San Jose >Bars & Clubs > Blank Club
44 S Almaden Ave, San Jose, CA | Directions 9511337.333858 -121.893316
Neighborhoods: Central, Central San Jose
Not Very Friendly – My first time visiting San Jose, my first time going to the Blank Club: big mistake. The first impressions that I got of this place were that the staff and crowd had an attitude problem. Maybe being an after-thought to their more sophisticated neighbor San Francisco to the north had something to do with it. This place is a death trap. It's too small. It's impossible to buy a drink at the bar. The security staff are rude. Don't waste your time going to this dump! This place is for locals only. Outsiders are not welcomed.
If you're not a part of their scene, don't bother. – I went to the blank club to hear some live punk bands that were playing that night. The club is tiny, has very very little seating and the stage is equally small. The drinks are overpriced, like at any club, but badly made. I had a tequila sunrise and had to leave it at the bar it was so bad. The bartenders were not friendly at all and seemed overworked. The sound in the place is so bad the bands sound like you might as well be in a garage listening to some high school band. Its disappointing to someone like myself, who is only a casual punk rock fan, it seems to cater only to the die hard punk rockers out there. So if you're just trying to get a taste for the scene, I don't recommend this place at all.
The only 21+ real live rock in San Jose – The Blank Club is bare bones but clean. The drinks are honest. The bartenders are knowledgable. There aren't many chairs. It is all about the live music for me. The closest comparable spot is the Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco. They book real punk rock bands and the sound is decent. The stage is only 2 feet high so you can see the band sweat.
The crowd is ok. The security is ok.
I've seen some of the best shows of my life here. Jonathan Richman, Slackers, Mad Caddies, The_Queers, West Bound Train, Monkey, Phenomenauts, Aggrolites, Marky Ramone, Agent Orange, Dick_Dale, Gogol Bordello, Flogging Molly, etc.
Don't GO will be very disappointed!!!!! – I went to this bar on a Thursday and it was not fun at all. The people who work there are very rude and do not help if there is a conflict in the bar. I would not recommend this bar to anyone.
The Anti-Nightclub – With San Jose turning into Nightclub central, it's good to see what's going on at Blank. They host live local bands and bands that I haven't seen in years. Their Karaoke night is hillarious. Random downtown characters singing the Scorpions? A riot! This place is what Cactus wanted to be but couldn't acheive. Great drinks, too.
Dark, red-lit alternative and punk rock club for young-professional and university crowd. – In Short
More like a red room than a blank canvas, this alt rock club is decked out in all things crimson, with the exception of the faux religious candles along the bar and the hanging disco ball. Multiple acts take the stage every night--everything from local punk upstarts doing agro Dramarama covers to Russian theme band the Red Elvises. An alternative to downtown dance clubs, it attracts Silicon Valley hipsters and local college students.
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