A lot is happening in Sacramento, and it’s not all about the contemporary culture. The burgeoning cocktail scene in this city is fast becoming the most exciting thing in California. For instance, Sacramento Cocktail Week has been celebrated every year since 2008, and the city features new establishments that specialize in the pursuit of unique mixology.
Whether you’re looking to enjoy a beer or two while watching your favorite game or want to try a signature cocktail in a modern establishment, here are the top cocktails bars to visit in Sacramento.
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1409 R St, Sacramento, CA 95811 shadyladybar.com
Modern speakeasy with a vintage vibe and live music, plus seasonal Southern dishes and classic cocktails!
If you’re looking for some amazing classic and seasonal cocktails, then The Shady Lady Saloon is the place to stop especially during happy hour. The setting and menu here reminisce America’s 1920s era but with a modern feel.
Enjoy signature cocktails such as the Cake of Death, a combination of fernet Branca, pineapple rum, mole bitters, Benedictine, and garnished with a lemon peel, or the Apple Crumble that include spiced rum, green chartreuse, rye whiskey, apple cider, and cinnamon-clove syrup served on a large ice cube with a lemon garnish.
If you’re hungry, order the Charcuterie Board, a selection of meats, bread, cheeses, and house-made pork rinds. Other options include a Habanero burger, spicy fried chicken sandwich, street tacos, and some BBQ pulled pork sliders.
2718 J St, Sacramento, CA 95816 theredrabbit.net
Stylish, rustic-chic bar serving farm-to-table New American plates and innovative cocktails!
Sometimes you want to relax after a long day with some friends over a couple of beers and even cocktails. There is no better place to try a wide variety of signature cocktails, beers, and even plenty of American-style plates than at The Red Rabbit Kitchen and Bar.
Every cocktail at this rustic bar falls into one of five categories. The Big Pina Energy is seasonal and includes pineapple amaro, rum, pineapple juice, coconut liqueur, and falernum, while Bobby Burns is under the classic that includes sweet vermouth, scotch, and Benedictine. Other categories include Rabbit Favorites such as the BuckHunter, draft and canned beers, and signature wines.
Come in during happy hour and enjoy favorites such as white linen, Sazerac, and Martinez, a combination of old tom gin, maraschino, sweet vermouth, and orange bitters. Don’t forget to order something between the buns from the dinner menu to enjoy with your drink!
2516 J St, Sacramento, CA 95816 thejunglebird.com
Intimate hangout featuring a vintage tiki theme serving tropical cocktails, meals, and pu pu platters!
The Jungle Bird offers a different experience from the others with a paradise-inspired décor, an extensive run selection, and some delicious Island cuisines. Entering this tiki bar, you find yourself in Hawaii. The interior is decorated with straws, green plants, authentic sculptures, coconuts, and other ethnic details. No wonder they highly recommend their place to guarantee a spot in their own paradise.
As for the menu, they offer an extensive selection of signature cocktails and more traditional drinks like cider or wine. Enjoy selections such as frozen strawberry daiquiri, pine colada, maiden voyage, blue Hawaii, and the popular Patty’s Poison with pineapple juice, light rum, lemon juice, orange juice, strawberry syrup, and cinnamon.
Their innovative drinks can be complemented by delicious Asian-Pacific and Polynesian bites, including chicken wings with different sauces to fit every taste. They also have vegetarian noodles just in case you’re not feeling like taking something meaty.
1010 10th St, Sacramento, CA 95814 tentenroom.com
Midcentury joint known for American classics such as steak frites and 1950s throwback cocktails!
Who can resist a trip to an old-school bar to watch a big game or just bask in a cool ambiance while sipping your favorite beer or cocktail? Ten Ten Room is your new favorite local neighborhood to get creative cocktails.
Sample popular options such as the Ten Ten Old Fashioned that comes with angostura bitters, maker’s mark bourbon, orange bitters, and demerara, or the Delta King served with orgeat, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee whiskey, root beer, lime, passion fruit, and absinthe. They also have incredible classics like the Harvey Wallbanger and Sazeric.
Want something cold, try the frozen crafted alcoholic slushes. The menu also includes extensive wine lists and delicious cuisines including appetizers, entrees, and salads to accompany your drink.
1207 21st Street, Sacramento, CA 95811 thecab.in
A bustling joint that serves creative or classic cocktails, craft beer, and an extensive wine list!
How about cold classic cocktails on a hot afternoon? This is what you find at The Cabin. This relaxed joint has something for everyone, no matter what you’re looking for.
Curious to know what’s on the menu? They offer creative cocktails and the house specials include The Cabin Mule with peach, Tito’s vodka, ginger beer, rosemary, lime, and sugar, Stabbin’ Cabin with filthy cherry, Bulleit bourbon, simple syrup, lemon, and champagne, and Gimmie S’more with Smirnoff vanilla vodka, chocolate, crème de cacao, and Graham cracker. Other unique candidates include Cognac Kodiak, Creekside Manor, The Jackalope, and the popular Easy Livin’ with absolut citron, grapefruit, honey shrub, and lemon.
They also serve beers on the tap and some classics from the seasonal menu. Guests also love the Bobbing For Apples that comes with averna, Bulleit rye, lemon, and stir cider.
926 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814 grangerestaurantandbar.com
High-end bar and restaurant with a lofty feel offering a farm-to-fork menu and seasonal craft cocktails!
Centrally located in Downtown Sacramento, Grange Bar and Restaurant has been leading the culinary scene with a grand, two-story wine vault, lively bar, and a lounge. The menu features creative seasonal cocktails during social hour, an extensive wine list, bar bites, as well as a breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner menu.
When you come in during social hour try the popular fisherman clams, tuna tartare, Grange burger, and warm olives accompanied by house wines, cocktails, drafts, and some negroni. You can also grab a steak sandwich that comes with blue cheese aioli, pickled onions, arugula, and fries from the bar.
Apart from signature drinks, they also have an incredible brunch menu with treats such as house-made biscuits, egg white frittata, grilled chicken sandwiches, brunch burgers, as well as egg benedicts. Enjoy brunch cocktails such as the popular Grange bloody mary that includes vodka, siracha bacon, house-made bloody mary mix, and blue cheese stuffed olives.
It’s a perfect spot to come with friends after a long day and enjoy a drink or two and some bar bites!
1600 L St, Sacramento, CA 95814 thegrandwinebar.com
A front patio with a seating option at this snug bar serving craft cocktails and wine!
Cocktail lovers here is another one of the best spots to grab signature drinks and a snack. Come here if you have a great experience filled with live music and dancing.
The menu is quite extensive but house cocktails are quite outstanding. Enjoy options such as mojito with fresh muddled mint and sugar, soda, lime juice, and rum, margarita with organic blue agave syrup, Collins served with lemon juice, choice of gin, sugar, and vodka or mezcal. They also have other options such as Poole O Blood, local preservation and co bloody Mary mix served with a squeeze of lime and some vodka over ice.
Apart from house cocktails, they also serve creative wine options pink or white including red wines such as Laroche Chevaliers, Joseph Drouhin, or Perrin. They also serve a variety of draft beers.
Stopping off at this happy hour is a great idea, where you can sample all the signature drinks and also order something to eat at their creative menu with amazing items such as sweet and savory pies and many other delicious treats.
There are many options in the city of Sacramento. It has something unique for everyone, so no matter what you’re looking for, you’re sure to find it. The cocktails spots on this list present a contemporary mix of upscale dining, live entertainment, Irish pub classics, and everyone’s favorite sports bar! Depending on the mood, there is a satisfying experience out on our list. Make sure you try a couple of these unique cocktails spots and let us know your experience in the comment below!