From a raucous, rowdy crowd at a rip-roaring sports bar to the neighborhood sports pub where everybody knows your name, the Sacramento area is the place to watch the Kings. Put on the purple or don the crown and show your support for the hometown team at some of the best bar bets to cheer for the Sacramento Kings.

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Players Sports Pub & Grill
4060 Sunrise Blvd.
Fair Oaks, CA 95628
(916) 967-8492

Hours: Mon to Fri – 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sat to Sun – 9 a.m. to 2 a.m.

The Sacramento Kings are only the beginning of the action sports lovers can catch at Players Sports Pub & Grill. Players is home to three big screens, 35 HD TVs and 15 satellites. Fans can congregate for Niner’s games, Raider’s rivalries, Giants match-ups and Athletics events as well as UFC bouts and more. If you feel watching sports goes better while engaging in some of your own, Players offers regular and soft tip darts, foozball and video games. A digital jukebox and karaoke every Monday, Friday and Saturday can be heard rockin’ the joint while other patrons can enjoy free WiFi, happy hour and designated driver services. Sports fans can call for the daily sports schedule and a full menu is available all day. Group parties are available for those who like catching the games with their buddies.

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Cheaters Sports Bar
3221 Folsom Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95816
(916) 736-0563

Hours: Daily 6 a.m. to 2 a.m.

For the feel of a neighborhood bar with the Kings on the tube, Cheaters is the place to go in East Sacramento. The bar doesn’t offer food, but they won’t turn you away if you’re bringing in your own. The beer is on tap for $3.75 or less and well drinks are only $3, so this is one of the city’s more budget-friendly spots to catch a Kings game. There is also a full bar that gets the thumbs up from patrons for the economically priced, stiff drinks. The jukebox keeps the music playing, the popcorn is always free and the sports memorabilia plastered on the walls will keep you interested before or after the game. The Kings games aren’t the extent of the sports enthusiasm here, though. During football season, Cheaters is known as the gathering place for die-hard Steelers fans. At Cheaters, you’ll mostly find a crowd of regulars, but new-comers are always welcome, as long as they’re cheering for the right team.

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Idle Hour
6816 Fruitridge Road
Sacramento, CA 95820
(916) 383-0585

Hours: Daily 6 a.m. to 2 a.m.

With plenty of room for sports nuts, Idle Hour considers the Kings’ games must-see TV. Welcoming locals and newbies alike with a friendly, neighborhood bar feel, Idle Hour Sports Bar also offers billiards tables and food from the grill.A call to Idle Hour will also cook-to-order phone orders to go.While the grub is mostly Mexican themed, both food and drink orders are easy on the wallet with four types of $1.50 tacos, a burger and fries plate for under $4 and an Idle Hour special on ice cold beer in $2.50 and $1.50 sizes. The affordability at this spot makes Idle Hour another great place to go watch Kings games. You can hear everything from rock to Latin music on the jukebox, and on Fridays and Saturdays, patrons can take to the karaoke stage to belt out their favorite tunes.

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