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Jose Luis Villegas / jvillegas@sacbee.com

SF Weekly recommends Sacramento's cocktail scene

Published: Tuesday, Apr. 15, 2014 - 8:00 am
Last Modified: Tuesday, Apr. 15, 2014 - 8:28 pm

The SF Weekly’s “drink of the week” column generally focuses on a single standout libation, or gives props to Bay Area bars with standout cocktail programs. But in the most recent case, the “drink of the week” went to an entire city - and that city is our own Sacramento.

While giving the obligatory descriptor to Sacramento as a place to grab a quick bite on the way to Lake Tahoe, writer Lou Bustamante spotlights four Sacramento craft cocktail spots that are well worth an extended visit: Hook & Ladder, The Red Rabbit, Hock Farm and The Shady Lady Saloon.

Bustamante describes the drinks from Chris Tucker of Hook & Ladder (pictured above) as “on par with some of the best in San Francisco.” Of course, we proud Sacramentans already knew that, but it’s great to hear that from our cosmopolitan neighbor to the west. Similar accolades are given all around, and accompanied with pictures of such signature local drinks as The Shady Lady’s “Horse’s Neck” and Red Rabbit’s “Krakow Salt Mine.”

While beer and wine get much of the attention around Sacramento’s beverage scene, this SF Weekly piece continues in the string of press for our local cocktail culture. Imbibe magazine named Sacramento in its Top 10 “places to visit in 2013.” Bustamante also penned a story about Sacramento’s craft cocktail circuit for the San Francisco Chronicle in 2013.

On a related note, look for news soon on Midtown Cocktail Week 2014. The annual event is set for Aug. 19 - 24, so start stocking up on Alka-Seltzer and milk thistle now.

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Chris Macias has served as The Sacramento Bee's Food & Wine writer since 2008. His writing adventures have ranged from the kitchen at French Laundry to helping pick 10 tons of zinfandel grapes with migrant farm workers in Lodi. Chris also judges regularly at food, wine and cocktail competitions around Northern California. His profile of a former gangbanger-turned-pastry-chef was included in Da Capo's "Best Food Writing 2012."

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Allen Pierleoni writes about casual lunchtime restaurants in The Sacramento Bee's weekly "Counter Culture" column. He covers a broad range of topics, including food, travel, books and authors. In addition to writing the weekly column "Between the Lines," he oversees the Sacramento Bee Book Club, in which well-known authors give free presentations to the public.

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Blair Anthony Robertson is The Sacramento Bee's food critic.

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