Try reliving the fabulous 50's, 60's and 70's. On Thursdays, the Fabulous Cruise Tones play the music of that era, live. On Fridays and Saturdays the staff get dressed up, do imitations of famous singers and dancers and do a choreographed dance routine.
The atmosphere gets wilder as they hand jive on the huge bar stretching the length of two walls. The DJ was dances on his stage doing "Full Monty" moves. He really got the ladies going - stuffing dollar bills into his pants. This is racy but not rude.
The bright lights and neon of those yester-years bring you back to a time that seemed less fraught, when the language didn't have "e-"everything.
Shboom has theme nights such as Hawaiian Luaus, Fiestas and sock hops - remember them? How about pajama parties (weather permitting). Wednesday is swing night.
This is a place for dancers, so don't expect to play wall flower - this crowd won't let you. If you're lucky, they might even play some country music and you'll see the Line Dancers strutting their stuff, doing the Electric Slide and the Stroll. Somehow, I found this intriguing and really wished they gave lessons - like they apparently used to.
Don't be embarrassed to leave at 10:30 - a lot of folks do, since most of the customers are over 30 or even 40 - so they have families to get back to and need their beauty sleep.
Shboom's has its own array of cocktails such as Lava Flow (it looks like it sounds, with strawberry puree, parrot bay rum, Pina colada mix and triple sec). There are spontaneous drinks specials offering items such as champagne cocktails and kamikaze's at half price.
A final word. Beware the Pleasanton police, who are always on the watch, especially around Hopyard and I-580.
There's a complimentary buffet from 6pm to 8pm, so get there early.
Wally Robertson, July 2000
Tel: +1 510 734 0666
Fax: +1 510 734 0891
Hours: Wed - Sun, 6pm - 2am.
Food: Complimentary buffet, 6-8pm.