Mojitos, margaritas and Cascal mules are only a few of the specialty drinks that are served at Cascal during happy hour, which is held Monday through Friday from 3:30-6 p.m. This pan-Latin restaurant in downtown Mountain View offers spacious bar seating in a casual setting, as well as indoor and outdoor dining with food inspired by the flavors of Mexico, Spain and South America. For happy hour, choose from an array of wines and beers, house-made sangria and caipirinhas, the national cocktail of Brazil. Happy hour bites include tacos, chips and dips and patatas bravas (crisp fried potatoes in salsa brava, topped with garlic aioli).
400 Castro St., Mountain View; 650-940-9500. cascalrestaurant.com
Place for a Date
For its blend of tranquility and fun, readers picked Shoreline Lake as a great place to take a date. With an array of watercrafts for rent (including paddleboats, kayaks, canoes, and rowboats), as well as a restaurant that offers a seasonally-based menu, this is the perfect place to share a summer adventure. Learn to sail or windsurf on the lake, or wind your way along its trails on foot or by bike. And if you're looking for a bite to eat, American Bistro has a number of breakfast and lunch offerings (plus brunch on weekends), and sells picnic baskets for sharing with that special someone.
3160 N Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View; 650-965-7474. shorelinelake.com
Place for Live Music
The Pentatonix, Halsey, Niall Horan and Logic are just a few artists who are planning to perform at Shoreline Amphitheatre this summer. With a 22,500 capacity limit, this open-air venue has a sound system fit for blasting music (just ask the neighbors) as well as large screens for those sitting in the lawn area. Throughout its 32-year existence, the amphitheatre has not only attracted some of the entertainment industry's biggest names, but has also become a favorite spot for many locals.
1 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View; 650-967-4040. mountainviewamphitheater.com
Place to Take a Visitor
Originally a landfill, Shoreline Park has come a long way. Open since 1983, the park offers a beautiful view of the San Francisco Bay, houses the historic Rengstorff House and offers a wildlife area that home to rare birds like the burrowing owl. The popular 750-acre site attracts joggers, kite-flyers, golfers, windsurfers and cyclists.
3160 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View; 650-965-7474. mountainview.gov/shoreline