The Happy Hour Issue

SN&R’s guide to Sacramento’s best cheap drinks and bites

As journalists, it’s strange to admit that we love a marketing strategy.

Happy hour is really no more than a ploy to get bodies into buildings during slow times. Still, we fall for it. We embrace it, even. Why argue with cheaper drinks, discounted appetizers and other ways that help us afford a fun evening out?

In honor of Sacramento Cocktail Week, which kicks off Sunday, August 14, we’re investigating happy hours. We also spent some time with Baron Stelling, the Paragary’s bartender who recently nabbed some national attention, and Garrett McCord, who just penned a book about Sacramento’s thriving cocktail culture. Click here for a guide on straight-up Cocktail Week events.

Without further ado, read on for the most cost-effective ways to feel fancy—or get completely wasted—as well as standout options for hardcore grubbing, boozing on a Sunday and $1 oysters.