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Best Happy Hour San Francisco


From appetizer specials to deals on drinks, these San Francisco bars and restaurants offer the best happy hour to be found in the city.

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SAN FRANCISCO CITY

The Alembic California
13/20
Dining Room at The Alembic, San Francisco, CA 1725 Haight St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
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Known for its cocktails, this bar and small-plates restaurant is a bit like the neighborhood it inhabits: effortlessly cool. More...

Alta CA California
13/20
Dining Room at Alta CA, San Francisco, CA 1420 Market St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
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Hang with the hip young tech scene at this serious bar with reasonable bites. More...

Amelie Le Bar à Vin Wine Bar
13/20
Dining Room at Amelie Le Bar à Vin, San Francisco, CA 1754 Polk St.
San Francisco, CA 94109
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Cozy and affordable wine bar offering petite French bites and a killer happy hour. More...

Anchor & Hope Seafood
12/20
Dining Room at Anchor & Hope, San Francisco, CA 83 Minna St.
San Francisco, CA 94105
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A sophisticated fish eatery from the trio behind Town Hall and Salt House. More...

Anzu California
13/20
Dining Room at Anzu, San Francisco, CA Hotel Nikko San Francisco
222 Mason St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
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Upscale hotel restaurant offering Asian-influenced California cuisine in a contemporary environment. More...

Babu Ji Indian
No Rating
Dining Room at Babu Ji, San Francisco, CA 280 Valencia St.
San Francisco, CA 94103

New York's Babu Ji returns to its roots in San Francisco's Mission District. More...

Bar Crudo Seafood
No Rating
655 Divisadero St.
San Francisco, CA 94117

Tried-and-true seafood restaurant with a standout raw bar, appealing happy hour and modern, friendly vibe. More...

Bellota Spanish
No Rating
Dining Room at Bellota, San Francisco, CA 888 Brannan St.
San Francisco, CA 94103

The Absinthe Group's foray into Spanish cuisine. More...

Cafe Claude French
14/20
Dining Room at Cafe Claude, San Francisco, CA 7 Claude Ln.
San Francisco, CA 94108
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Downtown bistro with an authentic atmosphere and well-executed classics. More...

The Commissary Spanish
13/20
Dining Room at The Commissary, San Francisco, CA 101 Montgomery St.
San Francisco, CA 94129
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Traci Des Jardins owns this Presidio outpost, offering California-interpreted Spanish cuisine in a former military mess hall. More...

District California
12/20
Dining Room at District, San Francisco, CA 216 Townsend St.
San Francisco, CA 94107
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Pleasant, spacious wine and spirits bar with small plates south of downtown. More...

Dobbs Ferry Restaurant American
14/20
409 Gough St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
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Old-school Italian fare with an East Coast bent, offered in a sleek, modern restaurant with a good bar scene. More...

Dosa Indian
14/20
Dining Room at Dosa, San Francisco, CA 995 Valencia St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
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An exclusively Southern Indian restaurant, Dosa offers a refreshing casual dining experience. More...

Dosa on Fillmore Indian
14/20
Dining Room at Dosa on Fillmore, San Francisco, CA 1700 Fillmore St.
San Francisco, CA 94115
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Anjan and Emily Mitra’s South Indian gem of a restaurant is a hit on Fillmore. More...

E&O Kitchen and Bar Asian
14/20
Dining Room at E&O Kitchen and Bar, San Francisco, CA 314 Sutter St.
San Francisco, CA 94108
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Exciting exotica at an Asian-fusion mainstay, mere steps from busy Union Square. More...

Eddie Rickenbacker's American
12/20
133 Second St.
San Francisco, CA 94105

A sports bar and classic San Francisco grill known for its happy hour. More...

Flores Mexican
14/20
Dining Room at Flores, San Francisco, CA 2030 Union St.
San Francisco, CA 94123

Purists will delight in a menu stacked with simple, cohesive Mexican dishes. More...

The Fly Trap Mediterranean
14/20
Dining Room at The Fly Trap, San Francisco, CA 606 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94107
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Visit this SoMa restaurant for Iranian cuisine peppered with Mediterranean flavors. More...

Jasper's Corner Tap & Kitchen Gastropub
13/20
Dining Room at Jasper Serrano Hotel
401 Taylor St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
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Gastropub in the Serrano Hotel offers comfort food, artisanal beers and creative cocktails. More...

Local Kitchen California
13/20
330 First St.
San Francisco, CA 94105
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Thanks to generous happy hour specials, good cooking, attentive service and a crowd-pleasing menu, locals help keep Local packed. More...

Lolinda Steakhouse
14/20
Dining Room at Lolinda, San Francisco, CA 2518 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
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Argentinean steakhouse meets the hip Mission in this offering from the folks behind Beretta and Starbelly. More...

MoMo's American
13/20
760 Second St.
San Francisco, CA 94107
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Across the street from the ballpark, post-game patrons descend on this restaurant's patio and bar for cocktails and modern American fare. More...

Naked Lunch American
13/20
504 Broadway St.
San Francisco, CA 94133
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A hipster hangout serving ingenious sandwiches. More...

Palio d'Asti Italian
13/20
Dining Room at Palio d 640 Sacramento St.
San Francisco, CA 94111
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Sleek Italian eatery has good house-made antipasti, crisp brick oven-fired pizzas and baked eggplant Parmigiana. More...

The Perennial New American
No Rating
Dining Room at The Perennial, San Francisco, CA 59 Ninth St.
San Francisco, CA 94103

The Perennial is unique for its "progressive agrarian cuisine." More...

Prospect Contemporary
15/20
Dining Room at Prospect, San Francisco, CA Infinity Towers
300 Spear St.
San Francisco, CA 94105
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Nancy Oakes's venture offers sophisticated contemporary fare on the first floor of a luxury condominium tower. More...

Rooh Indian
No Rating
Dining Room at Rooh, San Francisco, CA 333 Brannan St.
San Francisco, CA 94107

Progressive Indian cuisine in SoMa. More...

Rose's Cafe Italian
13/20
Dining Room at Rose 2298 Union St.
San Francisco, CA 94123
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Sup inside or out on upscale bistro fare at this café bathed in Union Street sunshine. More...

The Royal Exchange American
12/20
Dining Room at The Royal Exchange, San Francisco, CA 301 Sacramento St.
San Francisco, CA 94111

This old-school bar caters to hard-working (and sports-loving) professionals from the surrounding Financial District. More...

Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar Pacific Rim
12/20
Dining Room at Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar, San Francisco, CA Fairmont San Francisco
950 Mason St.
San Francisco, CA 94108
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Entering the Tonga Room is like stepping into a happy-hour version of Disneyland's "The Pirates of the Caribbean." More...

Town Hall American
15/20
Dining Room at Town Hall, San Francisco, CA 342 Howard St.
San Francisco, CA 94105
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Town Hall shines as a destination for New American cuisine. More...

Tres Mexican
13/20
130 Townsend St.
San Francisco, CA 94107
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The flavors of Jalisco are offered at this Mexican eatery. More...

Twenty Five Lusk California
13/20
Dining Room at Twenty Five Lusk, San Francisco, CA 25 Lusk St.
San Francisco, CA 94107
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Strikingly designed restaurant that has quickly endeared itself to San Francisco's style savvy crowds. More...

Wine Kitchen Wine Bar
13/20
Dining Room at Wine Kitchen, San Francisco, CA 507 Divisadero St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
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A mellow neighborhood hideaway with clever bites and wines on tap. More...

EAST BAY

The Albatross Pub Pub
Quick Bite
Dining Room at The Albatross Pub, Berkeley, CA 1822 San Pablo Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94702
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Have fun with pub quizzes, live music, darts and other games at the oldest pub in Berkeley. More...

Dona Tomas Mexican
13/20
Dining Room at Dona Tomas, Oakland, CA 5004 Telegraph Ave.
Oakland, CA 94609
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Known for years for providing fresh Mexican cuisine in a homey atmosphere. More...

FIVE Modern American
No Rating
Dining Room at FIVE, Berkeley, CA Hotel Shattuck Plaza
2086 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
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Authentically retro-chic Berkeley dining room plays host to a thoughtful farm-to-table menu. More...

Gather California
14/20
Dining Room at Gather, Berkeley, CA 2200 Oxford St.
Berkeley, CA 94704

A lively and bustling restaurant that gives equal thought to vegan/vegetarian and omnivorous dishes. More...

Izzy's Steak & Chop House Steakhouse
No Rating
Dining Room at Izzy 59 Grand Ave.
Oakland, CA 94612

Uptown Oakland outpost of this long-lived Bay Area steakhouse offers generous plates at competitive prices. More...

Lake Chalet Seafood Bar & Grill Seafood
13/20
Dining Room at Lake Chalet Seafood Bar & Grill, Oakland, CA 1520 Lakeside Dr.
Oakland, CA 94612

A prize waterfront location, historic building and vibrant atmosphere give this friendly seafood restaurant, bar and grill multifaceted appeal. More...

Luka's Taproom & Lounge California
13/20
Dining Room at Luka 2221 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612
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A gourmet gastropub that takes its grub very seriously. More...

Moonraker California
13/20
Best Western Plus Lighthouse Hotel
105 Rockaway Beach Ave.
Pacifica, CA 94044
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Pacifica eatery with prime views and California cuisine. More...

Oliveto Italian
14/20
Dining Room at Oliveto, Oakland, CA Rockridge Market Hall
5655 College Ave.
Oakland, CA 94618
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An inspired rustic Italian menu featuring house-made pastas and legendary charcuterie. More...

plank American
13/20
Dining Room at plank, Oakland, CA 98 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94607

A fun-and-games dining destination at Jack London Square. More...

Skates on the Bay Seafood
12/20
100 Seawall Dr.
Berkeley, CA 94710
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This Berkeley restaurant has a striking view of the bay. More...

The Starry Plough Pub Pub
Quick Bite
Dining Room at The Starry Plough Pub, Berkeley, CA 3101 Shattuck Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94705
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Berkeley Irish pub offering live entertainment and a menu of beer, burgers, shepherd’s pie and more. More...

Urbano Latino Latin American
14/20
Dining Room at Urbano Latino, Oakland, CA 4307 Telegraph Ave.
Oakland, CA 94609

Inviting neighborhood restaurant and bar serving up generously portioned Latin-influenced food for young and old alike. More...

Walnut Creek Yacht Club Seafood
13/20
1555 Bonanza St.
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
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Fresh fish and a raw bar at this downtown restaurant with a yachting theme. More...

Yoshi's Japanese
13/20
Dining Room at Yoshi 510 Embarcadero W.
Oakland, CA 94607
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Japanese food and world-class jazz in Oakland’s Jack London Square. More...

MARIN COUNTY

Boca Tavern American
14/20
340 Ignacio Blvd.
Novato, CA 94949
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One of Marin’s best-designed restaurants is also a destination for its seasonal menu featuring wood-grilled meats and seafood, farm fresh vegetables and American classics. More...

The Flatiron American
13/20
Dining Room at The Flatiron, San Rafael, CA 724 B St.
San Rafael, CA 94901

This sports bar delivers with a lively neighborhood atmosphere, creative salads, Mexican food, juicy burgers and fun cocktails. More...

Marinitas Mexican
13/20
218 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
San Anselmo, CA 94960
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Marinitas is Marin’s most happening Latin restaurant with warm, sensual décor, a lively bar scene and late hours. More...

The Speakeasy Gastropub
14/20
504 Alameda del Prado
Novato, CA 94949

The Speakeasy is a surprising find for fresh, innovative gastropub fare. More...

State Room Brewery Bar Kitchen Gastropub
14/20
Dining Room at State Room Brewery Bar Kitchen, San Rafael, CA 1132 Fourth St.
San Rafael, CA 94901

Farm-to-table gastropub features beer and seasonal dishes in downtown San Rafael. More...

PENINSULA

31st Union California
14/20
Dining Room at 31st Union, San Mateo, CA 5 S. Ellsworth Ave.
San Mateo, CA 94401

The locavore ethic dominates at this small, casual tribute to the 31st state in the Union. More...

Donato Enoteca Italian
14/20
Dining Room at Donato Enoteca, Redwood City, CA 1041 Middlefield Rd.
Redwood City, CA 94063
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Chef Donato Scotti’s enoteca stands among the top Italian eateries on the Peninsula. More...

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar Steakhouse
13/20
Stanford Shopping Center
180 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA 94304

This chain, specializing in corn-fed beef and an extensive wine list, appeals to business diners. More...

Half Moon Bay Brewing Company Brewpub
13/20
Dining Room at Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, Princeton by the Sea, CA 390 Capistrano Rd.
Princeton by the Sea, CA 94019
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Lively oceanside restaurant and brewery featuring a fun outdoor patio with several fire pits. More...

Left Bank French
13/20
Dining Room at Left Bank, Menlo Park, CA 635 Santa Cruz Ave.
Menlo Park, CA 94025
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Classic French brasserie dishes make Left Bank a popular spot for lunch, dinner and an extended happy hour. More...

Martins West Pub British
14/20
Dining Room at Martins West Pub, Redwood City, CA 831 Main St.
Redwood City, CA 94063
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Pub meets farm-gourmet at this friendly, Scottish-inspired hangout. More...

Sam's Chowder House Seafood
13/20
Dining Room at Sam 4210 Cabrillo Hwy. N.
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
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This seafood eatery overlooking the ocean offers New England-style specialties among other regional seafood dishes. More...

Viognier California
No Rating
Dining Room at Viognier, San Mateo, CA 222 E. Fourth Ave.
San Mateo, CA 94401
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California-style menu touched by classic French techniques informs a dining experience that is at once homey and sophisticated. More...

 

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