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San Jose's best cultural mashup, Lido nightclub is a banda-bumping Mexican bar downstairs and well-attended Vietnamese nightclub upstairs. Once a popular gay nightclub, Lido now features live Vietnamese bands and DJs and draws a young, well-dressed crowd for dancing and occasional karaoke. While Lido's gravity still pulls in the occasional drag queen, this San Jose dance club and bar primarily caters to the Latino and Vietnamese communities, and everyone else who happens to drop in.
In the days of yore, Lido was a pretty popular gay club, but when it changed to become both a Vietnamese nightclub and Mexican dive bar, no one told the drag queens. So, what we have now is something you have to see to believe: a well-heeled Vietnamese dance club upstairs, a Mexican dive bar downstairs and a random collection of dolled-up, multicultural drag queens that flock in for karaoke when the mood strikes and give it all some serious spunk. The upstairs portion books some of the best Vietnamese live music acts in San Jose, and downstairs has a solid collection of working-class regulars who sip cold beers and listen to banda.