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Drinks & nightlife in Santa Cruz

American Restaurant
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“It’s the bomb.com!!! Delicious food, amazing views!! I frequent this spot after a long day at Twin Lakes Beach in Santa Cruz. Live bands Friday and Saturday nights upstairs in the bar. 100% recommended, prices are middle of the road. ”
140 locals recommend
Bar
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“This bar/restaurant is only located about 1.5miles away. A great spot anytime of day. They have a beautiful garden setting in the back. Perfect for breakfast and they have late night live music. Ofteb times they have bands traveling from LA to SF and making a stop in Santa Cruz.”
75 locals recommend
Bar
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“Great beer selection and tasty homemade flatbreads. Be aware, their salads are huge! ”
63 locals recommend
Music Venue
“The classic club in Santa Cruz. The Catalyst is where you will find the hottest artists for all types of music, local and national.”
46 locals recommend
Brewery
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“This is a fun spot located in the West Side of Santa Cruz in the Swift Street Courtyard. They have a patio to enjoy the fresh air, lit up by cafe lights in the evening. They serve light food from neighboring Kelly's Bakery (worth a stop as well for a light lunch or baked indulgance.) or you can walk across the way to West End Tap for dinner.”
45 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Good cocktails, good burger (only on the bar menu but they'll give it to you in the dining room if you ask). ”
42 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Brewery and pub with rotating beer selection and very good bar food. Outdoor seating area.”
31 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“One of a kind eating experience. Delicious food, unique drinks and all next to a fire pit complete with blankies.”
30 locals recommend
Bar
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“Wine, food, ambiance... all within a 20-min walk, 5-min drive, or 10 min bike ride! Got soif?”
34 locals recommend
Jazz Club
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“many headliners stop by this intimate jazz club on weeknights between their weekend shows in SF and LA. not limited to the jazz genre. food and wine are served.”
23 locals recommend
Bar
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“Great late-night menu, kitchen closes around 10:30 pm or so. Late night dancing.”
26 locals recommend
Bowling Alley
“Get place for a night out! Bowling, Karoke, Dining & Drinking...walk home!”
22 locals recommend
Bar
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“One of the nicest restaurant's on the West Side, Full Bar, extensive wine selection, and great food.”
28 locals recommend
Bar
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“Super good burgers with mega options and customizable too. Gluten free bun & veggie burger options available.”
26 locals recommend
Bar
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“Absolutely local gem, with great selection of crafted beers and small plates. My favorite in town.”
21 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“Don't be fooled by all the "tourist traps" on the wharf. Most places have just mediocre food that's overpriced. One of the very few places to go on the wharf would be Olitas. Amazing food, margaritas and you can't beat the view. Perfect for sunsets. On Tuesdays and Thursdays they have a special where you get a taco and margarita/beer for like $8. They always have specials with local caught seafood (surprisingly one of the only restaurants on the wharf that does this!)”
21 locals recommend