Sapporo Grill Japanese Steakhouse
1118 16th St., Sacramento
Hours: 4-10 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 11 a.m.-midnight Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m.-2:30 a.m. Friday, noon-2:30 a.m. Saturday
Happy hour: 2-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 4-6 p.m. Sunday, with extended drink specials until 7 p.m. daily, late night 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday and Saturday (food specials only)
The real steal: Select from all draft beers, hot sake and sake bombs for $3, house wine by the glass and $4 well drinks; the Peach Paradise goes for $5 during happy hour.
Appetizers range from $4 to $8 with house favorites such as pepperfin, honey miso ribs, and lettuce wraps. Rolls range from $5 to $6.50, and some of the favorites are their crunchy roll, Super Cal, and the café special.
During late-night happy hour, they offer specials on appetizers including buffalo wings and Sapporo sliders that range from $6 to $9, and a DJ performs as well.
The vibe: This unique restaurant fuses a sushi joint and a steakhouse but also has a modern lounge feel with Japanese influences, starting with a bamboolike wall behind the hostess desk.
The smooth, green marble bar contrasts with the wooden sushi bar top at the center of the restaurant. Large flat-screen televisions and projection TVs are perfect for watching a game.
A private dining area behind the lounge is available for a banquet, bachelor party or birthday. It can be closed off or left open with a glimpse of the restaurant.
Light pop music plays in the background.
Signature drink: The specialty cocktail of choice during happy hour is the $5 Peach Paradise. It's made with Absolut Peach, fresh orange juice and strawberries for a sweet and refreshing summer cocktail.
Bathroom break: This three-stall bathroom is tucked away at the back of the restaurant. There are two sinks with a black-framed mirror hanging above each one and black tiles on the floor.
Alternative libations: A popular drink, especially when you come with a large group, is the $3 sake bomb. It comes with a half-cup of Sapporo beer and a shot of sake, with just a hint of the rice in the flavor creating a unique beer cocktail.
Something extra: Happy hour works everywhere but the dining room, leaving you with seating at the bar, the sushi bar, the lounge or on the patio. The most popular seats are at the lounge itself. Two large wooden plank tables with bar stools are perfect for a large happy hour, and stone-topped tables and plush seats are available for a more intimate gathering.
Source Global Tapas Restaurant
5540 Douglas Blvd. #110, Granite Bay
Hours: Lunch: 11:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, dinner: 4-9 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday
Happy hour: 4-6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday
The deals: Choose from fresh sangria, Spanish sherry and two local beers on tap from the Auburn Alehouse and the Loomis Basin Brewery for $3 each. The 13 tapas are $2 each, and house favorites include house-made roasted red pepper hummus with grilled cumin that's served with pappadum chips, or paella balls, which are Spanish rice balls, fried and served with a paprika aioli.
Halftime Bar and Grill (Inside Strikes Unlimited Bowling in Rocklin)
5681 Lonetree Blvd., Rocklin
Hours: 11 a.m.- midnight Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Friday and Saturday
Happy hour: 4-7 p.m. Monday through Friday
The deals: Enjoy a dollar off beer and well drinks and $5 house wines between bowling at Strikes. If all the bowling works up your appetite, they have six to eight appetizers for $4 each, including chicken spring rolls and fried artichoke hearts.
Morton's The Steakhouse
621 Capitol Mall, Sacramento
Hours: 5:30-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 5-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 5-10 p.m. Sunday
Happy hour: 4:30-6:30 p.m., 9 p.m.-close Monday through Friday, 4:30 p.m.- close Sunday
The deals: During Power Hour, the beers are $5.50 each, wines by the glass are $7, and cocktails and "Mortinis" such as their vodka or gin Mortini and cosmopolitan, Manhattan or mojito are $8. Enjoy their $6 and $7 bar bites such as blue cheese steak fries or mini crab cake BLTs.
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