6125 Riverside Blvd,
Sacramento, CA 95381
The Trap is one of Sacramento’s oldest dive bars. First opened in 1861, The Trap is one of Sacramento’s longest running businesses. This establishment used to be a saloon and grocery store before it gained its infamous name. Originally called Pimentel’s Ingleside Cafe and known by locals as Pimentel’s Saloon, it was used as a bar on one side and a grocery store on the other. There were entrances on both sides so the local women didn’t have to traverse through the bar. Today patrons can stop in for a good game of pool and a rousing rendition of karaoke.
806 L St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
You can’t mention Sacramento historical bar history without mentioning Frank Fat’s. Sure, Fat’s restaurant does have a dedicated Bar and Grill in Old Sacramento, but when you’re talking historical, the original Fat’s restaurant (and bar) on L Street is where the history lies. Standing for more than 76 years, the original owner immigrated from China back in 1919 and opened Frank Fat’s 20 years later, which used to house a Sacramento speakeasy. Only two blocks from the capitol, it became a favorite place for politicians to bring their work and was the site of the infamous “Napkin Deal.”
1415 16th St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
Simon’s Bar & Cafe is another great Capitol watering hole. Opened in 1984 and owned and operated by the same owner ever since, its seen such famous patrons as our former Governor Jerry Brown and former Sacramento King’s Center Vlade Divac. More importantly, it’s been a local neighborhood fixture thats survived despite newer establishments opening up all around it. The food isn’t too bad, either. The garlic chicken alone is reason enough to visit.
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2326 K St.
Sacramento, CA 95816
What’s old is new again with The Golden Bear, as this former bar is now one of Sacramento’s best places to grab drinks and a fresh meal with good friends. Before Golden Bear it was Drago’s circa 1980s, first opening in the mid ’70s also known for its brunches and good coffee that served farm fresh food and crepes. Drago’s turned into Cafe Paris and Cafe Montreal in the ’90s, then Cafe Mexicas and Cafe 24K. Once termed a dive bar, it’s now a return to Sacramento culinary tradition emphasizing local ingredients and flavours.
Sacramento, CA 95818
Established in 1938 but recently closed due to a fire, Joe Marty’s will reopen this fall, and better than ever. The original business was owned by Sacramento resident and former MLB player for the Cubs and Phillies, Joe Marty. Marty then went on to manage the Sacramento Solons, a local Triple A-team. When it reopens, it will be a family friendly local sports bar and bistro. Hopefully they’ll stuff it full of baseball memorabilia like the old Joe Marty’s.
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