With a huge number of restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues having sprung up around Sacramento in recent years, you’ll have no trouble finding a place to have a good time – or make some mischief.
The most obvious locale for bar- or club-hopping is Midtown, where the newest and hippest places have gone up. In just one block you can find the classic Shady Lady Saloon, the hip R15 bar, and the Empire nightclub. With so many places in close proximity, Midtown’s just begging for a night out on the town.
For a good place to watch a (not American) football game and throw back a pint, there are quite a few pubs around town with good European beer selections. Bonn Lair has a great patio and food selection, and De Vere’s has a great whiskey/scotch selection in addition to their beer choices.
Since we’re close to wine country here, most restaurants and bars have at least a decent wine selection. However, there are a few bars that elevate the wine-drinking experience to a different level. 58 Degrees and Holding, for one, has an extensive wine list that’s explained and paired well every time by a very knowledgeable and friendly staff.
Or just head to a winery, like Revolution Wines in Midtown, for a tasting to experience the range of wine grapes grown in the area. There are also some good microbreweries in town that make for a fun evening of beer tasting. Rubicon and River City brewing companies, to name two, are both around Downtown/Midtown and both have interesting beer selections.
Don’t forget about the 2nd Saturday Art Walk, too. On the second Saturday of every month, tons of galleries leave their doors open late and serve wine, beer, and hors d’oeuvres to the strolling masses. Restaurants and bars stay open late, too, and many have food and drink deals to take advantage of. Some even have live music out on the sidewalk or patio, so everyone can enjoy some good tunes.
Last but not least, there are some good old-fashioned dive bars in town, where the beer flows freely and the bathrooms are never clean. These bars are the same everywhere, and the Round Corner and Q Street bar fit the bill perfectly.
One of the best things about Sacramento is the public transportation, too. Although you might not want to ride it alone in the wee hours, the Amtrak, light rail, and bus system all provide a (relatively) clean and safe way to get home after a long night.
[photo courtesy of Vince Viloria]