Have you ever found yourself strolling through the bustling streets of downtown Sacramento, wondering where you could find a place that’s as lively and diverse as the city itself? Well, look no further, because SMIC’s has got you covered.

In case you’ve been living under a rock (or maybe just haven’t had the pleasure of discovering it yet), this bar, restaurant, and private event space opened its doors in 2019, bringing a fresh vibe to the heart of downtown Sacramento. But what exactly drew the brains behind this operation to set up shop here? According to owner Paula Thompson, it’s because Sacramento is a hub of fun and excitement with a mix of cultures, politics, and let’s not forget, some seriously good eats.


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So, what’s the scoop on SMIC’s? Well, besides serving mouthwatering pizzas and ice-cold martinis, they’re all about empowering women and fostering community spirit. Sure, they might indulge in a bit of Bachelor-watching on Mondays (who doesn’t love a good rose ceremony?), but they also host several events aimed at celebrating and supporting the powerful women of Sacramento. Oh, and don’t forget your finest hat and gloves, because they also host grown-up tea parties. At SMIC’s High Tea Brunch, they serve delectable bites, bottomless mimosas, and piping-hot tea (hats and gloves are not required).

But here’s the kicker – did you know that SMIC’s isn’t just your run-of-the-mill restaurant and bar? Nope, they’re also an events venue, catering to everything from weddings to political shindigs. So, whether you’re tying the knot or trying to navigate the maze of California politics, SMIC’s has got your back.


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Speaking of having your back, let’s delve into the backstory of how the restaurant and bar got its name. SMIC’s is a tribute to Paula’s late father-in-law, affectionately known as the “Smartest Man in California” (SMIC). He earned this title by being a mentor, friend, and advisor to many. His influence touched countless lives, making this restaurant and bar’s name a testament to his wisdom and guidance, honoring a man who always had your back.

Next time you find yourself craving some delicious grub, thirsting for a refreshing beverage, needing a venue for that “Clueless” movie-themed 30th birthday party, or just in need of some good company, make sure to swing by SMIC’s. And hey, don’t forget to check their Instagram (@SMICsBarSacramento) for the latest updates and hours of operation. In the meantime, stay smart, stay sassy, and cheers to unforgettable moments shared at SMIC’s  | 1200 K St. Suite 8.