Paris Ryan / Special to The Bee

Bartender Cameron James-Young muddles key lime and lemon slices to make the Kasbah Lounge's signature Caipirinha.

Night Life: Middle East drinks, food and flair at the Kasbah

Published: Friday, Apr. 6, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 36TICKET

Kasbah Lounge

2115 J St., Sacramento

(916) 442-4388

Hours: 5 p.m.-midnight Sunday through Wednesday, 5 p.m.-1 a.m. Thursday, 5 p.m.-3 a.m. Friday, Saturday

Happy hour: 5-7 p.m. daily, 10 p.m.-close Sunday through Thursday (drinks only)

The real steal: Select from the $3 beer, sangria for $3.50 a pint or $12 for a pitcher, three different wines by the glass for $4 or $4.50 each, and cocktails for $5 to $6, such as the mojito or Habibi. The appetizers – falafel with green tahini sauce, hummus and pita, and empanadas, among them – range from $2 to $3. Kasbah is right next to its sister restaurant, Tapa the World, so it shares menu items such as the empanadas and sangria, which come from Tapa.

The vibe: Take a step outside midtown Sacramento and dive straight into the Middle East the moment you enter Kasbah Lounge. The rich colors are highlighted by the candlelight in the dimly lit bar. The tapestries throughout the lounge were all imported from the Middle East, and Middle Eastern music plays lightly in the background. A large, handmade brass bar filled with rivets adds an edgy look, while the cushions against the edge of the wall create more traditional seating.

Signature drink: The Caipirinha is the most-ordered drink at the Kasbah Lounge. It costs $6 during happy hour and is made with muddled key limes and lemons, as well as Brazilian Cachaça – a sweet rum.

Bathroom break: The two-stall bathroom is outside the lounge itself, and in the back of the courtyard. There are two sinks and a large mirror above, as well as a vase of faux pink and white flowers by the sink.

Alternative libations: The Habibi cocktail is another house favorite at Kasbah Lounge. It is made with muddled oranges and lemons, along with Zaya rum – a spiced rum – and this cocktail is $6 during happy hour.

Something extra: Inside the bar, try the short tables with cushions placed low to the ground for a traditional Middle Eastern feel. There's an intimacy to this setting, complete with a tea-light candle on each of the tables. During the spring and summer, watch passers-by from the front patio. The courtyard provides the highly unusual option of hookah smoking. On cooler days, the staff uses heat lamps to keep guests comfortable. If you're patronizing the restaurant at nighttime, the Kasbah has a belly dancing show every night after 9 and live music after 10 p.m. on Thursdays. Tres Hermanas Cocina Mexicana

805 Second St., Davis

(530) 756-8737

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

Happy hour: 3-6 p.m. daily

The deals: Select from $3 draft beers or a $4 house margarita along with appetizers such as the $1 street tacos, $3.50 bean dip, $5 flautas and nachos that range from $6 to $8, depending on whether you add chicken or carnitas.

Amourath Lounge

1209 L St., Sacramento

(916) 443-1234; HyattRegencySacramento

Hours: 2 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday

Happy hours: 4-6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

The deals: Enjoy happy hour, or Capitol Hour, at Amourath Lounge inside the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Sacramento. On weekdays, choose from $3 draft beers, $5 well cocktails, and $6 house wine by the glass along with half-priced appetizers that are around $6 to $7 and perfect to share with friends. On weekends, the appetizers, including their shrimp ceviche tostadas and onion, jalapeño fries or asparagus fries, remain half-price, but the drinks change and are $5, with options such as a Bloody Mary or mimosa. On Wednesdays from 5-8 p.m., they feature the Capitol Mixer and have live music from local artists. The patio seating, by the way, feels like an oasis, complete with four fireplaces.

The Hideaway Bar and Grill

2565 Franklin Blvd., Sacramento

(916) 455-1331 The-Hideaway-Bar-Grill/ 113779548674039?sk=wall

Hours: 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Monday through Friday, noon-2 a.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 a.m. Sunday

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

The deals: Select $2 well drinks or Coors Light along with their $3 appetizers, such as onion rings, fried pickles and garlic fries. The kitchen opens at 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday – and when the restaurant opens on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.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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