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O’Flaherty’s on San Pedro Street offers a rare option of an authentic Irish pub in Downtown San Jose. Established in 2002, this establishment is Irish through and through - in its decor, attitude, service and the stiff drinks it serves. Thanks to its proximity to San Jose State University, its regular patrons comprise of students and faculty members at the Uni. The drink list here features a range of Ireland's finest whiskies and Scotches. Also on offer is the iconic Guinness along with a range of beers and ales. The place features six large LCD screens that play live games, mostly rugby and soccer matches, making it the perfect, downtown sports bar! In fact, O'Flaherty's is one of the sponsors of local teams like SJSU Spartan Rugby Squad and the San Jose Seahawks! Needless to say, sports lovers flock here in large numbers during game seasons.
San Jose Bar and Grill is the place you head when you and your friends can't decide where to spend the evening. There's something here for everyone. Drinkers will appreciate their limited range of craft brews, while sport maniacs can catch a game on one of their TVs. The hungry friend will find solace in their American pub grub such as loafers, burgers, tacos; while those who wish to dance will like this place as it has a spacious dance floor, with DJs often performing here. The huge bar area that ensures you have your drink in no time.
San Jose has no shortage of sports bars given the Silicon Valley capital's affinity to sports. Rookies is a great example of such an establishment, located on the Meridian Avenue, this is a gem of Willow Glen. The relaxed place is a respite for those looking for a casual dine while catching the current game. Thanks to the large LCD televisions placed thoughtfully throughout the spacious dining area, sports fans from all over the city flock here during game nights. The service is friendly and the drinks come cheap, while the food menu is quite eclectic for a regular sports bar that it claims to be - choose from a range of sandwiches, burgers, wraps and of course, chicken wings along with a couple of beers - you and your bank balance wont regret it! The happy hours are extended, making Rookies a very value-for-money option for a nightly hang!
Call it what you will - a retro sports bar or a neighborhood singles bar, The Branham Lounge is a great place to hang out while watching a live game. This one has been a mainstay of the Branham region in San Jose since 1969. Evidently the passing time has lent much character to the place; there's an mistakable vintage feel to it, yet it's replete with modern conveniences like the large LCD screens that grab quite a few eyeballs during game nights here. The drinks served are stiff and do their job, while the line up of events here is pretty interesting - be it featured DJs or performing artists or theme nights like the notorious Beer Pong Nights. But what takes the cake here are the extended happy hours that run from 10a to 9p everyday; head to The Branham Lounge for a good time without breaking the bank.
This authentic British pub and restaurant caters to soccer fanatics in the daytime and the singles bar crowd at night. Sample traditional British dishes such as Bangers and Mash or Fish and Chips. There are many screens for sporting events, and the selection of drafts and single-malt scotches is impressive. Eat and watch the games outside on the patio or inside the air-conditioned restaurant. Admission is free at night but varies for the live-telecast soccer events from the U.K., which are always presented during the early morning hours.