374 S 1st St, San Jose, CA 95113
Once the site of Eulipia Restaurant, Cafe Stritch aims to ditch the white tablecloths in favor of live music, beer and cocktails, and inexpensive food. The bar keeps a handful of regional favorites such as Anchor Steam and Lagunitas on tap, plus enough varieties of the hard stuff to keep things interesting. The spot has become a fixture in the local music scene, the regular lineup includes everything from jazz to indie rock at least a couple nights a week.
140 S Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos CA 95030
Three Degrees Restaurant exemplifies the classic Los Gatos style of casual elegance, but it also knows how to make sure its patrons have a good time, which is why it is often considered one of Los Gatos's go-to spots for live music. The restaurant features live music every Thursday and Friday evenings which is free to all ages. Three Degrees is off the regular beaten path, yet still in downtown LG and has a complimentary self parking lot.
83 S. 2nd St., San Jose CA 95113
The cabana bar, cantina style menu and tropically themed drinks are only a few things that make Tres Gringos a unique venue for live music. With a great reputation for hosting an assortment of local bands and DJs, this downtown bar has helped bring the live music scene back to life in San Jose. Call for live music schedules and upcoming shows.
5152 Mowry Ave, Fremont CA 94538
The Huddle is more than just an ideal bar for a strong drink and a good vibe. It's also one of Freemont's most beloved locations when it comes to live music and spending a weekend night getting down. Once the evening sets, The Huddle will often bring about live bands, karaoke, a traditional jukebox with all the classics (from country to rock and roll) and more into the foray. That, plus their strong cocktails and free popcorn, makes The Huddle one of the South Bay's most beloved spots.
90 S. 2nd St., San Jose CA 95113
Free live jazz every Thursday night at the Loft Bar and Bistro in Downtown San Jose. Enjoy tasty cocktails in the downstairs lounge or reserve a table in their upstairs dining room and relax to the smooth sounds of local jazz musicians. What a great place for a casual Thursday night date.
399 S. 1st St., San Jose CA 95113; Tel. 408.380.3042
Agenda in downtown has a reputation for hosting talented musical acts including legendary jazz, rock and hip-hop artists. On occasion people enjoy two shows at the same time at Agenda because of their unique multi-level location. VIP guest list is available and large groups get special deals compliments of SanJose.com.
44 S. Almaden Ave., San Jose CA 95113; Tel. 408.292.5265
A showcase for all manner of rebellious rock groups, the Blank Club is one of the only places in San Jose that's rock and roll through and through, baby - it's all about the music here. This die-hard live music venue features acts on most nights in the form of both locally and nationally recognized talent, all of which are generally met by hard-drinking rabblerousing patrons. The Blank also sports a great list of DJs who fill up the nights when the music isn't live, spinning everything from goth/industrial to the classics. Not only is this probably our favorite place in San Jose to catch a live rock show, it's also our favorite spot to show off our punk rock skills at Monday night karaoke.
Hedley Club in the Hotel De Anza
233 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose CA 95113; Tel. 408.286.1000
Located in the historic Hotel De Anza in downtown San Jose, the Hedley Club regularly draws in a refined set of patrons with its posh, art-deco environs and stellar list of custom seasonal cocktails. Mediterranean influenced appetizers and a fantastic selection of wines are also available to sate the cravings of discerning palates. Friday and Saturday nights feature live jazz with occasional Latin, soul, blues or R&B influences.
3439 Stevens Creek Blvd., San Jose CA 95117; Tel. 408.243.6441
A San Jose live music institution for decades, JJ's Blues is one of the South Bay's only destinations for blues music and draws crowds of music lovers from across the Bay Area. With live blues every night by local Bay Area musicians as well as big-name national blues bands, this San Jose club and bar offers a comfortable, come-as-you-are atmosphere for blues fans of all types. With a staff of skilled bartenders to keep the drinks flowing and several resident blues historians, JJ's Blues is one of the Bay Area's best places to enjoy and learn about this truly American art form.
Poor House Bistro
91 S. Autumn St., San Jose CA 95110; Tel. 408.292.5837
In true New Orleans style, Poor House Bistro hosts live music every day of the week. From Zydeco to blues to reggae to funk, this San Jose music club has all the musical bases covered and is child- and dog-friendly during the day. Layer on a mouthwatering menu of Creole cuisine, including muffaletta sandwiches and seafood gumbo, and this San Jose music venue is a destination for lovers of the good life.
42011 Boscell Rd., Fremont CA 94538; Tel. 510.979.0477
Best known as the only South Bay location with a mechanical bull, where many a drunk cowgirl or boy has been thrown, the Saddle Rack is also a haven for music fans. This South Bay live music venue draws national live country music acts along with the occasional rock group and Chippendales revue. Whether the music's live, or a DJ's spinning, folks at the Saddle Rack like to dance, and the club hosts a variety of country-style dance classes for those that want to learn how to shake and spin like the pros do.
420 South First St., San Jose CA 95113; Tel. 408.294.7800
With a full bar, a great menu of food, a chill lounge, 29 pool tables and musical entertainment ranging from DJs to live local bands to karaoke, South First Billiards has raised the proverbial bar on pool halls. More than just a San Jose billiards bar, this downtown nightlife spot keeps crowds happy with 14,000 square feet of prime SoFA space, a rotating art show and an atmosphere that can at once be both intimate for smaller groups and lively for anyone aching for a killer nightlife scene.
South Side Café
7028 Santa Teresa Blvd., San Jose CA 95139; Tel. 408.226.5424
Miles from the downtown scene, this San Jose bar draws a rough and ready crowd with live music on weekends and cheap drinks and food every night of the week. Regulars with a particular sense of territory crowd the South Side Café during the week, but on weekends the regulars are joined by music fans who crowd in for ear-splitting rock and roll, pool, darts and general mayhem.