Best Nightlife

Out of all the clubs and bars in a city, 10Best narrows the options to those places with the most appeal and the best reputations. We offer a carefully vetted selection to let you explore San Jose nightlife on your own. If time is really tight, though, and you don't have the leisure to look through all our offerings, we present our San Jose Best Nightlife list. Here, we distill the best businesses down to a special selection of ten. These places promise a stellar experience and a taste of the city that you just can't miss.

Stevens Creek
JJ's Blues Lounge


JJ's knows what they're doing. Over two decades in the business means they know the blues, and they take pride in presenting up-and-coming performers as well as established names – the schedule varies, with jam sessions on Monday and Tuesday....  Read More

Stevens Creek


Shopping, dining and partying, all in one location. Santana Row has it all. Shops like Z Gallerie, Salvatore Ferragamo, Ann Taylor Loft, Anthropologie, Gucci, Burberry and Tommy Bahama. Restaurants serving everything from fast food burgers and...  Read More



A multi-level restaurant/lounge/dance club, Agenda has a lot going for it and is known for having a diverse clientele. There's plenty of space for dancing, pool tables and several bars where you can get virtually any kind of alcoholic beverage...  Read More

Blank Club


It's a dive bar, no doubt about it, but Blank is also considered the best place in town to catch bands. The schedule includes a huge variety, so the crowd differs from night to night. Past performers include Dick Dale, Birthday Massacre, Social...  Read More

The Improv


Need a laugh? Check out who's on at The Improv – you might catch Bill Bellamy, D.L. Hughley, Brian Regan, Bobby Lee or the Kims of Comedy. Full dinner menu is available if you want to make a night of it. Two-drink minimum. Show times vary, but...  Read More



A traditional British style pub, Trials is housed in an 1894 building that has functioned as a hotel, a brothel and even as extra jail space. Today though, the place is warm and inviting with real "across the pond" flair. The food menu features...  Read More

Hedley Club


Classy and sophisticated, the Hedley Club appeals to those who have moved beyond the meat-market club scene but still like to enjoy a night out. The art deco interior is warm and inviting with a wood-burning fireplace and comfy seating. Live...  Read More

The Flying Martini Brothers Bar & Bistro


The bartenders do tricks, the drinks come in a variety of rainbow hues, and a crowd of party people tends to be friendly and fun. Expect dancing on the bar, sing-alongs, and a rowdy good time. Despite the rowdiness, modern décor, red walls and...  Read More

South First Billiards Club Lounge


Sometimes you just get an itch to shoot some pool. In San Jose, this is the place to go. Along with more than 25 tables, you can enjoy full food and bar menus. The ambience is a bit upscale, but casual.



Eclectic Gordon Biersch Brewery is a popular chain brewpub known as much for its flavor-packed menu (great garlic mashed potatoes!) as for its fine selection of German ales and lagers. On weekends, it tends to get fairly loud and crowded and...  Read More