Budget cuts, a proposed four-day work week with 5 percent pay cut for state workers ... yes, a lot of folks feel like they could use a drink right now. And look at the timing of this: a new happy hour program called "Cap City Sips" is set to run at downtown watering holes and restaurants each Wednesday through Aug. 29.
This weekly special features $2 beer, $3 wine and $4 cocktails from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Participants include: Tequila Museo Mayahuel, 4th Street Grille, Blue Prynt, Capitol Garage, Dive Bar, Fat City Bar & CafÃ©, The Firehouse Restaurant, Frank Fat's, House Kitchen & Bar, Kupros Bistro, Ten 22, The Melting Pot, Michelangelo's, Monsoon's, O'Mally's Irish Pub, Pizza Rock, Public Market Bar (PMB) at the Sheraton, Pyramid Ale House, River City Brewing Company and River City Saloon.
These spots will need the business uptick if the four-day work week goes through. During "Furlough Fridays," downtown food spots near state office buildings took a significant hit, as did the turnout for the Friday Night Concerts in the Park series at Cesar Chavez Plaza. We'll see how this ends up.
In the meantime, gather a few bucks and some friends and visit downtownsac.org/capcitysipshappyhour for more information.