Tour de cheap
A Midtowner’s guide to affordable(ish) craft beer
If the craft beer biz is so booming, why doesn’t that seem to lead to low prices for suds at local bars?
Most restaurants and bars charge $7-plus on a pint of craft beer, but there are still spots in Sac where you don’t have to break the bank. SN&R took to the streets of the grid to recommend places that serve craft beers for $5 or less.
Simon’s Bar & Cafe
It’s a great late-night hole-in-the-wall for bar food, drunken convos and—you guessed it—cheapish beer. The craft draft selection may only have three options (Sierra Nevada IPA and Racer 5), but they each cost $5 per pint all day. 1415 16th St.
Kupros Craft House
I love taking chances with very low stakes, which is why Kupros’ roulette is a personal favorite. For $4, you get a canned 12-ounce craft beer that the bartender randomly chooses. Pay another dollar, and you get to choose it yourself. There are normally 13 to 20 options. 1217 21st St.; kuproscrafthouse.com.
Venture into the cafe during certain evening events at the Crocker Art Museum, and you’ll find a small selection of Track 7 beers, all priced at $5. Try a Panic IPA, a Sacramento standard. 216 O St.; crockerart.org/cafe.
Coconut on T
The best part of Coconut on T is how friendly the staff is. You should go there for that. And for the vast selection of $4 happy hour drafts, including beers from Track 7, Two Rivers and Total Domination—every day from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. 1110 T St.; thecoconutthai.com.
They have a daily rotation of craft beers that are normally $7 or more. But between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., their costs match the hour. That means you can get a $3 craft beer between 3 and 4 p.m. Go there then! 1500 K St., capitolgarage.com.