Posted Mar 2, 2016

Monday Through Friday Happy Hours in San Francisco

If you live in San Francisco, you’re probably already aware there’s plenty to do on any given day. However, having a wealth of choices can be both a blessing and a curse. Here’s a list to help you narrow down your options next time you’re looking to unwind after work. Discover your next home away from home, or hit a different bar Monday through Friday: No matter how you use this list of happy hours, you’re bound to have a good time (and an affordable bill).

Wine glass with San Francisco skyline

Uno Dos Tacos

This is one of those places that has exposed heating and cooling ducts along the ceiling that give it that cool, industrial vibe. Where some restaurants over-embrace that to the point of seeming a little cold, Uno Dos Tacos’ bright pops of color and friendly attitude let you know that you’re welcome to sit back and unwind. If you’d like to enjoy the fresh air, you can head out to a picnic table on its patio.

Not content to simply offer discounts throughout the work week, Uno Dos Tacos‘ happy hour runs Monday through Saturday. Pop in between 4-8 p.m. to enjoy impressive discounts on drinks. A margarita is only $6, and a pitcher costs $26. Similar deals are available for beer and sangria ($4/$23 and $5/$18, respectively). The bar also offers appetizers, all under $5.

The perfect way to unwind.

Cockscomb

Run by Chris Cosentino, the winner of “Top Chef Masters,” Cockscomb offers a totally unique atmosphere. Housed in a former shoe factory, the dining area is expansive, with bare concrete walls and high ceilings. Cockscomb’s interesting blend of industrial and vintage aesthetics is sure to impress.

This trendy spot ups the ante by having not one, but two happy hours. The first is from 5-6 p.m., when you can get $5 drafts and oysters for $1 each. Then the same deal comes back around again during the bar’s “reverse happy hour,” which runs from 10-11 p.m. Consider this your go-to when you have a late-night oyster craving.

Tap 415

Consider this your modern beer hall. Long rows of wooden tables give you the feeling of joining a community when you sit down, and its location in the mall makes it a great spot for people watching. This is going to be a particularly interesting spot to watch going forward: The owners hope to add technology that allows customers to pay and order on their phones.

From 3-6 p.m., you can head to Tap 415 for its daily drink and appetizer specials. Appetizer highlights include bacon-wrapped little hot dogs and oyster shooters: All appetizers on the happy hour menu cost $5 or less. Drink discounts are similarly exciting: $5 beer, $6 wine, and $7 cocktails.

Blackbird Bar

This bar shoots for having sort of a speakeasy vibe. You’ll be immediately tempted to think of this place as your home away from home, since its warm wooden tones and comfortable seating give it that cozy feeling. It prides itself on its cocktails, so be sure to order one of the many mixed drinks on the menu. Trendy and comfortable, this bar is the perfect place for the hip 20-something looking to relax after a long day.

There are options for all budgets at Blackbird Bar. From 5-8 p.m. Monday through Friday, you can get beer for as cheap as $2. Cocktails run between $4 and $7. The bar also offers self-serve pretzels for happy hour customers.

Boxing Room

The Boxing Room takes the spirit of New Orleans and brings it 2,000 miles to San Francisco. Your slice of the south on the West Coast, this bar’s energetic attitude and excellent food is sure to make you feel welcome. Cajun to the core and frequently featuring live music, it’s the ideal place to have some fun after a long day.

The Boxing Room keeps it simple during its happy hour: Everything is half price. From 3-6 p.m., the bar runs a half-price special on five high-ball drinks, bringing them down to $5 a piece. It also take 50% off the price of a number of appetizers, giving you the chance to get a half-dozen oysters for $9.

Press Club

This cellar-style wine-and-beer bar has a daily happy hour until 6 p.m. Amateur wine aficionados will love heading here after work and sampling one (or more) wines from one of the eight boutique wineries with which the bar is partnered. If you’re serious about wine (or even if you just want to pretend you’re serious about wine for a few hours) this is a great place to be. Just be prepared for the fact that the servers are definitely going to expect you to do the whole, taste-and-approve thing when you order a bottle.

As far as looks are concerned, Press Club is the epitome of modern class. The walls, tables, and bars are all covered warm wooden panels, and the seating is lounge style, making it the perfect place to sit back, relax, and wax poetic about tannins.

During the work week you can get a $3 discount on draft beers and wine by the glass, and if you swing by on a weekend, the bar offers half off any bottle of wine over $70.

The Lone Star Saloon

Looking for a come-as-you are gay bar? This is the place to go. The Lone Star Saloon isn’t afraid to break the image of gay bars being bright, high-energy clubs with loud music. Instead, this spot embraces the classic dive-bar atmosphere. Relaxed and easy-going, this bar will make your early evening great.

Lone Star’s happy hour runs from 2-8 p.m., and includes $3 well drinks and $2.50 domestic beers. On Tuesdays, the bar also offers free pool games.

SOMA Eats

Bright and colorful, with wide windows and a ton of open space, SOMA Eats is actually made to facilitate easy to-go service for the local professional. However, that doesn’t mean it’s not a great place to hang out. The bar also has a fully stocked liquor selection to browse: Although it isn’t licensed to serve liquor itself, you can buy one of the small-batch bottles to take home with you.

This cafe’s happy hour is definitely worth checking out. From 4-7 p.m., all of its wine and draft beer gets a $2 discount. It also offers a discounted cheese board that comes with three different cheeses, mixed olives, and candied walnuts.

Michelle Brandstetter

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Michelle Brandstetter graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in Journalism. She enjoys cat gifs, photography, and thinking about jogging. Her true calling in life is to pet as many wild animals as she (safely) can: So far she's touched lemurs, manatees, and bears, and has tentative plans to play with penguins.

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