Metro Silicon Valley is the local free “alternative” entertainment newspaper. In their feature on “How to be a dive bar superstar,” writer Ryan Osterbeck suggests public transportation and even biking to the bar.
Probably the best option is to ride your bicycle. I know that bike riding and fashionable club duds rarely coincide, but the beauty is that your new pals at the dive bar won’t really give a rat’s ass what you’re wearing, as long as you’re drinking. Also, both of these options make the DUI specter virtually disappear. You can still get slapped with the old Drunk in Public or the rarely given, but greatly feared BUI (Biking Under the Influence—to lessen your chances of this, make sure your bike has lights, front and back and heed all traffic signs, lights, etc.), but, let’s face it, you have to be pretty wasted to get slapped with either of those. Just be responsible.
I’m not sure bicycling while drunk and responsible go together hand in hand, but there you go. I have seen a few folks in fashionable club duds on their bikes in San Jose.