South 1st St, Fairgrounds
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"A good place for pets and fun"
I play pool sometimes as I grew up with my father doing that. South First Billiards Club and Lounge is a great place. Their tables are nice and clean and level. They also have some cool art on the walls to look at. It’s not too noisy even though it is popular.
Almost forgot the contemporary art museum. That's worth checking out!
"good karma vegan deli"
good karma is a good place to eat...granted...i will admit i liked it better when it was on e. santa clara street and Sun..i believe her name was...was always there with a smile and some good vegan healthy food...though i question the healthy...but it was nice. now i wont hate...the white guys (not to be offensive...but thats the deal) came and took it over...found a new location and changed the place up. now its a hip place to eat and hang out...my myspace page shows that they even have bingo...but the art on the walls and the beer is nice...cant say i like the higher prices...but who am i kidding...when i am in san jose...this will be one of my first stops!
as for the rest of the street...actually across the street Lido...the gay trannie mexican/vietnamese place...i could never really understand what went on there. i know it is a gay bar and the bottom is mexican and the upstairs is vietnamese...and there are drag shows and trannie hookers that hang out outside.
further south are various resturants....keep in mind, it is one way going north...it is also host to the fairmont hotel which is one of hte fancier hotels in san jose...i think when the governator comes to town he stays there. further south is the artsy sofa district...granted there isnt that much art that goes on, but there is the anno domini and a smaller san jose museum...there is also a mexican cultural performance space as well as the quilt museum....and let me tell you...you may not think quilts are that interesting, but people do some crazy things with quilts...the museum may be small but it has a lot going on...i have also purchased some items from their shop...and i am glad i did.
during the first fridays this street can get a little busy...i believe there is a new gay bar down near the opera house...which was an interesting find on a recent visit. the opera house should be a nice place to visit if in San Jose. Original Joes is also on south first. A san jose landmark which i have never visited, but often directed visitors there when i worked at the Ramada limited, which as an entrance on South first.
as far as entertainment, there is the ever name changing club at the corner of south first and san salvador...a hip hop club is also near there and another across the street. South First billiards is a popular spot for the college kids and anyone else looking for a lot of pool tables.