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SF Weekly recommends Sacramento's cocktail scene

04/15/2014 8:00 AM

04/15/2014 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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