Owners Gabi and Ben Garcia have improved upon this local favorite since taking over in 2013, bringing what they hope is a neighborhood bar feel to Blue Lamp. Bands often play at this dimly lit and atmospheric place outside of their usual national tour dates, and the venue also welcomes small, lesser-known outfits, tribute acts, and local groups like The Secretions and The Nibblers. One night you may hear stoner metal and garage rock, and the next, hip-hop and reggae.
1400 Alhambra Blvd, Sacramento, CA, +1 916-455-3400
Looking like a club straight out of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Harlow’s is a hip, art deco affair that hosts dinner shows, playing a mix of blues, swing, soul, jazz, and rock ‘n’ roll. There isn’t a bad seat in the house, and a dance floor awaits those who wish to take the stage themselves. For a touch of class, rent out one of the VIP booths which come complete with bottle service and a personal hostess. Connected to Harlow’s is the MoMo Lounge, which offers a full bar, outdoor patio, fire pits, and a 30ft projection wall.
2708 J St, Sacramento, CA, +1 916-441-4693