Whether you’re looking for a spot to unwind after a long day, or you’re simply a bargain hunter, any of these little-known San Francisco happy hours and events are the perfect way to explore SF’s various neighborhoods.
While most bars have happy hour offerings, we wanted to highlight the special spots and secret gems that locals love to keep to themselves — just try to keep these quiet, ok? We don’t want word getting out about our favorite spots.
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The happy hour at El Rio is pretty hard to beat. First of all, you’ve got their gorgeous patio, entertainment nearly every night, and free oysters every Friday (shucked right before your eyes). On top of that, Mondays offer $2 Tecates from 1pm until close, while regular happy hour offers $5 well and draft drinks.
The happy hours: 1:00-close Mon, 1:00-8:00 Tues-Fri
Location: 3158 Mission St.
This is a classic dive bar with a full kitchen (hello Buffalo Cauliflower Wings) and live music every night of the week. It’s been around for 60 years, so the bar (and its old-timers) have seen some things. Enjoy their happy hour with deals on drinks and appetizers.
The happy hours: 5:00-7:00 Mon-Thu, 3:00-7:00 Fri
Location: 2099 Folsom St.
This well-kept secret spot in the Mission offers fresh, tasty seafood any day of the week. Even better, their happy hours are generous and frequent! Oysters are $2 from noon to 8:00pm Monday through Thursday, and all day Friday through Sunday — along with drink specials.
The happy hours: 12:00-8:00 Mon-Thur, All Day Fri-Sun
Location: 2282 Mission St.
Stepping into Comstock is like stepping back in time. Luckily, with their happy hour, the prices feel like a throwback, too (well, not to flapper days, but to a time before everyone had tech salaries). Enjoy top-notch $8 cocktails and live music nightly in the heart of North Beach.
The happy hours: 4:00-6:00 Mon-Sat
Location: 155 Columbus Ave.
The great thing about this unassuming sports bar is that during happy hour on weekdays, the place isn’t packed to the gills (unlike other North Beach happy hour spots). Grab a spot, order a drink, and catch a game.
The happy hours: 4:00-7:00 Mon-Fri
Location: 570 Green St.
This multi-use space is often forgotten as a happy hour spot. With $2 off beer, wine, and well drinks, you can make quite an evening exploring the gallery and sipping on a cocktail from the bar.
The happy hours: 3:00-7:30 Mon-Fri
Location: 111 Minna St.
This spacious, modern bar runs on the fancier side of the scale, which makes their happy hour especially enticing — $3 off wine by the glass and draft beers. Feel swanky on a budget!
The happy hours: Until 6:00 Mon-Fri
Location: 20 Yerba Buena Lane
This classic Irish pub is a reminder of why we love Irish pubs — they’re humble, relaxed, and fun. And O’Brien’s has a kitchen that tackles classic appetizers like hot wings, artichoke dip, and Irish potato nachos (perfect for a boozy happy hour). Come on Tuesdays for $2 Red Stripes all night.
The happy hours: 3:00-7:00 weekdays, 10:00-1:00 Sat
Location: 579 Howard St.
This cozy French bistro is tucked away on quiet Page St., so you can enjoy their fresh cuisine and wine menu in peace. On select days, they offer a happy hour prix fixe menu that makes fine French dining a reasonably priced outing.
The happy hours: 5:00-6:30 Tue-Thur & Sun
Location: 297 Page St.
If you have yet to step into this magical sweets shop, use their happy hour as an excuse to get acquainted. This bakery and candy shop is all about beautiful design, from their baked goods all the way to their gorgeous stores. And from 6-7, all macarons are only $1.
The happy hours: 6:00-7:00 every day of the week
Location: 449 Octavia St.
This event space, run by The Booksmith (a great indie bookshop also on Haight St.), hosts multiple readings and events each month — like the Silent Reading Party from 6:00-7:30, where you enjoy a drink and read your book in comfortable silence (pretty self-explanatory). If you’re looking to extend your evening, pop into the attached bar, Alembic, for a delicious cocktail.
The happy hours: event times vary
Location: 1727 Haight St.
A vibrantly designed wine bar that features unique Indian street food, this spot is one of the best-kept-secrets on Divisadero Street. Their happy hour brings all glasses of wine to $10 flat, and you feel extra-good knowing you’re supporting a women-owned and run restaurant and bar.
The happy hours: 5:00-7:00 Tue-Fri
Location: 258 Divisadero St.
While Saratoga’s happy hour is literally ONE hour, it’s worth a shout out because the deal they offer is almost too good to be true. From 5pm-6pm, you can enjoy select, delicious craft cocktails for $5 (even if you’re new to SF, you must recognize that price is bananas).
The happy hours: 5:00-6:00 weekdays
Location: 1000 Larkin St.
This underground bar brings back the joy of playing Nintendo in your parents’ basement — only now you get to drink and eat barbeque and other tasty nibbles from the bar menu while Mario saves Princess Peach. Hosted once a month, Under the Buck pulls out video games from the ‘80s and ‘90s for Retro Game Night.
The happy hours: 4:00-6:19 (game night until 8:00)
Location: 619 Market St.
A bait-shop-turned-quirky-bar situated right on the water, this bar offers a different side of San Francisco — one that celebrates the beautiful bay, a slower pace of life, and a good Bloody Mary. On a sunny, warm evening, there’s nothing finer than sitting on the patio with some brews and appetizers while watching the waves roll in.
The happy hours: 3:30-6:00 Mon-Wed, 3:30-7:00 Wed-Fri
Location: 855 Terry Francois St.
Third Thursdays (Thurdsdays, if you will), MCD hosts a happy hour event with a different theme every month for only $8 (free with a museum membership). They feature craft projects, design challenges, films, performances, and other activities. The best part is meeting fellow makers and getting your creative juices flowing.
The happy hours: 6:00-9:30 Third Thursdays
Location: 2569 3rd St.
So, go out and get to know this amazing city while the light is golden and the drinks are cheap!