Nightlife in Live Oak

Slow-Smoked BBQ and Drinks for Two or Four at The Cats Restaurant & Tavern (Up to 39% Off)

The Cats Restaurant & Tavern

San Jose

Pitmasters grill 16-ounce ribeye steaks, St. Louis style smoked ribs, and Atlantic salmon, and slow-smoke barbecue for 10 hours

$40 $25

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$22 for Wine Tasting for Two with Cheese Plate and $5 Credit at Saratoga Wine & Beer Garden ($36 Value)

Saratoga Wine & Beer Garden

Saratoga

Outdoor patio and garden harbors guests who sip on flights of wine and nibble complementary cheeses

$36 $22

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Wine and Wine Tastings, or Four Bottles of Cellar Wine at Travieso Winery (Up to 51% Off). Three Options Available.

Travieso Winery

Campbell

House blends and vintages include California-style sangiovese, syrah, and cabernet sauvignon, which are often poured at Saturday tastings

$50 $25

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Bay Area Dinner Show Magic and Variety Performance for One or Two (Up to 47% Off)

Bay Area Dinner Show

Multiple Locations

Magician Dan Chan leads a cast of comedians and illusionists during a dinner and variety show

$100 $55

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$18 for $30 Worth of Drinks at Homestead Bowl and The X Bar

Homestead Bowl and The X Bar

Cupertino

Full-service sports bar with 25 draft and bottled beers, HDTVs, and lively karaoke inside a 32-lane bowling alley

$30 $18

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$19 for Movie Package with Two Tickets, Two Popcorns, and Two Drinks at BlueLight Cinemas ($36.50 Value)

BlueLight Cinemas

Cupertino

Orville Redenbacher’s popcorn feeds movie fans during second-run flicks projected in theaters with DTS and Dolby surround sound

$36.50 $19

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"Men Are from Mars Women Are from Venus LIVE!" at Montgomery Theater on January 28–31 (Up to 50% Off)

Montgomery Theater

Montgomery Theater

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Based on the hit book by John Gray, Peter Story’s live performance elicits knowing laughter from both sexes

$68 $34

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$12 for $20 Worth of Sports-Bar Food — La Barra Sports Bar

La Barra Sports Bar

San Jose

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$20 $12

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Wine-Tasting Class for Two with One Bottle of Wine, or Two Bottles of Pinot Noir at Coterie Cellars (Up to 63% Off)

Coterie Cellars

South San Jose

Sample cheese while learning about wines' provenance and flavors, or winery ships two bottles of a pinot noir with notes of plum and cherry

$70 $35

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Whiskey or Gin Flights for Two or Four, or Bottle Service for Up to Six at Nomikai (Up to 43% Off)

Nomikai

Downtown San Jose

Savor different spirits with a whiskey or gin flight, or toast the town with bottle service for up to six people

$60 $35

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Wine-and-Chocolate Pairing for Two or Four with Credit Toward Bottles of Wine at Sherman Cellars (51% Off)

Sherman Cellars

Sherman Cellars

Wine educators guide guests through tastings of red and white wines paired with local chocolates

$45 $24

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Wine Tasting for Two with Optional Bottle of Wine at The Wharf Marketplace (Up to 46% Off)

The Wharf Marketplace

Monterey

Sip wine from the featured vineyard inside the historical 1880 Southern Pacific Railway station

$24 $13

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Wine Tasting for Two or Four at Carmel Ridge Winery (Up to 70% Off)

Carmel Ridge Winery

New Monterey

Guests sample wines made from grapes grown with a minimum of human intervention and fermented in small lots of French oak barrels

$20 $6

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Comedy Show with Appetizers for Two or Four at Planet Gemini (Up to 52% Off)

Planet Gemini

Casanova Oak Knoll

Duos or foursomes enjoy the comedic stylings of standup acts while munching on bar-style appetizers inside a warm, intimate club

$30.95 $14.98

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Wine Tasting for Two or Four with Purchase Credit at Dawn's Dream Winery (38% Off)

Dawn's Dream Winery

Carmel-by-the-Sea

Taste flights featuring several different wines at a charming tasting room in the picturesque town of Carmel-by-the-Sea on the Central Coast

$40 $25

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Billiards, Appetizers, and Drinks for Two or Four at Easy Street Billiards (Up to 56% Off)

Easy Street Billiards

Old Monterey Business District

Pool hall encourages friendly competition atop solid cherry tables from Rebco, each one with leather pockets and a soft wool surface

$27.50 $12

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Movie Tickets and Popcorn for Two or Four at Osio Cinemas (Up to 45% Off)

Osio Cinemas

Old Monterey Business District

Cinema screens foreign films, domestic documentaries, and independent features

$29 $16

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Italian Appetizers and Drinks, or Tasting Flight of 12-Year-Old Scotch or Whiskey at My Attic (Up to 50% Off)

My Attic

Old Monterey Business District

Resurrected family business with roots in the 1930s serves up vintage cocktails and liquors with Italian cheese plates, olives, and salami

$35.95 $19

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Wine Tasting for Two or Four with Credit Toward Wine Purchase at Galante Vineyards Tasting Room (Up to 38% Off)

Galante Vineyards Tasting Room

Carmel-by-the-Sea

700-acre winery produces a broad range of red and white varietals that couples or quartets can sample before selecting take-home bottles

$40 $25

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Standup Comedy at Rooster T. Feathers Comedy Club (Up to 72% Off)

Rooster T. Feathers Comedy Club

Rooster T. Feathers Comedy Club

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Comedians seen on late-night talk shows, network sitcoms, and “Last Comic Standing” take the stage

$44 $15

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Nickelback at Shoreline Amphitheatre on Wednesday, June 24, at 7:30 p.m. (Up to 38% Off)

Nickelback

Shoreline Amphitheatre

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Chart-topping rockers behind “How You Remind Me” deliver slick yet heavy hits in support of their latest album No Fixed Address

$32 $20

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Winery Tour and Tasting for Two or Four, or 6 or 12 Bottles of Pinot Noir at Pietra Santa Winery (Up to 57% Off)

Pietra Santa Winery

Hollister

Tours explore winery, concluding with sampling of wines; wine options provide 6 or 12 bottles of 2009 Block H Pinot Noir

$70 $35

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Wine and Cheese Tasting for Two, Four, or Six at Leal Vineyards (Up to 68% Off)

Leal Vineyards

Hollister

Palates are introduced to subtle notes of varietals including chardonnay, malbec, and mourvèdre in tasting room on 50-acre estate

$30 $11

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Wine Tasting for Two or Four with Bottles, or Tasting for Two with History at DeRose Winery (Up to 64% Off)

DeRose Winery

Hollister

Vineyard and winery that uses sustainable practices, including dry farming of vines that are more than 150 years old

$68 $25

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Wine Tasting and Take-Home Bottles for Two or Four at Aimee June Winery (Up to 48% Off)

Aimee June Winery

San Juan Bautista

Boutique winery produces eight natural-yeast varietals, each bottle adorned with hand-crafted artwork

$29 $16

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Dinner Show for One or Two from The Murder Mystery Company (52% Off)

The Murder Mystery Company

Old Spaghetti Factory

Professional improv actors invite diners to participate in an interactive whodunit as they enjoy a three-course meal

$60 $29

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Glasses of Wine and Cheese Plates for Two or Four at TasteVin Wine Bar & Bistro (Up to 46% Off)

TasteVin Wine Bar & Bistro

San Carlos

Cheese plates pair with different wines, from crisp white and light red to bold, powerful red and dessert, all served with bread and honey

$54 $29

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Wine Tasting for Two, Four, or Six at Heller Estate Organic Vineyards (Up to 62% Off)

Heller Estate Organic Vineyards

Carmel Valley Village

Sample award-winning wines aged in French oak barrels and made from grapes grown in the vineyards that make the property so picturesque

$20 $9.50

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$11 for a Wine Tasting for Two at Joyce Vineyards ($20 Value)

Joyce Vineyards

Carmel Valley

Sample 7 wines, including the Black Mountain chardonnay with notes of pear, quince and pineapple, or the bold Pedregal cabernet sauvignon

$20 $11

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Reserve Wine Tasting for Two, or Four with Option for Wineglasses at Hahn Estate (Up to 58% Off)

Hahn Estate

Soledad

Sip on wine samples while absorbing the sights and sounds of the Salinas Valley wine country

$30 $15

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"Funny Fun" Standup for Two or Four at Club 21 Through February 28, 2015 (Up to 55% Off)

"Funny Fun"

Club 21

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Comedian Dan Mires fills Thursday nights with headlining standups including David Gborie, Ngaio Bealum, and Kirk McHenry

$20 $10

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Movie for Two with Popcorn and Beer or Wine at The New Parkway Theater (Up to 48% Off). Two Options Available.

The New Parkway Theater

Uptown

Viewers recline on cozy couches and love seats while enjoying popcorn, craft beer, and local wine while watching movies on the big screen

$29 $15

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Walker Stalker Con 2015 at Fort Mason Center on January 31–February 1 (Up to 50% Off)

Walker Stalker Con 2015

Fort Mason Center

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The stars of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” are joined by actors from other zombie and horror flicks to treat fans to panels and events

$38 $19

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Laurie Kilmartin and Aida Rodriguez at Cobb's Comedy Club on November 26–29 (Up to 57% Off)

Laurie Kilmartin and Aida Rodriguez

Cobb's Comedy Club

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Emmy-nominate writer for Conan joins a fellow alum of Last Comic Standing

$18.50 $10

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$10 for Two to See SF Comedy Showcase at Punch Line San Francisco(Up to $25 Value)

SF Comedy Showcase

Punch Line San Francisco

Sunday show running for more than 30 years brings together lineups of local up-and-comers

$25 $10

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Posada Navidena con El Dasa at Roccapulco on Saturday, December 6, at 9 p.m. (Up to 43% Off)

Posada Navidena con El Dasa

Roccapulco

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Cowboy-hatted singer behind romantic Mexican chart-toppers such as “Amor de los Dos” and “Por Ser Bonita”

$43.50 $25

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Secret Improv Society at Shelton Theater Fridays and Saturdays through December 27 (Up to 37% Off)

Secret Improv Society

Shelton Theater

Improvisers initiate crowd in weekly performances of short-form improv, comedy games, and live music

$18.93 $12

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$10 for "Best of San Francisco Stand Up Comedy" Show at The Shelton Theater (Up to $20 Value)

The Shelton Theater

Shelton Theater

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Ever-changing roster of stand-up comics promises laughs

$20 $10

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$289 for a Three-Day Trip to Las Vegas from Expedition America ($400 Value). 20 Dates Available.

Expedition-America

Multiple Locations

Las Vegas trip includes tour of the Strip, VIP nightclub access on Friday and Saturday nights and a daytime party, and a stop at the outlets

$400 $289

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Film-Event Admission for Two or Four at Sistah Sinema (50% Off)

Sistah Sinema

San Francisco

Monthly event showcases films by queer women of color and leads into a safe group discussion of the film and subject

$12 $6

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Wine Tasting and Bocce Ball for 4, 8, or 12 at Sol Rouge (Up to 55% Off)

Sol Rouge Winery

San Francisco

Sample French-inspired wines and play leisurely games of bocce ball at Sol Rouge's winery tasting room on Treasure Island

$100 $45

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$40 for Five Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Movies and Snacks at Balboa Theatre ($50 Total Value)

Balboa Theatre

Outer Richmond

First-run Hollywood movies, classics, kids' matinees, and themed film series at a theater built in 1926

$10 $8

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Pub Food for Two or Four at Kezar Pub (Up to 42% Off)

Kezar Pub

The Haight

Across from the 49ers’ old stadium, guests watch sports while dining on burgers, wings, and Irish pub food such as bangers ‘n’ mash

$30 $18

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Two or Six Tickets to Bad Movie Night at The Dark Room Theater (Up to 55% Off)

The Dark Room Theater

Mission

Audiences laugh at film flops while hosts riff on the movie's flaws

$13.98 $7

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$55 for a Wine-Tasting Party with Wine Advisor & 6 Bottles of Wine ($250 Value)

Wines For Humanity San Francisco

In Home

Six bottles of wine are delivered to your doorstep, and a professional wine advisor walks you and up to 15 guests through a wine tasting

$250 $55

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Tasting with Take-Home Bottles for Two or Four at Ramon Rios Vineyard & Winery (Up to 50% Off)

Ramon Rios Vineyard & Winery

Tracy

Visitors sample a number of vintages, including a chilled rosé, an aromatic majenas, and a fruity malvasia bianca

$32 $16

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Wine Tasting and Take-Home Bottle for Two or Four at Windmill Ridge Winery (Up to 51% Off)

Windmill Ridge Winery

Tracy

Husband and wife team pour samples of their favorites wines at their beautiful 3.8-acre vineyard

$46 $25

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Impact Theatre's "The Dragon Play" for Two with Souvenir Glasses on November 13–December 14 (Up to 44% Off)

The Dragon Play

La Val's Subterranean

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This darkly whimsical tale weaves together stories about a struggling married couple and a boy in love with a 300-year-old dragon girl

$63 $35

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One or Two Hookahs with Fruit Bowls at Wicked Mirage Hookah Lounge (Up to 42% Off)

Wicked Mirage Hookah Lounge

Multiple Locations

Hookah bowls come in fruit flavors such as raspberry, melon, and mango

$25 $15

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"Merry Murder at the Tropicabana" at Zio Fraedo's on December 18 at 7 p.m. (Up to 54% Off)

Merry Murder at the Tropicabana

Zio Fradeos

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Audiences help Lucy, Ricky, Fred, and Ethel unravel a farcical, Christmas-tinged crime while dining from an Italian buffet

$127.06 $59

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American Food and Microbrews for Two or Four at Magoo’s Grill (Up to 61% Off)

Magoo's Grill

Pleasant Hill

Neighborhood grill has slung classic burgers, fish tacos, and microbrews for 25 years in dining room with DirecTV or on outdoor patio

$32 $15

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Tour, Tasting, and Vodka Lessons for Two or Four at Cold House Vodka (Up to 56% Off)

Cold House Vodka

Valley Spirits

VIP tour of hand-made mico-batches includes vodka, moonshine, and whisky tasting; martini glass or 50ml of vodka or moonshine to take home

$40 $20

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$5 Buys You a Coupon for 0% Off Six Bottles of Reserve Wine at Viano Winery

Viano Winery

Vine Hill

For $5, receive a coupon for 10% off six bottles of wine from the reserve selection.

$5

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Picture a pool hall. Wood-paneled walls catch the light of suspended billiards lamps, which illuminate clusters of tables—19 of them to be exact. And these tables are not kiddie sized or Astroturf topped; these are regulation tables: fit for aimless amateurs and seasoned professionals alike. This is Fast Eddy's Billiards, where fun-seekers can revel not only in friendly and competitive games of pool, but also at dartboards, foosball tables, pinball machines, and beer-pong setups.

A former billiards professional still hangs around this scene, giving newbies a crash course on the basics of pool play. Above the din, neon signs rattle off the names of domestic and imported beers—available by the glass and by the pitcher—and a kitchen attendant preps bar-style snacks such as jalapeño poppers, onion rings, chicken wings, and breaded zucchini strips. Free WiFi can occupy compulsive email senders, and an Internet jukebox keeps carousers bopping with tunes of choice.

4300 Capitola Rd
Capitola,
CA
US

Situated atop the lapping waves of Monterey Bay, Paradise Beach Grille combines upscale island cuisine with stunning waterfront views of Soquel Creek and Capitola Beach. Local, seasonal vegetables abut flavorful entrees from Paradise’s menu, such as the sugar and spice salmon paired with champagne mustard burre blanc ($22) and the Haleakala lava flow prawns sauteed in pinot grigio ($26). An extensive wine list complements island-inspired taste notes, and Paradise’s on-the-water location and outdoor seating means you can watch the world float by on its spherical boogie board until a jellyfish swims too close or its fingerlakes start to prune.

215 Esplanade
Capitola,
CA
US

After a day of playing beach volleyball and paddleboarding, beachgoers can head to Margaritaville for a bite to eat and a cool drink. The oceanside patio is the perfect place to nibble on bacon-wrapped prawns, Baja burgers, and slow-cooked tri-tip sandwiches while watching the sun set over California?s first seaside resort town and listening to live music.

Casual coastal cuisine pairs well with Margaritaville's extensive collection of tequilas, organic margaritas, and mai tais. Or there's always the breakfast bloody mary made with a quarter pound of vodka, an assortment of garnishes, and leafy celery stalks.

231 Esplanade
Capitola,
CA
US

Rosie McCann's specializes in twists on traditional Irish fare, tweaking classic Celtic dishes and drinks in a traditional pub setting. The menu showcases plates of irish nachos, sliced spuds slathered in jack and cheddar cheeses, olives, fresh salsa, guacamole, sour cream, and jalape?os. The Americanized version of shepherd's pie simmers grass-fed Humboldt beef and vegetables in a rich irish stock before adding a helmet of mashed potatoes au gratin. Heftier appetites can get satisfaction with bangers & mash, a Celtic take on the English classic, that douses irish sausages and garlic mashed potatoes in Guinness gravy. 10 premium imports or 4 microbrews stand ready on tap, and malt mixologists also pour specialty beer drinks such as the Black Velvet, a whistle-whetting blend of Blackthorn hard apple cider and Guinness.

The dining room echoes the colors of the Irish flag, with burnt-red walls and bright-green stained-glass windows. Guests can cozy up in plush booth seats bedecked in plaid and gaze at glass chandeliers that hang from the ceilings as they sip on mimosas or savor lunch and brunch fare.

1220 Pacific Ave
Santa Cruz,
CA
US

Every week, The Palomar Ballroom's 80-year-old space reverberates with a DJ's Latin beats and synchronized salsa shimmies. Beneath a baroque chandelier, couples twirl passionately enough for the New York Times to deem this salsa party the "spiciest spot downtown." Owner and award-winning ballroom dancer Jeremy Pilling prizes the supportive atmosphere that allows his students to commingle at these parties, whose themes can also cover Argentine tango and swing.

To lead up to its festivities, The Palomar Ballroom hosts drop-in classes, weekly series, rehearsals for routines, and private lessons for dancers that range from beginner to expert. During these sessions, seasoned instructors stress the social aspects of dance while teaching the techniques, rotating partners often so that they can learn different ways to twirl, dip, and ceremoniously lacerate a rug. Visiting dance champions also lead workshops on their specialties, showcasing advanced steps in cha cha, samba, swing, rumba, and other styles.

1344 Pacific Ave.
Santa Cruz,
CA
US

Winner of the Santa Cruz Weekly 2013 Gold Award for Best Dance Club and Best Fancy Cocktails, Motiv expertly slings tapas-style eats and a wide selection of drinks in a lively lounge space. Tucked along Pacific Avenue and Pearl Alley in a stucco building with a corrugated-tin roof and flowering window boxes, Motiv’s serene Old World–exterior belies its energetic dance floor, sleek wooden bar downstairs, and intimate restaurant-lounge upstairs. Half pound grass-fed burgers, skirt steak dinners and Jorge's famous tacos populate the shareable menu, and top-shelf liquors are mixed into specialty cocktails. Nightly live music delivered by a stable of DJs encourages diners to extend evenings by shaking a leg or showing off neon puffy-paint monograms under the colorful disco lights.

1209 Pacific Ave
Santa Cruz,
CA
US