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5 Best Places to Grab a Drink in Downtown Stockton, California

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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.

Taps Bar N Grill

Stockton's first "pour-your-own-beer" bar is located in Downtown, nestled next to the Regal Movie Cineplex. Choose a variety of beers on tap throughout the bar and pay by the ounce. Complete with flat screen televisions for the sports fan and an outdoor patio. Taps Bar N Grill also offers bartenders onsite, who will serve cocktails, shots, and of course, food! 222 N El Dorado St, Stockton, CA 95202, (209) 948-4005


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BellaVista Cucina Italiana

BellaVista, in the historic Hotel Stockton building, recently opened in downtown. The restaurant serves an outstanding selection of Italian wine, as well as wine from around the region. At the bar, you'll find a seasonal cocktail menu and a few beers on tap. Pro-tip: Take your libation to the outdoor rooftop terrace, which offers an exceptional picturesque view of the waterfront! 110 N El Dorado St, Stockton, CA 95202, (209) 949-2104



Cast Iron Trading Company

Cast Iron offers a rotating craft beer selection and wine, as well live music on Friday and Saturday evenings. Featuring local Stockton 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, pub-inspired dishes includes braised pulled pork sliders, mini grilled-four-cheese sliders, and tacos, among others. 114 N San Joaquin St Stockton, CA 95202, (209) 227-8585


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Channel Brewing Company

In a growing craft beer community, it’s important for there to be a place that focuses on the passion of a good, cold beer. Channel Brewing is located inside the 1916 Belding Building, and is yet another recent opening to the downtown community. Hoppy, pale, blonde, however you like your beer, Channel has it. While you won't find a full food menu here, they do have some bar snacks and encourage outside food in their taproom. Dedicated to community, Channel often features local musicians and bands on the weekends. 110 N San Joaquin St, Stockton, CA 95202, (209) 981-0230


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Deliberation Room

For a more “hidden” hangout experience, check out the Deliberation Room. Walking into this bar feels like you are stepping into the bygone era of the 20s! The entrance is so unassuming, you would expect to give a password in order to be allowed in. With a great selection of bourbon and whiskeys, live music on the weekends, and weekly comedy shows during the summer, you know this is the place to be! It’s the perfect hideaway. You’ll also find delicious made-to-order tacos, flatbreads, and paninis — open for lunch and dinner! 19 N California St, Stockton, CA 95202, (209) 910-9477


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A few more for good measure (non-alcoholic) :

Red's 13 South

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! Open Monday - Friday. 13 S San Joaquin St, Stockton, CA 95202, (209) 751-9000



This juice bar, situated in Janet Leigh Plaza next to Regal Movie Cineplex, offers a variety of good-for-you smoothies and juices using fresh fruits, vegetables, and natural ingredients. Open seven days a week.  222 N El Dorado St Ste B2, Stockton, CA 95202, (209) 242-0203


Trail Coffee Roasters

This coffee bar and roastery,  tucked into a small alley off Miner Avenue, is a little oasis in the middle of Downtown Stockton. If you haven’t tried a hot cup of their fresh, hand-poured coffee — you’re missin’ out! Open Monday - Friday. 224 E Miner Ave, Stockton, CA 95202, (209) 603-8292


Need more recommendations throughout Stockton? You can text us 7 days a week, 8am to 8pm at (877) 778-6258 and you'll receive a live response from a member of our team.


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