Dive Bars in Pacific Grove

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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

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

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 Ramp Restaurant: A User’s Guide

California-Style Beach Cuisine | Waterside Dining | Weekend Salsa Dancing | Rotating Happy Hour Menu | Established 1950

Sample Meals

  • Lunch: mussels and clams with chorizo, spinach, white wine, and shallots
  • Evening appetizer: tri-tip skewers with mushrooms, bell peppers, and au jus
  • Brunch: ramp corned-beef hash with pasilla peppers and Yukon Gold potatoes
  • Summer barbecue: classic cheeseburger with barbecue beans

A Bit of History: The Ramp wasn’t even serving food when it started in 1950—well, not the human kind anyway. That’s because it was just a bait shop. Eventually, it acquired its first food-related piece of equipment, a hot-dog machine, to service the boatyard next door. Since then, it’s expanded the menu considerably and, due to a large bayside patio, has become a staple of waterside dining in Mission Bay.

Where to Sit: Grab a plastic patio chair at one of the old wooden tables equipped with a shade umbrella.

When to Go: Head in Saturday for brunch followed by salsa dancing with live musicians (May—October). Otherwise, head in for a rotating lineup of specially priced dishes, such as oysters on the half shell, and drinks during happy hour every Monday—Friday from 4:30pm until 7pm.

While You’re Waiting

  • Enjoy views of the Central Basin and Potrero Point.
  • Count the fishing boats on the water or the music notes coming from the band’s horns.

While You’re in the Neighborhood
Before: Test your sea legs with a cruise under the Bay Bridge and past Alcatraz with Ruby Sailing (855 Terry A Francois Boulevard)

After: Dance into the night with salsa and tango at Cafe Cocomo (650 Indiana Street)

855 Terry Francois St
San Francisco,
CA
US

Featured on Travel Channel's Feed the Beast and hailed as the area's Best White Trash Diner by SF Weekly, Butter reunites patrons with deep-fried and microwaveable specialties reminiscent of afterschool indulgences. The full bar and restaurant pairs its premium well drinks and 16-ounce tall cans with dishes including tater tots, mini corn dogs, and deep-fried pog slammers. Chefs infuse cocktails with grape and strawberry sodas, and pillage a pantry to turn up desserts including twinkies and deep-fried peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches. In the midst of glowing beer signs and traditional bar décor, a Winnebago emerges from the wall guided by neon headlights. Against this backdrop, Butter hosts a regular array of themed parties such as retro Fridays, house music Saturdays, and karaoke Sundays.

354 11th St
San Francisco,
CA
US

Delirium cocktail lounge and bar welcomes revelers under its retro neon sign into darkened interiors for late-night libations and themed music nights. Weekly events see appearances by oft-recurring guest DJs who swaddle guests' ears in throbbing spins of electronic, ska, and punk anthems. Bartenders stir up eclectic vodka and whiskey cocktails at a marble-sided bar, while guests cavort across the tile floor, surrounded by graffiti décor and bathed in soft blue light. Delirium also hosts recurring events such as comedy nights, crock-pot offerings, and a complimentary afternoon barbecue on Saturday, Sunday, and any day when the barbecue stork drops by.

3139 16th St
San Francisco,
CA
US