One of the best things to do after dinner in Sacramento is exploring the many bars and pubs along the lively K Street, the city’s main nightlife strip. Interestingly, you have plenty of options for barhopping or going on a pub crawl in the city, including on wheels (without the risk of drink-driving, of course).

    Other quirky spots and ways to spend your night in Sacramento include retro game arcade pubs, cool bars with tanks where mermaids gracefully swim and help throw parties, and theatres where Broadway veterans perform. You can also head up to a rooftop bar in downtown and enjoy tipples with a breeze. Read on for great ideas on where to go at night in Sacramento.

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    Coin-Op Game Room

    Spend the night in a fun-filled retro arcade pub

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    • Nightlife

    Coin-Op Game Room is one of the coolest places to hang out with friends on Sacramento’s lively K Street. The pub has over 40 old-school video game cabinets and its décor and memorabilia offer a bit of nostalgia as you enjoy an extensive selection of craft cocktails, local beers, and shared plates.

    Inside the pub, you’re treated to multiple bars, each highlighting about 16 different beers on tap – courtesy of local breweries in San Diego, Sacramento, and the Bay Area. Have chips and salsa or chilli lime popcorn to nibble as you chase a high score on Tron or Galaga.

    Location: 908 K St, Sacramento, CA 95814, USA

    Open: Daily from 4 pm to 10 pm

    Phone: +1 916-661-6983

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    Malt & Mash Irish Pub

    Enjoy local craft beer and a whopping selection of whiskeys

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    Malt & Mash is an Irish American pub on Sacramento’s bubbly K Street that offers an impressive selection of 150 whiskeys and well over a dozen local craft beers on tap. The pub is just across the road from the Golden 1 Center indoor arena – perfect for meetups and drinks before concert doors open and gigs start.

    On any other evening, enjoy your copita of straight rye or your choice of cold pint from the selection of great local IPAs while watching live sports feeds on the large screens. If you’re feeling peckish, there’s a good selection of pub grub available, ranging from tasty tacos to well-portioned sliders.

    Location: 715 K St, Sacramento, CA 95814, USA

    Open: Tuesday–Saturday from 4 pm to 2 am (closed on Sundays and Mondays)

    Phone: +1 916-476-4403

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    The Shady Lady Saloon

    A trip back to the Roaring Twenties

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    Enter The Shady Lady Saloon on midtown Sacramento’s R Street corridor and you’ll find yourself in a modern speakeasy decked up in vintage styling. Choose from over 20 house cocktails, with names like Corpse Reviver and Penicillin. There are also well over a dozen beers on tap, including heritage brewery names such as Olympia and Anchor.

    Besides offering an excellent drink menu, the saloon is known for its live music that enhances its overall ambience. You can enjoy live music with your tipple 5 nights a week, with local and touring artists performing either jazz, blues, or country.

    Location: 1409 R St, Sacramento, CA 95811, USA

    Open: Monday–Friday from 11 am to midnight, Saturday–Sunday from 9 am to midnight

    Phone: +1 916-231-9121

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    Back Door Lounge

    Go back in time at this retro cocktail lounge in Old Sacramento

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    Back Door Lounge is a stylish hangout in Old Sac’s Firehouse Alley, serving classic cocktails in luxurious retro flair. The lounge’s name fits its back-alley location well, effortlessly bringing you that hidden speakeasy vibe. While the place is very stylish, with red velvet interiors and furnishings in brass and leather, its focal point is the well-stocked bar.

    Back Door Lounge’s mixologists skilfully whip up speciality cocktails – be it a nutty Nutella-Tini (choco liqueur, Frangelico, and cream) or an ultra-refreshing Italian Surfer (Ciclon rum, blue agave, and amaretto with lime, pineapple, and cranberry juice). Hang out on weekends for live entertainment.

    Location: 1112 Firehouse Alley, Sacramento, CA 95814, USA

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 9 am to 2 am, Sunday from 9 am to midnight

    Phone: +1 916-442-5751

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    Kupros Craft House

    One of Sacramento’s beautiful historic brewpubs

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    • Nightlife

    Visit Kupros Craft House to enjoy a memorable brewpub stop in an old Victorian house with stained-glass windows dating back to 1910. Its full bar features a great selection of beers on tap and handcrafted cocktails that you can read through on an old-fashioned chalkboard. Take your pick and head upstairs to the balcony for an alfresco vibe.

    Besides offering 16 rotating taps of local and regional craft beers, their delicious selection of classic pub grub is also a draw. The fried pickles are always a quick and tasty fix, served with house-made ranch salad dressing. If you’re looking for something more filling, go for the Kupros Craft House Burger.

    Location: 1217 21st St, Sacramento, CA 95816, USA

    Open: Tuesday–Thursday from 11.30 am to midnight, Saturday from 10 am to 1.30 am, Sunday from 10 am to midnight (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +1 916-440-0401

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    Revival at The Sawyer

    Craft cocktails and gourmet bites on the rooftop

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    • Nightlife

    Revival is the classy poolside bar and lounge on the rooftop of the Kimpton Sawyer Hotel in Sacramento where you can enjoy craft cocktails alongside gourmet bar bites. From this 3rd-floor pool deck with plush seating, you’re also treated to panoramic views of Downtown Commons.

    The bar is close to the Golden 1 Center arena, making it a refined alternative for pre-game bites or a post-concert nightcap. Even so, Revival hosts its own nightly music programming and you never know when a gig’s headliner might come by for a surprise drop-in.

    Location: DOCO - Downtown Commons, 500 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814, USA

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    Sacramento Theatre Company

    See live plays by the city’s oldest theatre troupe

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    Sacramento Theatre Company (STC), formed in 1942, is the oldest theatre organisation in the city. It hosts professional productions of well-known musicals and plays. You can see them perform in 3 spaces at the H Street Theatre Complex in Midtown Sacramento, namely The Main Stage, The Pollock Stage, and The Cabaret Stage.

    STC’s variety of productions appeal to many ages and tastes, with past performances that include classics like Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night's Dream, as well as their cabaret series filled with show tunes such as All That Jazz: Broadway Swings, which fittingly harks back to Sacramento’s Roaring Twenties.

    Location: 1419 H St, Sacramento, CA 95814, USA

    Open: Showtimes vary

    Phone: +1 916-443-6722

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    Broadway at Music Circus

    An intimate tent theatre presenting classic musicals

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    Broadway at Music Circus is a contemporary arena theatre in Sacramento where you can enjoy classic Broadway musicals and other live performances. Theatregoers anticipate each summer for their latest series of productions starring some of the most talented professional actors in the business alongside Tony Award-winning veterans.

    The unique ‘tent theatre in the round’ puts you in a circular seating around the stage, close enough to the action that you’ll feel like you’re part of the show. Families with kids can look out for timeless Disney musicals like Beauty and The Beast with actors in dazzling costumes and memorable songs and scores by Alan Menken.

    Location: 1419 H St, Sacramento, CA 95814, USA

    Phone: +1 916-557-1999

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    Dive Bar

    A splashy bar where mermaids swim and party

    • Nightlife

    Head down to Dive Bar on K Street in downtown Sacramento for a truly unique scene of mermaids frolicking inside an aquarium. The cosy and popular lounge ensures a fun evening out, with an overall chilled atmosphere and good music that ranges from chillout and hip-hop to rap. You can enjoy 1980s party jams during its Throwback Thursday nights.

    The mermaids, portrayed by models in specialised costumes, swim at schedule times. The decorated tank itself is a cool sight, hanging right above the bar. They’ll surely be there on special nights, such as when the NBA home team, the Sacramento Kings, are playing.

    Location: 1016 K St, Sacramento, CA 95814, USA

    Open: Daily from 1 pm to 2 am

    Phone: +1 916-737-5999

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    Sac Brew Bike Bar

    Keep pedalling, enjoy the camaraderie, and party on

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    • Group

    With Sac Brew Bike Bar, you hop on Sacramento's original, specially designed 15-passenger bike with a host and roll to different brewpubs and bars in Midtown and Downtown. It’s basically a fun pub crawl on wheels! Among the many stops available are At Ease Brewing Company, Cider House, Public House Downtown, Federalist Public House and Beer Garden, and Kupros Craft House.

    Before getting on the bike, you and your party will be given a little briefing on what you’ve gotten yourselves into and, most importantly, how to put your legs to work on the pedals so you can tour the city with ease – pedalling and braking, starting and stopping at each stop sign you come to.

    Location: 1519 19th St, Sacramento, CA 95811, USA

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +1 916-952-7973

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