Jazz N Taps Dance Studio — Best Dance School
A Readers' Choice Award winner for years, Jazz N Taps Dance Studio brings joy to both dancers and their audiences. This studio plays host to over 300 students learning tap, jazz, ballet, modern, hip-hop, acrobatics and musical theater at various levels.
Beer Baron — Best Happy Hour
Beer Baron wins Best Happy Hour for the second straight year. The bar in downtown Pleasanton is open every day of the week, serving up craft beer, filling meals and live music. People come to this establishment not only to enjoy the drinks, but also to be in good company.
Pleasanton Ridge — Best Kept Secret/Treasure of Pleasanton
Our readers' pick for Best Kept Secret/Treasure of Pleasanton, Pleasanton Ridge will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2020, with five straight Readers' Choice Awards under its belt. Pleasanton Ridge also won the category for Best Place to Take Your Dog this year.
Wente Vineyards — Best Local Winery
The oldest continuously operated family-owned winery in the country, Wente Vineyards returns to Readers' Choice again in 2019. The winery uses a combination of old and new techniques to produce fine wines. The location in Livermore features dining, concerts, and golf, in addition to wine tasting.
Sunshine Saloon — Best Place for a Late Night Out
Sunshine Saloon, or the "Shine," won the Best Place for a Late Night Out and the Best Sports Bar Readers' Choice categories this year. The third-generation establishment offers a variety of entertainment, from karaoke, darts and pool tables to 15 video screens for watching sports year-round.
Concerts in the Park — Best Place for Live Music
A back-to-back winner in this category, Concerts in the Park is a popular series organized by the Pleasanton Downtown Association for locals to spend their Friday evenings. The music played encompasses a wide range of tastes, including classic rock, big band, blues and much more.
Main Street — Best Place to People Watch
For the second year straight, Main Street is honored with the Readers' Choice award for Best Place to People Watch. The historic buildings combined with the clean parks and bustling restaurants make for a unique, busy scene. Downtown Pleasanton is the place to be whether you are looking to shop, eat or just hang out and people watch.
Pleasanton Ridge — Best Place to Take Your Dog
Back-to-back winner of this category, Pleasanton Ridge is a prime location for hikers, equestrians, bicyclists and dogs to explore ridge-top views and deep-canyon streams, with its multi-purpose system of dirt trails. The parkland consists of 5,271 acres — plenty of space for you and your dog to roam freely.
Alameda County Fair — Best Public Event
The annual Alameda County Fair is always a greatly anticipated summer event filled with concerts, carnival games, and eating contests. With unique activities ranging from the cattle drive to art exhibits, the family-friendly fair appeals to people of all ages and backgrounds. Check it out this year through July 7.
Sunshine Saloon — Best Sports Bar
Winning the category for Best Sports Bar once again this year, Sunshine Saloon is our readers' go-to place to enjoy televised sporting events with friends. A supportive community that encourages friendly competition, Sunshine Saloon provides free wireless internet and serves breakfast all day long for sports fanatics.