Ventura is a nice little place that most people pass through on their way to Santa Barbara. Don’t pass it up! They have cheaper gas than both SB and LA, an interesting downtown and lots of fantastic hometown breweries.
One of my favorites is Surf Brewery. They have lots of fruit flavored beers, including their Strawberry that comes out in season this month. MadeWest is a great brewery with tasty IPAs and terrific wifi. There are a few man buns going on here, but it’s all good. Topa Topa is a nice place to stop when coming back from the beach. They are very family oriented if you need that sort of thing.
Locations: Surf – 4561 Market St A; MadeWest – 1744 Donlon St; Topa Topa – 104 E Thompson Blvd. They all have great food trucks but don’t mind if you bring snacks, dinner or an impromtu picnic.
An awesome gem in Downtown Ventura is Ventura Coast Brewing Company located at 76 S Oak St. It has a wide range of brews, with the new Kazbier and Neighborhood being my favorites. There is everything from light, hoppy, stout, anything for every taste. There is a nice patio which is dog friendly, a comfortable bar area and lots of large tables for groups if needed. VCBC have events from time to time that are fun and friendly.
I recommend coming up to Ventura to get a friendly taste of a town where less is expected of you than the bigger, splashier cities. (In a good way and price-wise, as well!)