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Top bar recommendations from locals

Cajun / Creole Restaurant
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“If you're feelin' for some southern comfort food, Nola is that place to be. ”
  • 35 locals recommend
Bar
“A throw-back to a campus bar where free peanut shells can be thrown on the floor and there's $4 margaritas and mexican food. Very casual; pretty good for watching sports at the bar; Can be seedy-looking but it's full of students and nerds in the evenings and weekends.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Vietnamese Restaurant
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“Nice Vietnamese-themed restaurant (higher end). Check out their new spin-off casual restaurant Tam Tam at 140 University Avenue!”
  • 29 locals recommend
Wine Bar
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“Wine and wine! and now champagne options are added! Fun crowd...some locals, some tourists. The spot to be after 9pm, to meet new friends or chat with friends over wine.”
  • 26 locals recommend
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“Great beer garden in the back, with sport bar,tv and dj music or karoke in the front with dancing floor. late night for hanging out or some dancing.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Terun is an amazing, casual & authentic Italian restaurant a less than 10 minute walk from the property. Dine inside, or sit in the back under gorgeous string lights outside.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Sports Bar
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“If you're willing to venture over to Palo Alto, The Old Pro is a classic Stanford hangout. It's a casual sports bar with a very fun vibe and mechanical bull. Often there's a $10 cover after about 9pm, but that includes your first drink.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Specialty sustainable coffees & treats in an Italian-inspired, bi-level hangout with sidewalk seats.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
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“Great small plates or Spanish tapas to share! Many sofa lounges, sets a nice mood to hang out and have small bites by the lounge/bar area.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“Full Bar / Beer / Food Cozy Scottish-themed gastropub featuring seasonal cocktails & an extensive scotch collection.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“The best local Italian style pizza and fresh pasta. A little more upscale. ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“Open Monday thru Thursday 11:30 - 10, Friday 11:30 - 11, Saturday 10 - 9, Sunday 11:30 - 10 Happy Hour Monday thru Friday 4 - 6 Reposado is a lively Mexican restaurant that serves up unique dishes that you wouldn’t normally find elsewhere. Their menu is classy and innovative, and while the environment itself isn’t indicative of a “fine dining” experience, the food certainly is. Everything you order here is just remarkably Instagrammable! They are well-known for their cocktails, and their tequila selection is unrivaled for the area. This is a great place to grab a couple of drinks with friends! ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Bar
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“This is actually a restaurant but it has a nice, small, friendly bar inside and when the weather is nice you can sit outside, have a drink or meal, and people watch. Happy Hour: 3-6:30pm and after 9pm. Close: Sun-Thurs. 10pm, Fri-Sat 11pm. This is the only place which stays open late in sleepy Menlo Park, but this is why we live here. For more late-night action, go to downtown Palo Alto. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Bar
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“A wonderful British style pub with great beers a bit small but very cozy feeling”
  • 20 locals recommend
Burger Restaurant
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“Closest thing to neighborhood bar. Great food (burgers, caesar salads, fries, pizza), full bar, beer on tap. Big screen TVs throughout for sports. Walking distance.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Café
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“This quaint local coffee shop is only a short 5 minute walk away, offering bagels & panini, plus WiFi, and sometimes local art & music.”
  • 16 locals recommend