Living in San Francisco is not cheap and sometimes it feels like everything from rent to cocktails is over priced. That’s why we’ve got to take advantage of little deals—such as happy hour at a beloved seafood restaurant—whenever possible. Plus, what’s not to love about an excellent happy hour? Here are five of our current favorite happy hours that you need to know about.
1 Bar Crudo
Sometimes you just need a dozen icy old oysters and when that’s the case, there is no better place than Bar Crudo’s happy hour. Every day from 5 to 6:30 p.m., there are $1 oysters on the half shell, $4 beers, and $6 wines. Plus there are other delectable and affordable seafood snacks: $1 marinated herb and jalapeño mussels, $6 manila clams, and $10 rock cod tacos. A bowl of their famous chowder—which is quite possibly the best chowder in the city? A $6 steal.
The going price for a craft cocktail at an upscale restaurant or bar these days is in the $16 price range, but from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday at Corridor, all cocktails, draft beer, and wines by the glass are just $5. If you’re hungry, order some shareable snacks, which are all priced under $14. There are spicy meatballs, calamari misto, and crispy falafel croquettes. Not in the mood for sharing? Indulge in a soothing bowl of French onion soup or plate of bolognese pasta.
3 Finn Town
New Castro favorite from Top Chef alum Ryan Scott, Finn Town, has happy hour Monday through Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. It’s called rocks and rosé and features raw oysters for $1.50, oysters Rockefeller for $2.50 and glasses of rosé for $7. If you’re hungry for more than oysters, there are plenty of scrumptious starts from beet blini with caviar and cured salmon to charred artichokes with herbed cornichon remoulade.
If you’re hungry you can’t beat the happy hour offerings at Maybeck’s in the Marina. Every day from 4:30 to 6 p.m., there’s a special menu of oysters, fried pickles, meatballs, toasted raviolis, rosemary French fries, and chicharrones for just $7 each. Thirsty? Drink options include $5 draft beers and $7 glasses of wine and cocktails.
At the Marker Hotel’s restaurant and bar, Tratto, happy hour goes down from 3 to 6 p.m. weekdays. Light bites start at just $3 and don’t cost more than $11. There’s arancini, chicken meatball sliders, flatbread with roasted garlic, and fried chicken thighs. Wash it all down with a $3 Peroni, $4 glass of wine, $6 Aperol spritz, or $7 well cocktail. Cheers!