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Best of Santa Cruz 2015 Music and Nightlife

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Best Music & Nightlife

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Local Musician

Best Music MartyOReillyMARTY O’REILLY

1. Leader of Marty O’Reilly and the Old Soul Orchestra, which also includes Chris Lynch on fiddle, Jeff Kissell on upright bass and Matt Goff on drums.

2. Two of the band’s musical influences are Tom Waits and Andrew Bird.

3. O’Reilly and Lynch like to take their shoes off during shows.

4. There are no more shows scheduled in Santa Cruz for the remainder of their tour. They play April 4 in San Luis Obispo.

5. O’Reilly and band recently started giving lessons in Santa Cruz in upright bass, guitar, violin, banjo, harmonica, songwriting, booking shows, music theory and more.To set up a lesson, connect at facebook.com/martyoreillymusic. | AMANDA EDWARDS



Best Dance Lessons

BEST MUSIC DancePACIFIC ARTS COMPLEX

1. Santa Cruz’s fastest growing dance studio was founded two years ago by Leslie Johnson, Mireya Nunez, David Bortnick and Tisha Nusbaum.

2. Over 150 classes are offered per week, in styles ranging from contemporary to ballet to hip-hop.

3. The program accommodating all skill levels, and ambitions from recreational to pre-professional.

4. A plaque on the studio wall offers messages of encouragement: “When you stumble, make it part of the dance,” and “It’s not that you can’t get it, it’s that you haven’t yet.”

5 Pacific Arts Complex also offers video production classes, including cinematography, lighting, script writing and editing. | JUNE SMITH

 

Best Place To Play Darts

 

BEST MUSIC DartsPOET & PATRIOT

1. Poet & Patriot has been open since 1982.

2. When it first opened, it drew primarily a working-class, artist, crowd, but students eventually discovered it, as well.

3. Chris Matthews, co-founder of the pub, died in 2008, but remains a larger-than-life figure of Santa Cruz legend.  

4. Behind the bar, there is a large selection of IPAs, stouts, and porters on tap and in bottles.

5. Your best bet to play darts to the sounds of the Pogues on any given night. | AMANDA EDWARDS

 

 

Best Bar & Best Fancy Cocktails

515cocktails515 KITCHEN & COCKTAILS

1. The best selling cocktail at 515 is called Ain’t Life Grand—Buffalo Trace bourbon, peach liqueur, lemon juice, saffron bitters, apple bitters, angostura bitters and ginger beer.

2. The house specialty cocktail is called Quarter After Five, and they have several other original creations, as well.

3. Bar manager Ethan Samuels thinks that what sets 515 Kitchen apart from other bars around Santa Cruz is hard-to-find American whiskeys such as Van Winkle, Old Forester Birthday Bourbon, and George T. Stagg.

4. 515 Kitchen was opened in 2006 by Germaine Akin.

5. The name comes from the address of the bar, 515 Cedar Street. | AMANDA EDWARDS

 

 

Bar

515 KITCHEN & COCKTAILS

515 Cedar St., Santa Cruz, 425-5051, 515santacruz.com

RUNNERS-UP Red Restaurant, Red Room   

Bartender

STEPHANIE SANCHEZ DEMARS @ SEVERINO’S BAR AND GRILL AND THE HIDEOUT COCKTAILS

RUNNERS-UP Ethan Samuels @ 515 Kitchen & Cocktails, Ben @ Oswald

Craft Brewer (local)

DISCRETION BREWING

2703 41st Ave, Soquel

discretionbrewing.com

RUNNERS-UP Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing, Sante Adairius

Dance Club

MOTIV

1209 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 429-8070, motivsc.com

RUNNERS-UP Blue Lagoon, Moe’s Alley

Dance Lessons

PACIFIC ARTS COMPLEX

1122 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz, 471-8142, pacificartscomplex.com

RUNNERS-UP Dancenter, International Academy of Dance

Fancy Cocktails

515 KITCHEN & COCKTAILS

515 Cedar St., Santa Cruz, 425-5051, 515santacruz.com

RUNNERS-UP Oswald, Hula’s Island Grill

Happy Hour

HULA’S ISLAND GRILL

221 Cathcart St., Santa Cruz, 426-4852, hulastiki.com

RUNNERS-UP Crow’s Nest, 515 Kitchen & Cocktails

Karaoke

BOARDWALK BOWL / COASTERS BAR & GRILL

400 Beach St., Santa Cruz, 423-5590, beachboardwalk.com

RUNNERS-UP I Love Sushi, Malone’s

Live Music

MOE’S ALLLEY

1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz, 479-1854, moesalley.com

RUNNERS-UP Kuumbwa Jazz, Catalyst

Local Band

EXTRA LARGE

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RUNNERS-UP SambaDá, Marty O’Reilly & The Old Soul Orchestra

Local Musician

MARTY O’REILLY

martyoreilly.com

RUNNERS-UP James Durbin, Keith Greeninger

Margaritas

EL PALOMAR

1336 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz,

425-7575, elpalomarsantacruz.com

RUNNERS-UP Tortilla Flats, Palapas

Microbrewery

DISCRETION BREWING

2703 41st Ave, Soquel

discretionbrewing.com

RUNNERS-UP Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing, Seabright Brewery

Place to Play Pool

SURF CITY BILLIARDS

931 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 423-7665

RUNNERS-UP Fast Eddy’s, One Double Oh Seven

Place to Play Darts

POET & PATRIOT IRISH PUB

320 Cedar St., Santa Cruz, 426-8620

RUNNERS-UP One Double Oh Seven, Surf City Billiards

Pub

POET & PATRIOT IRISH PUB

320 Cedar St., Santa Cruz, 426-8620

RUNNERS-UP Parish Publick House, Brittania Arms   

Tap Room

WEST END TAP & KITCHEN

334D Ingalls St., Santa Cruz, 471-8115, westendtap.com

RUNNERS-UP Beer Thirty, Lúpulo Craft Beer House

 

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