69 E. San Fernando St., San Jose , CA
+1 408.292.9562
Bars, Dive Bars
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This venerable shoebox of a bar sits only a couple blocks from SJSU—and has been there for more than 80 years. While Cinebar and Patty's Inn both compete for the title of oldest bar in San Jose, the prestige of the place doesn't matter to those who can hold down a couple drinks, run the jukebox and shoot the bull.

The Cinebar is another spot (see: Caravan) whose regulars now get called 'hipsters' despite the fact that they're probably the most genuinely punk-rock crowd in San Jose. Either people simply don't know what hipster means, or the trends really have circled around to make Cinebar cool again. Well, it's always been pretty cool, it's been around for something like 80 years, and don't expect it to change anytime soon.

You can start your day off right here because they open up at 6am, something San Jose bars just don’t do enough of, and then end your day in the same fashion because Cinebar is open until 2am. The regulars are a pantheon of San Jose locals, college students and twenty something punks cutting their proverbial teeth at the neighborhood dive bar.

2009 BEST OF SILICON VALLEY Reader Survey Winner - Second Place, Best Dive Bar
2008 BEST OF SILICON VALLEY Staff Pick and Reader Survey, Honoree Best Dive Bar
2007 BEST OF SILICON VALLEY Staff Pick and Reader Survey,Runner-up Best Dive Bar


A classic downtown dive bar, the Cinebar is an icon of San Jose boozemanship and a staple in the lives of pool sharks, punks rockers, college students and anyone else who likes getting stinking drunk no matter what day of the week it is. This dark and tiny sanctuary holds two televisions, a pool table and one of the best-stocked jukeboxes in town. The patrons are as diverse as can be, and the bartenders know how to keep the cheap drinks coming at a pace that perennial beer slammers can appreciate.