Paris Ryan / Special to The Bee

Brian Meyer is a bartender at the Firehouse Restaurant in Old Sacramento, a place with fine drinks and dining, and an environment for conversation.

Night Life: Warm up with the Firehouse Restaurant in Old Sac

Published: Friday, Dec. 30, 2011 - 12:00 am | Page 31TICKET
Last Modified: Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012 - 6:38 pm

The Firehouse Restaurant

1112 Second St., Old Sacramento

(916) 442-4772

Hours: Lunch, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; dinner, 5-9:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 5-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. (Dinner hours will be extended to midnight on New Year's Eve, but the restaurant will be closed New Year's Day.)

Happy hour: 4-6 p.m. Monday through Friday (The bar is open 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday through Friday, 5-11 p.m. Saturday, and 5-9:30 p.m. Sunday.)

The real steal: Enjoy well drinks for $4, well martinis and Firehouse wine specials for $6, and draft beers for $3. There are no appetizers per se for happy hour, however from 2:30-4:45 p.m. on weekdays, there is a midday menu with appetizers, and after 4:30 p.m. dinner appetizers may be ordered. One of the top-selling choices is the smoked tenderloin carpaccio, priced at $12.

The vibe: Located in a building that was once a firehouse, the restaurant keeps the music soft and relaxing to ensure guests can easily converse. Chandeliers dangle from the ceiling and beautiful paintings drape the walls. The restaurant seems as though it will never end, one elegant room giving way to another. On Feb. 3, Firehouse executive chef Deneb Williams will be cooking with Paula Deen at the Community Center Theater, 1301 L St., Sacramento. Tickets are $44.75.

Signature drink: The $3 draft beers are definitely the favored choice during happy hour. There are four choices: Stella Artois Pilsner, Blue Moon Belgian White, Firehouse Ale and Gordon Biersch Märzen.

Bathroom break: The centrally located bathroom allows enough space for quick touch-ups.

Alternative libations: Try one of the Skinny Cocktails, the Orange Dee-Lite with orange, vodka, and Cointreau, or the Fresh and Flirty Skinny Mojito. Both are $12.

Something extra: Arrive early to grab a booth tucked away from the main bar area. They tend to be very popular, so if someone beat you to them, you can sit at the bar and watch the bartenders shake, mix and muddle their way through a plethora of drinks.

Johnny Garlic's

10505 Fairway Drive, Roseville

(916) 789-2000

Hours: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m.- midnight Friday and Saturday

Happy hour: 3-6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; 2-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 9 p.m.-closing daily

The deals: For $4, enjoy cocktails such as a house specialty Manhattan or a Mai Tai. Or try a glass of wine for the same price. If you prefer beer, it ranges from $2.50 to $6.50, depending on the type and size, and you can add a shot of Jack Daniels or Herradura Blanco to any draft beer for an additional $3.50. They also have finger foods such as crispy artichoke hearts or key lime calamari for $5 and mini pizzas such as BBQ chicken for just $5.50. On the whole, everything ranges from $2.50 to $6.50 for happy hour drinks and appetizers, leaving you sated and your wallet full, too.

The Club Car Restaurant and Bar

836 Lincoln Way, Auburn

(530) 887-9732

Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m.- midnight Friday and Saturday. (Hours reflect when the kitchen closes. The bar remains open later, depending on how busy it is.)

Happy hour: 3 p.m.-close Sunday through Tuesday, 3-6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday

The deals: Enjoy a drink that is made on the rocks for just $3.50 such as the Poor Bastard, Bailout or Speak Easy Swing. Or, for $5, try a martini special such as the ever-popular Half-Empty Middle Shelf Vodka Martini. For $5, you can also enjoy food specials such as buffalo wings, two pork tacos, a classic burger and fries, or a grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup. On Mondays, you can try lasagna, or on Taco Tuesdays, you can get $2 house margaritas and Coronas and $1 tacos.

Burgers and Brew

1409 R St., Sacramento

(916) 442-0900

403 Third St., Davis

(530) 750-3600

201 Broadway, No. 150, Chico

(530) 879-9100

Hours: 11 a.m.-midnight Sunday through Wednesday, 11 a.m.-3 a.m. Thursday through Saturday

Happy hours: 2-6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10-11:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday

The deals: From 2-3 p.m. on weekdays (excluding holidays), enjoy a $2 special on select draft beers such as Blue Moon. From 3-6 p.m., enjoy regular draft beers for $1 off or $2 off pitchers. Featured beers such as Pliny the Elder or Sculpin are not part of this deal. If you're hungry, order appetizers such as tahini sliders, shish kababs, or chicken, fish or steak quesadillas for around $5 each. During the late-night happy hour, enjoy the same drink deals (appetizers not included) that are available from 3-6 p.m. NIGHT LIFE DEALSFor more on night life eats and drinks Do you know of a bar that has amazingly good deals on drinks and food? Share the scoop with The Bee, and we'll highlight it as part of this new Night Life feature. Email WEEK'S FEATURED BARGAIN

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