1015 9th St.
Sacramento , CA 916-498-9224
This stylish downtown spot might’ve had a couple of false starts, closing for a reboot once in 2013 and again in early 2015, but third time’s the charm for Blackbird, whose latest incarnation opened last December. New owners Demetri Gregorakis, Ron McGlumphy and Tony Priley are focusing on craft beers, with 50 small-batch brews and ciders on tap from area staples like Track 7 and Bike Dog as well as out-of-staters like Colorado’s Oskar Blues Brewery and Michigan’s Founders Brewing. With its big bar and communal tables, which were made from a fallen local redwood tree, the low-key vibe cultivates an intentionally social atmosphere, perfect for sharing a pint with both longtime and just-met friends. (The upstairs loft has tables more suited to a traditional dining experience.) The kitchen, helmed by executive chef Jake Shockey, produces brew-friendly eats like the West End fried chicken, with meat marinated in parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme for 24 hours before being breaded and cooked to a finger-licking crispiness, and fans of Blackbird’s previous lives will be thrilled to know that the vaunted Captain’s Chowder—a rich, well-spiced seafood soup with salmon, shrimp, mussels, squid and red potatoes swimming in smoked cream—still gets star billing on the menu.