Nobody really makes "trips" to Sacramento.
Trips are voluntary journeys, filled with exotic foods and memories that don't need to be repressed.
And yet, Downtown Sacramento's restaurant and bar scene is blowing up. There's plenty to do the next time you're in Sacto, either for business or on your way back from South Lake.
Best of the Wurst: Low Brau
This cleverly-named German gastropub matches topnotch meats in tube form (the wild boar sausage will blow your mind) with a selection of 27 bottles and 14 taps of craft and German beers. Equally amazing: an interior that takes you from a birch forest filled with cuckoo clocks (pictured) to a killer David Hasselhoff mural.
1050 20th St (between J and K), Sacramento (916-706-2636)
Ride The Train: Pour House
This roadhouse-style pub sits adjacent to two sets of train tracks and pours $2 shots of Jameson whenever the engine passes. Chase it with your choice of classic cocktail (Moscow Mule, Bloody Mary) and a serving or two of the bacon mac and cheese.
1910 Q St. (at 19th), Sacramento (916-706-2465)
Got Game: Firestone Public House
Named for and owned by The Bachelor himself, this upscale sportsbar is the ideal den for fans seeking jersey-clad females. The giant rectangle-shaped bar pours 60 beers on tap ranging from Delirium Tremens to good ol' Guinness Stout, and rocks almost as many flatscreens and projection TVs. A selection of four skinny cocktails (margarita, lemondrop) helps lure the ladies, ensuring your afternoon with the Warriors won't be a sausage fest.
1132 16th St. (at L), Sacramento (916-446-0888)