Trials Pub

very good

15 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

265 N 1st St
San Jose, California, 95113-1014
United States

(408) 947-0497 | map

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Photo of Rzzzzz
4.28/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Tough to find good beer spots in San Jose that aren't full of meatheads. Yeah, there are a few places with good beer selections, but invariably that's offset by obnoxiously loud dance music after dark or bartenders who think we've come to see them put on a show, or low-brow patrons who think a good bartender is someone who can flip a glass behind his back.

Trials is an oasais. No television for starters, which for a sports fan like myself can be a detriment during say the World Series, but it keeps the focus on conversation. Atmosphere is always freindly. Music is cool, but relegated to the background. Staff is friendly. Beer selection is quality if not quantity, but I must confess I have pretty much exclusively gravitated toward the cask ales. Three handles, two of which are excellent and I don't remember if I've tried the third (that would be the lighter of the three). If there's a more relaxing place in San Jose to enjoy a pint after work I have't discovered it yet.

Only drawback for me is the hours. They don't open until 5PM, which is a shame because their food menu trumps a lot of my favorite downtown lunch spots.

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Photo of thread
4.6/5  rDev +20.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

My friends and I have recently discovered this pub and we love it.

The atmosphere is very laid back and casual. Even on a Saturday night we can come in and it's not loud with blaring music. Which adds to the atmosphere, you can talk amongst yourselves without shouting.

At the back of the pub is a correctly laid out dart board with a scoring board for cricket, 301, 501, etc. I love bringing my darts here, it completes the atmosphere. And since my friends play as well it adds to the enjoyment.

The beer selection is very good. They've got a lot of beers on tap that you don't usually find around here. As has been mentioned they have three cask beers which are hand pulled. The fat lip is excellent, I have to have a pint every time I go. I try and have at least one new to me beer each outing and so far I've not been disappointed by any of them. The 1664 is also becoming one of my favorites.

The food is spot on. The bangers and mash are right out of a local British Pub outside London. The shepards pie however is my favorite. Just the right amount of marmite. The sasuage rolls are also a must have.

Out behind the pub is a beergarden which is part of the German restaurant right next to the pub. Many times they'll have a polka band playing out there. I find it just adds to the ambiance.

The staff is very cordial and knowledgeable about the beers they serve. I think they enjoy working there as much as we enjoy coming there.

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Photo of Lothore
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Immediately when I walked into the pub I was digging the vibe. Very laid back atmosphere unlike many of the noisy bars in downtown San Jose. They had a dart board which really added to our enjoyment of the bar. The bartenders were very attentive and friendly. I was impressed with the fact that they had 3 cask beers which no other place in san jose (to my knowledge) has alongside quite a few selections of brews on tap. A bit pricey however I liked the feel none the less. If you are in the mood for a laid back place to hang out with friends and knock a couple cold ones back, this is your pub.

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Photo of Troyone
3.78/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Located in a quiet part of downtown San Jose, this place is all British style. There are British Isles flags all around, high ceiling with fans, long L - shaped bar, some dining in the front and in the back, and seating outside in front of the establishment.

Appeared to have mostly stainless steel tap nozzles unless some were stained. Could not see the kitchen and the restroom was clean. Wood tables, chairs, and bar, part of which was in a narrow walkway, gives this place some British Pub character.

Service was prompt, knowledgable, and informative.

Mostly UK brews on tap and the three cask beers were English Ales from Marina, CA. Fat Lip, Prince Porter, and Monks Brown were the some what tasty cask beers.

The food is good and made from scratch here.


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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I stopped in at Trials back in February. I only tried their handpulled offerings, and all of them were very good. They had a beer that was not pouring correctly from the handpull and of course gave it to us for free. I did not try the food, but it looked good. All of the handpull beers I tried at Trials were from English Ales Brewery.

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Trials Pub in San Jose, CA
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