Gay Sacramento: The Bars

Published Date Author: , July 30th, 2014

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 flat, but just go with it.

Here’s a run-down of the gay bars down in midtown Sacramento.


Faces Gay Bar, SacramentoFaces
2000 K Street

Here you’ll find Faces, the oldest gay bar in the city with three dance floors, on the southeastern corner.

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, SacramentoHeadhunters
1930 K Street

Then there’s our favorite, Headhunters on the southwestern corner, with both a bar and restaurant (burgers, fries, etc).

Headhunters is a more laid-back bar – a great place to go with friends for a drink and some conversation.

Headhunters is also the new (last year or two) location for Drag Queen Bingo, held on the first Thursday of each month.

Get there early – it fills up quickly.

The Depot
2001 K. Street

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

The Depot has a lesbian night on Fridays.

Badlands Gay Bar, SacramentoBadlands
2003 K St.

And there’s Badlands, adjacent and connected to The Depot, with a large dance floor and weekly events. Badlands has a drag night on Fridays.

2007 K Street

Next to the Depot and Badlands, up on the top floor, you’ll find Sidetrax – with a great drag show and competition ever Sunday night starting at 8 PM. Sidetrax also hosts a lesbian night on Thursdays, as well as other weekly events – check their website for details.

Mercantile Saloon
1928 L St, Sacramento

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.

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, just up the street at 20th and J.

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