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Boxseat Sports Grill and Bar
15650 Vineyard Blvd, Morgan Hill 408.778.7102

Hours: Mon-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 11am-9pm
Crowd Age: All ages
Music: Jukebox
Décor: Sports bar
Games/Amenities: Foosball, pool, pinball, video games
Ambience: A hangout for the entire family, Boxseat offers foosball, pool and arcade games for kids of all ages and a small bar adorned with local sports memorabilia for the beer-guzzling, cheesehead hat-wearing, "John 3:16" sign-carrying, super-fan crowd. Customers in a punchier mood can sit inside a boxing ring in the center of the restaurant.

275 E. Dunne Ave, Morgan Hill 408.782.2525

Hours: Tue-Fri 11:30am-midnight, Sat-Sun 12:30pm-2am
Crowd Age: 21-50
Music: Soul and jazz bands and DJs
Décor: Medieval motif
Dancing: Yes
Games/Amenities: TouchMaster games
Ambience: Like the old show tune says, "In short, there's simply not/a more congenial spot/for happ'ly ever-aftering/than here in Camelot." This medieval-themed restaurant/lounge is for Morgan Hill folks who spell "nightlife" with a "k." The interior resembles an Arthurian castle, and the bartenders and waitresses dress like pageboys and wenches. Weekend entertainment includes live bands and DJs, and there's even a patio for soaking up the pleasant kingdom air along with the suds.

Claddagh Irish Restaurant & Pub
1300 First St #A, Gilroy 408.848.5050

Hours: Mon-Thu 11am-midnight, Fri-Sat 11am-2am, Sun 11am-11pm
Crowd Age: 21 and up
Music: Live acts on weekends
Décor: Sports bar with an Irish flavor
Dancing: Yes
Games/Amenities: A game room with pool tables, arcade games and air hockey
Ambience: For most of the day, this comfy, well-stocked Irish pub named for the Claddagh ring of love and friendship is pretty much a family establishment. After 9pm, the 21-and-over crowd turns out for dancing and live music of all genres. On the third Sunday of each month, the Claddagh spotlights Irish musical acts at 6pm.

Coyote Inn
102 Monterey Rd, Coyote 408.463.0970

Hours: Sun-Thu 11am-11pm, Fri-Sat 11am-2am
Crowd Age: 30-70
Music: Country bands and karaoke
Décor: Country/Western
Dancing: Yes
Games/Amenities: Pool, darts
Ambience: The original Coyote Inn and Stage Stop, once a popular rest stop for the rootin'est, tootin'est cowboys of the Old West, burned to a crisp in the '60s. But this legendary part of northern California's rugged past lives on in the current version of the honky-tonk hangout, perfect for kicking back after those long fishing trips at Anderson Lake. In addition to live weekend bands , patrons can now enjoy Wednesday lingerie fashion shows, featuring models from Missy's Soft Touch sex shop in Novato.

Gaslighter's Music Hall
7430 Monterey St, Gilroy 408.848.3488

Hours: Tue-Sun 6pm-12:30am
Crowd Age: All ages
Music: DJs and country/western, punk and metal acts
Décor: Old theater/warehouse
Dancing: Yes
Games/Amenities: Pool, video games
Ambience: A home for all-ages nighttime entertainment in Gilroy, the old Gaslighter building began as a theater and currently serves as a safe hangout for teens, offering games, snacks, nonalcoholic drinks, DJ nights and local band showcases. Beer is also available for folks over 21. Friday nights belong to the Country/Western crowd when the Gaslighter kicks off line dancing at 8pm.

Golden Oak
16695 Condit Rd, Morgan Hill 408.779.0805

Hours: Daily 11am-midnight
Crowd Age: 30-50
Music: Live music during the weekend
Décor: Oak paneling, vineyard-style brick walls and redwood ceilings
Signature Drink: Vodka martini
Dancing: Yes
Ambience: The cocktail lounge at this 68-year-old winery-turned-restaurant is homey and friendly; Dave the bartender is known for serving up a nifty magic trick or two with one of his popular dry martinis. The regulars miss the lounge's discontinued karaoke and piano-bar nights, but every Friday and Saturday, customers get to shake their rumps when the Golden Oak's resident soul/funk band, Fourfathers, takes the lounge stage from 9pm to 12:30am.

Oakwood Lounge
7421 Monterey St, Gilroy 408.848.1094

Hours: Daily 11am-2am
Crowd Age: 25 and up
Music: Jukebox, karaoke on Thu
Décor: Oak paneling, long and narrow tables
Dancing: Yes
Games/Amenities: Pool, darts
Ambience: The conversations at the distinctively long tables in this cash-only neighborhood bar are as lively as the special activities Oakwood has up its sleeve from Wednesday through Saturday. The would-be Fast Eddie Felsons and Minnesota Fatses of Gilroy can take part in pool tournaments every Wednesday. Friday and Saturday entertainment is provided by DJs who play old school, hip-hop and freestyle.

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