Old Sacramento Speakeasy Tour mixes booze with history

Nicholas Wray Sacramento Photographer Old Sacramento Speakeasy Tour

Tour Guide Shawn Peter leads the way on the Old Sacramento Speakeasy Tour. Photo by Sacramento photographer Nicholas Wray.

I’ve been wanting to go on the Old Sacramento Speakeasy Tour since I first heard of it a couple years ago. They occur the third Saturday of every month and September’s fell almost perfectly in line with my birthday, so of course I had to make it my unofficial birthday celebration. Catch my little write-up about it on the Sacramento Press.

Evening Recap: Midtown Cocktail Week Gala

View of the Midtown Cocktail Week Gala: Jigger and Spoon, held in the basement of the historic Elks Tower in Sacramento, California. Photo by Alison Kranz, Sacramento365.com Assisting Editor.

View of the Midtown Cocktail Week Gala: Jigger and Spoon, held in the basement of the historic Elks Tower in Sacramento, California.
Photo by Alison Kranz, Sacramento365.com Assisting Editor.

I went to a pool party last night. Yes, an indoor pool party. And yes, a pool party without water in the pools. Where is such a place, you ask? In the bottom of the historic Elks Tower in Sacramento.

The basement of the buildingĀ  was transformed into an elegant setting for Midtown Cocktail Week’s first annual gala event: Jigger & Spoon. The drained pool served as a dance floor, and empty hot tubs served as lounge areas. Drinks flowed, the photobooth snapped, and people chattered. What a fun way to spend an evening in Sacramento! See more photos of this hidden Sacramento gem in the slideshow below.

Midtown Cocktail Week 2012: A Spirited Debate continues through this Sunday.

Upcoming events include:
Thursday, Aug 23 (tonight!):
Bunga Bunga Party at Hot Italian

Friday, Aug 24:
Repeal Prohibition: Highly-Styled 1920s Cocktail Rally at Grange

Saturday, Aug 25:
All Hands on Deck: Classic Summer Cocktails at Faces
Punching Out at the Governor’s Mansion

Sunday, Aug 26:
Home Bartender 101 at Restaurant Thir13een
A Southern Soiree at The Golden Bear

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Adventures on the Local Roots Food Tour

Making fresh pasta at Paragary’s Bakery, a stop on the “Origins of Sacramento Food Tour” by Local Roots Food Tour.
Photo by Rachael Lankford.

Last week, I partook in Local Roots Food Tours’ Origins of Sacramento Food Tour as the annual Team Building Day activity for the SCVB.

Our guide, Bethany, led us through Midtown, stopping at spots to point out history along the way. Did you know John Sutter died a poor man? Did you know the building that currently holds Biba was originally one of Sacramento’s earliest breweries? It wasn’t just food we learned about on this trip!

But, learn about food we did as well. With six stops on the tour, our bellies were full as well as our minds. Chefs and employees at each location came and spoke to us about the process and origin of their delicious creations.

Margaritas, chips & salsa, and carnitas tacos were enjoyed at Centro Cocina Mexicana, a stop on the “Origins of Sacramento Food Tour” by Local Roots Food Tours.
Photo by Rachael Lankford.

While I definitely recommend arriving hungry to this tour, I found it nice that I left it sated but not completely over-stuffed. The tour is spaced out well, too, so that by the time you arrive at the next restaurant you have walked off enough to be able to eat again.

Local Roots Food Tours runs tours throughout the year, with different themes and locations. Check one out when you can; you’ll learn a lot about Sacramento and eat many a scrumptious thing while doing so!

See more snapshots in the slideshow below.

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