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Happy Hour Makes Me Happy


Posted on January 15


I must admit, I’m not a big drinker. Over the past few weeks, however, I found myself catching up with the girls by grabbing a few quick drinks after work—and I discovered how fun Sacramento’s happy hour scene can be.

3 Fires Lounge, on the corner of 15th and L streets, pours a glass of red or white house wine for $3.50; well drinks for $4 and domestic beers for $3. Appetizers are $5, and while I was there, we got a free snack, but I can’t promise that’s the norm. 3 Fires Lounge’s atmosphere is calming; the lights are dimmed, and seating is available on all sides of the bar, which rests right in the middle of the room. Happy hour runs from 5 to 7 p.m.

River City Brewing Company, in Downtown Plaza, has a happy hour that runs from 3 to 6 p.m., and is only available in the bar area. Pints, house wines and appetizers cost a lean $3.25 each. The mood of the place is energetic, with more of a crowd, perhaps because I was there on a Friday night.

At Mix Downtown, on the corner of 16th and L streets, happy hour is different every night. I enjoyed “Taco Tuesday,” and had $2 tacos. Other happy hour specials include half-off appetizers, $5 wine and $6 premium tequila shots. The scene was low-key, but fairly busy, and Zaragoza was there playing live music. On Wednesday nights, Mix hosts “Girl Talk” from 4 to 7 p.m. where Mix-goers can try champagne and sparkling wine parings; Thursdays are wine pairings and tastings with half off appetizers; and Fridays sound fun: the Martini Mix-Up, with handcrafted martinis “served with a twist.” Sound worth trying?

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Make-A-Wish Foundation's 27th annual Wine and Food Fest

Make-A-Wish Foundation's 27th annual Wine and Food Fest

Images from the Make-A-Wish Foundation's 27th annual Wine and Food Fest Saturday, April 25, 2015 at the Sacramento Convention Center. Guests were treated to food and drink from nearly 100 local eateries and bars. Other vendors auctioned off wares and services ranging from hand-woven free trade baskets to modern art work and vintage photographs. Proceeds from the event went to the charity’s mission of arranging experiences for children with life-threatening medical conditions.

Published: Wednesday, April 29, 2015

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