Sudwerk Davis: Great Place for a Few Evening Brews
In the 1980's Dean Unger, a Sacramento architect and Ron Broward on a trip to Europe decided to open up a European style brewery in California. They chose a site in Davis and in 1989 they established Sudwerk.
Sudwerk became an instant hit and they continue to brew their own hand crafted beers in a very cool facility in Davis, California. The brewery also contains a very fine restaurant but most folks come during the evening to Sudwerk's to enjoy one of their great beers. These include their own version of Marzen, Pilsner, Pale Ale, Maibock, Dopplebock and a host of others. The center piece of the brewery is a series of very cool copper kettles. The beers are excellent and the food is o.k.
Hours are Sunday to Tuesday 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Tuesday to Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Friday and Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Dress Code: Sudwerk's is a casual place both for drinking beer and having lunch or dinner.
Mondavi Center: World Class Performing Venue
Nine years ago I was fortunate to be invited to the grand opening of the Mondavi Center. As a former student and alumni I had never dreamed that Davis would get a world class facility such as this. However due to the generous contributions of the late Robert Mondavi, his wife Margit, and many others this dream became a reality.
The center was built on a lot that the university had for some time. It was believed to have been a burial site of the Patwin Indians who occupied the area adjacent to Putah Creek long ago. At the opening ceremony a descendant of the tribe gave a blessing to the facility. This blessing and the entire opening celebration was wonderful.
The Mondavi Center consists of two venues. Jackson Hall is an 1,800 seat capacity and consists of rich woods that adorn the wall. More importantly, the acoustics in the room are fantastic. A state of the art system of drapes, banners and speakers are changed to provide heightening or dampening for different events. My favorite performance to date at Jackson Hall was having the Bejjing Royal Ballet perform Pink Floyd's The Wall.
The smaller hall is the Vanderhoef Studio Hall which holds about 250 people. It is intended for smaller venues and features seating that can be moved around depending on the event. I have toured this facility but not have heard a live performance in it yet.
Today both venues have an impressive list of national and international performers. A very cool place to see a performance at night.
Dress Code: No dress code. Folks come all the way from dressed casually to dressed in suits.
Mondavi Center: Mondavi Center in Davis
This is THE venue for live music in Davis. Financed by the famed winery family, it hosts many of the top talents in classical music, jazz, ballet, opera, folk dance, and many other performing arts.
Dress Code: Smart casual
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The G St. Pub: Pubs
The G St. Pub I should say isn't exactly a pub in the British sense, but more like a large bar that plays live music and has a few pool tables.
The G St. is popular with locals and college students, but I personally find it a little rough around the edges. The interior is dark and sometimes can be a bit crowded on weekends. I think the best way to enjoy the G St is after you've had a few drinks and don't mind bumping into people and feeling like a sardine, or going there in the early hours with a group of friends, where you're the only ones there.
Dress Code: No real dress code that I can see.
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