6 Best Bars in Sacramento, Sacramento and the Gold Country

Midtown's Cantina Alley

Midtown Fodor's choice

Flavorful, colorful, fruity cocktails are the specialty of this bar and restaurant whose equally rich-hued decor and corrugated-metal ceiling intentionally evoke spots throughout Mexico. While sipping sangria, a cerveza, or the house margarita in several flavors, you can nibble on street tacos, posole, elote (corn on a stick), and other small plates.



Blues, rock, and other musicians take to the stage of this restaurant's art deco bar–nightclub. Repair to the patio when you need to cool off.

Midtown BierGarten

The neighborhood feel and selection of beers, ales, porters, stouts, sours, and ciders make a trip to this boisterous beer garden a fun occasion, with the garlic fries, fresh pretzels with mustard, old-fashioned hot dogs, and other small bites a definite bonus. A 40-foot cargo container holds the bar, and a 20-footer contains the bathrooms, with the rest of the setting alfresco.

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Punch Bowl Social


This restaurant and entertainment complex offers bowling, billiards, karaoke, Giant Jenga, pinball, Skee-Ball, and other diversions. After you've worked up an appetite, dine on updated pub grub and sip well-chosen craft beers, wine, specialty cocktails, or boozeless beverages.



Concrete walls and black-metal beams and railings reinforce the post-industrial mood at this two-level bar, which draws a youngish crowd for craft cocktails, zesty small bites and larger plates, and often live music.

722 K St., Sacramento, California, 95814, USA
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Rate Includes: Closed Mon. and Tues.

Urban Roots Brewing & Smokehouse


Two native Northern Californians are behind this microbrewery that makes beers, ales, and a dessert stout. Order brews and barbecue at the counter and choose seating indoors or out front in the spacious beer garden–like setting.