Crosby's country-club cuisine is better than it needs to be, with some dishes grand enough to stand up to the monumentally nostalgic surroundings. The bar is a roiling meat market for the over-forty and the overly tanned, but it's worth wading in for the excellent martinis.
1220 has been a mainstay of gay nightlife in Contra Costa for three decades. Along with billiards and a red-upholstered lounge area, this club hosts DJs on Fridays and Saturdays, and regular karaoke and drag events.
This Walnut Creek bar offers satellite TV (seventeen screens total), Monday night football, Saturday college games, Sunday pro games, two pool tables, karaoke Tuesday and Wednesday, and dancing Thursday through Saturday. A full kitchen serves up American fare for lunch, dinner, and weekend breakfasts.
The neighborhood pub in downtown Walnut Creek draws a mix of seasoned regulars and one-off party-goers with beer and cocktails, two pool tables, golden tee golf, and pinball. Throw some tunes on the jukebox to shake things up, or check out occasional live shows.
This small family-owned coffee shop is situated on the edge of the ritzy Broadway Plaza shopping center in downtown Walnut Creek. With its mosaic-tiled bar and in-house roaster (the cafe roasts its own beans daily), Pacific Bay Coffee Co. has a cool, laid-back vibe that entices patrons to enjoy organic coffee while cozying up to a good book or surfing the Web (it also offers free wireless Internet). There's also free parking and a small outside patio.
This Walnut Creek club can be a little hard to find, but locals like that it’s slightly hidden. There are DJs, dancing, and stiff drinks. After downloading an app, you’ll get access to Spoontonic’s music library with your iPhone or iPod, and you can be the DJ. Come in costume for special themed nights, strike a pose in the old-school photo booth, or play some pinball.