Alley Katz, located at 2019 O Street, bills itself as Sacramento’s 1st Craft Beer Bar. In Sacramento’s dive-heavy bar scene, this isn’t exactly a weighty claim, but it must be acknowledged that it also isn’t exactly simple to pull off.
Alley Katz is a successful bar, though, and this has to do with the fact that it finds a good way to have its craft brews and drink them, too.
Entering Alley Katz means walking into a rather large interior space, divided haphazardly by the presence of booths, standing tables, railings, the bar, and a couple of pool tables. It works. It’s the sort of layout that a bar is supposed to have, and more importantly, it includes the elements needed to feel like a dive… or a sports bar… or a pub… or, probalby most importantly, a craft beer bar.
Behind the bar are a few refrigerators full of the craft beer selection. Of course, there are also taps, pitchers, pint glasses, and all the other things needed for a full bar. But beer is the star, and here’s the thing: you can sample something from the fridge and go the more traditional craft beer route, appreciating that one bottle, or you can get a tower – that is, a 120 oz. column – of a beer on tap and do the dive/sportsbar thing. Or, really, thanks to their draught list, it can be a craft beer thing, too. It works well.
Your correspondent entered the bar with several friends, and put down two towers over several games of pool, a Kings game, and good conversation. How many places can one do that?