Sacramento used to have a reputation as being a snoozy capitol city with lackluster food and drink. Most people wouldn’t recommend it as a fun place to go, but now it’s a different story! The city is experiencing a renaissance of sorts, with young people flocking to the city as a cheaper option after being priced out of the bay area. With this economic boom, Sacramento is starting to transform itself into a hipster haven.
Where to Eat
Red Rabbit is the perfect place to go with a group of friends. The cocktails are delicious, the food is prepared well and the vibe is upbeat. There is good reason why this place is super packed.
Somehow the French know how to take the simplest things and turn them up a notch to be absolutely delicious. Cafe Rolle provides a classic lunch menu but their sandwiches and salads are so gratifying. This small restaurant can easily fly under the radar as you drive by it but do not miss the opportunity to stop and grab a bite.
LowBrau Bierhall is a fun one! If you end up here on a wild weekend, just know that you will have a nice tap list and perfect drinking food to keep you satiated. Despite the long bathroom lines, this is not a bad spot to begin your night or end it.
When looking for highly rated brunch spots in Sacramento, Pushkin’s popped up on the list. Having grown up in a Russian household, the author Pushkin was literally a household name. When I heard about this restaurant I was intrigued. There are some Eastern European influenced dishes but I would not go here expecting a reincarnation of Mother Russia. Instead, come here for a nice brunch and leave it at that. If you do, you’ll be sure to have a great meal. Also, for those who are vegan, Pushkin’s has an entire vegan brunch menu! Recommendation: pork belly eggs benedict (pictured below).
Jungle Bird is Sacramento’s premier tiki bar. The bar opened on October 26, 2016 and has been one of my favorite places in Sacremento ever since. With knowledgeable bar tenders that are passionate about tiki culure, they will sling you delicious drinks in minutes. The atmosphere is festive, the drinks are strong, and the conversation is always fun. Take a break from the real world and hang out in the jungle!
This Berkeley based brewery has a good thing going at their location in Sacramento. The tap list is always interesting, they always change things up! Fieldwork also provides Sac with some solid sours for those who are looking for that style of beer.
Coming from Portland, I felt right at home in Moksa. There were plenty of bearded dudes in flannel to remind me that I’m in a brewery. The great thing about Moksa was that I was able to find a delicious high ABV% beer on the menu, which warmed my soul. This brewery was spacious and was nearly full on a Friday night. It’s a great spot to stop if you’re on your way into the mountains. Also, feel free to bring in your own grub. This place is BYOF (bring your own food) friendly! Also, they allow dogs so don’t forget to bring your pup!
Things to Do
Attend a Baseball Game
Sacramento gets hot, but one of the best things about the heat is the ability to catch a baseball game in the evening while being met with a cool breeze and a beer in hand. Having grown up in San Francisco, I had never been to a baseball game in shorts until attending a Rivercats game on a hot August night. Even if you don’t like sports, the people watching and fireworks make the experience worth it.
Bike Around Town
Sacramento is flat. Which means that biking around town is a breeze! If you have time to kill, rent a bicycle and hop around town to the many breweries and restaurants that Sac has to offer. You will rarely need to climb a hill (are there any??) and you still get a chance to burn some calories while having fun. It’s a win/win!
Go Wine Tasting
If you haven’t been wine tasting in the Amador wine region, you definitely need to check it out! The greatest thing about this region is that is hasn’t been completely tainted by wine snobs and ritzy resorts. Amador County is down to earth, humble and rustic. The wines that come out of this region tend to be bold Zinfandel’s, that I have come to love very much. My favorite winery in that region is Cooper Vinyards with Amador Cellars as a close second (and right down the street!).