Andy Capp's Tavern 1972-1975

Andy Capp's Tavern 1972-1975

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Chris

Durham, UK

#1 Nov 13, 2012
Hi there,

Does anyone remember this place? I'm looking to talk to anyone who was a regular at Andy Capp's Tavern (157 W El Camino Real) in the early 1970s. Did you drink there? Or did your parents regularly frequent it? Looking to hear stories about the bar from those around at the time.

Chris
Vince P

Tacoma, WA

#2 Dec 2, 2012
Chris wrote:
Hi there,
Does anyone remember this place? I'm looking to talk to anyone who was a regular at Andy Capp's Tavern (157 W El Camino Real) in the early 1970s. Did you drink there? Or did your parents regularly frequent it? Looking to hear stories about the bar from those around at the time.
Chris
I worked there at those times
chris

UK

#3 Dec 2, 2012
Vince P wrote:
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I worked there at those times
You should share your experiences in the comments at http://www.buzzfeed.com/chrisstokelwalker/ata...
Vince P

Tacoma, WA

#4 Dec 5, 2012
I must disagree with Beth Schumann the manager of Rooster T Feather.Referring to Andy Capp's Tavern
"Just a dive bar,nothing special"
I worked at Andy Capp's for 5 years. It was a beer and wine bar,with free peanuts and sawdust on the floor.When it first open it was a place for people to gather play checkers,chess,darts,with tape music playing in the back ground. There never was a Purple-Glowing jukebox playing 45s.Over the years it turned in to a very popular place with live band playing 6 nites a week.The front room had the bar tables the back room had 2 pool table several pinballs.
When Bill Gaddis the owner meet Nolan the bar was doing a very well.In my opinion the bar help lanched Pong not the other way.
Just my 2 cents!!!!
Vince P
AtariMarjie

Chico, CA

#6 Jan 8, 2015
Chris wrote:
Hi there,
Does anyone remember this place? I'm looking to talk to anyone who was a regular at Andy Capp's Tavern (157 W El Camino Real) in the early 1970s. Did you drink there? Or did your parents regularly frequent it? Looking to hear stories about the bar from those around at the time.
Chris
Hi Chris,

I went to Andy Capp's Tavern a few times when I lived in Sunnyvale and worked at Atari in Los Gatos. I loved the big bowls of fresh roasted peanuts on every table and tossing the shells on the floor. I didn't go because of the Pong Arcade, as I built Cocktail Pong and Gran Trac and was allowed to play them at work for free. A few of my co-workers and I went to play darts, eat peanuts and drink beer...just a cool hang-out, nothing special, really, very casual and comfortable.
Steve Byers

Escondido, CA

#7 Sep 2, 2015
Chris wrote:
Hi there,
Does anyone remember this place? I'm looking to talk to anyone who was a regular at Andy Capp's Tavern (157 W El Camino Real) in the early 1970s. Did you drink there? Or did your parents regularly frequent it? Looking to hear stories about the bar from those around at the time.
Chris
I use to play there in a band called, "Daddy-O"...We use to pack the place. There was sawdust on the floor and peanuts in big barrels...The owners made the mistake of selling the place to a jerk...
Then they tried to open a place in downtown San Jose which was a Bomb...
Maurice M

San Francisco, CA

#8 Oct 5, 2016
I realize it's been 4 years since anyone replied to this thread, but I only just now found it. Does anyone have any photos of the place as Andy Capp's? And does anyone remember when it stopped being Andy Capp's? Thanks!
Rascaldon

Lake Oswego, OR

#9 Jul 14, 2017
Vince P wrote:
I must disagree with Beth Schumann the manager of Rooster T Feather.Referring to Andy Capp's Tavern
"Just a dive bar,nothing special"
I worked at Andy Capp's for 5 years. It was a beer and wine bar,with free peanuts and sawdust on the floor.When it first open it was a place for people to gather play checkers,chess,darts,with tape music playing in the back ground. There never was a Purple-Glowing jukebox playing 45s.Over the years it turned in to a very popular place with live band playing 6 nites a week.The front room had the bar tables the back room had 2 pool table several pinballs.
When Bill Gaddis the owner meet Nolan the bar was doing a very well.In my opinion the bar help lanched Pong not the other way.
Just my 2 cents!!!!
Vince P
Vince P. How long did you keep your old vette? Clearly you were an institution before and after I worked there and "roomed with you and Paul.
vincep

Kirkland, WA

#10 Aug 6, 2017
Rascaldon wrote:
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Vince P. How long did you keep your old vette? Clearly you were an institution before and after I worked there and "roomed with you and Paul.
still have vet
Yosemite Sam

Bronx, NY

#11 Saturday Nov 11
Chris,
Sure do remember Andy Capp’s. It has special place in my heart during my time in the Navy.
My time there was pre-Silicon Valley. I was stationed at Moffett Field with VP-48, Patrol Squadron 48. We had just gotten back from a 6 month deployment to Vietnam during the war in 1970, I was 22 then. As senior enlisted a couple of us guys took an apartment in Sunnyvale on Hollenbeck.
Andy Capps was the place to go unwind. It was a really marvelous place. First time ever saw a pachinko machine. Two pool tables in the back. Dart boards and tournaments. We had turtle races whereby patrons would buy turtles and we would have races and winners would win beer. Other unusual events like this all the time. This was not a dive bar but a place where unwanted sailors could relax during a very troubled time in our country’s history. I was there in 1970 and 71 until my second deployment took me away. I had my Andy Capp Bar tee shirt for many years. Had the cartoon character with bar address. Great place, many events, good times and memories. Thanks for the trip back in time. St James Infirmary outside Moffett Field main gate was another hang out. Again pre-Silicon Valley
KenC

Los Angeles, CA

#12 Wednesday Nov 15
Damn does this bring back memories. My friend Gary and I used to go every Friday and Saturday night. Was my favorite place back in the early 70's. Turned many friends on to Andy Capp's. Won many free pitchers of beer playing pool in the back room.

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