Bar options in South Bay are vast. If you’re single and looking to mingle with a similarly solo crowd, look no further. Check out any of these five bars to meet some new friends or potentially develop a romantic interest. You may show up on your own this time, but you could end up coming back with the a new friend the next time.

Lilly Mac’s
187 S. Murphy Ave.
Sunnyvale, CA 94086
(408) 732-0200

Lilly Mac’s long wooden open bar and charming interior provides a convenient place to meet up with your friends before going bar hopping on Mountain View’s cosmopolitan Castro Street. Only a block from the Caltrain station, Lilly Macs offers patrons a range of music from jazz to Latin to top 40 on Wednesday and Saturday nights. Wednesday nights offer a $50 prize for first place during the Brainstormer Pub Quiz. The cozy upstairs area looks out onto the main bar and hosts a pool table and a third door to a final balcony with chairs and fresh air.

Stephen’s Green
223 Castro St.
Mountain View, CA 94041
(650) 964-9155

Located two and a half blocks from the Caltrain station, this Irish-style pub by day and sports bar by night offers a Late Night Happy Hour seven nights a week from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. and music on Friday and Saturday. The atmosphere and attentive service is serious enough for a date yet friendly enough for a family outing. The long L-shaped bar offers a vast area for singles to sit, eat and meet. The menu includes items such as 10-ounce New York steaks, hamburgers and Irish comfort food.

410 Castro St.
Mountain View, CA 94041
(650) 237-3134

Scratch is chic enough for a first date, yet fun enough to return to on future dates. The inviting rectangular bar is just the place to stop by for drinks or casual dining in a modern atmosphere. A menu of American classics, all made from scratch, may be complemented with a diverse selection of wine or tasteful cocktails. Scratch is popular so reservations are recommended, especially on weekends.

236 Hamilton Ave.
Palo Alto, CA 94301
(650) 833-3151

Just a block away from University Avenue, Reposado is a restaurant and bar with a Latin atmosphere created by large bright art, glass sculptures and Latin pop music. You can taste the best of Mexico at the 100 percent agave tequila bar, including anejos, in an intimate setting. Traditional Mexican delights fill the menu. This gourmet Latin cuisine makes for the perfect outing for dinner and drinking in South Bay.

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Rudy’s Pub
117 University Ave.
Palo Alto, CA 94301
(650) 329-0922

Join in on the Sunday all-night-Ladies-Night tradition, starting at 4 p.m. Rudy’s Restaurant and Pub offers dancing or music seven days a week. Enjoy 50-cent Wing Night on Tuesdays and Thursdays and karaoke on Wednesdays from 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. On Friday and Saturday nights around 10 p.m., Rudy’s sets the stage for dancing. If crowds are your scene, this is your place. If you don’t like to dance, the 12-by-eight-foot screen will make your night. Rudy’s Pub is a popular destination for Stanford students and individuals working in Silicon Valley, so there is no shortage of interesting people at this bar.

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