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, and it’s a perfect place to start a cocktail crawl before stopping off at The Continental at 349 S. First St. Then head north to South First Street neighbors 55 South and Paper Plane, located by Post Street. Both have an extensive selection of spirits and experienced bartenders to walk patrons through their preferences to identify the perfect drink. A short drive—at this point a cab, Lyft or Uber would be smart—to Los Gatos offers two more destination lounges in Lexington House, located at 40 N. Santa Cruz Ave., and Jack Rose Libation House at 18840 Saratoga Los Gatos Rd.

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