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Sacramento’s B-Side bar is looking to get bigger

The hi-fi themed facade of B-Side was designed by local artists Shaun Burner and Daniel Osterhoff.
The hi-fi themed facade of B-Side was designed by local artists Shaun Burner and Daniel Osterhoff. Chris Macias

If all goes to plan, the vinyl record-themed bar B-Side would be like a double album in terms of its architecture.

An application with Sacramento’s Planning and Design Commission calls for a second building and a patio to be added to the popular watering hole located near the corner of 15th and S streets, not far from the R Street corridor.

The second building, a two-story 1,473-square-foot space, would be constructed on 15th street and connect with B-Side via a new patio. The proposed design for the new building calls for a one-bedroom apartment on the second floor, with the bottom floor used as a garage or for storage. An outdoor walkway also would connect the second stories.

No additional alcohol sales are planned for the second building or the 500-square-foot patio.

The new outdoor patio would be geared to accommodate smokers and others looking to step outside. The patio would be enclosed by a 6-foot high fence. “Instead of standing outside of the bar smoking, people can now actually go outside and smoke with a drink in their hand,” said Bret Bair, who owns B-Side and its property.

B-Side is located at the former home of the Monte Carlo Club, which opened in 1937. The property was purchased by Bair in 2013, and after an extensive renovation with 1970s themed decor, debuted as B-Side in 2015. The bar, which is managed by the team behind Shady Lady at 14th and R Streets, has since become a popular spot for local audiophiles and DJs who spin almost exclusively on vinyl records.

The application for the project was submitted on behalf of Sacramento’s Kuchman Architects. The plan requires approval from the city’s planning commission and requests a conditional use permit since alcoholic beverages will be consumed on the patio space. Bair and Phil Harvey of Kuchman Architects said they expect the permitting process to take about four months. If given the green light, they would start construction in early 2017.

“In a perfect world we’d be building by the end of February or early March,” Bair said. “We’re hoping that it’ll be ready some time in late spring.”

Chris Macias: 916-321-1253, @chris_macias

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