5 to Try: Classic Cocktails

Forget the low-carb beer and go retro instead. From a classic martini to a timeless Manhattan, find the best 1950s-era cocktails in Silicon Valley.

Updated: March 19, 2004

5 to Try


430 Kipling St, Palo Alto, CA 94301

Mingle with a sophisticated crowd while sipping a sweet sidecar at this Mediterranean eatery.

Hedley Club

233 W Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95113

Nurse a crisp vodka martini while taking in the smooth sounds at this art-deco jazz bar at the Hotel De Anza.

Cardinal Coffee Shop Lounge

3197 Meridian Ave, San Jose, CA 95124

This retro diner and swanky lounge serves up an array of classic concoctions, including the perennially popular Tom Collins.

Birk's Restaurant

3955 Freedom Circle, Santa Clara, CA 95054

Sip a Manhattan at this upscale chophouse known for its selection of fine whiskeys.