Best of Entertainment

Arcade

1st Place

Ventura Village Carousel

1567 Spinnaker Drive, Suite 100, Ventura

644-3234

2nd Place

Golf N’ Stuff

5555 Walker St., Ventura

644-7131

3rd place

LazerTag Extreme

1775 E. Daily Dr., Suite I, Camarillo

388-0088

Bartender

1st Place

Mary Claudia Ramirez @ 5th Street steakhouse

231 W. 5th St., Oxnard

483-0200

TIE

2nd Place

Shannon Perez @ Sans Souci Cocktail Lounge

21 S. Chestnut St., Ventura

643-4539

Danny D’Auria @ Billy O’s Bar & Grill/ Paddy’s Bar & Lounge

Billy O’s Bar & Grill

2819 E. Main St., Ventura

483-0200

Paddy’s Bar & Lounge

2 W. Main St., Ventura

652-1071

3rd Place

heidi youman’s @ Winchester’s Grill & saloon

632 E. Main St., Ventura

653-7446 Beer on tap

Beer on tap

1st Place

Anacapa Brewing Company

472 E. Main St., Ventura

643-BEER

2nd Place

Winchester’s Grill & saloon

632 E. Main St., Ventura

653-7446

3rd Place

BRendan’s Irish Pub & Restaurant

1755 E. Daily Dr., Camarillo

383-4100

Cheap date

1st Place

Date Night at the Regency

Buenaventura 6

1440 Eastman Ave., Ventura

658-6544

2nd Place

Golf N’ Stuff

5555 Walker St., Ventura

644-7131

3rd Place

The Beach

EDITOR’S PICKS

Best music promoter

Jon Shimer

It’s easy to rave about the Ventura music scene lately. Even easier if you like it loud and fast. Almost nightly, in one haunt or another, a band is raging, fists are pumping and beers are being slammed. The throng of local talent continues to increase the size of our dot on the music map, while it becomes a destination for touring acts to gain a bit of street cred. In the mix of it all is music promoter Jon Shimer.

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Sitting at his desk in Midtown Ventura, Shimer swivels his chair toward the hundreds of records organized from ceiling to floor and leans back with a grin. “The last three years has put Ventura on the map for shows coming through,” Shimer says. “It’s been word of mouth with booking agents and managers. They want to come here now.”

While promoters come and go, Shimer has consistently been propelling the garage/punk/hardcore scene in Ventura after moving from Lancaster in 2004. Now working under the acclaimed Eddie Numbskull banner, Shimer is the guy who recently sparked perhaps the most legendary local all-ages punk show in years that reunited The Missing 23rd and Glass and Ashes, while also flying out Richmond, Virginia’s Strike Anywhere to play on the same bill at Zoey’s Cafe. 

Along with Numbskull, Shimer books shows from Lancaster to San Luis Obispo, where he recently escorted and entertained rap group Dead Prez after picking them up from the Santa Barbara Airport.

 “I’m not getting rich from this. That’s not my goal,” Shimer says. “But my life is rad.”

Grouping local bands with touring acts like NoBunny, The Spits, Young Livers, Davila 666, Git Some and Andrew Jackson Jihad over the past couple of years, Shimer, who has contributed to booking shows in more than 60 venues throughout California, attests it’s only going to get better with each passing year.

Why?

 “The best part of booking shows in Ventura is that you’re in Ventura,” Shimer says. “It’s a great place to be.”

To reach Jon Shimer about booking a show, e-mail playfast138@gmail.com.

— Shane Cohn

Club DJ

1st Place

DJ J Scratch

2nd place

DJ PJ

3rd place

DJ danny page

Comedy club

1st Place

Ventura Harbor Comedy Club

1559 Spinnaker Dr., Ventura

644-1500

2nd Place

Ventura Improv Company

34 N. Palm St., Ventura

643-5701

3rd Place

805 Comedy @ The Sportsman

4426 Central Avenue, Camarillo

512-0498

Dance club

1st Place

Paddy’s Bar & Lounge

2 W. Main St., Ventura

652-1071

2nd Place

bombay bar & grill

143 S. California St., Ventura

643-4404

3rd Place

Candlelight Kitchen & Bar

211 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura

643-3264

Darts

1st Place

Victoria pub & grill

1413 S. Victoria Ave., Suite F, Ventura

650-0060

2nd Place

brendan’s Restaurant & Irish Pub

1755 E. Daily Dr., Camarillo

383-4100

3rd Place

The Bench Warmer

1855 E. Main St., Ventura

643-4303

Dive bar

1st Place

Sans Souci Cocktail Lounge

21 S. Chestnut St., Ventura

643-4539

2nd Place

Star Lounge

343 E. Main St., Ventura

648-4709

3rd Place

Rudder Room

2929 Ocean Dr., Oxnard

985-6096

Gay bar

1st Place

Paddy’s

2 W. Main St., Ventura

652-1071

Happy hour

1st Place

Aloha Steakhouse

364 S. California St., Ventura

652-1799

2nd Place

Yolanda’s

2753 E. Main St., Ventura

643-270086

E. Daily Dr., Camarillo

389-9922

1601 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard

985-1340

590 E. Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley

306-9933

3rd Place

Brophy bros. restaurant & clam Bar

1559 Spinnaker Dr., Ventura

639-0865

Jukebox

1st Place:

Sans Souci Cocktail Lounge

21 S. Chestnut St., Ventura

643-4539

2nd Place:

Busy Bee CafE

478 E. Main St., Ventura

643-4864

3rd Place

El Rey Cantina

294 E. Main St., Ventura

653-1111

Karaoke

1st place

Golden China

760 S. Seaward Ave., Ventura

652-0688

2nd Place:

Paddy’s

2 W. Main St., Ventura

652-1071

3rd Place

Outlaws grill and saloon

2167 Pickwick Dr., Camarillo

484-3691

Open – mic

1st Place

Zoey’s Cafe

185 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura

652-1137

2nd Place

Golden China

760 S. Seaward Ave., Ventura

652-0688

3rd Place

Java joe’s coffee & espresso

2950 Johnson Dr., Suite 125, Ventura

275-0304

Pool hall

1st Place

Stiix Billiards

2520 E. Main St., Ventura

641-2020

2nd Place

The Q Club

2362 N. Oxnard Blvd., Oxnard

278-1231

3rd Place

Victoria pub & grill

1413 S. Victoria Ave., Suite F, Ventura

650-0060

Singles hangout

1st Place

BRendan’s Irish Pub & Restaurant

1755 E. Daily Dr., Camarillo

383-4100

0three-way tie

2nd Place

Bombay Bar & grill

143 S. California St., Ventura

643-4404

Dargan’s irish pub & restaurant

593 E. Main St., Ventura

648-3001

Watermark on Main

598 E. Main St., Ventura

643-6800

3rd Place

El Rey Cantina

294 E.. Main St., Ventura

653-1111

Sports Bar

1st Place

Cronies Sports Grill

2855 Johnson Dr., Ventura

650-6026

370 N. Lantana St., Camarillo

482-5900

2752 Cochran St., Simi Valley

583-9999

2nd Place

Rookees

419 E. Main St., Ventura

648-6862

3rd Place

the bench Warmer

1855 E. Main St., Ventura

643-4303