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Saratoga

The Bank
14421 Big Basin Way, Saratoga 408.867.5155

Hours: Mon-Sun noon-midnight
Crowd Age: 25-65
Music: Live blues band one weekend per month
Decor: County Cork eclectic
Signature Drink: None
Dancing: None
Games/Amenities: Jukebox, fireplace, darts, video games, shuffleboard, two TVs
Ambience: A thinking person's Irish bar for folks who want to talk about something besides chewing gum and AM radio. Three generations of Sullivans staff this family business with wry wit and friendliness. The Bank draws a faithful crowd with delightfully unnutritious bar food and $3 well drinks.


The Basin
14572 Big Basin Way, Saratoga 408.867.1906

Hours: Tue-Thu, Sun 5pm-midnight, Fri-Sat 5pm-1am
Crowd Age: 25-65
Music: No live music
Decor: High-tech cool
Signature Drink: Lemon Drop
Dancing: None
Games/Amenities: Video conferencing, TV, private room with DSL
Ambience: Only in the valley do organic California cuisine, high-tech gadgets and down-home service all come together in one place. The private room has state-of-the-art tech toys available for the genius business types while young metropolitans enjoy the freshly squeezed juice in their Lemon Drops.


Big Basin Bistro
14480 Big Basin Way, Saratoga 408.867.1764

Hours: Wed-Sat 1pm-11pm, Sun 1-6pm
Crowd Age: 30-55
Music: None
Decor: Eclectic comfort
Signature Drink: None
Dancing:
None
Games/Amenities: None
Ambience: There's a little creative tension between the unassuming decor and the decidedly tasty treats and thoughtful selection of local wines and microbrews. Sangria is a favorite summertime refresher that complements the Spanish tapas. Happy-hour pints, including Old Foghorn, are only $2 and help wash down gorgeous oysters.


Blue Rock Shoot
4523 Big Basin Way, Saratoga 408.867.1764

Hours: Sun-Thu 7am-11pm, Fri-Sat 7am-midnight
Crowd Age: 20-65
Music: Live bluegrass Fri-Sat nights
Decor: Arts and Crafts homage
Signature Drink: None
Dancing: None
Games/Amenities: Fountain
Ambience: Sidewalk culture gets attention in the front of this multilevel cafe which melds Arts and Crafts influences with rustic bent-wood furniture to create comfortable nooks for sipping java. Inside, clumps of cool kids and the business crowd bask in the warm light filtered through the Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired stained-glass windows.


International Coffee Exchange
14471 Big Basin Way, Saratoga 408.741.1185

Hours: Daily, 7am-7pm
Crowd Age: 20-60
Music: Live band every Sat 9am-1pm
Decor: Light and airy, modern
Signature Drink: Cocoa Wally
Dancing: None
Games/Amenities: None
Ambience: This happy haven serves delicious caffeinated brown elixir to all ages, and doggie biscuits are by the register for Rover. Named after a patron, the Cocoa Wally, the Dark Wally and the White Wally are unlisted specials that whip espresso, chai, milk and assorted chocolate flavors into a frothy brew.


The Plumed Horse
14555 Big Basin Way, Saratoga 408.867.4711

Hours: Daily, 6-10pm
Crowd Age:
30-60
Music: Piano and live ragtime jazz
Decor: Riding-club memorabilia
Signature Drink: Saratoga Rose
Dancing: None
Games/Amenities: TV
Ambience: Only the promise of excellent French cuisine to come pries people from the lounge's couch-like seating. Patrons unwind with the bar's own version of a Cosmopolitan, the Saratoga Rose, and can stay in the more casual atmosphere of the bar by ordering a quick bite of escargot off the new bar menu.


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

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