2224 Fair Oaks Blvd., Sacramento, (916) 648-1115
Hours: 11:30 a.m.-midnight Tuesday, Thursday through Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday
Happy hour: 4-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 5 p.m.-close Sunday
The real steal: Select from half-off cocktails and draft beers, $3 sake bombs, $5 appetizers and $5 and $8 rolls. There is a mandatory one-drink minimum per person, but the drink does not have to be alcoholic. You can get a soda or hot tea instead.
Munch on an appetizer such as crab-stuffed wontons or gyoza, or a spicy tuna or Hawaii roll, for $5 each. The Godzilla or Rice Rice Baby rolls are $8.
The vibe: This laid-back restaurant has a sushi bar and an alcohol bar against the back wall. Multiple flat-screen TVs play in the background. Stone-topped tables match the stone-topped bar.
The exposed kitchen behind the sushi bar adds to the urban feel of the place, while anime (Japanese animation) photos add a fun touch.
Hanging lamps with colored light bulbs enhance the sense of fun. A green fish dangles from the restaurant's ceiling, reminding diners why they are here.
Signature drinks: The $3 sake bomb is a house favorite. This beer cocktail is suitable for chugging contests with friends or to simply enjoy with your favorite sushi roll.
The $3.50 White Gummy Bear also is a popular choice. Made with Stoli Vanil vodka, peach schnapps, sweet and sour and a splash of Sprite, this drink refreshes.
Something extra: On Monday and Thursday nights you can participate in trivia contests, popular events at Tokyo Fro's. Happy-hour prices continue, and you can play to win prizes.
There are other deals that change daily. They are listed on the chalkboard menu at the bar.
HAPPY HOUR ON THE CHEAP
524 Second St., Davis
1501 16th St., Sacramento
Hours, midtown: 11 a.m.- midnight Sunday through Wednesday, 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday
Davis: 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 a.m. Thursday through Saturday
Happy hour, midtown: 4-6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10-11 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, 11:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Thursday through Saturday
Davis: 4-6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 p.m.-close Thursday through Saturday
The deals: The deals at the midtown and Davis locations differ slightly. At the midtown location, enjoy a beer and a listed slice of pizza such as pepperoni, cheese or pesto for $5. Domestic draft beers are $2 or $3, and well cocktails are $1 off. The same deals exist during late-night and regular happy hours.
The Davis afternoon happy hour offers the same $5 deal as midtown for a beer and a slice, and $3 draft beers, well drinks, cocktail specials and house wine by the glass. At night is a progressive happy hour, with deals increasing as the night goes on. After 10 p.m., you can get a slice and a beer for $4. At 11 p.m., some well drinks drop to $3. By midnight, draft beers are $2. After 1 a.m., last-call pizza slices are $1.
Bulls Restaurant and Bar
1330 H St., Sacramento
Hours: 11:30 a.m.-1 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-2 a.m. Friday and Saturday
Happy hour: 4-7 p.m. Monday through Friday
The deals: Choose from $3 well drinks and appetizers such as nachos and potato skins. All draft beers are 50 cents off.
Republic Bar and Grill
908 15th St., Sacramento
Hours: 4 p.m.- 2 a.m. Monday, Wednesday through Friday, 9 a.m.- 2 a.m. Saturday and Sunday
Happy hour: 4-6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday through Friday with extended drink specials from 4-8 p.m.
The deals: Select from domestic draft beers for $3 a pint or $7 for a pitcher. Well drinks are $3.
Food specials are between 4-6 p.m. Monday and Wednesday through Friday, with $3 tater tots and sweet potato fries and $5 luau pork quesadillas. Mac-and-cheese balls and buffalo wings are $1 each.