This popular bar, one of San José’s best, began life as an artist-and-bohemian hangout, and has evolved into a massive melting pot, attracting everyone from the city’s young hipsters to foreign exchange students. Live music is usually Monday, Wednesday, and Friday nights, when the place is packed shoulder to shoulder. From Monday to Friday, it’s open for lunch and again in the evenings; on weekends it opens at 6pm. On most nights it’s open until about 1am, although the revelry might continue until about 3am on Friday or Saturday.
- Nicholas Gill