Down a Loomis backroad exists the coolest yet shadiest roadhouse I've ever come across in the Sacramento region. And we visited on a whim thanks to a handy little thing called the Yelp app. It was my friend Chris's birthday and we had taken a bus up to Knee Deep brewery in Auburn. It's important to note that Chris being born in 77, we all decided to wear disco/70's garb in his honor. I'm talking polyester pants, wigs, gaudy jewelry. The works. Still not satiated after our brewery visit, we located the Live Oak just off the freeway on our way back. Just getting there reminded me of the scene from "Psycho" where she leaves the beaten path and ends up at the Bates Motel. Pulling up, the exterior of the place was dark except for a couple flickering beers signs and an open sign. Besides the bartender/owner's car, we were literally the only ones in the parking lot. Keeping that in mind, it must have been quite a sight when ten inebriated fools dressed in loud 70's clothing wandered in out of nowhere. The place was dead empty and hot as hell. No AC, just a fan in the corner. The walls were old wood paneling and covered with old beer signs. So why 5 stars, you ask? This place is a gem. Not only did we have it to ourselves, but the bartender was a nice guy who was happy to have company. The beer choice - Bud, Bud Light, Coors and Miller - fit the atmosphere. We got to play pool and basically own the place in ridiculous clothing. It was a night to remember. I never thought I'd have so much fun in Loomis. The Live Oak is the most hidden of gems I've yet to come across in Sacramento. Just sharing my discovery could ruin the whole charm. I'll just keep visiting whenever I pass that way.
Alex L. on Jun 8, 2015