Best Cheap Happy Hours in San Francisco

Drink and dine on the dime
March 6, 2017
by Zagat Staff

The best bang-for-your-buck happy hour deals in the city.

Bar Crudo
Seafood · NoPa · $$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.1

"Irresistible" fish dishes – including the namesake crudo sampler – and a bacon-infused clam chowder "guaranteed to blow your mind" lure locals to this "hip" , "raw bar–focused" NoPa seafooder; it’s a bit of a "splurge" and there’s "always a wait" in the "super-small" digs, but "lovely" service, a "well-thought-out" wine and beer list and "happy-hour specials" ( "$1 oysters!" ) enhance the "oceanic goodness" ; P.S. it has a wine country offshoot, Seaside Metal Oyster Bar, in Guerneville.
Hog & Rocks
Oyster Bar · The Mission · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.2 · Service 4.1

Ham and oysters are the specialty (arriving in a "seemingly endless supply" ) at this "laid-back" Mission gastropub that also provides "delicious" American comfort food and "artisanal cocktails" ; happy-hour deals lure frugal folks, and night owls like its "late-night" "hipster" scene on the weekends.
Uva Enoteca
Italian · Lower Haight · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.5 · Service 4.0

"Surrounded by bars and BBQ joints" , this Lower Haight "diamond in the rough" offers a "small" Italian menu of "delicious" pizzas, salumi and "cheese plates" , along with a "well-crafted wine list" that the "knowledgeable" staff will help translate; "tables are a little close" , but the "cozy" atmosphere is "great for a date" , and the "justifiably well-known happy hour" and "bottomless Bellinis" at brunch are nice perks.
Last Call Bar
Bar · The Castro
Food - · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.5

The bar to hit when you want to “escape the bar scene” , this “cozy” pub doesn’t have the usual “Castro vibe” – it’s “more welcoming” , with “excellent” bartenders pouring drinks in a setting complete with a fireplace and jukebox full of ’80s tracks; with “many locals in the mix” plus some “tourists” too, it strikes fans as fittingly named since you’ll “want to stay around till the last call” .
Press Club
Wine Bar · SoMa · $$$

As you “walk down the stairs” into this “expansive” “underground wine mecca” in SoMa, you’ll feel like you’re entering a “secret society of cool” where a staff of “real pros” caters to “trendy” patrons perched on “comfy couches” amid a “stylish” , modern setting; yes, the “outrageous” tabs will pack a “wallop” , but you can sample “wonderfully presented appetizers” and “generous” pours of vinos “that are hard to find elsewhere” , many from “lesser-known” California producers.
Cocktail Bar · Russian Hill · $$

A lively cocktail bar and Oaxacan grill from the team behind Andale lands on Polk Street, providing an expansive mezcal menu plus craft cocktails, wine and beer (including daily happy-hour specials). There’s also a midpriced selection of Mexican small plates, all offered in a chic Russian Hill space with soaring ceilings, colorful artwork and a casual vibe.
Corridor Brewery & Provisions
Brewery · Lakeview · $$

The DryHop team is behind this midpriced Lakeview microbrewery where creative gastropub fare like artisanal pizzas pairs with seasonal house beers brewed in tanks behind the bar. The hip, warehouse setting features brick walls and lots of wood details, from pallets to ceiling beams, plus copper light fixtures and open ductwork.