Downtown San Jose

The Best Bars in San Jose, CA

Bars are a great place to hang out and have some fun. If you’re looking for the best bars in San Jose, CA, then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve put together a list of the hottest spots in town, so be sure to check them out! Whether you’re looking for a place to grab a few drinks or party all night long, these bars will definitely deliver. So what are you waiting for? Start your bar crawl today!


Top-rated Bars San Jose has to offer

ISO Beers

75 E Santa Clara St #120, San Jose, CA 95113

4.6 Stars

Do you love cider or mead? About 25 different variations are offered by ISO Beers. ISO Beers (“In Search Of Beers”) is a modern, industrial-style beer bar and bottle shop. It boasts 40 taps, including a few on nitro, and a large retail section with hundreds of craft beers to go. There is no food available in this bar, but you are welcome to bring your own and eat it in the bar or the vast outside beer garden.

ISO Beers San Jose


Paper Plane

72 S First St, San Jose, CA 95113

4.4 Stars

Paper Plane is a sophisticated cocktail bar with a long bar against a large brick backdrop. This bar also has a few draft beers on tap and a small menu of nibbles and larger bites. If you’re not sure which cocktail is best for you, try one of their inventive concoctions, like The Monkey & 12 Banana, Peaparadise City, or Indian Summer! Otherwise, simply ask the bartender to make your own personalized drink based on your tastes.

Paper Plane San Jose



43 W San Salvador St, San Jose, CA 95113

4.7 Stars

This basement-turned-bar, housed in a 100-year-old building, provides a glimpse into a bygone period. Order a Belafonte, named for the Jamaican-American songwriter, to completely embrace the environment’s old-timey nostalgia. Set up in one of the red-curtained booths with a drink in hand and enjoy some sax-heavy Motown music. The bowler hat’s light sconces, as well as the measuring tapes the bartenders, wear around their necks, contribute to the establishment’s 1920s tailor shop concept.

Haberdasher Bloody Mary



52 E Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95113

4.5 Stars

Looking for ways to reconnect with your inner child? Try MiniBoss and its collection of vintage arcade games. Go for the pinball machines (with themes like Deadpool, Star Wars, and Stranger Things) or the old-school joystick games with their nostalgically pixelated graphics. In between rounds of Miss Pac-Man and Donkey Kong, look up and admire the bar’s glowing tetris wall and gamer artwork. Order the Ziggy Piggy, a crazy beverage served in a pig mug with a little pink balloon, to really appreciate the humor of this location.



Five Points

169 W Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95113

4.5 Stars

Looking for a fun night out? Go to Five Points, one of the best bars in San Jose in downtown, a tavern with a Gangs of New York theme. Its namesake (Five Points, New York) was a lawless district in the nineteenth century, and the cocktail menu contains beverages named after the area’s six gangs as well as old images of some of the area’s more notorious members. Who wouldn’t feel like a badass if they ordered Tax and Death Evasion or Blood, Lust, and Diamonds on the rocks? Additionally, if you enjoy live jazz, you should stop by this pub on Mondays if you’re ever in San Jose!

Five Points Southern Star


The Caravan Lounge

98 Almaden Ave, San Jose, CA 95113

4.5 Stars

The Caravan Lounge is a popular hangout for live music and local bands, with a focus on punk rock, and metal. The drinks are moderately priced and abundantly poured, and the service is pleasant. The bar has some type of entertainment almost every evening, with karaoke nights on Sunday and Monday, pool tables, and a jukebox.

Caravan Lounge Wednesday comedy night


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