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Valley nightlife

You can feel the music as it blasts out of the speakers.

Bump. Bump. Bump.

The dance floor of jumping, the bar is hopping and there’s a line of people outside waiting to get in and become a part of what it is that you’re enjoying on one of your two weekend nights.

Sounds like San Francisco doesn’t it? Definitely New York. But there are places in the Central Valley where you can get that same experience – and a host of others – without having to drive so much as five miles away from home.

Depending on where you live of course.

Some places have the standard jukebox. Others have the deejay. But dining, drinking and dancing are universal no matter where you’re at.

Here are two distinct places where you can either get down, or enjoy some quality pub time.

El Rancho Sports Longue

, Lodi – Yes, it seems like a bit of a drive. But if you’re tired of the same old grind and are looking for something fresh and new, this is a nightspot that can be one of the most popular in the 209 and routinely features a line of people to get inside. Music blares. Folks in their Saturday night best show up in droves. And a blue-collar section of a blue-collar town, it’s a guarantee that you’re going to fit in.


621 N. Cherokee Ave., Lodi, 209-368-9249.

Valley Brewing Co.

– A Stockton staple, this is the only place in town where you can grab a fresh-brewed pint of just about anything. Seasonal beers are a nice touch at certain times of the year, and the several constants are favorites by regulars that hold the spot in high esteem. The good is equally as good. And the best part? It’s not that expensive. The prices, for the quality of food and drink that you’re getting, are extremely reasonable, and the décor of the building will keep you entertained for the duration of your first visit. There’s something special about this place. Make sure you give it a shot.


157 W. Adams Street on the Miracle Mile, Stockton, 209-464-2739.