Affordable Cocktails in Sacramento | 11 Craft Cocktails for $7 or Less
Sacramento has an ever-growing cocktail scene that nearly matches the city’s prestige in the farm-to-fork food realm. You can get an unbelievable creative concoction at just about every eatery in the city, whether you like fruity and sweet cocktails, or you prefer to keep things simple with a tried-and-true Old Fashioned. If you’re looking to save a few bucks during your next outing, try any of these more inexpensive cocktails being served throughout Sacramento.
If your cocktail excursion falls during the typical happy hour time of day (usually a weekday between 3 and 7 p.m.), you may want to head to one of these weekday happy hour hotspots in Sacramento. Or better yet, hit up happy hour at these restaurants in the Sacramento area with picturesque patios. And if you’re not sticking to a budget and would rather splurge on the best of the best, you absolutely have to try these delectable summer cocktails in the city.
Cheers to an enjoyable (and affordable!) craft cocktail adventure in Sacramento.
Ollalieberry Daiquiri ($7) + Pimm’s Cup No. 1 ($6.50)
Fox & Goose is housed in a distinctive brick building built in 1913, which formerly held the Fuller Paint and Glass Company. This authentic public house opened its doors in 1975 and has been a neighborhood staple ever since. For just $7, snag their Ollalieberry Daiquiri, a classic cocktail with Bacardi rum, fresh lime juice, and simple syrup, plus a unique Fox & Goose addition — some ollalieberries, a unique hybrid of a loganberry and a youngberry. Or order the Pimm’s Cup No. 1, a British and Wimbledon tradition prepared with Pimm’s No. 1, cucumber, fresh lemon juice, and a splash of 7-Up.
Southside Sangria ($7) + Discover the Shandy ($6)
Step inside this adorable 1910 Craftsman home in the heart of Midtown for a refreshing sangria or shandy! The housemade seasonal Southside Sangria, made with your choice of red or white, is $7, and the Discover the Shandy, featuring a crisp, light beer with a splash of St. Elder and fresh muddled lemon, is just $6. Plus, Kupros’ daily happy hour menu has a number of deals that will save you a few more bucks. And you can enjoy your drink (or bites!) of choice on their airy outdoor patio.
Royal Ritas ($7)
Scott’s Seafood on the River is one of our favorite destinations for enjoying a delicious meal while taking in picturesque views. Plus, their bar has a vast selection of offerings, including a roster of Royal Ritas, each of which is just $7. Choose from any of these tasty concoctions:
Queen B: Martini style with a blend of tequila, brandy, cointreau, lime and salted rim
King Konundrum: Tequila, cointreau, grand marnier, orange juice, lime and salted rim
Princess Peach: Tequila, liqueurs of peach, raspberry and orange,lime juice and sugar rim
The Cucumber Fool: Traditional margarita with cucumber swirl, jalapeno slice, lime and tajin rim
Knight’s Paradise: Built with tequila, pama liqueur, triple sec, pomegranate juice, lime and salted rim
Beer Cocktails: Nama Michelada ($7) + Shoga Shandy ($7)
Photo Courtesy of Skool on K Street on Yelp
Switch things up with a refreshing beer cocktail at Skool on K Street, a Japanese gastropub serving sustainably sourced seafood in a beautiful, modern interior. Order their Nama Michelada, made with Sapporo, lime, soy, yukari Bloody Mary mix and spice. Or try the simple Shoga Shandy with Sapporo, lemon, and sugar. Each of these two thirst-quenching beer cocktails are just $7.
In early 2018, the owners of Iron Horse Tavern launched this new casual Mexican bar concept after their neighbors, Dos Coyotes Border, closed their doors. This vibrant and colorful eatery is an exciting place to visit, whether you’re on the hunt for creative tacos, a rice bowl, brunch food, guacamole, and of course — unparalleled margaritas and craft cocktails. One of the more inexpensive options on the list is the Michelada, made with your choice of lager, Bloody Mary mix, lime, tabasco and tajin.
Paloma, Gold Rush + Bella Fragola (All $7)
Photo Courtesy of Serpentine Fox Prohibition Grille on Yelp
This Arden-Arcade hotspot is a relatively new addition to the neighborhood. Serpentine Fox serves a wonderful selection of traditional gastropub food crafted and presented with a modern, upscale twist. Their drink menu perfectly complements the delicious food offerings. You can get the Paloma, Gold Rush and Bella Fragola for just $7 at Serpentine Fox! The Paloma is made with Campo Azul 100% Agave Reposado Tequila, fresh lime and pellegrino pompelmo. The Gold Rush is comprised of Old Forrester Bourbon, fresh lemon, and house local honey syrup. And the Bella Fragola is made with Kettel One Vodka, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, fresh strawberries, and fresh basil leaves.
Skinny Mule ($6)
Hideaway is an eclectic and cozy dive bar just a few blocks from Gunther’s Ice Cream in Curtis Park. It has a tiki patio, an old school jukebox, pool and air hockey tables, and quirky decor throughout. Hideaway hosts live bands, DJs, karaoke events, trivia nights, and other events on a regular basis. Their cocktails are pretty inexpensive too! You can get their Skinny Mule, made with Absolut Vodka, lime juice, soda water, Sprite, and a splash of Angostura bitters, for just $6.
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