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San Jose Improv
Since The Improv opened in downtown San Jose in 2002, it has been a key destination for gut busting, world-renowned comedy acts as well as a host of music and special events. The Improv’s intimate club setting gives those in its audience an opportunity to see their favorite acts up close. Headline comedians are booked regul…
West Wind Capitol Drive-In
Family owned and operated from day one, the West Wind Capital Drive-In knows how to entertain and they do so in spades. Crystal clear digital projection on huge screens of first run movies (at the same time as indoor theaters) and even midnight screenings of major releases help pack this place nightly. Bring your own food i…
Santana Row
Santana Row's upscale shopping, dining and entertainment is boutique at its absolute best. With your pick of dining options, everything from burgers and Italian to Asian fusion and French, you'll have plenty of opportunity to refuel while shopping at the Row's top shops including Gucci, Burberry, Salvatore Ferragamo, Ted Ba…
South 1st Fridays
San Jose's SoFA District has history, independent retailers, cafes, restaurants, nightclubs, museums, galleries and is the creative center of downtown. Many of these unique venues participate in the South FIRST FRIDAYS art walk by presenting exciting exhibitions, live music and special performances on the first Friday of ea…
55 South
Catering to a sophisticated crowd 55 South provides a comfortable atmosphere where people can meet, relax and congregate before or after an event or work. Live music and big screen TV's combine to make a homey yet high end experience. Excellent drinks and creative cuisine abound. Catch bottomless mimosas and french toast ke…
AFK Gamer Lounge
Why spend countless hours gaming at home, alone when instead  you could instead grab a drink with your friends and sit down for a match of League, Dota 2, or CS:GO? AFKgg is the best setting a gamer could ask for:  high speed internet, updated PC’s, and a table layout great for team communication.  Whether your own your own…
Agenda Lounge
The South Bay's longest running night club featuring Banda, Reggae, Hip Hop, Jazz and Salsa.
Bowlmor
This is not your grandfather’s bowling alley. With plush lounge seating, multi-media screens, a state of the art sound system and a full service bar, what’s not to like? What a private bowling experience,  the Back 9, with 9 lanes and a dedicated bar is right up your alley. And, check out the full bar and menu HERE.
Britannia Arms
A top spot to enjoy a pint inside or at the full-service bar on the spacious 3,000 sq. ft. heated patio. 19 beers on tap along with 2 hard ciders set the perfect mood for taking in international sports games on the big screens, live dj's, local bands or even karaoke. Try the famous fish and chips or one of the other traditi…
Cafe Stritch
One of downtown San Jose's most vibrant hot spots, Cafe Stritch delivers on awesome food, craft beer and live music. Known for its great vibe, diverse clientele, warm lighting and genuine ambiance, this hip and casual place is always packed and hopping until late. Free music most nights bring the crowds, as does the fantast…
Caffe Frascati
Caffe Frascati is like a little taste of Italy right in the heart of downtown San Jose, bringing you the best cappuccino outside of Rome and the tasty panini you can enjoy in the villages that dot the Umbrian countryside. Come and sip one of their famous cappuccinos, try a tasty paninis, experience some live music, comedy, …
California Theatre

The elegant California Theatre is known for its lavish splendor. Built in 1927 and renovated from 2001-2004, this venue is one of the best-preserved movie palaces in the nation. It now hosts concerts, plays, films, comedians, literary speakers and more. It is home to Opera San Jose and Symphony Silicon Valley.

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Camera 12 Cinema
This movie theater has personality to brag about. With midnight cult classic movies, diaper days (where parents can watch movies with their apt to disturb babies with other parents without feeling guilty), regular first run blockbusters, foreign films, D-Box (action moving) seats, live broadcast Opera nights, 3D and Barco s…
Camera 3 Cinema
From cult classics and blockbusters to foreign films and shorts, this theater has it all. Camera 3 often is plays a part in local film festival screening and hosts Comedy Sportz  on Fridays and Saturdays and you can find Psycho Donuts in the lobby. Comfortable, clean, independent, state-of-the-art AV makes this a great plac…
Caravan Lounge
Live music, comedy, karaoke, cocktails and pool. A dive bar with an eclectic, friendly regular crowd. No cover, open 365 days a year.
City National Civic
Built in 1934 in the California mission style of architecture, the Civic holds over 3,000 fans and has been played by legendary acts like Frank Sinatra, Barbara Streisand, The Beach Boys, the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan, just to name a few. It continues to host performers that have achieved international or national acclai…
ComedySportz
Not comedy about sports, but comedy played as a sport! Finally, a fun, fast-paced comedy show that's great for the whole family. It's ComedySportz, an award-winning interactive comedy show where two teams of "act-letes" compete for audience laughs and points while improvising scenes, games, operas and musicals based on audi…
The Continental Bar, Lounge and Patio
The Continental Bar, Lounge and Patio is a beautifully restored and completely reinvented venue that sits in the former location of Brix/Hunters and Sal & Luigi’s/Mac’s, right next to the California Theater. Fantastic live music and  DJs enhance the relaxed vibe here and there are plenty of TV screens to enjoy sporting …
Event Center at San Jose State University

The Event Center at San Jose State University is a multi-functional sports and entertainment arena. A premier mid-size Northern California venue, the Event Center is fully equipped to accommodate various types of events from full-arena concerts to corporate conferences. With over 25,000 square feet of extended floor space, …

Firehouse No. 1 Gastropub
San Jose's only true Gastropub with exceptional food made from fresh, seasonal ingredients, paired with craft beers and cocktails, delivered with superb service. Firehouse is an amazing culinary experience in a casual setting. Come experience something far above the normal pub fare.
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
A cross between New Orleans funk, German beer gardens and a World War II Era farm house, this truly is a unique destination with an extensive menu and of course a Gordon Biersch brew to pair with any item. Be sure to try the legendary garlic fries and seasonal beer.
Haberdasher
Haberdasher specializes in the finest craft cocktails served in a uniquely sexy and inviting basement atmosphere. Steadfast in the belief that great cocktails can only come from snooty, mustachioed mixologists, Haberdasher invites you to experience their cocktail bar and see for yourself!
Hedley Club
San Jose’s premier cocktail lounge and wine Bar at the Hotel DeAnza is the place to relax surrounded by classic art-deco elegance. Boasting one of the most sumptuous and beautifully appointed rooms in the Bay Area, the Lounge features a Seasonal Cocktail Menu, a dynamic and approachable wine program, Mediterranean influence…
Hermitage Brewing
Award winning craft beer, brewed San Jose, California.
ISO Beers
With an incredible 40 beers on tap and impressive bottle selection of craft beers, ISO Beers is certainly at the top of the list for beer lovers. A true beer bar, ISO has no kitchen but invites you to bring your own food to enjoy with the beer on their comfortable outdoor beer garden. Helpful staff can steer you in the righ…
JJ's Blues
One of the most organic and genuine music venues in San Jose the live music ranges from blues and reggae to jazz and ska and more. The place to be for a low key night of great music.
Johnny V's
A dive in the best and most authentic use of the word, Johnny V’s and Paddy’s bar are run concurrently 365 days of the year, hosting live music and underground DJ’s every night. Come on out and enjoy the company, sports, music, and drinks. There’s always a party at Johnny V’s!
Liquid Bread Gastropub
Part gastronomy, part pub and all awesome. This is a public house that specializes in serving high-quality food and beer highlighted by local and seasonal ingredients. Pork belly, oxtail, baked alligator and fig wraps, this is a vacation for your taste buds. The motto here, gather with  the intent and desire to partake in t…
Liquid Restaurant and Lounge
Liquid serves up a sophisticated, exotic blend of Asian Fusion dishes with a wide selection of appetizers, entrees, and side orders in its lunch and dinner menus. The dishes draw inspiration from the traditional cooking styles of the Far East and classical western cuisine. The wine and sake list is thoughtful and solid with…
Loft Bar and Bistro
Located in the heart of downtown, this chic, two-story San Jose restaurant has it all. With upstairs and downstairs dining rooms, two exquisite granite-top bars and a beautiful rooftop garden patio, the Loft is fast becoming the hipster spot to begin or end a night out in San Jose. The menu consists of unique and familiar d…
Montalvo Arts Center
Visit the beautiful grounds at Montalvo Arts Center. Take a hike up the hillside for an amazing view of the valley, or have a picnic on the front lawn. Montalvo presents a diverse array of world-class performers in a variety of musical genres, comedy, theatre, dance, and other performing arts in the beautiful outdoor Lilian…
Montgomery Theater
Built in 1936, this theater retains its historic charm and offers audiences an intimate experience for every performance. This 475 seat theater is home to CMT San Jose and Lyric Theatre. The beautiful courtyard outside the main lobby of the theater makes for a perfect reception area for any event. Download Meeting Spec S…
Mosaic Restaurant
With happy hour 7 days of the week from 5pm-7pm, live Jazz every Friday night, 6pm-9pm, over 100 types of  liquors, an iced back bar, a large variety of top shelf alcohols, a great selection of locally crafted and micro brews, a large outdoor patio, and 2 Bocce ball courts, there's a lot to love about Mosaic. Residing in Sa…
Myth Taverna and Lounge
Myth Taverna and Lounge is a Modern Greek restaurant open for lunch and dinner and featuring live music, top Djs, patio dining, indoor and outdoor dancing, signature cocktails and fine wines. Just blocks from SAP Center its the spot to be post-concert when you aren't ready for the night to end.
Nomikai
Bringing the fun quotient to a new level, Nomikai is a full bar- what we like to call a drinkery - offering an expansive menu of quality spirits in exciting concoctions. Nomikai offerings go far beyond traditional cocktails, stretching spirits to their creative ends with winning results with equal attention paid to …
O'Flaherty's Irish Pub
O’Flaherty’s Irish Pub offers the absolute best in real Irish hospitality and atmosphere. We proudly serve perfectly poured Guinness, an extensive Irish and Scotch whiskey selection, an outstanding 38 beers on tap and much more! O’Flaherty’s is the perfect pub to watch you favorite sports, from rugby and soccer to baseball …
Old Wagon Saloon and Grill
This modern bar infused with old west charm is sure to capture your attention. Plenty of space for a business lunch, or a night on the town with friends, the Old Wagon Saloon provides a relaxing atmosphere to grab a drink and a bite to eat, ample seating, shuffleboard, and a wonderful copper bar. Outside you will find spaci…
Original Gravity Public House
One of San Jose’s first craft beer bars located in the heart of downtown is a must experience hot spot. Scouring the globe and bringing to the area an eclectic and quality beer selection, The Public House is an intimate and casual space, built specifically to feature craft beers on 25 rotating taps as well as an impressive …
Paper Plane
A cocktail bar to rival all cocktail bars, this is a popular spot to hit up for late night hand-crafted masterpieces. Classy without being pretentious, the vibe is bustling but chill. with the artisan-style cocktails crafted with care the high light of this establishment, Paper Plane is the perfect place to meet up with fri…
Poor House Bistro
The Poor House Bistro brings the sights, sounds and tastes of New Orleans to the San Jose with live music every night of the week. The menu offers the greatest hits of New Orleans dining, including blackened chicken wings, gumbo, Cajun popcorn salad, Po Boys, crawfish pasta, BBQ shrimp, red beans & rice, corn muffins, j…
The Ritz
Live, local, and a little bit loud are the words the Ritz lives by. A large space for standing and dancing to live music glows in rich ambient hues and a large full bar satiates as a diverse mix of local bands, dj's and headlining punk, alternative, rock, new wave, retro bands rock it. This is both a large and intimate venu…
San Jose Center for the Performing Arts
Built in 1972 by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts offers large windows throughout the entryways, providing plenty of natural light and spectacular views of downtown San Jose. Inside you'll find a fabulous 2,677 seat space with top-notch staging capabilities. The Center hosts maj…
San Jose Jazz
San Jose Jazz is a non-profit organization that enriches the community with music education and performance. In 1987 it produced its first winter jazz series; in 1990 it produced its first jazz festival (Jazz Summer Fest) and in 1993 it produced its first education program. Today, San Jose Jazz is a dynamic, region-wide org…
San Pedro Square Market
A hot spot downtown you can always find what you are looking for among the variety of exciting food vendors at the market. Pizza, Latin American food, craft beer, sushi, fusion hot dogs and much more, pair your cuisine of choice with patio dining (dog-friendly) and lots of live entertainment. Films, live music, book signing…
Santa Clara Valley Brewing Tap Room
Before software and silicon, the Santa Clara Valley was home to thousands of acres of rich farmland and orchards, where proud farmers worked tirelessly to supply the world with fresh, delicious produce. Santa Clara Valley Brewing pays homage to this industrious past by providing their friends and neighbors with a selection …
SAP Center
SAP Center hosts large concert events, Olympic and sporting championships, and is affectionately referred to as the "Shark Tank" because the arena is home to the San Jose Sharks, the local national hockey team. Plenty of food an beverage vendors are available inside the arena. Download Meeting Spec Sheet HERE.
SLG Art Boutiki and Gallery
SLG Publishing's Art Boutiki & Gallery is San Jose's swankiest spot for comic books, graphic novels and cool stuff. The gallery/store is stocked with the complete line of SLG comics and other products as well as select comics, graphic novels and toys from other publishers and producers. The Boutiki is also the home to s…
SP2 Communal Bar + Restaurant
SP2 Communal Bar + Restaurant presents delicious, locally sourced, American bistro cuisine from premier executive chef Ben Robin and chef de cuisine Jacob Farleigh and house made hand-crafted cocktails from passionate bartenders. Lounge on the open patio for a sunny day brunch or spend the evening in the center of the San J…
Studio 8
Northern California’s hottest nightclub is straight out of Orange County and brings nightlife to the next level. Studio 8 features two levels of VIP cabanas, state of the art sound and lighting, plus multiple bars. Studio 8 is Northern California’s largest entertainment venue featuring celebrity appearances, live performanc…
Swinging Hookah
Featuring a large, lavish, warm ambiance, free wifi and over 30 flavors of Starbuzz Tobaccos, this upscale hookah lounge is the largest in the Bay Area.
Tanq
Uptown, sexy and sophisticated, Tanq is where expert mixologists speak your language, and where handcrafted cocktails and signature bar bites are always on the menu. Duck fat fries, lobster corn dogs, tuna Tatar and top shelf alcohol blend in a swanky, ambient space.
Teske's Germania Restaurant and Bar
From its restaurant roots, starting with Ernst and Marianne Teske in1981, Teske’s Germania has strived to be the best in authentic German dinning in the Bay Area. After 15 years at the helm of Teske’s Germania Restaurant and Beer Garden, Mr. Baumann decided to turn the restaurant over to his three children. Now Gregory, Cyn…
Theatre on San Pedro Square
The Theatre on San Pedro Square puts on various performances each year from plays to musical performances and more. The Tabard Theatre Company, which calls the Theatre on San Pedro Square home base, is a community-based theatre group that puts on revered performances and also hosts various workshops in support of the theatr…
Trials Pub
Trials Pub is an authentic British Pub selling 20 ounce pints of Britain's favorite beers and British food. We offer a full selection of beer, wine, spirits, and have a deserved reputation for serving the best fish & chips in San Jose, not to mention the best curry this side of Edinburgh. Voted Best Pub by readers of Me…
Vino Vino
Vino Vino is the cure for the common wine bar. The famous tap system pumps out 13 legitimately fine wines by the glass, all at the same price. Also features are over 30 in the bottle from local Santa Cruz Mountain and Santa Clara Valley Wineries, along with half a dozen local beers. Sophisticated but unpretentious small pla…