(UPDATED 9/24/2018) You can’t miss the Flamingo House in Midtown Sacramento on K Street. The old Victorian house – now a bar/restaurant – is painted pink. The former front yard, enclosed by a white fence, is an outdoor patio.
A friend and I recently stopped by the Flamingo House to check it out around 4:30 p.m. on a weekday. After a soft opening, the Flamingo House is now open seven days a week.
We sat at the bar while we waited for another friend to join us. It was early so we pretty much had the place to ourselves.
The décor of the interior of the Flamingo House is fanciful – from the hanging lights over the bar encased in feathers to the flowers on the ceiling of the room (Lounge Area) across from the bar. The front room Lounge Area features sofas, cushioned chairs and small tables.
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We were delighted to learn that the Flamingo House had just recently started offering Happy Hour. I ordered a glass of Bogle Essential Red wine ($7 reduced to $5) and my friend settled on the Pear Mojito ($11 reduced to $9). I had a sip of the Pear Mojito – it was delicious.
Our friendly bartender, Bobby, explained that their featured specialty drinks were changed up on a regular basis. I asked him about the backyard patio (which is twice as large as the front patio), and he indicated that it is open to the public on weekends.
We decided to order a bite to eat and selected the Summer Rolls (Pork, Shrimp or Tofu) and the Guacamole and Chips. The three Summer Rolls were huge – and served with two dipping sauces (peanut and sweet and sour). The generous portion of guacamole was chunky and obviously freshly made. The chips were not the usual tortilla chips – and they were very spicy. I personally would have preferred plain tortilla chips, but my friend liked them.
When our third friend arrived we decided to move over to the sofa and chair in front of the window, and near the end of the bar, so that we could all talk in comfort. As we gathered our drinks, etc. Bobby helped us to get settled.
I have put the Flamingo House on my list of places to return to so that I can sample some of their other food and drink offerings during Happy Hour.
As one of the newest additions to the Midtown Sacramento scene, I imagine that the Flamingo House gets very crowded on weekend nights. While that might not appeal to me, sitting outside on the patio on a nice summer evening does. I guess I will just have to wait until next summer to try it out.
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Flamingo House Snapshot:
- 2315 K Street, Sacramento, CA 95816
- (916) 409-7500
- Hours: Monday – Thursday (3:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.); Friday – Sunday (12:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.)
- Brunch: Saturday – Sunday (12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.)
(UPDATED 9/24/2018) Arnold Barajas of Flamingo House was one of five bartenders to recently win a premium cocktail competition sponsored by Diageo’s and the Sacramento Kings. Bartenders were limited to Diageo’s reserve line (Crown Royal, Ketal One, Butteit, Dickel, Don Julio, Tanqueray Ten, Zacapa and Ciroc).
Drinks had to contain fewer than seven ingredients, including no more than three alcoholic beverages, and have less than 2 ounces of liquor, total.
Recipe for “Kings Cup” his winning cocktail:
- 1 oz. Ketel One vodka
- 1 oz. orange curacao
- 1/2 oz. lemon juice
- 3 oz. ginger beer
- Splash of tonic water
- Instructions: Shake all ingredients, pour into a Collins glass with a splash of tonic water. Garnish with a sprig of mint.
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