Bars in Santa Clara

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3935 Freedom Cir
Santa Clara,
CA
US

Since 2001, Badfish has energetically replicated the ska-punk sounds of Sublime, regaling fans who were never able to see the band live after the untimely death of primary songwriter and lead singer Bradley Nowell. Badfish culls its accurate renditions from the California punk legends’ three-album catalog, including hits from its major-label debut, Sublime, deep cuts from lo-fi classic Robbin’ the Hood, and several reggae-rich versions of the Baywatch theme song. Openers Scotty Don’t and Just Chill warm up the crowd on Avalon’s standing-room dance floor with dubstep tunes and an incense-smelling contest.

777 Lawrence Expy
Santa Clara,
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 jalapeños. 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.

355 Santana Row
San Jose,
CA
US

Originally standing on Éire's shores, O'Flaherty's Irish Pub was shipped in pieces to San Jose, where it was reconstructed to create an authentic atmosphere where guests can savor tasty Irish spirits while enjoying nightly events. Tucked into a booth in the cozy brick pub, patrons can drink traditional Irish libations that warm their insides without having to swallow a parka. The pub's 16 taps fill up mugs to foamy perfection as the hubbub of nightly karaoke, music, or trivia entertains guests lounging amid antique Irish prints and dark-wood shelves teeming with Celtic spirits. During warmer weather, the outdoor patio beckons patrons for open-air revelry beneath the gaze of stars and low-flying Dutchmen jealous of Ireland’s celebratory traditions.

25 N San Pedro St
San Jose,
CA
US

Agave52’s spirit savants sound council on the intricacies of agave apéritifs while promoting fellowship and education. During the group's tequila tastings, guests join fellow tipplers for sips of more than 20 samples from six producers, with visiting tequilas including Don Pilar, Mañana, El Relingo, and more. Train tongues to judge drinks based on desired attributes, ranking color, aroma, spice, and ability to summon the ghosts of departed cacti. Tastings are a seat-free event, leaving guests free to roam Social Nightclub’s outdoor patio in between rounds of reposado. Salsa to the strains of Latin music on a festively lit dance floor, seek engaging conversation in a private veranda cabanas, or marvel at area artist Gustavo Renoso's collection of mashed-potato sculptures.

152 Post Street
San Jose,
CA
US

Scott’s Seafood boasts a stunning dining room worthy of Neptune and his bridge posse, with long windows illuminating crisp, white tablecloths punctuated by glass vases and bright flowers. Daily delivered seafood fills a lavish dinner menu of maritime recipes including a deep-water prawn cocktail ($15.25), fresh Dungeness crab cakes ($15.25), and fried Pacific oysters in a spicy remoulade ($14.50). Heartier entrees include the filet mignon (served with a bell-pepper potato cake and mushroom ragout, $35.75), the mariner's dream grilled petrale sole dore with french fries and a lemon butter sauce ($23.50), and Australian lobster tail with Yukon gold potatoes (market price).

185 Park Ave
San Jose,
CA
US