Meet up on the river. It's dirty, smelly, and brown, but one of the biggest attractions Sacramento lays claim to. Quite telling.
For most conventional river dining, google bomb Chevy's, Woody's, or Crawdad's. They're all on Garden Hwy off Interstate 5. These are the places where most of the productive commiserating takes place amongst those that enjoy quaffing sauce. If you guys are feeling somewhat spendy, look up the Rusty Duck. Same thing, but more cozy (read fireplaces) and better food.
If "crass and touristy" is what you guys want, check out Joe's Crab Shack. It's in Old Sacramento and the wait staff sings and dances to really dumb songs. It's annoying.
As for the grid (localspeak for the downtown/midtown pattern of streetmapping), the number of uber-trendy 1000 drink/500 sq.ft. bars and restaurants are too many to number. All depends on if you like to be seen by other people that like to be seen. Strange symbiosis going on there.
However...if I had to pick ONE place, both appropriate in ambiance and function, I would choose my beloved Pine Cove. Perfect for a potentially loud and enthusiastic table, with a relaxed staff and cheap drinks. It's not quite a dive, but close. Free popcorn and a killer jukebox. Go there, be humbled, and press forward with your legal education comfortable in knowing that you've discovered just the place to plot your future takeover of the planet.http://sacramento.citysearch.com/profile/1247186/sacramento_ca/pine_cove_tavern.html