By Kevin Young

If you want to go traipse off on an adventurous and fun bar crawl, then a suggested locale would be midtown Sacramento. But before you go crawling, a hearty brunch is a good suggestion, because when you go drinking, you will need to have ample energy. Here is an exceptional brunch spot to hearten your palate and get sated, and three bars that each has something unique to offer in their own way that will quench your bar-laden thirst.

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1730 L Street
Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 444 -1100
Hours: Daily 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
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Part of a larger San Francisco chain that originally opened in 1990, this trendy spot, which opened in 2004, has a large variety of freshly homemade crepes, for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They come with a large variety of fruit, such as strawberries, raspberry, and apple. You can even design your own crepe or omelet. You can also try out the large selection of eggs, sandwiches, bagels, and pastas. This is the perfect spot to begin the day before hitting the midtown neighborhood for a fun day of drinking. Whether you like your crepe with fruit or egg, this posh spot has a variety that will please all drinkers on hand.

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1801 Capitol Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 441-0303
Hours: Mon to Wed – 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Thu – 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Fri to Sat 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.

Besides just a wide selection of alcohol, Zócalo has a Mexican-style ambiance that is welcoming to any patron – with its large palm trees and exquisite art décor. You can belly up to the bar, squeeze into a comfy booth, or sit outside with your group of friends. Zócalo is the main plaza or square in the historic center of Mexico City, and it seems only appropriate that it would be in the heart of midtown. This spot has a large variety of alcohol, and is popular for its selection of Mexican beer, margaritas, and, of course tequila. The blackberry margarita is especially popular among patrons. You can sip on a Tecate, or a margarita, get some tequila shots, while snacking on chips and salsa. And you can check out live entertainment by Dinorah or Edson.

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Rubicon Brewery Company
2004 Capitol Avenue,
Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 448-7032
Hours: Mon to Thu – 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.; Fri – 11 a.m to 12:30 a.m; Sat 8:30 a.m. to 12:30
a.m.; Sun – 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Rubicon Brewery definitely has some history behind it. For more than twenty years, Rubicon has been one of the premiere microbreweries in Sacramento. Whether you like your beer light or dark, Rubicon delivers. Some of their beers are seasonal – one of the most popular summer beers is the Monkey Knife Fight Pale Ale. Made with crystal malts, this ale has just enough “Noble hops” one can savor in each and every sip. If you like your beer light, the Hefeweizen may be just what you crave.

Monkey Bar
2730 Capitol Avenue,
Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 442-8490
Hours: Mon to Thu – 11:30 a.m. to 12 a.m., Fri – 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m., Sat – 9 a.m. to 2 a.m., Sun 9
a.m. to 12 am

Monkey bar is a great spot to cap off a day of drinking. If you want to monkey around, then this is the spot to do it. Monkey bar provides a large outdoor patio, ample bar seating, tables with barstools, and a lounging area equipped with a pool table and dart board, as well as a comfy couch. There is also a digital jukebox to play your favorite tunes. You can also get $2 domestics and well drinks seven days a week.

Kevin Young began his writing career as a sports writer, which led to feature stories, and news reporting for several print and online publications. He also has performed stand up comedy for 14 years, and enjoys completing crossword puzzles.