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The 8 Best Bars Near Palo Alto

Updated: August 7, 2022

Need a drink? These are our favorite cocktail, champagne, and dive bars in Palo Alto. After careful analysis of top articles and review sites, we know these are the best bars in Palo Alto. Head to these watering holes for great live music, darts and strong drinks!

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Bar, $$, Palo AltoBar, $$Palo Alto, Evergreen Park
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5
  • Lyft

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Wine Bar, Palo AltoWine BarPalo Alto, Downtown North
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 5.0

San Agus Cocina Urbana & Cocktails

Cocktail Bar, Palo AltoCocktail BarPalo Alto, University South
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 4.5

Vino Locale

Wine Bar, $$, Palo AltoWine Bar, $$Palo Alto, Downtown North
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0
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If you travel further


Wine Bar, Redwood CityWine BarRedwood City, Downtown
Google: 4.9
Yelp: 4.5

840 Wine Bar & Cocktail Lounge

Bar, $$, Redwood CityBar, $$Redwood City, Centennial
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 4.0
  • Lyft

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Freewheel Brewing Company

Pub, $$, Redwood CityPub, $$Redwood City, Friendly Acres
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0

CRU Wine Bar & Merchant

Wine Bar, $$, Redwood CityWine Bar, $$Redwood City, Downtown
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0

What gets a restaurant into the top 10?

Selecting the right restaurant can be really difficult, especially when you would like to find a new one. We analyzed 1901 lists and articles from top sources like Thrillist and Lyft, 28808 Palo Alto restaurants’ ratings across Google and Yelp, and 3104661 reviews – all with some boam magic to make sense of the madness. Yes, we even looked at Thrillist - The 15 Greatest Restaurants In Palo Alto, Lyft - Top 10 Most Visited Nightlife Spots in Redwood City and Lyft - Top 10 Most Visited Nightlife Spots in Palo Alto to pull this list together. Our engine uses real-time data to only show restaurants that are open and their available services, so you can stay safe on your terms. Our site gets no money for featuring restaurants in this list – everyone’s earned their place. We don’t recommend restaurants lightly, these 10 are really something special.

Questions & answers

Calave, The Rose & Crown, and 4290 Bistro & Bar are bars with a happy hour in Palo Alto.

Calave, Hidden Tap & Barrel, and The Rose & Crown are the highest-rated bars that are good for groups in Palo Alto.

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