Exploring Sacramento’s Gay Side: Gay Nightlife

Published Date Author: , November 4th, 2011

The gay bars in Sacramento are pretty much all clustered at the corner of 20th and K Streets in what’s called Lavender Heights – ok, it’s pretty flat, but the name stuck.

On the map in the first section of this article, you’ll find this part of Midtown just below and to the left of where 21st and J intersect – the gay heart of Sacramento.

Faces Gay Bar, SacramentoHere you’ll find Faces (at left), the oldest gay bar in the city with three dance floors. Faces has been around for years and years, and, according to the folks on Yelp, there’s a very mixed crowd here, a cover of $10-20 depending on the time, and lots of straight bachelorette parties.

There’s even a pool here, though we’re not sure who’d wanna use a pool at a gay bar. Faces has three dance floors.

Head Hunters Gay Bar, SacramentoThere’s also Headhunters (picture at right) with both a bar and restaurant, Sunday brunch in the Cornerstone Cafe, and lesbian nights on Sundays, too.

We stopped by here the other night, and enjoyed some fun re-runs of The Big Gay Sketch Show. The bartenders here were really nice, too.

Then there’s The Depot, with music but no dance floors (though one is planned). The Depot also has pool tables and theme nights.

Badlands Gay Bar, SacramentoAnd there’s Badlands, adjacent and connected to The Depot, with a large dance floor and weekly events.

There’s also the Mercantile Saloon, more of a divey neighborhood bar with a reputation for strong drinks, a diverse crowd, and a lot of smokers out on the patio – it’s about a block south of the other bars in the right side of 20th.

Finally, there’s the Lounge on 20, a cool-looking lounge on Sacramento’s gayest corner that, unfortunately, is not gay owned or themed. You might still enjoy the vibe there.

If you want to sober up after a night at the bars, you’ll find a Peets Coffee at the far end of the Maars Building (where the Lounge on 20 is located, and for all those late-night needs when you find “the one”, try the G-Spot, adjacent to Badlands and Hot Rod’s restaurant and open all night.

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