1101 Ocean Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Phone: (831) 427-1616
Fax: (831) 427-9053
Bars & Cafes
The Jury Room is one of the best dive bars in Santa Cruz. This old-school watering hole has been around for decades and is still frequented by some of its oldest patrons. Drinks are inexpensive and their list features draft beer, premium spirits and cocktails. Grab your selection at happy hour to go with classic American pub grub. A free jukebox renders punk and rock anthems to contribute to the laid-back vibe. In addition, enjoy occasional live gigs, sports on their television screens and a game or two of pool.
Since 2002, Cafe Mare Cucina Italiana has been offering the people of Santa Cruz with tantalizing Italian cuisine. Owners Andrea Mura and Jean Pierre Iuliano have created an ambiance that gives the guests a feel of dining in Italy. The menu features delightful fares of pasta, gnocchi, ravioli, bolognese and mozarella are available. Locally sourced fresh ingredients are used to recreate the true Italian flavors. Choose between Italian and local wines to complement your meal.
If you are in a mood to chill-out with friends, then The Reef Bar is the place to be. This casual bar with its laid back ambiance perfectly fits the bill; here you can enjoy your drink indoors or simply hangout at the outdoor seating arrangement. As far as entertainment is concerned, it features television screens; however the highlight being the live music concerts that are held here. For event updates and other details, check website.
Situated upstairs in the historic Santa Cruz Hotel (circa 1877), this is Santa Cruz's premier sports restaurant and it is famous for its mild, hot, extra hot, and nuclear chicken wings. It also serves appetizers, salads, pastas, sandwiches, burgers, wine, and 21 different beers on tap.
This sports bar offers several pool tables, dartboards, foosball machines, Keno, online trivia game on Friday nights, pinball machines, and great pub food.
Louie's Cajun Kitchen and Bourbon Bar brings the vibrant French Quarter of New Orleans to Downtown Santa Cruz. The brainchild of Lou and Kristi Caviglia, its kaleidoscopic mural walls of mardi gras and jazz artists creates a lively ambiance. This funky diner also has regular blues performances by talented musicians. To set your appetites rolling, try their Voodoo BBQ Oysters, Seafood Gumbo or BBQ Shrimp and Grits. Savor their Slow Roasted Chicken, Pot Roast, Blackened Pork Loin, PO Boys and Jambalaya for main course. If you are in for a Sunday brunch, then their hearty menu will definitely be the star of your holiday. Their bar has more than 50 bourbons from across the nation which includes classics like Jesse James Outlaw Bourbon and Breakout Rye Whiskey. Enjoy their happy hours with a sip of Louie’s Mint Julep and Manhattan with Bulleit Rye.
A tantalizing American fare given a contemporary twist is what Oswald Restaurant offers its guests. Though the menu offers a limited range of chicken and meat dishes, each preparation is given importance to bring out its rich flavors. On Wednesday, guests can enjoy a sumptuous meal form their prixe fixe menu, replete with an appetizer, entree and dessert. Begin your meal with a Cauliflower Soup or a Frisee Salad, follow it with Vegetable Fettuccine, Roasted Chicken or Arctic Char for your main course. Chocolate Souffle or the Vanilla Creme Brulee gives it the perfect sweet finish. The walls of this restaurant are covered in artistic works by local artists, adding to the elegance of this place.
An Irish feast for your palate is what Rosie McCann's Irish Pub & Restaurant has been offering its guests since its establishment in 1996. Staying true to the notion of an Irish pub, Rosie McCann's is a lively place where friends can hang out; live musicians fill the place with their beats while you drown down your beers. Gorge on delicious fares of chicken strips, Irish board, burgers, sandwiches and Rosie's special offerings. With an outlet in San Jose, this restaurant is nestled in the heart of Santa Cruz.
Bocci's Cellar offers a lively atmosphere where groovy bands frequently steal the show. You can even book your own band at this trendy sports bar. It has five television screens that are always tuned on to major football and other sports events. Besides, it also has pool tables, dartboards, lawn bowling and other games where guests can play a round or two. Its menu includes Pot Stickers, Grilled Tuna Melt Sandwich, Bocci Burger and Deep Fried Calamari. This bar and restaurant can also be hired for hosting holiday parties with facilities such as pool tables, dartboards and a banquet and buffet menu. At their Happy Hours, you get the best deals on appetizers and drinks.
Named after the famous English folk song, this bar has gone to the extent of naming each of its 99 beers and ales that are on offer. The varieties in its list are sourced from across the world. You will find it hard to choose from these varieties which include the usual suspects like Guinness Black Lager and Amstel Light, as well as exotic ones like the Dogfish Head Midas Touch. This beer is a true gem which is handcrafted using the original Turkish recipe and ingredients. Complementing the beer are the selection of burgers, steaks and sandwiches, that come in large portions. Sit back and relax with a bottle of your selection of ale. The pub hosts trivia nights on Wednesdays, shows latest NFL action on Sundays and has a full-day happy hour on Thursdays. So choose your night and walk in for a great time in company of friends.
Soif is a restaurant you wouldn't want to miss. Amidst contemporary decor awaits contemporary food, comprising Crostini, tapas, pasta, salmon, risotto, small plates of Chorizo and Meatballs, and plenty of cheeses. In the dessert section, Creme Brulee and Chocolate Mousse are the perfect meal finales. Around 40 wines, including Regis Minet and Reislings from Pfalz, line up the wine-list. Adjacent to the restaurant is the wine store, where you can buy bottles to take home. The service and ambiance leave you happy too, so why wait? Plan a visit today!
If you are looking to spend an evening in a high-energy nightclub with thumping music blaring out of the speakers, then the award-winning club Motiv is just the right place for you. A popular hangout for young people, the club is host to a number of renowned DJs catering to the music sensibilities of hip-hop, pop, techno/house, salsa and reggae music followers. The club is also open for lunch, with several small-plate options like chips, nachos and sliders, as well as bigger fare like pizzas and burgers. The nights are backed by a team of expert mixologists who ensure the constant flow of cocktails and other beverages to the dance floor. One of the best places for a late-night hangout, check their website to know more about Motiv.