78 E Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95113
Bike Parking: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Alcohol: Yes, Full Bar
Outdoor Seating: No
Price Range : Average
Good For Groups: Yes
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04/29/2010Provided by Citysearch -
No joke..this place is properly named. I usually don't write reviews, but felt so compelled after visiting this place.
Ordered a Grey Goose and tonic...at 6:30pm....$9.00 bucks. Go figure. Unless you;re drinking their special, visit the atm before you come. Bartender put up a small bowl of snacks when I sat down. It was never refilled. In fact the empty bowl sat in front of me for over two hours.
Advertised ""Wednesday Night..karaoke night"". Well after 9:00 I asked the bartender, so when does karaoke start and I quote, ""oh the owner is a jerk. He decided to stop having karaoke. Now this place is really dead on Wednesdays.""
What a shame! Great location and huge potential. My advice is go elsewhere...this place really lives up to its name :(
07/08/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Me and my friends went there last Friday for a friend's birthday. It took about 10 minutes to even get a bartender to acknowledge us and another 10 for him to actually serve us our drinks. I paid half cash, half card and the bartender overcharged me on my card by $10, claiming he had given me change from the cash I gave him. Knowing I had absolutely no cash back when he gave me my card, we immediately left. I never recommend anyone going here!!
02/06/2008Provided by Citysearch -
This is a bar I could get used to hanging out at 4-5 nights a week. Its that good! Wednesdays are karaoke night - and one of the LEAST pretentious venues I've ever been to. The crowd is friendly, drama-free neighborhood regulars 25-35 yrs old. Great drinks - Tina the bartender is the best & verrrry easy on the eyes! Yum!
04/02/2006Provided by Citysearch -
The tap beer selection at Dive Bar is the most redeeming quality the place has. The service is sub-par and made for a bad experience the time I visited. The music in the jukebox is okay, but it was turned off and replaced with a dj that played music too loud to allow for conversation. Dive Bar needs to decided if it is a dance club, or a bar and do one well. I read the word 'pretentious' in another review to decribe this bar and I wholeheartedly agree. Try the San Jose Bar and Grill.
01/13/2006Provided by Citysearch -
After reading that Dive Bar was voted the ""Best New Bar"" and ""Best Cocktail Lounge"" in San Jose, and having heard good buzz about it, my friends and I had to check it out for ourselves. It is now our hangout -- we LOVE it! It is a perfect and welcome addition to downtown San Jose -- the bartenders and security are the nicest, the drinks are fantastic, the DJs play a great mix, there's no cover charge -- and no pretentiousness. Even on the most crowded nights, you can tell the patrons appreciate a good spot downtown -- unlike some of the other scary places nearby. If you haven't been to Dive Bar yet, I highly recommend you check it out.
08/25/2005Provided by Citysearch -
My gal pals and I wanted a fun place to hang before heading out to spend the night at Club 8. We were dissappointed in the music. Not our kind! There was no action there at all. Maybe we'll have to try it again on another day. Thursday nights are dead!
06/16/2005Provided by Citysearch -
This place is awesome. I love the lounge feel of the bar. The glossy wood bar could not be accented better than the by the beautiful ladies working behind it. Dive lends itself to the young, hip professional crowd that doesn't want to wait in line or pay an outrageous cover charge.
The place sports a jukebox, pool table, video game and dance floor. What more could you ask for? Well poured, inexpense drinks you say? Damn skippy. I've done the dowtown scene for years, this is the first place I want to meet my friends at every weekend. I'll see you all there.
05/27/2005Provided by Citysearch -
I'd heard via freinds that Dive was the new hot spot downtown. I finally made it in and was not dissappointed. The place is fantastic, the decor is welcoming, the music was great(Jukebox has modern and classic favorites) and I met my 2 new favorite bartenders, Molly and Danni.
The place is fun and lively, the staff is great! I was served a great drink with a smile, didn't pay $10 like I have at the local ""ultra"" lounges and was served up a free side of smartass from behind the bar, gotta love it. I'll be back soon.
05/25/2005Provided by Citysearch -
This is the best downtown bar. Very comfortable to just hang out (the bar stools are very comfortable!), or a meeting place before dinner somewhere downtown. All types of people and age groups meet and hang out here. No one should feel uncomfortable at this establishment. The staff is very friendly and attentive.
I had given up on San Jose a few years ago. I was in town for a company meeting and wandered past this place a week after it had opened. I didn't go in because it was empty. Well, things have changed. I wandered in a few months ater and this place had really picked up. It's no wonder. The place is called Dive Bar, but it is anything but. The restored bar is amazing along with the overall decor. The bar tenders are the life of the place and have fostered a very friendly atmosphere where everyone feels like they are among friends. This has not been my typical experience in San Jose. Anyway, I could go on, but this place is a find and I highly recommend it. Even though I live in SF, I make it a point to wander in whenever I'm in town.
03/23/2005Provided by Citysearch -
This is the BEST bar downtown! The crowds are diverse and fun, the staff is awesome and very friendly. Almost always a place to sit, even when it gets crowded. Check out the jukebox, pool table and dance floor on Fri and Sat. The perfect ""neighborhood"" bar, EXACTLY what downtown San Jose needed.
All these reviews posted on the same day. Hmmmm...makes you wonder doesn't it? Well, the real deal is that Dive Bar isn't all that. The crowd ranges from bums off of Santa Clara Street to pretentious lawers from Downtown. You get a cooler crowd in a real dive bar. A couple of the bartenders are good but the owner tends to jump behind the bar and get in the way. He's no mixologist. In fact, try using ice when shaking a drink;) If you want a dive or upscale bar, there are better ones than this in Downtown.
I have been looking for a good place to go for drinks and a good time in San Jose. I think I have found it. Let's face it the scene in San Jose is a little less than desirable. Dive Bar isn't stuffy but is sophisticated. You can go for a drink with clients or friends and not feel embarressed for the lack of creative establishments in San Jose. This place attracts a good group of people, has a great decor, wide array of drinks, and hard-working bartenders. I am sold. Thanks for opening this place!!!