Apple WWDC events take over downtown San Jose
The crowds gather for Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference at the McEner= y Convention Center in San Jose, Calif., on Monday, June 5, 2017. (Gary Rey= es/ Bay Area News Group)=20
If you stop by the Hotel De Anza’s Hedley Club Lounge this week, you’ll notice a new drink being served: The Apple Sidecar. At other downtown bars like the Loft and Deluxe, you can get specials on apple martinis. And one of downtown’s biggest night spots, San Pedro Square Market, expects to be busy all week.
Apple CEO Tim Cook opened the company’s World Wide Developers Conference on Monday morning by saying it was great to be back in San Jose. And the Bay Area’s biggest city is certainly returning the compliment.
Downtown San Jose is all about WWDC this week. The main action is at the McEnery Convention Center. WWDC’s temporary facade on the convention center is such an improvement, the city needs to keep it. But developers will be spilling out into other downtown San Jose venues, too. Though nearly, all the events are limited to registered conference participants, it could still make for some good people watching.
Monday night, The Loop’s Jim Dalrymple is hosting the Beard Bash — if you’ve ever seen his whiskers, you understand the name — featuring the tribute band Department of Rock and lots of Heineken flowing at the City National Civic.
Developers will be partying at the McEnery Convention Center plaza Tuesday at 6 p.m. with local craft beers and live music, and Wednesday’s they’ll be taking in the IMAX movie, “A Beautiful Planet,” at the Tech Museum’s Hackworth IMAX Dome Theater. Others might skip the Wednesday movie to take in James Dempsey and the Breakpoints’ benefit concert that same day at the City National Civic to support App Camp For Girls, organized by WWDCGirls.
Buddybuild is hosting the WWDC edition of its “buddybeers” event at craft cocktail lounge Paper Plane on Tuesday night (where it also happens to be Negroni Week), and former Apple Genius Bar employee and stand-up comic James Veitch has a geek-bent set Tuesday at the San Jose Improv. The party portion of the conference itself concludes Thursday night with a huge outdoor bash at Discovery Meadow, the park next to the purple Children’s Discovery Museum.
Downtown bars and restaurants also are welcoming WWDC attendees and Apple fans with open. Popular bars and venues including Forager, the Ritz and Haberdasher have been snapped up by developer events on various days this week, but there’s still a lot for the non-developer crowd to enjoy.
San Pedro Square Market has two acts playing Monday night — guitarist Jerry Sauceda at 6 p.m. and zydeco favorite Andre Thierry at 7 p.m. — and has opened its new Garage Bar just in time for WWDC, after a successful test run during last Thursday’s SPUR Member Party. The Hotel De Anza’s Apple Side Car is on the Hedley Club lounge menu this week (It’s got Calvados apple brandy and is served with a small plate of sliced apples). Deluxe, Chacho’s and Loft Bar and Bistro all planned to have specials on appletinis this week, too.