Local Happy Hours
03/02/2012 09:03AM ● Published by Style
Photos by Dante Fontana
We’ve scoured the area for libations you’ll love.
From posh décor to vibrant nightlife scenes and casual watering holes, Happy Hour is here…
The Spot: Fat’s Asia Bistro
The Deal: Monday-Friday, 3 to 6 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; select beer, wine and appetizer specials
Why We Dig It: The Fat’s Family of Restaurants are longstanding area institutions, serving up fresh Asian fusion fare amidst lush, modern décor. Fat’s Asia Bistro provides an upscale atmosphere and contemporary Asian cuisine. Their Happy Hour is one not to be missed, with $5 house Chardonnay and Cabernet, a plethora of $2.75 domestic draft beer options, and discounted appetizers including $7 Blackened Ahi, $9 Dim Sum Baskets and $7 Mongolian Baby Back Ribs. Fat’s Asia Bistro, 1500 Eureka Road, Roseville, 916-787-3287, fatsrestaurants.com.
The Spot: Pete’s Restaurant and Brewhouse
The Deal: Every day, 2 to 5 p.m., all pitchers $9, $1.25 off pints, $2 off wine, select food and appetizers specials
Why We Dig It: With six handcrafted “Pete’s” brews including Uptown Ale and Old Town Red, and with a diverse menu of pizzas, pastas, steak and burgers, Pete’s has something for everyone. Come in during Happy Hour for $9 pitchers, food specials – including a large, one-topping pizza for $9.99 or a one-topping, personal pizza for $3.99 – and a good time! Happy Hour every day is rare, and they do it right. Pete’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, 5540 Douglas Boulevard, Granite Bay, 916-797-4992, petesrandb.com.
The Spot: La Provence
Restaurant & Terrace
The Deal: Tuesday-Saturday, 4 to 7 p.m., $5 appetizers and 25 percent off cocktails
Why We Dig It: French-Mediterranean cuisine, creekside terrace seating and an interior that mimics a French countryside estate, La Provence provides a unique and delicious dining experience. Try the Pates de Fromage et Jambon Gratinee (spiral mac-n-cheese baked with smoked ham), Pissaladiere Brie Pipérade (pizza in the Provencal style) or the Brochette d’Onglet (marinated hangar steak grilled and served on Caesar salad).
La Provence Restaurant & Terrace,
110 Diamond Creek Place, Roseville, 916-789-2002, laprovenceroseville.com.
The Spot: Crush 29
The Deal: Daily, 3 to 7 p.m., $6 specialty cocktails; $5 select wines; $3, $4, and $5 draft beers; $5 pizzas and select small plates
Why We Dig It: The contemporary American meets wine country menu, the dining room and bar with a hip, casual vibe perfectly accented by beautiful wine country murals, and the outdoor seating options. The center circular bar is the optimum setting for meeting eyes with a kind stranger, or enjoying drinks with friends. Did we mention the Happy Hour specials include $6 cocktails, $5 select wines and $5 stone hearth pizzas? Does it get any better? Try a Crushtini – vodka, raspberry liqueur, fresh pineapple juice, guava nectar and fresh red grapes – and the BBQ Chicken Sliders, three small burgers with onions and Cheddar cheese. See why Crush 29 was voted Style’s Readers’ Choice for “Favorite Cocktails.” Crush 29, 1480 Eureka Road, Roseville, 916-773-2929, crush29.com.
The Spot: The Club Car
The Deal: Sunday-Tuesday, 3 p.m. to close, Wednesday-Saturday, 3 to 6 p.m., drink specials and $5 appetizers
Why We Dig It: Dimly lit in speakeasy style, The Club Car’s “Hard Times Chow” Happy Hour offers a fun way to wind down after a workday. Known for their burgers and brew, cool vibe and live music nights, their $5 Bailout Burger can’t be beat. They also have $3.50 cocktail specials that include Poor Bastards – Myer’s Rum, ginger ale and lime, and Speakeasy Slings – sloe gin, sour mix and soda with a splash of cherry brandy. Best Bet: Come in on Tuesdays for Taco Tuesday: $1 Pork Tacos, $1 Fish Tacos and $2 well margaritas and Coronas. The Club Car, 836 Lincoln Way, Auburn, 530-887-9732, clubcarauburn.com.
The Spot: McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant
The Deal: Monday-Friday, 4 to 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. to close; Saturday, 2 to 5 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. to close; Sunday, 2 to 5 p.m.
Why We Dig It: Appetizers for $2.95 and so much more! In the bar area only, enjoy Crispy Fried Zucchini Sticks, Calamari Fries, and Spicy Chicken Quesadillas for just $2.95. Heftier options include Half Pound Cheeseburgers for $3.95; Buffalo Chicken Bites, Spinach Dip and Thai Green Lip Mussels for $4.95; plus $5.95 Blackened Salmon Sliders and Cheesy Nachos. As if amazing appetizer offerings weren’t enough, McCormick & Schmick’s Happy Hour also features $5.95 Wine Specials and $6.95 Seasonal Cocktails. McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restuarant, 1194 Roseville Parkway, Roseville, 916-960-4875, mccormickandschmicks.com.
The Spot: Hawks Restaurant
The Deal: Tuesday-Friday, 2:30 to 6 p.m. (Wednesdays until 9 p.m.), select discount beers, specialty drinks and appetizers
Why We Dig It: Water views, exquisite American dishes, excellent service and home-brewed beer round out this upscale-casual locale. At a small bar guests can share intimate, yet lively conversation while sipping on $3 Hawks Brown Ale – their house-brewed beer, (a must-try!), or sip on a Hawks Vanilla Bourbon Sour. Fill up on delicious appetizers like $6 House Cured Salami and Pecorino Lucano, Citrus and Rosemary Marinated Olives, and $5 Hawks Brau Battered Onion Rings. Hawks Restaurant, 5530 Douglas Boulevard, Granite Bay, 916-791-6200, hawksrestaurant.com.
The Spot: Mikuni Sushi
The Deal: Monday-Friday, 2 to 5 p.m., select discounted beer, specialty cocktails and appetizers
Why We Dig It: Style’s Readers’ Choice winner for “Favorite Sushi/Japanese” and “Favorite Chef,” Mikuni serves up fresh, artfully prepared rolls in an eclectic and exciting atmosphere. A great place for groups and parties, head to Mikuni for Dollar Bites – $3 Spicy Tuna Hand Rolls, $4 California Rolls and $5 Fair Oaks Rolls, to name a few – plus $3 Geikkekan Hot Sake and $6 specialty cocktails including the Tokyo Sunset, Wasabi Bloody Mary and Mikuni Cosmo. You’ll see why it’s voted the best, year after year. Mikuni Sushi, 1565 Eureka Road, Roseville, 916-797-2112, mikunisushi.com.
The Spot: Johnny Garlic’s
The Deal: Nightly, 9 p.m. to close; Monday-Friday, 3 to 6:30 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday 2 to 5 p.m.; select discounted brews and $5 bar snacks
Why We Dig It: One word: garlic. Is there anything better than the robust flavor that enhances any dish? Yes, there is. Discount brews and a menu of Guy Fieri recipes and inspirations to complement the garlic. Sample the Garlic Potato Chips – fried Kennebec chips served with French onion dip or Guy’s own Garlic Fries. A vibrant scene for good friends to gather and share laughs…and loads of garlic-covered dishes! Johnny Garlic’s, 10505 Fairway Drive, Roseville, 916-789-2000, johnnygarlics.com.
The Spot: Boneshaker Public House
The Deal: Monday-Friday, 3 to 6 p.m., $1 off beer and wine, as well as $5 appetizers
Why We Dig It: With 20 rotating beers on tap (list changes regularly), a variety of imported and domestic bottled beer, a selection of wine by the glass, and an assortment of pub fare – from American comfort food like Mac & Cheese to Hummus Plates and Italian Cheese and Pepperoni Flatbread – Boneshaker is a cozy Rocklin spot where friendly faces abound. The warm, rich, casual interior is inviting, so grab a stool and stay a while. Boneshaker Public House, 2168 Sunset Boulevard, Suite 104, Rocklin, 916-259-2337, boneshakerpub.com.
EXTRA EXTRA! More Local Happy Hours!
Roseville, Granite Bay, Rocklin and surrounding…
The Spot: Dave and Busters
The Deal: Monday- Friday 4:30 to 7 p.m. and Sunday-Thursday 9 p.m. to close. Select from half price cocktails, $2.50 domestic pints, power hour, where you get an hour of video games (only valid during the regular happy hour- Monday- Friday 4:30- 7 p.m.), or the Eat and Play combo, where you select one entrée (out of nine choices) and a $10 video game card for $15.99 or a $20 video game card and entrée for $23.99. Dave and Busters, 1174 Roseville Pkwy., Roseville, (916) 772- 3400; HYPERLINK "http://www.daveandbusters.com/"www.daveandbusters.com
The Spot: The Boxing Donkey
The Deal: Monday- Friday 3 to 7 p.m. Enjoy $1 off draft beers, $3.50 well drinks and daily beer specials. Appetizers range from $2.99 to $6.99 with items such as chips and salsa, egg rolls, loaded spuds, and chicken quesadillas. The Boxing Donkey, 300 Lincoln St., Roseville, (916) 797-3665; HYPERLINK "http://www.theboxingdonkey.com/"http://www.theboxingdonkey.com/
The Spot: Yard House
The Deal: Monday- Friday 3 to 6 p.m., Sunday- Wednesday 10 p.m.-close. Choose from half priced appetizers and pizzas such as chicken lettuce wraps or the four-cheese pizza average around $3 to $6 per appetizer and $6 to $7 per pizza. As far as drinks go, select from $3.50 domestic pints, $4.25 to $4.75 craft/ import pints and well drinks, $2 off wine by the glass, and $6.25 for house martinis. Yard House, 1166 Roseville Parkway, Roseville, (916) 780-9273; HYPERLINK "http://www.yardhouse.com/default.aspx"http://www.yardhouse.com/default.aspx
The Spot: Basic
The Deal: Thursday- Saturday 5-7 p.m. Enjoy $3 draft beers and well drinks, $4 call drinks, $10 pitchers, $8 two topping pizza for 2-3 people, or a $4 two topping personal pizza. And on Thursdays after 9 p.m. enjoy $1 well drinks and $3 call drinks. Basic, 112 Pacific St., Roseville, (916) 749-4641; HYPERLINK "http://basicbarrv.com/"http://basicbarrv.com/
The Spot: Paul Martin’s American Bistro
The Deal: Daily 3-7 p.m. Everything is $4! Try an appetizer such as the Maple Cider Grilled Chicken Skewers or Shredded Beef Street Tacos long with a glass of wine or cocktail such as the Meyer Lemon Drop or Raspberry Martini for just $4 each during happy hour. Paul Martin’s American Bistro, 1455 Eureka Road, Roseville, (916) 783-3600; HYPERLINK "http://www.paulmartinsamericanbistro.com/"http://www.paulmartinsamericanbistro.com/
The Spot: Suede Blue
The Deal: Monday-Friday 3 to 7 p.m. Enjoy $5 appetizers and drinks such as draft beers, specialty cocktails, wine by the glass, baked oysters, suede fried chicken, or fried onion rings. Suede Blue, 1400 Eureka Road, Roseville, (916) 782-5525; HYPERLINK "http://suede-blue.com/"http://suede-blue.com/
The Spot: BJ’s Brewery
The Deal: Monday- Friday 3 to 7 p.m., Sunday- Thursday 10- close. Choose from $1 off all draft beers and cocktails and ½ off all mini deep-dish pizzas, such as the Portobello mushroom or gourmet five-meat pizza. You also get $2 off all shareable appetizers, which average around $6.95 to $7.95 such as mozzarella sticks, nachos, and calamari. BJ’s Brewery, 1200 Roseville Pkwy., Roseville, (916) 580-2100; HYPERLINK "http://www.bjsbrewhouse.com/"http://www.bjsbrewhouse.com/
The Spot: Mary’s Pizza Shack
The Deal: Monday-Friday 3 to 6 p.m., Daily 8 p.m. to close. Try one of their four draft beers that are brewed in house- the Hefeweizen, red amber ale, dark lager, or the pale ale- for just $3. Well drinks are also just $3 and all wine by the glass is $2 off except for their house wines. Mary’s Cocktails and “Shackatinis,” which are unique cocktails you will only find at an individual Mary’s, are $5.50 each. Some of the popular “Shackatinis” are Island of Ischia, which is similar to a Long Island Iced Tea, Mary’s Punch, Blue Patron Margarita or a Pomegranate Martini. Appetizers are half price such as pesto breadsticks, calamari, lemon herb buffalo wings, chicken strips and garlic French fries to name a few. Mary’s Pizza Shack, 711 Pleasant Grove Blvd., Roseville, (916) 780-7600; HYPERLINK "http://www.maryspizzashack.com/"http://www.maryspizzashack.com/
The Spot: Skipolini’s Pizza
The Deal: Monday-Friday 2 to 5 p.m. Everything is $5 or less! Enjoy wine by the glass or a 22-ounce mug of beer along with appetizers such as their calamari, for $5 during happy hour! If beer or wine isn’t for you, then another popular option is their sangria, which also comes in a 22-ounce jug and can be split between friends for an even more reasonably priced drink! Other appetizer choices are individual meatball sliders for just $2 or Buffalo wings or bruschetta, also $5. Skipolini’s Pizza, 6600 Lonetree Blvd., Rocklin, (916) 789-1818; HYPERLINK "http://www.skipolinispizza.com/"http://www.skipolinispizza.com/
The Spot: Wood’ys Grill and Bar
The Deal: 4-7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday. Select from ten beers on tap and get a 23-ounce glass for the price of a pint. The beer ranges from $3.50 to $6. House wine by the glass and well drinks are $3, and the Long Island Iced Tea and margaritas are $4.50. You also get $2 off all signature appetizers, which range around $5.99 to $6.99 on average. Their chicken or tri tip nachos or coconut prawns with apricot horseradish dip are popular choices! They also have a special drink on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday; Mojitos to start off your week for $6, Tuesday is “tini” day with martinis at $7, and the middle of the week, Wednesday, features their press drinks with flavored vodka, club soda, and fresh lime for a low calorie treat and range from $5.50- $6.50 depending on the vodka. Wood’ys Grill and Bar, 6502 Lonetree Blvd., Rocklin, (916) 789-7808; HYPERLINK "http://www.woodysgrill.com/"http://www.woodysgrill.com/
The Spot: Applebee’s
The Deal: Monday- Friday 3 to 6 p.m., Daily 9 p.m. to close. Enjoy half priced appetizers such as Boneless Wings, Mozzarella Sticks, Spinach and Artichoke dip, Onion rings, Won Ton Tacos, and Quesadillas for approximately $5. Try drinks such as the Brewtus Margarita, Brewtus Long Island Tea, and Brewtus Draft Beer for $3.49 or craft beers for a $1 more.
Monday after 4 p.m. is Burger and Brews night, and for just $6 each, you can get your favorite burger and a pitcher of Domestic beer. After 9 p.m. Tuesday is Tower Tuesday, which lets you enjoy a 48-ounce Domestic Beer Tower for $6.99 and enjoy Girl’s Night Out on Wednesday after 9 p.m. and get a glass of Barefoot wine for $3.99, a Lemon Drop or Cosmo for $4.99, and All Mucho Sangrias for $5.99. Even though it is girl’s night out, anyone can enjoy the deals! Applebee’s, 2500 Bell Road, Auburn, (530) 823-8663; HYPERLINK "http://www.applebees.com/"http://www.applebees.com/
The Spot: Buonarroti Ristorante
The Deal: Monday through Friday 3-6 p.m. $2.50 domestic draft beer and wine by the glass, $3.50 well drinks, and half priced appetizers such as deep fried ravioli and calamari. During happy hour leaves you with a plethora of tasty choices that are budget friendly. Buonarroti Ristorante, 460 G St., Lincoln, (916) 645-7951; HYPERLINK "http://buonarrotisrestaurant.com/"http://buonarrotisrestaurant.com/
The Spot: The Couch Sports Lounge
The Deal: 3-7 p.m. Daily. Top Shelf martinis are $4.50, or the Dirty Mary specialty cocktail are $5 and two of the house favorites. Specialty drinks range from $4 to $6, well drinks are $3.50, and beer ranges from $2 to $10 depending on whether you get a mug or a pitcher, as well as what kind you order. Wine by the glass is $4 and every night there is a special such as ladies night on Wednesdays or Industry night on Sundays. Appetizers range from $3-$6 and sandwiches range from $4 to $7. Their stuffed portabella mushroom is $4 and is covered in Parmesan and cream cheese, and their couch potatoes are homemade fries that range from $3 to $5 depending on the toppings. The Couch Sports Lounge, 7431 Madison Ave., Citrus Heights, (916) 961-3342; HYPERLINK "http://www.thecouch.net/"http://www.thecouch.net/
The Spot: Mimi’s Cafe
The Deal: Sunday- Thursday 4 to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday 4 to 6 p.m. $5 wine by the glass or a wine flight- three, 2-ounce tastings of red or white wine, and $5 Bistro Bites such as the BBQ pork or beef sliders or crispy zucchini parmesan. Mimi’s Café, 1104 Galleria Blvd., Roseville, (916) 780-2646; 850 Groveland Lane, Lincoln, (916) 434-5116; HYPERLINK "http://www.mimiscafe.com/"http://www.mimiscafe.com/
The Spot: Sports Page Restaurant and Bar
The Deal: 3 to 6:30 p.m. Monday- Friday, 10 p.m. to midnight Daily. $1 off all twenty two draft beers, $3.50 well drinks, $4 Jack and Coke, Bacardi and Coke, or a vodka press, $5 house wines, and a $6 Patron margarita leaves you with plenty of drink choices. If you’re hungry, their appetizers range from $3 to $5 with choices such as house made beer battered jalapenos or tri tip sliders. They also have weekly happy hour food and drink specials that you definitely want to try before their gone such as an elderflower cocktail and blue cheese and bacon stuffed jalapenos. Sports Page Restaurant and Bar, 1595 Eureka Road, Roseville, (916) 865-4274
The Spot: On the Border Mexican Grill and Cantina
The Deal: 3 to 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close Daily. Enjoy 12-ounce domestic draft beers for $2.50 or the 18-ounce domestic draft beers are $3.50. The house margarita is $4 for the 12-ounce or $5 for the 18-ounce. If you want the house fruit margarita instead, it is just $.50 more than the regular house margarita for the same size. Mixed well drinks are $3.50 or you can get a $1 off Mexican bottled beers. Appetizers are 50% off (except for the border sampler, guacamole live, and avocado fries.) They average around $4.50 and are perfect for sharing. Make sure to try the grande fajita nachos or the chicken flautas- two of the most popular choices. On the Border Mexican Grill and Cantina, 1220 Galleria Blvd., Roseville, 916-789-2220; HYPERLINK "http://www.ontheborder.com/"http://www.ontheborder.com/