Forget working for the weekend. South of Market Street, everyone's working for happy hour. One of the largest and densest neighborhoods in San Francisco, stretching from the Embarcadero to Eleventh Street. Home to Yerba Buena Gardens, the infamous "Miracle Mile" along Folsom Street, and - of course - AT&T Park, there's plenty to be offered for all tastes and styles. Read on for the best happy hours that SOMA has to offer.
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Best Place to Catch the Game (Out of Town): 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: Every day the Giants are away (4pm- 6pm)
Specials: 50% off Bar Bites, $5 wells, $5 Select Drafts, $5 Wine, $3 Cask Ales
Best Place to Catch the Game (In SF): 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: Monday - Friday (3pm - 6pm); First to last pitch during every Giants home game
Specials: $5 margaritas, $1 off specialty cocktails, $4 Mexican draft beers, $3 tacos, $5 Mexican sangria
For the Winos: 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: Fridays (5pm - 7pm)
Specials: $5 Wine Tasting
Dance It Off: 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: Mondays - Fridays (5:30pm - 8:30pm)
Specials: $4 wells, $3 domestic beers, $4 imported beers plus special drink deals each night of the week
Your $1 Oyster Oasis: 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: Monday - Thursday (5pm - 7pm), Fridays (4pm - 7pm)
Specials: $1 oyster of the day, $3 Trumer Pils, $6 select wines, $6 Watermelon Cosmo
Mexican Munchies: 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: Monday - Friday (3pm - 5pm)
Specials: 50% off select appetizers, $2 tacos, $5 house red or white wine, $3 draft beers
Marked Down Martinis: 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: Monday - Friday (4pm - 8pm)
Specials: $6 House Martinis, $5 House Wines, $5 wells, $4 beer of the day
For the Downtown Crowd: 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.
Happy Hour: Mondays (all day), Tuesday - Friday (5pm- 7pm)
Specials: $2 Domestic beers, $4 drafts, $5 wells, all other drinks $1 off
Foodie Freebies: 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: Mondays (all day), Tuesday - Friday (5pm- 7pm)
Specials: $3 Beers, $4 Wells, $2 off Specialty Cocktails, Complimentary meat and cheese plate
Beer Lovers: 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: Monday - Friday (2:30pm- 5:30pm)
Specials: $2 off all draft beers (except game days)
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