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June 20-26, 2007

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Silicon Valley Bars & Clubs 2007


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Alexander's Steakhouse
10330 N. Wolf Road, Cupertino; 408.446.2222
An upscale watering hole for those with expensive tastes, Alexander's Steakhouse in Cupertino has attentive bartenders who pour from a well-stocked top shelf and a deep wine list. This classic American steakhouse puts a few twists on that tradition by introducing pan-Asian fusions to its formidable red meat selection, expertly grilled at its exhibition stations, much to the delight of South Bay diners. Alexander's lodgelike interior is always warm and inviting, their service is impeccable, their knowledge of both the extensive wine list and all aspects of the menu is impressive, and their fire-lit lounge area beckons for an after-dinner drink.

BJ's Brewhouse
10690 N. De Anza Blvd, Cupertino; 408.865.6970
925 Blossom Hill Road, San Jose; 408.284.4260
BJ's Brewhouse is quickly becoming a Cupertino local bar and brewery institution known for its well-crafted beers. The brewery and restaurant serves up Chicago-inspired pizza and pasta dishes coupled with an extensive appetizer menu to quell the hunger for food and drink of local Cupertino residents coming home from work or De Anza College students seeking a beer-fueled study break. They've also opened another location in San Jose.

Blue Pheasant Bar and Grill
22100 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino; 408.255.3300
Located on the grounds of Cupertino's Blackberry Golf Course, the Blue Pheasant Bar and Grill has been serving up steak and seafood to hungry golfers and Cupertino locals in a clubhouse atmosphere for years. But this local bar doesn't slow down after the last ball is teed up. The Blue Pheasant plays host to the swingingest dance party in Cupertino, with DJs playing everything from the '50s straight through to today's hits, and they also cater to the local lung monkeys with karaoke nights.

Britannia Arms
1087 De Anza Blvd, Cupertino; 408.252.7262
The original Brit—considered by its loyal Cupertino bar regulars to be the best of the three—still serves up some of the best fish and chips and English brews you're likely to find this side of the pond. You can catch all of your major English and European soccer events, probably tape delayed, but who cares, it's soccer, er, football, oy! During any Hallmark holiday the Brit fills to capacity with eager revelers of the celebration du jour. This bar also hosts a weekly schedule of jazz, karaoke, cover bands and DJs.

Duke of Edinburgh
10801 N. Wolfe Road, Cupertino; 408.252.7262
Hands down our favorite British Isle pub in Cupertino, or for that matter anywhere in the South Bay, the Duke of Edinburgh certainly does everything right. Its bar and nearly everything inside were shipped directly from England and assembled to exact pub specs for genuine authenticity and it seems that Duke of Edinburgh's menu made the voyage across the pond as well. You can sip on a staggering selection of beers on tap from the British Isles and munch on some classic pub fare like shepherd's pie or fish and chips or even Scotch eggs—hard boiled eggs wrapped in sausage and deep fried, so good—while tossing real steel tipped darts. And, for all you soccer ... er, football fans, the Duke of Edinburgh in Cupertino broadcasts all the European football games.

BoAs Club Elite
20030 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino; 408.446.4262
BoAs Club Elite in Cupertino is where you can get your fix for traditional karaoke during the week and some of the Bay Area's best jazz on the weekends, all in a chic setting. BoAs is also home to a phenomenal Korean barbecue restaurant and Asian grill, so you can enjoy a fantastic dinner while chilling out to some cool jazz stylings.

Park Place
10030 S. De Anza Blvd, Cupertino; 408.873.1000
With the bar and lounge done up in earthy tones with throw pillows and mosaic tile, Park Place is the most chic place to see and be seen in Cupertino, providing the 'burbs with a little shot of big city flair. The restaurant itself boasts contemporary twists on classic American seafood and steakhouse fare, with an excellent wine list to complement the cuisine.

Paul and Eddie's Monta Vista Inn
21619 Stevens creek Blvd, Cupertino; 408.252.2226
We suppose the best endorsement for Paul and Eddie's is that if it were closer to our house, we would spend every day there. But with drunk driving laws being what they are now, we don't get up to this local Cupertino bar as much as we should. Paul and Eddie's embodies that neighborhood bar feel to a tee, with heavy drinks, ice cold beers on tap and the Jaegerator—an ice cold Jaeger pouring machine. Also, there are darts, pool and video games to wile away the hours. At any time of the day you're likely to find an interesting host of regulars spouting Cupertino history or De Anza College students taking a "study break."

Peacock Lounge
19980 Homestead Road, Cupertino; 408.777.0812
We're certain that the Peacock Lounge sports bar in Cupertino has caused its fair share of marital difficulties, but we're also sure that it has solved many of them as well. With a wall of televisions tuned to every sport under the sun, plus pool tables, dartboards, foosball and video games, it's easy to see why the Peacock Lounge is a favorite Cupertino sports bar hangout. And rest assured, sports and sports bars have never been scientifically proven to break up marriages—really.

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