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House in San Jose

Winchester Mystery House

An odd structure purposefully commissioned to be so by the heir to the Winchester rifle fortune, this ridiculous Victorian mansion is filled with 160 rooms of various sizes and little utility, with dead-end hallways…
Historic Building in San Jose

History Park

Historic buildings from all over San Jose have been brought together in this open-air history museum, southeast of the city center in Kelley Park. The centerpiece is a scaled-down replica of the 1881 Electric Light …
Fusion in San Jose

Hukilau

Incongruously located in San Jose's tiny Japantown, this fun Hawaii-themed bar puts together incredibly filling island-style plate meals (sesame chicken is da best) and pupus (snacks or appetizers) such as Spam musu…
Food Hall in San Jose

San Pedro Square Market

Always busy, this indoor/outdoor marketplace downtown showcases a few shining local food stars such as Bray Butcher Block and Bistro, Pizza Bocca Lupo, Konjoe Burger Bar and Treatbot ice cream. All seating is first-…
Craft Beer in San Jose

Original Gravity Public House

Squeeze inside this crowded, yet friendly pub for beer geeks and the 'craft curious.' With nearly three dozen rotating taps of brews, including ciders and meads, as well as scores of bottles, you'll be confounded by…
Cocktail Bar in San Jose

Haberdasher

A cool basement lounge, where sharply dressed bartenders artfully mix cocktails (including 'House Fittings' options), with some recipes dating to before Prohibition. It's a justifiably popular place but you can (and…
Caribbean in San Jose

Back A Yard

Jamaican-jerk chicken, pork, salmon and tofu are the house specialties of this Caribbean-barbecue kitchen, which also fries catfish, snapper and shrimp, all hot and spicy. Look for beef oxtail and curried goat on th…
Gallery in San Jose

MACLA

A cutting-edge gallery highlighting themes by both established and emerging Latino artists, MACLA is one of the Bay Area's best community arts spaces, with open-mike performances, live-music shows, experimental thea…
Cocktail Bar in San Jose

Paper Plane

Downtown at this industrial-chic watering hole with wall-sized, backlit shelves of liquor, tattooed bartenders willingly customize your drink, if nothing on the menu of old-school classics and imaginative modern mix…
Museum in San Jose

Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum

West of downtown, this unusual and educational Egyptian museum is one of San Jose’s more unusual attractions. Its extensive collection includes statues, household items and mummies; there’s even a two-room, walk-thr…