Nestled on River Boulevard is Amestoy’s, also known as the local watering hole in Bakersfield. This charming dive is cash-only and a gathering spot for the whole community. Advertised as ‘always open and always cheap,’ Amestoy’s is known for its stiff drinks and friendly service that instantly makes you feel at home. Let the knowledgeable bartenders help you choose a drink out of the wide variety of beer and cocktail selections. A bonus about Amestoy’s, during NFL season, breakfast is free.
Buck Owen’s Crystal Palace is appropriately named after Buck Owens, the legendary Country Music Hall of Fame musician who called Bakersfield his home until his death in 2006. In addition to being a bar, the establishment is also used as a country music venue, a Buck Owens museum, a nightclub and restaurant. Buck’s is a special venue that can only be found in Bakersfield. Come here for a lively and genuine country atmosphere that won’t be found anywhere else.
Down in the southern area of Bakersfield is Camino Real Kitchen & Tequila, dubbed as ‘Mexican inspired with California love.’ Since its formation in 2008, Camino has stayed true to its roots with its menu of classic and constantly evolving Mexican dishes and cocktails. If you’re looking for some tasty drinks, Camino’s is the place to go. Come here for the house margaritas (available in many flavors) and the red or white sangria.
Nestled downtown on 19th Street is Riley’s Tavern, a true hole in the wall that’s been a second to home to many of the locals in Bakersfield for quite some time. Known for their friendly bar service and vibrant atmosphere, Riley’s is a great place to stay for a night of affordable fun. Riley’s rounds up the stream of lovable dive bars in the area, it’s truly not about appearances here, everyone is welcome. Come here for ‘dollar beer night’ on Thursdays and for the late night crowd who will be sure to make your night in Bakersfield exciting.