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9 Best High-End Happy Hours in SF

By Virginia Miller
May 5, 2014
Photo by: Virginia Miller

Luckily for San Francisco, happy hour isn't all $1 beers and cheap Cisco-sourced sliders. In step with its quality food- and drink-loving citizens, our city dishes out the high-end deals, including everything from discounted yuzu chicken wings with sake to low-priced, locally sourced zombies, perfect for washing down a pupu platter. And it's happening every night of the week. To help you navigate to the greatest deals out there, here are the 9 Best High-End Happy Hours in SF. All of them are great excuses to check out some of the city's top restaurants without breaking the bank.

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    ICHI Sushi + NI Bar

    Starting today, May 5, the new ICHI Sushi + Ni Bar launches its first happy hour (Monday-Friday, 5:30-6:30 PM). Discounted bites include $1 oysters and chef Tim Archuleta's "famous" $6 yuzu chicken wings or pork tonkatsu minchi, which pair beautifully with a rotating list of $6 sakes and wines or $4 Sapporo on tap.

    3282 Mission St.; 415-525-4750

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    Boxing Room

    Laid-back, Big Easy spirit pervades Boxing Room, particularly during their “midday menu”, daily from 3-5 PM, and afternoon lunch specials (weekdays from 11:30 AM-4:30 PM). Oysters are half-price all afternoon, or on the midday menu, there’s three charbroiled oysters in garlic-herb butter, lemon and bread crumbs for $10. Until 4:30 PM, Abita Amber, Jockamo and Turbodog beers are half-price (merely $2.50), as is sparkling Bohigas Cava Reserva ($4.50 per glass).

    399 Grove St.; 415-430-6590

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    Izakaya Kou

    One of the best new izakayas in the city, Izakaya Kou’s Lower Fillmore/Japantown location right by the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas makes it an ideal pre-movie stop. Besides crisp tempura (from veggie to seafood) with Sapporo and Asahi Japanese beers on draft, happy-hour deals impressively extend to choice bottles of sake, like a clean Dassai Daiginjo-style sake: the first large bottle is $25 and the second is just $1. Enough sake for everyone…and then some.

    1560 Fillmore St.; 415-441-9294

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    Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar

    The magic and history of the legendary Tonga Room - complete with rainstorms passing over the indoor lake - is unbeatable anywhere in the world. With the menu revamp a few months ago, the cocktails now make a better effort to stick with San Francisco's beloved locally sourced, organic ingredients. The tropical drinks usually cost $12-$18, so happy hour - running Wednesday-Friday from 5-7 PM - is a welcome proposition: $9 is the right price for classic daiquiris, mai tais, zombies and Singapore slings.

    950 Mason St.; 415-772-5278

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    Bar Crudo

    At the best crudo outpost in town, Bar Crudo, enjoy a Tuesday-Sunday happy hour (5-6:30 PM) where a couple of revolving artisanal beer and wine selections are $3 and $5, respectively (like Uinta Brewing’s HooDoo Kolsch, from Utah). Their luxuriously creamy, filling seafood chowder is merely $5, and herb-jalapeño-marinated mussels and oysters are $1 each. As with everything at BC, it’s all high quality.

    655 Divisadero St.; 415-409-0679

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    Blackbird

    Blackbird can be a mobbed Castro scene, but it’s one with high-quality cocktails and bites. Weekday happy hour (5-8 PM) is a big draw, with $1-$2 off top-notch draft beers like Dogfish Head’s 90min IPA, $5-$6 wines and $5 sours (like a whiskey sour). Bar Jars ($6-$10) are a fantastic snack with drinks, ranging from bourbon onion to pimento cheese, scooped up with house crackers.

    2124 Market St.; 415-503-0630

  • Coco500

    Coco500’s daily happy hour (3:30-6:30 PM) means you can order Coco cocktails for $7 (typically $10-$12), like a Ber-Rye Spritzer mixing rye whiskey with fresh cranberries and blackberries, lemon and mint. Beers, such as Abita’s Purple Haze Raspberry Wheat, are $3-$4. Coco’s iconic fried green beans are still $10, but you were going to order those anyway.

    500 Brannan St.; 415-543-2222

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    Mission Rock Resort

    Mission Rock Resort appeals first and foremost for its two-floor, waterside perch right over the Bay. Our gorgeous springtime weather calls for 99-cent oysters paired with $5 draft beers, $6 wines and cocktails. Many are from nearby neighbors, like beers from Anchor Brewing or a Dogpatch 75 cocktail featuring Prosecco, Pur Pear Liqueur and 209 Gin, with its distillery just a few doors down. Arrive post-work, Monday-Friday from 3-7 PM, and linger until sunset.

    817 Terry A Francois Blvd.; 415-701-7625

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    Pisco Latin Lounge

    Besides being a haven for all things pisco, Pisco Latin Lounge has an extended happy hour that runs Monday-Friday from 5-7 PM and again from 9-11 PM. Bar bites are $5, fish tacos are merely $3 and $6 cocktails include a rum punch mixed with cinnamon, clove and orange.

    1817 Market St.; 415-874-9951

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Places Mentioned

ICHI Sushi + NI Bar

Sushi • The Mission

Food27 Decor19 Service22 Cost$44
 
 
 
Pisco Latin Lounge

Lounge • SoMa

Atmo.25 Decor25 Service25 CostM
 
 
 
Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar

Bar • Nob Hill

Atmo.- Decor- Service- CostM
 
 
 
Boxing Room

Cajun • Hayes Valley

Food20 Decor20 Service21 Cost$42
 
 
 
BAR CRUDO

Oyster Bar • NoPa

Food26 Decor19 Service20 Cost$44
 
 
 
Blackbird

Cocktail Bar • The Castro

Atmo.25 Decor24 Service23 CostE
 
 
 
 
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