Description and review of Revival, the upscale “rooftop” bar/lounge located in The Sawyer hotel at 5th and J Streets in Sacramento.
Three friends and I recently met at Revival mid-week for Happy Hour. This was my first time there.
I knew Revival was situated on the third floor, so I entered the hotel from the Downtown Commons (DOCO) side and walked through the hotel lobby to the elevator on the left. The main entrance of The Sawyer is on J Street.
It was just a few minutes past 5:00 p.m., and there were already a number of people there. I took a good look around. The inside bar area is good-sized, but I focused my attention on the outdoor areas.
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Revival is very spacious, with both indoor and outdoor seating. There is seating around the large pool of different types, including lounge chairs and cabana’s. The hardscape is dotted with greenery – a very nice touch.
I took a brief walk around the premises, walking around the pool to check out the view. Revival overlooks DOCO and the Golden 1 Center and has a view of the Sacramento skyline.
It was a nice sunny day with a light breeze, so I settled on seating that was “almost” outside but still under the overhang. Almost immediately a server approached and provided me with the menu. She soon returned and took my drink order. I ordered a glass of the house white wine. During Happy Hour the house white, red, rose and sparkling wine is $7. My friends arrived soon afterwards. One friend ordered a glass of Sangria (house wine, suau 8-year Spanish brandy, pineapple, lemon) ($8). She found it very tasty and refreshing – but noted that it was “different”.
My other two friends each ordered a glass of wine from the regular drink menu. Note: Due to the proximity of the pool our wine was served in acrylic glassware.
Our server was both friendly and attentive, checking back with us from time to time. We decided to try the warm potato chips with whipped burrata and chive dip ($7), which we nibbled on as we caught up with each other.
To Sum Up
To sum up, I very much liked the ambiance of Revival and will certainly drop by there again. I imagine that on weekend evenings when Revival features music and hosts special events that it is considerably more crowded.
Checking out the city lights on a warm summer night from the outdoor deck is now on my list of things to do.
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Revival at the Sawyer Snapshot (as of 9/4/2023):
- 500 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
- (916) 545-7111
- Happy Hour: Sunday (All Day); Monday – Thursday (4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.)
- Bar: Sunday – Wednesday (4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.); Thursday – Saturday (4:00 p.m. to Midnight)
- Dinner: Sunday – Wednesday (4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.); Thursday – Saturday (4:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.)
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