We do – after all – call this feature The Night Crawler.
And there aren’t many places in Stockton to crawl the night away much better than at Chitiva’s Salsa and Sports in the Waterfront Warehouse.
Carlos and Elizabeth Chitiva long ago figured out the way to capture the souls of locals who love night life.
They have music – many kinds of it – but mostly Latin. And if you don’t know how to Salsa dance, that’s not a real issue. Chitiva’s has lessons. Or some patron in the bar will give you a quick primer.
Cumbia, salsa, bachata, banda and so more.
Chitiva’s also has a great indoor/outdoor ambience. There’s such a good “flow” to the bar-restaurant that it makes mingling and conversation – most likely with tequila in hand – very easy to do.
The long-time owners also mix things up to keep the joint lively. Hip-hop dancing. Colombian Independence Day recently. Plenty of sports action on big screens.
Check out a few recent online reviews:
“Great salsa bar. Good music, good drinks. It has a nice patio where you can lounge at. They also do salsa classes if you get there early enough.”
“Place gets packed on Fridays. Get there early.”
“I had the chance to experience Friday’s hip-hop, and Saturday was more for upscale dress. I had a greatest time there with great music and awesomeness drinks and everyone was so friendly, too. And a great look out over the port.”
If you can’t hang until the late hours on the weekends, check out Taco Tuesdays (4 to 8 p.m.), with beef, chicken and pork tacos for a buck each. On Sundays, happy hour is scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m.
One bit of warning: call ahead to see if they’re open to the public on weekend afternoons and some evenings. Chitiva’s has become a very popular spot for private events, especially during the summer.
There’s a varied food menu, a great variety of drinks and cerveza and dancing.
Yes, always dancing. Show your stuff – or get a lesson.
And you’ll come back.