Seven days of booze

And on the eighth day, God had a bloody mary.

And on the eighth day, God had a bloody mary.

Red Lotus Kitchen & Bar

2716 J St.
Sacramento, CA 95816

(916) 231-0961

Shady Lady Saloon

1409 R St.
Sacramento, CA 95816

(916) 231-9121

The Golden Bear

2326 K St.
Sacramento, CA 95816

(916) 441-2252

If the ol’ liver implores you not to go out drinking on all seven days of the annual Midtown Cocktail Week, then compromise and don’t miss these flagship events:

Ladies and libations: Pretty much doesn’t get better than the “Women & Cocktails” night on Monday, August 15, from 6 to 10 p.m. at Shady Lady Saloon (1409 R Street). Website says, “Celebrate the influence of women in the creation of the modern cocktail.” And tip generously.

Bartender brawl: 2011’s mixology competition will go down at Red Lotus (2716 J Street, 6 to 8 p.m.) on Tuesday, August 16. Will Russell Eastman defend his title? Will I down each mixologist’s unique cocktail creation on an ill-advised libation bender?

Aloha, suit up!: Get your island buzz on at The Golden Bear’s (2326 K Street) tropical luau on Sunday, August 21, from 2 to 6 p.m. (Insert personal anecdote about getting lei’d at G. Bear here.)

Midtown Cocktail Week begins Monday, August 15, and ends on Sunday, August 21. Find out more at