We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Fresno Nightlife

Baltimore, MD
Level Contributor
44 posts
423 reviews
Fresno Nightlife

I'll be in Fresno at the end of this month (August 2011), alone and on business. I am looking for a handful of places that I can visit in the evenings for drinks and a meal. My ideal situation would be a friendly place that has a bar that I can sit at and strike up conversations - or watch a televised game - with the locals. Doesn't have to be fancy, as long as the food, drink and company are good. Business-attire places are also acceptable. Not interested in gay-only and/or strip places, but am fine with any kind of people in general. I'm in my late 40s, so do please let me know if a place that you suggest is "young", "older", or "all-ages".

Although this is a Fresno forum, suggestions for Clovis or the surrounding area are welcome.

Fresno, California
Level Contributor
1,923 posts
1. Re: Fresno Nightlife

Whew, I was afraid you might be looking for the younger places and I'm way beyond that stage now.

But I understand, I've done lots of business travel and also try to find some places to interact with people instead of sitting alone.

I picked these as places that might allow more interaction with people, but if you also want some good dining choices just for the food I can add those too. (most of these have crowds that are probably mixed ranging 30s to 60s):

The Elbow Room - http://www.elbowroomfresno.com/

Long time popular with some of the local insiders, when Jerry Tarkanian returns for a visit this is where he stops (used to be his hangout)

The Lime Lite - http://www.thelimelite.com/

Old style bar and grill, nice steaks

A few sports bar setups you might try include:

Dog House Grill - tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g32414-d79…

Great tri-tip sandwiches, across from Fresno State's arena and still mixed ages but you will see more of the college crowd here than most of these others and its noisier than the others

World Sports Cafe - http://worldsportscafe.com/

Probably largest sports bar in town, owned by a former NFL player so lots of memorabilia too.

Silver Dollar Hofbrau - http://thesilverdollarhofbrau.com/

Long time area icon, I like their sandwiches from the hofbrau when watching games but my wife likes their dinner plates

Baltimore, MD
Level Contributor
44 posts
423 reviews
2. Re: Fresno Nightlife

> FresnoFacts:

Really appreciate your thoughtful reply. Do please feel free to recommend places just for the food as well. I am an adventurous eater (anything from Thai to Pizza)..

I am looking forward to trying out some of the places that you have suggested!

Fresno, California
Level Contributor
1,923 posts
3. Re: Fresno Nightlife

Not a problem. I've had many of these business trips myself to other cities. Road Warrior creed and all, you know.

If the trip extends past Sept 3 you might plan to go to one of the sports bars. Fresno State opens football season vs Cal that day in San Francisco so Fresno sports bars will be loaded with fans who didn't go. Game is 4pm kickoff so get someplace early.

You can also consider a baseball night for yourself, Fresno Grizzlies are the AAA affiliate for the SF Giants. Lots of players rotate back and forth. Last home stand is Aug 24-28 against Sacramento (the Oakland As affiliate).

Or if you gamble, you could do that and dinner at several casinos within 30 miles or so.

Lots of ethnic groups in this area so you can find many dining choices. Many are the hole in the wall but good food type, too many to mention. But if you have something specific you want to try I can try to give some spots.

If you want some nicer or unusual dining places you might consider some of these:

Cracked Pepper Bistro is a nice place, their version of Eggplant Napoleon is excellent.


For Szechwan stop at Hunan Restaurant in Fresno. Owner Chef Liu used to be Executive Chef at the Grand Hotel Beijing. Has 2 menus so ask for the Chef's menu for the "real thing". The second link is a Chef's menu to give you some ideas. (I hear he is temporarily closing in Sept to remodel but should still be open in August)



Limón in Fresno has a nice Peruvian menu. Try the house ceviche.


Trelio in Clovis has a changing wine country style menu that Mike and Chris come up with using many local farm products (the website menu is only a sample menu). Chris used to be sommelier at Erna's Elderberry House in Oakhurst (the only 5 star restaurant between LA and SF) so he has put together a nice wine list too.


Speaking of which, Erna's Elderberry House is about 45 miles north if you like to splurge on yourself (figure $100 to $150pp). ;)


Baltimore, MD
Level Contributor
44 posts
423 reviews
4. Re: Fresno Nightlife

In spite of having had a good dinner, along with dessert, I am now hungry again! I'm looking forward to trying out your recommendations. Thanks very much.

I actually did some growing up in Fresno. Second through the eighth grade, to be exact, but that was looooong ago, when people knew why they called it "Fig" Garden, when Al Radka was all over local commercials, when there was very little "civilization" north of Herndon Ave., etc. So, I'm guessing that I can't count on my memory to guide me to the best evening diversions. Thanks again.

Level Contributor
5,806 posts
49 reviews
5. Re: Fresno Nightlife

Old post but my vote would be for the Elbow Room

6. Re: Fresno Nightlife

-:- Message from TripAdvisor staff -:-

This topic has been closed to new posts due to inactivity. We hope you'll join the conversation by posting to an open topic or starting a new one.

To review the TripAdvisor Forums Posting Guidelines, please follow this link: http://www.tripadvisor.com/pages/forums_posting_guidelines.html

We remove posts that do not follow our posting guidelines, and we reserve the right to remove any post for any reason.

Removed on: 13 June 2013, 15:04