Description and review of Midtown Spirits, a small batch distillery and bar/restaurant located in Midtown Sacramento.
Dave Abrahamsen and Jason Poole co-founded Midtown Spirits in 2019. Midtown Spirits is the first distillery to open in Sacramento since Prohibition. The two also owned the now-closed Preservation & co., which specialized in making cocktail mixes.
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About the Distillery
Midtown Spirits’ 400-gallon hybrid still shares space with the small bar and restaurant.
While utilizing traditional processes, the Midtown Spirits website states that the focus is on producing “new and exciting flavors”. The varied craft cocktails served at the bar/restaurant provide a showcase for Midtown Spirits. Bottles of spirits and mixers are available for purchase.
The distillery currently produces vodka and gin, as well as a cold brew coffee liqueur. Infused vodkas include: dill pickle, rice, very berry, cucumber, strawberry and ginger lime to name a few.
The distillery and small bar/restaurant are housed in a building near the light rail tracks and across the street from Truitt Bark Park. A good-sized wooden patio in front provides additional seating. The patio is equipped with fans and misters in the summer and heaters in the winter.
It was a bit after noon on a Saturday when a friend and I arrived at Midtown Spirits. Consequently, seating both inside and outside was limited, plus there were a number of people in line waiting to place their order at the bar.
The menu is accessed via QR code. They do not have a physical menu (I asked) if you have difficulty accessing the menu – which I did. Luckily, I was able to make my choices using my friend’s phone.
We placed our orders and paid at the bar. We each were given our beverages in short order as well as a stand and a number to display. The beverages are premade and on tap, making the whole beverage ordering process very efficient.
Lastly, I should mention that we were also asked if we wanted to keep our tab open. Once seated, one can place an additional order using the QR code on the order number.
Beverages and order numbers in hand, we were on a hunt of find a place to sit. In one corner of the dining room there was a number of tables placed end to end with a “reserved” sign. Given the size of the venue, making a reservation for a larger group is the smart thing to do.
The drink and food menu at Midtown Spirts is a fusion of American, Filipino and Hawaiian.
Both of us ordered a slushie to drink – the Hawaiian POG (vodka, passion fruit, orange & guava juices, simple syrup, lime juice) ($13). It was very refreshing on what was a hot day.
My friend ordered the Breakfast Fries (Bloody Mary fries, cheese sauce, two fried eggs, bacon) ($12). My choice was the Loco Moco (garlic rice, beef patty, fried egg, veggie gravy ($15).
The Breakfast Fries were said to be tasty, although the two sunny-side up eggs were overcooked.
When I ordered the Loco Moco I had neglected to specify how I wanted my egg cooked – so it was also served sunny-side up – but runny. As a result, my friend ended up with an egg just as she likes it and I contented myself with the rice, beef patty and gravy.
The beef patty was tasty but a knife was necessary to cut through the outer crust. The rice was cooked perfectly, and I really liked the gravy – I just wish there had been a bit more of more of it.
To Sum Up
To sum up, next time I visit Midtown Spirts it will likely be during Happy Hour (3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday – Friday). The Happy Hour Orange Creamsicle slushie ($10) sounds delicious!
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Midtown Spirits Snapshot:
- 1717 19th Street, #B, Sacramento, CA 95811
- (916) 243-6991
- Closed Monday; Tuesday – Wednesday (3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.); Friday & Saturday (9:30 a.m. to Midnight); Sunday (9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.)
- Reservations (for 6 or more)
- Brunch: Saturday & Sunday (9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.)
- Happy Hour: Monday – Friday (3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.)
- Outdoor Patio, Dog Friendly
- Street Parking
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