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Taplands Has a Passion for Suds

Taplands Has a Passion for Suds

Santa Clara‘s bar scene reflects the demands of students at the nearby private university. Mostly, the just-up-to-code dives cater to an ample number of partiers who trade their disposable income for cheap, strong drinks on sticky dance floors. Ambience ain’t a necessity for those who…

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The Secrets of Jack Rose Libation House

The Secrets of Jack Rose Libation House

One of the biggest problems with owning a private dirigible is that they tend to be quite large. Even the compact version Mr. Harada and I operate is just shy of 250 feet. So, while I steered the Von Barfly above the squat skyline of…

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A Truly Happy Hour at Sherwood Inn

A Truly Happy Hour at Sherwood Inn

Mr. Harada and I are rarely offended: mainly because we’re poor listeners but also because we’re lazy. Of course, this is not the case when it comes to the hallowed grounds where we sip, reflect, compose and sometimes repose. We take offense to so-called “happy…

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Haberdasher Pours True in the Valley of Illusions

Haberdasher Pours True in the Valley of Illusions

As bon vivants who rub elbows with some of Silicon Valley’s most exciting arms, Mr. Harada and I are all too familiar with the bespoke lifestyle. So, while I wait on delivery of my custom Lamborghini Centenario (with full Levi’s denim interior and a Monster…

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Hayes Mansion’s Hidden Happy Hour Gem: Palm Plaza Lounge

Hayes Mansion’s Hidden Happy Hour Gem: Palm Plaza Lounge

As new buildings sprout up around the valley, Mr. Harada and I sit back and casually observe the action from behind a pen and bar tab. Certain architectural trends and styles are more prominent than others, but one look keeps popping up as we pogo…

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Bar Fly: A Stormy Night at The Cats in Los Gatos

Bar Fly: A Stormy Night at The Cats in Los Gatos

It was a stormy night, and Evil was a foot. It came in a Jimmy Choo sandal a size and a half too small. Evil’s toes hung off the front like refugees jockeying for position on a deflating raft. It seems a designer shoe, no…

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Bar Fly: A Touch of the Old School at Saratoga’s The Bank

Bar Fly: A Touch of the Old School at Saratoga’s The Bank

When I first heard of The Bank in Saratoga, it was recommended to me by one Shawn Packer, a local guitarist of some renown. For some reason, I assumed the place was a recently converted financial institution, where bowtied bartenders would curl their over-waxed mustaches as…

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Super Valley: Microbrewers & Craft Beer Pubs

Super Valley: Microbrewers & Craft Beer Pubs

Could football, as we know it, even exist without beer? Interesting question, though there’s no need to entertain the thought, as the South Bay and Peninsula are home to plenty of great microbreweries and craft beer pubs. Gordon Biersch, a pioneer in the microbrew movement,…

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Super Valley: We Craft Our Cocktails

Super Valley: We Craft Our Cocktails

Downtown San Jose has the craft cocktail scene on lock, and the indie appreciation for spirits all began at the speakeasy-style saloon Haberdasher (originally known as Single Barrel) at 43 W. San Salvador St. in the SoFA District. The basement bar pours smoky and sweet,…

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Bar Fly: Cinebar Has New Look, Same Crowd

Bar Fly: Cinebar Has New Look, Same Crowd

Skinny jeans can be a struggle. They have a way of making a man realize a long time has passed since they actually fit, or were popular. This, of course, is a hypothetical that will never resonate with me or my companion, Mr. Harada. We…

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