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Santa cruz or San jose for better nightlife?

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Santa cruz or San jose for better nightlife?

I am at UC Santa Cruz for a weekend in mid september. I was wondering which part of town has better night life, San Jose or Santa Cruz? We are 20 something young professionals looking for a fun lively place pretty concentrated with bars and pubs where we can meet people, locals and tourists alike.

Also, what about weekday nights for these towns?

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1. Re: Santa cruz or San jose for better nightlife?

Downtown San Jose will be an hour's hilly drive from Santa Cruz. Both have a good college presence.

A bit closer to Santa Cruz is Los Gatos and Campbell along Highway 17 in that order. As you get closer to Santa Cruz, hack off about 15 minutes travel time to each destination.

San Jose's will be mixed in with a number of young professionals--loud clubs, etc. Downtown Campbell has one tiny strip of activity, some more activity at hangouts at the Pruneyard, all maybe a bit geeky. Downtown Los Gatos has a couple little strips of activity, some bars and is a bit tonier. Santa Cruz' will have bars & more of a beach/homeless mix.

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2. Re: Santa cruz or San jose for better nightlife?

I haven't been to Santa Cruz real recently, but unless things have changed there a lot, I'd say Downtown San Jose, and possibly Santana Row a couple of miles west of Downtown San Jose.

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3. Re: Santa cruz or San jose for better nightlife?

When I was 21 and 22 and lived in the Santa Cruz area, we'd go to San Jose when we wanted night life. There wasn't much going on in Santa Cruz except house parties, beach parties, and some small bars and clubs. I don't think much has changed in the past 12-15 years.

Downtown SJ has a decent mix of clubs and bars in the area around Santa Clara street and 1st.

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