Yolo Gyros and Burgers Sports Bar and Lounge doesn't just serve up wings, gyros, mozzarella sticks, and chicken strips?they serve all of them atop mountains of onion rings and fries as part of one entree. The meal is called Kings Feast, and it's designed for six to nine people. The gargantuan culinary challenge is the heartiest among Yolo's hearty dishes, which range from chili-smothered nachos to the four-pound Yolo burger, free for folks who finish it in under one hour. To complement the meals, the bar slings a selection of global wines and beers. And between satisfying mouthfuls of outsized bar food, guests can take in the big game on thirteen 50-inch LED TVs. Local live musicians, meanwhile, take the stage on nights without major sporting events to make up for the lack of referees blowing classic rock melodies into their whistles.
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.
With past performers such as Jerry Seinfeld, Dennis Miller, and Dana Carvey, Laughs Unlimited has accumulated a formidable collection of laughs in its 27-year history. Owner and booker Steve Grove keeps the comedy lineup fresh with imported mountain air and a steady rotation of established and up-and-coming comedians. Warm brick walls and exposed-beam ceilings line the recently renovated club. Laughs Unlimited’s full menu furnishes empty bellies with Mexican-inspired tacos, burritos, and snacks, which go down smooth with several Californian wines and an arsenal of signature cocktails.
Rising from somewhere below street level, the clink of wine glasses and the crinkle of chocolate wrappers announces the presence of The Underground Wine Tasting Room. A flight of stairs transports visitors back in time to what could be an early 1800's street corner, complete with surrounding brick, street lamps, and a bubbling fountain. Three El Dorado County wineries make their home in this sunken square, located on the original level of the city of Sacramento. Amid bottles emblazoned with the logos of Fenton Herriott Vineyards, Twisted Twig Winery, and Rendez-vous Winery, visitors lounge at bistro-style tables in the courtyard, enjoying an atmosphere reminiscent of quaint rural towns in France. Inside the tasting room proper, visitors sidle up to a long bar for aromatic pours and impromptu glass harp solos. Cheese plates and succulent chocolates complement tall glasses with their flavors.
Located 5 minutes from the Amtrak station and walking distance from more than 1,000 hotel rooms, The Underground Wine Tasting Room makes it easy for out-of-town guests to sample and purchase local wine directly from these unique wineries. Steps away, variety of museums and attractions transport visitors back in time to the days of old Sacramento. Take a break from a tasting to visit the California Railroad Museum across the street, explore Old Sacramento Historic National Park, or take an Underground Tour.
Tucked into the folds of the Sierra Foothills, Twisted Twig Winery's winemakers practice the ancient art of handcrafting a selection of California reds. A collaborative process, the team of oneophiles work together in the process of creating their award-winning zinfandels, cabernet sauvignons, and syrahs. Their website features a wealth of information about tastings and pairings, as well as recipes for dishes that make the perfect match for Twisted Twig's wines.
From its origins in the 1860s as a house of ill repute to its time as a legally dubious watering hole during prohibition, The River City Saloon has deep roots in the seedy history of American nightlife. Today however, the saloon blends an old-timey aesthetic with more family-friendly fare. Kids can saunter up to the bar—a vintage 1905 triple-arch Brunswick—and order a glass of old west sarsaparilla, brewed locally at River City Brewing Company. Peanuts are also available, and visitors are welcome to throw the shells on the floor, in homage to the days when saloons had dirt floors and rampant elephant infestations.
The saloon's pub food is cooked with a hot-air fryer, a grease-free alternative to a deep fryer, and its hoagie sandwiches are served alongside chips and pickle spears. On the weekends, karaoke and music videos make old-west cowboys thankful that Bieber fever has a much lower casualty rate than yellow fever once did.