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The prices are a breath of fresh air in a world of $12 designer cocktails. The satisfyingly underlit Alex's has high-def TVs for sport, darts, a pool table and weekly karaoke. -- Metro Bars & Clubs, June 16, 2010
About as old school as a San Jose neighborhood bar can get, Alex’s 49er Inn in the Burbank District packs the regulars into its strip mall confines for some heavy handed cocktails that would snap any well pickled sot’s head back. As far as San Jose bars go, Alex’s 49er Inn is a classic; it’s dimly lit, cheap, has a rickety pool table with a significant lean, sports on the ancient tube and any regular can tell newbie patrons all about San Jose before the techies.
Alex's 49er Inn is a quintessential neighborhood dive bar. The drinks are dirt cheap (enough to make most people think the bartender miscalculated the price), the stools are rickety, the décor is old-school and the patrons are, well, diverse. Seriously, this no-frills strip mall dive bar in San Jose packs in every wandering soul in need of a stupidly cheap drink and perhaps a game of pool or a chance to belt out their heart song for their companion on the aging karaoke machine. And if the name didn't give it away, Alex's 49er Inn is also a San Jose sports bar where patrons can catch their team in action.