monta Vista Inn

21619 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino; 408.252.2226

X-Bar at Homestead Lanes

20990 Homestead Road, Cupertino; 408.255.5700. A prime spot for local rock bands and underground touring acts.