Mervyn's "Fine Foods"
("For Delightful Dining . . . and Cocktails"), opened in the 1960s, no connection to the department store. It was a casual restaurant and gathering spot in downtown Mountain View, CA. The original restaurant closed in the 1990s, but the tiny bar behind it, Mervyn's Lounge, continued as a tenant with separate ownership. A low profile joint where you can get your drink on.

Down the blue-green alley off a busy downtown Castro Street in Mountain View is a classic watering hole called "Mervyn's Lounge." The tiny bar behind the tea shop is the ideal spot to hide away for cocktails on any night. Mervyn's is open everyday from 3pm to 1:30am. Mervyn's has no windows, that's how you know it's a classic. The long bar with the old stools is the prefered place to sit, but there is a rad circular booth for large groups in this little hidding space. The place can get packed real quick, about 25 people max. The bartenders are quick, professional and friendly. On a busy night there are two.

There is only one draft beer, Stella, and the tiny keg runs dry quick, but they have several bottled beer options and a full bar. Their Happy Hour is 3 to 6 EVERYDAY! With $3 wells and $3 beers! That's cheap! (ALWAYS TIP YOUR BARTENDER) (Non-Happy Hour prices are: $4.50 for domestic bottle beer, $5.50 for import bottle beer and $5.50 for well cocktails.) Mervyn's is cash only, I actually dig this, faster transactions = faster drinks. They have TVs for all the local games, but they don't have a pool table, no room. They have a good juke box and it's not too loud, so you can actually chat. Mervyn's is wheelchair acessable, the bathrooms too. The bathrooms are connected to the restraunt, and they are clean. Mervyn's doesn't allow dogs and doesn't have any parking but public transportation is always your best bet. It's just a friendly trendy classic pub in the alley.

Ditch into Mervyn's Lounge for their Happy Hour any night and have a few cocktails without breaking the bank. It's fun, it's casual and nobody has to know you're there.

Mervyn's Lounge
236 Castro Street
Mountain View
CA 94041

June 2017

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