EDITOR’S PICK BEST PLACE FOR A GHOST STORY > THE BANTA INN
22563 S. 7th St., Tracy (209) 835-1311, www.bantainn.com
This historic saloon began as a stagecoach stop in the late 1800s. Now, more than two centuries later, it still stands as a great place to grab a drink at the bar or enjoy a hearty home-cooked meal. Filled with antique décor and photographs, this fun local “haunt” will make you feel like you’re in another era. It’s also notorious for being home to their friendly resident ghost, once the former owner of the Banta. Employees and regulars will gladly share their paranormal tales with those who stop in for a drink.
VALLEY BREWING CO.
157 W. Adams St., Stockton, (209) 464-2739 www.valleybrew.com
Beer lovers of San Joaquin have found a home at the Valley Brewing Co. in Stockton, where local brews flow on tap year-round. All their beers are brewed in-house and cover a wide variety of flavors including wheat, stout, Indian red, and IPA. During the summer, watch for blueberry or apricot specialty beers which come and go. No matter your taste, Valley Brewing Co. has a selection to quench any beer drinker’s thirst.
CUTEST DOG WITH YOUR WINE
HARNEY LANE WINERY
9010 E. Harney Lane, Lodi, (209) 365-1900 www.harneylane.com
We first discovered at Lodi’s Wine and Chocolate weekend how much fun it is spending time at Harney Lane. In addition to great wines, the winery offered up some of the best food of the weekend: chocolate barbecue sauce and sausages fresh off the grill. How are we so sure they were grilled on-the-spot? Because the cook was standing by the barbecue all afternoon on the winery’s cobblestone patio, making fresh batches right next to our teak wood table. And his canine
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companion, adorable yellow lab Ranger, was watching his every move with those sausages—that is, between coming over to get some love from visitors, of course.
COCKTAILS, HAPPY HOUR, MARTINI
AVE ON THE MILE
2333 Paciﬁc Ave., Stockton, (209) 462-5283 www.aveonthemile.com
Here in San Joaquin, Ave on the Mile ushered in a new genre when it opened a little over a year ago. Not all bar, not all eatery, but somewhere in the middle—a lounge-type space where locals meet up for drinks, snacks, nightlife, and ambiance all in one place. House specialties are the Ave cocktail with fresh-squeezed citrus juices and tangerine vodka, or the Q-tini, a cucumber martini with cucumber-infused vodka and fresh melon juice. Ave is also known for their bottomless mimosa Sundays, create your own Bloody Marys—spicy, choose your own garnish, salt or no salt— and Wine Down Wednesdays featuring different wineries and live music.
Castillo is a tequila connoisseur, offering top-notch, 100 percent agave tequilas both for sipping on their own, and enjoying in his famous margaritas. This signature drink has only three ingredients: fresh squeezed lime, quality tequila, and agave nectar. Depending on the variety, Revolución will also add in fresh muddled fruits to taste. On our visit, we loved the Mamacita with blanco tequila, agave nectar, and muddled blackberries. Most importantly, these margs are fresh, tasty, and natural.
296 Lincoln Center, Stockton, (209) 955-0100 www.rev1910.com
At Revolución 1910, owner Javier del
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