Mercantile Saloon (The Merc)

98% love it
Chill vibe
What used to be a local secret is now the place to be for strong, cheap drinks.
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    • "SALOON" is exactly accurate!
      There is a certain charm about a place as honest about itself as The Merc, and you have to appreciate it for what it is. If you are looking for a place to get hammered, this is it. The drinks are strong and cheap. If you want to have a conversation, it's way to loud. If you want to dance, to bad, they don't do that here. If you want to avoind lung cancer, forget it, it is full of smoke blowing in from the back porch. If you want to play pool...well YES you can do that, it's a BAR :-) It is exactly what it is, you have to love that. If a "dive bar" is not what you are looking for--look elsewhere.

    • greedypeople
      greedypeople Over a year ago
      Loves it

      great local dive bar with heavy pours
      Cheap drinks for name brands. If you start a conversation with someone inside or out on the heated patio you wont be disappointed. Very local nieghborhood bar. Very eclectic crowd. Early in the night very mix crowded, about 40/60 moving more manly and bearish later. Around the corner from the gay corner. Not many twinks here.

    • TraLyte
      TraLyte Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Me and a few friends from Reno took a quick trip to Sac for a change of scenery. The Merc was so much fun. The bartenders were on it and the patrons were gorgeous and that was before the drinks ;-) We can't wait to visit again.

    • ParisStud.
      ParisStud. Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Friendly happy-hour vibe. Always a nice crowd.

    • djloonetech
      djloonetech Over a year ago
      Hates it

      This bar USED to be fun. Now it's horrible! The music is always TOO loud. The drama fill atmosphere always ruins a good time. The drinks ar OK, but I've had better. Usually a bunch of queens, preppy hipsters hang out here. Don't bother putting money in the Jukebox on the days Chris is working the Back patio, he over rides it with the music that only HE wants to hear and is always a crappy selection.

    • monaural
      monaural Over a year ago
      Hates it

      I like a dive as much as anyone...
      But my husbands drink (tho cheap) was watered down. Since he watched the bartender pour a crap-load of vodka into it, this indicates that this bar may have dived too deep and water got into the alcohol bottles. The place seemed 90% patio, and a smokey crowded patio at that. Wide mix of people, none I would want to take home... Though since it was the brightest lit dive bar I've ever seen, there was little danger of mistaking a naughty for a hottie.

    • SkisNBeer
      SkisNBeer Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Cock-tails anyone?
      If your planning on drinking downtown .. start at the Merc .. it will save you a few bucks as they are the strongest around!

    • n8v_r8r
      n8v_r8r Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Best bar in town
      Keeping in mind that this is a bar, not a club, I love grabbing a drink here because it's laid back and people are always having a good time there.

    • tigerlady62
      tigerlady62 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      No jerks in the Merc (:
      I enjoyed myself here but it seems to be more for the men altho i love gay men but right now I am single and would like to meet more ladies but the merc is also a good meeting place and friendly had great time

    • BlushingKelli
      BlushingKelli Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Wonderful place to be a girl
      As Tgirl, I find the Merc is a great place to go on Saturday nights. By 10PM there will be at least a dozen other girls there. The crowd is fun and friendly... easy to meet and greet and you can find your spotlight or a dark corner as needs. No cover, great drinks, easy parking, easy persons.

    • RunningNV
      RunningNV Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Friendly Place
      Great place to socialize and get a great cocktail that not far from downtown. They have a covered smoking area OUTSIDE the main building where the smokers and most of the non-smoking customers hang out. I never noticed smoke inside. No dance floor, no loud music but lots of conversation.

    • Tio
      Tio Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Nice queer place to hang
      Its a nice place to hang and have a drink and see lots of queer.... Sunday morning for the over 60s crowd.