Nightlife in Santa Cruz

Up to 58% Off Wine-Flight Tasting

West Santa Clara

$30 $15

Guests can sample the libations and take in the Santa Cruz Mountains at the vineyard's charming tasting room

48% Off Saratoga Wine Tasting at Santorini Wine & Beer Garden

Madronia Historic

$50 $26

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Appetizers complement sips of wine in charming outdoor garden soundtracked by acoustic guitarists

Up to 51% Off Wine and Wine Tastings

Campbell

$50 $25

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

Up to 43% Off Dinner and Variety Show

Multiple Locations

$100 $60

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

40% Off Drinks at Homestead Bowl and The X Bar

Cupertino

$30 $18

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

Up to 48% Off Movie Package for Two

Cupertino

$36.50 $19

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

Up to 80% Off Standup at San Jose Improv

San Jose Improv

$96 $20

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Up-and-coming comics lure laughs in storied chain of comedy clubs that showcased such stars as Ellen DeGeneres and Jerry Seinfeld

52% Off Lunch at Britannia Arms Almaden

Almaden Valley

$29 $14

Choose from lunch entrees of shepherd's pie or fish and chips with sodas at this British-style pub

Up to Half Off Pool at Cuetopia Billiard Cafe

Erikson

$42 $21

25 Brunswick pool tables host friendly games of pool with pitchers of frosty beer; day pass unlocks unlimited billiards for a month

Up to 63% Off Wine-Tasting Class or Bottles of Wine

South San Jose

$70 $35

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

Up to 50% Off at Sapphire Hookah

South San Jose

$20 $11

Groups gather around hookah pipes in an ambient lounge to unwind while smoking shisha in their chosen flavor

55% Off Wine-and-Chocolate Pairing

Sherman Cellars

$55 $25

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

San Jose Youth Symphony – Up to 39% Off Concert

Califorina Theater

$16.52 $10

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Soloists Daniel Charif and Robert Collar join the symphony to perform works by Mozart, Artie Shaw, Bernstein and more

Beyond Business Live! – Up to 48% Off

Hyatt Place San Jose/Downtown

$48.50 $25

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Veteran entrepreneur Daven Michaels teaches attendees how to increase their finances and free time with marketing and delegation techniques

44% Off Vin12 Wine Event

Multiple Locations

$70 $39

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Sacramento event highlights pinot noir and zinfandel, Santa Clara spotlights pinot noir—both feature 15+ wineries and 40+ wines to sample

50% Off Wine Tasting at Pierce Ranch Vineyards

New Monterey

$30 $15

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Wine tastings held in a cozy bungalow near the coast of Monterey Bay; Portuguese and Spanish varietals

Up to 53% Off Wine Tasting at Carmel Ridge Winery

New Monterey

$20 $10

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

Up to 52% Off Comedy and Appetizers at Planet Gemini

Casanova Oak Knoll

$30.95 $14.98

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

Up to 42% Off at Osio Cinemas

Old Monterey Business District

$36.50 $21

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Cinema screens foreign films, domestic documentaries, and independent features

Up to 53% Off Billiards, Appetizers, and Drinks

Downtown Monterey

$27.50 $13

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

Up to 78% Off at Rooster T. Feathers Comedy Club

Heritage District

$40 $12

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Variety of comedians who've appeared on late-night talk shows and comedy specials entertain audiences in the intimate club

Up to 66% Off Western Ballet's "La Fille Mal Gardée"

Foothill College-Smithwick Theatre

$50 $17

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Classic comedic ballet follows two lovers as the maiden's mother attempts to keep them apart

44% Off Pizza and Wine Packages at Woodside Vineyards

Menlo Park

$80 $45

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Sip on five varietals of locally-crafted wine made from grapes harvested off vines that have thrived in Woodside for nearly 130 years

Up to 57% Off Wine and Olive-Oil Tasting

Hollister

$70 $35

Tours explore winery, olive-oil-making room, and historic home, concluding with sampling of wines; gift certificate for wine and olive oil

Up to 68% Off Tasting at Leal Vineyards

Hollister

$30 $11

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

Up to 53% Off Lunch at Angelica's

Centennial

$48 $25.25

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Chefs craft dishes such as vegetarian ravioli with house marinara, beer-battered fish and chips, and salmon with mango relish

Made Up Theatre – Up to 57% Off Improv

Grimmer

$28 $12

Alternating teams perform long- and short-form improv fueled by audience suggestions

Learn About 3D Printing and Watch a 3D Printer in Action

San Mateo

$45 $19

The team from HoneyPoint3D explains 3D printing technology and gives you an up-close view of a 3D printer in action; refreshments available

50% Off Wine and Chocolate Pairing at Clos LaChance Wines

San Martin

$80 $40

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Duos sample five decadent chocolates along with five premium Clos LaChance wines after staff member explains pairing and winery

Masterworks Chorale – Up to 29% Off Concert

Hillsdale High School Main Theater

$26.62 $19

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Guest orchestra, choirs, and dancers join Masterworks Chorale for their golden anniversary performance of Carl Orff's famous epic

$11 for a Wine Tasting for Two at Joyce Vineyards

Carmel Valley

$20 $11

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

Up to 52% Off Craft Beer at Livermore Saloon

Livermore

$30 $15

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More than 22 craft beers pour from taps in a bar outpost of Perry’s Liquor and Craft Beer

Up to 57% Off Fleetwood Mac Tribute Concert

Historic Bal Theatre

$35.24 $15

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Band praised by Mick Fleetwood faithfully recreates the sound, passion, and fashion of Fleetwood Mac

45% Off a Wine-Tasting Package

Soledad

$20 $11

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Sample varietals such as chardonnay or pinot noir in a tasting room located in the heart of Santa Lucia Highlands

Up to 58% Off Wine Tastings at Hahn Estate

Soledad

$30 $15

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

Select Local Merchants

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.

1220 Pacific Ave
Santa Cruz,
CA
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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

At Vino Prima, the wine pours freely. Surrounded by 360-degree views of the Santa Cruz wharf and sparkling lights of the boardwalk, patrons soak in the views as they sip their choice of wine by the flight or glass, with a rotating selection of 30 wines pouring daily. Enclosed in their protective casings, more than 150 boutique wines are also available by the bottle, which can later be filled with a miniature version of your favorite 14th-century shipwreck. On some weekends, belly dancing and live-music sessions create a lively atmosphere to complement the always-flowing libations.

55 Municipal Wharf
Santa Cruz,
CA
US

Located right off Mission Street, Parish sports an extensive selection of domestic and European drinks, from ales to stouts and drafts, as well as a menu packed with pub staples including fish and chips, shepherd's pie, and eight different burgers. Channeling the dark woods, cozy decorative accents, and neighborly atmosphere of a classic English alehouse, Parish's fraternal founders based their brainchild on a collage of amber-tinted memories from their own 15-day tour of Britain, the original Australia. Stop by this homey hoppery to catch a game, celebrate with friends, or get reacquainted with the magic of beer.

841 Almar Ave
Santa Cruz,
CA
US

"The Nick" showcases alternative, foreign, and art-house films in a theater steeped in the stylings of Hollywood. Beyond the elegant marquee lights, in a smoothly styled lobby, the walls are accented with stained-glass detailing comedy and tragedy masks. The retro chic movie house boasts two intimate and two large screens, which will soon play host to a bevy of upcoming shows. Current features include Academy Award nominees Black Swan, Another Year, The Illusionist, and Biutiful, the story of a crime boss who is diagnosed with a serious illness which forces him to reconcile his good intentions with his lawless lifestyle.

210 Lincoln St
Santa Cruz,
CA
US