Summer is for a lot of things, and an outdoor patio game with a refreshing brew in hand is most definitely a staple. Many area drinking holes sweeten their pots with lawn games. Look no further than Midtown, Citrus Heights, or West Sacramento to tap into this outdoor gaming and drinking phenomenon. Here’s a sort list of these aforementioned drinking (corn) holes to help you make the most of the summer weather in all its glory.
The Federalist
2009 Matsui Alley
Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 661-6134

This might seem like an odd entry, but considering you can grab a craft beer, a homemade Kombucha, some of the best pizza in Sac and play a game of bocce ball–rain or shine–make The Federalist a righteous option. The grass may be artificial, but the open-air layout of the Federalist says, “Yes, you can have it all.” And the atmosphere of this converted storage container is unbeatable.

Rocky’s 7440 Club
7440 Auburn Blvd.
Citrus Heights, CA 95610
(916) 726-4389

Like a playground for adults, this club maybe a bit out of the way (Citrus Heights), but it has it all your fantastical mind can handle. We’re talking DJs and dancing and big screen TVs inside, with a fire pit, a sand volleyball pit, and lawn games outside. There’s karaoke on Wednesday night, and straight-up dive bar culture every night. Get down with your badder self in the company of other like-minded individuals.

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Der Biergarten
2332 K St.
Sacramento, CA 95816
(916) 346-4572

Hey! Let’s hit up this Bavarian style beer joint I know for some awesome beer, great food and a rousing game of cornhole! This bar clearly states that “If it’s raining, we’re closed.” It’s all part of the authenticity and ambiance of this strictly outdoors drinking establishment. This drinking hole–smack dab in the middle of the Midtown district–doesn’t have DJs or dance music, but they do have a unique space to socialize over a pint. Grab a board game, or hit the Foosball tables. And don’t forget the cornhole.

Alley Katz
2019 O St.
Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 442-2682

But if you’re looking for that big screen TV to maybe take in a fight or a match along with your cornhole, look no further than this Midtown establishment. Alley Catz is tucked away on O Street, offering drinks and an American style menu. The bar room is spacious, the TVs plentiful, and June marks the start of cornhole tournament season. With a long and plentiful happy hour (Monday through Friday, 3 to 7 p.m.) Alley Catz does it right. Knock off work and head to this spot for all the drinks, food, and games you can handle.

West Sac Sports Bar & Grill
3340 Jefferson Blvd.
West Sacramento, CA 95691
(916) 372-0777

Featuring a patio bar that has… you guessed it… CORNHOLE! A gamer bar filled with pool tables, dart boards, and that infamous cornhole patio. Have a brew, share some laughs–your troubles are over, dude. West Sac Sports Bar & Grill is an oasis in West Sac. Get there and do your thing, whatever game that thing is.

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Christopher Millard is a freelance writer and cultural critic whose music reviews can be found on He also works as a publicist for Valence Communications Group and is a contributor to the health and wellness magazine, Hybrid. Chris currently resides in Sacramento, California.