The Best Bars In Downtown Sacramento

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If you’re a night owl looking for unforgettable fun, drinks, food, and music, Downtown Sacramento is the place for you. The city is always lively, full of memorable activities and energetic people both day and night. At night, the bars downtown are definitely a sight to see. Here are 10 of the best for you to try.

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Alley Katz

Alley Katz was established in 2010 and has since worked to be the best beer bar in Sacramento, offering a combined total of over 200 different beers, 86 of them being drafts. Their main goal is to keep the taps and bottles consistently rotating, so just because you had a type of beer yesterday it doesn’t mean it’ll be here today. If you’re someone looking to step out of your comfort zone, consider stopping by Alley Katz. On your visit, you’ll find two pool tables, two dart boards, air hockey, duck hunter, and 16 TV screens.


Streets, formerly known as Streets of London, offers your British favorites in an American Pub. Streets is a neighborhood sports pub, and showcases football, soccer, basketball, baseball, and more. This destination is popular because any night is a great night to stop by. You’ll witness events like live music, karaoke, open mic, and their famous pub trivia. Streets is beloved by both locals and visitors because it has so much to offer its guests, including a full bar, 18 beers on tap, and a unique pub menu.

Fox & Goose Public House

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Fox & Goose is a popular bar because it offers a great selection of the finest draught beers, most of which are imported from Great Britain and Ireland. They also offer fine wines and a full section of liquors. This bar remains true to its roots, providing a varied menu that includes traditional English dishes as well as vegetarian and American food. Fox & Goose has a reputation as the ‘Best Breakfast’ in Sacramento, having won awards in that category numerous times. They serve lunch and dinner so you can order a meal to accompany your drink.

Bonn Lair

This comfy sports bar brings a taste of Europe to Sacramento with both its drinks and food. They serve a variety of draught and bottled beers, as well as bottled ciders. Guests can enjoy meals from BLTs and shepherd’s pie to veggie burgers and fish & chips. Bonn Lair provides a comfortable atmosphere, great for relaxing after a long day or week of work.


Harlow’s was founded in 1982 and is one of Sacramento’s favorite entertainment spots, featuring nationally renowned musicians, local acts performances, and a casual art décor setting. Whether you’re into blues, soul, or rock ‘n’ roll, this live music venue has it all, and it features a spacious dance floor. Harlow’s dining and kitchen staff offer an award winning menu with great food and desserts. Guests can also spend time outside on the patio, so this is a great place to throw a private event or party.

Blue Cue

Blue Cue has been deemed a ‘restaurant billiards bar,’ but the emphasis is on ‘billiards’ and ‘bar.’ This upscale pool hall features valet parking and a sophisticated interior. Blue Cue is busy during the weekends with crowds who show up for the varied music, the good selection of beers, mixed drinks, and long list of scotches. This bar also offers daily specials including Two for Tuesdays, Trivia Night Wednesdays, and $3 You Call It Thursdays.

Mix Downtown

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Mix Downtown is located on top of the Firestone Building. The rooftop patio features spacious bars, fire pits, a dance floor, couches and semi-private booths. Mix Downtown is the ideal venue for after work socializing, business meetings, cocktail parties, or a night in town with friends. The building was designed with rustic elements like weathered cement walls, reclaimed barn wood, and steel beams with a splash of color.

River City Saloon

The River City Saloon features award wining sandwiches, great sports, live music, karaoke and more. This bar has a long history in Sacramento. It was originally an early framed wood building, replaced with brick in 1857. In 2007, the saloon was remodeled to its original design and renamed the River City Saloon. The bar features Old West Sarsaparilla brewed exclusively for them by River City Brewing Company also located in Sacramento. You can get one for just 25 cents, and ask for a basket of peanuts, don’t be afraid to throw the shells on the floor.

Back Door Lounge

Back Door Lounge is the perfect place to go with friends after a long week of work. This bar has a retro-style club atmosphere evoking the style of 50s Las Vegas. Back Door is decorated with red velvet walls, black leather booths, gold accessories, and low lighting. The bar is known for its great selection of music. Sinatra or Sammy Davis Jr. are frequently heard on the sound system. Visit this bar and experience a fun and classy step back in time. Grab your favorite martini or scotch, and get lost in the 50s.

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