By: Spud Hilton
Insider tips: Punch Bowl Social is a sprawling breakfast-lunch-dinner diner with modern sensibilities, an eclectic menu and plenty of diversions, including eight bowling lanes, two bocce courts, a 1980s video and pinball arcade, and two karaoke rooms. Some of the spaces are intended for private parties, but most of the time there are comfy places to hang out, grab a boozy chocolate shake and, well, play. Also off the lobby is Echo and Rig, a “reimagined steakhouse” and butchery that’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as for late-night dining.
Good to know: During the day, the Sawyer’s 7,120-square-foot pool deck is open to guests, with cabanas, lounges and living room spaces, and Revival bar and lounge offers poolside snacks and cocktails (but not until 11 a.m.). At 4 p.m., Revival transforms into a chic nightlife spot with DJs and live music. (Revival is billed as “Sacramento’s first-ever rooftop pool, bar and lounge,” although it’s actually on the third floor, but it overlooks the lively DoCo plaza and Golden 1 Center.) Ask about reservations at check-in.
Details: 500 J St., Sacramento; 916-545-7111; href=”http://www.sawyerhotel.com/”>www.sawyerhotel.com. From $197 per night, depending on season, not including tax and parking. Revival: 916-545-7111; www.revivalsacramento.com. Punch Bowl Social: 500 J St. (entrance on second floor of Sawyer lobby); 916-925-5610; www.punchbowlsocial.com/location/sacramento.