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They call it happy hour for a reason. After all, when you can get a cocktail and a bite to eat for $10 or less, what’s there to frown about? Here are 10 spots where the satisfying specials are certain to put a smile on your face.
The Spot: Back Wine Bar 25075 Blue Ravine Road, Folsom
The Specifics: Thurs–Sat 3–6 p.m.
The Specials: Drinks–$2 off 30 wines by the glass (normally $6 to $16) and Belgian-style draught and bottled beers. Food–$5 gourmet miniature pizzas
The Spot: Celestin’s Restaurant & Voodou Lounge 1815 K St., Sacramento
The Specifics: Tues–Sun 4:30–6:30 p.m., Fri–Sat 9–10 p.m.
The Specials: Drinks–$2 (and up) bottled beers, $3 sangrias. Food–$5 gourmet miniature pizzas
The Spot: Hawks Restaurant 5530 Douglas Blvd., Granite Bay
The Specifics: Tues–Fri 3–6 p.m.
The Specials: Drinks–$8 house cocktails, $2 Hawks Brau Ales, $5 wines by the glass. Food–25 percent off lounge food, including tuna ceviche tostada, and burger with foie gras and caramelized onions
The Spot: Iron Steaks 2422 13th St., Sacramento
The Specifics: Mon–Fri 3–7 p.m. (drinks), 3–6 p.m. (food)
The Specials: Drinks–$5 house wines, $6 cosmos and margaritas, $3 well drinks, $1 Pabst Blue Ribbons. Food–$3 for two tri-tip slaw sliders, two chicken tacos or barbecue chicken wings
The Spot: MIX Downtown 1531 L St., Sacramento
The Specifics: Tues–Fri 4–7 p.m., Sun 6–10 p.m.
The Specials: Drinks–Weekdays: $6.50 martinis, $5 wines by the glass; Sundays: $3 domestic beers, $3.50 well drinks. Food–Weekdays: half off all small plates (Kobe sliders, mac and cheese, ahi tuna poke); Sundays: $2 sliders, $4 banana splits
The Spot: Paul Martin’s American Bistro 1455 Eureka Road, Roseville
The Specifics: Daily 3–7 p.m.
The Specials: Drinks–$4 wines by the glass and select cocktails (lemon drops, mojitos, raspberry martinis). Food–$4 small plates (slow-cooked pork ribs, smoked-salmon lettuce cups)
The Spot: Red Lotus Kitchen & Bar 2716 J St., Sacramento
The Specifics: Mon–Sat 3–7 p.m.
The Specials: Drinks–$3 well drinks, $2.75 domestic bottled beers. Food–$5 appetizers (Chinese broccoli in garlic oyster sauce, chicken pot stickers, spicy tuna spring rolls)
The Spot: Roxy Restaurant and Bar 2381 Fair Oaks Blvd., Sacramento
The Specifics: Mon 3–9 p.m., Tues– Sun 3–6 p.m.
The Specials: Drinks–$2.50 premium draught and bottled beers, $3 specialty margaritas (prickly pear, pomegranate, chili-mango). Food–$2 bacon-wrapped jumbo prawn, $5 half-pound burger
The Spot: Sienna Restaurant 3909 Park Drive, El Dorado Hills
The Specifics: Mon–Fri 3–7 p.m.
The Specials: Drinks–$3 draught beers, $2 off wine and cocktails, including cucumber martinis and sweet Serrano chilitinis. Food–Half off appetizers (wild mushroom bruschetta, citrus-spiced ahi, duck confit pot stickers)
The Spot: Suede Blue 1400 Eureka Road, Roseville
The Specifics: Mon–Fri 3–7 p.m.
The Specials: Drinks–$4 house wines, draught beers and cocktails, including cosmos, lemon drops and mojitos. Food–$4 appetizer specials, including baked oysters with chipotle dipping sauce and teriyaki beef skewers