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Nothing beats a night out with a band who understands the need of the crowd to listen to live music that they can sing along to. With a much different feel then a jukebox or a DJ, the cover band is loved and loathed by many. These talented musicians will keep the crowd happy by playing popular music that people know. Here are some of the best places on the Peninsula to see cover bands give their best tributes to well known songs and artists.

Freewheel Brewing Company
3736 Florence St.
Redwood City, CA 94063
(650) 365-2337

The Freewheel Brewing Company specializes in British style brew and pub food in Redwood City where locals like to go. The taproom serves cask beers, keg taps, guest beers, wine, hard cider and soft drinks. Almost every weekend it has free live music that includes a variety of cover bands. This is a place you go to listen to the music when a band is performing not have conversations.

O’Neill’s Irish Pub
34 South B St.
San Mateo, CA 94401
(650) 347-1544

O’Neill’s Irish Pub is a loud and fun pub with live entertainment and talented bartenders in the heart of San Mateo. Instead of Irish or Celtic music, this venue has bands that rock out with popular hits. It books talented local cover bands with a great vocal range. The cover bands often cover music from the eighties and nineties making it the perfect place to close down the night. The bands are high energy and popular so get there early to get a good seat.

The Swingin’ Door
106 East 25th Ave.
San Mateo, CA 94403
(650) 522-9800

The Swingin’ Door is a pub with beer, cocktails food and a variety of entertainment in San Mateo. It offers karaoke, trivia, DJ nights, dueling pianos and live bands. The bands cover music from the seventies to current hits. It has something for everyone and its easy to rock out all night. Check the website for current events.

Murphy’s Law
135 South Murphy Ave.
Sunnyvale, CA 94086
(408) 736-3822

Murphy’s Law is a dive bar in Sunnyvale that has cheap drinks,sporting events on the big screen and live music on the weekend. Local live talent include cover bands that cover different genres depending on which band is booked for the night. The music is loud which means you can sing along as loud as you want. This place is great for people watching, bad dancing and lip singing. The best part is Murphy’s Law does not charge a cover.

Fibbar Magees
156 South Murphy Ave.
Sunnyvale, CA 94086
(408) 749-8373

Fibbar Magees is an Irish pub located in downtown Sunnyvale. It offers drink specials, happy hour, food and entertainment. It offers a rotating craft brew list and is open until 2 a.m. daily. Sports, DJ’s and Irish jigs are among the activities at this local drinking spot. This venue has an outdoor patio, a casual vibe and fun cover bands that cover nineties favorites.

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