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The Best Happy Hours In SF

PHOTO: Krescent Cassaro

Ok, but seriously: why is it just a singular “happy hour”? We should have many more hours of happiness in our day. Lucky for us, there are plenty of SF spots that stretch out the joy for at least an hour and a half, and almost all of them have good deals on eats as well. Because it can’t really be considered “happy” if there’s no food involved.

From the Mission to Financial District to the Marina to deep SOMA, we present the best happy hours around the city. Tell your boss it’s time to leave work.

nopa

1

Bar Crudo

Nopa
655 Divisadero St.
8.2
MAP

When: Daily, 5-6:30pm

The Deal: $1 oysters & mussels; $6 seafood chowder; $4 beer; $6 red & white wine

Dollar oysters should be a thing at all places. Lucky for us, Bar Crudo has them every day, and they are top notch. As is the action at the bar. Happy hour here isn’t a bad move for a date either.

marina & cow hollow

2

Palm House

2032 Union St
MAP

When: Tue-Fri, 5-6:30pm

The Deal: $6 guacamole; $4 fries; $5 sweet potato fries; $7 select cocktails; $5 beers; ½ off bottles of wine; $6 slushies

The outdoor tables are where you want to be on a nice evening, and the inside bar has tropical vibes that we’re into. The Old Cuban cocktail is very much the right choice.

Photo: Remy Galvan-Hale
3

Reed & Greenough

3251 Scott St
MAP

When: Tues-Saturday 5-7pm; all day Sunday

The Deal: ½ off wine; discounted draft beer & cocktails

Free bar mix and live piano playing make Reed & Greenough better than your average Marina bar. It gets a little weird later at night, so keep your time here to the happy hours.

Photo: Krescent Cassaro
4

The Dorian

Marina
2001 Chestnut St
7.2
MAP

When: Mon-Fri, 4:30-6:30pm

The Deal: $1 oysters; $5 truffle fries; ½ off wine & rosé bottles; $5 house wine; $4 Drake’s Pale Ale

The Dorian is one of the best options for happy hour in the Marina, thanks to the borderline-opulent look of the place and great bar setup. Rosé for days.

5

Belga

Cow Hollow
2000 Union St.
6.1
MAP

When: Mon-Fri, 4-6pm

The Deal: $5 fries; $5 beers; $5 champagne

Tons of beer options and great people watching on Union Street if you can snag a sidewalk table. To eat, we can endorse the frites - but not much else.

financial district & chinatown

6

Uno Dos Tacos

Soma
595 Market St
6.8
MAP

When: Mon-Fri, 4-8pm

The Deal: $5 quesadillas; $1.95 chips & salsa; $6.75 margaritas; $4 beers; $5 sangria

This is probably the best patio around the Financial District, with tons of outdoor picnic tables and a strong four-hour deal situation. Get some margaritas, and beware of the pigeons.

7

PABU

Financial District
101 California St
7.2
MAP

When: Mon-Fri, 3-6pm

The Deal: $6.88 draft sake; $8.88 22 oz Sapporo; $6.88 wine

So - everything is priced to end in $0.88. And there are lots of awesome Japanese small plates to go with your drinks at this sleek Financial spot. A $4.88 hand roll is never a bad idea.

8
7.8
MAP

When: Mon-Fri, 2:30-6:30pm; 6:30pm - close at the bar

The Deal: $1 oysters; $7 cocktails; $6-7 wine; $4-5 beers

Come for the happy hour, stay for the mussels and frites. On Belden Place, a little alley in Financial, Plouf feels like an oasis away from the city.

9
MAP

When: Everyday, 4-7pm

The Deal: $7 cocktail special; $7 shot & beer combos

Comstock is dark and old-timey and definitely the move if you’re looking to take shots and drink beer near the Financial District. We’d advise a Tecate can and a tequila shot. Olé.

Photo: Natalie Darville
10

Gaspar Brasserie

185 Sutter St
MAP

When: Mon-Fri, 4-6pm

The Deal: $1 oysters & deviled eggs; $3 pomme frites; $5 wine; $6 vodka & champagne cocktails

Post-work drinks in the Financial District at Gaspar are pretty much always a good time. Make sure you go upstairs rather than trying to awkwardly cram in at the downstairs bar. The decor is a little over the top “French,” but we ignore that for its cheap pomme frites and cocktails.

11

Press Club

20 Yerba Buena Ln
MAP

When: Mon-Thurs 4-6pm; Fri-Sun 2-6pm

The Deal: $3 off wine by the glass

Ideal for drinks with colleagues, Press Club is dim, slightly swanky, and pretty pricey when it’s not happy hour. We highly recommend the cheese plate to go with your wine.

12

Soma Eats

186 2nd St
MAP

When: Mon-Fri, 4-7pm

The Deal: $2 off wine on tap; $2 off all beer

Soma Eats is a cafe/artsy liquor store with an enormous selection of beers and wines from all over the world. Drink some there, buy more for later.

soma

13

Bar Agricole

Soma
355 11th St.
8.3
MAP

When: Mon-Saturday, 5-6pm

The Deal: $1 oysters; $2.50 sausages; discounts on wine

We love Bar Agricole for all occasions, especially if you can finagle an outdoor table on a nice day. We also love $1 oysters and wine. Our only issue is that their happy hour is a singular one.

richmond

14
MAP

When: Mon-Fri, 3-6pm

The deal: $1 oysters; $6 cocktails; $4 pints/$9 steins

Deep, deep in the Richmond, basically at the beach, Park Chalet is probably not along your regular commute - but that doesn’t mean you should overlook it. The outdoor area rules and you actually get to be near nature as you drink cheap beer and eat oysters.

nob hill

15

Nook

Russian Hill
1500 Hyde St.
6.9
MAP

When: Daily, 5-7pm

The Deal: $5.75 pita pizzas; $3.50 house wine; $1.50 PBRs; $4.00 cocktails; $4.00 glasses of sangria

More of a cafe that serves drinks than a bar, Nook has crazy good deals at their daily happy hour and a cute corner spot in Russian Hill. Watch the cable cars go by and love life.

mission

16

Elixir

3200 16th St
MAP

When: Mon-Fri, 3-7pm

The Deal: $1 off draft beers & well drinks; $2 off house cocktails

This bar has been operating in the Mission for almost 150 years. Oregon wasn’t even a state yet, and people were drinking in this same saloon. It’s old and slightly divey and one of our neighborhood go-to’s.

Photo: Darren Edwards
17
MAP

When: Mon-Fri, 4-6pm

The Deal: $5 guacamole; $5 empanadas; $4 beers; $7 margaritas; $11 rose flight

Not only does El Techo have an incredible roof deck, they also have an excellent happy hour deal. The empanadas and margaritas are particularly good.

Photo: Remy Galvan-Hale
18

Hog & Rocks

Mission
3431 19th St.
7.5
MAP

When: Mon-Fri, 5-6:30pm

The Deal: $1 Oysters; $7 wine & cocktails; $4 Olympia beers

Another one of our favorite oyster and drink happy hours, in a big, airy corner spot in the Mission. It can get a little crowded but that’s never stopped us.

19

Nihon Whisky Lounge

1779 Folsom St
MAP

When: Daily, 5:30-7pm

The Deal: ½ off select food and cocktails

While it doesn’t look like much from the outside, Nihon Whisky Lounge has serious bartenders and awesome drinks, plus very good Japanese small plates. The downstairs bar has a bunch of stools to post up, and the upstairs area has plush couches and chairs for comfier drinking.

20
7.9
MAP

When: Mon-Sat, 5:30-7pm

The Deal: $3 skewers; $6 snacks; $4 Sapporo; $6 sake; $6 wine

Yes, it’s a hike out to the deep end of the Mission, but the skewers are tasty and the drinks deals are good at the Ni Bar. We also appreciate any happy hour that goes until 7pm.

civic center

21

Alta CA

Civic Center
1420 Market St.
8.1
MAP

When: Mon-Fri, 2:30-6pm

The Deal: $6 wine; $6 mojitos & sake cocktails

A great restaurant with awesome drinks and a very cool bar setup. Hit the happy hour and stay for dinner - you won’t regret it.

hayes valley

22
MAP

When: Tue-Fri, 4-6pm; Sat-Sun 1-4pm

The Deal: $5 snacks; $3 draft beers; $5 house wine; $5 cocktails

A cozy spot in Hayes Valley, Two Sisters is a place you can easily spend several hours without even meaning to. It feels like hanging out in a quaint house that also happens solid food and drinks. So you’re going to like it.

23

Blackbird Bar

2124 Market St
MAP

When: Mon-Fri, 5-8pm

The Deal: $1 off all draft beers; $2 Bud, Bud Light, PBR; $4 well drinks; $5 Whiskey Sours; $5 House White Wine; $6 House Red Wine; $6 Margarita; $6 Early Bird; $6 Old Fashioned

Deals on pretty much every drink on the menu and a three-hour run time make Blackbird’s happy hour one of the best around. Cool art on the walls doesn’t hurt, either.

Photo: Krescent Cassaro

south beach

24

TRES

130 Townsend St
MAP

When: Mon-Fri, 3-6 M-F; 1st-last pitch during Giants home games

The Deal: $6 guacamole; $7 margaritas; $1 off Mexican beers

Tres, right by AT&T Park, is where you want to be when a Giants game is on and you don’t have tickets. It might even be better than being in the stadium. Chips and guac all around.

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