Patio Happy Hours, Perfect for Hot Summer Nights


I love summer.

For the people of the Sacramento Valley, June, July and August are marked with thermometers reaching 80 degrees at dawn, afternoon swimming and air-conditioners running on high well into the evening.

The upside to this hot, hot heat is that the evenings here in Sacramento can be the perfect time to relax outside, if you don’t mind it feeling a little bit like you stepped in to an African safari.

We have a few suggestions for some happy hours that have great outside patios for enjoying the balmy summer nights.

First and foremost, Cafeteria 15L is my absolute favorite place for evening cocktails in midtown. Not only do they have great patio dining, but you have the chance to sit in tented bungalows worthy of a poolside spot at the Beverly Hills Wilshire Hotel. With their billowing white canvas covers, it’s the perfect spot to enjoy a romantic summer rendezvous or a casual cocktail with a friend.

Best appetizers hands down are the Grilled Asparagus and the Trio of Fries, which includes regular, sweet potato and garlic. Cafeteria 15L also has $4 well drinks, $5 glasses of wine and $6 martinis. Happy hour is Monday-Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Another place I love is Lucca. This charming Mediterranean/California cuisine bistro is the perfect place if you’re feeling adventurous and bit like you need a vacation to the Greek Isles. Its outdoor patio is the perfect place to sip a cocktail and imagine you’re staring out into the ocean off of the Santorini coast.

My recommendations for appetizers at Lucca include the Zucchini Chips and the Bruschetta. As for drinks, when in the Mediterranean, don’t skip the wine.

One great way to find other happy hours is just walk around. I have found many a drink special by just parking my car, getting some exercise and paying attention to the sandwich boards posted outside.

Happy summering!

Cafeteria 15L
1116 15th Street,
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 492-1960

Lucca Restaurant and Bar
1516 J. St
Sacramento, Ca, 95814
(916) 669-5300

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  • Derek | Aug 15, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    Sounds like a patio happy hour is a good reward for a week of hard work.

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