Best Bars For Business Drinks In Sacramento

August 22, 2013 5:00 AM

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In considering a bar to bring that potential client where you can close the deal or get that important contract signed, there are many things to consider. Lighting, atmosphere and service can all make big difference when it comes to conducting business of any nature. Finding a bar quiet enough to hear yourself think is obviously important. When you are out in a professional setting, you also want a professional staff serving you and your guests. You never know what is going to tip the scales in your favor so it just makes good sense to set yourself up for success. Here are some bars and eateries recommended for doing business any day of the week.

Gallager’s Irish Pub
1201 K St.
Sacramento, CA 95857
(916) 444-3444

Gallager’s is part of The Broiler Steakhouse but has its own room with a separate entrance. Food ordered at the bar will come from the steakhouse and Gallager’s has its own bar menu as well as the full Broiler menu available. Walking distance from the Capital, this bar is a natural choice for patrons conducting business. The bar area is usually quiet enough to keep conversations and the setting is relaxed. While Gallager’s has been around for a while, it is still one of Sacramento’s best-kept secrets.

The Waterboy
2000 Capitol Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 498-9891

The Waterboy has been one of Sacramento’s leaders in refined service, culinary creativity and ambiance for many years. This restaurant is one of the pioneers when it comes not just to destination dining in Sacramento but business dining as well. Owner Rick Mahan is also the proprietor of One Speed Pizza, an eatery that was immediately welcomed by Sacramento residents and beyond. The Waterboy is upscale in every sense of the word. The warm surroundings at The Waterboy make it a great place to close the deal.

Restaurant Thir13en
1300 H St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 594-7669

Located at the historic Sterling Hotel, this restaurant and bar has earned a name for itself since its opening. Thir13en is separately owned and operated from the hotel and is its own entity entirely. Both the dining room and patio provide excellent surroundings for entertaining business clients. You can enjoy a variety of creative craft cocktails while nibbling on tasty treats prepared by local celebrity chef and part owner Adam Pechal. Adam was recently a contestant on ABC’s “The Taste,” a reality cooking show hosted by Anthony Bourdain and other famous chefs. Pechal is also a partner at Tuli Bistro which is a Sacramento favorite. Thir13en also has a full-service catering and event department serving guests both on site and off property.

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Grange Restaurant & Bar
926 J St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 492-4450

Grange Restaurant and Bar is located inside of the Citizen Hotel. Historically, hotel restaurants and bars carry a stigma of being attached to the hotel and being generic. Grange has managed what many hotel restaurants and bars strive for, it has created its own identity and reputation. Both the cocktail list and menu are artfully put together. The room is filled with a professional and knowledgeable staff whose goal is to create the perfect experience.

Nishiki Sushi
1501 16th St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 446-3629

Nishiki is the only sushi bar to make this list. Certainly more than a few business deals have been made over sake bombs and delicious rolls. The bar has strong and innovative drinks and there are usually specials every day of the week. You won’t find loud crowds of people partying it up at Nishiki. While people inside are most certainly enjoying themselves, the atmosphere is low key enough to get the job done on business.

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As a hospitality professional Andy Soto has worked every facet of the industry. He currently leads the team at Spectrum Restaurant Consulting. He started writing a hospitality blog in 2009 and restaurant writing for Sacramento Press in 2010. In 2011 Andy became a Sacramento Restaurant Examiner for His work can be found on