The Coconut Grove Sports Bar and Grill
106 J St., Sacramento
Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Friday and Saturday
Happy hour: 3-7 p.m. Monday through Friday
The real steal: Select from $2 domestic beers, $3 premium beers, $4 well drinks, margaritas, and flavored martinis and cocktails, such as lemon drops and cosmos, during happy hour at this sports bar in Old Sac. It also offers a $5 Long Island Iced Tea, AMF and Tokyo Tea, and the $6 Coconut Grove Creeper.
If you're hungry, there is plenty of food to choose from such as $2 chicken or beef tacos, pulled pork sandwiches and sliders with fries, and for $5, beef or chicken nachos.
The vibe: This historic building in Old Sacramento mixes a blend of a sports bar with just a hint of an island oasis. The restaurant's red-brick walls and black industrial piping complement each other. There are 12 flat screen televisions half of them at the bar itself. Look up and you'll see a collection of skylights, ceiling fans and oversized chandeliers that contrast from the industrial feel.
Faux orchids behind the large booths in the bar area add a touch of femininity and contrast with the photographs of sports stars on the wall.
Signature drink: The $6 Coconut Grove Creeper is the signature choice at the Coconut Grove. It is made with coconut rum, pineapple and lime juice, sweet and sour, and Island Blue Pucker for a tropical vacation in a cocktail.
Bathroom break: The quaint restroom is on the lower level from the bar and restaurant, where private parties are held. Peach tiles cover part of the walls in the two-stall bathroom.
There are two sinks and plenty of mirrors to check yourself for touch-ups between your drinks. The exposed piping continues into the bathroom, and there is also a touch of brick, reminding us of the building's history.
Alternative libations: The apple martini is a house favorite and $4 during happy hour. It is made with Sour Apple Pucker, apple vodka, soda water, and sweet and sour for a fruity flavored martini.
Something extra: Happy hour works in the bar area only, so you can choose between sitting at the bar itself or at one of the large, oversized booths; the bar tends to be the most popular. If you come with a large party, the booths are a perfect choice. The seats are faux leather, and eight to 10 people easily can fit around the tables.