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Meet Singles at the Best San Jose Bars & Nightclubs

Are you single and ready to mingle at the hottest San Jose dating spots? You're not alone. Countless native men and women are looking for love and lustful encounters close by in California right now. Unfortunately, Covid-19 has stopped many eligible bachelors and bachelorettes in their tracks, with social distancing regulations preventing many dates across the nation. 

Instead of riding solo for the foreseeable future, do dating a little differently. There's no need to worry about where to meet a girl in San Jose during the pandemic. Without a doubt, the new normal is to meet singles online, enjoy all your flirty conversation behind the security and safety of a screen, all ready for a date when the time is right. And, when it is, here are just a few of the best bars and clubs on your local dating scene. 

Fifty-Five South

55 S 1st St, San Jose, CA 95113

Right at the core of downtown San Jose, Fifty Five South is a chic and stylish hangout that is known for its inventive tipple mixes and draught craft beers. Now in its fifth year of delighting native patrons with exceptional service and varied live entertainment, to check it out is to find your new go-to casual date base. Somewhere to share conversation over cocktails.

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Paper Plane

72 S 1st St, San Jose, CA 95113

Rustic, industrial, stripped back to its bare-brick bones, Paper Plane is a relaxed yet modish environment for first-date drinks. The super stretched bar sits afront a backdrop of a seemingly infinite assortment of spirits from across the globe. From this gargantuan selection, resident expert mixologists create irresistible concoctions with nods to classic and contemporary trends. What's more, if you don't turn up at the door with a date in arms, Paper Plane promises, 'there are no strangers at this bar; just friends who haven't met yet.' Let's hope that the relationship comes with benefits. 

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Jack's Bar and Lounge

167 E Taylor St, San Jose, CA 95112

Forget all the other inclusive neighborhood bars with all the other tap beers… Jack's Bar and Lounge floors them all, plucking at punter's heartstrings with its cozy, homely feels. Down to earth team members, a stellar drink selection, and all-important regular beer pong rivalries, pay Jack's Bar & Lounge a visit with a match who loves to catch the game. After 13 years of inviting its clientele to come as they are and leave light-headed, this joint has earnt its rep as the most welcoming, inclusive spot on the San Jose nightlife scene. Start a relationship off right at Jack's. 

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O'Flaherty's Irish Pub

25 N San Pedro St, San Jose, CA 95110

Nobody nowhere does a knees up and good grub quite like the Irish. And O'Flaherty's is the only testament to that. This UK-inspired laidback inn is all about hearty pub fare and good ale, offering an extensive menu of authentic, homely comfort eats and 54 national and international beers on tap. While, of course, it wouldn't be an Irish bar without a little whiskey. Visit for a relaxed rendezvous with someone new and become part of the O'Flaherty's family.

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The Cinebar

69 E San Fernando St, San Jose, CA 95113

If you meet a fellow movie-buff in online chat rooms, make The Cinebar your downtown date destination. Think less red-carpet Academy glam and more Indy cult classic, and you'll get a feel for the grungy ambiance of this ultra-cool hangout. To suggest a date at The Cinebar is to ooze nonchalance, all the while being attentive to your match's interests. It's a recipe for romance success, no matter how crazy you want to play it.

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Dive Bar

78 E Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95113

Is a dive bar the right kind of setting for a hot hookup!? When it's San Jose's favorite neighborhood hole, you betcha! The Dive Bar in downtown San Jose regularly pulls in a crowd of fun-loving, blasé types creating a friendly, feel-good vibe that effortlessly diffuses any dating tension. Hook up here to lounge and chat with a no-frills drink in hand, play pool, or even warble your way to a second date on Wednesday's karaoke night. An unpretentious spot to shot back a few shorts with a playful partner. 

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Mortar and Pestle Bar

3250 Zanker Rd #20, San Jose, CA 95134

Searching for a modish watering hole for a hip evening with a sexy new fling? Mortar and Pestle Bar is the one. Naturally vogueish in its ambiance, this space is the cornerstone of trendy gatherings in San Jose. Browse a menu brimming with meticulously designed artisanal cocktails, craft brews, and specialty wines. Better still, if food is on your itinerary, the bar partners with Curry Up Now to serve Indian cuisine until after sundown.

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Five Points

169 W Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95113

Five Points fuses all the best bits of America's times gone by to form a modern environment that borrows from old-style saloons and mysterious speakeasies. Cozy with moody lighting and humble décor, this inn has a homely ambiance that is perfect for teasing conversation over date night drinks. Stay a little longer to share small plates as you're invited to feel truly at ease during your intimate engagement.

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MINIBOSS

52 E Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95113

Edgy and futuristic, MINIBOSS will ensure that your dating experience is out of the world. Located within a huge industrial building in Downtown San Jose, this place rustles up more than great burgers and cold beers. Head on over with a girl who'll have the urge to fight you for Player 1. With countless vintage and modern-retro arcade games to smash, you've already bossed all the date night basics. 

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Loft Bar and Bistro

90 S 2nd St, San Jose, CA 95113

There's no need to walk around with your head in the clouds when the Loft Bar and Bistro can elevate your date to dizzy heights. Centrally located downtown in San Jose, this industrial-chic restaurant is a classy yet casual choice for a dinner with someone special. Especially so, if you hope to become more than friends. Freshly prepared dishes incorporate familiar tastes from American fare while adding an innovative twist for some culinary excitement. Finish the evening with a drink or two on Loft Bar's stunning rooftop garden.

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Tanq Bar

301 S Market St, San Jose, CA 95113

The real hidden treasure within the San Jose Marriott hotel, Tanq Bar invites native single men and women to discover 'one of downtown's most exciting destination bars' – and if that sounds promising, you won't be disappointed. The bar's super sleek design and signature cocktails make for a sophisticated afternoon or evening with a lady who's a taste for the luxurious things in life.

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Temple Bar and Lounge

52 S 1st St, San Jose, CA 95113

A visit to Temple Bar and Lounge evokes a sense of calm that the name suggests. Its Zen-ish ambiance is a real pull for those native people who can't help but live up to the chilled Californian image. Go with the flow of your date as you drink cocktails and dance to live music from rotating resident DJs in a cool yet simple setting.

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Haberdasher 

43 W San Salvador St, San Jose, CA 95113

Sneak yourselves below ground to revel in the charming extravagance of the Haberdasher club. An ode to the roaring 1920s, this dapper venue borrows all the glamour and secrecy of the speakeasy-era, complete with the bar staff in appropriate attire. A nightclub like no other, to hook up here is to court a gal amidst all the glitzy, guilt-free ethos of the times… and all that jazz. Do your worst. No one's watching.

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Avery Lounge

399 S 1st St, San Jose, CA 95113

Looking for a late-night spot to let loose and drop it down low? Avery Lounge is the one. A quintessential clubbing haven, this space attracts a jam-packed diverse crowd every Thursday to Sunday night. Hook up at the weekend to envelope yourselves in the San Jose's most glittering after-hours atmosphere, fashioned from luxury lounge seating, VIP bottle service, and music from much-loved resident DJs. Avery Lounge is a place to be seen.

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The Ritz

400 S 1st St, San Jose, CA 95113

Not all nightclubs are exclusively dedicated to generic DJ sets and laser light shows. Attune your existing clubbing schema to incorporate The Ritz, the city's ultimate entertainment venue. Always operating with integrity, the joint respects music. Period. From a prominent position, slap bang at the core of SoFA, it regularly plays host to some sensational local and international acts alongside live DJs. Check out their post-Covid schedule across their social media channels.  

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ENSO Bar and Nightclub

97 E Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95113

Hitting up ENSO Bar and Nightclub is much like heading out to an epic house party with all your favorite native San Jose peeps. Based in a building of bygone times, the club's fancy current fittings and furnishings create some seriously intriguing territory, novel enough to keep its clientele coming back for more. Since opening in 2017, the club's popularity has proliferated, filling three rooms with live DJs each Saturday night. A casual club for a casual relationship.

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Club Rodeo Rio

610 Coleman Ave, San Jose, CA 95110

The name above the door doesn't cause any doubt about the kind of shenanigans that take place here. Club Rodeo Rio identifies as a Mexican and Country Nightclub, because, why not!? Unifying the best of both worlds, you and your online partner can expect to enjoy a menu of TexMex eats, strong spirit-based drinks, and lots of Latin sounds that lure you to the dancefloor. Not forgetting, a ride on the club's mechanical bull is sure to be a solid conversation starter. 

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Club Caribe

1001 S 1st St, San Jose, CA 95110

Think explosions of bold color, vivacious dance floors, and vibrant entertainment, Club Caribe will inject some zest into any date with a new love interest. Resident DJ, Alex STT, spins a reliable mix of top Latino tracks, from current hits to favorites from your yesteryear. That is when live bands aren't dominating the stage. Before a night of bachata with boo, stop by early doors for a bite to eat from the bar's Mexican-Caribbean menu. 

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LVL 44 

44 S Almaden Ave, San Jose, CA 95113

Less industrial-looking nightclub, more swish lounge with swanky bottle service, and a super cute customer base, LVL 44 does clubbing right. The venue's resident DJs have become a firm favorite on the San Jose nightlife scene, reliably spinning twerk-inducing hip hop and R&B tracks. Come to be amongst stylish décor, down strong drinks (responsibly, of course), and party with your partner 'til the early hours of the morn.

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