Most sports fans would love to see every game in person, but that can be financially challenging unless you shoot hoops in the NBA. But Sacramento fans can watch games happening all over the world right from a comfortable spot at these fun sports bars. If your goal is to enjoy the game without braving the elements or getting splinters from bleacher seating, you are sure to score here. Even better, you can quaff a beer or cocktail at better-than-stadium prices, feast on some great food and check out the action on big screen televisions.
Firestone Public House
1132 16th St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
This pub has 21 HD flat-screens and plenty of seating indoors and on two outdoor patios. The extensive menu has appetizers and full meals, and weekend brunch includes all of the mimosas you can drink. Brew fans keep the ball rolling with 60 beers from all over the world on tap. Adventurous types go the distance with the Firestone’s bacon bloody mary with pickled green beans, pepperoncini and vodka infused with bacon. Keep your eye on the big game prize; the pub is currently accepting booth and table reservations for the February 2, 2014 game. Call soon to reserve your spot.
Cheaters Sports Bar
3221 Folsom Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95816
Cheaters is a smaller, neighborhood place with no bells, whistles or upscale ambitions. The bar opens at 6 a.m. every day and stays open until 2 a.m. Staff and regulars are happy to welcome newcomers into the huddle, and many sports and games are available to watch. Cheaters makes generous drinks, and your wallet will not take a dive because the prices are lower than you would pay elsewhere. The bar does not offer food except on special occasions, so keep that in mind before you go down for the count.
723 56th St.
Sacramento, CA 95819
Clubhouse 56 has many dedicated and enthusiastic fans, due in part to the great sound system and sports-themed atmosphere. However, the real knockout punch is delivered by the numerous huge projector screens that make it feel like a 49er will land in your lap. Food from breakfast to pub fare is up for grabs and the kitchen is generally open until midnight. As the name would imply, Clubhouse is a large and comfortable spot, and the environment is much cleaner and better smelling than the average locker room. The service is very friendly, pours are heavy and prices on drinks and chow are on par with other sports bars.
1000 K St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
KBAR is a casual, hip mix of diners, drinkers and sports fans. Adjacent to Café Bernardo, the full selection of culinary goodies really go the distance. Televisions are hung all over the small space and the small selection of beers are reasonably priced. Located across from the Crest, many patrons huddle with friends and then go off the field to other venues. Happy hour prices are on the mark and the unique cocktails are real winners. The food really hits it out of the park, with items including house-made meatball subs, Gruyere cheese and caramelized onion sandwiches and sweet potato fries with sauces like blueberry ketchup. The $10 burger and beer specials feature Angus burgers in a league’s worth of varieties, with extras like a honey-Sriracha glaze, goat cheese and balsamic cherries.
1014 Alhambra Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95816
Take a chance on The Limelight. The environment may seem to be more minor league but the prices, food and friendly staff definitely bring it up to the majors. Enjoy the game on big and small screens and sip on specially priced brews during college and NFL games. Ticket prices for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner are low and the quality is high. No need to settle for boring pub grub as The Limelight serves up hits like house-made lasagna, garlic and asiago fries, serrano mozzarella sticks and pork chops with a sweet chili sauce. Generous cocktails and bottomless mimosas are sure to make your team cheer.
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