About us


Transport yourself to a different time...


True West named the What Cheer Saloon as one of the best bars in the West. The only bar in California to make the top 10.

From the True West:

No. 9,”  “...the What Cheer Saloon in Columbia California in the Columbia City Hotel. The Ale House served countless miners and others who came to California during the Gold Rush. And that cherry-wood back bar is a piece of art. It’s been at the What Cheer since the saloon opened in 1857. They shipped it around the Horn from Boston.”

The back bar survived two major fires including the removal of the entire back bar to a safe place during one of the fires.

Mixology at the What Cheer Saloon

Home of the fine craft of mixing cocktails using basic and advanced techniques along with local herbs and spices, made from scratch mixers, along with traditional drinks.

Featured drinks at What Cheer Saloon and City Hotel Restaurant:

COLUMBIA SUNSET-Vodka, Triple Sec, Champagne, Cranberry & Pineapple Juice.

PRICKLY PEAR-Pear Vodka, Triple Sec, Sour Mix, Blue Curacao & Pineapple Juice.

3 LAYER CHOCOLATE CAKE SHOT-Vanilla Vodka, Frangelico, Godiva Chocolate Liqueur & a sugar covered Lemon.

COLUMBIA GOLD-Yukon Jack, OJ & Strawberry Liqueur.

SARSAPARILLA FLOAT-Vanilla Gelato Ice Cream.


Daily between 2-5pm What Cheer Saloon Only

Happy Hour

Enjoy Happy Hour specials at What Cheer Saloon.

California Contemporary Cuisine

Enjoy our fresh and delicious California contemporary cuisine made with the freshest ingredients.






Lunch - 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Dinner - 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

11:00 am - 8:00 pm  
 (extended hours on Friday/Saturday)


22768 Main Street,
Columbia, CA 95310

Restaurant  /  209-532-5964
Saloon  /  209-532-1486


Catering  - Available on and off-site
Call 209-532-5964 for more infomation

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Christopher's at the City Hotel Restaurant & What Cheer Saloon