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Stockton Bars to Check Out This Weekend

Stockton, CA, is the 11th largest city in California and one of the most underrated cities. Stockton started booming during the Gold Rush, which is now known for its music, theater, and festivals.

champagne drinks toast at  bars in Stockton California

I love trying all the bars in this underrated city, and I certainly have my favorites. No matter what kind of fun drinks or vibe you want, you will find a great bar in Stockton with all the options I have for you.

Below is my list of the best bars in Stockton, California!

Finnegan’s Irish Pub & Restaurant

6002 Pacific Ave, Stockton, CA 95207
Phone: (209) 951-4782
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One of the most fun places to get a drink in Stockton is Finnegan’s Irish Pub & Restaurant. The bar is right by the Sherwood Mall Shopping Center and San Joaquin Delta College.

It has all the classic pub foods and drinks. There are also plenty of TVs for sports and pool tables.

Fat City Brew & BBQ

1740 Pacific Ave, Stockton, CA 95204
Phone: (209) 323-4920
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I love craft beer, and Fat City Brew is one of the best bars to go to if you do too. The bar is between downtown and the University of the Pacific.

Besides the huge variety of craft beer, they also serve amazing BBQs like St. Louis ribs and pulled pork, so come hungry.

Captain’s Anchor

9305 Thornton Rd a, Stockton, CA 95209
Phone: (209) 478-6358
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Captain’s Anchor is in Thornton Plaza in northern Stockton. It opened in 1984 and has one of the most friendly, cheery vibes of all the bars in the city.

I love the drink specials, which vary every day, and they are a good way to change your drink order. Get to know the bartenders here… I love them all!

Market Tavern

236 Lincoln Center, Stockton, CA 95207
Phone: (209) 932-8001
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Market Tavern is in Lincoln Village, north of downtown Stockton. I love Market Tavern because they have weekend brunch and an awesome dessert menu.

If the weather is nice, grab a drink out on their patio. They have a large variety of wines, beer, and cocktails.

Misaki Sushi & Bar

222 N El Dorado St M, Stockton, CA 95202
Phone: (209) 547-1288
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One of the fun places to go out in Stockton for delicious food and drinks is the Misaki Sushi & Bar. Misaki is in the heart of downtown, and they are a full-service restaurant.

The food and drinks here are unbeatable, but even better is their happy hour. They have drink and food specials on weekdays from 4 to 6 PM.


2324 Grand Canal Blvd #4, Stockton, CA 95207
Phone: (209) 478-6290
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Basil’s is another restaurant with really good drinks. They have a variety of draft beer and your classic pub food. You will find Basil’s just northwest of downtown Stockton.

Chili’s Grill & Bar

5756 Pacific Ave Ste 95, Stockton, CA 95207
Phone: (209) 474-9004
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Another one of the best bars in Stockton, California, is Chili’s Grill & Bar, which is underrated! It is right by the Weberstown Mall, and they have unbeatable drink specials.

If you want to drink for cheap, come to Chili’s. They have ongoing drink specials and happy hours every day of the week. They also have a large food menu.

Port City Sports Bar & Grill

222 N El Dorado St, Stockton, CA 95202
Phone: (209) 948-4005
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Port City Sports Bar & Grill is one of my favorite places to go out to catch a sporting event. The bar is right by the Weber Point Events Center in downtown Stockton.

They have a great pizza menu which goes perfectly with a cold beer. They also have a lot of good appetizers if you want something to munch on while you drink.


1002 Waterloo Rd, Stockton, CA 95205
Phone: (209) 851-8040
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Gordo’s is a crazy, fun nightclub in the northeastern part of downtown, and I love to come here on the weekends.

There are many things to do here, including dart boards, pool tables, and great music. And, the staff is super friendly and can help you choose a drink if you need help.

Cast Iron Trading Co.

114 N San Joaquin St, Stockton, CA 95202
Phone: (209) 227-8585
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Cast Iron Trading Co. is one of my favorite bars in downtown Stockton, not just because of their drinks. They serve great food, including burgers, tacos, and breakfast.

They have a good variety of craft beer which I love, and coffee if you need a boost.

CAPs Pizza and Tap House

7628 Pacific Ave, Stockton, CA 95207
Phone: (209) 594-0749
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CAPs Pizza and Tap House is in Lincoln Village in the Hammer Ranch Center. Let’s be honest, there’s not much that beats a cold beer and pizza, and here is the perfect place to get just that.

They also have a lot of other foods and desserts to enjoy after a few drinks.

Taps Barrel House

1924 Pacific Ave, Stockton, CA 95204
Phone: (209) 466-3683
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Taps Barrel House is just north of downtown near Fat City Brew & BBQ. Taps is another place I highly recommend for craft beer, as they have 28 taps with local beers.

They rotate their beer regularly, so there is always something new to try. There are also sandwiches and other food here.

The Black Rabbit

2353 Pacific Ave Suite B, Stockton, CA 95204
Phone: (209) 323-5141
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Last but certainly not least is the Black Rabbit which is my go-to for where to get a drink if I want a delicious cocktail.

Check out their happy hour for drink specials like discounted cocktails, draft beer, and wine. I highly recommend the Lady in Red which is a tequila cocktail.

Final Thoughts

The bars I have listed above are some of the best bars in Stockton, California, and I cannot recommend them enough.

No matter what kind of night or drink you want, you are guaranteed to find something. And many of them also serve delicious food that pairs well with the drinks.

Best Bars in Stockton

  1. Finnegan’s Irish Pub & Restaurant
  2. Fat City Brew & BBQ
  3. Captain’s Anchor
  4. Market Tavern
  5. Misaki Sushi & Bar
  6. Basil’s
  7. Chili’s Grill & Bar
  8. Port City Sports Bar & Grill
  9. Gordo’s
  10. Cast Iron Trading Co.
  11. CAPs Pizza and Tap House
  12. Taps Barrel House
  13. The Black Rabbit
Please drink responsibly, be fully accountable with your alcohol consumption, and show others respect.

Written by Rocco

Rocco is a Florida State University alumnus with years of bartending and hospitality experience. From slinging hundreds of vodka sodas a night in jam-packed college bars to serving carefully crafted cocktails in upscale restaurants, there’s not much he hasn’t done behind a bar. Now, Rocco shares his knowledge and passion for all things alcohol-related here on My Bartender for bibulous readers everywhere to enjoy.

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