Best San Francisco Happy Hours
The Happiest Hour - Best San Francisco Happy Hours
It's 5pm, it was a beautiful day but you were stuck in meetings and have been staring at a computer screen for the past eight hours. Needless to say, it's time for a drink (or three). Lucky for you we've compiled a list of San Francisco's best happy hours, from sushi and sake specials to oyster bar favorites, downtown hotspots and downright unbelievable deals. So grab your coworkers and get ready to hit up the spots that give you the most bang for your buck during the happiest hours of the day!

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Featured Happy Hours

Eastside West

Giving the Marina crowd an excuse to party nearly every day of the week, Eastside West offers more than just a happy hour. Come by on Wednesdays for trivia night, work it out on the dance floor Thursdays through Saturdays, dive into bottomless mimosas on the weekend, or get started early with Last Call Sundays for beer buckets, shot/beer combos, and bottle service. Eastside West also offers Taco Tuesdays every week with $2 Tacos & $2 Tecates.

Happy Hour: Tues - Fri 4pm - 7pm
Location: 3154 Fillmore St, San Francisco

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The Parlor

The lounge at The Parlor is comfy and inviting with plenty of space to experience and enjoy the city's finest cocktail culture. Whether you're in the mood for a fancy concoction like the "Kiss of Death" or just a straight up shot, The Parlor has you covered with happy hour deals everyday including $3 Bud Lights, $3 shot of the day, $4 well drinks, $4 wine and $6 margaritas.

Happy Hour: Everyday 4pm - 8pm
Location: 2801 Leavenworth St, San Francisco
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John Colins

If you're itching to escape the FiDi but don't want to travel too far past Market Street, John Colins is your place. A charming neighborhood bar with plenty of DJs and bands to keep you past happy hour, John Colins cocktails are killer. During happy hour enjoy $1 off beer and wine, $2 off all cocktails, plus John's famous chalkboard specials!

Happy Hour: Mon - Fri 5pm - 7pm
Location: 138 Minna Street, San Francisco

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Infusion Lounge

Now that everyone is working a lot harder these days, Infusion Lounge believes they deserve to play a bit harder too. Infusion Lounge also think you should stay happy for longer than just two hours, so they've extended their ongoing Happy Hour pricing the entire week and offer great cocktails at great prices ($4 Beers, $6 Wines & $6 cocktails) from 6pm - 9pm Tuesday - Saturday.

Happy Hour: Tues - Sat 6pm - 9pm
Location: 124 Ellis Street, San Francisco

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Lower Haight | Marina | Mission | NOPA | North Beach | SOMA

Best Asian-Inspired Happy Hours

Another Monkey

Another Monkey claims that their happy hour offers some of the best deals in the Mission - and they're probably right. With drinks priced at $5 or less and food ranging from $5 to $7.50 a plate - you'll be feasting like a king in no time. On top of that, you can enjoy nightly deals. Sundays provide 1/2 price wine bottles. Tuesdays are for $6 glasses of sparkling wine. Whiskey Wednesdays include $6 whiskey/beer combos, Manhattans, and Old Fashions.

Happy Hour: Mon - Fri 5pm - 7pm
Location: 280 Valencia St, San Francisco
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Sapphire Asian Cuisine (under renovations)

Sapphire Asian Cuisine is not only known for their delicious Burmese food, but also for their amazing happy hour deals. Come by any day of the workweek for $2.50 beers, $5 tapas, $5 martinis, $8 specialty cocktails, and $11 pitchers. Sapphire definitely does happy hour right!

Happy Hour: Mon - Fri 4pm - 8:30pm
Location: 475 Sacramento St , San Francisco
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Best Sushi Happy Hours

Blue Fin Sushi

One of the Richmond Districts best kept secrets. Head over to this yummy sushi spot during happy hour to enjoy $3 chicken yakitori, grilled eggplant, spring rolls and fried peppers. $4 will get you smoked salmon, crab rangoon, buffalo wings, and calamari. Don't worry it's not just food, grab $4 wells and $3 pints.

Happy Hour: Everyday 5pm - 7pm
Location: 1814 Clement St, San Francisco
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Blowfish Sushi to Die For

Blowfish has made a name thanks to its popular happy hours. Arrive for the thin hour and a half slot and reap the benefits with hand rolls, skewers, and sake cocktails for just $4 a pop. Neighboring Noise Pop HQ has previously teamed up with them for the monthly Blow Pop Happy Hours, which offer additional drink specials, free sake shots, and DJ sets by bands like of Cold War Kids, Thee Oh Sees, and Vetiver.

Happy Hour: Mon - Fri 5pm - 7pm
Location: 2170 Bryant, San Francisco
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Tokyo Go Go

This cool spot has been voted the the best sushi in the city and prides itself on its eclectic menu. Come by for happy hour and choose from 10 different $3.50 hand rolls. Get your Sake-Bomb on with $3 Kirin's and Small Hot Sake's.

Happy Hour: Mon - Sat 5:30pm - 7pm and Sun 5pm - 6:30pm
Location: 3174 16th St., San Francisco
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Tsunami Sushi

From the brilliant brains behind high-end whisky watering hole Nihon Wisky Lounge, Tsunami offers a sushi and sake saturated refuge near the Panhandle. Prior to your arrival, be sure to stop by the Corkage Sake & Wine Shop for on-site tastings and a quick bottle purchase to bring next door to Tsunami.

Happy Hour:Mon - Sat 5pm - 7pm
Location:1306 Fulton St, San Francisco
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Best Bar Happy Hours

John Colins

If you're itching to escape the FiDi but don't want to travel too far past Market Street, John Colins is your place. A charming neighborhood bar with plenty of DJs and bands to keep you past happy hour, John Colins cocktails are killer. During happy hour be sure to try at least one and enjoy a $1 off (try the Hendrick's Cucumber Cooler on warmer days). Drop by on Mondays to enjoy happy hour all night while guest DJs spin a smooth blend of R&B, hip hop and soul. $2 domestic drafts, $4 draft beers, and $5 wells are also available.

Happy Hour:Mon - Thu 5pm - 7pm; Fri 4pm - 7pm
Location:138 Minna St, San Francisco
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Wish

If you haven't been to Wish, well we're not sure why. This cool little bar has a laid back vibe, with a DJ spinning soulful house and free bar snacks, what more could you ask for? An amazing happy hour, actually hours, that gets you $3 Drafts and $4 Wells? Done.

Happy Hour:Mon - Fri 5pm - 8pm
Location:1539 Folsom St, San Francisco
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Roe

If you haven't hit up ROE's Happy Hour, we suggest you plan a trip over there. Come by on Tuesday for $2 Tuesdays, head over on Wednesday for Mojito specials and cruz over on Thirsty Thursday for Infused Vodka specials - um, yum!

Happy Hour:Tues - Fri 5pm - 8pm
Location:651 Howard Street, San Francisco
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Reed & Greenough

Reed & Greenough offers classy signature cocktails, wine and small bites in a warm and inviting bar atmosphere. Stop by during happy hour for half-off glasses of wine, bubbles & specialty cocktails or hit up their Oyster Tuesdays for a dozen raw oysters for $16 a dozen.

Happy Hour: Tues - Sat 5pm - 7pm and All Day Sunday
Location: 3251 Scott Street, San Francisco
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Kate O'Briens

For those in the FiDi, Kate O'Briens offers one of the best happy hours around. Lasting a whopping five hours during the work week, you can enjoy $1 off drafts, $5 wells, and $5 margaritas. But $2 Tuesdays are where it's at with your choice of $2 mini appetizers (tacos, buffalo wings, chicken quesadillas) plus $2 select beer and $5 Hornitos shots and margaritas.

Happy Hour: Mon - Fri 3pm - 8pm
Location: 579 Howard St, San Francisco
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Hobson's Choice

It can be tough to find a stiff drink in the tourist district of Haight Ashbury. Luckily Hobson's Choice offers the quirky Victorian ambiance of the area with an irresistable happy hour. Enjoy $2.50 draft beers (the good stuff) along with a variety of cocktail specials. Come Sunday, they offer an all day make-your-own-Bloody-Mary bar for just $5 a glass.

Happy Hour: Mon - Fri 5pm - 7pm
Location: 1601 Haight Street, San Francisco
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Best Upscale Happy Hours

Infusion Lounge

Enjoy $6 wine, wells and cocktails plus discounted bites including crab rangoon, coconut scallops and prawns, edamame and more. Drop by on Wednesdays and Thursdays for two-for-one food specials. Infusion Lounge also offers an awesome ambiance - it's a great place to bring a date!

Happy Hour: Tues - Sat 6pm - 8pm (appetizer specials), 6pm - 9pm (drink specials)
Location: 124 Ellis Street, San Francisco
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Jones

Besides offering amazing deals on food (think roasted cauliflower, Calabrian chicken wings), Jone's also features a rotating selection of $3 beers, $5 cocktails, and $5 wine specials. Be sure to come early to stake out a spot on their heated patio, or duck indoors for a quieter nook.

Happy Hour: Tues - Fri 5pm - 7pm
Location: 620 Jones St., San Francisco
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Roots Restaurant

This healthy and delicious Restaurant offers up tasty $5 appetizers during the work week including spicy chicken wings, duck confit tacos, Kobe beer sliders, and more. Order up some $4 beers and $5 wine or cocktails to wash it all down. Come by and grab yourself a Cucumber Gimlet and farmers market soup.

Happy Hour: Everyday 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Location: 466 Bush St., San Francisco
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Farallon

Make your way into the Jellyfish Lounge or Oyster Bar for a one hour happy hour that's worth the hustle. Offering up a selection of $6 appetizers, you can enjoy treats like house-made charcuterie, steamed Littleneck clams, potato croquettes, oysters, and more. Classic cocktails seal with deal with $6 Gimlets, Manhattans, daqueries, and more.

Happy Hour: Until 7pm
Location: 450 Post St., San Francisco
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5A5 Steak Lounge

Not only does 5A5 have a beautiful environment, but its 5@5 happy hour rocks! Choose from delicious apps like $5 Duck Confit Crisp Rolls, roasted mochi, truffle fries, shishito peppers, and more. Yes, you can get your drink on too, grab $5 beer, wine, champagne and well drinks also! Plus a $3 bartender shot special if you're in the mood to go bold.

Happy Hour: Mon - Fri 5pm - 7pm
Location: 244 Jackson, San Francisco
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Epic Roasthouse

Happy Hour on the water? Yes please! Enjoy some amazing views from Epic's Quiver Bar while munching on your choice of Potato Curls with Herbs de Provence, Fleur de sel, Arugula pesto and many more tasty treats.

Happy Hour:Mon - Fri 3pm - 6:30pm
Location:369 Embarcadero, San Francisco
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Best Mexican Happy Hours

Tropisueno

Venture down to the SOMA to get your happy hour on at Tropisueno, one of our favorite Mexican restaurants in SF. With $3 margaritas, $4 Michelada's and some of the best salsa in San Francisco, you'll be coming back again and again with your friends, family and co-workers.

Happy Hour:Everyday 4pm - 7pm
Location:75 Yerba Buena Ln, San Francisco
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El Toro Taqueria

$1 Tacos and $2 bottles of beer? Yes please! Head over to El Toro, grab yourself a Pacifico and choose from steak, carnitas, pork, chicken and tofu - yes, tofu!

Happy Hour:Mon - Fri 3pm - 5pm
Location:598 Valencia, San Francisco
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Best Italian Happy Hours

Palo D'Asti

Head over to Palio D'Asti and grab yourself two drinks (ranging from $6 - $16) and you'll get yourself a free pizza. Choose from about six delicious thin crust pizzas that are all equally amazing!

Happy Hour:Mon - Fri 4pm - 7pm
Location:640 Sacramento, San Francisco
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Amarena

It may only happen once a week, but if you can make it over to Amarena's complimentary buffet of amazing Italian food, you will wonder what you've been doing every Thursday night. You can also choose from 12 different wines, two sparking wines Peroni and Sangria ranging in price from $7 - $15 per glass.

Happy Hour:Thurs 6pm - 9pm
Location:2162 Larkin, San Francisco
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Best Oyster Bar Happy Hours

Bar Crudo

Lasting a mere hour and a half, be sure to order yourself up dozen dollar oysters… then a few extras off the menu. Their Herb & Jalapeno Mussels are to die for (and only a dollar each). Seafood Chowder and wine specials will set your back a mere five bucks.

Happy Hour:Everyday 5pm - 6:30pm
Location:655 Divisadero St, San Francisco
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Hyde Street Seafoof House & Raw Bar

This 25 year old restaurant has one of the best Oyster Happy Hours around. Grab the Hyde street Cable car and enjoy a dozen oysters for $12 and $2.50 beers per pint!

Happy Hour:Everyday 5pm - 7pm
Location:1509 Hyde Street, San Francisco
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SB40

Throughout the week SB40 offers up deep discounts like $12 Bottomless Sangria, Two Buck Taps, and $5 Sake Bombs. These $1 oysters never disappoint and for those with a competitive edge, beat the current record for "Most Oysters Eaten In An Hour" and get them all for free plus a $25 gift certificate.

Happy Hour:Mon - Fri 5pm - 7pm
Location:Pier 40, San Francisco
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Killer Deal Happy Hours

McCormick & Kuleto's

Grab some Fried-chicken-and biscuit sliders for $2.95, a half pound cheeseburger and fries for $3.95 or steamed clams for $4.95. $7 will get you a mojito, melontini or passionfruit cosmo.

Happy Hour:Mon - Fri 3pm - 6pm
Location:900 Northpoint, San Francisco
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Blur

If you like expensive drinks, but hate paying for them, Blur's Thursday Happy Hour is right for you. Choose from two of anything for the price of one - and we do mean anything. If you don't have expensive taste, they also have $3 beers and cocktails to choose from.

Happy Hour:Thurs 6pm - 9:30pm
Location:1121 Polk St, San Francisco
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Lower Haight Happy Hours

Toronado

Toronado has long been one of the best beer bars in the city - and their prices on any given day are unbeatable. Choose from over 40 beers from breweries such as Allagash, Dogfish Head, Russian River, and Unibroue starting at just $4 a pint - and as long as you ask nicely, the bartender will be happy to give you a few tastes as well. Feel free to bring in food (we suggest Rosamundes).

Happy Hour:Mon - Thurs 5 - 6:30pm and Sat - Sun 3pm - 6:30pm
Location:547 Haight, San Francisco
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Vinyl Wine Bar

Popping up within Divisadero Cafe each night, Vinyl Wine Bar brings a chicer side to the Lower Haight. Offering a carefully curated menu of wine, be sure to ask the bartender for a few tastes to find a glass you love. Local meat and cheese plates compliment your order, and the surrounding pop art and always-hip-music keep the vibe from feeling too stuffy. Check the calendar for pop-up food. Bonus: there's WiFi for the working winos.

Happy Hour:All Night Monday and Tue - Fri 5:30pm - 7pm
Location:359 Divisadero, San Francisco
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Noc Noc

Noc Noc's always been one of the Lower Haight's more unique bars. Halfway between Beetlejuice and a caveman, this sculpted beer bar serves beer, wine and sake. Founded back in 1986, the bar claims to be one of the first spots to spin industrial and acid jazz. Today, it's known for its beer selection.

Happy Hour:Mon - Thurs 5pm - 7pm and Fri - Sun 3pm - 7pm
Location:557 Haight Street, San Francisco
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Nickies Bar

If Nickie's has one this going for it, it has to be its weekly specials. Throughout the week, enjoy $5 burgers from noon till 6pm. Drop by on Mondays for pub quiz. Stop by on Taco Tuesdays for two tacos and a Dos XX for $7.50. Thursdays offer deals on pasta. Fridays bust out a no-cover DJ. Weekends bring out the $8 bottomless mimosas and $5 Bloody Mary's. Need to know more? Yeah, we didn't think so.

Happy Hour:Mon - Fri 4pm - 7pm
Location:466 Haight Street, San Francisco
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Uva Enoteca

Tucked away between a Laundry Locker and a Southern BBQ joint, Uva Enoteca is a hidden secret even some Lower Haighters don't know about. A deceivingly large space that serves expert Italian food and flatbread pizzas, the place is delicious. Stop by on the weekend for bottomless bellinis or arrive during happy hour to taste your way through a discounted menu.

Happy Hour:Mon - Thurs 5pm - 6:30pm and Sat - Sun 3pm - 6:30pm
Location:568 Haight Street, San Francisco
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Molotov's

Molotov's has a style all it's own. Distinctly punk rock, smothered in stickers, and packed full of arcade games and a pool table - this bar is an ultimate dive. Dogs are always welcome, the drinks are always strong, and come Sundays you can slurp down some of the best Bloody Mary's in the area for just $5. Be sure to check the Specials board for the shot/beer combo of the day along with any other offerings.

Happy Hour:Mon - Fri Open - 7pm
Location:582 Haight St, San Francisco
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Danny Coyle's

When you hear cheers echoing down Haight Street at 10am, Danny Coyle's is often to blame. A sports central for football, Euro soccer, college basketball (preferably Tarheel hoops), and anything else enticing enough for their many HD screens, this is the place to catch the game. Don't be surprised if you find yourself waiting behind a rope for the privilege of cheering on your team.

Happy Hour:Mon - Fri 5pm - 7pm
Location:668 Haight, San Francisco
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The Page

Decked out in animal heads, oddball art, and a giant pool table, The Page is nearly inaccessible on the weekends. But stop by during the week for a hip crowd, 21 beers on tap, and plenty of whiskey. Scope out the beer/shot combos written above the bar for some quality stuff, then make your way to the basement for all the pool and foosball you could ever want.

Happy Hour:Everyday Open - 7pm
Location:298 Divisadero, San Francisco
Website: Click here

Marina Happy Hours

Eastside West Restaurant & Bar

Giving the Marina crowd an excuse to party nearly every day of the week, Eastside West offers more than just a happy hour. Come by on Wednesdays for trivia night, work it out on the dance floor Thursdays through Saturdays, dive into bottomless mimosas on the weekend, or get started early with Last Call Sundays for beer buckets, shot/beer combos, and bottle service.

Happy Hour:Tues - Fri 4pm - 7pm
Location:3154 Fillmore, San Francisco
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The Brixton

Swankify your happy hour experience at this dark and modern Union Street refuge. Open seven days a week with weekend brunch, prime rib Sundays, weekday lunches and a kitchen open till midnight - there's plenty of time to sample their stiff drinks and hearty menu. Drop by late for their Reverse Happy Hour (10pm - 12am) to enjoy $15 meal combos like a Brixton Burger and draft beer or a salad and glass of house wine.

Happy Hour:Mon - Fri 4pm - 6pm
Location:2140 Union Street, San Francisco
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Mamacita

Combing Chestnut Street for some tasty tacos? Work your way over to Mamacita. Armed with a philosophy of combining traditional Mexican street food with fresh, local and sustainable ingredients, their seasonal menu may be "Californianized" - but it's also delicious. Stop by early for the cheap drinks, then stay late for the tequila flights, house-made tamales, and classed up enchiladas.

Happy Hour:Mon - Thurs 5:30pm - 6:30pm and Fri 5pm - 6pm
Location:2317 Chestnut, San Francisco
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The Brick Yard

Catch the Giants in the early AM while slurping down bottomless mimosas and Bloody Mary's at this Marina brunch staple, or reserve an evening to chow down on glorified pub grub like Fried Chicken with Truffled Honey or Slow Cooked Citrus BBQ Baby Back Ribs. Perfect for large groups, be sure your crew checks out the 14 beers on tap and lengthy wine list (50% off bottles every Tuesday).

Happy Hour:Mon - Fri 4pm - 7pm
Location:1787 Union Street, San Francisco
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The Republic

Whether it's Patron discounts on Margarita Mondays, $20 Skinny Lemonade pitchers on Tuesdays, $5 Jager shots on Wednesdays, $6 vodka specials on Thursdays and Fridays, or bottomless mimosa brunch on the weekends - this is one sports bar that's tough to leave sober. There's over 60 craft beers on the menu and plenty of high-end whiskey for your sipping pleasure. Just be sure to order up some of their California cuisine to round out that liquid meal.

Happy Hour:Tues - Fri 4pm - 7pm
Location:3213 Scott Street, San Francisco
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Blue Light

If you're looking to drink for cheap tonight, The Blue Light never disappoints. Beyond their weekly happy hour, you can dive into $3 house shots, $6 Fernet/PBR combos, and beer buckets starting at $10 any day of the week. Come Friday and Saturday, there's $1 Jell-O shots till they run out along with $4 mimosas, $5 vodka drinks, and $7 Bloody Mary's all weekend long. Shoot some pool, hit up the juke box, or catch the game on one of their 19 HD flat screens.

Happy Hour:Mon - Fri 4pm - 7pm
Location:1979 Union Street, San Francisco
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Umami

Satisfy that sushi craving at Japanese Izakaya, Umami. Exuding an upscale, loungey vibe, stop by fro an intimate dinner for two, meet your neighbors at the 11-seat bar, or reserve the upstairs for larger parties. Choose from Japanese beers, a broad selection of sake, or cocktails like the Lychee Caipirinha. While the hot kitchen and sushi menus may be tempting, be sure to stop in for "Sumo Hour" to enjoy discounted bites like the Shibuya Sliders (seasoned Kobe beef, spicy aioli, shallots and gingered pickles on steamed buns).

Happy Hour:Everyday 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Location:2909 Webster, San Francisco
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Bin 38 Restaurant & Wine Bar

When was the last time you treated yourself? At Bin 38's happy hour, you can all the time. Enjoy a cozy outdoor patio, over 50 wines by the glass, and perfectly paired menus (including a special prix fixe menu during happy hour). Take 30% off all wine bottles on Tuesdays, or take your bottle to-go for 40% off any day of the week. Enjoy $1 oysters, $3 french fries, and $5 bubbly on Fridays from 3pm - 5pm. Sundays mean a Classic Rock Brunch featuring bottomless mimosas, beermosas, brunch classics, and great music.

Happy Hour:Mon - Thurs 5pm - 6:30om
Location:3232 Scott St. San Francisco
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Circa

Infamous for it's weekend $10 bottomless mimosa brunches, it can be easy to overlook the deals Circa offers throughout the week. For those looking to drink and dine, Mondays and Tuesdays wave the corkage fee so you can bring your own wine. Wednesdays offer a $19 two-course dinner with bottomless wine. For some of the cheapest bar bites in the area, stop by during happy hour for $5 crispy calamari, roasted fig salad, Angus beef sliders, shrimp cakes and more.

Happy Hour:Mon - Fri 5pm - 7pm
Location:2001 Chestnut, San Francisco
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Mission Happy Hours

Picaro Tapas Restaurant

Perched along the corridor of 16th and Valencia, this Spanish restaurant is always bustling for happy hour. Offering outdoor seating and prime people watching, Picaro adds the bonus of reasonably priced tapas menu (many under $6) and drinks at any hour. Add to that $10 sangria pitchers during happy hour and you're sure to kick the night off on the right foot.

Happy Hour:Everyday 5pm - 7pm
Location:3120 16th Street, San Francisco
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Blondie's Bar & No Grill

Blondie's is good for a solid sloshing any night of the week. Order up one of their $12 cocktails (which equate to about 2 1/2 strong martinis), and you're usually set. Grab a window seat to check out Valencia or head to the back for live music most nights of the week. But for those who arrive early (well… before 8:30pm), you'll be able to enjoy bonus happy specials on everything else at the bar.

Happy Hour:Mon - Thurs 4pm - 8:30pm and Fri - Sun 2pm - 8:30pm
Location:540 Valencia, San Francisco
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Dr. Teeth & the Electric Mayhem

Mayhem has mastered the art of the happy hour. Not only do they offer consistent weekday drink deals, they also add incentive throughout the week with specials that run all night. Stop by Monday for a burger and beer for $10. Order all-you-can-eat wings on Wednesdays for just 25 cents a piece. Then get wilder on Thursday with two-for-one margaritas and $2 tacos to soak things up. Be sure to hit up the shuffleboard before you leave. And order the totchos. Please order the totchos.

Happy Hour:Mon - Fri 5pm - 7pm
Location:2323 Mission Street, San Francisco
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Benders

If you're looking for a legit dive to get your drink on, this biker bar is where its at. Plastered in floor-to-ceiling stickers and headed up by some seriously badass bartenders, Bender's is a love-it-or-hate-it San Francisco classic. The drinks are dirt cheap, the photo booth is a must, and the food menu is surprisingly delicious (when in need, grab the mac'n'cheese grilled cheese with tots). Tuesdays boast $6 Tequila/Tecate combos and Wednesdays offer $5 PBR/whiskey combos as an added bonus.

Happy Hour:Mon - Fri 4pm - 7pm
Location:806 South Van Ness, San Francisco
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Hog & Rocks

Start your evening with class at Hog & Rocks. Arrive between 5pm and 6pm for $1 oysters along with varied drink specials and bonus bar bites. Specializing in an odd but delicious combination of ham, oysters, and whiskey - this is one spot you and your date might want to stick around for dinner. After a few apps and discounted drinks, dive into a meat-heavy menu of Bone Marrow, Gulf Coast Flounder, and BBQ Meatballs with grits.

Happy Hour:Mon - Fri 5pm - 6pm
Location:3431 19th Street, San Francisco
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El Rio

There's a surprising shortage of bars to drink outdoors when the weather's nice and even fewer with heat lamps for when the weather's not. El Rio offers not only a massive outdoor patio with a coveted wooden hut and free oysters on Fridays, but brilliant Bloody Mary's, all sorts of live music, burlesque performances, and lube wrestling that gives the front row umbrellas and ponchos (because this is San Francisco dammit!). How can you say no to that?

Happy Hour:All Day Monday and Tues - Fri 5pm - 8pm
Location:158 Mission Street, San Francisco
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Elbo Room

This two-level bar and dance haven has always taken pride in "San Francisco's Longest Happy Hour". And while that may not be totally accurate, they still offer some pretty great deals. Mellow downstairs in one of their cozy booths or scope out their calendar for DJs and live performers serving up Afrobeat, soul classics, reggae, and dub.

Happy Hour:Everyday 5pm - 9pm
Location:647 Valencia Street, San Francisco
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Laszlo

Attached to the irresistibly high-end restaurant, Foreign Cinema, Laszlo attracts a throng of pre-dinner crowds, craft cocktail lovers, and trendy bar lovers. Drop by during happy hour for one of their discounted drinks, peruse the cafe menu for bites at $10 or less from the Foreign Cinema kitchen (think Dungeness Crab Paninis and Brandade Gratin), or stick around past 9pm for DJs spinning nightly.

Happy Hour:Everyday 6pm - 9pm
Location:2526 Mission Street, San Francisco
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NOPA Happy Hours

Fly Bar

Tucked along the corner of Divisadero, Fly Bar offers a laid-back vibe with cozy seating, an elevated pool table, and art plastered across the walls. While the full menu is plenty tempting, happy hour is the time to indulge in gourmet pizzas and crafty sake cocktails. Go for the Carmel Blue (white garlic sauce, caramelized onion, gorgonzola, mozzarella) or the Funky Chicken (BBQ sauce, chicken, smoked gouda, red onions, scallions). Then dive into craft beers, fresh sangria, and sake to wash it down.

Happy Hour:Everday 3:30pm - 6:30pm
Location:762 Divisadero, San Francisco
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Madrone Art Bar

One of the only spots in the city with a line wrapped outside on a Monday night, Madrone knows how to throw a good party. And come 4pm every day, they know how to throw a good happy hour to. Be sure to check out the blackboard for daily specials in addition to happy hour drinks. Take advantage of their free WiFi to knock out some work or stick around till later for one of their dance parties.

Happy Hour:Everyday 4pm - 7pm
Location:500 Divisadero, San Francisco
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Ziryab Mediterranean Grill

While you may no longer be able to light up a hookah, Ziryab still pulls a crowd for its weekly happy hour. Their menu is extensive with drinks like Stoli Vanilla Chocolatinis, Maker's Mark Manhattens, and vodka martinis for just $5. Maza platters are half price, a burger and fries are $7, and flat bread maxes out at $5. Be sure to sit at one of the patio tables to take advantage of the heat lamps, enjoy the fresh air, and get in some good people watching.

Happy Hour:Sun - Thurs 3pm - 7pm and Fri - Sat 3pm - 6pm
Location:528 Divisadero, San Francisco
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Bean Bag Café

Inarguably one of the neighborhood's favorite locals spots, Bean Bag draws the crowds with its wildly cheap beer and large servings. Filled with laptops utilizing their free WiFi during the day, the mood shifts around 5pm when a younger crowd moved in to order up a few cheap pints. Get there early to claim a table or risk standing against the wall waiting for someone to leave for a while.

Happy Hour:Everyday 4pm - 10pm
Location:601 Divisadero, San Francisco
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Mojo Bicycle Café

Half bicycle shop and half cafe, you can usually pinpoint Mojo by the stack of bikes outside. Make your way in for a light menu of sandwiches and salads like the Croque Mojo (open-face sandwich with ham, melted swiss, béchamel, mustard, thyme). Keep an eye on the calendar for special events like pop-up restaurants (it's a favorite of Rice Paper Scissors) and special chef nights.

Happy Hour:Tues - Sun 3pm - 6pm
Location:639 Divisadero, San Francisco
Website: Click here

Fat Angel

Further out in Western Addition, Fat Angel's food and drink selection is enough to make it worthy of more gentrified NOPA praise. Built out of reclaimed and recycled materials, the restaurant gives off an elegant vibe. Choose from 38 carefully selected wines by the glass, classic cocktails (go for a Pimm's), and rare drafts from Dogfish Head, Fonteinen, Affligem, and more. During happy hour, be sure to take advantage of their tasty flatbread.

Happy Hour:Mon - Fri 4pm - 7pm
Location:1740 O'Farrell Street, San Francisco
Website: Click here

NOPA

While it may come as little surprise that NOPA lacks a cocktail happy hour (those drinks are worth every penny!), they do reserve one special hour of discounted bar bites. For just $4 each, enjoy "snacks" like an Albacore Tuna and Cheddar Cheese Melt or Spicy Fennel Sausage, Beans and Aiolo. And since the food's so cheap, there's a little less guilt in ordering up a few of those crafted cocktails.

Happy Hour:Mon - Fri 5pm - 6pm
Location:560 Divisadero, San Francisco
Website: Click here

North Beach Happy Hours

Nico's Tacos

A modest taqueria along Grant Avenue, Nico's Tacos offer plenty for folks looking to fill their Mexican munchies in a land littered with pizzerias and panini. And while much of their menu stays true to the classic taqueria menu, Nico's deviates with alternative options inspired by Korean, Indian, Southern and other flavors.

Happy Hour:Everyday 3pm - 6pm
Location:1310 Grant Ave, San Francisco
Website: Click here

Giordano Bros

Opened back in 2004 by a couple ex-Pittsburghers, Giordano Bros. has drawn a crowd with its beasty East-Coast-style sandwiches packed full of fries, slaw, and tons of Italian meats. Drop in during happy hour to wash down those big bites with craft beer at a low price. Stop by for a Steelers game for the real party to begin.

Happy Hour:Mon - Fri 3pm - 7pm
Location:303 Columbus Ave, San Francisco
Website: Click here

15 Romolo

Tucked away in an alley beside Columbus and Broadway, this quiet speakeasy-style bar is worth the hunt. With a dimly lit interior and ample space, 15 Romolo holds its pride in artisanal cocktails and soul food bar bites. While the drink and food menus rotate seasonally, the $7 Pimms Cups during happy hour are always a sure bet. Stop in to pair a classy cocktail with lowbrow indulgences like Crispy Shrimp'n'Cornbread or Pork Sliders.

Happy Hour:Everyday 5pm - 7:30pm
Location:15 Romolo, San Francisco
Website: Click here

Kennedy's Irish Pub & Curry House

Kennedy's may be one of the weirdest spots in the city, but it's a must for anyone who visits. A strange mix of Indian food restaurant, Irish pub, and arcade - it really is a destination that pleases everyone. Take advantage of their cheap Guinness happy hour, then stick around for the foosball, air hockey, outdoor patio, and Tikka Masala. Feel free to bring a large group. This place can accommodate the masses.

Happy Hour:Everyday 5pm - 7pm
Location:1040 Columbus, San Francisco
Website: Click here

Vesuvio

A blast from the past in so many ways, Vesuvio has stood the test of time since the 1940s. Home to the Beat Generation with common visits by Neal Cassady and Jack Kerouac, there's a certain special magic emanating from the old opera booths, vintage stained glass, and plastered walls covered in celebrity photos and art noveau. Be sure to get there early to claim a good booth, then reap the benefits with plenty of happy hour specials to keep you satisfied.

Happy Hour:Everyday 3pm - 7pm
Location:255 Columbus, San Francisco
Website: Click here

King of Thai

Okay okay… King of Thai doesn't really have a designated happy hour. It's just dirt cheap every day. A bi-level spot with a Thai restaurant and bar downstairs and a sports bar above, King of Thai is perfect to grab a quick bite or catch the game any day of the week. Head upstairs for free popcorn, cozy couches, and plenty of flatscreen TVs. Stay below for a more traditional dining experiences. But either way, be sure to take advantage of some of the cheapest prices in the neighborhood.

Happy Hour:All Day Everyday
Location:1268 Grant Ave, San Francisco
Website: Click here

Columbus Café

Established back in 1936 to booze up the city's Longshoremen, the Columbus has stuck in it's spot for decades with 26 micro-brews on tap along with a pool table, photo booth, flatscreen TVs and a juke box. The self-proclaimed "Best Happy Hour in North Beach", Columbus does it's guests a service with a five hour buy-one-get-one drink special. Buy any draft beer during happy hour (except for Chimay) and get a free drink token good for any draft before 9pm.

Happy Hour:Everyday 4pm - 8pm
Location:562 Green Street, San Francisco
Website: Click here

Grant & Green Saloon

Housed along North Beach's dense bar strip, Grant & Green woos the crowds with live music and cheap drinks - even without the happy hour. Rarely with a cover and dishing up a five-hour happy hour throughout the week, this is one dark dive that's hard to leave sober.

Happy Hour:Mon - Fri 4pm - 9pm
Location:1371 Grant Ave, San Francisco
Website: Click here

SOMA Happy Hours

Public House

Physically attached to AT&T Stadium, Public House really is the closest you can get to the Giants when the team's out of town. Plastered with flat screen TVs and stuffed with fierce fans, this is one happy hour where you can showcase your SF pride. Dig into half price bites like Chorizo & Jalapeno Fritters or Buffalo Wings, then scope out their well-curated beer menu for the best deal. And if you get a hankering for free chips and salsa, be sure to pop next-door at Mijita and order one of their $5 happy hour margaritas.

Happy Hour:Everyday the Giants are away 4pm - 6pm
Location:24 Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco
Website: Click here

Tres

One of the few bars near AT&T Stadium that doesn't cash in on game days, Tres celebrates happy hour from the first to last pitch every Giants home game. A higher end Mexican restaurant with a weakness for excellent tequila, Tres spoils sports fans with $5 margaritas, $4 Mexican drafts and $1 off specialty cocktails. Check out the happy hour menu for bar bites or take advantage of $3 tacos.

Happy Hour:Mon - Fri 3pm - 6pm and First to last pitch during every Giants home game
Location:130 Townsend Street, San Francisco
Website: Click here

The Wine Club

It may happen only once a week, but the Wine Club's Friday evening tastings are a steal. Showcasing their latest batch of wine, shoppers are welcome to peruse the store, nibble on complimentary food, and taste away for two hours of wino bliss. Stop by on Saturdays for $10 themed tastings and other special events.

Happy Hour:Fri 5pm - 7pm
Location:953 Harrison Street, San Francisco
Website: Click here

Monarch

This borderline SOMA club and lounge has a knack for pulling in the crowds come happy hour. Throughout the week they theme the bar out with music, food, and drink specials that are tough to resist. Mondays offer 2-for-1 shots and $3 beers, Tuesdays feature free tamales and $6 beer/shot specials, Wednesdays pull in a food truck, Thursdays welcome a rotating fresh cocktail, and Fridays bring on the dance party. Oh, and there's regular happy hour specials to boot.

Happy Hour:Mon - Fri 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Location:101 6th Street, San Francisco
Website: Click here

Oola

Don't be scared off by Oola's high class rep. Come happy hour, the bar goes bold with $1 oysters served with mignonette and cocktail sauce along with a selection of $6 wines including Malbec and Italian Moscata. Add to those gourmet bites some plates off of the bar menu - Steak Tartare Crostini or Chicken and Waffles, perhaps? - and you have yourself an excellent start to the evening.

Happy Hour:Mon - Thurs 5pm - 7pm and Fri 4pm - 7pm
Location:860 Folsom Street, San Francisco
Website: Click here

Iron Cactus

Parked right across from the Caltrain, Iron Cactus offers the perfect respite for the commuter crowd. With a menu aimed at both healthy and inexpensive food, the happy hour is just a bonus. Choose from select appetizers to save a few bucks or dive into shrimp cocktails, homemade tamales, and burritos - all for under $8. $5 wines and $3 drafts are just the icing on the cake.

Happy Hour:Mon - Fri 3pm - 5pm
Location:683 4th Street, San Francisco
Website: Click here

Dada

This narrow 2nd street bar is always packed to the brim for their four hour happy hour - and with $6 house martinis, it's no wonder why. Pick your pleasure off the specials board for martini options and the $4 beer of the day or treat yourself to $5 wines and wells. Arrive early to snag one of the leather booths or spend your evening trying not to spill that marked down martini on the crowd.

Happy Hour:Mon - Fri 4pm - 8pm
Location:86 2nd Street, San Francisco
Website: Click here

Eve Lounge

Eve Lounge knows how to swank up the daylight hours. Stop by during the work week for free meat and cheese plates, live jazz and DJs during happy hour. As an added incentive, if you bring 20 or more friends they'll get you a table, free bottle of champagne, a 6-pack of beers, and 5 drink tickets. Nice!

Happy Hour: All Day Monday and Tues - Fri 5pm - 7pm
Location: 575 Howard Street, San Francisco
Website: Click here

21st Amendment

For those with less conventional working hours (or if you're looking to play hooky), there's always 21st Amendment. With a rotating tap of always-delicious beer, it's hard to say no to $2 off pints. Order up a Buffalo Chicken pizza or some of Wilson's Wicked Wings for a "Late Lunch" snack to hold you over past happy hour.

Happy Hour:Mon - Fri 2:30pm - 5:30pm
Location:563 2nd Street, San Francisco
Website: Click here

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