It is said the blues ain’t nothin’ but a good man feelin’ bad, but a night out at blues bar always makes audiences feel good. Whether you’re listening to your favorites on an old juke or a more modern method, these bars feature some of the best blues from local musicians and national touring acts the Sacramento area has to offer. These bluesy bars know promise delicious drinks and soulful sounds every night.

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The Torch Club
904 15th St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 443-2797

Hours: Tues to Sun. – 2 p.m. to 2 a.m.

The Torch Club’s booze and blues brings in crowds from all over. Brought to life in the early ’30s, it is touted as Sacramento’s premier blues club, with live local and national acts six days a week. The Torch Club also fills its rooms with celebratory special events such as beer week, holiday shindigs and CD-release parties as well as the more common no-cover happy hour and acoustic open mic nights.

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Po’ Boyz Bar & Grill
9580 Oak Avenue Pkwy.
Folsom, CA 95814
(916) 444-3357

Hours: Sun to Thurs – 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.; Fri to Sat – 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
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A sponsor of the 2012 Sacramento Blues Fest, Po’ Boyz is the home of Cajun-American cuisine and even hotter blues. This hot spot, which Po’ Boyz calls a slice of ‘Nawlins flavor, is said to be not quite a Cajun country juke join, but ripe with the feel of the blues from the owner’s hometown in Louisiana. The Blues House promises everything from local to big names in a comfortable, homey setting. In addition to its robust blues, Po’ Boyz Blues House offers regular events including open mic, comedy and trivia.

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Louie’s Cocktail Lounge
3030 Mather Field Road
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
(916) 362-9151

Hours: Mon to Fri – 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sat – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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A weekly gig supported by the Sacramento Blues Society rips its way through the midweek slump on Wednesdays at Louie’s Cocktail Lounge with an open blues jam packed full of area musicians. The blues blasts off at 8 p.m. A monthly blues jam is also scheduled for 2 p.m. on the first Sunday of the month. Just two blocks from the light rail station, Louie’s is the perfect place for a long night of tunes and delicious drinks with lots of blues and no worries.

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PowerHouse Pub
614 Sutter St. # D
Folsom, CA 95630
(916) 355-8586

Hours: Mon to Thurs – 3 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Fri to Sat – 12 p.m. to 12 a.m.; Sun – 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.
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PowerHouse Pub puts on the PowerHouse of Blues weekly on Sundays from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. As if that isn’t enough, it follows that with another Sacramento Blues Society-supported blues jam that runs from 7 p.m. until close. Quite the spectacle with a 40-foot wall of premium liquors, the PowerHouse boasts more than 25 years in the area, with a renovation that brought it from biker to bluesy in 1999. Bring the drinks up to the deck to listen to tunes and watch the crowds flow by on historic Sutter Street.

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Marilyn’s on K
908 K St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 446-4361

Hours: Thurs to Fri – 3 p.m. to 2 a.m..; Tues, Wed, Sat – 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Although it boasts live music of all genres, Marilyn’s on K kicks starts the first Tuesday of every month with the Bob Woods Duo Blues Happy Hour from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. With four decades of musical prowess behind him, Woods brings the blues gratis to Marilyn attendees. From a western swing band, Bob Woods is now an awesome Americana/blues/rockabilly mix. Find Marilyn’s on the sidewalk level of the K Street Mall between 9th and 10th.

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