It’s about time we talked about San Jo happy hours, folks. If you’re grabbing a quick beer after work, on the hunt for some discounted bites, or just want to have a chill hangout while going easy on the wallet, we’ve got this round.
Here are 15+ places around town offering the best deals right now. So #DrinkUpSanJose and be merry. (Hours listed are HH only.)
Don’t mind if we *brew*. | Photo by SJtoday staff
🍺 Beer lovers
Camino Brewing Co. | Wed. + Thurs., 5-7 p.m. | Get inspired by Spain’s Camino de Santiago in brews like The Sea of Darkness + Cafe Con Leche — and take $1 off all pints while you’re at it.
LVL Uproar | Thurs., 4-6 p.m. | Enjoy a Thirsty Thursday with $3 craft beers.
🍸 Keeping spirits up
O’Flaherty’s Pub | Mon.-Fri., 4-7 p.m. | You must have the luck of the Irish — this Downtown staple offers $7 shots of Jameson, best paired with the spot’s beloved curry fries.
Rec Room | Thurs.-Fri., 6-7 p.m. | Start the party early at this popping music venue with $5 well cocktails + $2 off signature cocktails.
Excuse us while we nom at Nomikai. | Photo via @nomikaisj
🍽️ Hungry for meal deals
Nomikai | Thurs.-Sat., 6:30-7:30 p.m. | Enjoy 20% off starters like the nori fries + pate plate, washing it down with the same deals on tap beers + wine.
The Grill on the Alley | Sun.-Thurs., 3-6 p.m., Fri. + Sat., 3-5 p.m. | Get fancy with $14 Wagyu beef carpaccio, $2.50 oysters, and other discounted bites.
🕚 Late-night gems
Rosie McCann’s | Daily, 4-6 p.m; Tues. + Sun., 8-10 p.m. | Go all-in on Ireland with the $10 Irish Mule specialty cocktail, $12 Irish nachos, and a $6 pint of Guinness.
Yard House | Sun.-Wed., 10 p.m.-close | Go the distance with $4 off half-yard beers.
626 Night Market: Bay Area | Fri., July 29-Sun., July 31 | Times vary | Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton | $5+ | The iconic Californian festival returns for a weekend of local Asian food, vendors, and entertainment. 🍱
Animals Inspire Us | Sat., July 30 | 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30-4:30 p.m. | Children’s Discovery Museum, 180 Woz Wy. | Free with admission | Play with furry friends at the museum’s fifth annual animal welfare event, in partnership with the Palo Alto Humane Society. 🐕
Lake Cunningham Community Day | Sat., July 30 | 8:45 a.m.-12 p.m. | Parking Lot A, Tully Rd. + S. White Rd. | Free | Help beautify the riding zones of this action sports park. 🛹
Pixar Brunch Trivia Event | Sun., July 31 | 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. | Britannia Arms Almaden, 5027 Almaden Expy. | $10+ | Demonstrate your “Toy Story” + “WALL-E” knowledge with themed food + drink specials, costume contests, and prizes. 🎬
We have amonthly guide filled with events + activities you can plan for in advance. Click the button below to bookmark ideas for upcoming date nights, family outings, and time with friends.
Hampton Farms has been in biz for 75+ years, so you know they’ve got the snacking thing down. | Photo provided by Hampton Farms
We’re four days into SJtoday’s first Drink Up Week — and we’re loving every second. Here’s something else to add to your plate: Hampton Farms gourmet peanuts — because the only thing better than a drink is a drink + a snack.
Local non-profit Amigos de Guadalupe Center for Justice and Empowerment has acquired the late Cesar Chavez’s childhood house in the Mayfair neighborhood in East San Jose. The group hopes to turn the landmark into a community space, and plans to celebrate at a press conference at the home on Fri., July 29 at 11 a.m. 🏠 (NBC Bay Area)
A Downtown San Jose office property — located at 380 N. First St. — was recently bought for $5.3 million by a South Bay real estate group. The property is expected to be turned into a seven-story residential complex of about 120 units. Details on the construction timeline have not yet been announced. 🏗️ (The Mercury News)
The City invites all residents to submit their feedback for the 2023-2031 Housing Element, which outlines San Jose’s future housing policy based on public input from community meetings and focus groups. Share your thoughts by Sun., Aug. 21. 💬
$128 million. That’s the amount of money that Google has invested in Bay Area affordable housing, according to a recent announcement. This is the first of three investments totalling $250 million that Google pledged to spend three years ago. An additional $10 million was also pledged as cash transfers to the unhoused community. 💸 (Silicon Valley Business Journal)
4000. That’s how many people are on the waitlist to move into three forthcoming Downtown towers. The Nabr towers in the SoFA district are being marketed to first-time homebuyers between the ages of 27 to 40 who are looking to start a family + have a $1-2 million budget. (The Mercury News)
The San Francisco 49ershave namedTrey Lance as their new starting quarterback, taking the place of Jimmy Garopolo — who is expected to be either cut or traded. Fans can head to Levi’s Stadium + watch the team practice until Weds., Aug. 10 for a $5entry fee. 🏈 (KRON 4)
Christmas in the Park has named Rusty Weekes as its new executive director. Rusty comes with tons of fundraising experience withSanta Clara University — being the football team’s head coach in the 1970s, to most recently, its executive director of the Bronco Bench Foundation. 🎄 (The Mercury News)
Former San Josean + current World Champion eater, Joey Chestnut, has done it again. Yesterday, he set a new record — eating 44chicken fingers in five minutes. If you’re hungry to learn more, check out our interview with him, where we talk about his favorite SJ restaurants. 🏆 (The Mercury News)
Cupertino’s on-demand shuttle service, Via-Cupertino, will be expanding into Santa Clara — thanks to a $8.5 million grant from the state. Along with adding zero-emission buses, the grant will also help improve access to public transportation for seniors and those in low-income neighborhoods. 🚌 (San Jose Inside)
A recent list of loved + lost California amusement parks included San Jose’s Frontier Village, and it got us thinking about the history of this local park. We’d love to learn more from the community — that means you — so if you have stories or pictures from this lost attraction, share them with us. We may feature some in an upcoming newsletter.
When beginning the journey of buying a home, getting pre-approved should be the least of anyone’s worries. Opendoor recently announced a financing app that enables consumers to get a mortgage pre-approval in less than two minutes. It’s currently available to CA customers, with availability in additional states coming soon. 🏡 *
Content marked with an * is brought to you by our advertising partners and helps make this newsletter free.
We mentioned earlier this week that Terry Titan, SJSU’s eight-year-old corpse flower, was set to bloom any day now… and that day was yesterday. 🙌
The tropical titan arum is known for its, uhh, distinctive smell — similar to that of rotting meat. So why are people celebrating across social media? This is believed to be the first bloom of this rare + noteworthy plant in San Jose.
Would you want to smell this historic plant? Have you smelled one before?Let us know. 👃
#DYK that your photos and quotes could be featured in our newsletter?
Editor’s pick:Hey San Jose. 👋 I’m Hitting the Road tomorrow for a weekend getaway in Guerneville with plans to enjoy some kayaking, hiking, and spa + poolside relaxation. With summer winding down, let us know if you have any road trip + vacation recommendations you’d like to share.
Content marked with an * was created in partnership with 6AM City’s advertising partners. Paid content helps keep this newsletter free. 6AM City may also receive a commission on purchases made through affiliate links in this newsletter.