Where to Grab a Drink in Chico
Chico State alum Ken Grossman founded Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. in 1980, and today, few visitors skip the Sierra Nevada Taproom and Restaurant, where brewery tours and tastings run daily and upscale pub grub is served alongside dishes like chicken schnitzel and coconut curry.
For a daytime hang, visit the Naked Lounge for craft coffee and golden milk lattes served in a funky, mural-adorned setting. Expect plenty of laptops and the occasional live band.
Once happy hour rolls around, Argus Bar + Patio is a haven for craft cocktail connoisseurs with a sophisticated drink menu, musical performances, and a leafy, string-light-strewn outdoor space.
Madison Bear Garden is your quintessential college-town bar and a guaranteed good time. Slide into a booth to bite into a classic Bear Burger beneath an array of hanging antiques and knick-knacks. Or, if you visit by night, you’re bound to find bevies of students, a second-floor dance party, and perhaps an indoor tricycle race.
Chico knows beer, but Wine Time has a different focus with seasonal small plates each paired with one of the menu’s 50-plus wines. Or stop in at Strong Water, a speakeasy-style cocktail lounge set behind Hotel Jame's Lost Dutchman taproom.