Welcome to Rookies Fan Page


January 2018

Our Gridiron Constitution

We the people of Rookies Spots Lodge, in order to create a most excellent football viewing experience, insure delicious food, provide cold beers and cocktails, promote crowd cheering, and secure the blessings of many TV networks, do ordain and will show every college and professional pre-season, regular season, conference, seasonal bowl, Wild Card, Playoff and Championship game…..because we love Football!

rookies Golf Tourney

October 2017

Bellarmine Alumni Golf Class

We love supporting our community and our guests as much as we can. This year we sponsored a hole at the Bellarmine Alumni Golf Classic and besides it being a successful fundraising event, we all had a blast. Fore!

August 2017

OpenTable Diners’ Choice Award

Rookies has been selected by OpenTable diners’ as one of the best. The OpenTable Diners’ Choice Award winners are selected according to real feedback from diners like you who booked through OpenTable. Ever since we opened our doors, the community has shown us so much love and support. Getting cool awards like this is humbling and makes us work harder knowing our guests love what we do. Cheers!

July 2017

Santa Cruz Royals Baseball

We love our communities and get lots of enjoyment out of participating with and sponsoring the Santa Cruz Baseball Club. The Santa Cruz Royals are an amateur adult wood-bat baseball team founded in 2015, playing in the San Jose Mens Senior Baseball League Dunn Division…and they love visiting us after games. Go Royals!

May 31, 2017

SanJose.com & Metro Newspaper

Headliner in SanJose.com’s Nightlife section and found in the May 31, 2017 issue of Metro Newspaper, we’ve been featured again for something cool. The idea that we had 1-of-2 Lagunitas Firkin Kegs of the ever so tasty 12th of Never (that we tapped on June 1st for the first game of the NBA Finals with Warriors and Cavs) was good enough for the newspaper that Voted us Best Sports Bar in Silicon Valley to write about.


May 30, 2017

Mercury News Cocktail Chronicles

When Sal Pizarro enters the building, be ready for some solid reporting on cocktails and the boozy things. In his most recent article about us, Sal breakdown our Cocktail Menu, describes our ambiance and makes his suggestions to Mercury News readers.

May 15, 2017

Best Things California

We were voted as one of the Best Sports Bars in all of California. Sitting at #8 in the entire Golden State, the folks at BestThingsCa.com gave us a nice mention. Cheers!


April 12 2017

San Jose Sharks Viewing Party

When the Sharks call you and ask you to be the Official Location for the first game of the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, you say yes. We had a blast and the San Jose Sharks fans were loving it too.

March 25, 2017

Review: Soccer Game Viewing Party

“Ricky did a great job coordinating with me before the event. He even had the big table moved out of the Luxury Box to better accommodate the large crowd I had (18 people). We had specifically asked to watch a soccer match on FS1 so they had to use the direct stream to the big TV in that room. They had tested it out earlier in the day to make sure it worked which showed excellent preparation. For the actual party, he had the feed going about 1/2 an hour before the match which gave us time to watch some pre-game, the national anthem, etc.. Claudia and her trainee, Sophia did a great job serving the party.  I will definitely recommend friends have their events here. Thanks for everything!”


March 24, 2017

Review: Fehr and Peers Happy Hour

“We appreciated being able to reserve a section for our group, even with the craziness of the NCAA tournament. Our server took great care of us and it really was beneficial to have her designated to our area. Thank you.”

March 22, 2017

Review: Great Birthday Party

“It was a great experience! There are a few things I wanted to mention: 1. The happy hour was great! Great prices. 2. People enjoyed the appetizers we ordered! 3. Great drink selection. 4. The staff and service was very kind.5. We really appreciate getting to use the back patio at no cost and with no minimums! 6. Ricky was very accommodating and gracious with changes we had with timing. I look forward to having future events here!”


March 21, 2017

KTVU Channel 2 News March Madness

All NCAA events at the SAP Center in Downtown San Jose are non-alcoholic and KTVU Channel 2 News stopped by to see how business was doing. We had some cool folks from out of town visiting and lots of locals enjoying the March Madness games with us. It was a blast!

March 20, 2017

Review: The Table of St. Joseph La Tavola di San Giuseppe

“Amazing collaboration with the rest of the downtown restaurants in celebration of our city’s name: Saint Joseph/San Jose Together we fed 400 people from the homeless, business, and faith community. A statement in solidarity!”

Rookies Sports Lodge

March 15 2017

Metro Newspaper

Voted Best Sports Bar in Silicon Valley – We’re honored to receive this award and we couldn’t have done it without our awesome customers. From everyone here at Rookies, we thank you for making us The Best in Silicon Valley again.

Feb 2017

Reviews – Private Events in Downtown

“SJSU Wine Tasting – Service was great, very friendly!”


“Cencal Volleyball Meetup – Atmosphere was great! Our large party appreciated Ricky’s effort”.

Rookies Sports Bar

Jan 31, 2017

Review: Mayor Sam Liccardo’s Office

“The server was great – she was involved just the right amount. And the food was great, too. We loved it!” (Jim Reed, Chief of Staff to Mayor Sam Liccardo)

Jan 26, 2017

Review: The VMC Foundation

“AMAZING reception party on all counts! The VMC Foundation thanks you for hosting this celebration. We hope to be back very soon! Gather is awesome. Your staff are rock stars!”


Dec 29. 2016

SanJose.com Article

Rookies: A Big New Player in the Downtown Sports Bar Scene by Josh Koehn: “As far as Silicon Valley sports bars go, one would be hard pressed to find more pixels per square foot than the new Rookies

Dec 11, 2016

Mercury News Article

On the burger menu is one rarely seen in these parts: the Juicy Lucy, a south Minneapolis creation. It’s a big burger with a core of melted cheese instead of cheese melted on top.

Downtown Rookies
Grand Opening

Dec. 10, 2016

Rookies Downtown San Jose Grand Opening

The grand opening of our second location in Downtown San Jose was a remarkable event. With fun events like hourly raffle prizes, guest appearances by city officials and the San Jose Downtown Association and a ribbon cutting with Mayor Sam Liccardo, it was a blast and we’re super happy to be Downtown San Jose.

SanJose.com & Metro Bar Guide

Jan 19, 2016

Willow Glen’s Rookies Sports Lodge is a cut above your average sports bar. By Sal Pizarro: “This is a true neighborhood hangout….Rookies opened in February 2010….in what used to be a Straw Hat Pizza in the Carriage Square shopping center on Meridian Avenue.

Rookies in the news

March 2015

Metro Newspaper Award

Voted third place Best Sports Bar in Silicon Valley. This year the Metro had segmented Silicon Valley’s regions and we came in 3rd overall Best Sports Bar in the entire Silicon Valley. Very cool!

August 30, 2011

Mercury News Review

Willow Glen’s Rookies Sports Lodge is a cut above your average sports bar. By Sal Pizarro: “This is a true neighborhood hangout….Rookies opened in February 2010….in what used to be a Straw Hat Pizza in the Carriage Square shopping center on Meridian Avenue.