Los Gatos Nightlife Scene Reviews
The Bars and Nightlife of the Bay Area's Peninsula
It's great in Gatos for those who hang in many of the town's cool bars
By PubClub.com's Bar Reviewer The Bar Blogger
Los Gatos is one of PubClub.com's favorite party places in the Bay Area.
It's an upscale town – be sure and not crash into the Rolls Royce dealership stumbling home from the bars – but it has a very casual bar scene. There are half a dozen places downtown, all jeans friendly.
If your looking for big nightclubs and dancing, this is not the place. Los Gatos is far more pub than club.
When walking the streets of Los Gatosit it's hard not to be impressed that the people who live here can actually afford all this stuff.
The place to start the nightlife in Los Gatos is the Black Watch.
Party with them anyway.
Los Gatos Bars – Locals Nightlife Routine
Here's the locals routine for going out in Los Gatos. All these bars are in easy walking distance.
Nights in Los Gatos start at The Black Watch, which makes one of the best "house" drinks you can find anywhere in a total dive setting. (It's a kamikaze and comes regular or with cranberry.)
Then it's onto Carrie Nations, a 20s and 30s mingling bar that's packed from about 10-midnight with strong and frequent drinks for patrons. There's nothing really distinctive about the place, and that explains its casual atmosphere and the "throw-'em-back" mentality of its patrons. Just about anyone out on a weekend in Los Gatos wanders into Carrie Nation's at some point during the night.
It's a great nightlife scene with places like Mountain Charley's Saloon.
Afterward, walk to Mountain Charley's Saloon, a dive-ish dance bar that plays party music. It's the most fun place in town. Go up the stairs and to the right (the bar to the left is more stoic) join the partying. There's a dance floor and girls like to get up on the stage to show off their non-sober skills.
Another later-night option, on the far end of downtown, is C.B. Hannigan's. It's a down-home pub (that has a mix of regular patrons and those who wander down from Carrie Nation's and the other spots. On St Patrick's Day, it's THE place to party in Los Gatos.
Number One Broadway has live music and is generally open later than the other places (in other words, they pull up the barstools at 2 instead of having the doors locked by that time).
For pure sports, Double D's (it's named afer the owners, guys) on the way outside of town is the place. The Los Gatos Brewing Company offers sports, as well, in a more modern, comfortable setting. Don't overlook it for breakfast, either, which is served until 2 p.m.
One of the really nice things about going out in Los Gatos is that most of the bars are within a couple of blocks, easy walking distance. And those walks sometimes go by car dealerships for Ferrari, Bentley and Rolls Royce. What is NOT good about those who choose to drive is that the Los Gatos PD is out in force on weekendnights, so keep this in mind when contemplating that next round at the bar.
In addition to its lively nightlife, Los Gatos and the surrounding area has a number of festivals and other events that bring out the single people on warm weekend afternoons.
Los Gatos Bar Locations
Black Watch: 141 1/2 N. Santa Cruz Ave
Carrie Nation's: 8 N. Santa Cruz Ave.
C.B. Hannigan's: 208 Bachman Avenue
Double D's: 354 N. Santa Cruz Ave,
Los Gatos Brewing Company: 130 N Santa Cruz Ave.
Mountain Charley's Saloon: 15 N. Santa Cruz Ave.
Number One Broadway: 102 S. Santa Cruz Ave.