Bars & Clubs 2011

Santa Clara

The Avalon TRAVEL ON TO AVALON: Santa Clara's biggest music venue is usally more crowded than this. Photograph by Felipe Buitrago


777 Lawrence Expwy., Santa Clara; 408.241.0777.The top entertainment venue in Santa Clara, the Avalon has built up an eclectic mix of live acts with some big names on tour.

Alberto's Bar & Grill

2103 Scott Blvd, Santa Clara; 408.249.9991

The Ballpark

2531 Newhall St., Santa Clara; 408.244.0293

Blinky's Can't Say

1031 Monroe St., Santa Clara; 408.985.7201. The club hosts regular Friday-night shows with local rock and blues bands.

Bluz By-you

1240 Coleman Ave., Santa Clara; 408.588.1111


4565 Stevens Creek Blvd., Santa Clara; 408.248.6244

C&J's Sports Bar

1550 Lafayette St., Santa Clara; 408.423.9013

Da Silva's Broncos

1251 Franklin Mall, Santa Clara; 408.248.4682

The Hut

3200 The Alameda, Santa Clara; 408.296.6024

The Lounge

2368 Pruneridge Ave., Santa Clara; 408.244.4600

Mariani's Inn

2500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara; 408.243.1431. For a treat, try the champagne Sunday brunch in the landmark building.

Normandy House

30 Washington St., Santa Clara; 408.244.1937. The Normandy rolls out an impressive array of drink specials.

Tinker's Damn

46 N. Saratoga Ave., Santa Clara; 408.243.4595

Woodham's Lounge

4475 Stevens Creek Blvd., Santa Clara; 408.247.3144. The karaoke action runs almost every night.