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A Neighborhood Guide to Bars and Clubs: Downtown Santa Cruz

PACIFIC AVENUE is indisputably the king when it comes to nightspots. There's something here for just about everyone and for every taste, from college hangs and dimly lit dives to gay dancehalls and trendy wine bars.

The Acapulco
1116 Pacific Ave

Cocktail lounge. Daily happy hour 3-6pm. Open until 10pm.

25 Water St

Cocktail lounge. Daily happy hour 4-6pm. Open until 9pm. 5

Asti Cafe
715 Pacific Ave

Neighborhood bar. Pool tables, video lottery games, great jukebox. Weekday happy hour 4-6pm. Open until 2am.

The Avenue
711 Pacific Ave

Neighborhood bar. Pool tables and sports on four TV screens. Outdoor back patio. Daily happy hour 5-7pm with cheap brews. Open until 2am.

Blue Lagoon Cocktail Lounge
923 Pacific Ave

Dance club. DJs seven nights a week and two pool tables. Daily happy hour 6-9pm. Open until 2am. Cover varies.

Callahan's Pub
507 Water St

Pub and cocktail lounge. Blues on Thursdays, and punk and rock Friday to Sunday. Weekday happy hour 5-7pm. Open until 2am.

The Catalyst
1011 Pacific Ave

Nightclub. Santa Cruz's showcase spot for big national music acts and local favorites alike. Three bars, pool tables. Friday happy hour 4:30-7pm. Open until 2am. Cover varies.

Clouds Downtown
110 Church St

Cocktail lounge with award-winning martinis. Late night dining. Weekday happy hour 4-6pm, with $2 well drinks, draft beer and house wine.

Club Dakota
1209 Pacific Ave

Dance club. DJs seven nights a week. Weekday happy hour 4-7pm. Cover varies.

Costa Brava
1222 Pacific Ave

Cocktail lounge. Weekday happy hour 4:30-7pm on margaritas, some beer and well drinks and tapas. Open until midnight on weekdays and until 2am on weekends.

The Four-Eighteen Project
418 Front St

Dance, music and eclectic performance venue.

The Garage Sports Bar
603 Front St

Sports bar. Pool table, darts and TVs. Weekday happy hour 5-7pm. Open until 2am.

Jose's Cantina
1336 Pacific Ave

Cantina and cocktail lounge adjacent to El Palomar restaurant. Weekday happy hour 4-6pm in the taco bar.

Kuumbwa Jazz Center
320-2 Cedar St

Nightclub. Top national jazz acts on Mondays, Fridays feature Bay Area bands, and weekend shows are an eclectic mix of groups. Good wine list, bottled beers, nonalcoholic beverages. Cover varies.

Mobo Sushi
105 S. River St

Cocktail lounge. Open until 10pm on weekdays and until 11pm on weekends.

99 Bottles of Beer
110 Walnut Ave

Pub with more than 40 beers on tap, California wines and hard ciders.

Pearl Alley Bistro & Wine Bar
110 Pearl Alley

Cocktail lounge with extraordinary wine list.

Poet & Patriot Irish Pub
320 Cedar St

Neighborhood bar with real room-temp Guinness. Darts, open-mic offerings, and some on weekends, Irish bands play. Weekday happy hour 5-7pm.

Red Room
1003 Cedar St

Cocktail lounge. Occasional live acts and jukebox with mix of '70s soul, adrenal rock and lounge music. Open until 2am.

Rosie McCann's Irish Pub
1220 Pacific Ave

Cocktail lounge with 29 beers on tap. Happy hour all night Tuesday. DJs on Fridays, and Santa Cruz funk, rock and reggae bands on Saturdays. Weekday happy hour 4-6pm. Open until midnight on weekdays and until 1:30am on weekends.

Rush Inn
113 Knight St

Neighborhood bar with domestic beer. Pool table and jukebox. Open until 2am.

Santa Cruz Brewing Co.
516 Front St

Pub with beer and wine. Live music, featuring blues, jazz, funk, bluegrass and more. Daily happy hour 3-6pm.

Tampico Kitchen & Lounge
820 Pacific Ave

Cocktail lounge and cantina with specialty margaritas. Open until 2am.

Vets Hall
846 Front St

Dance, music and theater venue.

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From the October 24-31, 2001 issue of Metro Santa Cruz.

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