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Cupertino

Alexander's Restaurant
10330 N. Wolfe Road, Cupertino
408.446.2222
Alexander's bar is an upscale watering hole for those with expensive tastes. Attentive barmen pour from a well-stocked top shelf and a deep wine list. Alexander's encyclopedic, leather-bound wine list is thicker than some city phone books, but sommelier Eric Entrikin has created a list that is designed to pull you in rather than intimidate. Throughout the list there are suggestions and short personal stories about selected wines that make the wines more accessible. There's a plasma screen TV, a small, fireplace lit lounge and a nice view of incoming diners and the grill station.

BJ's Brewhouse
10690 N. De Anza Blvd, Cupertino
408.865.6970
It's a national, publicly traded (NASDAQ: CHGO) restaurant chain with locations in California, Texas, Oregon, Hawaii and Arizona. BJ's sells Chicago-style pizza and pasta, but the real draw is the beer, which comes in Tatonka (stout), Nutty Brewnette (brown), Harvest Hefeweizen (wheat), Piranha (pale ale), PM (porter), Jeremiah (red ale) and Blonde (kolsch) flavors. The extensive appetizer list—including avocado egg rolls, sausages, seasoned fries, etc.—complements the suds.

Blue Pheasant Bar and Grill
22100 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino
408.255.3300
Down the street from Paul and Eddie's sits another relic of Cupertino's past. With its blue awning and location on the grounds of Blackberry golf course, the Blue Pheasant conjures up images of swingers telling tall tales of eagle putts and commiserating about that wicked dogleg left. During the afternoon, this image comes to life with local golfers sipping a cocktail or enjoying a late lunch overlooking the first tee. At night, the grill attracts an older crowd, while the lounge does bang-up business.

Britannia Arms
1087 De Anza Blvd, Cupertino
408.252.7262
The Cupertino pub is the original Brit—a communal drinking space for expatriates and their friends. Legend has it that former Manchester United and onetime Earthquakes star George Best could be found belting back a couple pre-game drinks hours before kickoff. Hallmark holidays are a big deal here—Halloween, New Year's Eve, Valentine's Day and especially St. Patrick's Day, when the place reaches maximum capacity. During less crazy times, the Brit broadcasts major English soccer events and hosts a weekly schedule of jazz, karaoke, DJs, cover bands and the occasional live hip-hop show.

Duke of Edinburgh
10801 N. Wolfe Rd, Cupertino
408.446.3853
Is there such a thing as pub-in-a-box? Every piece of the Duke's interior was shipped from England and assembled to exact pub specs. Since opening in 1983, the Duke has embodied the perfect British gathering spot. Thirsts are sated, bellies filled and cravings for European football games satisfied. The pub regularly broadcasts major tournaments like UEFA, Euro Cup and the all-important World Cup qualifiers and lesser sports like baseball, American football and basketball.

BOA's Club Elite
20030 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino
408.446.HAMA
Last year, the sushi restaurant went Korean barbecue and has been hosting live jazz on Saturday nights. Appearances by Gail Dobson and Primary Colors have livened up an evening once dominated by amateur singers.

Park Place
10030 S. De Anza Blvd, Cupertino
408.873.1000
Part of the Cypress Hotel, Helios Global Brasserie arrived in 2002 and gave the town a shot of big-city flair. Park Place sits there now and the bar is done up with exotic yet earthy touches like throw pillows, mosaic tile and stylish lighting. It's still the most luxurious place to be seen in the Coop.

Paul and Eddie's Monta Vista Inn
21619 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino
408.252.2226
It's pretty difficult to miss Paul and Eddie's Monta Vista Inn—its name is clearly stamped in 3-foot-high letters on the side of the building. The antique barn-looking structure a deep pass away from De Anza College was established in the early 1950s and still stands as one of the oldest erections in Cupertino (though some of the smart aleck barflies may disagree). Distilled spirits may be ordered pulled or poured. A dozen beers and cold Jaeger on tap speak to the community-college clientele. Video games, darts and pool tables offer further distraction.

Peacock Lounge
19980 Homestead Rd, Cupertino
408.777.0812
On those days when the big game interferes with the prime time season finale, Cupertino sports widows (and widowers) know where to find a wayward spouse. Try the seats facing one of Peacock Lounge's TV sets tuned into Game 7. Pool tables, video games, foosball, darts and shuffleboard also compete for attention at this sports bar located just off Bellville. Thursdays feature karaoke, and DJs spin music on Fridays and Saturdays.

TGI Friday's
10343 N. Wolfe Rd, Cupertino
408.257.2050
You won't see Jennifer Aniston rocking the oversized buttons (or "flairs" in Office Space speak), but you will find oversized platters of Atkins-unfriendly appetizers and mixed drinks strong enough to stun a camel. The loud and rowdy bar is big with celebrations—21st birthdays, bachelor parties, you-go-girl get togethers—and the double happy hour (4-7pm/10pm-1am) certainly contributes to the raucous atmosphere.


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From the June 22-28, 2005 issue of Metro, Silicon Valley's Weekly Newspaper.

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