In Sacramento, nightlife begins as soon as the sun sets beyond the Tower Bridge. So, it’s no surprise that the City of Trees is also home to dozens of late-night hangout spots that includes everything from music venues that specialize in live metal, an arcade bar that houses more than 40 arcade games from the ’80s, and also a Mediterranean lounge that sends out the belly dancers to entertain guests not just on week nights, but every single night. Who says nightlife should only be reserved for the weekends? So, grab some friends or a date and check off one or more of these venues for a lot of nighttime fun.
The Starlite Lounge
1517 21st St.
Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 704-0711
www.starlitelounge.net

One late-night spot on the grid is the Starlite Lounge. Once a former dance club known as the Town House where smoke machines, indie, pop and new wave music ruled the night, is now under new ownership and known as a destination for live metal music. New name, owner, bartenders, decor (which includes a life-size robot) and more contributed to the new direction of the venue and now metal bands from Sacramento to Denver Colo., from Germany and the United Kingdom all perform regularly upstairs in this midtown late-night hot spot. Along with a stiff drink and a wide selection of craft beers, the Starlite Lounge also has a full kitchen that serves burgers, tacos and more. 

B-Side
1430 S St.
Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 706-1830
www.b-sidesacramento.com

New to the late-night scene in Sacramento, B-Side is a hub and bar stop for true audiophiles. Whether your music taste ranges from soul and R&B artists like Otis Redding or Wilson Pickett or perhaps dabbles in new wave and ’80s goth rock, the rotating list of deejays at B-Side have all genres on deck. What’s more, the building’s outdoor look resembles a large hi-fi stereo complete with tuner knobs. Here at B-Side, downtown dwellers can enjoy a no-frills beer and shot of whiskey while enjoying the low-lit ambiance and old-school appeal.

Kasbah Lounge
2115 J St.
Sacramento, CA 95816
(916) 442-4388
www.kasbahlounge.com

Kasbah Lounge is a true haven for nocturnal party animals with its outdoor patio, variety of hookah flavors, full bar, delicious spread of Mediterranean cuisine, and each and every night either belly dancers or tribal dancing troupes take over the lounge. At Kasbah Lounge, nightlife isn’t just reserved for the weekends, it’s an everyday affair. So, between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m., dancers will be entertaining guests indoors and outdoors, which gives Kasbah that extra little kick that most Sacramento venues lack. Pro tip: Kasbah Lounge also has the best daytime happy hour in town with pitchers of sangria and small bites that range from fresh hummus and pita to falafel and creamy dips.

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Coin-Op Game Room
908 K St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 661-6983
www.coinopsac.com

What could be better than a full bar and all the classic arcade games to play until your heart’s desire? At Coin-Op Game Room in Downtown Sacramento, this is a nightly reality. With more than 40 classic arcade games from the early ’80s and ’90s, this bar is really a gamer’s paradise. If pinball is more your style, there are six machines that rank in the top 20 of all time according to Pinside.com. The lineup includes: Lord Of The Rings No. 5, AC/DC No.7, Theatre Of Magic No. 9, White Water No. 18, Wizard Of Oz No.19, and Simpsons Pinball Party No. 20. Arcade games range from Donkey Kong, Contra, Punch Out, NBA Jam, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Pac-Man and the list goes on.

Tank House BBQ & Bar
1925 J St.
Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 431-7199
www.tankhousebbq.com

Tank House BBQ & Bar is located on one of the most vibrant streets in Sacramento: J Street. A simple stroll down J Street is met with a variety of bars, coffee shops, eateries, modern lofts, comedy clubs, adult toy stores and even a gaming company. But, one distinct feature Tank House brings to its busy midtown location is the aroma of smoked barbecue that fills the entire neighborhood with cherry and oak-smoked ribs, brisket, pork, chicken and hot links. Stop by Tank House, which is open until 2 a.m. on the weekends and try the Dirty Tots, which is a basket of crispy-fried tater tots topped with cheese and your choice of slow-smoked meat.

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I’m Steph and I enjoy writing about every topic imaginable: hard-hitting news, fun profiles on eccentric artists, music features about the loudest band in town, food-related content that tickles the appetite, in-depth audio interviews with award-winning authors, and more. I’m an award-winning freelance journalist living in Sacramento, Calif. with my partner, David, and our one-year-old son, Elliot. Follow me on Twitter: @wordstospill; Instagram: @writeitgirl.

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