Sacramento bars certainly lead the pack when it comes to great happy hours. There are a myriad of places where a thirsty patron can quench that thirst without breaking the bank in the process. Whether a good happy hour means strong drinks or tasty treats, Sacramento has it covered at great prices. Finding the top five weekday happy hours was no simple task, but after much hands-on research, there were five that came out on top.
1500 K St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
It’s hard to believe, but Capitol Garage has been open for 20 years now. From its humble beginnings as a grungy coffee shop on L Street to the modern restaurant bar and nightclub just a few blocks from there; it has definitely kept up with the ever-evolving Sacramento bar scene. Capitol Garage has live music, brunch on weekends and, of course, happy hour. On weekdays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., you can enjoy $3 well drinks, $3.75 Long Islands, $3.75 margaritas, $4 house wines, $1 off draft beers and $6 appetizers. Over the past two decades, Capitol Garage has catered to locals by providing a consistent, quality product.
9900 Greenback Lane
Folsom, CA 95630
Craft beer lovers are growing in numbers and Sudwerk Riverside knows its audience. On weekdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., you can get $1.50 off all appetizers and $1 off all well drinks, beer and select wines. The Sacramento location closed several years back but Folsom is only a 15- to 20-minute drive depending on where you live in Sacramento. Sudwerk offers a wonderful selection of beers on tap as well as delicious pub food. The staff is also quite knowledgeable and can help guide you through beer and food pairings.
2224 Fair Oaks Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95825
If you are a fan of sushi, this is where you want to find yourself during happy hour. While sushi is surely what Fro’s does best, the menu selection has something for everyone. Employees glide around the restaurant with smiles from ear to ear and will go above and beyond to make your experience an enjoyable one. Weekdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Tokyo Fro’s offers 1/2-off cocktails and draft beer, $3 sake bombs, $5 appetizers, $5 rolls and $8 premium rolls. Tokyo Fro’s is, without question, one of the best values one can find for their money any day of the week.
2326 J St.
Sacramento, CA 95816
Cornerstone has been a Sacramento staple for many years. The original location shut down but it has reappeared inside of Head Hunters in downtown Sacramento. The restaurant, which built its reputation as a breakfast eatery, now has a new location on J Street not far from its original spot. Cornerstone’s new location is bigger and better. Happy hour is actually available Monday through Saturday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Values include $3.50 well drinks, $2 Miller High Life and rotating beer specials, in addition to $1.99 appetizers.
2633 Riverside Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95818
Riverside Clubhouse is a beautiful restaurant that many people don’t feel they can afford for everyday dining. Happy hour at Riverside proves those people wrong. From 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays, guests can get $4 well drinks and wine, $3.75 select beers, $2.98 fries, $3.98 spinach/artichoke dip, calamari and wings and more. The craft cocktail list is as creative as the menu items and equally delicious. If what you seek is atmosphere to match good food and drinks, this is a place you should visit sooner rather than later.
As a hospitality professional Andy Soto has worked every facet of the industry. He currently leads the team at Spectrum Restaurant Consulting. He started writing a hospitality blog in 2009 and restaurant writing for Sacramento Press in 2010. In 2011 Andy became a Sacramento Restaurant Examiner for Examiner.com. His work can be found on Examiner.com.