Scarlet’s: Historic Folsom


Who knew historic Folsom was such a happening place after sundown? Recently, my sisters and a few friends and I headed to Folsom’s historic district for dinner and drinks and unexpectedly ended up staying until the wee hours enjoying Folsom’s night life.

We started with dinner at Sutter Street Steakhouse (delicious – review coming in a separate post), and then headed to Scarlet’s, a really cool bar with a 40 foot wall of alcohol accessible only by the bartenders and their enormously entertaining sliding ladder.

When I walked in, I knew I couldn’t get away with my usual glass of Pinot Noir. We immediately got down to business and sampled what head bartender, Joel, recommended: The Scarlet Letter – champagne, Pama liquor, and a dash of Chambord; The Leilani – fresh raspberries puréed with raw sugar, orange vodka and a dash of sour, poured over ice and topped with soda and Sprite; and a Blueberry Martini – Stolichyna blueberry vodka and Triple Sec, shaken and pressed with a dash of Blue Curacao and garnished with blueberries.

Literary allusions aside (yes, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter and Scarlet O’Hara of Gone with the Wind fame do come to mind), this is no joint for the purely bookish. Not with the rockin’ DJs and packed dance floor. And certainly not with Powerhouse Pub (live music) only a hallway away, or Sutter Club (fun vibe) down the street, or Yager’s (great dance music) a little further than that. And we didn’t even get to the Hacienda or Samuel Horne’s Tavern. Just know there’s something for just about everyone along Folsom’s historic Sutter Street.

I’m still not sure how Joel was able to make these three drinks change colors, or one spontaneously combust – guess I’ll just have to head back to Scarlet’s to figure it out. I know – such a sacrifice! 

Next time you’re looking for some fun, head to Folsom’s historic district – and check out Scarlet’s.

614 Sutter Street
Folsom, CA 95630-2573
(916) 985-4669

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