3 New Spots to Visit in Ventura, California

Colton CagleFebruary 5, 2024
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Strange Beast | Photo courtesy Visit Ventura
Strange Beast | Photo courtesy Visit Ventura

Pack your sunglasses for the sun-soaked playground of Ventura, which is teeming with surf-ready waves, taco trucks on every corner and a laid-back atmosphere that’ll make any visitor feel like an instant local. Three new spots to check out:

Strange Beast
Nestled within downtown Ventura’s historic Bank of Italy building, this “contemporary cocktail izakaya” features Japanese cocktails and tapas, such as an Okinawan daiquiri, kaiju burger and a pork katsu sando. Drop by for late-night happy hours and Wednesdays filled with karaoke fun, or indulge in ever-changing ramen specials on Sundays.

Buddy’s Wine
Alexis Wade wanted to highlight the people and products of the “low-intervention” winemaking community through her neighborhood wine bar and shop. Buddy’s is a place to learn more about the bottle of natural vino you are drinking or just unwind and enjoy the ambiance and roster of monthly events.

Electric Boat Rental
Visitors can experience the scenic Portside Ventura Harbor through activities including fishing, paddleboarding, kayaking and, now, cruising on electric boats. Renting an electric boat offers opportunities to enjoy a romantic sunset, leisurely explore the harbor, or join an adventurous scavenger hunt to uncover the harbor’s most enchanting locations. ventura.visionelectricboatsrental.com