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The half-oval bar and red lighting of R15 make an immediate impression at the dual-bar/cafe. The bar adjoins Cafe Bernardo.

Night Life: Two ways to enjoy Cafe Bernardo and R15

Published: Friday, Feb. 24, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 32TICKET
Last Modified: Monday, Feb. 27, 2012 - 8:35 am

Cafe Bernardo/R15

1431 R St., Sacramento

(916) 930-9191

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Hours at Cafe Bernardo: 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 8 a.m.- 10 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m.- 9 p.m. Sunday

R15: 11 a.m.-2 a.m. daily (The bar's closing time varies with customer traffic.)

Happy hour: 3-6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 3 p.m. until close Tuesday

The real steal: Choose from $2 well cocktails and select beers, $3 house cabernet or chardonnay wine by the glass, and $8 select pitchers. Food ranges from $3 to $6, with options such as Niman Ranch angus sliders; a cheese or pepperoni pizzetta; and bar fries, which are covered with melted jack cheese and topped off with bacon, sour cream, and green onions.

The vibe: The moment you enter R15, the red lighting washes over you. The half-oval bar takes over the room as the focal point, while booths and high tables line the wall. Five flat-screen TVs are playing and the music is loud enough to enjoy while still allowing you to hold a conversation. The bar adjoins Cafe Bernardo, the yin to R15's yang. The cafe has bright- yellow walls, tables with chairs and booths, and multiple chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. The menu items are written on the chalkboard, and you feel as if you are in a European cafe.

Signature drink: The Bud Light and Pabst Blue Ribbon pitchers are always popular, perfect to split among friends.

Bathroom break: The bathroom is right at the border between R15 and Cafe Bernardo. There are four bathroom stalls and two sinks. The bathroom also has quite a bit of the Cafe Bernardo vibe (located on that side of the restaurant), with half white tile, half lemon-yellow walls. However, they have a "special drinks" poster, so you will feel a hint of the bar vibe.

Alternative libations: Vodka well cocktails

Something extra: Happy hour works all over R15 and Cafe Bernardo. The best seat is at the half-oval bar – prime viewing for a game, easy bartender access and a cushy arm rest and wall.

Clubhouse 56

723 56th St., Sacramento

(916) 454-5656

Hours: 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-2 a.m. Saturday and Sunday

Happy hour: 3-7 p.m. Monday through Friday

The deals: Get a pint of domestic beer such as Bud Light or Coors Light for $3 or a pitcher for $10. A premium beer is $4-$14 for a pitcher. If beer isn't your drink of choice, enjoy a well drink for $3.50, and if you're hungry, get two street tacos for $2.95. For the tacos, you can choose between chicken and steak.

Sports Page Restaurant and Bar

1595 Eureka Road, Roseville

(916) 865-4274

Hours: Noon to midnight daily (Close varies depending on traffic.)

Happy hour: 3-6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 p.m.-midnight daily

The deals: Drink and food specials change each week. For the regular menu, you can sample appetizers such as beer-battered jalapeños or tri-tip sliders for $3 to $5. You can get $1 off all draft beers (and they have 22 to choose); $3.50 well drinks; $4 for Jack and Coke, Bacardi and Coke, or a vodka press; $5 house wines; and a $6 Patrón margarita made with fresh lime, Patrón tequila and agave nectar.

Little Prague Bohemian Restaurant

330 G St., Davis

(530) 756-1107

www.littleprague.com/

Hours: Restaurant: 5-10 p.m. Monday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday

Bar: 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Monday, 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m.-2 a.m. Saturday and Sunday

Happy hours: 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, 4-8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday

The deals: Enjoy a little taste of Prague, right here in Davis. Happy hour works only at the bar, where you can enjoy half-off beers and appetizers. On average, you will spend $2.50 for beer and $3.50 on an appetizer, such as the potato pancakes.

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 sacbeenightlife@gmail.com.

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