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Night Life: Happy hour at Bombay Bar and Grill

Published: Friday, Mar. 16, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 32TICKET

Bombay Bar and Grill

1315 21st St., Sacramento

(916) 441-7100

www.bombaybarandgrillsacramento.com

Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday- Saturday

Happy hour: 2-6 p.m. daily

The real steal: Enjoy $3 draft beers, Pabst Blue Ribbon, wine by the glass and well drinks. Cocktails are $5, and the specialty cocktails and martinis are $7 during happy hour. Appetizers range from $1.95 to $6.95 and are perfect to split with a couple of friends. Make sure to try the vegetable pakora, assorted tandoori and spicy barbecue chicken wings.

The vibe: At the front of the restaurant, two guardian idols await your entrance. Inside, the dark colors such as teal and maroon take over the wall and curtains in the bar area. Purple and red hanging lamps dangle above the bar itself, and light Bollywood music plays in the background. Opposite the bar, you see rich oranges and gold accents take over the dining area. Heavy curtains, artwork, and hanging lights brighten up the already rich room, leaving you with the beautiful contrast of bold colors in one room and dark colors in the other.

Signature drink: The signature drink is Bombay Bar and Grill's unique spicy cilantro margarita, which is $7 during happy hour.

Bathroom break: Tucked between the bar area and the restaurant, the bathroom is a private one, with two mirrors and plenty of space to touch up and get back to your meal as quickly as possible.

Alternative libations: The mango lassi is a very popular yogurt-based drink at many Indian restaurants. Try Bombay Bar and Grill's adult version of the classic drink, the tropical mango, a lassi mixed with rum. It is $7 during happy hour.

Something extra: Happy hour works only at the bar; however, the bar itself is the perfect seat in the house. During happy hour, a Bollywood film is played on the TV in front of the bar, and sports are on the two TVs to the side. The cushioned bar stools and marble countertop make the bar a very comfortable and convenient spot to order another drink or appetizer, as well as relax and enjoy the movie or a game on television.

Slingshots

3300 Coach Lane, #B1, Cameron Park

(530) 676-9915

Hours: 10 a.m.-2 a.m. daily

Happy hour: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily

The deals: Enjoy a dollar off draft beers and $3 well drinks during happy hour at Slingshots. If you are hungry, they have a full-price cheese pizza for $3 and their "works" pizza for $4, where you can have up to all seven toppings they offer on it.

Islands Restaurants

1902 Taylor Road, Roseville

(916) 772-5044

2455 Iron Point Road, Folsom

(916) 983-4092

www.islandsrestaurants.com

Hours: 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday

Happy hours: 4-7 p.m. Monday through Friday

The deals: Select from one of their hand-crafted beers (brown ale, golden ale, and an IPA) – $3.95 for a 16-ounce and $5.95 for the 25-ounce. The Longboard Lager is $2.95 for the 16-ounce and $4.95 for the 25-ounce, and a 16-ounce domestic beer – Coors Light – is $2.95. If you want something other than beer, well drinks are $2.95 and wine by the glass – Woodbridge chardonnay and cabernet – are $3.95. Their original mai tai is $4.25, or try one of the tropical drinks such as the lava flow, piña colada, Big Island ice tea, or margarita (made on the rocks or frozen) for $4.25.

If you're hungry, they have plenty of food to choose. The most popular choice, the beef sliders, is $3.95, and they also have cheddar fries, quesadillas, buffalo wings and more.

River City Brewing Co.

545 Downtown Plaza, Suite 1115, Sacramento

(916) 447-2739

www.rivercitybrewing.net

Hours: 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11:30 a.m.- 10:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Sunday

Happy hour: 3-6 p.m. Monday through Friday

The deals: Everything is $3.50 during happy hour at River City Brewing Co. Enjoy any pints or the house chardonnay, cabernet, or merlot for $3.50. Their small plates are also $3.50; options include beer-battered onion rings and spicy wings.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 Night Life feature. Email sacbeenightlife@gmail.com.THIS WEEK'S FEATURED BARGAIN

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