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HAPPENING HAPPY HOURS

Whether for the happening scene, the deals, or both, here are some great spots to jump start your evening.

In the South Bay

BIRK'S
Drinks and appetizers—such as oysters and truffle fries—are offered at nice prices at this buzzing steakhouse tucked away in an office park. Mon-Fri, 3:30-6pm, & Sat, 5-7pm. Santa Clara: 3955 Freedom Circle; 408-980-6400.

BLUSH RAW BAR
Happy hour highlights in the lounge include hamachi spoons and sushi tacos, best enjoyed with one of their unique cocktails. Mon-Fri, 3-6pm. San Jose: San Pedro Square. 408-477-2191.

CENTONOVE
Enjoy reduced-priced wine, beer, Italian bites, and pizzas at the counter of this well-loved neighborhood trattoria. Mon-Fri, 5-6pm. Los Gatos: 109 W. Main St.; 408-384-4007.

CIN-CIN WINE BAR
Happy hour specials include nice nibbles such as wild mushroom arancini and ahi crudo. Mon-Sat, 4-6pm. Los Gatos: 368 Village Lane. 408-354-8006.

FIREHOUSE NO 1 GASTROPUB
Bar snacks and selected drinks are at half off during happy hour at this lively downtown pub. Mon-Fri, 3-6pm. San Jose: 69 N San Pedro St. 408-287-6969.

MORTON'S
Great deals are offered on drinks and bar bites at this clubby steakhouse daily, 4:30-6:30. San Jose: 177 Park Ave., Suite 100.

NOMIKAI
Happy hour at this stylish lounge features exotic cocktails and diverse sakes with Japanese bites. Mon-Sat, 5:30-8:30. San Jose: 48 S. 1st St. 408-287-7199.

PAPER PLANE
Discounts on drinks and food are offered 4:30-7pm daily at this popular bar known for its creative cocktails. San Jose: 72 S. 1st St.; 408-713-2625.

ROOTSTOCK WINE BAR
Wine, beer, and bar bites are offered at friendly prices, Mon-Fri, 3-6pm.  Los Gatos: 217 North Santa Cruz Ave.; 408-354-7668.

SCOTT'S SEAFOOD
Enjoy views of the city skyline from the sixth floor dining room or rooftop patio and enjoy craft cocktails, premium wine specials, and tasty small plates such as clams and crab cakes at happy prices, Mon-Fri, 3:30-6:30. San Jose: 185 Park Ave. 408-971-1700.

SP2 COMMUNAL
Craft cocktails and creative appetizers are served during happy hour at this trendy spot with an expansive patio. Mon-Sat, 3-6pm. San Jose: San Pedro Square. 408-299-2000.

THE OXFORD
Specials on drinks and California-inspired British pub food atmosphere. Daily, 4-6. Sunnyvale: 195 S Murphy Ave.; 408-245-8503.

 

On the Peninsula

B STREET & VINE
All wines are half off at this wine cafe, Mon-Fri, 12-5pm. San Mateo: 320 S B St.; 650-347-8463.

CALAVE
This neighborhood wine bar offers wines and bar bites at lowered prices. Daily, 4-6pm. Palo Alto: 299 California Ave.; 650-521-0443.

CASCAL
Mojito Madness Happy Hour at this spirited, colorful spot includes sangria and tapas, Mon-Fri, 3:30-6:30. Mountain View: 400 Castro St.; 650-940-9510.

LV MAR
Craft cocktails and a wide variety of tasty Pan-Latin tapas can be had at friendly prices at the bar/patio, Mon-Fri, 3-6pm. Redwood City: 2042 Broadway; 650-241-3111.

MORTAR & PESTLE
“Social Hour” at this hip spot features Indian-spiced craft drinks and street food. Daily, 4-6pm. San Mateo: 130 Main St.; 650-830-5310.

NOLA
Drink and eat at special prices as you party, New Orleans-style, Mon-Fri, 4-6pm; Fri, 11:30am-6pm. Palo Alto: 535 Ramona St.; 650-328-2722.

SAVVY WINE CELLAR
Pop in for themed happy hours at this cozy wine bar at the station. Tues-Thurs, 4-6pm; Fri, 2-6pm. Mountain View: 750 West Evelyn Ave.; 650-969-3958.

STRIPED PIG
Step in for early cocktails and gourmet small bites at the bar of this trendy and friendly spot. Tues-Thurs, 5-6pm. Redwood City: 917 Main St.; 650-257-3710.

SUNDANCE THE STEAKHOUSE
The clubby sports lounge at this well-established steakhouse is a perfect place to gather for fun at the end of the day, with happy prices on drinks from 4-6pm and on appetizers 5-6pm. Palo Alto: 1921 El Camino Real; 650-321-6798.

TRATTORIA DA VITTORIO
There’s plenty of action at the bar of this Italian restaurant for generously priced drinks and appetizers during happy hour daily, 3-6pm. San Carlos: 617 Laurel St.; 650-591-5700.

VINO LOCALE
This intimate European-style wine bar and bistro offers special wine flights and tasty bar food. Mon-Fri, 5-6:30pm. Palo Alto: 431 Kipling St.; 650-328-0450.