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Details: Single Barrel


DIVEY: So downright casual, you might feel uncomfortable.
CASUAL: Anything goes, just relax and have a good time.
MODERN: Clean and snappy.
CLASSY: A little on the up-scale side. May have a dress code.
FORMAL: You'd better be on your best behavior. Almost certainly has a dress code, or should.
$$$$: Cheap - Prices are cheaper than found at most other good bars in the area.
$$$$: Average - Prices are about the same as found at most other good bars.
$$$$: Pricey - They are charging more here than at most other good bars.
$$$$: Expensive - Hopefully, somebody else is paying. If they aren't, maybe you should have just one, just so you can say you did.
EAT: None - Hope you aren't hungry, even in the slightest.
EAT: Snacks - Very simple bar snacks. Peanuts, pretzles, that sort of thing.
EAT: Light - Small appetizers, small plates, great if you're not terribly hungry.
EAT: Full - A full meals worth of things to order.
: None - First come, first served.
: Available - Not needed, but you could if you wanted to.
: Required - You need to call for reservations.
: Private - Members Only, or otherwise not available for general attendance.
Single Barrel
43 W San Salvador St
San Jose, CA 95113

CLASSY - $$$$ - EAT -
(408) 792-7356

Dark and elegant, this is a true speakeasy. The music evokes the Prohibition era, and the cocktails are top notch. The bartenders are all expert mixologists. This is one of my favorite bars in the world.
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In true speakeasy style, there is no sign here, only a barrel attached to the wall above the door. There is usually a line beneath that barrel, but it is well worth the wait. Once inside, the bartender will interview you regarding preferences. After a minute or so, he (or she) will suggest a drink that matches your tastes, and proceed to expertly craft it. Everything here is top-notch-- the spirits, the implements, and most of all the techniques. I've found precious few bars like this in my travels, and am always happy when I descend the stairs into the darkness that is Single Barrel.

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