Nightlife in Arden-Arcade

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The bull dances in the dimly lit bar, desperately bucking and trying to rid itself of its wildly grinning rider. Guests surround the mechanical beast to holler and cheer on the intrepid rough rider, who is quickly thrown onto the padding below or simply rides the bull for seven hours until it gets tired and goes into sleep mode. But Southern-inspired bar food and plentiful draft beers swiftly soften the blow of being bucked off the bull. The menu features burgers adorned with onion rings and apple-wood smoked bacon as well as buttermilk-fried chicken wings, and a beer-pong table allows guests to compete at the bar without accidentally getting cast for City Slickers III. Sacramento Bulls Restaurant & Bar also plays host to a variety of events, including bikini bull-riding contests, wet T-shirt contests, and weekly country-music nights.

1330 H St
Sacramento,
CA
US

Starlite Lounge toasts to the night with a trifecta of evening attractions: drinks, food, and entertainment. The charmingly kitschy lounge plays host to late-night parties throughout the week, with live DJs, musicians, and karaoke setups stationed across two floors. Starlite's menu is designed to keep dancers going, with shareable flat-bread pizzas, zucchini cakes, and hearty burgers. The kitchen closes at 9 p.m. on weeknights and 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. The bar holds up its end of the bargain with specialty cocktails, including one sweet creation aptly named the lemon pound cake.

1517 21st St
Sacramento,
CA
US

Inside an intimate lounge space, the lights glow, then zoom in on whoever has the microphone. But once the music starts, this person is no longer an ordinary person?they're a star. This is SKY KTV, where customers don't have to wait for hours to sing one song. Instead, they rent out private rooms for karaoke parties where they can unleash their inner pop star or indie yodeler. And the lounge isn't just for karaoke either. DJs take over the larger space with EDM and hip-hop hits, inspiring the crowd to dance, sip drinks from the bar, and then dance some more.

1017 Front St.
Sacramento,
CA
US

Ballyhooed actors and comedians Kevin James and Ray Romano return to their standup roots for their first ever co-headlining national tour. Having paid their dues together in the nightclub trenches many moons ago, the bosom buddies found fame as leading men in two of television's most respected sitcoms. The charismatic Kevin James rose to ubiquity with his Emmy-nominated work on the smash sitcom The King of Queens and in leading-man roles in movies such as Zookeeper and Paul Blart: Mall Cop, whereas Ray Romano's alter ego Ray Barone lives forever on the syndicated classic Everybody Loves Raymond. Live, the jocular pair unloads fresh musings and wry insight into bits ranging from relationship foibles and sports and fitness to the joys of aging, all filtered through Kevin's gruff teddy-bear persona and Ray's everyman affability.

1419 H St
Sacramento,
CA
US

At Root of Happiness, named for the relaxing properties of the kava root, visitors unwind while sipping kava brew from petite bowls that resemble coconut shells. Baristas also fill shot glasses with potent, concentrated kava that they flavor with cane-sugar syrup, prepare pour-over coffee, and steep exotic teas. Polynesian artwork and hand-carved wooden sculptures lend the cafe the relaxed ambience of an island tiki bar.

1949 Zinfandel Dr
Rancho Cordova,
CA
US

Streets of London Pub harks back to traditional London pubs with ice-cold pints and ample coverage of rugby and soccer. On the menu of hearty English fare, fries in the witness-protection program call themselves "chips" and lay low under toppings such as gravy, cheese and beans, or cheese and bacon, or pair up with fish in a platter of classic fish 'n' chips. The bangers-and-mash meal allows thick, juicy sausages to snuggle up on a hill of mashed potatoes. Along with food, the pub dishes out events; diners can throw back Guinnesses during weekly pub quizzes, compete for everlasting fame during monthly bingo tournaments, or stop in for Pint Night to enjoy pints on the outdoor patio.

1804 J St
Sacramento,
CA
US