Clearly the most important attribute a bar can have on a rainy day is a roof. When it’s pouring outside people seek a warm welcoming environment where they can relax while waiting for things to calm down on the outside. It’s also going to be helpful if you can obtain a decent bite to eat and a tasty libation while trying to stay dry. The following bars have built a reputation for knowing how to treat all who pass through their doors.
Woodstock’s Pizza Davis
219 G St
Davis, CA 95616
(530) 757-2525

Woodstock’s is arguably the best place in Davis for pizza. This Davis staple offers five different types of pizza sauce, including the popular creamy sriracha as well as thirty two pizza toppings. For those with dietary restrictions (or preferences) they offer Daiya Vegan Cheese. Woodstock’s uses locally sourced ingredients in their food  and has a great selection of West Coast beers. This pizza place has a full bar and flat screens all over the place so you can enjoy any game. Woodstock’s also has board games and arcade games which helps make things feel more like home on a rainy day.

The River City Saloon
916 2nd St
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 443-6852

There’s something old and comforting about River City Saloon, perhaps because it’s been there forever.This Old Sacramento favorite is a great place to hang out on a rainy day. The large windows will allow you to watch the wet world go by while you remain dry and cozy inside the bar. River City has a couple of old arcade games and some billiards to help pass the time while your there as well as all the peanuts you can eat. The two-dollar shots of Jack Daniels with a pint of beer are a good deal. If you get hungry during your visit, the deli sandwiches are more than worth it.

Pearl On The River
1379 Garden Hwy
Sacramento, CA 95833
(916) 567-3275

It doesn’t matter if it’s rain or sunshine in the forecast, you’re always going to be surrounded by water at Pearl. This restaurant on the river is an awesome place to to dry off when it’s moist and grey outside. Chef Mathew Jones is always ready with a creative selection of both small bites and entrees. The full bar offers up all the classics as well as a strong selection of craft cocktails. There’s also a ton of room at Pearl if you happen to be stranded with a large group on any particular rainy day. As a matter of fact, group dining is one of the things Pearl On The River does best offering up three, four and five course menus.

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3637 S Port Dr
Sacramento, CA 95826
(916) 363-0302

The Mushroom Lounge has all that a local dive bar could offer (except for live music perhaps). They have pool tables and darts but most importantly, ridiculously strong drinks. This is a place where regulars congregate, but new friends are always welcome. For those who crave their nicotine, there is an enclosed patio in the back to get your smoke on. The Mushroom Lounge is a dark and dry place to hang your hat while the raindrops are falling.

Kupros Craft House
1217 21st St
Sacramento, CA 95816
(916) 440-0401

What better place to be on a rainy day than home? Well, Kupros is as close as you’ll get. This old Victorian style home was converted into a restaurant and bar a few years ago and has greeted many a guest since opening day. Chef Martin Hutton has put quite a bit of time and effort into turning Kupros  into a consistent place to visit. The menu is fresh and vibrant and this ever evolving bar has recently put a lot of energy into front of the house service training. Add these things to the already successful bar program and… we have a winner folks. It has taken a bit of time to build up but all things have come to fruition at Kupros. Brunch is a highly recommended weekly event at Kupros, but get there early for a good seat.

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As a hospitality professional Andy Soto has worked every facet of the industry. He currently leads the team at Spectrum Restaurant Consulting. He started writing a hospitality blog in 2009 and restaurant writing for Sacramento Press in 2010. In 2011 Andy became a Sacramento Restaurant Examiner for His work can be found on