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Hot Halloween Spots in Sacramento

October 27, 2011 12:00 AM

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By Juliet Farmer

Halloween is one of the only acceptable times of the year when adults can play dress up. When you decide to don a costume and you don’t want to stick out like a sore thumb (unless, of course, that’s what your costume is!), now you’ll know where to go to celebrate the Halloween spirit. You may not be bobbing for apples at any of these spots, but at least you’ll enjoy costume camaraderie. Who knows, you might even win a prize if your costume impresses the powers that be. So, whether you want to masquerade as a pirate, flapper, dead rock star, or even a cave girl, you’ll be in good company if you head to one of these hot Halloween spots in Sacramento.
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Old Ironsides
1901 10th Street
Sacramento, CA
(916) 443-9751
Hours: Mon – Fri 8 a.m. – 2 a.m., Sat 6 p.m. – 2 a.m. (Closed Sun)
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If you like to dress up for Halloween and you like rock music, put two and two together at the Old Ironsides annual “Dead Rock Stars” Halloween show, where for the past 10 years, local bands perform three or four songs originally sung by each of their favorite dead rock stars. This year, the show starts at 8 p.m. on Halloween, and cover starts at $8. There will be lots of prizes handed out for costumes, too. Old Ironsides is 21 and older.

Insider tip: If you don’t feel like heading out on a “school night,” Old I will also have live, Halloween-themed music the days before.

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Badlands
2003 K Street
Sacramento, CA
(916) 448-8790
Hours: Mon – Thur 6 p.m. – 2 a.m., Fri – Sat 5 p.m. – 2 a.m., Sun 4 p.m. – 2 a.m.
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When you’ve settled on a killer Halloween costume, you might want to head to Badlands, where rumor has it past years’ costume prizes have included the likes of Lady Gaga tickets. Badlands is also one place where you’re guaranteed not to be the only one in costume. Better yet, even if you feel like your costume is beyond over the top, chances are it’s not and you’ll blend right in. The cover at Badlands varies, and the biggest Halloween party is likely to fall on Saturday night (but come back on Halloween, because there’s sure to be more costume fun!). Badlands is 21 and older.

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Dive Bar
1022 K Street
Sacramento, CA
(916) 737-5770
Hours: Daily 3 p.m. – 2 a.m.
www.divebarsacramento.com

Celebrate Dive Bar’s first Halloween by subscribing to their motto: Go Big, Go Large. While you certainly don’t have to stick to their omnipresent mermaid theme, you might get bonus points for finding a creative way to dive into Halloween here. This Halloween party is Saturday night, and the cover will start at $15 (call for more details). Dive Bar is 21 and older.

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Shady Lady
1409 R Street, #101
Sacramento, CA
(916) 231-9121
Hours: Mon – Fri 11 a.m. – 2 a.m., Sat – Sun 9 a.m. – 2 a.m.
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Jazz it up at the Shady Lady and enjoy live music while you compare Halloween costumes with your friends. Typical musical performers include Alex Jenkins Trio, although Harley White Jr. Orchestra has been known to stop by for special occasions (Halloween is special, right?). This Halloween party will likely start on Saturday, but you might find it still going strong come Halloween (Sundays and Mondays are busy nights at Shady Lady, dontcha know?). Shady Lady is 21 and older.

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Torch Club
904 15th Street
Sacramento, CA
(916) 443-2797
Hours: Tue – Sun 2 p.m. – 1 a.m.
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Torch Club gets in the Halloween spirit with a two-day party (on Saturday and Sunday) like no other–full of blues, ghouls and lots of fun. Participate in the costume contest, or just sit back and enjoy the Halloween festivities while you listen to some great blues. Cover and live music vary, but if the blues are your thing, a good time is virtually guaranteed. Torch Club is 21 and older.

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If you’re still dressed up for Halloween and not ready to call it a night, head to:
Pre-Flite Lounge
513 L Street, #9
Sacramento, CA
(916) 441-7963
Hours: Mon – Wed 11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m., Thur – Fri 11:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. – 10 p.m.
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Juliet Farmer was born and raised in Sacramento, where she resides with her husband, two cats, and rescued greyhound. She is a freelance writer who regularly writes about food, pets, health and wellness, entertainment, and more.
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