Looking for a place to hang out on a Friday or Saturday night with friends? Not in the mood for dancing,
loud music, and overwhelmingly large crowds? Need a place free from the worry of cover charges,
expensive drinks, dress codes, and an inability to even find a seat? If this sounds like you, then look no
further than these Sacramento-area bars who offer the most relaxed settings, cheap drinks, and good
times; all from the comfort of your own flip-flops.
7042 Folsom Blvd.
Hours: Mon-Sat: 4 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Title: Hookah bar at Bisla’s
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Open til 2 a.m. Monday through Saturday, Bisla’s offers three large areas including the main room that
doubles as the sports bar and dance floor, a smaller, more intimate space with private party seating,
and an outdoor patio complete with cabanas. All three areas feature their own bar creating a near non-
existent wait time for service. The walls are decked with large televisions whether you want to catch the
big game at a table with buffalo wings or outside under the stars. Bisla’s also features hookah!
2019 O St.
Hours: Mon-Sun: 1 pm – 12 am; Sun: 2 pm – 12 am
Though it may be one of the few bars in Sacramento that closes at midnight, Alley Katz draws in a
healthy crowd each weekend. Even with a crowd it’s almost more impossible not to find a seat, between
the booths along one wall, the bar, and the high-tables sprinkled around the middle. Easy to move, easy
to order, easy to find a good time.
2200 Lake Washington Blvd.
West Sacramento, CA
Hours: Mon -Thurs: 11 a.m.- 1 a.m.; Fri – Sat: 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.; Sun: 11 a.m. – 12 a.m.
One of three locations, Streets of London in West Sacramento provides nearly four times the space as
its Midtown sibling and is only a short ten minute drive away. With plenty of space inside, Streets of
London’s outdoor patio invites customers to enjoy one of the multiple fire pits. It’s the perfect place to
2730 N St.
Hours: Mon-Tue 11:30 a.m. – 1 a.m.; Wed 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 a.m.; Thu 11:30 a.m. – 3 a.m.; Fri
11:30 a.m. – 4 a.m.; Sat-Sun 9 a.m. – 4 a.m.
Open until 4 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, Inks Eats and Drinks is a great place to hang out with friends
or coworkers while enjoying cheap hors d’oeuvres. Boasting a 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. Happy Hour, customers
are treated to $3 drafts and sides. Come early for dinner, stay for the Happy Hour, or come back for
some late night food after everyone else closes.
502 29th St.
Hours: Daily 12 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Dive bar? Maybe. But it’s a great spot to kick back a few drinks with friends, play some darts, watch
some sports, and meet some people. Though Pine Cove offers nightly drink specials, the normal price on
any night won’t break your bank. Oh yeah, and there’s free popcorn!
1901 S St.
Hours: Mon-Thu 11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Fri 11:30 a.m. – 12 a.m.; Sat 9:30 a.m. – 12 a.m.
Granted you may have to throw a polo on over your t-shirt for this place, but there’s never a problem
getting a seat at Sweetwater and the same can be said for drink specials. With a variety of deals such as
buy one drink, get one free from 9-10 p.m., Sweetwater is a solid place to visit for a quiet, comfortable
Swabbies on the River
5871 Garden Hwy
Hours: Mon -Thu 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Fri 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sat 9:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sun 9:30 a.m. – 9
You simply cannot beat a bar in which you can drive your boat up to from the Sacramento River. Frankly,
it doesn’t matter how you get there, it’s about the experience once you get there. With the feel of a
walk-up beach bar, Swabbies features a jam-packed calendar of events from alcohol promotional nights
to live music. Famed for their fish tacos, Swabbies provides spacious, outdoor seating overlooking the
river for those warm summer nights. Cheap drinks, good eats, live music, and summer fun on the river?
Check. Swabbies is open seven days a week.
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