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 distractions like pool tables in the small space, getting to know the large group who congregate is the primary pastime. Thanks to a diverse crowd, you're sure to meet someone interesting. DJs and bands provide musical entertainment.
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 includes the "Union Jack," America's only British newspaper. Play darts, duck into a dark wood booth, or sway to acid jazz – you can't go wrong at this quirky, popular establishment.
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 know what will happen when each viewer becomes a suspect and an investigator – usually with hilarious results. The price includes dinner and a show, and overnight packages feature tickets to the theater event and a stateroom.
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 ricotta cheese and fresh blueberries – are two great options. With an extensive cigar bar, outdoor seating, and some of the area's top jazz, Harlow's is a great place to spend the evening. Soak up the relaxed ambience, watch the upscale crowd, and sip a brandy or cognac while you listen to music. Performers offer anything from traditional jazz to R&B, salsa, or reggae.
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 for varied music on the sound system, a good selection of beers and mixed drinks (try a cue-tini), a long list of scotches, and some of the area's top people-watching.
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 lighting. Sinatra or Sammy Davis, Jr., are frequently heard on the sound system, and martinis and scotches complete the picture. A fun, classy step back in time.
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 tap and plenty of mixed drinks, it's especially popular with local musicians and has open jazz jams during the week.
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 decor only adds to the dive bar charm.