The Cactus Club was a nightclub in the South of First Area (SoFA) of Downtown San Jose, California. The concept of The Cactus Club was created by Sean Galvin and Mike Trippett. It was Producer/Promoter Ric Hines who made the opening of the Cactus Club possible with his business experience and professional network. Hines recruited partner Bob Cullen who's nickname "Cactus Bob" was used to name the club. The Cactus Club opened in 1988 and remained open until 2002.
Emphasising music, the club featured many local and national touring acts as well as themed dance nights.
Among the Bay Area bands that got some of their start from playing the Cactus Club are Smash Mouth, The Donnas, Papa Roach, Insolence, and The Odd Numbers. The Cactus is often noted as being one of the first clubs in the Bay Area to bring an end to pay-to-play.
The Cactus had a great many problems with the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board and other agencies for their 18+ policy.