Ten Cheap Drink and Food Happy Hour Spots in San Francisco
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Dear hovel dwellers and misers, here’s an updated list of places in San Francisco that serve cheap drink and food during happy hour.
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[FINANCIAL DISTRICT, NOB HILL, CHINATOWN]
$1 BAR BITES
MON – SAT | 3:00PM – 6:00PM @ E&O KITCHEN AND BAR
$1 (each) butternut squash dumplings in red curry sauce, $1 oysters local variety, $4 wood oven naan, $3.50 Indonesian corn fritter bites (3 in an order), $3 Ahi tuna tartare, $3 tamarind and hoisin pork spare rib, $3 beef short rib slider, $3 chicken satay, $2 mushroom satay, $4 Anchors.
MON – FRI | 4:00PM – 6:00PM @ GASPAR BRASSERIE
You can have a $7 glass of bubbly along with your $7 roasted bone marrow, or $7 croquettes de brandade, or $7 vadouvan scented mussels, or $7…just get here!
MICHELIN STAR HAPPY HOUR DINING
EVERY TUES – SUN | 5:00PM – 7:00PM @ MR. JUI’S
I can’t afford Mr. Jui’s. But, I can look like a fancy ass Every Tuesday through Sunday when Mister Jiu’s hosts their “sour hour” at the bar from 5PM to 7PM, with different takes on the classic drink, like the whiskey sour, amaratto sour, and more for $8. Add an order of Dutch Crunch BBQ Pork Buns ($3 ea) $11 and I done dided Bon Appetit’s Third best new restaurant in the country for $20.
[SOMA, THE MISSION, CASTRO]
$10 BURGER AND BEER
EVERY MON | 4:00PM – CLOSE @ DR. TEETH
The light-strung back patio and long, communal picnic tables. While Dr. Teeth does have some insane burger concotions, the happy hour burger is a simple, but solid, cheeseburger. Try to avoid the “totchos” – tater tots with cheese, jalapenos, salsa, pico de gallo, guacamole and sour cream.
$5 BURGER NIGHT
EVERY MON | 4:00PM – CLOSE @ BAR SAN PANCHO
Think of it as the lovechild of a torta and a hamburger. The tortaguesa is made with a thin hamburger patty, plus griddled ham, mild and creamy American cheese, lettuce, tomato, zingy pickled jalapeno and spicy chipotle mayo on a telera roll. You know, it’s the oval-shaped torta roll. And if it couldn’t get any better add ancho fries for just $3.
$5 BASKET OF WINGS
EVERY MON | 4:00PM – CLOSE @ HI-TOPS
While the $0.25 wing deal is now a $5 basket of wings at this sportsy bar (around six wings per basket), you can still cheer on your local sportsball team on the telly with a homemade corn dog for $7 in one hand and a cappuccino It’s It for $3 in the other hand.
FANCY ASS LAO/THAI FOOD
MON-THUR | 5:30PM – 7:00PM @ HAWKER FARE
While one of Oakland’s native sons, Chef Syhabout, may have closed his Oakland branch of Hawker Fare, this spot lingers on. Fried chicken bites $8, BBQ short ribs $9, Papaya salad $7, and a $3 Singha (Thai Budweiser).
EVERY TUE | 4:00PM – CLOSE @ DR. TEETH
$3 Bottled Beer, $4 Well Drinks from 4PM-7PM. $1 Chicken, beef, veggie or Baja fish tacos in a soft tortilla shell. $3 fried chicken, angus beef, pulled pork or black bean sliders.
$1 TACOS ALL NIGHT
EVERY TUE | 4:00PM – CLOSE @ BAR SAN PANCHO
These crispy Taco Bell-esque tacos come in Old School (ground Beef), Dorados al Charo (Chicken), Carnitas (Pork). If you’re there after 10PM, they have a late night snack deal: SHOT + BEER + TACO = $8
$0.25 CENT WINGS
EVERY WED | 4:00PM – CLOSE @ DR. TEETH
In order to get the wing deal, you have to purchase two beverages. And before you start groaning…two tall boys + a dozen wings is still under $10. Mix and match four flavors (you’ll want to go easy on those ghost pepper-spiced “Death” wings, though). $4.50 wells and $1 off bottles and cans. PBR tall boy, Modelo, Bud, and Coors Light are $3 on Wednesdays.
[INNER SUNSET, OUTER SUNSET]
TECATES AND TACOS
MON – FRI | 4:30PM – 6:00PM @ TACO SHOP AT UNDERDOGS
This place can get insane. And while their tacos are sort of stingy with the meat, by the time you’ve crammed all the booze in your gob, you won’t care. $2 street style tacos, $3 tecates, $4 house margaritas, $1 off well drinks.
EVERY TUE | 5:00PM @ TACO SHOP AT UNDERDOGS
$2 Street Tacos and $3 Tecates every Tuesday from 5pm to close!
EVERY FRI | 6:00PM – 6:30PM @ TACO SHOP AT UNDERDOGS
It’s a fucking madhouse in here during the $1 Margarita half hour from 6:00 – 6:30, drink up! You cannot order more than one margarita per person at a time. They do line them up on the bar and fill them by the batch. Drink fast.
[THE MARINA, COW HOLLOW]
$7 BAR BITES
TUES – FRI | 4:30PM – 6:00PM @ MAYBECK’S
$5 Anchor Steam. And a whole list of items you can get for $7: house negroni, Maybeck’s Manhattan, six oysters on the half shell, meatballs marinara, fried raviolis, rosemary fries, chicharrones, and hot dogs. Happy hour is also on the weekends from 3:00pm-6:00pm Saturday & Sunday.
[RUSSIAN HILL, NORTH BEACH, TELEGRAPH HILL]
$5 STEAK NACHOS // $4 WELL DRINKS
MON – FRI | 4 – 7:00PM @ THE BOARDROOM
$4 draft beers, $4 well drinks, $5 steak nachos, $7 shot of fernet and tecate, $8 shot of Jameson and PBR, $8 shot of Jameson and Tecate.