Dive Bars in Oakdale

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The walls are decked out with sports memorabilia and the taps are filled with Fat Tire, Guinness, and Newcastle. What more could you want? Well, for starters, try a live band, beer-pong tournaments, and a trivia contest that awards the winner with a pro-wrestling championship belt.

2705 Union Ave
San Jose,
CA
US

Mermaids and mermen are a surprisingly common sight at Dive Bar. Fin-clad entertainers spend their evenings elegantly swimming through the 7,500-gallon aquarium that hangs over the bar’s stone countertops, charming guests as the bartenders mix an array of classic and contemporary cocktails. Exposed brickwork, black-leather armchairs, and a dangling chandelier don’t necessarily continue the nautical theme, but they do contribute to the overwhelmingly luxuriant ambiance.

Live musicians grace the bar’s stage on Wednesdays, whereas Thursdays feature a dueling-piano show that brings to mind Billy Joel and Elton John’s legendary joust to the death. In addition to hosting DJ performances, the lounge pumps out dance-worthy tunes until as late as 2 a.m., even allowing customers to connect their iPods to the sound system and either play their favorite song or the shortest chapter from their favorite audiobook.

1016 K St
Sacramento,
CA
US

The Press Club Wine Bar and Lounge is uptown San Francisco establishment where you can enjoy some of the finest vintage wines, craft beers, and delicious champagnes in all of California. Their sophisticated setting is a celebration of the city’s socialites, providing them with a safe-haven where they can wine, dine, and converse. Their dedication to this philosophy shows- the moment you step in, you notice the sound of good-natured laughter and tinkling glasses. One of the most widely anticipated events by the Press Club is their guest hosting of a new artesian vintner each month. The dates of these tastings are conveniently marked on the events calendar, available at the door.

2030 P St
Sacramento,
CA
US

At On The Rocks, barkeeps serve frosty beers and potent cocktails to old regulars and those just stopping by. Homey, knotted-pine walls surround patrons as they watch football games with friends or join in spontaneous high-production-value dance routines during karaoke.

6095 San Juan Ave
Citrus Heights,
CA
US

This cash-only dive bar is no frills, but the energy makes up for the lack of decor. Affordable drinks are one draw here; others include karaoke throughout the week and the occasional live band.

828 W El Camino Real
Sunnyvale,
CA
US

The folks at Paul & Eddie’s fire up the grill and dish out free barbecue during afternoon NFL games. This space, festooned with taxidermied deer heads and other quirky ornaments, feels lived-in and welcoming.

21619 Stevens Creek Blvd
Cupertino,
CA
US