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Milpitas

Brandon's
1800 Barber Ln, Milpitas 408.432.6311

Hours: Mon-Sat 11:30am-midnight, Sun 11:30am-10:30pm
Crowd Age: 35 and up
Music: No live bands
Decor: Brass and wood
Signature Drink: None
Dancing: None
Games/Amenities: Five TVs, pool table
Ambience: An early-19th-century English gentleman's club atmosphere prevails in this corner of the Beverly Heritage Hotel, where globetrotters and locals alike recover from stressful days of schmoozing. Guests can choose a microbrew or glass of wine from a nearby vineyard and unwind to the muted Muzak in this land of contentment.


Dave & Buster's
940 Great Mall Dr, Milpitas 408.957.9215

Hours: Sun-Tue 11am-midnight, Wed-Thu 11am-1am, Fri-Sat 11am-2am
Crowd Age: 21-40
Music: Variety
Decor: Elegant
Signature Drink: Many
Dancing: No
Games/Amenities: Pool, shuffleboard, video games, karaoke, golf simulator
Ambience: A recent addition to the Great Mall, Dave & Buster's is a multimillion-dollar playground with a casual restaurant, a fine dining room, a sports bar surrounded by 20 TVs, an "arcade" bar, 14 pool tables and a bunch of other games--an array of toys that draws in people of all proclivities.


Edgie's Billiards
235 S. Milpitas Blvd, Milpitas 408.942.9500

Hours: Mon-Fri 11am-2am, Sat 11am-4am, Sun noon-2am
Crowd Age: 18-35
Music: No live music
Decor: Shiny, bright and clean
Signature Drink: None
Dancing: None
Games/Amenities: 23 pool tables, snooker table, video games, jukebox
Ambience: Women and men go cue-to-cue at this friendly pool hall that welcomes beginners, sharpshooters and weary shoppers from the Great Mall. Liquid libations in the form of beer and wine will soon join the vending machines that currently pop out Pepsi on demand.


Gasthaus Steak & Stein
1380 S. Main St, Milpitas 408.946.6141

Hours: Mon-Fri 11am-2pm and 5-9pm, Sat-Sun 11am-11pm
Crowd Age: 30-55
Music: Live blues on Sat nights
Decor: Rough-hewn outpost
Signature Drink: Spaten
Dancing: None
Games/Amenities: Shuffleboard, foosball and three pool tables
Ambience: An unexpected flash of the Old West lights up this three-part experience. There's a German restaurant, a serene, low-lit lounge and a family-friendly sports area. Liquid refreshment leans toward German beers, including a Kostritzer black beer that will please Guinness fans.


The New Riff's 2000 Nightclub
1811 Barber Ln, Milpitas 408.943.1110

Hours: Mon-Fri 11am-midnight, Sat, 9pm-midnight
Crowd Age: 25-45
Music: Classic R&B, no live music
Decor: Modern nightclub cool
Signature Drink: None
Dancing: None
Games/Amenities: TVs, one big-screen
Ambience: Subdued lighting and the DJ's mellow spinning conspire to bring together travelers and locals looking for a little relaxation. The completely remodeled Riff's adjoins a Sheraton hotel and faces Brandon's. On Friday nights the California Bikini Team contest generates more heat than the Jetson-esque bubble lights.


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From the June 22-28, 2000 issue of Metro, Silicon Valley's Weekly Newspaper.

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