Hook and Ladder Manufacturing Co.
1630 S St., Sacramento
Hours: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-1 a.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday
Happy hour: 3-6 p.m. Monday through Friday
The real steal: Beer, wine and cocktails range $2 to $6 during happy hour. Appetizers such as shishito peppers and fries or house-made sausages run about $5 to $7.
The vibe: Most of the décor in this cozy restaurant is recycled and refurbished, giving it an eco-friendly feel.
A patio is the first thing you see before you walk inside. Once indoors, there is a wall made of recycled wooden shipping pallets. Mini-ledges hold small glass votives and oil tea lights that add a warm ambiance.
A ceiling made from painter's fabric helps diminish noise levels while adding to the attractive décor.
There are plenty of high tables and booths, along with a lounge area where antique board games are glued to table tops. You can ask a bartender for the pieces and play a game or two.
The bar takes over one wall, and is flanked by two wooden boards painted with images of the California state flag.
A back patio offers plenty of heaters to keep you warm on a chilly evening.
Signature drink: For $6, try the hot-buttered rum. This warm, decadent drink is made with rum and hot-buttered-rum batter and topped with a touch of nutmeg.
Alternative libations: If you're looking for an unusual drink, try one of Hook and Ladder's draft cocktails. These cocktails are served from a tap, with options such as the $8 Jameson stinger and the $9 Negroni. The restaurant also serves wine on tap, along with beer.
HAPPY HOUR ON THE CHEAP
3651 J St., Sacramento
Hours: 11:30 a.m.-1 a.m. daily
Happy hour: 4-6 p.m. daily
The deals:Fourteen of the pub's 17 taps are discounted 50 cents during happy hour. Beers start at $3.75. Bonn Lair offers beers from countries including Scotland, England, Belgium and Germany.
Food specials run $3.75 to $4.75, with options such as fries, a half-order of shepherd's pie or the bulldog slider, which includes two English-sausage sliders with grilled onions.
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