Where to Get the Best Bar Bites in Sacramento
Sacramento has an impressive selection of bars serving a wide range of options from craft beer to handcrafted cocktails. Complement your drink of choice with these mouth-watering small bite menus with options to suit every taste. Common bar bite offerings include tater tots, flatbread, pretzels, fried vegetables, nachos, and other shareable plates.
Whether you prefer a light and healthy side or a heavier option to fill you up, explore some of our favorite bar bite menus in the city to satisfy your late-night cravings!
1719 34th Street
Photo Courtesy of Ate6 Media via Canon
After opening its doors last fall, Canon quickly became one of our favorite recent additions to the Sacramento dining scene in 2017. This chef-driven eatery in East Sacramento comes from native Sacramentan and Michelin-star chef, Brad Cecchi, and former LowBrau owner, Clay Nutting. The two created a remarkable restaurant focused on shareable plates, both small and large. The drink menu at Canon perfectly complements the selection of bar bites, from a simple bread plate to chicken drumsticks, and roasted carrots to fresh oysters. You can opt to keep things light or fill up by ordering several plates to split. Plus, the modern and sleek interior at Canon completes the picture-perfect dining experience! Don’t miss Canon’s happy hour Tuesday–Friday from 4–6 p.m.
Midtown’s Cantina Alley
2320 Jazz Alley
It seems Midtown’s Cantina Alley is continuously appearing on prestigious lists even though they just opened last year. In fact, the restaurant is another one of our favorite new restaurants from 2017. Tucked away in Jazz Alley between J and K Streets, this lively cantina serves authentic traditional Mexican street food, tequila-based cocktails, and imported Mexican beers on draft. The airy patio serves as the perfect place to relax with a margarita and some artisan tacos. Just about anything on the menu will complement the drinks at their full bar!
Grange Restaurant and Bar
926 J Street
This high-end bar and eatery nestled in the Citizen Hotel has one of our favorite drink programs in the city. Grange is extremely focused on farm-to-table fare, exemplified in their locally sourced menu and handcrafted cocktails comprised of only the finest and freshest ingredients. One of the best times to visit Grange is during their daily happy hour from 3–6 p.m., which consists of delectable cocktails for $7, wine for $6, and local beer for $5. Grange also serves a selection of discounted plates during happy hour, ranging from $6–12. And from 2:30–11 p.m., order anything from their bar food menu, which includes grilled local artichoke, salmon poke tacos, grilled house flatbread, crab hush puppies, their famous Grange Burger, and much more.
The Shady Lady Saloon
1409 R Street
With its renowned cocktail selection and swanky speakeasy vibes, you may not realize that the Shady Lady Saloon also boasts an exceptional selection of bar bites. Small bites include farmhouse cheddar biscuits, macaroni and cheese croquettes, duck confit tots, housemade pork rinds, fried green tomatoes, and more. And better yet, most of their small bites are available for a discounted price during their weekday happy hour from 3–6 p.m.! This Prohibition Era mainstay provides a chic setting, delicious small bites and an unparalleled cocktail program.
Revival at the Sawyer
500 J Street
Photo Courtesy of Revival at the Sawyer
Snack on bar bites from new heights at Revival at the Sawyer, a new rooftop bar and lounge perched on top of the Kimpton Sawyer Hotel. This summery hangout has plenty of shade, comfortable seating, lush greenery and fire pits, creating the perfect environment for enjoying their selection of refreshing cocktails and snacks. The small bites menu at Revival features many delicious options, including house tater tots, truffle popcorn, avocado toast, oysters, Maine lobster corn dogs, ricotta meatballs, roasted cauliflower and much more.
Hook & Ladder
1630 S Street
Photo Courtesy of Hook & Ladder
Hook & Ladder has the dining trifecta mastered: delicious food, creative cocktails, and an inspiring interior. Oh, and not just one, but two patios! During their weekday happy hour, sample their delicious bar bites for a lower price. Try the H&L fries topped with garlic, parmesan and parsley, or split any of their delicious flatbreads, including Mediterranean, pork belly, or sausage. And don’t fret if you’re not at H&L during happy hour, because their regular menu has a myriad of small bites, too!
Kupros Craft House
1217 21st Street
Housed in a classic 1910 Craftsman in the heart of Midtown, Kupros Craft House is your home away from home. The building was completely renovated in 2010 and the menu debuts elevated bar classics with a true hometown feel. The robust bar menu includes the perfect options to go with your drink of choice, including handcrafted cocktails, craft beer and a wide selection of wines. Favorites include the chicken tenders, the battered and fried oyster mushrooms, and the tots of the day, which might include house-smoked brisket, or chili and cheese, and everything in between.
4314, 2718 J Street
Photo Courtesy of Red Rabbit Kitchen and Bar
The rustic-chic interior of Red Rabbit Kitchen and Bar provides the ideal setting for sipping on a fancy cocktail and nibbling on hearty bar bites. Options include the tempura-battered asparagus, grilled flatbread, crispy shrimp tacos, a cheese plate and much more. Whether you’re seated at the expansive full bar or at a table — either inside or out on the covered patio — you’ll enjoy the farm-to-fork and farm-to-glass options at Red Rabbit.
1050 20th Street
This authentic German bierhalle is perhaps one of the very best sources for bar bites in the city. The extensive beer selection at LowBrau perfectly complements the array of hearty snacks, including a Bavarian pretzel, mini corn dogs, duck fat fries, and of course, a selection of sausages prepared at Block Butcher Bar, located just next door. Savor the rich flavors and vibrant atmosphere at the communal picnic tables either inside the modern interior or out on the airy patio.
Tank House BBQ & Bar
1925 J Street
Photo Courtesy of Tank House
Located in the heart of Midtown, Tank House serves a wide selection of drinks from their full bar in addition to classic BBQ food, including brisket and ribs. Serving as the ideal setting for enjoying their hearty menu, the large outdoor patio backs up to a historic water tank house built in 1881. Experience some of the best dishes Tank House has to offer with their late night menu served from 10 p.m. to midnight every night! Options include barbeque sandwiches, “dirty tots” topped with cheese sauce and pulled pork, “dirty mac” with smoked chicken, smoked mozzarella bites, and much more.
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Category Neighborhood Guides, Sacramento
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