Local Happy Hours
● By Style
Photos by Dante Fontana
We’ve scoured the area for libations you’ll love.
From posh décor to vibrant nightlife scenes and casual watering holes, Happy Hour is here…
The Spot: Casa Ramos
The Deal: Sunday-Thursday, 4 to 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 3 to 6 p.m.; $3 Bud Light, $4.25 margaritas, $3 well drinks, most appetizers $4.99
Why We Dig It: Authentic Mexican cuisine with many dishes coming from owner Marco Ramos’ own family recipes, at Casa Ramos the margaritas are strong and sizzling hot plates of steak, shrimp or pork fajitas will hit the spot. Get Mexican Pizza and Chicken Taquito appetizers for just $4.99. Experience a true taste of Mexico without leaving the Foothills. Casa Ramos, 6840 Green Leaf Court, Placerville, 530-622-2303, casaramos.net.
The Spot: Brick Oven Pub
The Deal: Monday - Saturday 4 to 6 p.m.; $2.50 non-premium pints; all day Wednesdays, $1 off appetizers
Why We Dig It: With dozens of beers on tap, plus fresh, brick-oven-baked pies and $1 off draft beers and wines by the glass, everyone can gather around for a good time. Save room for cheesecake, it’s divine! Brick Oven Pub, 2875 Ray Lawyer Drive, Placerville, 530-622-7420, brickovenpub.com.
The Spot: Mahogany Bar at Henry’s Steakhouse
The Deal: Wednesday-Friday, 4 to 7 p.m. $4 cosmos, $2 domestic 12-ounce beers, and select appetizer specials
Why We Dig It: Located inside Red Hawk Casino’s Henry’s Steakhouse, Mahogany Bar is the perfect place for friends to catch up around delicious small plates and upscale cocktails. Ladies will fall in love with $4 Grey Goose cosmos and the small plate Happy Hour menu that includes Shrimp Cocktail and Prime Filet Carpaccio. Eat and drink up, then hit the casino for even more fun with slots, blackjack and poker at Red Hawk Casino. Henry’s Steakhouse at Red Hawk Casino, 1 Red Hawk Parkway, Placerville, 888-573-3495, redhawkcasino.com/dining/
The Spot: Koto Grille at Red Hawk Casino
The Deal: Fridays, 4 to 7 p.m., $2 tequila shots, $2 tacos, $2 margaritas, and $2 Coronas (order 4 or more)
Why We Dig It: Located inside Red Hawk Casino, Koto Grille’s modern décor and fresh Mexican fare keeps diners and casino-goers satisfied. Start the weekend off right with their signature Fiesta Hour. Drink up with $2 margaritas and $2 Coronas when you order 4 or more. Get fierce on Friday night with $2 tequila-of-the-day shots, and tantalize your taste buds with $2 ground beef tacos. Koto Grille at Red Hawk Casino, 1 Red Hawk Parkway, Placerville, 888-573-3495,
The Spot: Bricks Eats & Drinks
The Deal: Monday-Thursday, 3 to 6 p.m., $3.75 wells and drafts, $5 wine and specialty drinks
Why We Dig It: Exposed brick walls lined with edgy artwork and a contemporary menu of hearty entrées and small plates in a pub-style establishment located in historic Placerville. Grab a chair at the bar, a round of brews and let the good times roll. Try the Chipotle BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders or Fried Green Tomatoes. For a heartier appetite, order Bricks Meatloaf, Chicken Piccata or Fish and Chips. Save room for dessert and try the Crème Brulée Cheesecake. Bricks Eats & Drinks, 482 Main Street, Placerville, 530-303-3480,
The Spot: The Cellar Wine Bar
The Deal: Monday-Friday, 3 to 6 p.m., $2 off wine, $1 off beer, and $6 pizzas; Thursdays, all night, “sparkling” happy hour; Sunday, all day, 1 off beer
Why We Dig It: In true vineyard fashions, Cellar Wine Bar is the ultimate tasting room, exuding a warm ambience with wine barrel tables, comfy booths and table seating, plus a large bar. Taste a variety of local and regional wines like Lincourt Chardonnay and Miraflores Zinfandel, and artisan cheeses including Manchego Humboldt Fog and Beehive Cheddar, or opt for an IPA and a Prosciutto and Pear Pizza. Gather in the cellar and savor superb wine country fare in a cozy atmosphere. The Cellar Wine Bar, 3907 Park Drive, Suite 110, El Dorado Hills, 916-933-3103; 727 Sutter Street, Suite B, Folsom, 916-293-9332, thecellarwinebar.com.
The Spot: Fifty Grand Steakhouse
The Deal: Monday-Sunday, 2 to 6 p.m., $2.75 house wine and domestic beers, $3.5 shrimp cocktails
Why We Dig It: For seafood and steaks, look no further –searing perfect cuts of meat is their specialty. Drop in for Happy Hour and take advantage of well drink specials. An old-fashioned interior featuring a central fire pit adds to the rustic charm. With a well-stocked bar and steaks and seafood cooked to perfection, you’ll have an experience worth fifty grand. Fifty Grand Steakhouse, 6401 Pony Express Trail, Pollock Pines, 530-644-1580.
The Spot: Sienna Restaurant
The Deal: Monday-Friday, 3 to 7 p.m., half price appetizers, $2 off wines by the glass, $2 off cocktails, $3.50 draft beers and $3 off pizzas
Why We Dig It: An upscale-casual eatery in the La Borgata Center of El Dorado Hills, Sienna’s sophisticated interior with plush seating and an eclectic appetizer menu featuring Chipotle BBQ Pork Tostadas, Wild Mushroom Bruschetta and Thai Chicken Spring Rolls, offers something for even the most discerning palette. Try a Sparkling Strawberry Cocktail, a Sweet Serrano Chilitini, or Sienna’s signature White Peach Sangria. Cheers! Sienna Restaurant, 3909 Park Drive, El Dorado Hills, 916-941-9694, siennarestaurants.com.
The Spot: Durango’s
The Deal: Monday-Friday, 4 to 7 p.m., $3.65 house well drinks, and $4.75 margaritas; Saturday - Sunday, Specials all day; Tuesdays, 4 to 8 p.m., $1.25 tacos and drink specials
Why We Dig It: Making yummy and authentic Mexican dishes for over 30 years, Durango’s uses fine, fresh ingredients in all of their menu items. Loyal locals fill the bar regularly for their $4.75 margaritas and $3.65 well drinks during Happy Hour. Pair those drinks with a traditional Taco Salad or Chile Verde Burritos – tender pork chunks simmered with onion and green chilies, wrapped in flour tortillas. Enjoy the festive atmosphere and authentic Mexican cuisine. Drink up! Durango’s, 263 Placerville Drive, Placerville, 530-626-0841,
The Spot: Placerville Brewing Company
The Deal: Monday-Friday, 3 to 5 p.m., $4 pints, Wednesday (after 5 p.m.) $3.50 pints, Sunday 23-ounce beers $4.25, different food specials throughout the week.
Why We Dig It: This family-owned brewpub has been crafting great beers and smoking Texas-style BBQ since 2005. Their beers are brewed with classic California Ale yeasts. A good time and great services are always on tap. Pull up a barstool, order a round of pints (we recommend trying Placerville Brewing Company’s Tangerine Ale or their Whiskey Barrel Aged Ales) and ask about food and appetizer specials. Placerville Brewing Company, 155 Placerville Drive, Placerville, 530-295-9166, placervillebrewing.com.