Drinking at the best bars in San Jose is going to be covered in full detail as this post goes along. Some may be searching for a tall glass of beer, a shot of vodka, to save money on liquor during local drink special times, or maybe to sing karaoke and either way you should have a much better understanding of the scene soon.
We will kick this baby off with the best wine and cocktail bars in San Jose. Breweries and sports bars where you can watch the big game or maybe play some pool or throw some darts will get our second section.
The best drink specials at bars near you with cheaper alcohol will come next before we pivot to bars with trivia, quiz, and/or game nights in your area. Bars for dancing, karaoke, and to listen to live music will garner our final section.
Expect to find a local bar map with all these spots pinned on it so you can have a better feel for what venues are closest to your current area at the moment. This region is one that we have written about many times in the past if you are interested in reading more.
Cocktail & Wine Bars
The best cocktail and wine bars in San Jose might just be:
- Vintage Wine Bar at 368 Santana Row
- District at 65 N San Pedro St
- 55 – Fifty Five South at 55 S First St
- Paper Plane at 72 S First St
- 20Twenty Cheese Bar at 1389 Lincoln Ave
- Cielo Wine Bar at 3055 Olin Ave #2100
- Hop & Vine at 1435 The Alameda
- Five Points at 169 W Santa Clara St
- Haberdasher at 43 W San Salvador St
Vintage Wine Bar sells and serves a fine selection of premium wines every day from 11:30am to 10pm except on Sunday when they close at 9 pm.
District serves a menu of globally inspired shareable plates alongside a well-curated wine and whiskey list and handcrafted seasonal cocktails.
Fifty Five South is a craft cocktail bar in your area with live music on Sunday nights.
Cocktails, food, spirits, beers, and wine are served at Paper Plane until 2am.
20Twenty Cheese Bar features twenty curated craft beers, twenty artisan wines on draft to tempt the taste buds, classic cocktails, and a menu of thoughtful small plates and cheese.
Cielo Wine Bar serves as the backdrop for Cielo Rooftop a laid-back rooftop bar in San Jose that serves wine, craft beers, and cocktails during the season.
Fine wines, 18 craft draft beers, and tasty bites are available at Hop & Vine who has happy hour deals on drinks and bites every Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm, all day every Wednesday, Thursday from 4pm to 6pm, and Friday from 3pm to 6pm.
Five Points is one of the most popular craft cocktail bars with a food menu and some of the best drink specials in San Jose every Monday through Friday from 4pm to 7pm.
Haberdasher serves a thoughtfully curated rotating list of unique and notable whiskies daily at 5pm except on Monday and Tuesday when they are closed.
San Jose Breweries & Sports Bars
Watch the big game with your friends and sample new flavors of beers at the best breweries and sports bars in your area:
- The Brit Sports Pub & Patio at 173 W Santa Clara St
- Stevie’s Bar & Grill at 2705 Union Ave
- SmokeEaters Hot Wings at 5018 Almaden Expy #30
- Stanley’s Sports Bar at 1500 S 10th St
- The Doghouse Sports Lounge at 1336 N First St
- Rookies Sports Lodge at 1535 Meridian Ave #10
- Uproar Brewing Company at 439 S First St
- Floodcraft Brewing Co at 777 The Alameda
The Brit is a great sports bar near you that is open every day at 8am serving breakfast and specialty pizzas as well as a large selection of beers on tap and plenty of TV’s to watch the game.
Stevie’s Bar & Grill has 30 draft beers on tap and great views of the TV’s.
Freshly prepared pub fare like chicken sandwiches, tenders, burgers, salads, wings, and cold beer are available at SmokeEaters Hot Wings which features endless sports on HDTV’s everywhere you look.
Stanley’s Sports Bar has eight beers on draft and is a great place to watch Sharks games, football games, baseball games, or just catch up with friends and teammates after a hockey game.
The Doghouse Sports Lounge offers 19 beers on tap including bottles and cans as well as a selection of good food and the opportunity to play darts, pool, or air hockey.
Rookies Sports Lodge has over 30 beers on tap to enjoy alongside every sport channel as well as indoor dining, a patio, and takeout.
A wide range of beer styles can be found at Uproar Brewing Company which operates a taproom and gastro pub with pinball, arcade games, and other games to complement their beer plus they have local alcoholic drink specials every Thursday from 4pm to 6pm.
Floodcraft Brewing Co. has craft beer that is brewed in-store and their tasting room hours are from 12pm to 8pm daily.
Local Drink Specials
Save some money buying cheaper alcohol at these bars with drink specials near you:
- Miniboss at 52 E Santa Clara St
- Mr. Mojito JF Bar & Grill at 5925 Almaden Expy
- BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse at 925 Blossom Hill Rd
Miniboss has a large industrial space with vintage arcade games and some of the best drink specials in your area from 5pm to 7pm every day.
A variety of cocktails, wine, beer, and spirits as well as food and happy hours from 2pm to 6pm are what to expect from Mr. Mojito JF Bar & Grill.
BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse has 11 award-winning signature beers and cider on tap with local liquor specials every Monday through Friday from 3pm to 7pm.
Trivia, Quiz, & Game Nights
There are plenty of bars with local trivia, quiz, and game nights:
O’Flaherty’s Irish Pub is open daily from 11am to 2am serving traditional food, Irish whiskey, and 52 different beers on tap plus they host some of the most fun bar trivia in San Jose every Wednesday at 8pm.
Britannia Arms Almaden has a full bar offering a wide selection of beer, wine, liquor, and mouthwatering British food including some great fish and chips as well as 18 big screen TV’s for every major sporting event and weekly entertainment like live music, trivia nights, karaoke, and more with liquor specials from 2pm to 7pm Monday through Thursday.
More fun bars with trivia or games near you from different lists include Uproar Brewing Company and Miniboss.
Dance, Karaoke, & Live Music
These bars are great for dancing, live music, and karaoke:
- The Caravan Lounge at 98 Almaden Ave
- 7 Bamboo Lounge at 162 Jackson St
- Goosetown Lounge at 1072 Lincoln Ave
- Focus Karaoke & Cafe at 1336 Saratoga Ave
- LVL 44 at 44 S Almaden Ave
The Caravan Lounge is one of the oldest live music venues in town and they have local bar karaoke, comedy show, burlesque, pool tables, and DJ nights from 2pm to 1:30am every day.
Karaoke in San Jose goes down from 7pm to 1:30am every day at 7 Bamboo Lounge.
Goosetown Lounge has karaoke nights and is open from 9am to 2am every day.
Focus Karaoke & Cafe has a wide selection of songs in various languages including Chinese, Korean, Japanese, English, and many others.
LVL 44 is open from 10pm to 1:30am Thursday through Sunday with live music every Thursday night.
Other bars for music lovers in your area that we mentioned in other sections include 55 Fifty Five South and Britannia Arms Almaden.
We also have written posts on:
- Bars With Live Music & Karaoke In San Francisco
- Bars With Live Music & Karaoke In Oakland
- Bars With Live Music & Karaoke In Stockton & Modesto
- Bars With Live Music & Karaoke In Los Angeles
Have Fun Drinking At The Best Bars In San Jose
Now that you have read all of that you should have a much better understanding of what is available in your area. There are plenty of local wine and cocktail bars, breweries to watch sports at, places with good drink specials to save money, trivia, quiz, and game nights, as well as bars to listen to live music, dance, and sing karaoke near you.
If you notice us listing any venues that are no longer open or just think we got something wrong please tell us in the comments so this page stays as up to date as possible. Now go have fun drinking at the best bars in San Jose.