I don’t know about you, but I love dive bars. If you’re not a club or lounge person, or if you’re not into the whole pretentious club scene in Sacramento, then dive bars are definitely for you. These are some of the best dive bars in Sacramento, and without a doubt, my absolute favorites.
The Elixir Bar – This dive bar is located in downtown Sacramento and is known for heavy pours on the drinks and some great eats. Did I mention you could grab a cocktail for only $4?! And no need to wait for a DJ to hopefully play something you’ll like; you can listen to whatever floats your boat on their awesome jukebox! Also, if you’re still hungry after the bars close, La Garnacha is just blocks away and they’re open 24 hours and serve some scrumptious Mexican food.
Cheaters – This bar is a super fun and lively bar located in East Sacramento that is popular for many different locals. You’ll find a lot of regulars here and the bartenders are known to give away the first round free to their regulars…score! They serve stiff drinks for a great price, and they have lots of TVs to watch sports on.
Q Street Bar and Grill (aka Benny’s) – Benny’s is by far my favorite dive bar in Sacramento! They have super awesome bartenders who make the strongest drinks in town for very low prices; I’m talking so strong that I went back and asked for more juice, which I never do. They have a really cool jukebox that has any music you could possibly want to listen to. They have a bar inside and on their outside patio (which is my favorite spot to hang out). Also, right next-door is Chitas, which is a great late night eatery that serves amazing Mexican food to all the locals after the bars close.
Pine Cove – This dive is known for its incredible karaoke nights! Every Tuesday night, this dive bar gets packed with tons of people who love to sing and listen to karaoke. Most nights, there are some excellent singers in here and there’s just a great atmosphere. Staff and patrons alike are friendly and fun and the bartenders make great drinks at low prices. Get ready to get your sing on!
All of these dive bars are favorites of Sacramento. They are known for their cheap stiff drinks and chill atmospheres. These are great escapes from the local club scene. Make sure you check out Lyft for your transportation needs. They even give you two free rides when you download their app. Happy diving!