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10 Best Summer Cocktails in Conejo Valley

Posted on May 19, 2023 by Christina Wicker

Visiting Conejo Valley this summer? Find the best of summer sips from martinis to margaritas in Thousand Oaks and Agoura Hills.

Conejo Valley is home to a variety of options for you to let loose with a libation or two. Make your summer vacation with the perfect beverage – read on for the top 10 best summer cocktails in Conejo Valley.

Best Summer Cocktails in Conejo Valley

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1.) CORK DORK, Thousand Oaks

Cork Dork is definitely a spot where they embrace their silliness – as evidenced with a list of cocktails with names like I Got This in a Shopping Center; Oops, We’re Not Tuscany; and We Don’t Have an Espresso Machine Martini.

Our Pick: We’d suggest the Everyone is Named Dan, which combines Reposado (tequila), orange curacao, lemon and bitters topped with coconut ube egg white whip for a refreshing summer drink that you can enjoy on Cork Dork’s outdoor area.

Best Summer Cocktails in Conejo Valley

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2) THE CLIFFDIVER, Thousand Oaks

There may be no sand on this beach, but there’s plenty of sips. Nothing says summer better than a trip to the laid back, tropical ambiance of The Cliffdiver. Embrace the eclectic take on Pacific Mexican cuisine by loading up on Queso and Taquitos de Papa during Happy Hour. Sit down with a friend and soak up the SoCal sun with an ice old margarita on the patio. Pat yourself on the back – you’ve reached peak summer.

Our Pick: Dive into the tropical oasis of a vividly colored Magnum margarita. Make it spicy – if you dare.

Best Summer Cocktails in Conejo Valley


A family-owned restaurant, Plata Taqueria & Cantina serves up nontraditional, uniquely inspired Mexican dishes made from scratch. Beverage choices are plentiful and delicious. If you’re lucky, you’ll be seated outside amongst all the greenery.

Our Pick: The Cucumber Jalapeño Margarita, made of Real Del Valle tequila, fresh muddled cucumber and jalapeño and fresh-squeezed citrus.

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Burgers. Robata. Bar. Need we say more? Tavern Tomoko & Ladyface Brewery boasts an award-winning brewery and restaurant – and if that wasn’t enough, its location at the base of Ladyface Mountain provides some unrivaled views from its breezy outdoor patio. A diverse menu of flavors from tantalizing tapas to fluffy Bao buns along with its history as one of LA County’s original revival craft breweries make this joint an Agoura Hills staple.

Our Pick: Stop and smell the roses with the delightfully blush Pink Blossom. A touch of Raspberry purée gives this self-proclaimed “Lemon Drop Martini with a twist” a sprinkle of summer sass.

Best Summer Cocktails in Conejo Valley

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Celebrate your special occasion – whether that’s a birthday, an anniversary, or simply surviving the close of another work week – at Paul Martin’s American Grill at the Promenade at Westlake. Treat yourself to elevated American fare, craft beer and an array of artisanal cocktails moments from some of the best shopping in Conejo Valley.

Our Pick: We love a classic. Treat yourself to the perfect blend of sweet and tart with a sophisticated, traditional mojito.

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6) PHIL’S, Thousand Oaks

Attentive servers and a spacious atmosphere are just two of the highlights of Phil’s in Thousand Oaks. Enjoy a hearty meal and a tasty beverage inside the well-lit interior or outside on the patio. Their steak, chicken, seafood and salad options all make for a great meal.

Our Pick: The Cozy Rozy Pozy, a tasty cocktail with Bulliet rye, hot water, fresh lemon, rosemary, mint, a cinnamon stick and flamed orange zest.

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7) BASTA, Agoura Hills

Authentic Italian food is always a treat, especially when it’s all made in-house. BASTA is a masterclass in fresh cooking, with delicious appetizers and entrees perfect for entertaining the family or a first date. Pair your pizza or pasta filled Italian feast with an Agoura Hills summer cocktail. Outdoor patio seating is a delight on mild summer nights.

Our Pick: The Fiore, Frutta & Citta, featuring vodka, elderflower, lavender essence and fresh citrus.

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8) OAK & IRON, Thousand Oaks

Local ingredients and high-quality spirits result in tasty summer drinks at Oak & Iron, the craft cocktail bar in downtown Thousand Oaks. Cocktails such as Strawberry Fields and Lavender Rigby sound like they were picked from a Beatles album. Try to get an outdoor table, especially for sunset.

Our Pick: The Tropical Samurai, featuring Suntory Toki whiskey, clarified lemon, orange oleo, grapefruit oleo and amaro pasubio.

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9) CROWN AND ANCHOR, Thousand Oaks

Whether you’re British or not, it won’t take long to join your fellow pubgoers in reveling to live music underneath the string lit trees at Crown and Anchor in Thousand Oaks. Partake in any one of 17 beers on tap under the watchful eye of King Charles III, cherry red telephone booths and a joyful splatter of Union Jacks. You’d be remiss to skip the fish n’ chips.

Our Pick: While there’s plenty of proper pints to choose from to wet the whistle, there’s truly nothing like waking up to a Guinness-fueled Bloody Mary to wash down a brunch fit for Brits.

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10) THE MIGHTY AXE, Thousand Oaks

What do you have when you combine axe throwing, excellent food and craft ales? If you’re at The Mighty Axe, you have a really good time with friends and family. Hurl real axes, enjoy dishes from a variety of restaurant partners and drink “beer cockt-ales.”

Our Pick: There is nary anything mightier than pairing a Man-Mosa with your burgeoning axe skills. Amp up your morning with The Mighty Axe’s spin on the beloved brunch beverage.

There’s plenty to do and see, along with a variety of hotel options available to allow you to safely and responsibly enjoy the best summer cocktails in Conejo Valley. Summertime is almost here, so make sure to plan a fun-filled vacation that everyone will remember.

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