Thanksgiving is one of the key holidays when people come home to visit family and enjoy a long weekend of tryptophan-induced ‘food comas’ offset by the frenzy of Black Friday shopping specials. Did you know there was such a thing as Black Wednesday as well?
If you haven’t heard the term before, Black Wednesday is basically the night before Thanksgiving when friends get together. It is rumored to be the biggest party night for most college students. Historically, the term has also been utilized for several not-so-exciting events. From political fallout and economic losses in the early 1990s and a major air traffic control blunder back in 1954 to the very recent Internet blackout in January to protest SOPA, the term Black Wednesday has been used in a wide variety of instances.
Forget the negative connotations of Black Wednesday and utilize the evening to get together with friends who have returned home to Sacramento to visit parents and other relatives. If you are looking for some fun places to catch up and enjoy a night out on the town, make a trip to one of these hot spots.
1320 Del Paso Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95815
Grab your cowboy boots and head over to Stoney Inn. It’s home to the Stoney Inn Pub, Rockin’ Rodeo Country Nightclub and the Fireside Grill. Start the night off with some food and beverages and then kick up your heels and get on the dance floor. Don’t know how to line dance? Thankfully, there are nightly lessons and three open dance floors to get in some practice and perhaps observe some of the more seasoned dancers. Stoney Inn also offers karaoke and pool tables and shows sporting events in high definition. Look for some interesting activities like beer pong, karaoke contests, Guitar Hero open play, darts and more.
2000 K St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
If you are looking for a LGBT spot in Sacramento, stop by Faces Nightclub on Black Wednesday. Conveniently located in Midtown, Faces offers some killer specials on Wednesday nights such as $1 well drinks and domestic drafts from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m. and $2 well drinks and domestic drafts from 11 p.m. to close. Faces has two dance floors and another amazing features — a pool that opens at 9 p.m. Faces has been voted the #1 Gay Nightclub in town and has 15 bar stations and plentiful areas for socializing if you want to catch up in between dancing.
1016 K St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
Contrary to its name, Dive Bar is anything but. Dive Bar is an ideal spot to suggest a Black Wednesday get together if you are trying to impress your old friends. This ‘dive bar’ features a mermaid in its logo with good reason. The eclectic decor makes you feel like you are in the middle of Disney’s “Little Mermaid” movie set, and keep a watch out as you might even spot a mermaid or a merman.
1004 28th St.
Sacramento, CA 95816
If you are looking for a spot to get together and shoot some pool, but prefer something a bit more trendy over the neighborhood joint, try Blue Cue in Midtown. While you may find many people still dressed from a day at the office, Blue Cue has a friendly and non-pretentious vibe. There are daily drink specials and if you and your friends are trivia buffs, Wednesday just happens to be trivia night at Blue Cue.
The Torch Club
904 15th St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
If you are from Sacramento, you grew up with The Torch Club. First established back in 1934, the year prohibition ended, The Torch Club was once a watering hole for local politicians, but today it’s one of the most popular blues clubs around. It features a rotating mix of the hottest blues bands from Sacramento, the Bay Area and the rest of the nation. Although it has moved several times during its tenure, The Torch Club has longstanding roots in Sacramento’s political scene. It used to be located a few doors down from Frank Fat’s and Governor Jerry Brown was reported to frequent it back then.
Erin De Santiago is a freelance travel and food/wine writer and photographer from Sacramento, California. She is a regional membership coordinator for the International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA) and writes for a number of publications in addition to publishing her own blogs. She has traveled to over 40 countries on five continents in search of the best food and wine around the globe. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.