3 Fires Lounge
1501 L St., Sacramento
Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday through Friday, 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday (closing time applies to the kitchen; the bar is open until the last person leaves)
Happy hour: 3-7 p.m. Monday through Friday
The real steal: Select from $5 small plates such as sliders and fries, small pizzas, or cheesy bread during happy hour. Drinks range from $2.75 for domestic beer to $3.50 for the house cabernet, chardonnay and white zinfandel by the glass, $4 well drinks and $5 Smirnoff martinis.
They also have specials on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. Monday is sports night with complimentary nachos, peanuts and pretzels from 6 to 7 p.m. Enjoy taco Tuesdays with $2 tacos and Coronitas during happy hour, and on Wednesdays, enjoy "Bubbles and Bling" during happy hour, with champagne by the glass and champagne cocktail specials. You may even be the lucky winner who goes home that night with a gift from Tiffany & Co.
The vibe: This upscale yet rustic lounge on the corner of the Residence Inn Marriott is filled with large windows. Tea light candles in tall silver stands are placed around the almost circular granite-top bar. A wall of unfinished wood with a mirrored arch in the center is nearly filled with liquor. Two flat-screen TVs flank the bar, and high tables and couches are placed around the lounge for additional seating.
There is also a partially covered patio outside if you want a breath of fresh air.
Signature drink: The $5 ginger lemon drop Smirnoff martini is the martini of choice during happy hour. It is made with a house-made ginger syrup, fresh lemon and Smirnoff vodka for a sweet and tart flavor with a burst of spice from the ginger.
Bathroom break: This elegant bathroom is tucked away in the hotel lobby. It has three wooden stall doors, a granite countertop and two hanging lamps above the sinks. There is a mirror at the entrance to the bathroom as well as over the three sinks, which leaves you ample space for touch-ups. The bathroom is bathed in a warm amber color scheme, and saffron-colored glass tiles cover the wall behind the sink.
Alternative libations: The $5 peach de poire is a popular cocktail during happy hour with a refreshing sweet and tangy flavor. Pear vodka, peach schnapps, lemonade, and sweet and sour are blended to create this springtime drink.
Something extra: Happy hour works all over the lounge, but the best and most comfortable seats in the restaurant would have to be at one of the couches. They're located near the large windows and are easy to rearrange so you can enjoy a small, intimate happy hour with just a couple of friends or a large group. The couches are close enough to the bar to easily grab another round of drinks but far enough for a more private gathering. The plush couches also let you easily watch the game on one of the TVs.
HAPPY HOUR ON THE CHEAP
Brown's Corner Bar and Grill
391 West Main St., Woodland
Hours: 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday. (Depending on how busy the bar is, it may close a little earlier or later on any given day.)
Happy hour: 4-7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 4 p.m.-close Wednesday
The deals: Select from $2 drafts and $2.50 bottles of Bud Light and Coors Light during happy hour. There also are $5 well margaritas and well Long Islands, if you're looking for something besides beer to sip on. Appetizers are full price, with popular choices such as an eight-piece mozzarella stick plate or 12 beer battered onion rings for $6. The $11 combination plate includes jalapeño poppers, mozzarella sticks, zucchini sticks and onion rings, and all their appetizers are good for sharing.
On Wednesdays, besides enjoying happy hour all night, domestic bottled beers are a dollar each and the well margarita and well Long Island remain at $5. They also offer their "3-2-1" deal with a $3 hamburger, $2 French fries and $1 beer, which you can get separately or combined.
2724 J St., Sacramento
Hours: 11 a.m.- 2 a.m. Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 a.m. Sunday
Happy hour: 4-7 p.m. Monday through Friday
The deals: The appetizers at Bar West are half off during happy hour, with house favorites such as fried pickles for $2.50, sweet potato fries for $2.75, and chili cheese tater tots for $4.
They offer $3 to $5 drinks such as their $3 Coors Light, Bud Light, and Monkey Knife Fight, $4 well drinks, draft beers, Primo Lager, and the Pabst Blue Ribbon Tall Can, and $5 house chardonnay and house merlot by the glass.
They also offer a $15 combination deal with 10 buffalo wings and a pitcher of Coors Light or Bud Light perfect to split with a couple of friends during happy hour.
Mandango's Sports Bar and Grill
106 N. Sunrise Ave., Suite B, Roseville
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, 10 p.m.-close Sunday through Thursday
The deals: Enjoy the "3-3-3" happy hour deal at Mandango's with $3 drinks and $3 appetizer specials that all begin at 3 p.m. Choose from more than 25 food and drink deals such as potato skins, wings, nachos, well drinks, wine, and domestic beer. If you prefer cocktails, they have options such as their lemon drop, tequila sunrise, and blue lemonade, as well as melon, peach, watermelon, and traditional flavored margaritas. Happy hour deals are the same for both their late-night happy hour as well as from 3-7 p.m. on weekdays.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 Night Life. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.THIS WEEK'S FEATURED BARGAIN