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Stephens Green, 223 Castro St., Mountain View.
Stephens Green is a pretty authentic pub with minimal electronic toys and maximum good bar food. They have a lot of activity from the SV techno set but also from 'civilians,' but you can't help that. Sports events shown include GAA, Soccer-Premiership, MLS & Champions League, Football -- NFL Sunday Ticket, College football, Big Ten, ESPN, Hockey, Baseball, Basketball, Rugby, UFC Fight Nights, etc. With tech companies like Google, Yahoo, Cypress, and Facebook, the place is always pretty packed.
Stephens Green, 223 Castro St., Mountain View.

Stephens Green is a pretty authentic pub with minimal electronic toys and maximum good bar food. They have a lot of activity from the SV techno set but also from "civilians," but you canít help that. Sports events shown include GAA, Soccer-Premiership, MLS & Champions League, Football -- NFL Sunday Ticket, College football, Big Ten, ESPN, Hockey, Baseball, Basketball, Rugby, UFC Fight Nights, etc. With tech companies like Google, Yahoo, Cypress, and Facebook, the place is always pretty packed.

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Caleb Kraft
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nice list
Caleb Kraft   11/21/2013 11:41:39 AM
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Well, I guess i've got a list of what I need to do next time I'm in the area!

CMathas
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Re: nice list
CMathas   11/22/2013 8:42:38 AM
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Plan on a few days to get through them all! These are fun places, and the food is typically really good besides--well it would have to be given the competition.

Ron.Richter
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Ron.Richter   11/22/2013 12:26:53 PM
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My Contribution to Society:

Birk's, 3955 Freedom Circle, Santa Clara

BJ's in Cupertino, 10690 N DeAnza, Cupertino

Britannia Arms, 1087 S. DeAnza Blvd., Cupertino

Duke of Edinburgh, 10801 N. Wolfe, Cupertino

Faultline Brewing Company, 1235 Oakmead Parkway, Sunnyvale

Fibbar Magee's, 156 South Murphy Avenue, Sunnyvale

Firehouse Brewery, 111 S. Murphy Avenue, Sunnyvale and 1765 E. Bayshore Road, East Palo Alto

Gordon Biersch, 33 East Fernando Street, San Jose

Lion and Compass, 1023 N Fair Oaks Ave, Sunnyvale

Pedro's, 3935 Freedom Circle, Santa Clara

Rock Bottom, 1875 S Bascom Ave #700, Campbell

Rose & Crown, 547 Emerson Avenue, Palo Alto

Rosie McCann's Irish Pub, 355 Santana Row, San Jose

St. John's Bar and Grill, 510 Lawrence Expressway, Sunnyvale

Strait's, 333 Santana Row, San Jose

The Sports Page, 1431 Plymouth St., Mountain View

Steins Beer Garden Restaurant, 895 Villa St., Mountain View

Stephens Green, 223 Castro St., Mountain View

Tied House, 954 Villa Street, Mountain View

TL Beer Garden, 769 N Mathilda Avenue, Sunnyvale

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

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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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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Re: nice list
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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Missed Ely McFlys?
cander111   11/21/2013 11:59:57 AM
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Great article! If you are over 50, the top of the list is St. James. Mixture of tech workers, Stanford grad students, bikers, and Navy pilots from Moffett Field... Great place! But, the ultimate tech bar was not on the list. Ely McFlys in Cupertino.  Next door to Apple (aka Bandley 7) it was where Apple, FourPhase, and the occasional lost HP employees ended up after work, many times during.  Inside was decorated to look like a mad scientist lab. Tons of old Microwave equipment glued to the wall. Massive old vacuum tubes used as lighting fixtures.  Weird space ships everywhere....or maybe it was the Tequila.

CMathas
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Re: Missed Ely McFlys?
CMathas   11/21/2013 12:59:08 PM
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Duh! You're right I did. I have a feeling that after this is out here for a few days, I'll have another list of 20. But, I shouldn't have missed that one...

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Network-orama!
wilsonrcraig   11/21/2013 4:06:38 PM
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How wrong is it that after tonight I will have been to 5 of these in the past 6 days? ;)

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CMathas   11/21/2013 4:28:03 PM
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As long as you're not telling me you were in the last three mentioned in the article, well, all I can say is that you get around! Which is your favorite?

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wilsonrcraig   11/22/2013 12:56:14 PM
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"Favorite" woudl have to be tailored to the company and the reason for going, but loosely I'd have to say Birk's for business and Fibbar McGhees' with friends. Often at TL Beergaden lately, esp when in a divey kind of mood, and because it's really close to my work. The "Colorado Blue" lamb burger there is my all-time favorite burger, anywhere. 

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CMathas   11/22/2013 1:20:16 PM
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Whoa. Blue cheese? I have to order that one...

Caleb Kraft
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Caleb Kraft   11/21/2013 4:29:24 PM
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As long as you remember them all, I think you're good!

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Pix and pans
rick merritt   11/21/2013 9:31:45 PM
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My faves are the fairly new Steins Beer Garden, Duke of Edinburgh and Gordon Biersch. The Sports Page looks scary and the Wagon Wheel looks like a classic that was well before my time here.

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CMathas   11/22/2013 7:09:58 AM
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Really? The Sports Page isn't scary, just busy...very busy, and the crowd tends to be young--oh, maybe that is scary?  Do you think that nerdworking isn't as often done in pubs/bars as it used to be?

 

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CMathas   11/22/2013 1:22:33 PM
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So, I mention two of the networks. Do a search and contact them right away - I think the location changes so you're going to want to know when the next event is. Let me know how you like it--these seem really pretty cool, as it's tough to move in anywhere and feel like you're a part of the crowd. Good luck!

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osmarvmachado   11/22/2013 1:37:28 PM
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Thank you Ms. Mathas.

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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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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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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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Re: Nicely done!
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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R.I.P.
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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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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