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Firehouse Brewery, 111 S. Murphy Avenue, Sunnyvale and 1765 E. Bayshore Road, East Palo Alto
Like UFC fights? This is the place to go. The Firehouse was mentioned as a favorite by almost everyone I spoke with. The beer, patio, wood-fired food, and sports are the draw in Sunnyvale, while the same things plus the extra large plasma TV is a draw in Palo Alto.
Firehouse Brewery, 111 S. Murphy Avenue, Sunnyvale and 1765 E. Bayshore Road, East Palo Alto

Like UFC fights? This is the place to go. The Firehouse was mentioned as a favorite by almost everyone I spoke with. The beer, patio, wood-fired food, and sports are the draw in Sunnyvale, while the same things plus the extra large plasma TV is a draw in Palo Alto.

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junko.yoshida
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junko.yoshida   11/25/2013 9:01:17 AM
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@CMathas, you wrote:

While this wasn't a contest between the establishments, it's obvious that if Fry's served beer, it would be the place to go.

Well put. When I used to live in the Bay Area, I went to Fry's looking for a source, ANY source, who could talk to me on engineering topics!

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wedgecake   11/23/2013 1:22:45 PM
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Walker's Wagon Wheel all time tech bar..R.I.P...think it's a card club now?

St James Infirmary was a legendary dive before it burned down...is it baaaack?

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hzrabbie1   11/22/2013 10:42:46 PM
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Let's not forget Antonio's Nut House, 321 S California Avenue in Palo Alto.  Pool tables, free peanuts, and a stuffed gorilla make this one of the good old hangouts

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CMathas   11/22/2013 5:23:37 PM
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What would I do without you?

CMathas
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CMathas   11/22/2013 5:20:03 PM
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Sometimes it's good to plan to be in a noisy place instead of having conversation. There's something (or two or three) for everyone here. So are you saying U.S. engineers don't respect themselvs as much as their counterparts across the pond? Hmmmm. What do you all have to say about that?

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CMathas   11/22/2013 5:17:38 PM
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Tonight's impossible, but hold the thought...I'll get there within the next week--okay?

 

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CMathas   11/22/2013 5:16:20 PM
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Hey Brian, When I read your post, I thought of one more. It wasn't really a place for engineers so much, but do you remember the old Tiki place on Steven's Creek, near Merrill Lynch (or maybe Merrill is built on the old site) and Lawrence Expressway. I loved the chairs.... I never got to the Old Pro.....How did I miss it?

 

 

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Brian Fuller2   11/22/2013 5:10:12 PM
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To your "no longer with us," I'd add the old Old Pro at the corner of Page Mill and El Camino, in the old Quonset hut. In my early early days at EE Times I went out with one of our editors, Bob Blissmer, who was moving to an exotic atoll some where, and we whiled the night away there, drinking lots of beer and shooting lots of pool. I remember Bob as being outstanding at both. 

 

Great list, Carolyn!

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Nicely done!
C VanDorne   11/22/2013 3:50:00 PM
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Owner of Stephans Green to Carolyn Mathas: "It's on us tonight, Carolyn."

Life's short, enjoy it.

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Mike@FH   11/22/2013 2:52:04 PM
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Horrified to see how many of these places have TVs.  Any self respecting engineer in Eng;and would turn around at the door and go somewhere else where they could actually hold a conversation.  A few of the list look good though.

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