I'm coming up to Santa Clara to celebrate a birthday. We're going to head up to SF on a Saturday morning, staying near the gates of Chinatown, and come back Sunday afternoon. We're 22-24 y.o. This is what I need:
1) ideas for bars/lounges: We can do "trendy", but we're not looking for something with a huge line out the door/impossible to get into (we may do bottle service if the place warrants it). We don't want a dive bar either. Prefer that there's music playing (and maybe a dance floor, but not a full out club). We don't want a restaurant bar or a bar that serves food. Doesn't necessarily NEED to have a view. We just want to have a good time, good mixed drinks (vodka & gin drinkers) at lets say 10-12$ a drink, top 40s music, something a little more spacious and not so crowded. We pretty much want to get drunk and have a blast. I tried looking on places like city search, but most of the bars have old reviews. We are willing to cab it to places, so don't limit us to just that chinatown area.
2) 1 dinner: A nice place, not a "chain" or anything super expensive. Willing to spend lets say $35 per entree, not including drinks. Things we like: italian, seafood, chinese/asian, big sushi fans (creative rolls mostly, but we do eat sashimi as well). We're not looking for THE BEST place with the BEST view (aka $$$$ tiny portions), but something do-able for a group of 5-8 (where once again, we can drink). Something unpretentious yet yummy.
3) 1 lunch spot: I really want to dry dim sum, but no one in our group is Chinese / aka we dont want to look stupid and not know what we're ordering. Otherwise I'm sure we can just find something as we walk around. So where do we go, and what do we order.
4) clam chowder: who has the best creamy chowder? Are there any "late night" vendors?? yumm or any taco truck type places after the bar??
Okay, thanks guys.