I wrote a feature on drinking cocktails, beer, and coffee in Sacramento, California for the July 2014 issue of Imbibe magazine that has just hit newsstands.
It's not online yet, but I'll link to it here if it goes up.
Never say I don't suffer for my art. On my first night in town, I hit 11 beer and cocktail bars. (Somewhere near the 11th, there was dive bar jukebox dancing. Unfortunately, video evidence of this exists.)
The next morning I got up early (a triumph in itself) and hit three or four coffee bars. As I have one cup of coffee a day at the most, my digestive system was nonplussed at this, and I spent most of the rest of the day in my hotel room. I did make it out to the few more bars I needed to hit that night, but let me tell you it was not easy.
Thanks to all the bartenders who showed me a good time, especially to Garrett Van Vleck of The Shady Lady who drove me to many of them.
Sacramento boozy travel facts:
- You can get there fromSan Francisco really easily: take BART to the Capital Cooridor train.
- They serve drinks on the train.
- At the Citizen Hotel, room prices actually go down $100/night on weekends, because all the people doing goverment business go home.
- Most of the bars serve food and are open from lunch until closing time. This means that you can have an epic day of cocktailing almost any day of the week.
So: Pick up the July/August issue of Imbibe, which should be hitting newsstands now.