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Live Rock & Pop

Boswell's
Modern-rock and Top-40 bands alternate at this venerable live venue located between a cafe and a movie theater. Hand-poured shots; microbrew on tap, wines by the glass, premium tequila, small-batch bourbon, single-malt scotch. Dance floor, video games. Smoking/cigars. H/A. Free parking. Open daily noon-2am. Happy hour: M-F 4-7pm. Live music: daily 9:30pm-1am.
1875 S. Bascom Ave, Campbell (408/371-4404).

Cactus Club
The longest-lived downtown nightclub is the spot to catch bands on their way up and on their way down. Usually the first club a local band will play. Lately, Cactus has been pulling in the bookings--Afghan Whigs, Salt, Presidents of the United States of America--showing some new muscle. Music varies, but heavy on R&R. Hand-poured shots; microbrew on tap, wine by the glass, premium tequila, small-batch bourbon, single-malt scotch. Live DJ, dance floor, video games, darts. Smoking/cigars. H/A. Cover varies. Open daily 8pm-2am. Live music: M, W, F-Sa 8:30pm-1:30am. Dance nights: Tu, Th and Su 9pm.
417 S. First St, SJ (408/488-6663).

The Catalyst
Amazing booking coups make the drive on 17 worth it. Nobody else got Coolio, Los Lobos and the Fugees to play locally. Cheap but good eats in the Garden Room. Hand-poured shots; microbrews on tap, wines by the glass, vintage ports, premium tequilas, small-batch bourbons, single-malt scotches. Dance floor, darts. Smoking. H/A. No cover, but admission for shows (amount varies). Open daily 9am-2am.
1011 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (408/423-1336).

Chasers
This Almaden Valley watering hole has achieved a name for itself as a local hangout for college-aged folks. Hand-poured shots; microbrews on tap, wines by the glass. Live DJ, dance floor, darts. Smoking/cigars. H/A. Free parking. Cover varies. Cocktail waitresses. Open daily 11:30am-2am. Happy hour: M-F 4-7pm. Live music: varies.
1007 Blossom Hill Rd, SJ (408/269-BREW).

Club Kaos
Fremonters avoid the 880 freeway jams by sticking to this local club's format of live R&R/alternative. Five pool tables, pinball and punching bag. Hand-poured shots; microbrews on tap, wines by the glass, premium tequila, small-batch bourbons, single-malt scotches. Live DJ, dance floor, video games, darts. Smoking/no cigars. H/A. Free parking. Cover: Sa $5; Su $3. Open M-F 4pm-2am; Sa-Su 8pm-2am. Happy hour: M-F 4-7pm. Live music: Sa-Su 9pm-2am; M 7pm-2am; T 8pm-2am.
39148 State St, Fremont (510/792-6500).

Gaslighter Music Hall
18-and-up rock & roll shows. No alcohol; may add coffee bar. Live DJ, dance floor. Dress: no hats or colors. No smoking. H/A. Free parking. Cover: $6 Th-Sa 9pm-1am. Open at different times, according to events.
7430 Monterey Rd, Gilroy (408/848-3488; 408/866-1408).

Jojo's
Live R&R. Hand-poured shots; microbrews on tap, wines by the glass, premium tequilas, single-malt scotches. Dance floor, jukebox, darts. Smoking/cigars. ATMs accepted. H/A. Free parking. Open M-F 4pm-2am; Sa-Su 7pm-2am. Happy hour: M-F 4-7pm. Live music: 9 or 9:30pm/Wed-Sat.
1984 Oakland Rd, SJ (408/435-0100).

Palookaville
Knocked out the one-club concept that held Santa Cruz hostage for years. Booking an eclectic array of national and international acts, the nonsmoking venue has been likened to Slim's. Nice touches like quiches, microbrews and licorice make it worth the drive. Some all-ages shows; call in advance to arrange for handicapped access. Microbrews on tap, wines by the glass, espresso bar. Live DJ, dance floor. No smoking. Cash only. Free parking. Cover: $2-$20. Hours vary. Happy hour: F 4:30-6:30pm.
1133 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (408/454-0600).

Q Café Billiards
Yuppies and Stanfordians queue up to knock multicolored balls on smooth, green carpet. The booking is improving, with the Mermen and Superbooty recently taking the stage. Hand-poured shots; 12 microbrews on tap, 19 wines by the glass, eight premium tequilas, small-batch bourbons, single-malt scotches. Live DJ, dance floor, darts. No smoking. H/A. Free parking. Cover varies. Open daily 11:30am-12:30am. Happy hour: daily noon-6pm ($2 beer, wine and margaritas). Live music: Th-Sa 9:30pm (local bands and national artists); W, F and Su 9pm (DJ).
529 Alma St, PA (415/322-3311).

Scalawag's
Music ranges from rock to Latin. Hand-poured shots; microbrews on tap, wines by the glass, premium tequilas, small-batch bourbon, single-malt scotches. Live DJ, dance floor, jukebox, video games, darts. No tank tops in the evening. Smoking/cigars. H/A. Cover varies. Open daily 2pm-2am. Live music: Tu-W, F-Su/8:30pm.
14 S. Second St, SJ (408/295-6969).

Toon's
The best in local cover bands bang the heads of college students looking to forget their last midterm. Occasionally books great Sunday night local shows. Live '80s and '90s rock, roots. DJ dancing nightly; Sunday is the Disco Booty Ball. Hand-poured shots; microbrews on tap, wines by the glass, premium tequilas, small-batch bourbon, single-malt scotch. Live DJ, dance floor, jukebox. H/A. Cover: after 9pm; amount varies. Open daily 7pm-2am. Happy hour: Nightly drink specials until 10pm. Live music: T-Sa 9:30pm.
52 E. Santa Clara St, SJ (408/292-7464).

The Usual
Live music includes dance-oriented rock, alternative and jazz. Hand-poured shots; nine microbrews on tap, wines by the glass, premium tequilas, small-batch bourbons, single-malt scotches. Live DJ, dance floor. Smoking/cigars. H/A. Cover varies. Cocktail waitresses. Open daily 9pm-2am.
400 S. First St, SJ (408/535-0330).

Live Jazz & Blues

Garden City
One-of-a-kind lounge where people go to propose, iron out business deals and pitch woo. The classy jazz brings out the Sinatra in everyone. Automated shots; microbrews on tap, 12 wines by the glass, six vintage ports, premium tequilas, eight single-malt scotches. Smoking (after 11pm)/no cigars. H/A. Free parking. Cover: Su $5. Open daily 6am-2am. Live music: workdays 6-10pm; F-Su 6pm-midnight.
360 S. Saratoga Ave, SJ (408/244-4443).

Hotel De Anza Hedley Club
Business people, Sharks fans and Arena-goers trek to this premier jazz club. Tuesdays through Thursdays feature a pianist and classical guitar player, while weekends feature jazz groups. Hand-poured shots; 18 wines by the glass, four vintage ports, premium tequilas, small-batch bourbons, single-malt scotches. Dance floor. Smoking/cigars (also sold). H/A. No cover. Cocktail waitresses. Open Su 4pm-12:30am; M-Th 11am-12:30am; F 11am-1:30am; Sa 4pm-1:30am. Live music: T-Th 7:30-11pm; F-Sa 8:30pm-12:30am.
233 W. Santa Clara St, SJ (408/286-1000).

JJ's Blues Lounge
This 21-and-over club features a jam session every Sunday, 6-9pm, plus live blues almost every night. Measured shots; microbrews on tap, wines by the glass, premium tequilas, small-batch bourbons, single-malt scotches. Dance floor, jukebox, video games. Smoking/cigars. Cash only. H/A. Free parking. Cover Fridays and Saturdays and for special shows. Open daily noon-2am. Happy hour: noon-8pm daily. Live music: 6pm-2am daily.
3439 Stevens Creek Blvd, SJ (408/243-6441).

Kato's Blues Bar
People of all ages and types come to this blues lounge. Live entertainment Thursday-Saturday and a jam session Sunday afternoon. Hand-poured shots; wines by the glass, premium tequilas, small-batch bourbons, single-malt scotches. Jukebox, video games, darts. Smoking/cigars. Cash only. H/A. Free parking. No cover. Open daily noon-2am. Live music: Th-Sa 8pm-1am; Su 2pm.
501 W. Taylor St, SJ (408/297-7023).

Kuumbwa Jazz Center
Home of serious jazz in Surf City; also blues, folk. Microbrew on tap, 40 wines by the glass, vintage port. No smoking. H/A. Free parking. Cover: $5-$20. Hours depend on show.
320-2 Cedar St, Santa Cruz (408/252-6296).

Moe's Alley
A mix of humanity unites in woe with the blues. Check out the patio barbecue (T, F-Sa). Hand-poured shots; microbrew on tap, wines by the glass, premium tequila, small-batch bourbons, single-malt scotches. Dance floor. Smoking/cigars. H/A. Free parking. Cover: F-Sa $6-$10. Open 4pm-2am daily. Happy hour: M-F 4-8pm. Live music: M-Th 9pm-1am, F-Sa 9:30pm-1am (blues).
1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz (408/479-1854).

The Roadhouse
Formerly The Zone; slated to open in July. Bring your ax to the Thursday night jam. Hand-poured shots; microbrews on tap, wines by the glass, premium tequila, single-malt scotches. Dance floor, jukebox, pinball, darts. Smoking/cigars. H/A. Open daily 11am-2am. Happy hour: daily until 6pm. Live music: Th-Sa 9pm-1:30am.
1102 W. Evelyn Ave, Sunnyvale (408/739-7939).

Live Salsa & Latin

Alberto's
Latin dance club; lessons include tango and salsa. Hand-poured shots; Latin bottled beers, wines by the glass, premium tequila, small-batch bourbon. Live DJ, dance floor. No torn jeans, no printed T-shirts, no hats. Smoking/cigars. H/A. Free parking. Cover varies. Hours vary. Live music varies. Call for schedule.
736 W. Dana St, MV (415/968-3007).

Club Caribe
A fern bar with lots of neon accents and Latin music. Dance floor gets packed on weekends. Some shots hand-poured, some automatic. Wines by the glass, vintage ports, premium tequilas, small-batch bourbons, single-malt scotches. Live DJ, dance floor, jukebox, karaoke, video games, darts. Smoking/cigars (also sold). Cash only. H/A. Free parking. Open W, F-M 8pm-2am.
1001 S. First St, SJ (408/297-7272).

Club Miami
Hand-poured shots; premium tequilas, small-batch bourbons, single-malt scotches. Live salsa bands and DJ, dance floor. Smoking/cigars. Cash only. H/A. Free parking. Open W-Su 8pm-2am.
177 W. Santa Clara St., SJ (408/279-3670).

Copa Cabana
Clientele depends on the music; house features Los Coark tropical band. Some shots hand-poured, some automatic. Wines by the glass, premium tequila, single-malt scotch. Live DJ, dance floor, jukebox. No open-toed shoes, tank tops or bandanas. Smoking/cigars. Cash only. H/A. Free parking. Cover: F $5; Sa $10. Open daily 3pm-2am. Happy hour: daily 3-7pm.
2618 Alum Rock Ave, SJ (408/272-3481).

The Latin Village
A mature crowd frequents this hangout to dance the night away to Latin music. Hand-poured shots; wines by the glass, vintage ports, premium tequilas. Dance floor, jukebox. Smoking/cigars. Cash only. H/A. Free parking. Cocktail waitresses on weekends only. Open 11am-2am daily. Happy hour: W-Th 4-7pm. Live music: F-Su 8pm-midnight.
1899 Alum Rock Ave, SJ (408/259-7712).

Maria's Club
The owner wants everyone to know that Maria's is still alive and that he has significantly spiffed up the place (including the bathrooms) by putting in fresh carpeting and wallpaper. The 21-and-over crowd can dance to live Tejano, Tex-Mex and Mexican music. Dance floor, jukebox. Smoking/no cigars. Cash only. H/A. Free parking. No cover. Bar open Su-T noon-8pm. Happy hour: Su-T 3-5pm. Live music: F-Su 8pm-1:30am.
728 N. 13th St, SJ (408/298-2913).

Dance Clubs

Celebrities Night Club
All DJ dance music with special guest DJs from local radio stations. Measured shots; wines by the glass. Live DJ, dance floor, video games, three big-screen TVs, eight pool tables. No sports attire, no hats. Smoking/cigars. H/A. Free parking. Cover: F $5; Sa-Su $6. Open F-Sa 9pm-2am; Su 8pm-1am. DJ music: Top 40 F-Sa; salsa Su; all hours.
5399 Farwell Place, Fremont (510/791-1706).

Club Ibex
Hand-poured shots; wines by the glass. Live DJ, dance floor. Smoking/cigars. H/A. Free parking. Cover: $5 for local acts; no cover before 9pm. Open W-Sa 7:30pm-2am; Su 4-7pm. Live music: F-Su 8:30pm.
55 S. Market St, SJ (408/971-4239).

The Edge
Its 18-and-over weekend dance nights have become a rite of passage. Adventurous booking also brings national live acts to Palo Alto. Modern techno. Young crowd; some shows 18 and over. Hand-poured shots; wines by the glass, vintage ports, premium tequilas, small-batch bourbon, single-malt scotch. Live DJ, dance floor. No tank tops, no sportswear. Cash only. H/A. Free parking. Cover: Th $4 for 18- to 20-year-olds; F-Sa $5; $8 for 18- to 20-year-olds. Open 9pm-3am.
260 California Ave, PA (415/324-EDGE).

French Quarter Cabaret
Mixed crowd, 25 and up. Hand-poured shots; wines by the glass, premium tequila, small-batch bourbon. Live DJ, dance floor. No jeans, tennis shoes or sportswear when cover charge is in effect. Smoking/cigars. H/A. Free parking. Cover: Th $5. Open T-Th 4pm-1:30am; F-Su 6pm-1:30am. Happy hour: F 5pm-8pm; Sun 6pm (ends when free buffet is gone). Live music: W 8pm-midnight, Th 8-10pm (jazz).
195 Murphy Ave, Sunnyvale (408/773-8700).

Greg's Ballroom
Gay men and women get their respective groove on in this funky joint located near the Arena. Hand-poured shots; wines by the glass, premium tequilas, small-batch bourbons, single-malt scotches. Live DJ, dance floor, jukebox, video games, darts. Smoking/cigars. Cash only; ATMs accepted. H/A. Free parking. Open daily noon-2am. Happy hour: M-F noon-7pm. Live DJ: daily 9pm-2am. Female impersonators: Su 9pm.
551 W. Julian St, SJ (408/286-4388).

Hamburger Mary's
This bar/restaurant transforms every evening into a wild dance party. Drag shows, country & western dancing, talent nights and DJ dancing are all featured. Popular with gays, but mixed crowd. Occasional live music. The food is big, the burgers are enormous. Automated shots; wines by the glass, premium tequila, small-batch bourbon, single-malt scotch. Live DJ, dance floor, jukebox, karaoke, video games, darts. Smoking/cigars. H/A. Free parking. Cover: F-Su $3; W $1; T 99 cents, second drink 1 cent. Open 11am-2am daily. Happy hour: 2-6pm daily.
170 W. St. John St, SJ (408/947-1667).

Mountain Charley's
The jumpingest spot in Los Gatos houses local modern-rock cover bands. Hand-poured shots; wines by the glass, premium tequila, small-batch bourbon, single-malt scotch. Dance floor, video games. Smoking/cigars. H/A. Free parking. Cover: F-Sa $5; Th $3. Open M-Sa 3pm-1:30am. Happy hour: 3-5pm.
15 N. Santa Cruz Ave, LG (408/395-8880).

The Phoenix
"Swingers of all types" frequent this club, according to the management. Entertainment runs from comedy to ska to rock en español. Wine by the glass, premium tequila, small-batch bourbon, single-malt scotch. Live DJ, dance floor, jukebox, darts. Smoking/cigars. H/A. Cover varies. Open daily 7pm. Live music: daily 9pm.
325 S. First St, SJ (408/279-2271).

Quarter Note
Hand-poured shots; wine by the glass, small-batch bourbon, single-malt scotch. Dance floor, jukebox, darts. Smoking/cigars. H/A. Free parking. Open daily 10:30am-2am. Happy hour: M-F 4-7pm. Live music: Th-Su (classic rock, C&W, blues/rock).
1214 Apollo Way, Sunnyvale (408/732-2110).

San Jose Live!
59 televisions blast out sporting events from around the globe. There's sports memorabilia everywhere, as well as foosball, pool tables, video games, dueling pianos, a comedy club, pizza, an indoor basketball cage and darts. This ain't no bar; it's a Chuck E. Cheese for adults. Hand-poured shots; 12 microbrews on tap, six wines by the glass, vintage ports, premium tequilas, small-batch bourbons, single-malt scotches. Live DJ, dance floor, karaoke, video games, indoor basketball. No tank tops or open-toed shoes. Smoking/cigars. H/A. Validated parking. Admission: Th $3, free with student ID; F-Sa $5, women free on Sa till 10pm. Open. Happy hour: M-F 4-7pm. Live music: W, Th, Sa 9pm-2am; F 7pm-2am.
150 S. First St, SJ (408/294-5483).

Sh Boom
Corporate folks twist, shout and let it all out to a DJ spinning oldies and Top 40. Hand-poured and automatic shots; wines by the glass, premium tequila, single-malt scotch. Live DJ, dance floor. Open W-Sa 6pm-2am.
975 Saratoga-Sunnyvale Rd, SJ (408/725-1600).

Stardust Lounge
Mature dance club, with oldies nights, name-that-tune contests; music ranges from Top 40 to reggae. Hand-poured and automatic shots; wines by the glass, premium tequila, single-malt scotch. Live DJ, dance floor. No jeans, no tennis shoes, no baseball caps, no sweats. Smoking/no cigars. Cash only. H/A. Free parking. Admission: Th-Sa $5; but have various nights with selected free admission. Open W 5pm-1am; Th-F 5pm-2am; Sa 8pm-2am; M-T closed. Happy hour: W-F 5-7pm.
1183 W. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale (408/732-5570).

Starlite Ballroom
Dance school during the week; dance parties with free lessons on weekends. No alcohol. Live DJ. No smoking. H/A. Free parking. Cover: $7 for dance parties. Open M-F 1-10pm.
1160 N. Fair Oaks Ave, Sunnyvale (408/745-7827).

A Tinker's Damn
Popular gay/lesbian nightspot. Dancing after 9pm daily. Hand-poured shots; wines by the glass, premium tequilas. Dance floor, jukebox, video games, darts. Smoking/cigars. Cash only. H/A. Free parking. Cover: F-Sa $2. Waiters on weekends. Open M-F 3pm-2am; Sa-Su 1pm-2am. Happy hour: None, but lots of drink specials.
46 N. Saratoga Ave, Santa Clara (408/243-4595).

Tropicana/Hollywood Junction
Hollywood Junction takes over on Fridays as a popular teen spot, while Tropicana features Latin music for adults on Saturdays and Sundays.
47 Notre Dame Ave, SJ (408/279-2340).

Vertigo
Formerly Paradise Beach; completely remodeled. Young crowd. Both automatic and hand-measured shots; wines by the glass, premium tequila, small-batch bourbon, single-malt scotch. Live DJ, dance floor. No hats; dress to impress. Smoking/cigars. Cash only. H/A. Cover: F-Sa $5; Th $3. Open Th-Sa 9pm-2am. Live music: Varies.
175 N. San Pedro St, SJ (408/298-9283).

Waves
The one-stop reggae club tucked away in an upstairs corner of Los Gatos' Old Town. Music is world beat and reggae. Nonalcoholic "specialty freeze drinks." Microbrew on tap, wine by the glass, vintage port, premium tequila, small-batch bourbon, single-malt scotch. Live DJ, dance floor. No smoking. H/A. Free parking. Cover varies. Open W-Sa 6pm-2am. Live music: W 9:30pm (DJ); Th 9:30pm (alternative, rock and blues); F-Sa (live reggae, $5).
50 University Ave, LG (408/395-8600).

Billiard Parlors

Bank Shot Billiards
This well-established upscale billiard palace draws "everybody from bikers to bankers." Handsome granite countertops; pool tables are carved oak. Great selection of beers, with 30 microbrews and a dozen kinds of suds on tap. Jukebox, darts. Smoking/cigars (also sold). ATMs accepted. H/A. Free parking. Open Su-Th 11:30am-midnight; F-Sa 11:30am-2am. Happy hour: M-F 5-7pm ($1 off all beer and wine; $3 off pitchers). Rates: $5-$12/hr, depending on number of players and time of day. Beer and wine.
350 Altair Way, Sunnyvale (408/733-3855).

Campbell Billiards
Nineteen tables just aching for the next Mizerak or Black Widow. Scratchers welcome. Jukebox, video games. Smoking/No cigars. H/A. Free parking. No cover. Open noon-2am daily.
1777 Bascom Ave, Campbell (408/377-9886).

Campbell Pool and Pizza
This pool hall recognized the risk of mixing alcohol with a sport that places long wooden sticks in the hands of hot-headed competitors. Even without any booze, it's still fun--and the rates are the cheapest around. Mixed crowd. No alcohol. Jukebox, video games. Smoking/no cigars. H/A. Free parking. Open daily noon-2am. Rates: $7/hr, 2 people.
2097 S. Bascom Ave, Campbell (408/377-3104).

Edgie's Billiards
Pool hall with family-friendly atmosphere. Women play free Monday and Wednesday after 6pm, showing chivalry is not dead. Microbrews, single-malt scotches, premium tequilas. Jukebox, video games. No smoking. H/A. Free parking. Billiards: Su noon-2am; M-Th 11am-2am; F-Sa 11am-4am. Bar: M-Sa 11:15am-12:45am; Su 12:15pm-12:45am. Happy hour: M-F 5-7pm.
235 S. Milpitas Blvd, Milpitas (408/942-9500).

Family Billiards
As the name implies, this pool emporium welcomes all ages and skill levels. Beer only; 20 microbrews on tap. Jukebox, video games, snacks. No smoking. Cash only. H/A. Free parking. Open 11:30am-midnight daily.
680 E. Calaveras Blvd, Milpitas (408/945-6440).

Pockets
Pizza and beer satisfy the basic needs, pool tables and darts soothe the urge for friendly competition. Business types; locals. Beer only; food is pizza and sandwiches. No smoking. H/A. Free parking. Rates: $8-$10; $10-$12.50. Open Su noon-10pm; M-W noon-midnight; Th-Sa noon-2am. Happy hour: M-F 4-7pm ($2 selected draft beer; 25 percent off pool).
251 Castro St, MV (415/961-7744).

Santa Clara Billiards
Night owls find a place to settle their disputes over who's got skills to pay the bills. Open late on weekends. Jukebox, video games, darts. Beer and wine only. Smoking/No cigars. H/A. Free parking. No cover. Open Su-W 11am-2am; Th-Sa 11am-4am.
4525 Stevens Creek Blvd, Santa Clara (408/296-3333).

Shoreline Billiards
Located close to the Shoreline Amphitheater, this family pool palace (under 18 must be accompanied by an adult) is a cool stop to unwind after checking out the show. Bottled beer only. Jukebox, video games. No smoking. H/A. Free parking. $8.50 an hour. Open daily 11:30am-2am.
1400 N. Shoreline Blvd #C1, MV (415/964-0780).

South First Billiards
They said it'd never work, but it did, and boy is it paying off. 30 tables await, bathed in overhanging lamps. Clean-dressed movers and shakers rack 'em up till 2am. Hand-poured shots; 15 microbrews on tap, six wines by the glass, eight premium tequilas, six small-batch bourbons, eight single-malt scotches. Video games, darts. Smoking/cigars. H/A. $10/Su-Th. $12.50/F-Sa. Open M-F noon-2am; Sa-Su 2pm-2am. Happy hour: half-priced pool daily 4-7pm.
420 S. First St, SJ (408/294-7800).

Tony's Pool Hall
The spirit of Minnesota Fats lingers over this hangout like a puff of dense cigar smoke. No age minimum. Beer and soft drinks only. Jukebox, video games. Smoking/cigars. Cash only. Free parking. Rate: $7/hr. Open Tu-Th 2pm-2am; F-Sa 3pm-2am; Su 2pm-2am; M closed. Sometimes closes earlier than 2am.
585 E. Taylor St, SJ (408/293-1181).

Sports Bars

Alex's 49er Inn
Grownup sports fans enjoy three TVs and stiff drinks. Hand-poured (double) shots; wines by the glass, premium tequilas, small-batch bourbons, single-malt scotches. Dance floor, jukebox, video games, darts. Smoking/cigars. H/A. Free parking. Cocktail waitresses. Open daily 6am-2am. Happy hour: "Every hour is happy hour."
2214 Business Circle, SJ (408/279-9737).

Bank Shot Sports Bar
A mixed clientele gathers around 15 pool tables. No microbrews on tap, but 30 in the bottle; seven wines by the glass. Jukebox, darts. Smoking (bar only)/cigars. H/A. Free parking. Open Su-Th 11:30am-midnight; F-Sa 11:30am-2am. Happy hour: M-F 5-7pm ($1 off all beer, wine).
350 Altair Way, Sunnyvale (408/733-3855).

Blinky's Sports Cafe
The only bar in the area with a blind bartender, this relaxed sports bar caters to just about everyone. Hand-poured shots; microbrews on tap, wines by the glass, premium tequilas, small-batch bourbons, single-malt scotches. Dance floor, jukebox, karaoke, video games, darts. Smoking/cigars (also sold). H/A. Free parking. Open daily 6am-2am daily. Happy hour: daily 6am-10am.
3145 El Camino Real, Santa Clara (408/241-3933).

Box Seat
Bob Uecker would like this place; every seat is a good one. Younger sports fans to mid-30s; lots of sports memorabilia; customers sit in boxing ring to watch sporting events. Eight microbrews on tap, five wines by the glass. Video games, air hockey, darts. No smoking. H/A. Free parking. Open daily 11am-11pm daily. Happy hour: 4-6pm daily.
15650 Vineyard Blvd, Morgan Hill (408/778-7102).

C&J Sports Bar
Nine TVs keep you informed of your favorite team's progress, even on the way to the bathroom. Younger crowd, 21 to late 30s. Automated shots; eight microbrews on tap, wine by the glass, premium tequila, small-batch bourbon, single-malt scotch. Dance floor, jukebox, video games, darts. Smoking/cigars. H/A. Free parking. Open daily 11am-2am. Happy hour: daily 4-7pm. Live music: W-Sa 10pm-2am.
1550 Lafayette St, Santa Clara (408/296-5810).

C.S. Riff's
Jocks of all sexes and waistband lengths come to recall the glory days. R&R bands and karaoke on weekends. Hand-poured shots; wines by the glass, vintage port, premium tequilas, small-batch bourbon, single-malt scotches. Live DJ, dance floor, jukebox, karaoke, video games, pinball, darts. Smoking/cigars. H/A. Free parking. Cocktail waitresses. Open daily 10am-2am. Live music: F-Sa 9pm (R&B, rock); auditions W-Th. Karaoke: Su 8:30pm-2am. Cover: Sa $3. Happy hour: 4-7pm daily.
1505 S. Winchester Blvd, SJ (408/866-0511).

5th Quarter
Team loyalties are worn here like tattered Mean Joe Greene jerseys, so bring your mental factbooks and get ready to rumble. Live R&R or blues bands and karaoke. Hand-poured shots; a couple wines by the glass, premium tequila, four small-batch bourbons and a couple single-malt scotches. Dance floor, jukebox, karaoke, video games, darts. Smoking/cigars. H/A. Free parking. Cocktail waitresses. Open daily 11am-2am. Live music: T, Th-Sa 8pm. Karaoke: Su, 8pm.
373 Kooser Rd, SJ (408/265-7033).

4th Street Bowl
Semi-bizarre bowling alley with some interesting extras, including Matai's Samoan band. Hand-poured shots; wines by the glass. Dance floor, karaoke, video games, darts. Smoking/No cigars. H/A. Free parking. No cover. Open 11am-2pm daily. Happy hour: F 5-7:30pm.
1441 N. Fourth St, SJ (408/453-5555).

Fox's Den Sports Bar and Grille
The place where a spouse can watch Game Seven while the kids watch Winnie the Pooh at home. Jukebox, darts. Food (chili beans and hot dogs). Smoking/cigars. Free parking. Open 8am-2am daily.
805 Lincoln Ave, SJ (408/298-2655).

Gary's Sports Bar and Grill
Sports fanatics rub shoulders with business types during happy hour, keeping an eye on the 16 TVs. See if Gary really makes "the best cheese steaks in town." Hand-poured shots; microbrews on tap, six wines by the glass, small-batch bourbons; eight single-malt scotches. Dance floor, jukebox, video games, darts. Smoking/cigars. H/A. Free parking. Open Su 11am-midnight; M-Sa 11am-2am. Happy hour: M-F 4-6:30pm.
2369 Winchester Blvd, Campbell (408/374-3257).

Hugo's Cafe and Sports Bar
Regulars and business travelers alike can watch the big game on one of nine TVs. Measured shots; seven microbrews on tap, 11 wines by the glass, premium tequilas, small-batch bourbons, single-malt scotches. Dance floor, jukebox, video games. Smoking/cigars. H/A. Free parking. Open Su 10:30am-midnight; M-Sa 11am-1am. Happy hour: M-F 4-6pm.
4219 El Camino Real, Palo Alto (415/843-2521).

Los Altos Bar and Grill
Mid-30s business types during day, mixed at night. Live bands play blues, jazz, hits from the '50s and '60s. No tank tops, please. Hand-poured shots; six wines by the glass, six vintage ports, eight premium tequilas, four small-batch bourbons, five single-malt scotches and two grappas. Dance floor, occasional karaoke. Smoking/cigars. H/A. Free parking. Bar open daily 11am-1:30am; dining daily 11am-midnight. Happy hour: M-F 4:30-6:30pm. Live music: T-Sa 8:30pm-1am.
169 Main St, Los Altos (415/948-4332).

Magic Edge Officers' Club and Cafe
Top-gunning businessmen and -women cool their jets during happy hour; otherwise mostly men. Highlight is virtual-reality flight simulators. Hand-poured shots; six microbrews, 10 wines by the glass, vintage port, premium tequila, small-batch bourbon and single-malt scotch. Video games (VR). No smoking. H/A. Free parking. Open Su, noon-10pm; M noon-11pm; T-Th, 11am-11pm; F-Sa 11am-midnight. Happy hour: M-F 4-7pm ($1 off all drinks).
1625 N. Shoreline Blvd, MV (415/254-7300).

Murphy's Law
A longtime Irish pub--and the oldest bar in Sunnyvale--has been converted to a sports bar. Hand-poured shots; Irish beer on tap, wines by the glass, vintage port, premium tequilas, single-malt scotches. Dance floor, jukebox, video games, shuffleboard, darts. Smoking/no cigars. Cash only. H/A. Free parking. Open 10am-2am daily. Happy hour: 4-7pm daily. Live music: F-Sa 9pm-1am (jazz and blues).
135 S. Murphy Ave, Sunnyvale (408/736-3822).

Old Pro Sports Bar and Grill
The action takes place in the front, where business people talk shop. Sports talk increases in the back, with the bar and pool table. Beer and wine only: more than 30 beers, six microbrews on tap, 16 wines by the glass, vintage ports. Jukebox. Smoking (back room)/cigars (also sold). H/A. Free parking. Open daily 11:30am-1am. Happy hour: M-F 4-6pm; half off appetizers.
2865 El Camino Real, PA (415/325-2070).

Players
This neighborhood bar is the only one in Santa Clara with five pool tables, and one of the only places you can still play a game for 50 cents. Tables are free weekdays noon-6pm. Beer, wine: microbrews on tap, wines by the glass. Jukebox, video games, darts. Smoking/cigars. Cash only. Free parking. Open noon-2am daily. Happy hour: M-F 3-6pm.
1589 Pomeroy Ave, Santa Clara (408/296-9955).

Shark's Tooth
It's hard to watch three ex-Sharks play for the Stanley Cup, but Shark's Tooth is a great place to summon up some hometown hockey pride. Younger sports fans, to mid-30s, play Lottery and Keno at the 44-foot bar while watching the five big-screen TVs. Pool and dart leagues/tournaments. Hand-poured shots; microbrews on tap, eight wines by the glass, premium tequilas, single-malt scotches, grappa. Jukebox, pinball, video games. Smoking/cigars. Cash only. H/A. Free parking. Open daily 10am-2am. Cocktail waitresses.
737 Stockton Ave, SJ (408/298-8767).

Sharky's
Home to a champion cricket darts team and White Dove gourmet dinner house. An older clientele during the day gives way to a younger crowd at night. Ten wines by the glass, premium tequilas, small-batch bourbons. Jukebox, video games, darts. Smoking/cigars. H/A. Free parking. Open M-Sa 8am-2am; Su 10am-10pm.
1151 Lincoln Ave, SJ (408/279-0996).

Sports City Cafe
Business types discuss work and sports at wide tables. Hand-poured shots; microbrews on tap, 20 wines by the glass, vintage ports, premium tequilas, small-batch bourbons, 12 single-malt scotches. No smoking. H/A. Free parking. Open Su 3-10pm; M-Th 11:30am-10pm; F 11:30am-11pm; Sa 4:30-11pm. Happy hour: M-F 4-7pm ($1 off well drinks, plus appetizers).
10745 N. De Anza Blvd, Cupertino (408/253-CAFE).

The Sports Connection
Married couples and singles, 30s to 40s. Hand-poured shots; eight microbrews on tap, wines by the glass, premium tequilas, small-batch bourbons, single-malt scotches. Dance floor, occasional karaoke, video games. Smoking/no cigars. H/A. Free parking. Open M 4-11pm; T-Th 11am-11pm; F-Su 11am-midnight. Happy hour: M-F 4-7pm.
1300 First St, Gilroy (408/848-5050).

The Sports Page
Business types work hard and need to play hard. Sports Page has a sand volleyball pit just for them. Live bands play '70s to '90s rock. Hand-poured shots; 10 microbrews on tap, wines by the glass, premium tequilas, single-malt scotches. Dance floor, jukebox, karaoke, video games, darts. Smoking (on patio)/cigars. Cash only. Free parking. Open daily 10am-2am. Happy hour: M-F 4-6pm. Live music: W-Sa 9:30pm-1:30am; Su 1-4pm. Karaoke: T 8:30pm.
1431 Plymouth St, MV (415/961-1992).

Time Out Sports Bar
Dicky V. would like this place; 21 and over. The bar carries splits of champagne and other wines. Hand-poured shots; wines by the glass, premium tequila, single-malt scotch. Jukebox, pinball, darts. Smoking/cigars. Cash only. Free parking. Open 10am-2am daily.
1313 W. El Camino Real, MV (415/965-8255).

Pubs & Microbreweries

Big Basin Bistro
A zippy spot to cool your dogs before or after a Big Basin crawl. Occasional "Celtic acoustic jazz folk" music. Hand-poured shots; nine microbrews, 36 wines by the glass (in rotation; a new one added daily), 14 vintage ports. Video games, darts. No smoking. H/A. Free parking. No cover. Open W-Sa 1-10pm (sometimes 11pm); Su 1-6pm. Happy hour: W and F 4-7pm.
14480 Big Basin Way, Saratoga (408/867-1764).

Britannia Arms
Expatriate Brits, Irish, party-hearties, suds-ophiles. Music is varied. Darts? Of course! Hand-poured shots; microbrews on tap, wines by the glass, vintage port, premium tequila, small-batch bourbons, seven single-malt scotches. Jukebox, karaoke, video games, darts. Smoking (after 10pm)/cigars. H/A. Free parking. No cover. Open daily 11:30am-2am. Happy hour: M-F 4-7pm. Live music: Th-Sa 9:30pm; M 9:30pm (jazz); Su 9:30pm (karaoke).
1087 S. De Anza Blvd, Cupertino (408/252-7262).

Britannia Arms
British settlers find a soothing pint of their hometown favorite beckoning. The Arms regularly broadcasts FA and European Cup matches live. Beer and soccer at 7am, anyone? Hand-poured shots; 18 British beers, six wines by the glass, six premium tequilas, small-batch bourbons, 25 single-malt scotches. Karaoke, darts. Smoking (outdoors)/no cigars. H/A. Free parking. No cover. Open daily 11am-2am. Happy hour: M-F 4-7pm. Live music: Th-Su 9pm-1:30am.
5027 Almaden Expwy, SJ (408/266-0550).

British Bankers Club
You don't have to be Republican, but it sure helps. Upscale 25- to 50-year-olds. Live R&R. Hand-poured shots; 14 beers on tap, 20 wines by the glass, 10 vintage ports, five premium tequilas, 15 small-batch bourbons, 20 single-malt scotches. Dance floor. Smoking/cigars (upstairs). H/A. Free parking. No cover. Open daily 11:30am-2am. Live music: F-Sa 9:30pm-1am.
1090 El Camino Real, Menlo Park (415/327-8769).

BYOB
Open Tu-Sa 11am-8pm, Su 11am-4pm. Last brew begins an hour before closing.
19990 Homestead Rd, Cupertino (408/996-1300).

Cafe Bombay Bar and Restaurant Formerly known as Paddy's, this is the only establishment in town that serves Indian food in a pub atmosphere. Attracts young professionals. Measured shots, 10 wines by the glass, two vintage ports, premium tequilas, small-batch bourbons, single-malt scotches. Dance floor, darts. Smoking/no cigars. H/A. Open daily 4-11pm. Happy hour: M-F 5-7pm.
2931 E. Santa Clara St, SJ (408/293-1118).

C.B. Hannegan's
Wash down a masticated stromboli with a throat-tickling ale or sip one of 95 single-malt scotches. Frottage fans flock here on weekends when bellying up to the bar becomes an anaerobic activity. C.B.'s is also home to one of the best St. Patrick's Day parties in the Bay Area. Hand-poured shots; microbrews on tap, seven wines by the glass, vintage ports, premium tequilas, small-batch bourbons, 95 single-malt scotches. Fresh-squeezed juices. No smoking. H/A. Free parking. No cover. Open daily 11:30am-2am.
208 Bachman Ave, LG (408/395-1233).

Duke of Edinburgh
Mid-20s and -30s business people and Anglophiles mingle in a neo-Victorian setting. Hand-poured shots; wines by the glass, vintage ports, premium tequilas, seven single-malt scotches. Dance floor, jukebox, darts. No smoking. H/A. Free parking. No cover. Open daily 11:30-2am. Happy hour: M-F 4-7pm Live music: Rock bands every third Sa, 9:30pm.
10801 N. Wolfe Rd, Cupertino (408/446-3853). Faultline Brewing Company
It didn't take long for this brewery to blossom into a hustling, bustling restaurant. Mid-20s to mid-30s; business people during day. Eight microbrews on tap, all made on site; huge selection of wines by the glass, six vintage ports. Smoking/cigars (on patio). H/A. Free parking. Open M-F 11am-10pm; Sa 5-10pm; Su 5-9pm.
1235 Oakmead Pkwy, Sunnyvale (408/736-2739).

Fibbar McGee's
Catching the overflow of the Palace or Stoddard's was never the intention of the mighty McGee, but if you can't squeeze your way in elsewhere on Murphy Avenue, the welcome mat is out. Mid-20s to mid-30s. Modern-rock bands. Hand-poured shots; 15 microbrews on tap, six wines by the glass, premium tequilas, small-batch bourbons, 15 single-malt scotches. Dance floor, jukebox, darts. Smoking/no cigars. H/A. Free parking. No cover. Open daily 11am-2am. Happy hour: M-F 4:30-7pm (50 cents off all drinks). Live music: W-F 9:30pm-2am.
156 S. Murphy Ave, Sunnyvale (408/749-8373).

Flying Pig Pub
Lawyers during lunch, and happy hour is never dour; college students at night. Hand-poured shots; six microbrews on tap, six wines by the glass, seven premium tequilas, small-batch bourbons, eight single-malt scotches. Jukebox, darts. Smoking/cigars (also sold). H/A. Open daily 11am-2am. Happy hour: M-F 3:30-6:30pm ($2.50 well and draft pints).
78 S. First St, SJ (408/298-6710).

Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
After five years, Gordon Biersch is already synonymous with great beer and food. Young, upscale business people for dining; students and mid-20s at the bar. German-style beers, all brewed on site. Three main lagers; 10 wines by the glass. Smoking/no cigars. H/A. Free parking. No cover. Open Su-W 11am-11pm; Th 11am-midnight; F-Sa 11am-1am. Wait service.
640 Emerson St, PA (415/323-7723).

Gordon Biersch
Big with frats as well as the suits; art, commerce, jazz, food and damn good beer converge in this welcome Silicon Valley oasis. Gordon Biersch's continued expansions--San Francisco, Hawaii, Palo Alto--add sophistication wherever they lay their taps. All beers made on site; wines by the glass. No smoking. H/A. Validated parking. No cover. Open Su-W 11am-11pm; Th 11am-midnight; F-Sa 11am-1am. Live music: W-Th 8:30pm; F-Sa 8:45pm; Su 7pm.
33 E. San Fernando St, SJ (408/294-6785).

Katie Bloom's
The atmosphere here is pure down-to-earth pub. Students and young professionals are drawn to this traditional-style Irish tavern, with its cozy all-wood bar and an '80s nostalgia jukebox. Hand-poured shots; microbrews on tap, wines by the glass. Jukebox. Smoking/cigars. H/A. Open M-F, 11am-2pm; Sa-Su, 2pm-2am.
150 S. First St, SJ (408/294-4408).

K.D.'s Corner Café
Anybody care to refute its claim that it has the best burgers in San Jose? "Blue-collar everyday people" chomp and slurp. Microbrews on tap; wines by the glass; "specialize in Mirassou wines." Jukebox, darts. No smoking. Free parking. Open M-Th 11am-8pm; F 11am-9pm; closed Sa-Su. Happy hour: M-F 3-6pm.
1001 Newhall St, SJ (408/241-1415).

The Lion and Compass
Mature business types. Hand-poured shots; microbrews on tap, 10-12 wines by the glass, eight vintage ports, six premium tequilas, small-batch bourbons, 12 single-malt scotches, two grappas. No smoking. H/A. Free parking. No cover. Open M-F 11:30am-2pm (lunch); M-Sa 5:30-9:30pm (dinner). Happy hour: M-F 4:30-7pm.
1023 N. Fair Oaks Ave, Sunnyvale (408/745-1260).

Los Gatos Brewing Co.
The bartenders here look like bartenders, not like tattoo artists. At its peak, LGBC buzzes with gossip amongst the 354-prefix owners. If you're the one being talked about, have one of the mature, refined 'tenders fill your glass with one of four handcrafted microbrews. All beers brewed on site; 15-20 wines by the glass, 15 vintage ports. No smoking. H/A. Free parking. No cover. Open Su-Th 11:30am-11pm; F-Sa 11:30am-1am. Happy hour: M-F 5-6pm ($1 off beer).
130-G N. Santa Cruz Ave, LG (408/395-9929).

Mission Ale House
Hand-poured shots; two dozen microbrews on tap, wines by the glass, vintage ports, eight premium tequilas, 20 small-batch bourbons, 10 single-malt scotch. Jukebox. Smoking/cigars (sold). Open M-F 11am-1:30am; Sa-Su 4pm-1:30am. Happy hour: M-F 4-7pm.
97 E. Santa Clara St, SJ (408/292-4058).

Mountain View Pub
Hand-poured shots; microbrews on tap, wines by the glass, premium liquors. Dance floor, video games, darts. Smoking/cigars. H/A. Free parking. Cover: F $3; Sa $2. Open daily 11:30am-1:30am. Happy hour: daily 4-6pm; 10pm-midnight ($1 off draft and well). Live music: Th-Sa 9pm.
303 Bryant St, MV (415/390-9696).

O'Shea's Pub and Grill
Good old-fashioned Irish pub where there's a smile behind every mossy pint of Guinness. Hand-poured shots; microbrews on tap, wines by the glass, premium tequilas, single-malt scotches. Video games, darts. No smoking. Cash only. Free parking. No cover. Open Su 10am-11:30pm; M-Th 11am-midnight; F 11am-1am; Sa 10am-1am. Happy hour: M-F 4:30-6:30pm.
258 Union Ave, LG (408/371-1861).

Rose and Crown
Mid-20s to -30s; Stanford students and professionals enjoy the large selection of port. Microbrews on tap, wines by the glass, 40 vintage ports. Jukebox, darts. Smoking/no cigars. H/A. Free parking. No cover. Open Su 1pm-12:30am; M-F 11:30am-1am; Sa noon-1am. Live music:
547 Emerson St, PA (415/327-ROSE).

Rudy's Pub
Where Stanford students work off stress by the gallon. Hand-poured shots; 10 microbrews on tap, five wines by the glass, vintage port, 11 premium tequilas, five small-batch bourbons, five single-malt scotches. Smoking/cigars. H/A. No cover. Open 2pm-2am daily.
117 University Ave, PA (415/329-0922).

The Shark and Rose
Upscale diners and Sharks fans meet to talk sports or talk shop. Note the hefty selection of single-malts. Hand-poured shots; 13 microbrews on tap, 13 wines by the glass, six vintage ports, 10 premium tequilas, 12 small-batch bourbons, 40 single-malt scotches. Smoking (after 10pm)/cigars (also sold). H/A. Free parking. No minors after 10pm. Open Su 5pm-midnight; M-Sa 11am-midnight. Happy hour: M-F 4:30-6:30pm.
69 N. San Pedro St, SJ (408/287-6969).

Sirens Café
Attracts plenty of beepers and Dockers due to its close proximity to Apple. No hard liquor; 20 microbrews on tap, 20 wines by the glass. Dance floor, karaoke. Smoking (outside)/no cigars. H/A. Free parking. Open daily 11am-9pm. Live music: Th 7pm (jazz).
10100 S. De Anza Blvd, Cupertino (408/255-0888).

Stoddard's Brewhouse
Great food, wine and five handcrafted microbrews spill over this spacious bi-level eatery. Sunnyvale's prime drinking spot for its tie-loosening, pager-checking denizens. Beers brewed on site; 15 wines by the glass. No smoking. H/A. Free parking. No cover. Open M-F 11am-midnight; Sa noon-1am; Su noon-10pm. Happy hour: M-F 7-9pm (food discounts only). Live music: F-Sa 9:30pm (blues/jazz/rock); Su 4pm (reggae).
111 S. Murphy Ave, Sunnyvale (408/733-7824).

Tied House Cafe and Brewery
Blue-collar to middle managers soak up the handcrafted brew. Eight microbrews on tap (all brewed on site), 12 wines by the glass, vintage port. No smoking. H/A. Free parking. No cover. Open at daily 11:30am; call for closing.
954 Villa St, MV (415/965-BREW).

Tied House Cafe and Brewery This clean, lengthy restaurant serves as a pit stop for Sharks fans. With the way the team has been playing, it also serves as a medicinal unit to soothe broken expectations. Hand-poured shots; in-house microbrews on tap, 10 wines by the glass, vintage port, premium tequila, small-batch bourbon, 20 single-malt scotches. Smoking (outdoors)/cigars. H/A. Free parking. No cover. Open Su-M 11:30am-10pm; T-Th 11:30am-11pm; F-Sa 11:30am-midnight.
65 N. San Pedro St, SJ (408/295-BREW).

Willow Glen Pub
Blue-collar taphouse with no hard liquor. Microbrews on tap, wines by the glass. Jukebox, video games. Smoking/cigars. Cash only. H/A. Free parking. Open Su-W 10am-midnight; Th-Sa 10am-2am.
2306 Almaden Rd #K, SJ (408/723-9824).

Country & Western

Donna's Duke's
No-nonsense Western bar where Noconas outnumber Bruno Maglis. Hand-poured shots; wines by the glass; none of that sissy stuff. Dance floor, jukebox, video games, darts. Smoking/cigars. Cash only. H/A. Free parking. No cover. Open daily 10am-2am. Happy hour: M-F 4-7pm. Live music: F-Sa 8:30 or 9pm to 1:30am (country, natcherly). l
2175 Monroe St, Santa Clara (408/554-1772).

Horseshoe Club
Cowboy heaven for workingmen (and -women). Hand-poured shots; wines by the glass, premium tequilas, small-batch bourbons, single-malt scotches. Dance floor, jukebox, video games, darts. Smoking/cigars. H/A. Free parking. Open M-F 4pm-2am; Sa-Su 2pm-2am. Happy hour: M-F 4-6pm. Live music: Tu-Su 8:30pm-2am. Line dancing lessons: Tu, Th-F 7pm; Su 6:30pm. l
2655 El Camino Real, Santa Clara (408/248-4100).

Night Moves
It's a big Western howdy to all who walk in--provided they're over 21. The clientele work hard and play hard; activities range from pool tournaments and dart leagues to softball games. Hand-poured shots; microbrew on tap, wines by the glass, small-batch bourbon, single-malt scotch. Dance floor, jukebox. Smoking/cigars. Cash only. H/A. Free parking. Open daily 10am-2am. Happy hour: daily 4-7pm. Live music: F-Sa 9pm-2am (country). l
4104 Monterey Hwy, SJ (408/281-4932).

The Saddle Rack
There's plenty to do at this Brahma bull-sized bar, from dancing to shooting hoops and/or the breeze. It's the sort of place where grown kids happily hang out with the old folks and men ask women to dance. Three stages blast lots of music; like Donny and Marie, the Saddle Rack is a little bit country, you know the rest. Rumor is that the Rack is relocating to Petaluma soon, so enjoy while you can. Hand-poured shots; microbrew on tap, wines by the glass, premium tequila. Live DJ, dance floor, jukebox, video games, darts. Smoking/cigars. Cash only. H/A. Free parking. Open W-F 10am-2am; Sa 7pm-2am; closed Su-Tu. Live music: W-Th 9pm; F-Sa 8pm.
1310 Auzerais Ave, SJ (408/286-3393).

Comedy & Vaudeville

Big Lil's
Old-fashioned stage comedy/melodrama; patrons are encouraged to cheer the hero and boo the villain. Beer and wine; more than 100 bottled beers and an extensive collection of specialty sodas behind the hand-carved replica of a Dodge City bar; food by Tony Roma's. No smoking. H/A. Free parking. $14/show; $29.50/dinner and show. Open F-Sa; 7pm (dinner), 8pm (show); special shows midweek for corporate parties.
157 W. San Fernando St, SJ (408/295-7469).

ComedySportz
Comedy here is a contact sport, where the PG-13 laughs are dictated through suggestions offered up by the audience. Bottled beer and soft drinks only. No smoking. Cash only. H/A. Free parking. Admission: Th $5; F-Sa $8/$7 students with ID/$6 seniors and kids. Open Th 8pm; F 8pm; Sa 8 and 10pm.
3428 El Camino Real, Santa Clara (408/985-1223).

Gaslighter Theater
A Campbell institution, and a lasting testament to melodrama and vaudeville, too. Spoiler: the good-looking heroes always win. Double drat. Microbrew on tap, wines by the glass. No smoking. Free parking. Admission: $13.75 adults, $10 children 12 and under. Free popcorn. Open F-Sa 8pm.
400 E. Campbell Ave, Campbell (408/866-1408).

Opry House
You must be 21 to come here, and it's a shame. The mood is casual, the popcorn free to throw and the vaudeville is lower than lowbrow. What 11-year-old could resist? No smoking. H/A. Free parking. Admission: $12.50. Shows: F-Sa 8pm.
21350 Almaden Rd, SJ (408/268-2492).

Rooster T. Feather's Comedy Club
Despite the silly name, Rooster T.'s consistently pulls in the best in local and national stand-up comedy. Dana Gould, Bobby Slayton and Sue Murphy have all (dis)graced the stage in recent memory. The drink menu takes a good five minutes to browse: hand-poured shots; six microbrews on tap, six wines by the glass, premium tequilas, small-batch bourbons, single-malt scotches; many specialty drinks, including smoothies and coffee drinks. No tank tops; jeans and shorts must be in good condition. No smoking. Cash only. H/A. Free parking. Admission: Tu-Th $7; F-Su $10; doesn't include special shows. Cocktail waitresses. Shows: Tu-Th, Su 8:30pm; F-Sa 8:30 and 10:30pm.
157 W. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale (408/736-0921).

Go-Go & Strip Clubs

AJ's
Know why Hooters wouldn't survive out here? They don't show enough skin! At AJ's, men can scope their favorite sports, eat meat, drink beer and watch lingerie shows. To quote Pearl Jam, why go home? Hand-poured shots; microbrews on tap, wines by the glass, premium tequilas, single-malt scotches. Smoking/no cigars. Cash only. H/A. Free parking. Open daily 8am-midnight. Shows: daily 5:30-8pm and 9:30pm-12:30am.
393 Lincoln Ave, SJ (408/292-3445).

Brass Rail
Got milk? Go-go girls perform on three stages. Hand-poured shots; microbrew on tap, wines by the glass, premium tequila, single-malt scotch. Dance floor. Smoking/cigars (also sold). ATMs accepted. H/A. Free parking. Admission: $1. Open daily 10am-2am.
160 Persian Dr, Sunnyvale (408/734-1454).

Candid Club
Topless dancers work hard for the money, so hard for the money, so you better treat them right. Open dancer tryouts: Monday 9pm. Open daily 11am-2am. Happy hour: daily 11am-1pm (drinks half price).
1053 E. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale (408/246-3624).

Hip Hugger
You might not find Demi Moore strutting down the runway, but Sinnamon, Cappuccino and Hortense air out their differences nightly. Two stages; bring your own lunch, have lunch catered, or get it delivered to the bar. Beer only; domestic, imported and microbrew (bottled). Dance floor, jukebox, video games. Smoking/cigars (also sold). ATMs accepted. H/A. Free parking. Open daily 11am-2am. Happy hour: daily 11am-noon.
948 W. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale (408/730-9873).

Kit Kat Club
The Kit Kat is home to some of the most sensitive, caring and educationally minded girls in the South Bay. Sure, some of them are porn stars, but it's so they can finance college tuition. Won't you give your support? Nothing smaller than a $10 bill, please. Amateur audition night: Tuesday 9pm. Video games, pinball. Free buffet M-F 11:30am-3pm.
907 E. Arques Ave, Sunnyvale (408/733-2628).

Pink Poodle
A very famous balding tennis player was rumored hanging out here with his coach during Sybase. He probably wasn't drinking beer, as no alcohol is served. What is served: totally nude dancing. Live DJ. No smoking. H/A. Free parking. Admission: $10/$15 on porn-star nights. Waitresses. Open M-Th noon-1am; F-Sa noon-2am; Su 5pm-1am.
328 S. Bascom Ave, SJ (408/292-3685).

Hangouts

Almaden Feed and Fuel
It's a drive to the deep South--South San Jose, that is--but locals boot scoot boogie to live rock and country bands on weekends; join in country line dancing on Thursdays. Shots measured in shot glass; wines by the glass, premium tequilas, single-malt scotches. Dance floor, jukebox, darts. Smoking/cigars. H/A. Free parking. Open 11am-2am daily. Happy hour: M-F 4-6pm. Live music: F-Sa 9pm-2am. Line dancing: Th 7:30pm.
18950 Almaden Rd, SJ (408/268-8950).

Almaden Lounge
Jokingly referred to by local restaurant workers as the "Slounge," the working stiffs count their cash on the cocktail tables and crab about all you poor tippers. Hand-poured shots; wines by the glass, premium tequila. Karaoke, video games, darts. Smoking/cigars. ATMs accepted. H/A. Free parking. Open noon-2am daily.
1160 Blossom Hill Rd, SJ (408/269-4200).

Antonio's Nut House
They may be nuts, but they're friendly nuts. Hand-poured shots; wines by the glass and premium tequilas. Jukebox, video games, darts. Smoking. H/A. Free parking. 10am-2am daily. No happy hour, but free peanuts all the time.
321 California Ave, PA (415/321-2550).

The Bank
Irish pub, catering to 30ish crowd and overflow from local restaurants. Hand-poured shots; wines by the glass, premium tequilas, small-batch bourbons, single-malt scotches. Jukebox, video games, darts. No smoking. Free parking. Open Tu-Th 11am-midnight; F-Sa 11am-2am; Su 3pm-midnight; M 4pm-midnight.
14421 Big Basin Way, Saratoga (408/867-5155).

Bears Cocktail Lounge
You might not see George Wendt and Chris Farley eating brauts and bragging about Da Bears, but workingmen and construction workers relax their tired tushes on barstools. Hand-poured shots; microbrews on tap, wines by the glass, premium tequila, small-batch bourbons, single-malt scotches. Jukebox, video games, darts. Smoking/cigars (also sold). Cash only. H/A. Free parking. Open 6am-2am daily.
220 W. Alma St, SJ (408/292-0270).

Beefy's Cabin
Computer whizzes rub shoulders with friendly locals. Live R&R and C&W, plus in-house darts league. Hand-poured shots; wines by the glass, small-batch bourbons, single-malt scotches. Dance floor, pinball, electronic and steel darts, snacks. Smoking/cigars. Free parking. Open 8am-2am daily. Happy hour: 8am-6pm daily; free hot dogs on Friday and Saturday. Live music: F-Sa 9pm-1am.
1028 W. Washington Ave, Sunnyvale (408/736-7141)

Bella's Club
Pool tournaments on Saturdays at 2:30pm. Hand-poured shots; wines by the glass, premium tequilas. Jukebox, video games, darts. Smoking/cigars. Cash only. Free parking. Open 8:30am-2am daily.
1872 W. San Carlos St, SJ (408/998-3425).

Benjamin's
Business types by day, locals by night. Hand-poured shots; wines by the glass, premium tequilas. Jukebox, video games, darts. Smoking/cigars. Free parking. Open 10am-2am daily.
10041-51 S. Blaney Ave, Cupertino (408/253-6899).

Benjamin's 2
Business types by day, locals by night. Didn't we just say that? Benjamin's is on a roll, man. Hand-poured shots; wines by the glass, premium tequila. Jukebox, karaoke, video games, darts. Smoking/cigars. Free parking. Open 10am-2am daily.
820 E. El Camino Real, MV (415/969-2098).

Bini's Bar & Grill
A long, comfortable hangout sharing quarters with a popular breakfast-and-burgers joint. Hand-poured shots; microbrews on tap, wines by the glass, premium liquor. Jukebox, pinball. Smoking/cigars. H/A. Free parking. Open M-Sa 6am-midnight.
337 E. Taylor St, SJ (408/279-9996).

Black Watch
The generous kamikazes make Black Watch a must for out-of-town guests. The loud conversations and lack of booths make it less desirable for an intimate first date, unless you've already written off date number two, nudge nudge. Every hour is happy hour, with 16-ounce pitchers of kamikazes going for $5. Hand-poured shots; microbrew on tap, wines by the glass, seven premium tequilas, single-malt scotches. Video games, darts. Smoking/no cigars. Cash only. Free parking. Open M-F 9am-2am; Sa-Su 8am-2am.
141 1/2 N. Santa Cruz Ave, LG (408/354-2200).

Bob's Lounge
A smoky bar that needs a little lovin'. Hand-poured shots; premium tequila, single-malt scotch. Jukebox, video games, darts. Smoking/no cigars. H/A. Free parking. Open 10am-2am daily. Happy hour: M-Th 4-6pm.
1747 Alum Rock Ave, SJ (408/258-3452).

Branham Lounge
Liquid courage is poured to locals and swing shifters in the morning. The darkness enhances privacy and hides wrinkles. Older crowd in the mornings; younger at night. Hand-poured shots; wines by the glass, vintage ports, premium tequila, single-malt scotch. Jukebox, video games, darts. Smoking/cigars. H/A. Free parking. Open 9am-1:30am daily.
1116 Branham Ln, SJ (408/265-5525).

Buster's Grill and Bar
If malltigo gets you down, dip in here for a liquid refresher. Late 20s, early 30s business people; casual watering hole inside Vallco Fashion Park. Hand-poured shots; wines by the glass, premium tequila, grappa, Irish and Mexican coffees. Jukebox. No smoking. H/A. Free parking. Open 11am-9pm daily.
10123 N. Wolfe Rd, Cupertino (408/725-1950).

Cambrian Bowl Lounge
Bowling leaguers and pin fans model the finest in bowling fashion while contemplating the future 7-10 split; 21 and over. Hand-poured shots; wines by the glass, premium tequilas, single-malt scotches. Jukebox, video games, darts. Smoking/cigars. Cash only. Free parking. Open M-T noon-1am; W-F 11am-1am; Sa-Su 10:30am-1am.
14900 Camden Ave, SJ (408/377-2354).

The Caravan
Forget about that lost dog and your dwindling paycheck at this comfortable bar with plenty of colorful regulars. Hand-poured shots; wines by the glass, premium tequilas, single-malt scotches. Jukebox, video games, darts. Smoking/cigars. Cash only. No cover. Open daily 10am-2am.
98 S. Almaden Ave, SJ (408/995-6220).

The Cats
Friends and family happily meet in this landmark at the foot of Highway 17. Live music ranges from Top 40 to folk. Hand-poured shots; microbrews on tap, wines by the glass, premium tequilas, small-batch bourbons, single-malt scotches. No smoking. Free parking. Open 4:30pm-2am daily. Live music: F-Sa 8pm-midnight.
17533 Santa Cruz Hwy, LG (408/354-4020).

Cheers
People don't just know your name here, they know your URL, email address, and the amount of RAM inside your laptop. Thirtyish folks come here to cut loose to DJ-driven rock, country and Motown. Hand-poured shots; microbrews on tap, wines by the glass, premium tequilas, small-batch bourbons, single-malt scotches. Live DJ, dance floor, video games, darts. Smoking/cigars. H/A. Free parking. Cover: Th $4. Admission: W, Sa-Su $5. Open M-F 5pm-2am; Sa-Su 7pm-2am. Happy hour: M-F 5-8pm; W, Su 8-11pm ($1 drinks); Sa 7-9pm ($1.50 drinks). Live DJ: 8pm-2am daily.
685 E. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale (408/749-1288).

Cinebar
One of the oldest bars in town (1928), Cinebar is a stone dive, but clean; Ace'll keep an eye out for you. Thursday-Saturday nights the place becomes infested with San Jose State students boogieing down to the disco sounds of DJ Dave. Hand-poured shots; wine by the glass, single-malt scotch. Live DJ, dance floor, jukebox. Smoking/cigars. Cash only. H/A. Open 6am-2am daily. DJ: Th-Sa 6:30pm-2am.
69 E. San Fernando St, SJ (408/292-9562).

Coconut Willies Cocktail Lounge
If the nearby midtown Safeway behemoth/supermarket is too daunting to face, Coconut Willies will give you that extra push. Hand-poured shots. Wines by the glass, premium tequila, single-malt scotches. Jukebox, video games, darts. Smoking/cigars. H/A. Free parking. Open 10am-2am daily.
1099 W. San Carlos St, SJ (408/971-1137).

Cottage Club
Count on local color to dominate this modest bar. Hand-poured shots; wines by the glass, premium tequila, single-malt scotch. Jukebox, video games, darts. Snacks. Smoking/no cigars. Cash only. Free pool until 6pm (three tables). Free parking. Open 11:30am-2am daily.
300 Moffett Blvd, MV (415/967-3433).

Crossroads
You want the bartender to ring that antique fire bell? Buy a round for the house, and he will. You can also play Keno and Lotto. Hand-poured shots; wines by the glass, premium tequila. Jukebox, video games, darts. Smoking/cigars. Cash only. H/A. Free parking. Open 6am-2am daily.
298 Capitol Ave, SJ (408/258-6858).

Daily's
Younger crowd, ranging up to mid-30s. Hand-poured shots; specialty cognacs, 19 microbrews on tap, six wines by the glass, premium tequilas, single-malt scotch. Dance floor, karaoke, darts. Smoking after 10pm/no cigars. H/A. Free parking. Cover: $5 F-Sa; includes one free domestic beer. Open daily 11am-2am. Happy hour: M-F 4-7pm. Live music: W-Sa 10pm-2am. Karaoke: T 8:30pm.
5025 Mowry Ave, Fremont (510/791-0545).

Daybreak
Gay/lesbian hangout, but everybody welcome unless you're Candace Gingrich's brother. Measured shots; wines by the glass, premium tequilas, small-batch bourbon, single-malt scotch. Live DJ, dance floor, jukebox, karaoke, video games, pinball, darts. Smoking/cigars. Cash only. H/A. Free parking. Open M-F 3pm-2am; Sa-Su 4pm-2am. DJ: F-Sa 9:30pm-2am. Karaoke: Th and Su 9:30pm-2am.
1711 W. El Camino Real, MV (415/940-9778).

Dos Locos Cantina
Dos Locos is a favorite among college students, for good reason: margaritas by the quart ($6.50) and "the largest selection of tequila in downtown San Jose." Hand-poured shots; microbrew on tap, wines by the glass, premium tequilas, single-malt scotch. Jukebox. Smoking/cigars. H/A. Validated parking. Open 11am-2am daily. Happy hour: M-F 4-7pm. In the Pavilion Shops.
150 S. First St, SJ (408/993-9616).

El Capri
Although it may look like a simple affair from the outside, this bar/restaurant has enough character to keep country-lovin' locals coming back for more. A low wood ceiling and carpeted floor make for a cozy atmosphere. Small wooden tables and vinyl chairs scattered throughout the room provide plenty of seating for those who would rather watch while others two-step. Hand-poured shots; wines by the glass, premium tequila, small-batch bourbon. Jukebox. Smoking/cigars. Free parking. Open Su-Th 11am-9pm; F-Sa 11am-10pm. Happy hour: M-F 4-6pm.
18625 Monterey Rd, Morgan Hill (408/778-5642).

El Rancho Inn
Locals, from young bucks to ancient graybeards, kick back hard drinks. They probably would even serve it to you in a dirty glass, if you're so inclined. Hand-poured shots; wines by the glass, single-malt scotch. Dance floor, jukebox, karaoke, darts. Smoking/cigars. Cash only. H/A. Free parking. Open 10am-2am daily.
3860 Monterey Rd, SJ (408/224-9761).

Evergreen Inn & Pub
Mixed crowd. Hand-poured shots; wine by the glass, premium tequila, single-malt scotch. Jukebox, video games, darts. Smoking/no cigars. H/A. Free parking. Open M-Sa 8am-9pm; Su 8am-3pm. Happy hour: M-F 4-6pm. l
3273 S. White Rd, SJ (408/238-8846)

Flamingo Lounge
Neighborhood bar catering to mid -30s crowd. Hand-poured shots; wine by the glass, premium tequila. Jukebox, video games, darts. Cash only. Smoking/no cigars. Free parking. Open noon-2am daily. Happy hour: M-F 4-7pm.
2103 Scott Blvd, Santa Clara (408/241-0687).

4th Street Café
Mature crowd that occasionally turns the keys over to local music promoters. Good fun is had by all. Hand-poured shots; wine by the glass. Video games. Smoking/cigars. Free parking. Open M-F 8am-8pm; no set hours Sa-Su.
1560 N. Fourth St, SJ (408/453-6044).

Frosted Mug
Mixed clientele; beer and wine only; food is sandwiches only. Wines by the glass. Jukebox, video games, darts. Smoking/cigars. Cash only. Free parking. Open 10am-10pm daily. Happy hour: 4-6pm daily.
120 Persian St, Sunnyvale (408/734-4814).

Galaxy
A recent $2 million Lotto winner is a driver for them, so you might get lucky. Hand-poured shots; wine by the glass, premium tequila, single-malt scotch. Jukebox, darts. Smoking/cigars. Cash only. H/A. Free parking. Open M-F 9am-2am; Sa 8am-2am; Su 8am-midnight. Occasional live music.
134 S. Main St, Milpitas (408/262-1123).

The Huddle
Hut one, hut two, down the hatch. Hand-poured shots; wines by the glass, premium tequilas, small-batch bourbons, single-malt scotches. Dance floor, jukebox, video games, darts. Smoking/cigars. Cash only. H/A. Free parking. Open M-F 6am-2am; Sa-Su 7am-2am. Happy hour: M-F 6-10am.
5289-D Prospect Rd, SJ (408/725-9490).

The Hut
Big among Santa Clara University students and Bronco fans. (Go Steve Nash!) Hand-poured shots; microbrew on tap, wines by the glass, premium tequila, single-malt scotches. Jukebox, video games, darts. Satellite TV. Smoking/cigars. H/A. Free parking. Open M-F 11am-2am; Sa-Su 10am-2pm. Happy hour: W 9:30pm-2am ($1.50 well drinks, domestic beers).
3200 The Alameda, Santa Clara (408/296-6024).

Hyde Park Cocktail Lounge
City and county employees, from assistant DAs on down to motor-pool mechanics, have something in common--Hyde Park. Age decreases as hours get later. Hand-poured shots; wine by the glass, premium tequilas, single-malt scotch. Jukebox, video games, darts. Smoking/cigars. H/A. Free parking. Open 6am-2am daily.
1070 N. Fourth St, SJ (408/286-8888).

Ike's Lounge
Workingmen, 25-45, soak their sore bones in beers as comforting as an electric blanket. Hand-poured shots; wines by the glass, premium tequilas, single-malt scotches. Jukebox, video games, darts. Smoking/no cigars. Cash only. H/A. Free parking. Open 8am-2am daily.
3075 Driftwood Dr, SJ (408/379-7137).

Island Food and Grog
"Everybody from 21 to 87" hangs out here, according to an employee. We're going to check, just in case. Hand-poured shots; wines by the glass, premium tequilas, small-batch bourbons, single-malt scotches. Jukebox, pinball, video games, darts. Smoking/cigars (also sold). Cash only. Free parking. Open 7am-2am daily.
4141 El Camino Real, PA (415/493-9020).

Jack's Club
A long, narrow neighborhood joint with a shuffleboard table occupying most of the wall opposite the bar. Jack's serves Budweiser in a can--can't beat that. Hand-poured shots; wines by the glass, premium tequila. Jukebox, darts. Smoking/no cigars. Cash only. Free parking. Open 7am-1am daily.
167 E. Taylor St, SJ (408/293-8995).

Jack's Steak House
Both young and old frequent this longtime Morgan Hill establishment for dinner, dancing, live bands and pool. Hand-poured shots; 30 kinds of bottled beer; microbrews on tap, wines by the glass, vintage ports, premium tequilas, small-batch bourbons, single-malt scotches. Dance floor, jukebox, karaoke, video games, darts. Smoking/no cigars. H/A. Free parking. Usually no cover. Open 10am-2am daily. Happy hour: M-F 4-6pm. Live music: Th-Sa 9:30pm-2am (country rock and '50s and '60s stuff). Karaoke: W 9pm-2am.
17535 Monterey Rd, Morgan Hill (408/779-2524).

J.B.'s Peacock Lounge
No T-shirts, baseball caps, tennis shoes or sweatpants on Friday and Saturday--sorry Dad, we'll sneak you in on Sunday. Measured shots; wines by the glass, vintage ports, premium tequila, small-batch bourbon; single-malt scotches. Dance floor, jukebox. Smoking/cigars. Cash only. Wait service. H/A. Free parking. Open Su-Th 11am-10pm; F-Sa 10am-2am. Happy hour: W 3-8pm, free hors d'oeuvres; M, drinks 50 cents off all day; Th, special prices all day.
1275 Piedmont Rd #9, SJ (408/258-2345).

Johnny's Northside Grill
College students, business types; the six TVs are reserved for sports; food is barbecue. Hand-poured shots; seven microbrews on tap, wines by the glass, 16 premium tequilas, seven small-batch bourbons, seven single-malt scotches; grappa. No smoking. H/A. Free parking. Open M-Sat 11am-1am; Su 11am-11pm. Happy hour: M-F 3-6pm (appetizers $1.50).
532 N. Santa Cruz Ave, LG (408/395-6908).

Joy's Place
A blue-collar crowd demands a good place to drink, and dammit, this is one of them. Hand-poured shots; microbrew on tap, wines by the glass, premium tequilas, small-batch bourbons, single-malt scotch. Dance floor, jukebox, video games, darts. Smoking/cigars. Cash only. H/A. Free parking. Open 11am-2am daily. Live music: F or Sa 9pm.
701 Lenzen Ave, SJ (408/294-3313).

Keyes Club
This "working man's bar" attracts the middle-aged crowd. Hand-poured shots; wines by the glass, premium tequilas, single-malt scotches. Jukebox, video games, darts. Smoking/cigars (also sold). Cash only. Free parking. Open 7am-2am daily. Happy hour: M-F 4:30-5:30pm.
396 Keyes St, SJ (408/998-2714).

Khartoum's
A nice, glassy place to unwind in downtown Campbell. Hand-poured shots; microbrews on tap, 10 wines by the glass, premium tequila, single-malt scotch. Video games, foosball, darts. Smoking/cigars. H/A. Free parking. Open 11am-2am daily. Happy hour: M-F 4-7pm.
300 Orchard City Dr, Campbell (408/379-6340).

La Cantinita
A jukebox and pool tables provide distraction at this casual, out-of-the-way establishment. Smoking/cigars. Cash only. Open 10am until the crowd leaves daily.
4405 Hecker Pass Hwy, Gilroy (408/847-3555).

Lenny's
Downtown hangout for an older clientele. No hard booze; beer and wine only. Jukebox, darts. Smoking/cigars. Cash only. Open 7am-2am daily.
171 E. Santa Clara St, SJ (408/292-4581).

Lil' Otto's
Hand-poured shots; wines by the glass, single-malt scotches. Dance floor, jukebox, video games, darts. Smoking/cigars. H/A. Free parking. Open 6am-2am daily.
816 W. Hamilton Ave, Campbell (408/866-6671).

Little Joey's
This is one of the only bars to feature a happy hour at 7:30 in the morning, for you wake 'n' bakers. Hand-poured shots; premium tequilas, small-batch bourbons, single-malt scotches. Jukebox, karaoke, video games, darts. Smoking/cigars. Cash only. Free parking. Open 6am-2am daily. Happy hour: 7:30-9am and 3-6pm daily.
2058 N. Capitol Ave, SJ (408/263-3200).

McNeil's Bar and Grill
First time I saw Frank Joseph was at McNeil's and I liked 'em both a lot. Live R&R bands. Hand-poured shots; microbrews on tap, wines by the glass, premium tequilas, single-malt scotches. Dance floor, jukebox, karaoke, video games, darts. Smoking/cigars. ATM cards. H/A. Free parking. Cocktail waitresses. Open 10am-2am daily. Happy hour: 10am-6pm daily ($2.25 well drinks). Live music: Th-Sa 9pm-1:30am.
800 Kiely Blvd, Santa Clara (408/244-4038).

Mac's Club
Gay men and lesbians, but about a third of the clientele is straight. Cheap drinks and interesting people; plus Richard is one of the best bartenders in town. The 22-ounce mugs of Heineken are popular. Hand-poured shots; wines by the glass, premium tequilas, small-batch bourbons, six single-malt scotches. Jukebox, karaoke, video games, darts. Smoking/cigars (also sold); Wednesday is cigar night, with emphasis on brandies, bourbons and scotches. Cash only. H/A. Open Su noon-2am; M-Sa 10am-2am. Happy hour: M-Sa 10am-1pm and 5-7pm; Su noon-1pm and 4-7pm. Occasional drag shows.
349 S. First St, SJ (408/998-9535).

Martin's Cocktail Lounge
This neighborhood bar features keno and shuffleboard. Automated shots; wines by the glass, premium tequila, small-batch bourbon. Jukebox, karaoke, pinball, darts. Smoking/cigars. Cash only. Free parking. Open 6am-2am daily.
1828 Main St, Santa Clara (408/243-7976).

Monta Vista Inn
College students and Flint Center patrons meet here for instant conversation. Hand-poured shots; nine microbrews on tap, wines by the glass, premium tequilas, small-batch bourbon, single-malt scotches. Dance floor, jukebox, darts. Smoking/cigars (also sold). Cash only. H/A. Free parking. Open 9am-2am daily. Live entertainment: "Just the bartenders!"
21619 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino (408/252-2226).

Murray's Club
Venerable clientele and owner who says "we try to keep out the weirdos." Keno and Lotto machines. Hand-poured shots; wines by the glass, premium tequila, small-batch bourbon, single-malt scotch. Jukebox, darts. Three TVs but no big-screen. Smoking/cigars (also sold). Cash only. H/A. Free parking. Open 6am-2am daily.
1015 S. Bascom Ave, SJ (408/287-2483).

The New Club 4
New owners as of December 1995. Patrons enjoy the four TVs and the Sunday country line dancing. Hand-poured shots; six microbrews on tap, wines by the glass, premium tequila, small-batch bourbon, single-malt scotch. Live DJ, dance floor, jukebox, pinball, darts. Smoking/cigars. H/A. Free parking. Cocktail waitresses on weekends. Open Su-W 10am-midnight; Th-Sa 10am-2am. Happy hour: M-F 3-7pm ($2 pints).
514 Bascom Ave, SJ (408/295-4455).

Northwood Lounge
Legal keno players follow the bouncing balls; younger crowd on weekends. Hand-poured shots; premium tequilas. Jukebox, karaoke, pinball, darts. Smoking/cigars. H/A. Free parking. Open 10am-2am daily. Happy hour: Su-W 7-9pm (free pool). Live music: Sa-Su 6pm (jam session; open mike).
765 E. Capitol Ave, SJ (408/262-1203).

Number One Broadway
A good place for thirtysomething Los Gatos folks to swing and be swung. Music leans toward danceable jazz and rhythm and blues. Nice view of the North Santa Cruz/Main Street corner. Hand-poured shots; microbrews on tap, nine wines by the glass, vintage port, premium tequilas, 12-15 single-malt scotches. Dance floor. Smoking/cigars. H/A. Free parking. Cover: F-Sa $6. Open 3pm-2am daily. Live music: W-Su 9pm-1am.
102 S. Santa Cruz Ave, LG (408/354-4303).

Oakwood Lounge
After-work crowd. Live bands play easy rock, pop, country; patrons play shuffleboard and Keno. Automated shots; wines by the glass, premium tequila, small-batch bourbon, single-malt scotch. Jukebox, karaoke. Smoking/cigars. Cash only. Free parking. Open 8am-2am daily. Live music: F-Sa 9pm-1:30am.
7421 Monterey St, Gilroy (408/848-1094).

Otto's Garden Room
Dismount from your Harley and give your forearms a break by wrapping your hands around a cold one instead of a sticky clutch. Actually, Otto's used to be a biker bar, but the clientele varies now. Hand-poured shots. Dance floor, jukebox (10 tunes for a buck), video games, darts. Biscuits and gravy. Smoking/cigars. Cash only. H/A. Free parking. Open M-Th 10am-2am; F-Su 8am-2am. Happy hour: 10-11am.
15043 S. Bascom Ave, SJ (408/356-9760).

Paddock Lounge
Mostly locals and regulars, between 30 and 50 years old, frequent this joint. Hand-poured shots. Jukebox, karaoke, video games, darts. Smoking/cigars. Cash only. H/A. Free parking. Open 10am-2am daily.
5278 Monterey, SJ (408/224-9755).

Paul and Harvey's
Blue-collar by day; yuppies by night. Hand-poured shots; wines by the glass, premium tequilas, small-batch bourbons, single-malt scotches. Jukebox, video games, darts. No smoking. Cash only. Free parking. Open 6am-2am daily.
130 S. Murphy Ave, Sunnyvale (408/736-5770).

Peacock Lounge
Mixed, late-20s crowd. Hand-poured shots; 12 microbrews on tap, six wines by the glass, three vintage ports, 12 premium tequilas, six small-batch bourbons, six single-malt scotches. Dance floor, jukebox, shuffleboard, video games, darts. Smoking/cigars. H/A. Free parking. Open 10am-2am daily. Happy hour: M-F 3:30-6pm.
19980 Homestead Rd, Cupertino (408/777-0812).

P.J. Mulligans
"Great cross of people," according to one worker. Must have been scoping out the West Coast Male Dancers, who perform panty-moistening routines on select nights. Hand-poured shots; microbrew on tap, wines by the glass, premium tequila, small-batch bourbon, single-malt scotch. Live DJ, dance floor, karaoke, video games, darts. Smoking/cigars. H/A. Free parking. Open 11:30am-2am daily. Happy hour: M-F 4-7pm (W, any cocktail $2). Live music: Th 9pm-1:30am (rock).
19979 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino (408/255-0588).

The Place
Where else would you want to go? Hand-poured shots; Premium tequilas, small-batch bourbons. Live DJ, dance floor, jukebox, video games, darts. Smoking/cigars. Cash only. H/A. Free parking. Open 9am-2am daily. Happy hour: M-F 3-6pm.
1058 S. First St, SJ (408/297-3473).

Plaza Inn
Older crowd, largely Latino, listens to musica mexicana in this restaurant bar. Hand-poured shots; wines by the glass, premium tequilas, single-malt scotches. Smoking/no cigars. Cash only. Free parking. Open 9am-10pm daily.
1182 Lincoln Ave, SJ (408/292-0132).

The R Club
Mixed 30-ish crowd. Hand-poured shots; wines by the glass, premium tequila, small-batch bourbons, single-malt scotches. Jukebox, shuffleboard, darts. Smoking/cigars (also sold). Cash only. H/A. Free parking. Open M-F 10am-2am; Sa-Su 8am-2am.
155 Castro St, MV (415/940-9837).

Red Stag Lounge
Hand-poured shots; wines by the glass, premium tequilas, small-batch bourbons, single-malt scotches. Jukebox, video games, darts. Smoking/cigars. Cash only. H/A. Free parking. Open 6am-2am daily.
1711 W. San Carlos St, SJ (408/292-6777).

Redi Room
Blue-collar; known for dart games and tournaments. Hand-poured shots; microbrew on tap, wines by the glass, premium tequila, small-batch bourbons, single-malt scotches. Jukebox, seven dart machines. Smoking/cigars. H/A. Free parking. Open 6am-2am daily. Electronic dart tournaments: M, T, Th, F and Su, 9:30pm "till whenever."
4340 Moorpark Ave, SJ (408/257-7770).

Renegades
This popular gay bar rages on Sundays, 3-8pm, for its well-known beer busts where you can drink all the beer you want for $5. Hand-poured shots; wines by the glass, premium tequilas, small-batch bourbons, single-malt scotches. Jukebox, karaoke, video games, darts. Smoking/cigars. Cash only. H/A. Free parking. Open 11am-2am daily. Happy hour: M-F 4-7pm; Tu all day.
393 Stockton Ave, SJ (408/275-9902).

Rich's Wild Kingdom
Neighborhood bar. Hand-poured shots; wines by the glass, premium tequilas. Jukebox, video games, darts. Smoking/cigars. Cash only. H/A. Free parking. Open 6am-2am daily.
1126 Saratoga Ave, SJ (408/296-9591).

Riff's
Clean, slightly yupscale joint for sophisticated party crowd. Mid-20s hanger-outers at the Sheraton's lounge. Automated shots; wines by the glass, premium tequila, single-malt scotches. Live DJ, dance floor, video games, darts. Smoking/cigars. H/A. Free parking. Cover: $5 for live music. Open M-Th 11am-midnight; F-Sa 11am-2am. Happy hour: 5-7pm weekdays. Live music: F-Sa 9pm (R&B, salsa).
1811 Barber Ln, Milpitas (408/943-1414).

Rivera's Club
Wines by the glass, premium tequilas. Jukebox, video games. Smoking/cigars. Cash only. Free parking. Open M-Th 1pm-midnight; F-Su 1pm-2am.
19020 Monterey Rd, Morgan Hill (408/779-0270).

The Silver Fox
Gay men, mostly, but lesbians and straights come by to visit. Hand-poured shots; microbrew on tap; wines by the glass, five premium tequilas, five small-batch bourbons, five single-malt scotches. Dance floor, jukebox, video games, darts. Smoking/no cigars. H/A. Free parking. Open 2pm-2am daily.
10095 Saich Way, Cupertino (408/255-3673).

641 Club
Mixed crowd. Try the Sunday backyard barbecue. Hand-poured shots; wine by the glass, premium tequila, single-malt scotch. Live DJ, video games, darts. Smoking/cigars. Cash only. H/A. Free parking. Open M-F 2pm-2am; Sa-Su 11am-2am. Happy hour: M-F 2-7pm.
641 Stockton Ave, SJ (408/998-1144).

St. James Infirmary
Reliable watering hole where the drinks are cold, but the service is warm. Measured shots; microbrews on tap, wines by the glass, premium tequilas. Dance floor, darts. No tank tops, no torn or frayed jeans. No smoking. H/A. Free parking. No cover. Open Su-Th 11:30am-11:30pm; F-Sa 11:30am-1:30am.
390 Moffett Blvd, MV (415/969-0806).

South Side Cafe
The spot to hang if you're out there in Santa Teresa. Mostly 25 and older. Live R&R and oldies bands. Hand-poured shots; wines by the glass, premium tequilas, single-malt scotches. Dance floor, jukebox, karaoke, video games, darts. Smoking/no cigars. H/A. Free parking. Cocktail waitresses. Open 10am-2am daily. Happy hour: M-F 4-6pm; free buffet. Live music: F-Sa 9pm-1:30am. Karaoke Th 8:30pm-12:30am.
7028 Santa Teresa Blvd, SJ (408/226-5424).

Spanky's
Mid-20s to mid-30s; crowd makeup varies according to entertainment offered. Beer only, but 49 varieties on tap. Live DJ, dance floor, jukebox, karaoke, video games, darts. Smoking/cigars. H/A. Cover: varies, but $3-$5 for bands. Free parking. Open M-Sa 11am-2am; Su 3pm-2am. Happy hour: M-F 4:30-6:30pm. Entertainment: M (karaoke); T (country); W (country DJ); Th ('70s-'90s DJ); F-Sa (live R&R).
2114 Broadway, Redwood City (415/365-4330).

The Town Club
Oldest existing business in Mountain View (opened in 1938); you can bet some of the barstool philosophers have been there as long. Hand-poured shots; six microbrews on tap, wines by the glass, premium tequilas, five single-malt scotches. Jukebox, darts. Smoking/cigars. ATMs accepted. H/A. Free parking. Open 6am-2am daily. Happy hour: Su-Th 4-10pm.
180 Castro St, MV (415/967-2425).

Vic's
"Biker bar, but nothing rough." Most patrons live in the area and went to school together. Hand-poured shots; wine by the glass, premium tequilas, single-malt scotch, wine coolers. Jukebox. Barbecue on Thursdays. Three TVs but no wide-screen. Smoking/cigars. Cash only. H/A. Free parking. Open Su-W 10am-11pm; Th-Sa 10am-2am. Happy hour: M-F 5-6pm.
801 N. 13th St, SJ (408/297-4587).

Wheel of Fortune
Varied crowd comes for live Latin music every Friday night. Microbrews on tap. Live DJ, dance floor, jukebox, darts. Beer only. Smoking/ cigars (also sold). Cash only. Free parking. No cover. Open 3pm daily. Live music: F 9pm-midnight.
5201 Fifth St, SJ (408/262-4064).

Woodham Lounge
Hand-poured shots; microbrews on tap, wines by the glass, premium tequilas, small-batch bourbons, single-malt scotches. Jukebox, video games, darts. Smoking/cigars. Free parking. Cover. Open 10am-2am daily.
4475 Stevens Creek Blvd, Santa Clara (408/296-9810).

World-Famous King of Clubs
Used to be a Navy hangout; now more like a sports bar. No big-screen TV, but four regular ones. Hand-poured shots; microbrews on tap, wines by the glass, premium tequilas, single-malt scotches. Dance floor, jukebox, pinball, darts. Smoking/cigars. Cash only. Free parking. Open 10am-2am daily. Happy hour: 3-6pm daily.
893 Leong Dr, MV (415/968-6366).

Cocktail Lounges

Adam's Apple
Refers to where the soreness comes from after throwing down a few shots from the bar's extensive single-malt scotch selection. Automated shots; wines by the glass, vintage ports, premium tequila, small-batch bourbon, single-malt scotch. Smoking/cigars. H/A. Free parking. Open daily 11am-10pm.
923 W. Hamilton Ave, Campbell (408/370-2326).

Adobe Inn
¡Arriba! This Mexican restaurant/lounge caters to "mature business types," according to a barkeep. Hand-poured shots; wines by the glass, premium tequilas, small-batch bourbons, single-malt scotches. Jukebox, video games. Smoking/no cigars. Cash only. H/A. Free parking. Open 10am-10pm daily.
20128 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino (408/996-1648).

Agenda
Hand-poured shots; two dozen microbrews on tap, a dozen wines by the glass, 16 vintage ports, eight premium tequilas, a dozen small-batch bourbons, 14 single-malt scotches; grappa "on the way." Live DJ, dance floor. Smoking/cigars (also sold). H/A. Cover varies. Open (lounge) M-F 5pm-2am; Sa 8pm-2am; Su 7pm-2am. Happy hour: M-F, 5-8pm; $2 well drinks/martinis. Live music nightly.
399 S. First St, San Jose (408/287-4087).

Bella Mia
This casual-to-fancy restaurant attracts all types. It offers a popular Sunday brunch accompanied by a jazz group. Hand-poured shots; microbrews on tap, many wines by the glass, vintage ports, premium tequilas, single-malt scotches, grappa. No smoking. H/A. Open Su 10:30am-9pm; M-Th 11am-10pm; F-Sa 11am-10:30pm.
58 S. First St, SJ (408/280-1993).

Bellino Bar and Grill
Business types. Hand-poured shots; microbrews on tap, 25 wines by the glass (and 100 wines by the bottle), vintage ports, premium tequilas, good selection of small-batch bourbons and single-malt scotches. Smoking (patio)/cigars (also sold). H/A. Free parking. Open M-F 11:30am-12:30am; Sa 5:30pm-12:30am; closed S. Happy hour: M-F 4-7pm.
95 S. Market St, 2nd floor, SJ (408/277-0690).

Benihana
Huge Kirin beers and hot sake make the rice cracker bits go down quicker. No intricate bar gymnastics here; just refined civility. Automated shots; wines by the glass, premium tequilas, single-malt scotches. No smoking. H/A. Free parking. Open 5-10pm daily.
2074 Vallco Fashion Park, Cupertino (408/253-1221).

Birk's
Business crowd; 30ish; middle management and up. Hand-poured shots; 18 microbrews on tap, eight to 10 wines by the glass, six vintage ports and premium tequilas, four small-batch bourbons, 24 single-malt scotches and a pair of grappas. Smoking (outside only)/cigars. H/A. Free parking. Open M-F 11:30am-2:30pm; 5-10pm.
3955 Freedom Circle, Santa Clara (408/980-6400).

Black Angus Fun Bar
If bars fell under the laws of physics, Black Angus would be constituted as a "babe magnet." Numerous drink specials and silly contests put the "fun" in "fun bar." Hand-poured shots; microbrews on tap, wines by the glass, premium tequilas, single-malt scotches. Live DJ, dance floor, video games, darts. No open-toed shoes or tattered clothing; Wednesdays only, no hats, tank tops, bandanas. smoking (after dinner)/cigars. H/A. Free parking. Open Su noon-midnight; M-Th 3pm-midnight; F-Sa 3pm-2am. Happy hour: M-F 4-7pm ($2 well, house wines and domestic draft; half-price appetizers; 99-cent MGD and margaritas). Live DJ: Tu-Th 9pm-midnight; F-Sa 9pm-2am.
1011 Blossom Hill Rd, SJ (408/266-6602).

Black Angus Fun Bar
See above. Hand-poured shots; microbrew on tap, wine by the glass, vintage ports, premium tequilas. Live DJ, dance floor. Fridays and Saturdays, no baseball caps or cutoffs. Smoking (after 10pm)/no cigars. H/A. Free parking. Cover: F-Sa after 10pm, $3. Open 11am-2am daily. Happy hour: M-F 4-7pm. Live DJ: 5pm-2am daily.
380 Kiely Blvd, SJ (408/261-6900).

Blake's
Classy steak and chop shop with huge, comfy leather booths and island bar; cool, dark, elegant. Blake's makes a great impression on that special date or potential client. The grilled artichoke is delicious. Hand-poured shots; 12 microbrews on tap, 14 wines by the glass, vintage ports, premium tequila, small-batch bourbons, single-malt scotches. No smoking. H/A. Open M-F 11:30am-2pm and 5-10pm; Sa 5-10pm; Su 5-9pm. Happy hour: M-F 5-7pm (with snacks).
17 N. San Pedro St, SJ (408/298-9221).

Blue Chalk
A mid-20s crowd enjoys pool and sumptuous Southern (via California) cookin'. Wipe those greasy fingers before sinking that eight ball, corner pocket. Hand-poured shots; microbrews on tap, 15 wines by the glass, vintage ports, five premium tequilas, small-batch bourbons, single-malt scotches. Several TVs; shuffleboard, darts. No smoking. H/A. Free parking. Open Su 5pm-midnight; M-Sa 11:30am-1:30am. Happy hour: M-F 4-6pm.
630 Ramona St, PA (415/326-1020).

Blue Pheasant
An older clientele reminisces over three-foot putts and duffed chip shots (Blue Pheasant is located on Blackberry golf course, a nine-holer). Hand-poured shots; wines by the glass, vintage port, premium tequila, small-batch bourbon, single-malt scotch. Live DJ, dance floor. No jeans or T-shirts. Smoking/no cigars. H/A. Free parking. Open 11:30am-2am daily Happy hour: 4:30-6pm daily. Live music: Tu-Su 8:30pm-2am.
22100 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino (408/255-3300).

Brandon's Restaurant and Lounge
Comfy place to kick your feet up, but keep your shoes on, for Pete's sake. Automated shots; microbrews on tap, wines by the glass, vintage ports, premium tequilas, small-batch bourbons, single-malt scotches, grappa. Smoking/no cigars. No cover. Open M-Sa 2pm-1am; Su 10am-2pm. Happy hour: M-F 5:30-7:30pm. Live music: Su 10am-2pm; Tu-Sa 5-6pm.
1800 Barber Ln, Milpitas (408/432-6311).

Café Fino
Grownups get jazzed to vintage swing and show tunes. Watch out for a Café Fino coffeehouse opening. Hand-poured shots; 20 wines by the glass, vintage ports, premium tequilas, 12 single-malt scotches, grappas. No smoking. H/A. $5 minimum on entertainment nights. Open M-Th 5:30-10:30pm; F-Sa 5:30-11:30pm. Live music: M, W-Th 7pm; T, F, Sa 7:30pm.
544 Emerson St, PA (415/326-6082).

Café Trio
Could it be that this California bistro is named after the trio of stools in the tiny bar? (Nah--the name pays tribute to the three culinary brains behind the operation.) Large selection of wines by the glass; vintage ports. No smoking. H/A. Free parking. Open M-Th 11:30am-2:30pm and 5-9pm; F-Sa 5-10pm.
15466 Los Gatos Blvd, LG (408/356-8129).

Calypso
Downstairs, fine Caribbean food is served. Upstairs, patrons discover a twinkling light show and dance music. Live pianist and vocalist on weekends. Microbrews on tap, wines by the glass. Dance floor. No smoking. Free parking. Open Tu-W 11am-3pm and 5-10pm; Th-Sa 11am-3pm and 5-11pm; Su 5-10pm; M closed. Live music: F-Sa 7-11pm.
140 E. San Carlos St, SJ (408/292-5564).

Cardinal Lounge
A middle-aged crowd dances to the oldies and new rock each and every night. Hand-poured shots; wines by the glass, premium tequilas, small-batch bourbons, single-malt scotches. Dance floor, jukebox. Smoking/no cigars. H/A. Free parking. Food service to 9pm; dress code after 9pm. Cocktail waitresses. No cover. Open 11am-1:30am daily. Happy hour: M-F 5-7pm. Live music: 9pm-1:30am. l
3197 Meridian Ave, SJ (408/269-7891).

Carry Nations
Named in tribute to the ax-swinging defender of morality, this neighborhood bar weathered natural disasters and a Brazilian invasion to serve up the good stuff. Peep the house round wall, loaded with plaques commemorating events like divorces, boat launchings, and new business ventures. Hand-poured shots; 10 wines by the glass, vintage ports, seven premium tequilas, single-malt scotches. Smoking/cigars. H/A. Open noon-2am daily.
8 N. Santa Cruz Ave, LG (408/354-1771).

Castro Street Bar and Grill
A subdued watering hole on the bustling Mountain View artery. The bar has only seven stools; so small you have to go outside to change your mind. Hand-poured shots; a dozen wines by the glass, premium tequila, single-malt scotches. No smoking. H/A. Free parking. Open M-F 11am-3pm and 5-10pm; Sa noon-11pm; Su noon-9:30pm. Happy hour: M-F 5-6:30pm.
174 Castro St, MV (415/968-7111).

Charlie's Bar and Grill
A mixed crowd of mixed nuts get lubricated in a lung-friendly atmosphere. Hand-poured shots; wines by the glass, premium tequilas, small-batch bourbons, single-malt scotches. Jukebox, video games, pinball, darts. No smoking. Free parking. Open 4pm-2am daily.
1984 W. El Camino Real, MV (415/967-6867).

Chart House
The spacious mansion looks beamed down from Gone With The Wind. Mid-to-late-30s Los Gatos residents compare stock portfolios and their kids' graduation photos. Hand-poured shots; 16 wines by the glass, vintage ports, premium tequila, small-batch bourbon, single-malt scotches. No smoking. H/A. Free parking. Open M-F 5:30-9:30pm; Sa 5-10pm; Su 5-9:30pm.
115 N. Santa Cruz Ave, LG (408/354-1737).

City Bar and Grill
Business people and conventioneers; 35 and up. Hand-poured shots; microbrews on tap, wines by the glass, vintage port, premium tequilas, 12 small-batch bourbons, eight single-malt scotches, two grappas. No smoking. H/A. Free parking. Open 6am-10pm.
Hilton and Towers, 300 Almaden Blvd, SJ (408/947-4444).

Clocktower Bar and Grill
Upper-income bracket, mature professionals quaff cognacs and dessert wines around the new fireplace and baby grand piano. Hand-poured shots, microbrews on tap, nine wines by the glass, premium tequilas, 10 small-batch bourbons, single-malt scotches. Smoking/cigars (also sold). H/A. Free parking. Open Su-Th 4-11pm; F-Sa 4pm-midnight. Happy hour: M-F 4:30-6:30pm. Light jazz duet: Sa 5-8pm. Jazz jam: Su 7-9pm. Brunch (with piano soloist): Su 10am-2pm.
Inside the Toll House Hotel, 140 S. Santa Cruz Ave, LG (408/395-7070).

Club Max
A shiny, oxygen-rich fern bar catering to after-work crowd and hotel guests. Can get pretty dressy on weekends. Measured shots; microbrews on tap, wines by the glass, vintage ports, premium tequilas, small-batch bourbons, single-malt scotches. Live DJ (Tu-Sa), dance floor, karaoke (Wed). Smoking/cigars (also sold). Cash only. H/A. Free parking. Cover varies. Open M-F 4:30-2am; Sa 8am-2am; Su 8am-midnight. Happy hour: M-F 5:30-7:30pm. Live music: Th-Sa 8:30pm.
Red Lion Hotel, 2050 Gateway Place, SJ (408/453-4000).

Coleman Still
Business types at lunch and families at dinner pack this little bit o' hillbilly heaven; a rough-edged, friendly place with honest drinks and big food. Hand-poured shots; 16 wines by the glass, premium tequilas, single-malt scotches. Darts. Smoking (in bar)/cigars. H/A. Free parking. Open Su 9am-9pm; M-Th 9am-10pm; F-Sa 9am-11pm. Happy hour: M-F 4-6pm.
1240 Coleman Ave, Santa Clara (408/727-4670).

Cupertino Café
Formerly St. John's Bar & Grill. In the middle of remodeling but should be completed by the time you read this. Beer and wine only but full bar coming. No smoking. Free parking. Open M-Sa 11am-10pm. Happy hour: M-F 4-6pm.
19541 Richwood Dr, Cupertino (408/996-8855).

Crazy Horse Bistro/The Plumed Horse
Venerable nightspot caters to 30ish clientele; peaceful view of Saratoga Creek from floor-to-ceiling windows. Hand-poured shots; good selection of wines by the glass, vintage ports, premium tequilas and single-malt scotches; small-batch bourbon. Dance floor. Smoking/no cigars. H/A. Free parking. Open M-Sa 4pm-2am. Happy hour: M-Th 4:30-6pm. Live music: F-Sa 8:30pm and 12:30am (contemporary jazz trio).
14555 Big Basin Way, Saratoga (408/867-4711).

Creekside Inn
Collars of blue, white and in-between converge to sip drink and sample the killer prime rib. Hand-poured shots; eight wines by the glass, vintage ports, premium tequila, small-batch bourbon, single-malt scotch. Dance floor, jukebox, karaoke. Smoking (lounge only)/no cigars. H/A. Free parking. Open 11am-2am daily except Su. Happy hour: M-F 4-6pm. Karaoke: Th-Sa 9pm-1am.
544 W. Alma St, SJ (408/289-9781).

Dolce Vita
This wine bar books plenty of exciting world music genres: Brazilian jazz, gypsy, classical and Italian. Try the tiramisu, for which Dolce Vita claims bragging rights. Smoking/no cigars. H/A. Free parking. Open Tu-Su 5pm-11:30pm.
14482 Big Basin Way, Saratoga (408/741-8858).

The Drying Shed
This place can get pretty live on the weekends, so come early and get a ringside seat. Live bands play Top 40. Hand-poured shots; a dozen wines by the glass; vintage ports, premium tequila, small-batch bourbon, single-malt scotches. Dance floor. Smoking/no cigars. H/A. Free parking. Cocktail waitresses. Open Su-M 11am-midnight; Tu-F 11am-2am. Live music: F-Sa 9pm-2am.
402 Toyon Ave, SJ (408/272-1512).

The Echo of Los Altos
Mature patrons get weepy or jolly at the piano bar during the weekdays, and younger folk mix in on Sundays, when C&W bands take over. Hand-poured shots; 12-15 wines by the glass; vintage port, premium tequila, single-malt scotch. Dance floor. Smoking/no cigars. H/A. Free parking. Open Su-M noon-midnight; Tu-Sa 10am-2am. Happy hour: F 5-7pm. Live music: Su 7-11pm (C&W); Tu-Th 8pm-2am, F-Sa 8:30pm-2am (piano bar).
1579 Miramonte Ave, Los Altos (415/967-0969).

Effie's
Mid-30s business types wrangle over business deals or regional college basketball superiority. Guitarists and singers provide the soundtrack. Hand-poured shots; wines by the glass, premium tequila, small-batch bourbon, single-malt scotch. Dance floor. Smoking/cigars. H/A. Free parking. Open Su-Th 10am-11:30pm; F-Sa 10am-1am. Happy hour: M-F 4-7pm; buffet. Live music: W-Th 8-11:30pm; F-Sa 8pm-1am.
331 Hacienda Ave, Campbell (408/374-3400).

Eight Forty North First
Power lunchers and politicians, civil and uncivil servants from the civic center; they all do the nimble stand-up-and-wave-from-across-the-room ritual here. A pretty classy joint. Hand-poured shots; microbrews and Eurobrews on tap, 18 wines by the glass, vintage ports ('63 and '70), premium tequilas, small-batch and other obscure bourbons, single-malt scotches, grappas. No smoking. H/A. Free parking. Open M-F 11:30am-10pm; Sa 5-10pm; closed Su. Happy hour: M-F 4-7pm.
840 N. First St, SJ (408/282-0840).

El Torito
Macho men and women with intricate perms cool out with frosty margaritas and chips. Watch out for Tuesday/Wednesday Taco Madness, when tacos go for 75 cents and margaritas for $2.75; and Baja Beach Night (Wednesday) featuring cerveza Corona and fish tacos. Shots measured with jigger or measuring cup; Gordon Biersch Marzen on tap, eight wines by the glass, 12 premium tequilas, small-batch bourbon, single-malt scotch. Smoking (after kitchen closes)/no cigars. H/A. Free parking. Open Su 10am-11pm; M-Th 11am-11pm; F-Sa 11am-1am. Happy hour: M-F 4-8pm.
10330 N. Wolfe Rd, Cupertino (408/255-5747).

Empire Tap Room
Mainly a restaurant, serving Mediterranean American food; cigars a big draw after dining room closes. Hand-poured shots; 15 microbrews on tap, 12 wines by the glass, 10 vintage ports, 10 premium tequilas, eight small-batch bourbons, 20 single-malt scotches, four grappas. Smoking (after 10:30pm)/cigars (also sold). H/A. Free parking. Open M-W 11:30am-9:30pm; Th-F 11:30am-10:30pm; Sa 11am-10:30pm; Su 11am-9:30pm.
651 Emerson St, PA (415/321-3030).

Eulipia Restaurant and Bar
Business types; dress nicely. Room has recently been redone in quietly elegant but comfortable style. Hand-poured shots; eight microbrews on tap, 12 wines by the glass, 12 vintage ports, 10 premium tequilas, small-batch bourbons, 20 single-malt scotches. No smoking. H/A. Open Tu-F 11:30am-2pm; Tu-Su 5pm till whenever.
374 S. First St, SJ (408/280-6161).

Fairmont Lobby Lounge
A jazz pianist and happy hour buffet attract many convention-goers and business people during the week, while a quartet draws in a varied crowd on the weekends. Measured shots; many wines by the glass, vintage ports, single-malt scotches. Dance floor. No smoking. H/A. No cover. Open 11am-1am daily. Happy hour: M-F 5-7pm. Live music: Su-F 3:30-8:30pm. F-Sa 8:30pm-12:30am.
170 S. Market St, SJ (408/998-3960).

Fanny and Alexander Restaurant and Café
An older crowd with working brain synapses chill to live music--from salsa to R&R and funk cover bands to brunch jazz. Hand-poured shots; a dozen microbrews on tap; 14 wines by the glass; good selection of vintage ports, premium tequilas, small-batch bourbons and single-malt scotches. Dance floor. Smoking/cigars (on patio). H/A. Free parking. Cover: $4; $2 W-Th. Open 11:30am-1:30am daily. Happy hour: 4:30-6:30pm daily. Live music: Su 9pm-midnight (salsa); W-Sa 10pm-1:15am (R&R, funk covers); Su 10:30am-1:30pm (brunch jazz).
412 Emerson St, PA (415/326-7183).

Faz Sunnyvale
The cherrywood and mahogany bar is the spot to watch the Mediterranean food prepared in the display kitchen. Hand-poured shots; microbrews on tap, 20 wines by the glass (and 60 by the bottle), vintage ports, premium tequilas, small-batch bourbon, single-malt scotches. No smoking. H/A. Free parking. Open M-F 11am-10pm. Happy hour: M-F 5:30-8pm.
1108 N. Mathilda Ave, Sunnyvale (408/752-8000).

Fireside Lounge
Need a loan? Step into my parlor; let's talk about it. Fireside Lounge is the bar with the most casinolike atmosphere from here to stateline. Business types at happy hour. Hand-poured call shots; well is automated. Large selection of wines by the glass; port, premium tequila, small-batch bourbon, single-malt scotch. Smoking/cigars. H/A. Free parking. Cocktail waitresses. Open 10:30am-2am daily. Happy hour: M-Th 4-8pm; F 4-10pm.
10690 N. De Anza Blvd, Cupertino (408/996-7750).

Gasthaus Adler
Slightly older crowd dresses nicely for dinner; bar is casual. Blues rock and country rock bands entertain in the bar; European country bands play the dining room. Hand-poured shots; microbrews on tap plus five German beers; wine by the glass, premium tequilas, small-batch bourbons, six single-malt scotches, eight grappas. Dance floor, jukebox, video games, dartboard. Smoking/cigars (also sold). H/A. Free parking. Open 10am-2am daily. Happy hour: M-F 5-8pm (free appetizers only; no drink specials). Live music: Second F 9pm-1am (blues/rock); Sa 7-11:30pm (European country).
1380 S. Main St, Milpitas (408/946-6141).

The Golden Oak
Business types and professionals; bar is casual, but dining room is dressy. Hand-poured shots; microbrews on tap, at least a dozen wines by the glass, vintage ports, premium tequilas, small-batch bourbons, single-malt scotches. Dance floor, karaoke. Smoking/no cigars. H/A. Free parking. Open Su-Th 11am-12:30am; F-Sa 11am-2am. Live music: F-Sa 8:30pm-12:30am (rock bands; blues or jazz bands play last F and Sa of the month). Karaoke: W-Th 8-11pm.
16695 Condit Rd, Morgan Hill (408/779-8085).

Hardy's Bavaria
This German restaurant and bar specializes in German brandies and liqueurs and offers three German beers on tap. Hand-poured shots; wines by the glass, vintage ports, single-malt scotches, grappa. No smoking. H/A. Free parking. Open Tu-Sat 11am-midnight.
111 Evelyn Ave, Sunnyvale (408/720-1531).

Harry's Hofbrau
There are kids in the family restaurant; Mom and Dad step into the bar for the huge beer selection (150 bottled beers and 15 on tap), plus impressive collection of upscale tequilas, gins and vodkas. Wines by the glass, small-batch bourbons and single-malt scotches. Non-alcoholic drinks include smoothies. No smoking. Cash only. H/A. Free parking. Open Su-Th 11am-11pm; F-Sa 11am-midnight.
390 Saratoga Ave (408/243-0434). l Henry's World-Famous Hi-Life
Dark, crowded, friendly joint attached to justly renowned rib and steak house; a real treat for the red-meat, big-potatoes, just-plain-drinks crowd. Jukebox a gold mine of retro cocktail hits. Hand-poured shots; eight wines by the glass, vintage port, nine small-batch bourbons, single-malt scotches. Jukebox. Smoking/cigars. H/A. Free parking. Open 11am-11pm daily.
301 W. St. John St, SJ (408/295-5414).

Hochburg Von Germania
The bar's hardwood floors lead to an enormous dance floor where couples make like Fred and Ginger, or after a few drinks, Fred and Barney (the "Frantic"). A classy throwback to another era. Bar specialties include large arrays of European beers and liqueurs. Smoking/cigars. Cash only. H/A. Free parking. Open Tu-Su 11:30am-2pm, 5pm-8pm. Sa 8pm-midnight. Live music: ballroom dancing.
261 N. Second St, San Jose (408/295-4484).

Il Fornaio
Possesses all the class and refinement of a sidewalk cafe outside of Genoa. Local business types, Stanford students. Outdoor patio in the Garden Court Hotel. Hand-poured shots; 10 wines by the glass, vintage ports, premium tequilas, small-batch bourbons, single-malt scotches, eight grappas. No smoking. Cash only. H/A. Free parking. Open M-Th 7am-11pm; F 7am-midnight; Sa 8am-midnight; Su 8-11pm.
520 Cowper St, PA (415/853-3888). Johnny Z's
Mahogany bar, oak paneling; continental cuisine; good selection of wines, ports, single-malt scotch and cigars. Hand-poured shots; microbrews on tap, wines by the glass, vintage ports, premium tequilas, small-batch bourbons, single-malt scotches. Dance floor. Smoking/cigars (also sold). H/A. Free parking. Open Tu-Sa 4pm-midnight; closed Su-M. Live music: F-Sa 7-11pm (piano and singer; jazz, classical).
1655 S. De Anza Blvd, Cupertino (408/257-1120).

Jose's Caribbean Nightclub & Restaurant
Crowd varies with the music, but emphasis is on positive vibrations, mon. Hand-poured shots; wines by the glass, premium tequila. Live DJ, dance floor. No tank tops or sandals. No smoking. H/A. Free parking. Cover: F-Sa $5; music ranges from salsa (W, F, includes dance lessons) to reggae. Open Su-Th 11am-2pm and 5-10pm; F-Sa till 11pm.
2275 El Camino Real, PA (408/326-6522).

La Hacienda
Not a Los Gatos bar. It's proudly Monte Sereno and for the older folks or for anybody who wants to have a quiet drink. Piano bar plus contemporary live music. Hand-poured shots; microbrews on tap, 10 wines by the glass, 10 vintage ports, premium tequilas, small-batch bourbons, eight single malt scotches, six grappas. Dance floor. No smoking. H/A. Free parking. Open 11am-2am daily. Happy hour: M-F 4-7pm. Live music: F-Sa 10pm-2am. Piano bar: Tu-Th 8pm-midnight.
18840 Saratoga-Los Gatos Rd, Monte Sereno (408/354-6669).

La Sala Della Palma
Opening July 11. Indoor/outdoor bar features a martini bar and cigars on the patio. Check out the impressive grappa collection. Hand-poured shots; 12 wines by the glass, eight vintage ports, six premium tequilas, 12 small-batch bourbons, 20 single-malt scotches, 20 grappas. Smoking/cigars (also sold). H/A. Open Su-Th 6-11pm; F-Sa 6pm-midnight. Live music: Th-Sa 6pm-midnight (jazz band with Caribbean flair). Inside Hyatt St. Claire.
302 S. Market St, SJ (408/271-3366).

Las Palmas
Mid-20s to 30s. Banquet facilities available. Hand-poured shots; microbrews on tap, wines by the glass, premium tequilas, single-malt scotches. Live DJ, dance floor, jukebox, karaoke. Smoking/cigars. H/A. Free parking. Open Th-Sa 9pm-1am. Happy hour: M-F 4-6:30pm ($1 appetizers). Live DJ: F-Sa 9pm-2am (hip hop, old school, house). Karaoke: Th 7pm-midnight.
7793 Wren Ave, Gilroy (408/842-7177).

Left at Albuquerque
This upscale tequilaria dazzles Stanford grads and young professionals with a stunning selection of mescal and agave juice. Hand-poured shots; microbrews on tap plus 17 bottled Mexican beers; wines by the glass, 120 tequilas and seven mescals, small-batch bourbons, single-malt scotches. Jukebox. No smoking. H/A. Free parking. Open 11:30am-2am daily.
445 Emerson, PA (415/326-1011).

Light Rail Lounge
For train nuts--the light rail goes right past the front door. Those are swinging doors, by the way, the old-fashioned kind. Hand-poured shots; wines by the glass, premium tequilas, small-batch bourbons, single-malt scotches. Jukebox, darts. Smoking/cigars (also sold). Cash only; ATMs accepted. H/A. Free parking. Open M-Sa 11am-2am; closed Su.
1336 N. First St, SJ (408/453-5326).

Lookout Inn Restaurant
Business types, 30s to 40s. Try the Wednesday barbecue ($7). Hand-poured shots; wines by the glass, premium tequila, six single-malt scotches. Smoking/cigars. H/A. Free parking. Open 6:30am-9pm daily.
605 Macara Ave, Sunnyvale (408/739-8900).

Los Gatos Bar and Grill
Men of brawn and women of beauty do a nimble mating dance around this classy upstairs joint draped in nautical memorabilia. LGB&G boasts 12 microbrews on tap and 18 wines by the glass. Hand-poured shots; 12 microbrews on tap, 18 wines by the glass, vintage ports, premium tequilas, small-batch bourbons, single-malt scotches. No tank tops. Darts. No smoking. H/A. Free parking. Open Su-Th 11am-11pm; F-Sa 11am-1am. Happy hour: M-F 5-7pm.
15 1/2 N. Santa Cruz Ave, LG (408/399-5424).

Los Gatos Lodge
You'd think Nancy Wilson or Englebert Humperdinck crooned here back in the day. The mountaintop location and old-school stylishness brings back memories of the bar in The Shining. Mostly middle-aged and up. Variety of bands performing music from '50s and '60s. Divertissements include bocci ball. Hand-poured shots; one microbrew on tap, wines by the glass, vintage ports, premium tequilas, good selection of small-batch bourbons and single-malt scotches. Dance floor. Smoking/cigars. H/A. Free parking. Open Su 10am-midnight; M-Sa 10am-2am. Happy hour: M-F 5-7pm; barbecue on Fridays. Live music: F-Sa 9pm-2am.
50 Los Gatos-Saratoga Rd, Los Gatos (408/354-3300).

MacArthur Park
You won't find a cake left out in the rain, but you will find plenty of business types and thirtysomethings getting lubricated. Hand-poured shots; microbrews on tap, a baker's dozen of wines by the glass, vintage ports, premium tequilas, 12 small-batch bourbons and single-malt scotches. No smoking. H/A. Free parking. Open F 5:30-11pm; Sa 5-11pm; Su 10am-2pm and 5-10pm. Happy hour: M-Tu 5-7pm; W-F 4:30-7pm (backyard barbecue). Live music: 6:30pm daily (piano; jazz, contemporary).
27 University Ave, PA (415/321-9990).

Mac's Tea Room
The spot for mid-30s to mid-40s local Los Altans. Maybe you can get in a C&W line dance with Steve Young. Hand-poured shots; microbrews on tap, 15 wines by the glass, premium tequilas, single-malt scotches. Dance floor. Smoking/no cigars. H/A. Free parking. Cocktail waitresses. Open Su 4-10pm; M-Sa 11am-midnight. Happy hour: M-F 4:30-7pm; free hors d'oeuvres. Live music: Th 8-11pm (jazz trio). Line dancing: W 8-11pm.
325 Main St, Los Altos (415/941-0234).

Manhattan's
Much more than sweet vermouth, bourbon and a cherry, Manhattan's entertains the casual to formal, or any combination of the above. Restaurant serves continental cuisine, steaks, seafood, poultry. Hand-poured shots; a dozen wines by the glass, vintage ports, premium tequilas, small-batch bourbons, single-malt scotches. Dance floor reserved for banquets only. No smoking/no cigars. H/A. Free parking. Open Tu-Sa 5:30-9:30pm; closed Su-M.
12378 Saratoga-Sunnyvale Rd, Saratoga (408/257-2131).

Marbella
An oasis of nice on the usually bleak Winchester Boulevard. The only mystery this house holds is why more people don't come here. Hand-poured shots; 20 microbrews on tap, wines by the glass, vintage ports, premium tequilas, small-batch bourbons, single-malt scotches, grappas. No smoking. H/A. Free parking. Open M-Th 11am-9:30pm; F 11am-10pm; Sa 5-10pm; closed Su. Live music: F-Sa 7-10pm (piano, jazz).
14109 Winchester Blvd, LG (408/374-1717).

Marina Sea Food Grotto
Usually, the words "seafood grotto" and "Alviso" would fit like OJ's hand in an Isotoner glove, but in this case, the combination is a barge of good spirits. A mature crowd frequents, though younger than the century-old bar by the bay. Hand-poured shots; wines by the glass, premium tequilas, small-batch bourbons, single-malt scotches. Dance floor, jukebox, pinball, video games, darts. Smoking (in bar)/cigars. H/A. Free parking. Open 11:30am-1am. Happy hour: M-Th 3-6pm. Live music: twice a month, F 9pm (blues).
995 Elizabeth St, SJ (Alviso) (408/262-2563).

Menara Moroccan Restaurant
That swirling brown eye closing in on you is not an apparition caused by one too many single-malt scotches. It's a belly dancer, providing the entertainment at this relaxed Moroccan eatery. Business types. Hand-poured shots; wines by the glass, premium tequilas, small-batch bourbons, single-malt scotches. Dance floor. Smoking (in bar)/cigars (also sold). H/A. Free parking. Open 6-10pm daily. Live music: 8pm daily (belly dancing).
41 E. Gish Rd, SJ (408/453-1983).

Mister Steer Steak House
This barbecue restaurant is popular among families and businesspeople and just celebrated its 40th anniversary. Hand-poured shots; wines by the glass, premium tequilas, single-malt scotches. Smoking/no cigars. Free parking. Open M-F 11am-10pm; Sa-Su 4-10pm.
2367 El Camino Real, Santa Clara (408/243-1545).

Original Joe's
Need to know how many ribbies Griffey brought in? Or what downtown redevelopment is doing wrong? These and other burning questions will be answered by the wise barkeeps at this dark, leather-couched establishment. Drinks come stiff as the advice poured forth by these sages. Hand-poured shots; wines by the glass, vintage ports, premium tequilas, single-malt scotches. Smoking/no cigars. H/A. Open 11am-1:30am daily.
301 S. First St, SJ (408/292-7030).

Outback Steakhouse
You won't find Paul Hogan, Jacko, or baby-stealing dingos here, but a glass of satisfying Fosters--and a bar of friendly blokes and Sheilas--awaits. Microbrews on tap; more than two dozen wines by the glass; premium tequilas, small-batch bourbons. No smoking. H/A. Free parking. Open M-F 3-10pm; Sa-Su 3-11pm. Happy hour: 3-7pm daily ($1 off everything).
20630 Valley Green Dr, Cupertino (408/255-4400).

The Palace
The dramatic art nouveau atmosphere of this 1930s renovated movie theater makes the Palace the perfect backdrop for chef Joey Altman's whimsical culinary style. The restaurant at the Palace serves an extensive monthly menu of international cuisine. Hand-poured shots; microbrew on tap, wines by the glass, vintage port, premium tequila, single-malt scotch. Live DJ, dance floor. Collared shirts for men; no ripped jeans, tennis shoes or ball caps. No smoking. Limited H/A. Free parking. Cover: F $8, Sa $10; waived for diners. Open W-Sa 6-10pm (dinner); F-Sa 10pm-2am (nightclub). Live music: Jazz trio during dinner; DJs in nightclub.
146 S. Murphy Ave, Sunnyvale (408/739-5179).

Paolo's
One of the most elegant cocktail lounges in San Jose, Paolo's caters to a business crowd and features an excellent wine, port and grappa list. Hand-poured shots; wines by the glass, vintage ports, premium tequilas, small-batch bourbons, single-malt scotches. No tank tops, shorts, tennis shoes. Smoking outside. H/A. Free parking. Cocktail waitresses. Open M-Th 5-11pm; F-S 5pm-midnight.
333 W. San Carlos St, SJ (408/294-2558).

Parrot Lounge
Quiet and cozy spot (inside Holiday Inn) for business crowd and conventioneers. Automated shots; wines by the glass, premium tequila, single-malt scotch. No smoking. H/A. Free parking. Open 11am-1:30am. Happy hour: 5-7pm. Live music: W-Sa 6pm-midnight (piano).
281 Almaden Blvd, SJ (408/998-0400).

Pedro's
Mixed crowd of tequila lovers. Specialty is house margarita; a frosty parfait of sweet and salty iciness in a wide-mouth glass. Some shots hand-poured shots, others automated. Microbrews on tap, eight wines by the glass, 25 premium tequilas, single-malt scotch. TV for Monday Night Football only, darts. No smoking. H/A. Free parking. Cocktail waitresses. Open Su-Th 11am-10pm; F-Sa 11am-11pm. Happy hour: M-F 4-6pm.
316 N. Santa Cruz Ave, LG (408/354-7570).

Sarti's
Sarti's dares you to do it--karaoke, that is. Watch friends and complete strangers get on the mic and make do of the Everly Brothers. Chickens--those who go up and don't sing--are severely plucked. Hand-poured shots; microbrews on tap, wines by the glass, vintage ports, premium tequilas, small-batch bourbons, single-malt scotches. Live DJ, dance floor, karaoke, darts. Smoking/cigars. H/A. Free parking. Open 11am-2am daily. Happy hour: M-F 5-7pm. Karaoke: 8pm-1:30am daily.
2587 Seaboard Ave, SJ (408/435-0820).

Sherwood Inn
Locals and regulars hang out at this clean, friendly lounge, part of a real American steak house. Hand-poured shots; wines by the glass, premium tequilas, single-malt scotches. Jukebox, video games, darts. Smoking/cigars. H/A. Free parking. Open 10am-2am daily. Happy hour: 3-6pm daily.
2988 Almaden Expwy, SJ (408/266-2480). Shooter's
Mixed crowd. Hand-poured shots; microbrews on tap, wines by the glass, small-batch bourbons and single-malt scotch. Jukebox, video games, darts. Smoking/cigars. Cash only. H/A. Free parking. Open 10am-2am daily.
769 N. Mathilda Ave, Sunnyvale (408/738-2787).

Stars Palo Alto
The famous San Francisco quadruple star expanded south and lost none of its acclaim. The selection of grappa is by far the headiest on our list. Mixed crowd, with entertainment leaning toward light jazz. Hand-poured shots; wines by the glass, vintage ports, 15 premium tequilas, large selection of small-batch bourbons and single-malt scotches; 40 kinds of grappa. No smoking. H/A. Valet parking. Open 11:30am-11:30pm daily. Live music: W-Th 6-10pm (solo piano); F-Sa 7-11pm (jazz trio); Su 10:30am-3pm (brunch trio).
265 Lytton Ave, PA (415/321-4466).

Steamers
Decibel levels from the dining room tend to leak through the walls, but the glass awning makes for a nice sunny place to nurse a spicy Bloody Mary. Hand-poured shots; microbrews on tap; 40 wines by the glass, including 11 chardonnays; nine vintage ports (back to 1955), 32 premium tequilas, six single-malt scotches. No smoking. H/A. Free parking. Open Su noon-9:30pm; M-Th 11:30am-10pm; F-Sa 11:30am-11pm. Happy hour: M-F 5-7pm.
50 University Ave, LG (408/395-2722).

Talbot's
Business types converge at lunch; younger crowd stalks the night. Hand-poured shots; microbrews on tap, wines by the glass, premium tequilas, small-batch bourbon, single-malt scotches. Darts. Smoking/no cigars. Free parking. Open M-Sa 11:30am-2am.
463 California Ave, PA (415/326-7762).

Teske's Germania
Landmark German tavern and restaurant near County Courthouse; there's a biergarten in summer. Free buffet on Fridays. Hand-poured shots; four German beers on tap, with 26 more in the bottle; 14 wines by the glass; vintage ports, premium tequilas, single-malt scotches. Dance floor. No smoking. Free parking. Open M-Th 11am-11pm; F-Sa 4pm-2am; Su closed. Happy hour: M-F 4-7pm.
255 N. First St, SJ (408/292-0291).

TGI Friday's
The corporation taught Tom Cruise all that flashy bottle flipping in Cocktail; bartenders here learn more than 270 drinks. Hand-poured shots; six microbrews on tap, 20 wines by the glass, premium tequilas, small-batch bourbons, eight single-malt scotches. No smoking. H/A. Free parking. Open 11am-2am daily. Happy hour: 4-7pm and 10pm-midnight daily ($1 off all drinks; $2.49 appetizers).
10343 N. Wolfe Rd, Cupertino (408/257-9600).

Three Flames
Older clientele grooves to live Top 40 music. Hand-poured shots; 10 wines by the glass, vintage ports, premium tequilas, small-batch bourbons, single-malt scotches. Dance floor. No smoking. H/A. Free parking. Open 11am-2am daily. Live music: Tu-Sa 9pm-1am.
1547 Meridian Ave, SJ (408/269-3133).

Three Plus One Club
Upscale, slightly dressy drinking establishment on the east side. Automated shots; wines by the glass, premium tequilas, single-malt scotches. Live DJ, dance floor, jukebox. No tennis shoes, no baseball caps, no jeans. Smoking/cigars. Free parking. Cover: F-Su $5. Open M-F 11am-1:30am; Sa-Su 11am-2am. Happy hour: M-F 11am-7pm. Live music: Su 6-10pm. Live DJ: F-Sa 9pm.
675 E. Gish Rd, SJ (408/293-6289).

Tony Roma's More than a waiting room for folks hankering for a side of ribs, R&B dance bands entertain 30s to 40s crowd. Hand-poured shots; microbrews on tap, wines by the glass, premium tequilas, single-malt scotches. Dance floor. Smoking/no cigars. H/A. Free parking. Open Su noon-9:30pm; M-W noon-11:30pm; Th-Sa 11am-1:30am. Happy hour: M-F 3-6pm. Live music: W-Sa 9pm-closing.
4233 Moorpark Ave, SJ (408/253-4900).

Tony Roma's (MV)
A place to rest the elbows, sip back a Moosehead, and watch the 8pm Sportscenter. Tourists, business types and just folks. Hand-poured shots; Samuel Adams on tap, eight wines by the glass; premium tequila and single-malt scotches. No smoking. H/A. Free parking. Open Su noon-10pm; M-Th 11am-10pm; F-Sa 11am-11pm.
1616 W. El Camino Real, MV (415/960-1176).

Towne Oak Supper Club
Entertaining is what Towne Oak is about--from 10-piece Dixieland band to DJ Sir Dance A Lot. Hand-poured shots; microbrews on tap, 14 wines by the glass, vintage ports, premium tequilas, 11 small-batch bourbons, 14 single-malt scotches. Live DJ, dance floor. Smoking/cigars (also sold). H/A. Free parking. Open M-Sa 11am-2am; Su open for banquets and events. Happy hour: M-F 4-7pm; free buffet-style hors d'oeuvres. Live music: M 7pm (Dixieland/Roaring '20s); Tu-W 8pm ('40s-'90s DJ mix, no cover); Th 8 (dance lessons; free) and 9pm (West Coast Swing DJ; $3 cover); F 9pm (DJ Sir Dance A Lot; free); Sa 8pm (dance lessons; free) and 9pm (Night Fever Hustle disco; $3 cover).
Towne and Country Village, Mathilda and Washington avenues, Sunnyvale (408/732-5500).

Vahl's Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge
In the world of vintage roadhouses, Vahl's is as dependable as Diego Maradona in the penalty box during a 1-1 tie. It's a compliment, honey. Sit in the neon glow of the bar and transport yourself back to the 1940s. Splendid homey food. Smoking. H/A. Free parking. No cover.
1513 El Dorado, Alviso (408/262-0731).

The Wagon Wheel
Silicon Valley business people play blackjack, lo-ball and others on six tables. Hand-poured shots; microbrews on tap, wines by the glass, premium tequilas, small-batch bourbon, single-malt scotches. Jukebox. Smoking/cigars. H/A. Free parking. Open 11am-midnight daily. Happy hour: M-F 4-7pm; all day Sa-Su.
282 E. Middlefield Rd, MV (415/967-1244).

Willow Glen Inn
The Inn attracts a mostly Latino crowd on weekends. Rudy and the Cruisers play Top 40/salsa. Hand-poured shots; wines by the glass, premium tequilas. Dance floor, jukebox, karaoke, darts. Smoking/cigars. H/A. Free parking. Open 11am-2am daily. Happy hour: M-F 2-6pm. Live music: Th-Sa 9pm-2am. Karaoke: Su 7:30pm-midnight.
1072 Lincoln Ave, SJ (408/292-4866).

Wine Cellar
Get the juices of romance flowing at this downstairs bar. Business crowd; couples at night, making nice-nice and sampling the huge selection of wines. Jazz and acoustic guitar provide sophisticated entertainment. Five microbrews on tap; 69 wines by the glass; vintage port. Free parking. Open Su noon-9pm; M-Th 11:30am-10pm; F-Sa 11:30am-11:30pm. Jazz: Th 8pm. Acoustic guitar: F-Sa 8:30pm.
50 University Ave, LG (408/354-4808).

Zahir's Cafe
Business people are attracted to this California cuisine restaurant with a fresh, open kitchen. Hand-poured shots; wines by the glass, vintage ports, premium tequilas, small-batch bourbons, single-malt scotches, grappa. No smoking. H/A. Free parking. Open Su 5-9pm; M-Th 11am-2pm; F 11am-2pm and 5-10pm; Sa 5-10pm.
1350 S. Park Victoria, Milpitas (408/946-4000).

Zorba's
Older crowd savors Greek food and music. Bouzouki solo! Hand-poured shots; wines by the glass, premium tequilas, small-batch bourbons, seven single-malt scotches, two grappas. Dance floor. No smoking. H/A. Free parking. Open 11am-2pm and 5-11pm daily. Live music: W-Su 8-11pm.
1350 S. Bascom Ave, SJ (408/293-7170).

Wineries

A. Conrotto Winery
Winemaker: Jim Burr. Specialties: Petite sirah. No tours. Tastings: 11am-5pm Sa-Su.
1690 Hecker Pass Hwy, Gilroy (408/842-3053).

David Bruce Winery
Winemaker: David Bruce. Specialties: Cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, petite sirah, pinot noir. No tours. Tastings: noon-5pm daily.
21439 Bear Creek Rd, Los Gatos (408/354-4214).

Byington Winery and Vineyard
Winemaker: Alan Phillips. Specialties: Chardonnay, pinot noir, cabernet sauvignon and merlot. Tours by appointment. Tastings: 11am-5pm daily.
28150 Bear Creek Rd, LG (408/354-1111).

Cooper-Garrod Vineyards
Winemaker: George Cooper. Specialties: Cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay. No tours. Tastings: 11am-4:30pm Sa-Su.
22600 Mt. Eden Rd, Saratoga (408/741-8094).

Fortino Winery
Winemaker: Gino Fortino. Specialties: Burgundy, cabernet sauvignon, charbono, petite sirah. Tours during harvest only, Aug-Oct. Tastings: 9am-5:30pm daily.
4525 Hecker Pass Hwy, Gilroy (408/842-3305).

Emilio Guglielmo Winery
Winemaker: George Guglielmo Jr. Specialties: Cabernet sauvignon, claret, grignolino, petite sirah, sangiovese, zinfandel. Tours by appointment. Tastings: 10am-5pm daily.
1480 E. Main Ave, Morgan Hill (408/779-2145).

Hallcrest Vineyards
Winemaker: John Schumacher. Specialties: Chardonnays, merlot, cabernet; traditional styles. Tours by appointment. Tastings: 11am-5pm daily.
379 Felton Empire Rd, Felton (408/335-4441).

Hecker Pass Winery
Winemaker: Mario Fortino. Specialties: Blanc de blanc, cream sherry, chablis, grenache, petite sirah, zinfandel. Tours by appointment. Tastings: 9am-6pm daily.
4605 Hecker Pass Hwy, Gilroy (408/842-8755).

Kirigin Cellars
Winemaker: Nikola Kirigin. Specialties: "Anybody who has a specialty isn't good in all wines and should get out of the business." Tours by appointment. Tastings: 10am-5pm daily.
11550 Watsonville Rd, Gilroy (408/847-8827).

Thomas Kruse Winery
Winemaker: Tom Kruse. Specialties: Blanc de noir, cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay and zinfandel. Tours: groups by appointment. Tastings: noon-5pm daily.
4390 Hecker Pass Hwy, Gilroy (408/842-7016).

Live Oaks Winery
Winemaker: Mitsuo Takemoto. Specialties: Burgundy, chardonnay, chenin blanc, sauvignon blanc and zinfandel. No tours. Tastings: 10am-5pm daily.
3875 Hecker Pass Hwy, Gilroy (408/842-2401).

J. Lohr Winery
Winemaker: Jeff Meier. Specialties: Chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon. Tours: 11am and 2pm Sa-Su. Tastings: 10am-5pm daily.
1000 Lenzen Ave, SJ (408/288-5057).

Mirassou Champagne Cellars
Winemaker: Sean Lin. Specialties: Sparkling wines. Tours: 1 and 3pm W-Su. Tastings: noon-5pm W-Su.
300 College Ave, LG (408/395-3790).

Mirassou Winery
Winemaker: Tom Stutz. Specialties: Chardonnay, cabernet, pinot blanc. Tours: 1 and 3pm M-Sa; 2pm Su. Tastings: noon-5pm M-Sa; noon-4pm Su.
3000 Aborn Rd, SJ (408/274-4000).

Organic Wine Works
Winemaker: John Schumacher. Specialty: Fumé blanc. All wines organically made and processed; only licensed organic processor in U.S. Tours by appointment. Tastings: 11am-5pm daily.
379 Felton Empire Rd, Felton (408/335-4441).

Rapazzini Winery
Winemaker: Jon Rapazzini. Specialties: Apribela (apricot wine), Chateau de Garlic; ruby cabernet. No tours. Tastings: 9am-5pm daily (9am-6pm during summer).
4350 Monterey Rd, Gilroy (408/842-5649).

Ridge Vineyards
Winemaker: Paul Draper. Specialties: Cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, merlot, petite sirah and zinfandel. No tours. Tastings: 11am-3pm Sa-Su.
17100 Monte Bello Rd, Cupertino (408/867-3233).

Sarah's Vineyard
Winemaker: Marilyn Clark. Specialties: Chardonnay, merlot, pinot noir. Tours by appointment. Tastings: noon-4pm Sa.
4005 Hecker Pass Hwy, Gilroy (408/842-4278).

Solis Winery
Winemaker: David Vanni. Specialties: Chardonnay and merlot. Tours by appointment. Tastings: 11am-5pm W-Su.
3920 Hecker Pass Hwy, Gilroy (408/847-6306).

Sunrise Winery
Winery/ranch dates from 1880s. Specialties: Zinfandel, cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir, chardonnay. Free parking. Tastings: 11am-3pm F-Su.
13100 Montebello Rd, Cupertino (408/741-1310).

Sycamore Creek Vineyard
Winemaker: Masao Inoue. Specialties: Cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, gamay blanc, late-harvest Johannisberg riesling. No tours. Tastings: 11:30am-5pm Sa-Su.
12775 Uvas Rd, Morgan Hill (408/779-4738).

Coffeehouses

Almaden Roasting Co./Our Daily Bread
Patrons are your typical suburban coffee drinkers out for the morning walk. House-roasted beans, variety of smoothies. No smoking. H/A. Free parking. Open M-F 6am-9pm; Sa 6am-10pm; Su 6am-6pm.
6123 Meridian Ave, SJ (408/268-6000).

The Artfull Cup
Museum-goers, students and downtown shoppers all enjoy The Artfull Cup, which features book signings and 18 assorted teas, six daily coffees, and smoothies on farmers' market days (Th). Smoking (patio only)/cigars. Cash only. H/A. Parking validated with purchase. Open M-F 8:30am-7pm; Sa 10am-7pm; Su noon-5pm.
150 S. First St (in Pavilion), SJ (408/271-6873).

Barnes and Noble
There was a time when bookstores banned drinks and food within their realm. Superchain Barnes & Noble married the two, creating a safe environment for bookworms to sip and read. Coffee by Starbucks; name-brand teas, juices; specialty sodas. No smoking. H/A. Free parking. Open S-Th 9am-11pm; F-Sa 9am-midnight.
3600 Stevens Creek Blvd, SJ (408/984-3495).

Bay City Coffee Roasting
Does Mountain View need another coffee place? Absolutely, and this roaster with occasional live music fits the bill. Smoking (outdoors)/cigars. H/A. Free parking. Open 7pm-midnight M-F; 8am-midnight Sa-Su. Live music: schedule varies. Beer and wine.
632 San Antonio Rd, MV (415/941-9955).

The Bean Scene
The java is jumping in this quaint cafe, so put a lid on it. Mid-20s to 40s. Unplugged blues and jazz, open mic. Chai. Bottled beer. No smoking. Cash only. H/A. Free parking. Open M-W 7am-10pm; Th-F 7am-11pm; Sa 8am-11pm; Su 8am-7pm. Live music W, Th, Sa at 7pm.
186 Murphy Ave, Sunnyvale (408/738-4523).

Blue Rock Shoot
Serves wine, beer, salads, sorbets, sandwiches and pizza as well as coffee. Smoking (outdoors)/cigars. Cash only. H/A. Free parking. Open 7am-10pm, F-Sa 7am-11pm.
14523 Big Basin Way, Saratoga (408/741-5180).

A Book Garden Café
The soothing ambiance and smooth coffee make this an ideal place to get through the halfway point on that difficult novel. Business types and college students; free acoustic music Friday evenings through summer. Beans from Orchard Valley Coffee Co. and Illy Cafe (espresso); smoothie of the day. Smoking (outdoors)/cigars. H/A. Free parking. Open M-F 6:30am-10pm; Sa-Su 7:30am-6pm.
1215 Calaveras Blvd, Milpitas (408/262-1061).

Borders Books, Music and Cafe
Patrons from 16 to 60 enjoy the variety of coffees, teas and frozen juice drinks at this new cafe. Jazz, folk and alternative bands play Friday and Saturday night and occasional Sundays. Roasts own beans. No smoking. H/A. Free parking. Open Su-Th 9am-11pm; F-Sa 9am-midnight. Live music: F-Sa 8-10pm.
456 University Ave, PA (415/326-3670).

Borders Café
Occasional live acoustic music. Features Republic of Tea brews. Smoking (outdoors)/cigars. H/A. Free parking. Open Su 11am-8pm; M-Th 9am-10pm; F-Sa 9am-11pm.
15 Ranch Dr, Milpitas (408/934-1180).

The Box
Break through your creative block with caffeinated help from The Box. Local dark roasts. Smoothies. Smoking (outdoors)/cigars. H/A. Free parking. Open M-F 6am-6pm; Sa 7:30am-6pm.
200 Sarah Way, Milpitas (408/263-5282).

Café Adzia
Older patrons fill up after morning tai chi; students cop their buzz in evening. Capricorn beans. Smoking (outdoors). Cash only. H/A. Free parking. Open M-F 6am-9pm; Sa 7am-9pm; Su 7am-6pm.
6174 Bollinger Rd, SJ (408/257-3444).

Café Aroma
You don't have to be Mrs. Olsen to enjoy the mountain-grown aroma generated by Café Aroma. Beans by Connoisseur. Smoothies. No smoking. H/A. Free parking. Open Su 7am-3pm; Sa 7am-9pm.
3488 El Camino Real, Santa Clara (408/985-9555).

Café Borrone
Smoking (outdoors)/cigars. H/A. Free parking. Open M-Th 7am-11pm; F-Sa 8am-midnight; Su 8am-5pm. Live music: jazz F 8-10pm.
1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park (415/327-0830).

Café 1850
Business crowd; 30s and up. Live jazz at lunch time. Beans by Illy Cafe. Twenty kinds of tea. Full stock of Odwalla drinks. Smoking (outdoors)/cigars. Cash only. H/A. Free parking. Open M-F 7am-4:30pm.
50 W. San Fernando St, SJ (408/287-4111).

Café De Roma
Newsflash! Café De Roma will close in two weeks! Come in and give thanks for its generous cafe mochas. Beans by Superior Coffee. Full stock of Odwalla drinks. Smoking (outdoors)/cigars. H/A. Open 7am-4pm daily. Closed Sa-Su.
110 Paseo de San Antonio, SJ (408/275-8160).

Café Europa
Occasional jazz but coffee drinks full time. Beans by San Francisco Roasting Co. Smoothies. Smoking (outdoors)/cigars. Cash only. Free parking. Open M-Th 7am-9pm; F-Sa 7am-9:30pm; Su 8am-8pm.
171 Branham Ln, SJ (408/226-6654).

Café Italia
The desserts rule. Beans by Mountanos Brothers. Smoking (outdoors)/ cigars. Cash only. H/A. Free parking. Open 6:30am-10pm daily.
5353 Almaden Expwy, SJ (408/264-0223).

Café Leviticus
Esteemed cafe housed in an old bank (with vault intact). Located next to Towne Theater, Leviticus is the spot to speculate on the director's motives or brood over the depressing dialogue. Smoking (outdoors)/cigars. Cash only. H/A. Free parking. Open 7am-midnight daily. Live music: varies.
1445 The Alameda, SJ (408/279-8877).

Café Matisse
Students, young hipsters and downtown PIBs lounge in the eclectic assortment of furniture and around the sidewalk tables, perhaps discussing the Meaning of Life or the wacky art on the walls. Beans by India Tea & Coffee. Smoking (outdoors)/cigars. $10 minimum on credit cards. H/A. Open M-Th 7:30am-midnight; F 7:30am-2am; Sa 8am-2am; Su 9am-midnight. Sporadic poetry readings.
371 S. First St, SJ (408/298-7788).

Café Quinn
Wire-rimmed professionals refill their spill-proof mugs at this Cupertino cafe. It's mostly dedicated to good eats, so indulge if you can. Music includes jazz, Euro-style accordion. Beans by Connoisseur. No smoking. H/A. Free parking. Open M-Th 8am-10pm; F-Sa 8am-11pm; Su 8am-10pm. Live music: Tu (jazz), Su brunch (accordion). Beer and wine.
21269 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino (408/252-2233).

Café Rouge
The intellectual types flock to this cafe, which specializes in the arts and culture. Paintings, photographs, graphics and sculpture displays rotate monthly. Occasional poetry readings and jazz and alternative concerts add to the artsy atmosphere. Home-roasted beans. No smoking. Cash only. H/A. Free parking. Open M-Th 7am-11pm; F-Sa 7am-midnight; Su 7am-10pm. Poetry readings every first Wednesday of the month, 7:30-10pm.
42 Elm St, LG (408/395-1599).

Caffé Ciao
Jazz, blues and folk musicians leave mics smokin' hot like the coffee urns. To re-open in two months. Beans by Peter James. No smoking. H/A. Free parking. Open M-Sa 7am-5pm.
139 S. Murphy Ave #2, Sunnyvale (408/736-2426).

Caffé Mezzaluna
No, not that Cafe Mezzaluna, you OJ-philes. Stop gawking and start imbibing. Business types. Classical music. Smoking/cigars. Cash only. H/A. Free parking. Open M-F 6:30am-6:30pm; Sa 7:30am-6:30pm. Live music: Su 2-5pm.
City Center Bldg, 650 Castro St, MV (415/964-3707).

Caffé Romeo
Morning commuters with computers and locals stand bleary-eyed in line, barely registering the paintings by artist Sandy L. Ruhl. Beans by Allegro (Boulder, Colo.); natural and Italian sodas. Smoking (outdoors)/cigars. Cash only. H/A. Free parking. Open M-F 6:30am-6pm; Sa 9am-6pm; Su closed.
1307 Jacklin Rd, Milpitas (408/263-9744).

Caffé Verona Mixed clientele, 35 and up. Beans by Graffeo. No smoking. H/A. Free parking. Open M-Th 7am-11pm; F 7am-midnight; Sa 7am-11pm; Su 8am-3pm. Live music: Occasional jazz, 7pm.
236 Hamilton Ave, PA (415/326-9942).

Calaveras Coffee Roasting Co.
The theater crowd tanks up with a bellyful of hot brown liquid before attending the evening's show. Folk, rock, jazz. Roast their own beans. Full stock of Odwalla drinks. Smoking (outdoors)/cigars. H/A. Free parking. Open M-Th 7am-9pm; F 7am-midnight; Sa 8am-midnight; Su 8am-8pm. Live music: F-Sa 8:30-10:30pm (sometimes earlier).
649 E. Calaveras Blvd, Milpitas (408/263-0114).

Camera Cafe
Smoking outdoors. Cash only. H/A. Validated parking.
288 S. Second St, San Jose (408/998-0932).

Campbell Bread Baking Co.
Beans by Mr. Espresso. No smoking. Cash only. H/A. Free parking. Open Sa-Su 8am-6pm; Tu-F 7am-7pm.
1581 W. Campbell Ave #G, Campbell (408/364-2253).

Campbell Roasting Co.
A must before work, but bodes well as a refreshing stop after a movie, lunch, nap, school or physical exertion. A bustling community of international and intergenerational flavor inhabits the Roasting Co., continuing the fine tradition left by its lamented Pruneyard predecessor, The Upstart Crow. Roast their own beans. Smoking (outdoors)/cigars. H/A. Free parking. Open M-Th 6:30am-11pm; F-Sa 6:30am-midnight; Su 7am-11pm.
1875 S. Bascom Ave #112, Campbell (408/559-8040).

Casa Vicky
An espresso bar tucked into a top-notch Mexican eatery. They make their own pastries and tortillas. Beans by Mr. Espresso. No smoking. H/A. Free parking. Open 7am-10pm daily.Beer and wine.
792 E. Julian St, SJ (408/995-5488).

City Espresso
Early 20s; business types in morning. Roast their own beans. Smoking (outdoors)/ cigars. Cash only. H/A. Free parking. Open M-Th 6:30am-6pm; F-Sa 6:30am-11pm; Su 7:30am-10pm.
632 E. Blossom Hill Rd, SJ (408/972-4500).

City Espresso
Students and professionals; 20-40. The source of their beans is a secret. Mission: Impossible. Smoking (outdoors)/cigars. H/A. Free parking. Open M-Th 6:30am-10pm; F 6:30-11pm; Sa 7am-11pm; Su 8am-10pm. Live entertainment: Tu (open-mic poetry), Th-Su (jazz, pop), 8pm.
1820B W. Campbell Ave, SJ (408/370-1477).

City Lights
Students and business types. Is this sounding like a trend? Acoustic, jazz and classical music. Beans by Mr. Espresso. Odwalla drinks. Smoking (outdoors)/cigars. H/A. Free parking. Open M 6:30am-10pm; Tu-Th 6:30am-11pm; F 6:30am-midnight; Sa 8am-midnight; Su 9am-7pm. Live music: F-Sa 9-11pm.
Homestead Rd and Jackson St, Santa Clara (408/296-0415).

The Coffee and Mug Factory
Beans by Mountanos Brothers. Smoking (outdoors)/cigars. H/A. Free parking. Open M-Sa 6am-7pm; Su 7am-2pm.
649 S. Bernardo, Sunnyvale (408/732-1627).

Coffee City
Business types. Beans by Mountanos Brothers. Smoking (outdoors)/cigars. H/A. Free parking. Open M-F 6:30am-6:30pm; Sa 7:30-2:30pm.
415 N. Mary Ave #108, Sunnyvale (408/738-1386).

Coffee Factory
Students. Roast own beans. Flavored syrups for iced teas; Odwalla drinks. Smoking (outdoors). H/A. Free parking. Open M-Th 6am-10pm; F 6am-10:30pm; Sa 7am-10:30pm; Su 7am-9pm. FS
3787 Stevens Creek Blvd, Santa Clara (408/296-7600).

Coffee Society
Surreal, ear-bending conversations go on here, the kind where you lose all sense of etiquette, lean over and pitch in 2 cents. Chirpy coffee jockeys pour out the good stuff with cheer. And don't forget that tip jar. Beans by Peter James; chai; full stock of Odwalla drinks. No smoking. Cash only. H/A. Free parking. Open Su 7am-11pm; M-Th 6am-11pm; F 6am-midnight; Sa 7am-midnight. Live DJ: some Su, 8pm.
Oaks Shopping Center, 21265 Stevens Creek Blvd #202, Cupertino (408/725-8091).

Cuppa Joe
Mid-20s and business types. Occasional chess and checkers, live DJ, jazz, open mic. Beans by Peter James. Beans for sale. Smoking (outdoors)/cigars. H/A. Open M-Th 6:30am-11pm; F 6:30am-midnight; Sa 8am-midnight; Su 8am-11pm. Live music: F-Sa (jazz); Th (open mic). Beer and wine.
194 Castro St, MV (415/967-2294).

The Daily Grind
An older clientele (age, not outlook) sparks up at this Los Altos beanery. Beans by CPI. Smoking (outdoors)/cigars. Cash only. H/A. Free parking. Open M-F 7am-5pm; Sa 8am-5pm.
235 State St, Los Altos (415/949-3039).

Dolce Spazio
First dates come to a suitable end here. The atmosphere friendly and intimate, and the hours ensure that the awkward doorstep kiss is over by the time Leno comes on. Beans by Los Gatos Coffee Roasting Co. House-blended teas. Gelato! No smoking. Cash only. Free parking. Open M-Th 7am-11pm; F 7am-11:30pm; Sa 8:30am-11:30pm; Su 8:30am-10pm.
221 N. Santa Cruz Ave, LG (408/395-1335).

Eli's Caffé Classico
Shoppers, business types. Open mic, acoustic music, blues, easy listening. Beans by Southwest Trade. Smoking (outdoors)/cigars. H/A. Free parking. Open M-Th 7am-9pm. Live music: F-Sa 7:30-9:30pm. Beer and wine.
2080 S. Bascom Ave, SJ (408/377-5364).

Espresso Yourself
Contracts for private events, such as trade shows, weddings, and festivals. Hours vary according to need. Beans by Vigal Coffee.
2151 Old Oakland Rd #359, SJ (408/324-0424).

French Roast
As the name implies, only the heartiest bean-o-philes need apply. Beans by Vigal. Smoking (outdoors). Cash only. H/A. Free parking. Open M-F 7am-7pm; Sa 8am-7pm; Su 8am-5pm.TV.
12241-A Saratoga-Sunnyvale Rd, Saratoga (408/996-1616).

Gilroy Coffee Roasting Co.
Garlic country can freak a damn good cuppa coffee. Business types during day; students at night. Roast their own beans; carry semi- and fully fermented teas. Smoking (outdoors)/cigars. Cash only. H/A. Free parking. Open M-Th 6am-10pm; F-Sa 6am-11pm; Su 8am-9pm. Live music: W, F-Sa 8-10pm (blues, jazz, percussion, flamenco, classical, folk).
7501 Monterey Rd, Gilroy (408/847-5120).

Great Bear Coffee & Los Osos Cafe
Every thing a coffee shoppe should be: fresh beans, bar stools, tasty sandwiches, and a huge creaking door. Locals and tourists alike; all ages. Roast their own beans. Large selection of teas; full stock of Odwalla drinks. No smoking. H/A. Free parking. Open 6am-11pm daily. Beer and wine.
19 N. Santa Cruz Ave, LG (408/395-8607).

Il Fornaio Panetteria
As the name implies, this bakery bustles with turbocharged coffee and freshly made breads. Hotel residents (and the general public) find its morning sustenance with bleary-eyed glee. Wines by the bottle. Smoking (outdoors)/cigars. H/A. Open M-F 6:30am-5pm; Sa 7am-5pm; Su 7am-4pm.
302 S. Market St, SJ (408/271-3399).

International Coffee Exchange
An ideal place to fuel up before a meandering trip down Highway 9 to Santa Cruz. Folk, jazz, soft rock and classical music. Roast their own beans. Full stock of Odwalla drinks. Smoking (outdoors)/cigars. H/A. Free parking. Open M 6:30am-8pm; Tu-Th 6:30am-10pm; F 6:30am-midnight; Sa 7am-midnight; Su 7am-10pm. Live music: Th 7:30pm; F-Sa 8 or 8:30pm; Su 10am.
14471 Big Basin Way, Saratoga (408/741-1185).

Java Spot
Young adults. Occasional jazz, poetry. Beans by Mountanos Brothers; juices and smoothies made to order. Smoking (outdoors)/cigars. Cash only. H/A. Free parking. Open M-Th 6am-10pm; F 6am-11pm; Sa 7am-11pm; Su 7am-10pm.
5899 Santa Teresa Blvd #109, SJ (408/281-2220).

Jaz Caffe Classico
Business types gather for soft jazz, blues and folk. Beans by Southwest Traders. Smoking (outdoors)/cigars. H/A. Free parking. Open M-Th 7am-9pm; F-Sa 7am-11pm; closed Su. Happy hour: F 5-7pm (half-priced coffee drinks). Open mic: F 7-9pm. Live music: Sa 7:30pm. Beer and wine.
2080 S. Bascom Ave, Campbell (408/377-5364).

Jumpin' Java
Business types by day; students and families by night. Folk and jazz on weekends. Beans by The Walsh's Coffee Roasters. Smoking (outdoors)/ cigars. Cash only. H/A. Free parking. Open M-W 6:30am-10pm; Th-F 6:30am-11pm; Sa 8am-11pm; Su 8am-6pm. Live music: F (folk) Sa (jazz) 8:30pm.
744 E. Dana St, MV (415/390-9638).

Keegan's Kafé
Business crowd on busy downtown corner. Beans by Keystone. Smoking (outdoors)/no cigars. Cash only. H/A. Open M-F 6:30am-3:30pm; Su 8am-1pm (breakfast only).
39 S. Market St, SJ (408/280-5233).

Keystone Coffee
A longtime distributor to San Jose restaurants, Keystone branched out from the factory with its landmark neon sign ("Oh, boy! Keystone Coffee") to the coffee-bar business some years ago; theirs was the first in the SoFA district. Roast their own beans. Salads, sandwiches, desserts, full stock of Odwalla drinks. No smoking. Cash only. H/A. Open M-Th 7am-11pm; F-Sa 7am-midnight; Su 8am-11pm.
321 S. First St, SJ (408/292-4698).

Kismet the Gallery
The cafe/gallery offers a bevy of coffee and espresso drinks, a selection of teas, juices, Italian sodas and Jones sodas, as well as quiches, pastries and desserts. Smoking (outdoors)/cigars. H/A. Open S-Th 10am-8pm, F-Sa 10am-10pm.
434 S. First St, San Jose (408/292-4226).

Kuinonia Koffeehouse
Crowds range from 20s to 50s, depending on band (jazz, blues, rock, folk). Full concert sound and lighting system. Beans by Simonella (Italian). Desserts only. Smoking (outdoors)/cigars. Cash only. H/A. Free parking. Open Su 10:30am-1:30pm. Live music: Fri 7:30-11:30pm ($5 donation).
1755 S. Winchester Blvd, Campbell (408/370-5167).

Lisa's Tea Treasures
Refined tea service suitable for the Martha Stewart in everyone. Tiny tables perfect for kibitzing. Women, couples for teas and luncheons. No coffee, but 200 kinds of tea; wine, sherry, champagne, beer. Smoking (outdoors)/cigars. H/A. Open M-Sa 10am-5:30pm; Su 11am-5:30pm; last seating at 4pm. Beer and wine.
330 N. Santa Cruz Ave, LG (408/395-8327).

Los Gatos Coffee Roasting Co.
A Los Gatos institution; wear your biking shorts, but please remove those click-clack cleats before entering; some people are trying to read. Roast their own beans. Loose tea; frappés, Odwalla drinks. No smoking. H/A. Open M-Th 6am-7pm; F 6am-11pm; Sa 7am-11pm; Su 7am-6pm. Live music: Sa 7:30-10:30pm (jazz, folk, light rock).
101 W. Main St, LG (408/354-3263).

Mission City Coffee Roasting Co. This somewhat trendy coffeehouse is frequented by Santa Clara University students and Silicon Valley types. Along with the typical espresso drinks and baked goods, the cafe features a full grill, salads and sandwiches. Occasional acoustic guitarists spice things up a bit. Roast their own beans. Full stock of Odwalla drinks. Smoking (outdoors)/ cigars. H/A. Free parking. Call for music schedule. Santa Clara University students. Open Su-W 6am-11pm; Th-Sa 6am-midnight. Beer and wine.
2221 The Alameda, Santa Clara (408/261-2221). Also at 19636 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino (408/257-4076) and 4300 Great America Pkwy, Santa Clara (408/970-0913).

Morgan Hill Coffee Roasting Co.
Nice mix of bean juice and occasional local bands. Beans roasted in Gilroy store. Smoking (outdoors)/cigars. H/A. Free parking. Open M-Th 6am-10pm; F-Sa 6am-midnight; Su 7am-10pm. Live music: F 7-9pm until Labor Day (local bands); Sa 8-11pm (blues).
Monterey Rd and Second St, Morgan Hill (408/778-2586).

Moulin Rouge Coffee Roasting Co.
Big windows steam up from chugging espresso machines. Either that, or somebody has serious coffee breath. Movie-goers, shoppers mostly. Roast their own beans. No smoking. Free parking. Open M-Th 6:30am-10pm; F 6:30am-11pm; Sa 8am-11pm; Su 8am-8pm.
628 Town & Country Village, Stevens Creek and S. Winchester boulevards, SJ (408/247-4611).

My My Coffee and Sandwiches
Regular customers include local business people and Vietnamese patrons. A variety of teas are served, along with many juices, including various Asian specialties. No smoking. Cash only. H/A. Free parking. Open M-Sa 8am-8pm; Su 8am-6pm.
301 Jackson Ave, SJ (408/929-7221).

Orchard Valley Coffee Roasting Co.
A mountaintop cabin located in a Campbell cafe. Comfy chairs, indoor bike racks and a homey hearth will play tricks with your latitude. Mixed crowd. Roast their own beans. Full stock of Odwalla drinks. Internet hookup. Smoking (outdoors)/cigars. H/A. Free parking. Open M-Th 6:30am-10:30pm; F-Sa 6:30am-11:30pm; Su 7:30am-10:30pm. Beer and wine.
349 E. Campbell Ave, Campbell (408/374-2115).

Orchard Valley Coffee
Business crowd. Roast their own beans. Odwalla drinks. Smoking (outdoors)/ cigars. Cash only. H/A. Free parking. Open M-Th 6:30am-8pm; F 6:30am-7:30pm; Sa 7:30am-midnight.
2557 N. First St, SJ (408/526-9431).

Peet's Coffee and Tea
Getting up there in locations, the Peet's chain isn't intent on taking over the world--just reaching out to the community with a friendly handshake and a cup of hot joe. Strong coffee and flavorful breads make it worth fighting for parking spaces. Roast their own beans; carry 30 kinds of tea. No smoking indoors. H/A. Free parking. Open M-F 6:30am-7pm; Sa 7am-6pm; Su 8am-6pm.
899 Santa Cruz Ave, Menlo Park (415/325-8989). Also these locations (hours vary): 798-1 Blossom Hill Rd, LG (408/358-6311). Also: 2035 Camden Ave, SJ (408/371-9088).

Printers Inc. Bookstore & Cafe
The meshing of hot cups and hot conversation boils over onto the sidewalk during the day. Beans by Graffeo and Connoisseur. Smoking (outdoors)/cigars. Cash only. H/A (downstairs). Free parking. Open Su 9am-11pm; M-Th 8am-11pm; F-Sa 8am-midnight.
301 Castro St, MV (415/968-2198). Also at 320 California Ave, PA (415/323-3347).

Prolific Oven
Beans by Mountanos Brothers; 12 juices; iced coffee. No smoking. Cash only. H/A. Open M-Th 7am-7pm; F-Sa 7am-midnight; Su 8am-5pm.
550 Waverly St, PA (415/326-8485).

Red Rock Coffee Co.
Politicos and socialites jam this place in the morning. No smoking. H/A. Free parking. Open M-Th 7am-9pm; F-Sa 7am-11pm.
100 S. Murphy Ave, Sunnyvale (408/730-2534).

Red Rock Coffee Co. A symphony of civility among the Castro Street dissonance. Open mic, blues. H/A. Free parking. Open M-Th 7:30am-10pm; F 7:30am-11pm; Sa 8am-11pm; Su 10am-4pm.
201 Castro St, MV (415/967-4473).

The Roasted Coffee Bean
Mid-30s crowd; customers from enclosed post office. Roast their own beans; can be mail-ordered. Smoking (outdoors)/cigars. H/A. Free parking. Open M-F 7am-7pm; Sa 7am-5:30pm; Su 10am-5pm.
10917 N. Wolfe Rd, Cupertino (408/725-1919).

Royale Coffee Roasting Co.
Teens, early- to mid-20s; students from high school and West Valley College. Makes a mean vanilla nonfat double latte. Roast their own beans. Smoking (outdoors)/no cigars. Cash only. Free parking. Open M-Th 6:30am-10pm; F-Sa 6:30am-11pm; Su 7:30am-9pm.
5293 Prospect Rd, SJ (408/255-7308).

Saint Michael's Alley
Pleasant, upscale but homey venue. Folk, acoustic and jazz musicians entertain in the evenings; occasional poetry readings. Beans by Seattle's Best. Smoking (outdoors)/cigars. Cash only. H/A. Free parking. Open Su-M 7am-6pm; Tu-Th 7am-11pm; F-Sa 7am-12:30am. Live music/poetry: Th-Sa 9pm. Beer and wine.
806 Emerson St, PA (415/326-2530).

Second Cup Café
The owner, Max, was tight-lipped about where he gets his beans. "If you have a special recipe, you shouldn't have to tell, otherwise everyone will know. The best thing is to come in and try it, and we'll talk." Smoking (outdoors)/cigars. Cash only. Free parking. Open M-F 6am-5pm; Sa 7am-5pm; Su 7am-3pm.
987 N. San Antonio Rd, Los Altos (415/948-1670).

Starbucks
Students, house spouses, business types. Perhaps the best-known coffee emporium in the country; its iced and hot brews are consistent in flavor and pack a kick. Some Odwalla drinks. Smoking (outdoors)/cigars. H/A. Open M-Th 5:30am-10pm; F 5:30am-midnight; Sa 7am-midnight; Su 7am-9pm.
276 University Ave, PA (415/321-8600); 1696 Bascom Ave, Campbell (408/371-6703); 127 Ranch Dr, Milpitas (408/934-9810); 854 Blossom Hill Rd, SJ (408/224-7574); 2370 El Camino Real, Santa Clara (408/984-7174); 1396 Lincoln Ave, SJ (408/298-5272); 1677 Hollenbeck, Sunnyvale (408/733-5762); 795 E. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale (408/749-8158).

Starlight Coffee Co.
Teens, shoppers, business types get wired on coffee made from beans by Keystone. Smoking (outdoors)/cigars. H/A. Free parking. Open M-Th 6:30am-10pm; F 6am-11pm; Sa 7:30am-11pm; Su 8am-8pm. Occasional live music: F 8pm (blues, contemporary, jazz).
3143 Stevens Creek Blvd, SJ (408/296-0497).

Talk of the Town
Commuters, Willow Glen locals. Catering, weekend brunches, delivers lunches; carries 30 wines by the glass; specializes in espresso drinks, fresh breads and coffee cakes. Smoking (outdoors)/ cigars. H/A. Free parking. Open 6am-2pm daily; open some nights for special events, such as acoustic jazz and poetry readings. Call for schedule. Beer and wine.
898 Lincoln Ave, SJ (408/294-2121).

University Coffee Café
Locals, 30s and up. Roast their own beans. Juices squeezed and smoothies blended to order. No smoking. H/A. Open Su-Th 7am-11pm; F-Sa 7am-midnight.
271 University Ave, PA (415/322-5301).

Valley Espresso
Shoppers from Evergreen Valley Plaza. Beans by Mr. Espresso. Espresso shakes. No smoking. Cash only. H/A. Free parking. Open Su-Th 8am-10pm; F-Sa 8am-10:30pm.
3276 S. White Rd, SJ (408/270-4307).

Vienna Coffee Roasting Co.
Business types; church groups. Freshly roasted beans for sale. Triple shots. Source of beans is a secret, shhhhh. Smoking/cigars. H/A. Free parking. Open M-Th 6:30am-10:30pm; F 6:30-midnight; Sa 7am-midnight; Su 7am-10:30pm. Live music: Sa 8 or 8:30pm (blues, acoustic).
2067 Camden Ave, SJ (408/371-1981).

Vigal Coffee
Bean supplier of many downtown cafes and businesses, this shop's coffee is to crow for. Roast their own beans. No smoking. Cash only. H/A. Open M-F 7:30am-6pm.
52 W. Santa Clara St, SJ (408/288-6744).

Willow Glen Roasting Co.
Neighborhood hangout--no easy task when flanked by a smoothie/juice store and a bagel shop. But, as noted by an in-store T-shirt: "Friends don't let friends drink Starbucks." Roast their own beans. Smoking (outdoors)/cigars. Cash only. H/A. Free parking. Open M-Th 6:30am-10pm; F 6:30am-11pm; Sa 7:30am-11pm; Su 8am-6pm. Live music (jazz): F-Sa 8-10pm.
1383 Lincoln Ave, SJ (408/297-9077).

Yo Java
Yo Adrian! Get me a cuppa coffee! Varied clientele; 20s to late 30s. Beans by Coffee Bean Int'l; 10 caffeine-free teas; mocha freezes. Smoking (outdoors)/cigars. Cash only. H/A. Free parking. Open M 6:30am-6pm; Tu-F 6:30am-9pm; Sa 8am-9pm.
1683 Branham Ln, SJ (408/267-2322).

Juice Bars

Barado's Coffee Co. & Juice Bar
Campbell is becoming second to Seattle in the number of coffee places per square mile. Business crowd, older college students come to slurp down java and juice. House-roasted beans; European coffees; herbal teas. Smoking/cigars. H/A. Free parking. Open M-F 6:30am-7pm, Sa 7:30am-8pm; Su 8am-2pm.
266 E. Campbell Ave, Campbell (408/364-2157).

Best Choice
The emphasis is on fresh, organic ingredients and "live" smoothies (with live enzymes, ooh). Only fresh fruit used in drinks, and they aren't diluted with ice. Inside Campbell Bakery. No smoking. H/A. Free parking. Open daily 7am-9pm.
1581 W. Campbell Ave #2, Campbell (408/374-LIVE).

Caffé Zucco
Statuesque interior and a Fred MacMurray-friendly upstairs lounge makes Zucco a delightful spot to recharge lost vitamin counts. Thrilling juice and smoothie combinations abound. More than 15 teas. Live DJ, jukebox. Smoking (outdoors)/cigars. H/A. Open M-F 6am-midnight; Sa 7am-midnight; Su 8am-11pm. Live music: Th-Sa 8pm.
74 S. First St, SJ (408/297-9777).

Daily Squeeze
Fresh-squeezed juices, 16 smoothies (including nine nondairy concoctions), juice blends, supplements. Smoking (outdoors)/cigars. Cash only. H/A. Free parking. Open M-F 2am-8pm; Sa 8am-8pm; Su 8am-5pm.
1389 Lincoln Ave, SJ (408/295-0523).

Hug a Berry Café
Tied for most darling Los Gatos store name with Purr-snickety and Hamperstamps. Coffee is good, too. Beans by Mr. Espresso. Customized yogurt and 20 types of smoothies. Smoking (outdoors)/cigars. Cash only. H/A. Free parking. Open M-Sa 11am-8pm; Su noon-5pm.
336 N. Santa Cruz Ave #A, LG (408/395-4545).

Juice Club
The incessant whirring of blenders sound like a swarm of killer bees ready to attack. The only killer bees are the killer B vitamins you receive from the gushing 38-ounce smoothies. Three locations. No smoking. Cash only. H/A. Free parking. Open M-F 7am-10pm; Sa-Su 8am-10pm.
848 Blossom Hill Rd, SJ (408/225-2582); Embarcadero Rd and El Camino Real, PA (415/325-2582); 21265 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino (408/366-2582).

Nectars
Casualties of the Los Gatos Creek Trail and Kennedy bike trail limp in here to re-energize weary bones and muscles. Health-conscious clientele. No coffees, but 15 smoothies and 20-25 juice combinations. No smoking. Cash only. H/A. Free parking. Open M-F 7am-8pm; Sa-Su 8am-7pm.
81 Main St, LG (408/395-2333).

Vegetarian House
Enlightenment and carrot squeezings go hand in hand in this slightly surreal restaurant run by acolytes of the Supreme Master Ching Hai. Business crowd. Occasional live piano. Large selection of juices. No smoking. H/A. Free parking. Open M-F 11am-2pm and 5-9:30pm; Sa-Su 11am-10pm.
520 E. Santa Clara St, SJ (408/292-3798).

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