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Trials is outfitted like a classic pub in every way. Warm and cozy, this modest hangout in downtown San Jose has a few small tables and comfy chairs up front, a decent amount of bar space and a few more tables in the back, along with a roaring fireplace that attracts cold Guinness drinkers like flies to honey on rainy nights. There are nearly 20 brews on tap, including a few rarities, and the menu of better-than-average pub grub can sate most any craving. The fish and chips are the flagship menu item, but the curry and the burgers are also worth a try.
2009 BEST OF SILICON VALLEY Reader Survey Winner - Third Place
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2008 BEST OF SILICON VALLEY Reader Survey Winner - Third Place
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The word "pub," we think, originates with the word "public," and pubs are a place to just go hang out and shoot the breeze with neighborhood folks and regulars. Trial's is just such a place. The food's good, the atmosphere is safe and secure and there's even stuff to read on the bookshelf. Oh, and there's drinking also.
Outfitted in every way like a cozy neighborhood pub, Trials offers a warm, friendly atmosphere to the downtown San Jose bar scene. Friendly bartenders, comfy furniture, a tiny patio area, a lengthy bar with plenty of seats and ample seating near a fireplace in the back half combine to offer beer enthusiasts a setting that feels like home. Trials also offers above-average bar food, with the curry and the fish & chips being the most popular items on the menu.