Best Happy Hour in Sacramento

19 Best Sacramento Happy Hour Specials

One of the first lessons your parents taught you was that a few drinks a week keeps you feeling your best. We couldn’t stand by and watch you live a life devoid of plentiful Happy Hour recommendations, so we set out on a mission to find the best Happy Hours in town.

Who doesn’t want to spice up their late-night shopping? We went above and beyond by including 20 of our favorite places to spend the Happy Hour Times of the day. Sacramento has pizza pop-ups, $1 Thai Teas, and specials just for flashing your tats, to name a few.

If Craft Cocktails Are Your Priority

Bottle & Barlow

  • Location: 1120 R St, Sacramento
  • Happy Hour Times: 5PM-8PM, Monday-Friday
  • Happy Hour Specials: $6 Specialty Cocktails, $1 Off Well Spirits/Cider and All Wine, $2 Off Draft Beer

Bottle & Barlow consistently slings A+ craft cocktails, and the hip, moody decor doesn’t hurt either. Whether you’re grabbing a drink after your fresh cut or looking for a spot for weeknight hangs, this is a reliable answer to all your cocktail qualms. They don’t serve food, but you’d never know; local food trucks and pop-up chefs like The Roaming Spoon, Pizza Supreme Being, and The Wandering Chef often hang around to feed the masses.

Shady Lady

  • Location: 1409 R St, Sacramento
  • Happy Hour Times: 3PM-6PM, Monday-Friday
  • Happy Hour Specials: $7 House Cocktails, $5 House Wines, $4 Well Drinks

Shady is known for serving up some of the best cocktails in Sacramento and happy hour is the perfect opportunity to try as many of these beloved cocktails as you can without breaking the bank. Their happy hour menu items run $5-$12. Try the Gin and Tonic, prepared using their housemade tonic.

Hook & Ladder Manufacturing Co.

  • Location: 1630 S St, Sacramento
  • Happy Hour Times: 3PM-6PM, Monday-Friday; Friday-Saturday 10PM-12AM
  • Happy Hour Specials: $7 Cocktails, $6 Wine, $5 Well Spirits, $2.50-$4.50 Beer

Home of the Godfather of the Sac Cocktail, Chris Tucker, Hook & Ladder’s cocktails don’t disappoint. Order up some happy hour plates ($5-$8) and watch the master mix up your drinks. Switch things up with their selection of Japanese Whiskey or get down with $8 Korean BBQ sliders.

Having tended some of Sacramento’s finest bars, and having won multiple competitions, it’s no wonder that Beverage Director Chris Tucker’s Bloody Mary ($9) at Hook & Ladder is one of the best in town. Just be prepared to get muddy. Muddy in the figurative sense, that is. Every Friday before the weekend rush, Tucker and his team start with a “mud” comprised of spices and tomato juice, citrus and Worcestershire sauce. The use of this mud approach lends a heartiness to Hook and Ladder’s Bloody Mary — an exercise in balance between the umami of the tomatoes, the hot sauce and spices, and the acidity from the lemon. Arguably one of the best parts of a Bloody Mary is the garnishes, and Hook & Ladder doesn’t skimp. Pickles, cauliflower, olives and crisp green beans have all been known to top the drink, and soon enough, said pickles will be made from bartender Brian Bothwell’s own garden! Need more bacon in your life? The Pepper-Bacon Bloody Mary ($11) uses the same recipe, but uses pepper-infused vodka and adds a garnish of bacon!

The Red Rabbit

  • Location: 2718 J St, Sacramento
  • Happy Hour Times: 3PM-6PM, Monday-Friday; Thursday-Saturday 10PM-12AM
  • Happy Hour Specials: $7 Featured Cocktails, $2-$3 Select Beers, $4 Well Drinks, $5 Wine

This spot has a great feel, high energy but not overwhelmingly loud for you low-key folk. $2 street tacos and $3 sliders will keep you on their J Street patio all night. Step out of your comfort zone by giving the adorably hipster bartender your favorite spirit and flavor and ask him to surprise you.

Hawks Public House

  • Location: 1525 Alhambra Blvd, Sacramento
  • Happy Hour Times: 2:30PM-6PM, Monday-Friday
  • Happy Hour Specials: $3 Beer, $7-$8 Wine/Cocktails

The new Hawks location does it all, from coffee and grab-and-go lunch, to craft cocktails and bites; complete with happy hour discounts. The team at Hawks is constantly creating, and their excitement is contagious. Enjoy 20% off the lunch and dinner menu until 5PM during happy hour.

Let’s talk menu: Hawk’s has an option for every hunger level ranging from unsure to hangry. The Public House offers snacks, appetizers, entrees, and a full bar. With endless combinations, you can stop in for a drink and grilled calamari or — what with lunch, dinner, and brunch offerings — you can spend the whole day in a food paradise. The drink menu alone can keep you occupied for some time with a tempting list of local beer, wine, and handcrafted Hawk-tails. Alternatively, if you’re looking for something to bring to the office or you’re just in the mood to grab and go, Hawk’s Provisions is but 3 skips away and offers an array of quick and delicious fare. From cappuccinos and rosemary scones to bergamot iced tea and fried chicken sandwiches, this little beauty proves that you don’t have to sacrifice quality for convenience.

Block Butcher Bar

  • Location: 1050 20th St, Sacramento
  • Happy Hour Times: 3PM-6PM, Monday-Friday
  • Happy Hour Specials: $5 Wines, $2 Off House Cocktails

Block has the ambiance of a speakeasy and the friendly staff of your favorite local pub. Yes, it has it’s own entrance but if you’re taking a friend out for drinks, enter through LowBrau and head through the back entrance for a dramatic and exciting surprise. Their cheese and charcuterie boards are standard and pair perfectly with any of their house cocktails you might order.

If You’re In It For The Food

Grange

  • Location: The Citizen Hotel at 926 J St, Sacramento
  • Happy Hour Times: 3PM-6PM, Monday-Friday
  • Happy Hour Specials: $7 Specialty Cocktails, $6 Wine, $5 Beer

If you work downtown, you now have no excuse. An after-work cocktail with a co-worker never looked so good. Take advantage of your all-day parking spot and hit up this local hot spot. Grange features affordable cocktails and a special menu during happy hour. Try their fried pickles and housemade potato chips for a salty treat.

Ella Dining Room + Bar

  • Location: 1131 K St, Sacramento
  • Happy Hour Times: 3PM-6PM, Monday-Friday
  • Happy Hour Specials: $5.50 Wine/Beer, $6.50-$14.50 Specialty Cocktails

Happy hour cocktails start at $6.50 and the special menu gives you a chance to beat the crowd and high dining prices. Order up an artisanal cheese board and try their local favorite, housemade tonic.

Skool

  • Location: 2319 K Street Sacramento
  • Happy Hour Times: All Day, Tuesday; 3PM-6PM, Wednesday-Sunday
  • Happy Hour Specials: $4 Beers, $6 Wines, $6 Sake, $3-$5 M’ocktails

Skool’s “Detention Hall” is anything but punishment. Since rebranding as a gastropub, they know how to serve up one seriously happy hour. Drink specials start at $4 and bites run from $4-$7. You could enjoy specials for an extra hour on weekends or you could pencil in happy hour at Skool every Tuesday where happy hour runs all night long and oysters are 50% off!

Paragary’s

  • Location: 1401 28th St, Sacramento
  • Happy Hour Times: 4PM-9PM Monday; 4PM-6PM Tuesday- Friday; 2:30PM-5PM Saturday & Sunday
  • Happy Hour Specials: $6-$7 Cocktails, $6 Wine,  $5 Draught Beer

Paragary’s doesn’t serve a bad cocktail, at least not with Beverage Director, Brad Peters, and 2016 Star of the Bar winner, Baron Stelling, behind the bar. Don’t get too caught up in the drinks so that you miss out on the special menu. Regular items run from $9-$22 and bites are only $5-$10. Other things on our list when you stop in: epic patio lounging and #ihaveathingwithfloors photo opportunity.

Empress Tavern

  • Location: 1013 K St, Sacramento
  • Happy Hour Times: 4PM-6PM, Monday-Friday
  • Happy Hour Specials: $5 Beer, $7 Wine, $6 Well Drinks, $7 Specialty Cocktails

When the owners of Mother, a downtown vegetarian spot, opened Empress Tavern, a carnivore dungeon, Sacramento let out a collective “hooray.” Located inside The Crest Theatre, there is no reason not to enjoy Happy Hour before the show. Drink specials, as well as $5 bites and a special menu running from $12-$19 will send you happily on your way to the theater.

Magpie Cafe

  • Location: 1601 16th St, Sacramento
  • Happy Hour Times: 2:30PM-6PM, Monday-Friday
  • Happy Hour Specials:  $2 Off Cocktails, $1 Off Well Drinks/Draft Beer/Wine

Magpie is a perfect mix of fine dining and casual cafe. The environment is comfortable and friendly and the food screams fresh, quality ingredients and careful preparation. Boasting a true farm-to-table menu, Magpie offers happy hour bites from $4-$9, which is a total steal!

If You Just Want To Let Loose And Have Fun

Azul

  • Location: 1050 20th St, Sacramento
  • Happy Hour Times: 3PM-7PM, Monday-Friday
  • Happy Hour Specials: $5 Well drinks, $3.25 Beer

Azul is already a bargain but throw in some happy hour specials and there is really no reason to stay away. $3 nachos, quesadillas, and other appetizers are a great deal for quick bites. Free chips and salsa are always available but also make the Happy Hour that much better. If you overlap Taco Tuesday and Happy Hour, you’re looking at three tacos and a margarita for $8. Drool.

Thai Canteen

  • Location: 1501 16th St #109, Sacramento
  • Happy Hour Times: 3PM-6PM, Everyday; 7PM-10PM, Sunday-Monday; 7PM-1AM, Tuesday-Saturday (Happier Hour)
  • Happy Hour Specials: $1.50 Sake, $1 Thai Iced Tea, $5 Wine, $3.25 Draft Beer, $3 Bottled Beer

Thai Canteen’s “Happier Hour” is just that, happier. Of course, classic cocktails at 5PM is grand but $5 curry and $1.50 sake until 1AM? That’s what true happiness is made of. Happier Hour is from 9PM-1AM, perfect for late night hankerings or post-bar munchies. Select menu items are priced conveniently under $6 although not available for take-out. Try their crispy egg rolls and Thai Tea for a little extra treat.

INK Eats & Drinks

  • Location: 2730 N St, Sacramento
  • Happy Hour Times: 4PM-7PM, Monday-Friday
  • Happy Hour Specials: Varying Daily Specials

INK is always mixing things up with varying Happy Hour drink and food specials. Additionally, they have unique daily specials that you won’t want to miss. On Movie Night Monday, enjoy a movie and $5 cocktails from 9PM to close. Got tats? On Tuesdays, flash your ink for $3 shot specials. And on weekends enjoy late night happy hour from 10PM until midnight.

58 Degrees & Holding

  • Location: 1217 18th St, Sacramento
  • Happy Hour Times: 4PM-7PM, Monday-Friday
  • Happy Hour Specials: $5 House Wines, $4 Draft Beers

“Happy Hour” can sometimes feel synonymous with “cocktails.” No complaining here, but sometimes it’s nice to switch things up a bit. Enter, 58 Degrees. With bar bites running $6-$10, $6 house wines and a patio, what’s not to love? It’s not technically Happy Hour, but no-corkage Sunday’s are a thing at 58 Degrees and that can make for a pretty happy few hours.

Tank House BBQ

  • Location: 1925 J St, Sacramento
  • Happy Hour Times: 3PM-6PM, Monday-Friday
  • Happy Hour Specials: $5 House Cocktails, $3 Well Drinks, $1 Off Wine/Beer

If your Happy Hour is only happy when it includes meat, cheese, and tots, Tank House is your spot. Ribs, brisket, corn bread, and tater tots are just the beginning. Happy Hour items run from $3-$11. Tank House has excellent beer options and the Dirty Tots (tater tots smothered in cheese sauce and topped with pulled pork and tangy BBQ sauce) are a must.

Coin-Op Game Room

  • Location: 908 K St, Sacramento
  • Happy Hour Times: 4PM-7PM (Monday-Friday)
  • Happy Hour Specials: $6 Specialty Cocktails, $1 Off Draft Beer, $5 Well Drinks

If we’re talking about where to spend your Happy Hour Times, why not a room riddled with nostalgia, pizza, and craft cocktails? Coin-Op Game Room is every 10-year-old’s dream, plus booze. Play your favorite childhood arcade games inside or giant Jenga and Connect 4 on the patio, all while sipping on some deliciously marked down cocktails and pizza ($4-$10). All day happy hour on Mondays makes for happy grown-up 10-year-olds. Who needs work anyway?

Old Soul at the Weatherstone

  • Location: 812 21st St Sacramento
  • Happy Hour Times: 11AM-1PM, Daily; 7PM-8PM
  • Happy Hour Specials: $1 off Craft Draft

Introducing Hump Day Wednesdays at Weatherstone. These Wednesday hours are now meant for drinking craft draft on one of Sacramento’s hippest patios. Enjoy select small plates for $5, and while you’re at it, throw some of Sac’s best coffee into the mix. Venture out early for dinner, push morning meetings back, or celebrate Fridays just because. Happy Hour is waiting.

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