Moods. Wine Bar
Enjoy music in an intimate outdoor environment on Palo Alto's California Avenue. There's a selection of international wines, and diverse food offerings include pizzas and small bites.
Moods. Wine Bar, 320 S. California Ave. (Outside Printers Cafe), Palo Alto; 650-323-3347. Instagram: @moods_wine_bar.
Priding itself on being a community coffee shop that partners with a number of local businesses, the live music schedule at Cafe Zoe includes open mic nights every third Friday of the month. It also hosts local musicians for Friday shows that span genres ranging from acoustic tunes to rock. The cafe also organizes other events, including pop-up pizza, jewelry shopping and more.
Cafe Zo?, 1929 Menalto Ave., Menlo Park; 650-322-1926. Instagram: @cafezoemenlopark.
Red Rock Coffee
Spanning two stories in downtown Mountain View, Red Rock Coffee hosts a weekly open mic night on Mondays and is looking to restart the rest of its programming soon. In the past, the shop has hosted coffee tastings, knitting nights and board games. In 2020, a GoFundMe inspired a new buyer who saved the popular coffee house from financial troubles. Pastries and snacks come from The Midwife and the Baker.
Red Rock Coffee, 201 Castro St., Mountain View; 650-967-4473. Instagram: @redrockcoffee.
Freewheel Brewing Company
Pub-style dishes such as burgers, chicken sandwiches and fish and chips accompany the Redwood City brewery's beverage offerings, which include some of the Bay Area's only cask-conditioned ales. Carbonated through natural fermentation as opposed to injected CO2, these beers are smoother than kegged ones. Check its social media for a rotating schedule of performances.
Freewheel Brewing Company, 3736 Florence St., Redwood City; 650-365-2337. Instagram: @freewheelbrew.
Cafe Borrone, another local establishment that nearly closed during the pandemic before community members rushed in to save it, will restart its band nights soon. Local jazz musician Clint Baker and his band have performed with a rotating cast of artists at the cafe for decades. The Italian-inspired menu features a number of specials and offers seasonal salads, sandwiches and pastas.
Cafe Borrone, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park; 650-327-0830. Instagram: @cafeborrone.
LV Mar Tapas & Cocktails
The Latin American tapas and cocktail bar offers late night live music (10 p.m. to 1 a.m.) during its lounge nights on Fridays and Saturdays.There's usually a DJ and visiting artists who span a variety of musical traditions from Latin America. The seafood-focused menu includes a ceviche of octopus, scallops and halibut and a full assortment of tacos ranging from the classic Pescado Frito made with beer-battered fried fish to the Pancita de Puerco, which pairs pork belly with caviar.
LV Mar Tapas & Cocktails, 2042 Broadway, Redwood City; 650-241-3111. Instagram: @lvmarrwc.
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