House Kitchen and Bar
555 Capitol Mall, Suite 155, Sacramento
Hours: 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday through Friday
Happy hour: 4-8 p.m. Wednesday through Friday
The real steal: Select from $5 well drinks, house wines, appetizers and specialty cocktails, as well as $2 and $3 draft beers. Appetizers range from the popular pulled-pork sliders and sweet and spicy chicken pieces to the more classic lettuce wraps to specialty snacks such as sweet-corn tamale cakes.
The vibe: This upscale lounge-restaurant is well-lit by floor-to-ceiling windows and has plenty of booths and tables.
Happy hour happens at the bar and patio, with the patio a favored spot in summer. It is perfect for watching people and cars whiz by. There are plenty of umbrellas to keep you sheltered from the sun.
Signature drink: The happy-hour menu offers five different $5 specialty cocktails; the two favorites are the "ripened raspberry ice pick" and "tryst on the beach."
The ripened raspberry ice pick is made with a sweet tea vodka, raspberry vodka, raspberry liqueur and sweetened lemon juice for a strong but still sweet drink.
The tryst on the beach is a fruity, tropical drink made with vanilla- flavored vodka, peach schnapps, melon liqueur and cranberry and pineapple juices.
Bathroom break: The bathrooms are outside the restaurant, in the main lobby of the larger building that houses House.
Something extra: An intriguing sight during happy hour is the hard-to-miss giant whisk hanging from House's ceiling. The whisk was designed to represent what the restaurant stands for a modern twist on comfort food, made from fresh ingredients. In the center of the whisk is the House logo.
Local artist (and bartender at Sacramento's Dive Bar) Matthew Byrd designed the whisk, and the Guinness Book of World Records even came out recently to take photographs and name it the world's largest whisk.
HAPPY HOUR ON THE CHEAP
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Hours: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 a.m. daily
Happy hour: 4-7 p.m. Monday through Friday
The deals: Enjoy $1 off draft beers and appetizers, such as sliders and fried pickles, $2 off pitchers, $3 well drinks and $4 Jägerbombs.
Every night offers a different event, such as trivia on Mondays, karaoke on Tuesdays, funk music on Wednesdays, a DJ on Thursdays, live music on alternating Fridays and Saturdays, and a pool tournament on Sundays.
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Hours: 11 a.m.-2 a.m. daily
Happy hour: 11 a.m. -5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Late night 6-11 p.m. daily
The deals: During daytime happy hour, well drinks are $3 and second beers are discounted. If you order a liter, your second liter can be $2, or a pint can be $1. If you order a pint first, the second pint is $1.
During late-night happy hour, get a pitcher of Dos Equis for $4.
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9267 Greenback Lane, Orangevale
Hours: 11 a.m.-midnight Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday. (During football season, open at 9 a.m. on weekends for breakfast)
Happy hour: 4-7 p.m. Monday through Friday and during every NFL game.
The deals: Select from $1 off beer, mixed drinks and shots and $2.50 domestic light beers. For $4, enjoy a Jack and Coke, and if you are hungry, appetizers include 50-cent wings, $5 fire-grilled pizzas, $1 pork sliders, a $2 basket of fries, a $3 basket of garlic fries and a $4 basket of onion rings.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.