Best Nightlife

Out of all the clubs and bars in a city, 10Best narrows the options to those places with the most appeal and the best reputations. We offer a carefully vetted selection to let you explore Sacramento nightlife on your own. If time is really tight, though, and you don't have the leisure to look through all our offerings, we present our Sacramento Best Nightlife list. Here, we distill the best businesses down to a special selection of ten. These places promise a stellar experience and a taste of the city that you just can't miss.

Old Sacramento

This small bar is a hip nightspot for Sacramento's "in crowd," and fashionably dressed patrons generally don't show up until late. Attached to popular Café Bernardo, Monkey Bar typically draws an after-dinner crowd. Since there are no...  Read More


Fox & Goose has what you're looking for, no matter the time of day. With great breakfasts, historic ambience, plenty of beers on tap, and a broad variety of music (Celtic to R&B), something fun is always going on. Authentic British decor...  Read More

Located in a floating hotel (which is itself a restored riverboat) on the Sacramento River, this special dinner theater invites audience members to participate in the action. Seated in a stately room on the boat's lower floors, spectators never...  Read More

Old Sacramento

Harlow's is as unique today as when it first opened. The waitstaff is opinionated enough to let you know what to order and what to pass on. Pumpkin cheesecake atop pecan caramel sauce, and the house specialty – Tuoca cheesecake made with...  Read More

Old Sacramento
Blue Cue

This establishment bills itself as a "restaurant billiards bar," but the emphasis is on "billiards" and "bar." An upscale pool hall, Blue Cue features valet parking and a classy interior. The place is packed on weekends with crowds who show up...  Read More

Back Door Lounge

Swinging Rat Pack-era style is hip in Sacramento, and this retro-style club plays it up to the max. Evoking the style of '50's Las Vegas, the bar is a feast for the eyes: red velvet walls, black leather booths, gold accessories, and low...  Read More

Named to the "Best of Sacramento" list, this establishment offers a long, varied list of live shows, including ones that feature area favorites like Grub Dog and the Amazing Sweethearts, King's Highway, and Friend Called Fire. With Guinness on...  Read More

Strong cocktails, knowledgeable bartenders, an inviting "Cheers"-like atmosphere...Pre-Flite Lounge has all of these in spades. An excellent juke box keeps the tunes coming all night as locals and visitors alike relax over a drink. The kitschy...  Read More

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