The 650’s ultimate St. Paddy’s Day planner

Killer deals, one-of-a-kind brews, and garlic cheese fries that’ll make you be like — whoa. Photo by @irenesearlesphotography Start playing some Dropkick Murphy’s and make sure that green shirt is clean, for St. Patrick’s Day is upon us. We scoured the 650 to find you THE places to be on this festive occasion (that just so happens to fall on a Friday!). Get those drinking shoes on and cozy up to the 650’s ultimate St. ...

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A kinder, gentler microbrew at Redwood City’s Freewheel Brewing

Cask lineup at Freewheel (Photo by Devin Roberts) On the border of Menlo Park and Redwood city, in a shopping center best known for its Sunday brunch spot, Squeeze In, lies a little brewery and public house made to transport you back to the English countryside, with beer that’s much smoother and slightly warmer than you’re used to drinking. Freewheel Brewery and Pub was the vision of four friends (Malcolm, Pete, Gary, ...

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Fred’s Place in Mountain View is where truck drivers and tech CEOs share a barstool

Follow the neon lights to Fred’s Place (photo by @jthepirate) Pauli Partti doesn’t serve fancy, craft cocktails. The owner of Fred’s Place on Old Middlefield Way in Mountain View has intentionally kept his place old school: sports memorabilia covering the walls, pinball machine up front, billiards in the back, and a spirits list that’s not trying to impress anyone. Martinis and Manhattans are about as fancy as they’ll get. “We don’t ...

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A temple to Bay Area craft brews rises at Santa Clara’s Taplands

Tapland’s owner, Matt Hartenstein (photo by Dale Swanson) Taplands Bottle Shop and Neighborhood Brewery in Santa Clara, open just under a year, is quickly becoming a favorite destination for beer tasters and tinkerers across Silicon Valley. The tap room’s founder and head keg tapper, Matt Hartenstein, is a self-proclaimed “beer geek” and homebrewer since 1991 (which he describes as the “Craft Beer 1.0” days). I sat down with Matt to talk about current trends ...

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Cheap Eats and $5 Cocktails At These Redwood City Happy Hours

Colorful cocktail options at LV Mar via IG: lvmarrwc The after-work crowds may be more visible on Mountain View’s compact Castro Street but Redwood City may have Silicon Valley’s most cocktail-centric downtown. The last few years have seen several bars open up with an emphasis on craft mixology while new and old restaurants are refreshing their bar menus and happy hour offerings. The Six Fifty likes to highlight what’s new and unique but ...

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Leave Work Early for These Mountain View Happy Hours

Cocktails at Scratch via IG: jaclyncatania Mountain View happy hour is looking less and less like a quiet glass of wine and more like a shot pounded on a Friday night in the Mission. Castro Street wants to be Silicon Valley’s buzziest downtown: a host of restaurants and bars have opened, apartments are going up and the city fathers are considering closing off the east end of downtown to limit traffic. ...

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Beers and Bratwursts: Your Guide to Silicon Valley Oktoberfest

Penninsula Oktoberfest via IG: Shannahmarie77 Put away those puny wine glasses and bring out the heavy machinery. It’s October, and that means Oktoberfest. While the real Oktoberfest in Munich completed its 16-day celebration on Oct. 3, Silicon Valley has just begun paying homage to German culture. If you couldn’t make it to Munich for a masse, read below to find the best upcoming Oktoberfest celebrations in Silicon Valley. Peninsula Oktoberfest When: Saturday, Oct. 15 from ...

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