Firestone Public House
1132 16th St., Sacramento
Hours: 11 a.m.-midnight Monday and Tuesday, 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Wednesday through Friday, 9 a.m.-2 a.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 a.m. Sunday
Happy hour: 3-6 p.m. Monday through Friday, late night 9 p.m.- 1 a.m. Sunday, 10 p.m.-midnight Monday and Tuesday, 10 p.m.- 2 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday.
Regular and late-night happy hours offer the same drink deals; however, the food specials are only from 9 to 10 p.m. on Sunday, and from 10 p.m. to midnight on Wednesday and Thursday.
The real steal: Choose from $1 off all big drafts, $2 off all wines by the glass, $4.50 well drinks, and $7 specialty cocktails such as the Dirty Blonde, Rum Churro, Skinny Lemondrop and Spicy Mojito.
Nine starters such as the Firestone boneless wings and pulled pork nachos range from $1.75 to $5; 10 different pizzas including barbecue chicken, lobster, sweet pork and breakfast pizza are half off during happy hour, ranging from $5 to $7.
The vibe: This upscale alehouse features 21 TVs playing sports, an open kitchen and kegs stacked around the restaurant. Exposed piping gives it an industrial feel. Reclaimed wine barrel lampshades dangle above some of the booths and dining tables.
The dining area features a very popular table with a rustic wooden top and chairs that can be rolled around. It tends to be a favorite spot for patrons who come in with a large party.
Two patios one on L Street and one on 16th Street allow for good people- watching.
Signature drink: Beer. They have 60 taps. The most popular would have to be the Back in Black IPA by 21st Amendment Brewery in San Francisco. It's dark in color but light in flavor, a pretty balanced IPA with less hops and more malt. The "Big" serving of this beer is $6 during happy hour.
Bathroom break: The bathroom is tucked at the back of the restaurant, and right outside is a mirrored wall for quick touch-ups. Inside, there are three stalls and a granite countertop with two stainless steel sinks.
Alternative libations: The Rum Churro is one of the most popular specialty cocktails. Since beer is the drink of choice at Firestone, this beer cocktail is made with Bacardi OakHeart, Tuaca liqueur and a splash of sweetened lime juice, topped with Maui Brewing Company's Mana Wheat beer. It's finished with a cinnamon sugar rim and tastes exactly like its name a deep-fried pastry covered in cinnamon sugar like a churro.
Something extra: Happy hour tends to be most popular in the bar area. The large rectangular bar in the center of the room tends to fill up first, and offers flat-screen TVs all around, as well as easy access to the bartender so you can order another drink or get a refill on the nachos or boneless wings.
The high tables and the booths offer a more private happy hour and still offer great views of the game on one of the 21 TVs.
The 16th Street patio tends to be more popular for the afternoon happy hour and is filled with regular tables and chairs. The L Street patio has high tables and tends to fill up toward the evening and during late-night happy hour.
HAPPY HOUR ON THE CHEAP
Blue Frog Grog and Grill
1740 Travis Blvd., Fairfield
Hours: 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m.- 9 p.m. Sunday
Happy hour: 3-6 p.m. daily, 9 p.m.-close Friday and Saturday
The deals: Enjoy $2 pints or a dollar off wine by the glass during happy hour. They offer $2 off appetizers and pizzas such as Blue Frog fries, stuffed mushrooms, spinach dip, and California pizza or bacon chicken ranch pizza. Happy hour deals are the same for both daily and late night happy hours.
250 North Harding Blvd., Roseville
Hours: 11 a.m.- 9:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m.- 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Happy hour: 3-7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 3 p.m.-close Wednesday. (All-night happy hour on Wednesday is limited only through baseball season.)
The deals: Choose from $3 select draft beer pints such as Claim Jumper's Honey Blonde Ale, Original Red Ale, and Hefeweizen, as well as Coors Light and Bud Light.
For $4 try premium select draft beer pints such as Fat Tire and Stella Artois. They also offer $4 select cocktails and $5 select wines by the glass.
Most appetizers range from $2 to $4, including sliders, mini pizzas and Irish nachos, as well as one $7 food item, the Widow Maker burger.
Crawdad's River Cantina
1375 Garden Highway, Sacramento
Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 11 a.m.-close Thursday through Sunday. (It typically closes between 12:30 a.m. and 2 a.m. Thursday through Sunday.)
Happy hour: 3-6 p.m. Monday through Friday
The deals: Choose from $2 Coors Light and well drinks and $3 Shock Top, margaritas and the house wine by the glass during happy hour at Crawdad's River Cantina. They also offer a plethora of $4 appetizers such as carnitas tacos, barbecue pork sliders, chipotle dip and chips, and onion petals.
On Friday nights, it has live band karaoke with an actual band that plays karaoke style to give every patron a chance to be a rock star. From 10 p.m. to midnight it offers $3 well drinks, margaritas and all draft beers. It also offers the same $4 appetizers as regular happy hour.
On weekend mornings, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. it has $2 mimosas and $3 bloody marys. And on Saturday afternoon from 2 to 5 p.m. try drink specials with $1 Rolling Rock, $3 margaritas and $4 Mardi Gras.
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