10 Bars in Sacramento You Should Hit Up With Your Friends

February 16, 2022
Food & Drink
jason wolfe

When was the last time you hit the bars with your friends? In a city like Sacramento, there’s a plethora of bars out there waiting to welcome you with open arms. It’s time to get out of the house and have the Friday, or Saturday, night of a lifetime. Not sure what bars to hit up? No worries. We’ve got you covered. Check out our list of the top 10 bars in Sacramento now!

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1. Azul Mexican Food & Tequila Bar

Laidback Mexican restaurant and bar where you can enjoy great drinks and unwind with friends 

Not sure what to get? Try some Chilaquilles! Image courtesy of Yelp.

1050 20th St | Midtown | azulsactown.com

Azul Mexican Food & Tequila Bar brings authentic Mexican dishes and contemporary dining together to create an unforgettable experience. Inside, you’ll find a stunning dining room filled with stunning works of art made by local artists. Traditional dishes inspired by different regions of Mexico can be found on the menu, including ceviche, mole poblano, and traditional tacos al pastor.

The restaurant is also known for its 100% agave tequila and signature cocktails. The Margarita Del Mercado, Paloma Picante, Mojito Del Caribe, and House Margaritas are all great options. Make sure you hit up their happy hour for some delicious, low-cost appetizers! 

“Took my fiancé to the restaurant for dinner to celebrate his new job! I had this taco salad no rice or beans and it was really good. He had empanadas and two tacos with a margarita. All in all service was great and the food was good we will be back.” - Yelp Review

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2. Capitol Garage

Fun, upbeat bar that is known for its craft cocktails, brews, and farm to fork dishes

1500 K St | Downtown | capitolgarage.com

Since 1992, Sacramento locals have flocked to the Capitol Garage to enjoy fun cocktails and delicious American fare inside its unique punk rock setting. One of the main draws of the Capitol Garage is its famous Dinner & Drag event. Every Saturday night, the crew puts on a cabaret-style performance of lifetime paired with a special dinner menu. 

If you can’t make it to a Dinner & Drag event, don’t worry. You can still experience the charm of the Capitol Garage on a regular weekday night. Their house cocktails and after-dinner drinks are perfect for helping you unwind after a long day. Beer and wine are also available. Bottoms up! 

“My friend had the Crab Cake Benedicts and he lived in Maine and loved the crab cakes. As he described them they were not too crabby and they were not too cakey, they were perfect. I had the Eggchilada which was so tasty! Way more flavorful than I expected but loved it!” - Yelp Review

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3. Cornerstone Cafe & Bar

Classic American bar that offers a spacious outdoor patio

Photo of Cornerstone Cafe & Bar - Sacramento, CA, United States. Chicken strips
Share some chicken tenders and fries while you enjoy a drink! Image courtesy of Yelp.

2326 J St | Midtown | eatcornerstone.net

Corner Stone Cafe is a bustling and lively eatery located in Midtown Sacramento. It’s open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 

There’s also a full bar that is open for Happy Hour everyday from 3pm to 7pm. During Happy Hour, you can get 50% off drafts and appetizers. You can also order two sake bombs for just $5 and any cocktail for $7. Our favorite cocktails include the LonelyHan, Number Four, Berry Crush. But you can’t go wrong with any drink here! 

“This is one of my favorite places to eat, especially breakfast. I have tried several items on their menu and I enjoy the vegetarian omelette as it has a very tasty combination of vegetables, eggs and served with a generous helping of potatoes - your choice. The service is very prompt and responsive.” - Yelp Review

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4. Tank House BBQ & Bar

Family-owned BBQ joint that has an eclectic selection of local craft beers

1925 J St | Midtown | tankhousebbq.com

Smoked BBQ, craft beer, cocktails, and more await you at the famous Tank House BBQ & Bar. This BBQ house offers delicious grub like Baby Back Ribs, Beef Brisket, and Pulled Pork platters. They also offer hearty BBQ sandwiches like the Turkey Bacon Ranch and Hot Link Sandwich! 

As for drinks, Tank House has a wide selection of draft beers, bottles, and cans, wine, and specialty cocktails. Some drinks are in-house only. However, you can order certain cocktails and spirits to-go. Want to enjoy the fresh California air? Tank House offers a spacious outdoor patio that is perfect for warm afternoons and evenings!  

“You cannot go wrong with any of the items! The meat is so tender and not dry! I always fear going to a bbq restaurant and the meat being dry but that is not the case here. The tater tots were so good and addicting! Safe to say, I am a fan!” - Yelp Review

5. Dive Bar

Unique bar in Downtown Sacramento that features live mermaid shows

1016 K St | Downtown | divebarsacramento.com

Have you ever seen a mermaid in person? Now is your chance! Dive Bar offers a splashy, one-of-a-kind experience for guests. Every night, the venue hosts live underwater performers in their 40 foot saltwater aquarium. Accompanying them are live DJ’s ready to help put on the show of a lifetime. 

The bar also hosts Throwback Thursdays every week, where they turn back the dial of time with some classic 80’s and 90’s hits. Dive Bar also hosts live viewings of the Sacramento Kings games every night they play. 

“Every time I come here I encounter women with fine mermaid spirits. The female customers are either mermaids getting ready for a dive, or women that may have been mermaids in the past. Fun conversations are sparked by the cool, fresh, underwater environment.” - Yelp Review

6. Fox & Goose Public House

Popular alehouse and music venue that is known for its classic English dishes

Photo of Fox & Goose - Sacramento, CA, United States. Denver Omelette
Need a good hangover cure? Try the Denver Omelette. Image courtesy of Yelp.

1001 R St | Downtown | foxandgoose.com

Fox & Goose Public House is Sacramento’s top English pub. Their award-winning breakfast dishes and draft beer have been attracting thousands of customers since opening in 1975. The bar area is open most nights. However, it’s important to note that it closes at 2pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday. 

The drink menu features draft beer, beer bottles and cans, wine, and cocktails. They also have an extensive mimosa selection with different options like the Hibiscus, Honeydew, and Boggs & Bubbles. For food, you can enjoy classic English dishes like Banger & Mash and Shepherd’s Pie. Check out their full menu now!

“Besides a solid hangover-curing breakfast, they have a full menu that is full of the classics. I just wish they had mushy peas on the menu. But alas! My other favorites are the fish and chips and their pasty. Oh and get the scones, you won't regret it. Your diet might tell you to regret it, but your diet is a downer, don't listen to it.” - Yelp Review

7. Canon

Modern neighborhood tavern that boasts a full drink menu featuring craft beer, cocktails, and wine

A grilled cheese sandwich always goes down well with a beer! Image courtesy of Yelp.

1719 34th St | East Sacramento | canoneastsac.com

Canon specializes in providing a seasonal menu filled with savory, shareable dishes inside an open and welcoming space. 

Right now, the restaurant’s heated and covered patio is open from Wednesday to Sunday for dining. For dinner, you can treat yourself to a quick bite, small plate, or platter. Wine, beer, cider, and cocktails are also available. The cocktails are seasonal and the wine list rotates on a regular basis, so you can almost always expect something new during your visits! 

“The menu is super interesting with a lot of fun for any foodie. There's a lot of attention to detail in the food, expert technique, and stunning presentation, that all adds up to an exceptional dining experience.” - Yelp Review

8. Brewsters Bar & Grill

Family-owned bar and grill that has served as a fixture in Old Town Galt for years

Brewsters Bar offers delicious sandwiches like the Philly Cheese Steak. Image courtesy of Yelp.

201 4th St | Galt | brewstersbargrillgalt.com

Located in the heart of Old Town Galt, Brewsters Bar & Grill is a staple for anyone looking for classic Californian cuisine and refreshing drinks. 

The dinner menu features savory creations like the Parmesan Crusted Tilapia, Calamari Steak, and Piccata with Capers. All of the dinner dishes include a salad or soup of the day as well as your choice of baked potato, garlic mashed potatoes, rice pilaf, or fresh vegetables. Thirsty? Try one of their signature cocktails or wines! 

“I work right down the street from this fine establishment and eat lunch there frequently.

The ambiance is high class but don't let that put you off. The pricing is reasonable, the food is excellent and the service is brilliant. I have never had a less than stellar experience eating here and love to bring friends from out of town.” - Yelp Review

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9. Topgolf

Massive entertainment venue featuring a high-tech driving range and posh lounge

Sit back and relax! Image courtesy of Yelp.

1700 Freedom Way | Roseville | topgolf.com

Whether you’re an avid golfer or you just like hitting up the course every once in a while, you need to visit Topgolf. Topgolf Roseville is a sprawling entertainment complex featuring climate-controlled hitting bays with HDTVs and a full bar and restaurant. The complex comprises three floors and also has a rooftop terrace with fire pits and an arcade. 

Topgolf’s chef-driven menu offers a fresh twist on American classics with savory dishes like the Farmhouse Flatbread, Signature Nachos, and Crispy Chicken Strips. For drinks, they have beer, wine, and cocktails. You can also get large “golf bags,” which serve parties of two or more and come in a take-home mug!

“We ordered breakfast and some snacks. Food was better than expected. It was flavorful and we enjoyed it. We ordered donuts, macaroni bites, brisket breakfast, fried chicken sandwich and veggie pizza. There was not anything left after everyone got their dish. We got the for 6 bundle for $55. We thought that was a great deal.” - Yelp Review

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10. Gaslight Company

Cocktail bar and kitchen located in Folsom

Photo of Gaslight Company - Folsom, CA, United States. Old Fashioned flair
Gaslight offers a wide assortment of creative cocktails. Image courtesy of Yelp.

718 Sutter St, Suite 200 | Folsom | gaslightcofolsom.com

Last, but certainly not least, on the list is Gaslight Company. This popular cocktail bar and restaurant is known for its fun, upbeat atmosphere and friendly service. Their innovative cocktail selection includes favorites like the Rainbow Bridge and Gaslight Carver. For food, you can try savory dishes like the Chipotle Chicken Wrap, Manzanita Flatbread, and Gaslight salad. You really can’t go wrong with any drink or dish here!

“Hands down the best cocktail bar in Folsom. Not only are all their drinks extremely fresh and well balanced but their bartenders Mullin and Ian are fantastic at what they do. If you are looking for delicious drinks and good food with family and friends come to check out Gaslight!” - Yelp Review

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Get ready to have the Friday (or Saturday) night of a lifetime! Sacramento is filled to the brim with all sorts of bars that are suitable for any personality or mood. Which bars on our list do you plan on hitting up? Let us know in the comment section below! 

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