Antonio's Nut House
— With its cheap drinks, $1 pool games and unpretentious vibe, Antonio's Nut House has been a fixture along California Avenue ever since the late Tony Montooth first opened its doors nearly 47 years ago.
— Antonio's Nut House is the only watering hole in the neighborhood where a fake caged gorilla stands guard over mounds of roasted peanuts — and where the shells of these free bar snacks can be tossed on the floor with reckless abandon.
—And for those who decide to bring along a laptop, don't even think about opening it on the bar of this quirky and beloved establishment where the staff prides itself on being voted a neighborhood favorite in the Best Of while maintaining only a 3.5-star rating on Yelp.
321 California Ave., Palo Alto; 650-321-2550
Engineered for acoustic perfection, the intimate 842-seat Bing Concert Hall has hosted musicians from all over the world since opening in Stanford University's Arts District in 2013.
327 Lasuen St., Stanford, 650-724-2464; live.stanford.edu
Runner-up: Palo Alto Children's Theatre
Wi-Fi Hot Spot
Palo Alto Library is one of the only places where you can study, work or simply scroll your social meda feeds for free (no password or library account needed) while also checking out great books, music and movies.
City library locations are listed at cityofpaloalto.org/gov/depts/lib/default.asp
Runner-up: Coupa Cafe