The nightlife is alive and well in the 209 and the Ave on the Mile has the drinks and the entertainment flowing from Tuesday to Sunday in Stockton.
The team at the Ave on the Mile, Owner Kevin Hernandez, General Manager and Chef Jason Laurenti and Lead Bartender and Event Planner Janelle Laurenti continue to bring the classy big city fun vibes to midtown Stockton, as they have for the past 12 years.
They are all locals from the 209 and wanted to bring midtown Stockton something really special so Ave on the Mile was born. The swanky lounge is located in the center of the city on Pacific Avenue, also known as the Miracle Mile, which is what inspired the name, Ave on the Mile.
Although they have been friends for many years and Jason and Janelle are siblings, they all consider each other family and are passionate about the Ave.
They offer dinner, brunch, entertainment, and host special events like wedding receptions, birthday parties, and baby showers.
“We have been blessed with the community to have a lot of special events,” added Hernandez. “I think that has been one of the things that we have thrived in. We do really well and people come in and say this is a great space.”
The full bar offers a variety of beers, wines, cocktails, and specialty drinks to a wide demographic with an age range from 21 to 91. They have draft beer that they rotate out depending on the season that are from local breweries in the area.
They have Happy Hour every Wednesday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and dinner specials served Thursday through Saturday. Bottle service is available nightly, bringing that big city VIP vibe to the 209. Guests will be entertained with something different each night from the DJ spinning beats at Latin Nights, or Throwback Thursdays to live music on Fridays and themed karaoke on Wednesdays.
They have a new cocktail menu that includes the crowd favorites like the Tiffany, Old Fashioned, martinis and lots of shots. Janelle makes a special creation called the Ave 75 which is a twist on the French 75 made with Empress Gin, St. Germain, and fresh lemon juice that is topped off with a sparkling wine. This pretty cocktail is perfect for summer as it is light, tasty and very refreshing. The Tiffany is a favorite among the ladies and is Tiffany blue in color and has Malibu passion, pineapple juice, blue curacao that is shaken and topped with whipped cream.
During their Sunday brunch guests can get a tasty bite and wash it down with bartender Stacy Vallar’s signature Bloody Mary that is a specialty made from scratch beverage and is a guest favorite and top seller.
“We try to keep it fun,” remarked Janelle. “We try to keep it classy and a little of everything. We want people to enjoy their experience here. As long as we see cocktails in people’s hands, we are happy.”