Speakeasy, drink hard

Tour the “City of Saloons.”

Tour the “City of Saloons.”

River City Saloon

916 2nd St.
Sacramento, CA 95814

(916) 443-6852

Sacramento has a long history of getting sloshed. Mark Twain even called it the “City of Saloons” in an 1866 article for the Territorial Enterprise. This Saturday at the Downtown Sacramento Partnership’s Old Sacramento Speakeasy Tour, you can learn a little bit about Sacramento’s past while drinking some Prohibition-era libations. Tour guide Shawn Peter will guide you from the River City Saloon through a number of former underground watering holes and aboard the Delta King riverboat, which was once a floating hot spot for illegal drinking during Prohibition. On the way, you can stop to have a drink or two at one of the current drinking establishments in Old Sacramento, all in the name of appreciating history, of course. Luckily, you’ll be drinking at a bar and not from of a bathtub full of moonshine.

The two-hour tour costs $10, drinks not included. Tickets are available at the door, but you can also call (916) 442-8575 to reserve your spot. The Old Sacramento Speakeasy Tour happens Saturday, December 18, and repeats every third Saturday of the month. It begins at the River City Saloon, 916 Second Street.