Almost every day of the week, you will find some amazing San Francisco happy hour specials. They range from the drink-only specials at the quirky Noc Noc in the Lower Haight to the yummy pizza and wine specials at Fly Bar in Alamo Square.
After doing back-breaking "research" just for you (wink, wink), here is a list of my ten favorites.
Address: 2832 Mission Street
Happy Hour: Monday - Friday 4pm - 6pm
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 6pm 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 (there is another in Oakland) also features a large outdoor deck 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 fog.
Address: 762 Divisadero Street
Neighborhood: Alamo Square/NoPa
Happy Hour: Monday - Friday noon - 6pm
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. This bar has a local vibe with well-priced items
On weekdays, all afternoon long, you can take advantage of both their drink and food specials. They offer pizzas for just $8, house wine for $6, and sangria for $4, as well as $1 off pints.
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!
Address: 557 Haight Street
Neighborhood: Lower Haight
Happy Hour: Monday - Thursday 5pm - 7pm, Friday 3:30pm - 7pm, Saturday - Sunday 3pm - 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.
Address: 4 Embarcadero Center (on the Promenade Level)
Neighborhood: Financial District/Embarcadero
Happy Hour: Monday - Friday 3pm - 8pm, Saturday 5pm - 10pm
The Sens Restaurant is popular spot 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. 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.
Address: 260 Kearny Street
Neighborhood: Financial District
Happy Hour: Monday all day, Tuesday - Friday 2pm - 7pm
Topsy's Fun House is a warm, lively bar in the Financial District. This artsy, almost theatrical cocktail lounge has fun touches like the giant springs for bar stools. Sports fans also love the new 100-inch projector screen.
During happy hour, all cocktails are only $9 and the house craft beer is only $6. They offer a good, classic Old Fashioned and a special twist on the Moscow Mule, as well as other delicious concoctions.
The food menu here is not very extensive, but they serve up some yummy snacks to accompany your drinks, including quesadillas, homemade pizzas, sliders, and other appetizers. Stop by on a Tuesday for their $3 tacos.
Address: 1221 Polk Street
Neighborhood: Lower Nob Hill
Happy Hour: Monday - Friday 3pm - 7pm, Saturday - Sunday 1pm - 7pm
Lush Lounge used to be my favorite neighborhood bar (until I moved to a new district!). 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 any time.
The owners love to please their customers and have one of the best happy hours in town. They feature $3 Heineken draft beers, $5 glasses of select wines, $6 glasses of select champagnes, and a variety of $7 - $8 cocktail specials.
Another pleasing part of their happy hour is that it is 7 days a week!
Address: 1000 Great Highway
Neighborhood: Outer Richmond
Happy Hour: Monday - Friday 3pm - 6pm
Beach 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.
The Beach Chalet's happy hour features $4.50 pints of ale, $9 cocktails, and a selection of wines for $8. For things to munch on, try their delicious $3.50 sliders, the crispy fried chicken wings or calamari for $7, or their "burger-and-a-beer" special for $10.
I love to trek all the way out here because of their plentiful and peaceful outdoor seating. It's unbeatable on a gorgeous day.
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 Beach Chalet.
Address: 655 Divisadero Street
Neighborhood: Alamo Square/NoPa
Happy Hour: 5pm - 6:30pm daily
Bar Crudo is the perfect place for San Francisco happy hour for those who 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 $5. You can also choose a glass of select red or white wines for just $7.
The food menu is why I like this place during happy hour. They offer select oysters and mussels for just $1.50-a piece. Other favorites on their menu included their Manila clams for $7 and the seafood chowder for $8.
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.
Address: 1 Market Street
Neighborhood: Financial District/SoMa/Embarcadero
Happy Hour: Monday - Friday 3:30pm - 8pm, Saturday 5:30pm - 9pm
This is a very popular place for happy hour during the week for those working in the Financial District. One Market is also a lovely, upscale restaurant, but note that the happy hour is only available in the bar and lounge.
Their happy hour specials include $6 draft beers, $8 glasses of select wines, and cocktail specials for $7. You can also 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 still 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.
Address: 673 Geary Street
Happy Hour: 5pm - 7pm daily, Tuesday all night
Redford is a fairly new place in town and one of the best places for a fun, inexpensive San Francisco happy hour. It has 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, and Tuesdays all night, they offer discounts on food items. They have a house cocktail for just $10. If that's a little steep for you, then order one of their well drinks for $7 or a draft beer for only $5.
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.