Here’s our guide to the best places to stop for a drink in Downtown Stockton.
If you’ve been paying attention to the bar scene in the heart of Downtown Stockton, you’ve probably noticed how much it’s been growing. If you’re looking for a spot to meet a blind date, or just need a new watering hole, here’s a list of downtown bars to check out. This impressive selection of delicious beers, signature cocktails, and wines from around the globe may give you even more reason to say “it’s 5 o’clock somewhere” here in Stockton.
Cast Iron Trading Company offers a rotating craft beer selection and wine, as well as live music on Friday and Saturday evenings. Featuring local beers, nearby regional favorites, and other selections from around the state, Cast Iron has a lager, ale, stout, or cider for every taste. If you’re hungry, they have a great mix of pub-inspired dishes that have included braised pulled pork sliders, mini grilled-four-cheese sliders, and tacos, among others. Follow their Instagram to get the latest on their special menus and upcoming live acts.
114 N San Joaquin St.; (209) 227-8585.
The Downtowner has some great pairings of grilled cuisine and thirst-quenching libations. Enjoy a glass (or two) as you finish off some wings or a Caprese grilled cheese. Plus, with their organic greens and free-range, grass-fed meat options, you know you're getting some quality food in your system - along with their wide selection of brews.
40 N Sutter St.; (209) 910-9714.
Always hoppin' on the weekends, Misaki Sushi & Bar is a great spot for beers, cocktails, and sake bombs. Plus, you can pair your drinks of choice with some appetizers like spicy garlic edamame and Hos Bee Wings. Then, you can move down the menu and order fresh, delicious sushi. There is literally no going wrong with a stop at Misaki.
222 N. El Dorado St.; (209) 547-1288.
This bar is found in Downtown Stockton, nestled in between the Regal Movie Cineplex and Moo Moo’s Burger Barn. Choose a variety of beers from Port City Sports Bar & Grill throughout the bar. This spot is complete with flat-screen televisions for sports fans and an outdoor patio. With Port City bartenders serving up cocktails, shots, and plenty of tasty food, you're bound to have an outstanding time!
222 N El Dorado St.; (209) 948-4005.
Whether it's the B Street location or on the Historic Waterfront Warehouse, Nena's Mexican Restaurant has got you covered for both drinks and food. They have a fantastic lineup of brews, margaritas, and micheladas that look like fine works of art. You'll almost feel bad for consuming them... almost. If you find yourself with an appetite, add one of their delicious dinner plates to your drink. We promise you won't regret it - unless you eat way too much.
445 W. Weber Avenue #120; (209) 547-0217.
2208 B. Street; (209) 943-0505.
Residing in the heart of Downtown Stockton is FED, the perfect spot for food, entertainment, and drinks. While they serve up some great food for lunch, dinner, and some Saturday brunches, this is definitely a prime spot for a well-crafted cocktail after work. Some of their specialty drinks include the Smoke Show Old Fashioned, The Defendant, Black Lemon Drop, and the FED Margarita. Stop in for a spill and see for yourself.
116 N. Hunter St; (209) 227-0125.
A few more for good measure (non-alcoholic) :
Red’s 13 South is known for their organic and fair trade coffee beans, this hole in the wall (almost literally) offers a quaint and cozy atmosphere. Feeling adventurous? Try the Mexican Mocha!
13 S San Joaquin St.; (209) 751-9000
Plaza Perks serves up steaming hot coffee using quality coffee beans supplied by Cat & Cloud out of Santa Cruz. Just a block away from the San Joaquin County Superior Court, you can enjoy a quick muffin for breakfast or a delicious sandwich for lunch along with your coffee.
306 E Main Street.
Trail Coffee Roasters, tucked on California and Main Street, is a little oasis in the middle of Downtown Stockton. If you haven’t tried a fresh cold brew or hand-poured coffee — you’re missin’ out!
501 E Main Street.; (209) 603-8292.
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