Black Watch is our local downtown 'dive' bar with biker dudes as well as assortment of locals. They are famous for their Kamikaze drink. You can even get a cranberry Kamikaze, which is actually a decent cocktail.
The bar is located right downtown, across the street from the Wells Fargo Bank.
It's a pretty lively place. It's so iconic it's one of those "ya gotta go there once" kinda spots. It's not so "gritty" that you feel like you need to burn your shoes when you leave. Check out their Facebook page, pretty entertaining stuff; see a live look at those famous drinks.
This bar dates back to 1959 which makes it one of the longest running drink establishments in town. Looking at the picture provided above, notice the green tile on the building. The building used to house a Peerless bus station (the buses came in 2 doors down, to the right). You can see a picture of the old station here.
First, please tell me you're not driving! Ok, so now, there is some street parking but again, it's downtown so that varies a lot depending on the day and time. That said if there is no street parking, just head behind Wells Fargo Bank to the lot behind and keep driving south until you leave the Wells Fargo only parking and enter the town parking lot. Parking is free but there is a time limit
There are several restaurants within a block of the Black Watch:
Coup de Thai - Thai restaurant
North - Seasonal Vietnamese Cuisine and Bar
Kamakura - Japanese Restaurant
ASA Los Gatos opened around the 6th of October in the former location of Grill 57. This restaurant replaces the Basis in Saratoga for owner Andrew Welch.
The Pastaria and Market new location on 27 N Santa Cruz Ave seems to be progressing nicely. So far, there has not been an announcement of an opening date.
Mike Williams, the owner of the Southern Kitchen, is opening a new restaurant in the space that Le Boulanger just vacated. We don't know a lot yet, but he's said they'll be offering locally sourced "clean eating" dishes as well as hand-crafted organic cocktails.