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17 Solid Happy Hours in San Francisco

Get happy with deals on food and a drink at these restaurants and bars

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It’s been a strange few years for a myriad of reasons, so the idea of going to a happy hour might not be on the top of your to-do list. But happy hours are back in San Francisco, whether anyone was asking for them or not. There are a host of places to get cheap eats and cocktails running the gamut from corner market wine offerings to breathtaking waterfront views to Peruvian hot deals. These 17 happy hours are giving San Francisco a breath of fresh air and might just be worth stepping out of the WFH world on some lonely Tuesday night for a whiff of pre-pandemic ease.

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1. Jaranita SF Peruvian Rotisserie

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3340 Steiner St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 655-9585
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Are there other Marina bars offering $5 empanadas during happy hour? Odds are Jaranita has that market cornered. Grab an “El Cholito (de la marina),” a mix of cucumber sake, dry vermouth, lime juice, and jalapeno for $8 to wash down the flaky pocket of goodness. Monday to Friday, 4-6 p.m.

2. Palm House

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2032 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 749-9959
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During happy hour, Palm House slushies (white rum, spiced rum, and fresh lime juice) are only $6, which is enough of a reason to stake out a patio table at this Caribbean-inflected Cow Hollow hang. But food such as guacamole-like smashed avocado with lime and cumin ($6), spam fried rice musubi ($4). and sweet potato fries ($5) provide a compelling reason to stay. Tuesday through Friday, 4-6:30 p.m.

3. One Market Restaurant

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1 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 777-5577
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Just across the street from the Ferry Building, this restaurant offers Muni or BART travelers a chance to unwind before the journey ahead. Happy hour fare is not to be missed — the deviled eggs are $10, chickpea fries for $9, and latke for $4.25. Tuesday to Friday, 4-8 p.m.

Deviled eggs from One Market’s happy hour menu.
Deviled eggs from One Market’s happy hour menu.
One Market Restaurant

4. Estiatorio Ornos a Michael Mina Restaurant San Francisco

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252 California St
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 417-3969
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Lead bartender Anthony Attanasio of this Michael Mina outfit is happy to shake up a cheap-ish cocktail for any fans of Mediterranean dining. A Gum Tree Sour made with mastiha, lime, and cucumber runs $10, and the flight of spreads, served with pita, come with a choice of hummus, tirokafteri, tzatziki, melitzanosalata, and taramosalata for $14. Wednesday to Sunday, 4-6 p.m.

Estiatorio Ornos’ Trio of Spreads
Estiatorio Ornos’ Trio of Spreads
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5. PABU

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101 California St
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 668-7228
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The PABU Izakaya happy hour is still alive and well, featuring pork steam buns for $3.88 and a Suntory highball for $10.88. Their non-happy hour cocktail menu also now sports a retro arcade theme, which makes staying past 5:30 p.m. a lot more worth it. Monday to Saturday, 4-5:30 p.m.

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6. International Smoke San Francisco

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301 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 660-2656
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This Michael Mina outpost offers a high-life vibe with dastardly low prices during happy hour. Cornbread goes for just $2, a smoked pork belly bun for just $5, and beer for $5, too. Daily, 4-6 p.m.

The bar at International Smoke.
The bar at International Smoke.
International Smoke

7. Waterbar Restaurant

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399 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 284-9922
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Chef Parke Ulrich’s high-end Embarcadero restaurant is launching its own rather affordable happy hour. One can sidle up to the bar for $5 beer, $8 wine, and $10 cocktails. For cocktails, the options are limited to the El Tesoro Blanco Margarita and an Aperol spritz, which is nothing to complain about while taking in the luxurious view of the Bay. Daily, 2:30-5 p.m.

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Waterbar Restaurant

8. E&O Kitchen and Bar

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314 Sutter St
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 693-0303
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An argument can be made for adding this restaurant to a destination list of $1.50 butternut squash dumplings alone. Need more reason? Salt and pepper calamari for $9, $5 beers, and craft cocktails for just $8. Tuesday to Saturday, 3-6 p.m.

A happy hour spread from E&O.
A happy hour spread from E&O.
E&O Kitchen and Bar

9. Tataki Sushi and Sake Bar

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2827 California St
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 931-1182
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Everything on the happy hour menu at sustainability-focused sushi bar Tataki is $5, including a seasonally-rotating list of beer, wine, and sake, as well as cocktails like their Matsushima mule. There’s also a respectable list of hand or cut rolls for $4, including their crunchy spicy tuna and their albacore and avocado roll. Daily, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

10. Burma Club

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8 Mint Plaza
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 764-4965
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Mint Plaza spot Burma Club is the newest venture from the folks behind Burma Superstar (and its numerous off-shoots), and it offers the newer happy hour to appear on this list. Draft beer is $6, wine’s offered by the glass at $10, and a selection of cocktails is $12. Monday through Friday, 5-6:30 p.m.

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11. Violet's

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2301 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 682-4861
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Violet’s happy hour options include Fort Point for $5, cocktails like the (extremely potent) Happy Daze (bourbon, vodka, and apple whiskey) for $9, and homemade chips and dip for $7. Don’t take a table in the dining room and expect to get the deal, however: Violet’s happy hour is for bar patrons only. Monday to Thursday, -6 p.m., Friday to Sunday, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

12. Doppio Zero San Francisco

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395 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 624-3634
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Hayes Valley has been coming back to life, slowly, and on a blue-and-pink sandwich board the folks at this Italian Bay Area staple announce their reopening alongside their happy hour with a bit of zest. Truffle french fries for $5, artichoke Romano for $7, and a six-inch pizza for $7. All cocktails are $3 off, too, and draft beer is $2 cheaper. Monday to Thursday, 4:30-6 p.m.

13. The Madrigal

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100 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 796-2531
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Ordering cocktails from a Hi Neighbor Hospitality Group (Oakland’s Mama and FiDi’s Tthe Vault) business for $10 a piece is rare in its own right. The Civic Center’s Madrigal, then, is hoping to provide this exceptional offering every week. Round it out with new food off the happy hour menu, too. Tuesday to Saturday, 9 p.m. to close.

The Madrigal on Van Ness.
The Madrigal on Van Ness.
The Madrigal

14. Bar Crudo

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655 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 409-0679
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Those in the know arrive right at 5 p.m. for a seat at Bar Crudo’s excellent, seafood-focused happy hour. There are $1.50 oysters or herb- and jalapeño-marinated mussels (all sold by the 1⁄2 dozen or dozen), rock cod tacos ($10 for two), and Crudo’s famously creamy seafood chowder ($8), all washed down with $5 beer or $7 wine. Monday to Saturday, 5 -6:30 p.m.

15. Beach Chalet Brewery and Restaurant

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1000 Great Hwy
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 386-8439
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Stormy or sunny, Ocean Beach provides an expansive view of the Pacific. The Beach Chalet only upgrades that view, and the folks at the end of the Sunset neighborhood have launched an affordable happy hour to complement the experience. Beer is $5 and bratwurst with pickled vegetables comes in at $9. Monday to Friday, 3:30 -6:30 p.m.

16. El Techo de Lolinda

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2518 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 550-6970
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The best happy hour view in town can be found at this rowdy rooftop bar, accompanied by $4 cervezas, $7 margaritas, $18 sangria pitchers, and $5 bar bites that range from guacamole to empanadas. Get to El Techo by 4 p.m. if you want a shot at a good table; it can get quite crowded, especially on a sunny afternoon. Monday to Friday, 4-6 p.m.

17. Gratta Wines and Market

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2022 Lane ST, 5299 3rd St
San Francisco, CA 94124
(415) 872-9791
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This Bayview winery and marketplace hosts its own First Fridays, a chance to listen to music and sup on whatever pop-up they’re hosting that month. The winery offers wine tastings, mixing its own wines and the Italian offerings it stocks. One can order 3 for $10 or 5 for $15 every weekend. Friday and Saturday, 4-9 p.m.

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1. Jaranita SF Peruvian Rotisserie

3340 Steiner St, San Francisco, CA 94123

Are there other Marina bars offering $5 empanadas during happy hour? Odds are Jaranita has that market cornered. Grab an “El Cholito (de la marina),” a mix of cucumber sake, dry vermouth, lime juice, and jalapeno for $8 to wash down the flaky pocket of goodness. Monday to Friday, 4-6 p.m.

3340 Steiner St
San Francisco, CA 94123

2. Palm House

2032 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94123

During happy hour, Palm House slushies (white rum, spiced rum, and fresh lime juice) are only $6, which is enough of a reason to stake out a patio table at this Caribbean-inflected Cow Hollow hang. But food such as guacamole-like smashed avocado with lime and cumin ($6), spam fried rice musubi ($4). and sweet potato fries ($5) provide a compelling reason to stay. Tuesday through Friday, 4-6:30 p.m.

2032 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94123

3. One Market Restaurant

1 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94105
Deviled eggs from One Market’s happy hour menu.
Deviled eggs from One Market’s happy hour menu.
One Market Restaurant

Just across the street from the Ferry Building, this restaurant offers Muni or BART travelers a chance to unwind before the journey ahead. Happy hour fare is not to be missed — the deviled eggs are $10, chickpea fries for $9, and latke for $4.25. Tuesday to Friday, 4-8 p.m.

1 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94105

4. Estiatorio Ornos a Michael Mina Restaurant San Francisco

252 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111
Estiatorio Ornos’ Trio of Spreads
Estiatorio Ornos’ Trio of Spreads
MINA Group

Lead bartender Anthony Attanasio of this Michael Mina outfit is happy to shake up a cheap-ish cocktail for any fans of Mediterranean dining. A Gum Tree Sour made with mastiha, lime, and cucumber runs $10, and the flight of spreads, served with pita, come with a choice of hummus, tirokafteri, tzatziki, melitzanosalata, and taramosalata for $14. Wednesday to Sunday, 4-6 p.m.

252 California St
San Francisco, CA 94111

5. PABU

101 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111
Noelle Chun

The PABU Izakaya happy hour is still alive and well, featuring pork steam buns for $3.88 and a Suntory highball for $10.88. Their non-happy hour cocktail menu also now sports a retro arcade theme, which makes staying past 5:30 p.m. a lot more worth it. Monday to Saturday, 4-5:30 p.m.

101 California St
San Francisco, CA 94111

6. International Smoke San Francisco

301 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105
The bar at International Smoke.
The bar at International Smoke.
International Smoke

This Michael Mina outpost offers a high-life vibe with dastardly low prices during happy hour. Cornbread goes for just $2, a smoked pork belly bun for just $5, and beer for $5, too. Daily, 4-6 p.m.

301 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94105

7. Waterbar Restaurant

399 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105
Views from Waterbar Restaurant
Waterbar Restaurant

Chef Parke Ulrich’s high-end Embarcadero restaurant is launching its own rather affordable happy hour. One can sidle up to the bar for $5 beer, $8 wine, and $10 cocktails. For cocktails, the options are limited to the El Tesoro Blanco Margarita and an Aperol spritz, which is nothing to complain about while taking in the luxurious view of the Bay. Daily, 2:30-5 p.m.

399 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94105

8. E&O Kitchen and Bar

314 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94108
A happy hour spread from E&O.
A happy hour spread from E&O.
E&O Kitchen and Bar

An argument can be made for adding this restaurant to a destination list of $1.50 butternut squash dumplings alone. Need more reason? Salt and pepper calamari for $9, $5 beers, and craft cocktails for just $8. Tuesday to Saturday, 3-6 p.m.

314 Sutter St
San Francisco, CA 94108

9. Tataki Sushi and Sake Bar

2827 California St, San Francisco, CA 94115

Everything on the happy hour menu at sustainability-focused sushi bar Tataki is $5, including a seasonally-rotating list of beer, wine, and sake, as well as cocktails like their Matsushima mule. There’s also a respectable list of hand or cut rolls for $4, including their crunchy spicy tuna and their albacore and avocado roll. Daily, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

2827 California St
San Francisco, CA 94115

10. Burma Club

8 Mint Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94103
Burma Club’s happy hour options Burma Club

Mint Plaza spot Burma Club is the newest venture from the folks behind Burma Superstar (and its numerous off-shoots), and it offers the newer happy hour to appear on this list. Draft beer is $6, wine’s offered by the glass at $10, and a selection of cocktails is $12. Monday through Friday, 5-6:30 p.m.

8 Mint Plaza
San Francisco, CA 94103

11. Violet's

2301 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94121

Violet’s happy hour options include Fort Point for $5, cocktails like the (extremely potent) Happy Daze (bourbon, vodka, and apple whiskey) for $9, and homemade chips and dip for $7. Don’t take a table in the dining room and expect to get the deal, however: Violet’s happy hour is for bar patrons only. Monday to Thursday, -6 p.m., Friday to Sunday, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

2301 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94121

12. Doppio Zero San Francisco

395 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Hayes Valley has been coming back to life, slowly, and on a blue-and-pink sandwich board the folks at this Italian Bay Area staple announce their reopening alongside their happy hour with a bit of zest. Truffle french fries for $5, artichoke Romano for $7, and a six-inch pizza for $7. All cocktails are $3 off, too, and draft beer is $2 cheaper. Monday to Thursday, 4:30-6 p.m.

395 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102

13. The Madrigal

100 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102
The Madrigal on Van Ness.
The Madrigal on Van Ness.
The Madrigal

Ordering cocktails from a Hi Neighbor Hospitality Group (Oakland’s Mama and FiDi’s Tthe Vault) business for $10 a piece is rare in its own right. The Civic Center’s Madrigal, then, is hoping to provide this exceptional offering every week. Round it out with new food off the happy hour menu, too. Tuesday to Saturday, 9 p.m. to close.

100 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco, CA 94102

14. Bar Crudo

655 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

Those in the know arrive right at 5 p.m. for a seat at Bar Crudo’s excellent, seafood-focused happy hour. There are $1.50 oysters or herb- and jalapeño-marinated mussels (all sold by the 1⁄2 dozen or dozen), rock cod tacos ($10 for two), and Crudo’s famously creamy seafood chowder ($8), all washed down with $5 beer or $7 wine. Monday to Saturday, 5 -6:30 p.m.

655 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA 94117

15. Beach Chalet Brewery and Restaurant

1000 Great Hwy, San Francisco, CA 94121

Stormy or sunny, Ocean Beach provides an expansive view of the Pacific. The Beach Chalet only upgrades that view, and the folks at the end of the Sunset neighborhood have launched an affordable happy hour to complement the experience. Beer is $5 and bratwurst with pickled vegetables comes in at $9. Monday to Friday, 3:30 -6:30 p.m.

1000 Great Hwy
San Francisco, CA 94121

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16. El Techo de Lolinda

2518 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

The best happy hour view in town can be found at this rowdy rooftop bar, accompanied by $4 cervezas, $7 margaritas, $18 sangria pitchers, and $5 bar bites that range from guacamole to empanadas. Get to El Techo by 4 p.m. if you want a shot at a good table; it can get quite crowded, especially on a sunny afternoon. Monday to Friday, 4-6 p.m.

2518 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

17. Gratta Wines and Market

2022 Lane ST, 5299 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94124

This Bayview winery and marketplace hosts its own First Fridays, a chance to listen to music and sup on whatever pop-up they’re hosting that month. The winery offers wine tastings, mixing its own wines and the Italian offerings it stocks. One can order 3 for $10 or 5 for $15 every weekend. Friday and Saturday, 4-9 p.m.

2022 Lane ST, 5299 3rd St
San Francisco, CA 94124

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