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San Francisco Happy Hour

Ten of My Favorite Places to Spend Happy Hour in SF

Almost every day of the week, you will find some amazing San Francisco happy hour specials. They range from the drink only specials at a quirky bar called Noc Noc in the Lower Haight to the yummy pizza and cocktails specials at Olive in the Tenderloin.

After doing back breaking "research" just for you (wink, wink), here is a list of my ten favorites.

1. Rosamunde Sausage Grill in the Mission

Address: 2832 Mission Street
Neighborhood: Mission
Happy Hour: Monday - Friday from 4pm to 7pm

One of my favorite San Francisco happy hour spots is Rosamunde Sausage Grill in the Mission. I love it all here - the food, the atmosphere and the drink specials.

From 4pm to 7pm, Monday through Friday, enjoy $1 off all taps. Their large selection of beers on tap range from around $4 to $8 (or $3 to $7 with their happy hour deal).

While you are here, make sure you order up one of their famous sausages. Every time I go, I have a hard time deciding which one to order although I often lean toward the Chicken Apple Sausage. If you are really hungry, order a side of their potato salad too. It's amazing!

This location of Rosamunde also features a large outdoor deck (well, large for SF standards) where you can do some people watching and enjoy the beautiful SF weather. Don't forget to bring your jacket as it gets chilly the minute the sun hides behind the clouds (or the fog).

2. Fly Bar

Address: 762 Divisadero (Alamo Square) and 1085 Sutter Street (Tenderloin)
Neighborhood: Alamo Square/NoPa and the Tenderloin
Happy Hour: Tuesday - Sunday from noon to 6:30pm, Mondays from 5pm to 6:30pm

The Fly Bar is one of my overall favorite bars. Their San Francisco happy hour is just another excuse for me to walk through their doors.

All afternoon long (most days, they open at 5pm on Monday) you can take advantage of both their drink and food specials. Ask for specific details as they change daily.

The Fly Bar has two locations. Their original location is in the Tenderloin. Although I like this location, I love their laid-back location near Alamo Square. Both include a local vibe with well priced items.

During happy hour, I often order one of their draft beers and their hummus, pita and veggie dish (I crave this stuff). Their pizzas are also pretty amazing (the caramel blue with blue cheese is my favorite).

It's the perfect way to kick off your afternoon or unwind after a long day at work or play!

3. Noc Noc

Address: 557 Haight Street
Neighborhood: Lower Haight
Happy Hour: Monday - Thursday from 5pm to 7pm, Friday from 3:30pm to 7pm, Saturday and Sunday from 3pm to 7pm

This funky bar typically serves the late night crowd, so it's the perfect place to relax with a cold beer during happy hour.

They have a variety of beers on tap and in the bottle. They focus on craft beers, so you will not find any Coors, Bud Light or PBR. Their beer selection also rotates, so you can always try something new.

Noc Noc's happy hour starts when they open and lasts until 7pm. During this time, you get $3 off local pints.

As you sip on your drinks, take a look around the bar. The entire place is covered with interesting artwork.

4. Sens Restaurant

Address: 4 Embarcadero on the Promenade Level
Neighborhood: Financial District/Embarcadero
Happy Hour: Monday - Friday from 3pm to 8pm, Saturday from 5pm to close

The Sens Restaurant is a large spot popular with the Financial District crowd and those waiting to catch their ferries home. I recently joined a friend here for happy hour and was surprised at what I found.

The first thing I love about their happy hour is that it lasts a long time. You don't have to rush right over from work.

It also starts early, so you can head over mid-afternoon for a nice drink and some of their yummy appetizers.

Speaking of appetizers, I love the depth of their happy hour food menu. You will find discounts on everything from their Mediterranean Spreads (my favorite) to their New Caledonia Blue Prawns. In addition to the Mediterranean Spreads, I also love their Crispy Parmesan Polenta and Chicken Wings.

They also offer a few drink specials. These rotate daily, so ask your server for them when you arrive.

5. Olive

Address: 743 Larkin Street
Neighborhood: Tenderloin
Happy Hour: 5pm to 7pm, Monday through Friday

Olive is a cute, modern bar hidden away on the western side of the Tenderloin.

During happy hour, you can sample one of their amazing house cocktails for just $5. My favorites are their Pomegranate Martini, the Watermelon Martini and the Classic Mojito.

In addition to specials on their cocktails, they also offer all pizzas for just $8. I recommend the Wild Mushroom and Truffle Oil pizza - it's a steal at this price! I also love their Pesto and Red Onion Pizza (w/Goat Cheese) and the BBQ Chicken. You really can't go wrong with any of their pizzas. They are all super yummy!

6. Lush Lounge

Address: 1221 Polk Street
Neighborhood: Lower Nob Hill
Happy Hour: Sunday from noon to 2am, Monday from 3pm to 2am, Tuesday - Saturday from 3pm to 7pm

Lush Lounge used to be my favorite neighborhood bar (that was until I moved!). However, I still head back here often for their amazing San Francisco happy hour specials.

The name of this bar says it all - Lush Lounge. This bar lives up to its name by pouring some of the strongest drinks in town. Believe me, you will only need a couple if you come here at anytime.

The owners love to please their customers and have one of the best happy hours in town. They feature $3 Bud Light draft beers, $3 glasses of select wines, $4 glasses of select Champagne and a variety of cocktail specials.

Another pleasing part of their happy hour is that it is 7 days a week! On Sunday, enjoy these specials from noon to 2am. On Monday, their happy hour is from 3pm to 2am. The rest of the week (Tuesday - Saturday) it's from 3pm to 7pm.

7. Park Chalet

Address: 1000 Great Highway
Neighborhood: Outer Richmond
Happy Hour: Tuesday starting at 4pm, Wednesday - Friday from 3pm to 6pm

Park Chalet is on the western side of Golden Gate Park just across the street from Ocean Beach and the Pacific Ocean. Even though it's far away from the heart of the city, it's one of the best places to enjoy San Francisco happy hour specials on a warm, sunny day.

Their Tuesday specials are not officially "San Francisco happy hour" specials, but I included them because they start at 4pm. On Tuesday, enjoy delicious tacos for just $2.50 each. You will also find half prices margaritas and select pints for $3.50.

This tucked away restaurant and bar also offers a "3-6-9" happy hour three days a week. It's from 3pm to 6pm and all menu items are $3, $6 or $9. You will find a variety of specials on beer, wine and food.

I love to trek all the way out here because of their large and peaceful outdoor seating. It's unbeatable on a gorgeous day.

If it happens to be chilly or foggy, you can also enjoy your happy hour specials from the comfort of their bar area which usually has plenty of open seating.

Even though they have free parking, the best way to get here (especially if you plan on having a drink or two) is on the 5 Fulton bus or the N Judah light rail train. Both stop about two blocks away from the Park Chalet.

8. Bar Crudo

Address: 655 Divisadero Street
Neighborhood: Alamo Square/NoPa
Happy Hour: 5pm to 6:30pm daily

Bar Crudo is the perfect place for San Francisco happy hour for those that love seafood. This cute bar and restaurant is just a block from Alamo Square in what is often referred to as the NoPa area.

Their happy hour is from 5pm to 6:30pm daily. On their menu, you can order a select beer for just $4. You can also choose a glass of select red and white wines for just $6.

The food menu is why I like this place during happy hour. They offer select oysters and mussels for just $1 a piece. Other favorites on their menu included their Manila Clams and the Seafood Chowder for $6 each.

It's usually less crowded at Bar Crudo than many other places on this list, so it's a great spot to enjoy San Francisco happy hour.

9. One Market

Address: One Market Street
Neighborhood: Financial District/Embarcadero
Happy Hour: 3:30pm to 7pm weekdays, 5:30pm to 9pm on Saturday

This is a very popular place for happy hour during the week for those working in the Financial District. It’s a lovely, upscale place to have a nice drink after work. Their weekday happy hour is from 3:30pm to 7pm. They also offer a happy hour on Saturday nights from 5:30pm to 9pm.

Their happy hour specials usually include discounts on some of their cocktails as well as select draft beers and wine. You can enjoy small plates from their bar menu.

It’s best to arrive early if you want a seat. We try to arrive no later than 4pm (it’s fairly packed by 5pm). However, even if you don’t get a seat right away, it’s a fun place to come and enjoy their happy hour specials. It’s also a great place to meet people from San Francisco and around the Bay Area.

One thing to note is that their happy hour specials are only available in the bar area and not available for those having dinner in their restaurant.

10. Redford

Address: 673 Geary Street
Neighborhood: Tenderloin
Happy Hour: 5pm to 7pm daily

Redford is a fairly new place in town and one of the best places for a fun, inexpensive San Francisco happy hour. It has a modern decor with exposed brick walls and a gorgeous wooden bar.

The ambiance during happy hour here is great. It's a friendly environment where everyone comes to mingle and relax after work.

Each night from 5pm to 7pm, they offer 50% off select food items. They serve up their interesting and yummy cocktails (usually priced at $11 each!) for just $8. If that's a little steep for you, then order one of their well drinks for $5 or a draft beer for only $4.

You will also find certain bottles of wine for up to 50%.

It gets crowded shortly after 5pm, so I recommend getting here just before that in order to grab a seat. One other downside is that the service quality decreases as the bar fills up, so order your drinks the minute you step in the door.

*All San Francisco happy hour specials mentioned above are subject to change without prior notification.

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