Best of Nightlife
107 MCHENRY AVE., MODESTO
(209) 524-4621 | minniesmodesto.com
When it comes to drinks, eats, atmosphere and good times, Minnie’s has it all. Established in 1954, Minnie’s has served Modesto and Central Valley customers for nearly four generations. Not only does the longtime McHenry Ave. hangout feature delightfully retro kitsch décor, exotic tropical drinks and tasty Cantonese and Mandarin cuisine, it’s also got a private party room and a great outdoor patio that’s perfect for weddings, reunions, birthdays and holiday parties. Minnie’s often has live music and there’s an open mic night on the patio every Thursday. Try the potstickers for an appetizer and don’t leave without ordering the legendary jerk—a fruity, blended cocktail that features an unexpected kick (a shot of rum floated on top and in the straw!)
BEST HAPPY HOUR:
431 12TH ST., MODESTO
(209) 550-5555 | surlasrestaurant.com
If you haven’t been to Surla’s for happy hour yet, you should put it on your bucket list right now. With delicious deals on cocktails and a tasty appetizer menu from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, you can’t go wrong! Executive chef/owner John Surla followed his dream to open the 12th St. restaurant in 2009, and he’s been pleasing Modesto foodies ever since with his unique Asian/fusion cuisine. There’s also a great wine list and an interesting selection of specialty cocktails. Make sure you try the most popular appetizer— lumpia, a delicious blend of grilled chicken, shitake mushrooms and pepper jack cheese folded into a wrapper and deep fried, then drizzled with sweet chili sauce and sprinkled with scallions. Simply amazing.
BEST PLACE TO MEET FRIENDS AFTER 10 PM:
TRESETTI’S WORLD CAFFE
927 11TH ST., MODESTO
(209) 572-2990 | tresetti.com
In the mood for an upscale drink and bite to eat after 10 p.m.? Treat your friends to a snack at Tresetti’s on 11th Street. A Modesto institution since 1994, Tresetti’s is sure to impress with its modern, trendy vibe; full service bar (open until 2 a.m.); extensive selection of local and hard-to-find wines, boutique wines and wines from around the world; and late night menu (available from 10 p.m. to midnight). And if you’re part of the downtown crowd enjoying some of the best entertainment the city has to offer, you won’t need to travel far; Tresetti’s is located in the heart of Modesto and within walking distance to cultural events, theater and entertainment venues and live music. See you there!