Best Hip Bars In Sacramento

April 17, 2014 6:00 AM


Back in the 1950s, a hipster was an evolved hippy still alienated from the rest of society. Looking at the modern definition of the word, a hipster is defined as a person following the latest trends, fashions and styles. In searching for the best bars for hipsters in Sacramento, there was one group of bars that popped up almost instantly. There are one or two stand-alone bars that fit the profile with their own individual identities. Pay close attention to the following list if you want to find yourself sharing space with Sacramento’s trend-setting elite.
Mix Downtown
1525 L St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 442-8899  

A place like Mix is going to be the closest you’ll get to a Las Vegas lounge experience in Sacramento. Weather permitting, you and your guests can take advantage of rooftop lounging while ordering tastes from the “Small Bites” menu. With a warm, welcoming and extremely comfortable interior, you’ll feel right at home at Mix. Be sure to order one of the signature cocktails or martinis while on property, you won’t be sorry. Don’t forget to ask about bottle service for a great way to impress your guests or just treat yourself.

Cafeteria 15 L
1116 15th St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 492-1960

When we said goodbye to Mason’s, we really had no idea what to expect. Before it came to life, people heard the rumors of a cafeteria-style place that would be opening up with communal tables and casual fare. Many locals envisioned the high school lunch room when the concept was originally described. Everyone was wrong on this one. If you drive by Cafeteria 15 L on the weekend during the day, you’ll see tables packed with people enjoying brunch. At night, you will find a line to get in that forms around the block. Any night of the week is busy here, but be prepared to wait if you are a weekend warrior. Cafeteria 15 L also serves a full lunch and dinner menu including desserts. A creative yet modest cocktail and wine list are available as well.

K Bar
1000 K St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 446-9800

Let’s talk for a brief moment about a winning formula. Sacramento restaurant pioneer Randy Paragary has managed to make K Bar a place you want to be seen. The Cafe Bernardo concept is one that has become known for its killer breakfast and lunch business. These concepts also all have bars attached to them with their own pulse and personality. Most notable are Monkey Bar and R15 which, while all part of the same company, are completely different beasts. K Bar opened up and welcomed by the community immediately and continues to serve cocktails to the masses while supporting a life completely separate from that of Cafe Bernardo.
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Pizza Rock
1020 K St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 737-5638  

Pizza Rock is one of the projects that really launched the revitalization of K Street in Sacramento (along with several others). We will start by first saying this is not a “pizzeria.” Pizza Rock was the first in town to use ridiculously hot pizza ovens and make it famous. There are so many things that make this spot above average. The location itself is very trendy and it just feels like more than a pizza place. It could be because of the thought and care put into the concept by the owners and their chef. What they have given us is a great tasting pizza made with the freshest ingredients (love included). The restaurant has some great lighting, a great draw for nightlife, and a full bar which is something you won’t find at the little pizza shops down the road offering you only pitchers of beer.

Dive Bar
1016 K St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 737-5999

Dive Bar is another one of those hip places that really earned its place on this list. There is absolutely no other bar in town where you will ever find a mermaid swimming around in a giant fish tank. You can even arrange to have a mermaid be your private hostess providing bottle service to your party. Dive Bar also has a $3 happy hour going from Monday through Friday which includes food, beer and mixed drinks. Check the events calendar for live music schedules and other cool happenings. If you want to go all in while enjoying a night out in Sacramento, stop by Dive Bar.

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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