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BABES IN BURBLAND

No guide to nightlife would be complete without ideas for a Girls Night Out. Our itinerary takes you and your crew out to Roseville and requires a comfy pair of yoga pants. That’s because this Saturday evening starts early, with a 4 o’clock class at The Dailey Method (1611 Lead Hill Blvd.) This ballet barre workout will lean you out and lift you up in all the right places—and won’t mess up your hair. Reserve your class a couple of weeks in advance to make sure you all can get in. The online sign-up system makes it easy.

After class, use the locker room for a wardrobe change and swap your socks for flip-flops because you’re headed to Joli Nail Spa at the Fountains for manis and pedis. With advance reservations, large parties get a group discount. Plus, there are complimentary drinks with any service.

Next, pop over to Barnes & Noble across from the Galleria to pick out your next book club read together—another reason to get together soon. Then make a stop in the mall at the Beauty Studio inside Sephora (it’s one of the best Sephoras in the country) for quick, free makeup applications from an in-store expert.

After you’re all glammed up, enjoy dinner at Crush 29 (1480 Eureka Road). The Sweet Jalapeño Martini is the perfect pre-meal cocktail; it’ll help loosen up your fatigued muscles. Don’t want all those calories you burned to be in vain? Opt for the Crush salad or veggie pizza. Feel like you’ve earned it? Go for the Drunken Brandy Steak. Either way, save room for dessert; they’re hard to resist, especially the s’mores. Luckily, they’re easy to share.


IT'S RAINING, THEY'RE POURING

It can be hard to consider getting off the couch when it’s rainy out, but we’ve created an itinerary that will get you out yet still keep you cozy. It starts with an afternoon at 58 Degrees & Holding (18th Street between L and Capitol). The chairs and couches in the back are the perfect place to camp out, as they’re the most comfortable seating options and situated in front of the flat screen. Server Aaron Ward swears by a glass of Gewürtztraminer on a cold day. Likewise, a bottle of Estrella Damm Barcelona beer will relax you without making you sleepy.

Next, walk around the corner (with your umbrella, of course) to The Press Bistro (1809 Capitol Ave.) and grab a spot at the always-welcoming communal table. Order a Salt & Pepper cocktail—the hint of rosemary is very soothing. Then snack on some fried meatballs and potato croquettes, which also will console your taste buds. We find it’s always easy to make friends at this table, so stay awhile and don’t be shy!

When dinnertime arrives, walk over to Mulvaney’s Building & Loan (1215 19th St.). From the intimate entryway to the inviting bar in back, this restaurant is comforting and friendly through and through. Shake off the chill from outside with a Manhattan. We have yet to find a smoother, warmer version, thanks to the housemade bitters. Star server Taryn Curren can help you navigate the menu—her seemingly photographic memory for food is unbelievable, not to mention helpful, when everything looks appetizing.

After dinner, cozy up inside the Acoustic Sanctuary, the one-man-band in a trailer (corner of J and 22nd streets). It may be close quarters, but there’s always room for requests. And hearing your favorite song played live will always trump watching a movie On Demand at home.


KIDDING AROUND

If you have kids younger than 10, the night comes early. So we have an action-packed agenda for you that starts in the afternoon at ArtBeast Studio (2226 K St.), the children’s creative utopia. There, your budding Picassos can get crafty on the art floor, put on a performance in the dramatic-play area (costumes, puppets and instruments included), build obstacle courses in the movement room, and more. You can drop in any day before 6 p.m. for $8 per person. One extra adult in the same family is free.

Then bundle up and head to McKinley Park in East Sacramento for a stroll during the warmest part of the day. The kids can frolic in the playground until Mom and Dad need a caffeine kick. Queen of Tarts Bakery (3608 McKinley Blvd.) is just up the street.

Next stop is B Street Theater (2711 B St.), where you can catch a 4 p.m. performance of The Giver. This stage adaptation of the beloved children’s novel by Lois Lowry runs from Jan. 14 through Feb. 19. Set in the future, the inspiring plot focuses on a young boy, Jonah, who struggles with the monotony of his community and becomes empowered when he realizes he can break free from it.
Thanks to the theater’s partnership with several area restaurants, you can bring your tickets to Español (5723 Folsom Blvd.) and get $10 off your bill. The family-style Italian restaurant has plenty of pasta options for the whole clan—even for the pickiest of eaters.

Finish with a sweet treat at Burr’s Fountain (4920 Folsom Blvd.). The East Sac establishment is open until 9 p.m. daily and serves the best scoop of Rocky Road in town.