In an area that is rapidly being transformed by startup money and commercial development, Antonio's Nut House stands out like a fortress of old-school, unpretentious fun — the kind of place where patrons let loose, play pool, throw peanut shells on the floor, down shots, sing along to rock ballads from the jukebox and cheer for their favorite sports teams. A loud, proud and beautifully messy throwback bar where people like Mark Zuckerberg go to get away from people like Mark Zuckerberg, the Nuthouse is a carnival of chaos and, according to our readers, the city's top nighttime destination.
321 S. California Ave., Palo Alto; 650-321-2550; antoniosnuthouse.com
Retail Window Displays
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Sometimes, don't you just want to go someplace where everybody knows your name? Maximart Pharmacy is a store that deserves cheers for its great personal service. On Yelp, this store has received positive reviews for not only its helpful service but also its friendly atmosphere. One review said that Maximart Pharmacy has "a great selection of products from shampoo to Band-Aids to vitamins and everything in between." This store makes you feel like you're not just a customer but a person.
240 Cambridge Ave., Palo Alto, 650-327-3922
Creative Local Business
In 2013, Keen Garage opened its doors in Palo Alto to provide apparel and other items to help people live out their best adventures. This store provides a variety of quality footwear and clothing as well as accessories such as backpacks, totes, purses and socks. Keen Garage is also committed to inspiring others to participate in responsible outdoor activities. When visiting the creatively designed store, with its wooden floor and rustic fixtures, one may already feel transported into nature, or maybe summer camp.
278 University Ave., Palo Alto, 650-521-0459; keenfootwear.com
Place for Live Entertainment
Palo Alto Children's Theatre offers local youth extraordinary performing — and watching — opportunities. With its Main Stage and Magic Castle Stage, the Children's Theatre mounts wonderful productions, including the upcoming "Snoopy!!! The Musical" (July 29-Aug. 15), and a special performance called "The American Revolution" (Sept. 25-27) by Chicago's award-winning company, Theatre Unspeakable. The educational arts program includes classes in acting and dance, such as hip hop, ballet and samba.
1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, 650-463-4970; cityofpaloalto.org/gov/depts/csd/theatre
Place to Take a Visitor
Located right next to the school campus, Stanford University's Cantor Arts Center contains diverse collections that span continents, culture and more than 5,000 years of art history. There are public tours of the art center many times throughout the week. In addition, the Cool Caf<0x00E9> is located there and features delicious gourmet sandwiches, soups, salads and fresh desserts. It's a great place to eat, take a break or rest. Admission into the Cantor is free, and it is open six days a week: Wednesday through Monday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.).
328 Lomita Drive, Stanford, 650-723-4177; museum.stanford.edu