Happy Hour in San Francisco
Collected by Kristin Zibell , AFAR Local Expert
Some would argue weeknights are the real home of nightlife for San Francisco locals. Those who don't agree, haven't been to these bars in San Francisco. The HH gets started at about 5:30 and rounds out about 8:30ish. Any later than that and you need the "Nightlife that You May Regret Later" wanderlist.
525 Laguna St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
Suppenküche serves delicious, traditional German cuisine in a cozy space lined by long wooden tables and constantly changing art. I highly recommend this restaurant to travelers looking for a undoubtedly good meal in a vibrant neighborhood of San...
560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
At the restaurant Nopa in San Francisco's Western Addition, the long bar and communal tables are perfect places to perch on a weeknight. Go early, order an elderflower gimlet or a sparkling, minty Old Cuban (both off-menu). Don't miss the Mission...
Lower Nob Hill, San Francisco, CA, USA
Bourbon and Branch is a traditional speakeasy. Their 8 house rules—hushed voices and no cell phones among them—encourage neighborly conversation in a very relaxed setting. It's a great way to meet people if you're traveling alone as...
155 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
The site of Comstock saloon has quenched the city's thirst since 1907. Named after the Comstock Lode– one of the most significant gold finds in California that prompted migration, mining and the growth of the city –this bar has seen it all. With...
1740 O'Farrell St, San Francisco, CA 94115, USA
I love Fat Angel. It's my go-to place when I want to stay close to home. Great for a girls' happy hour or a cozy, romantic spot with your boyfriend. It feels more like a wine bar but it has an awesome selection of beers—one of the few places in...
1398 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
Haight Street is known for strange characters, thrift store shopping, and Magnolia Brewery. Don't be fooled by the name, Magnolia's has delicious meals and appropriate morning samosa's. Drop by during breakfast for some delicious french toast or...
691 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94105, USA
This very cool speakeasy–themed cocktail bar is located in the basement of San Francisco's historic Hearst Building. They made some amazing drinks. One to try is called The Chief: Jameson 12, coconut, Murphy's stout syrup, soda water, and a cacao...
8 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105, USA
This is a Monday-Friday happy hour kind of place, not necessarily a weekend destination. And, yes, it's where everyone in the Financial District goes to pick up people after work. Perhaps you consider that a plus, maybe not. I don't care since I'm...
3639 Taraval, San Francisco, CA 94116, USA
The Riptide is a fun bar with a brick fireplace. It is a great place to hang out in the winter. They host a surf movie night on Wednesdays. 3639 Taraval St., (415) 681-8433, riptidesf.com. This story appeared in the January/February 2012 issue.
C, 2 Marina Blvd C370, San Francisco, CA 94123, USA
Off the Grid is an organization that hosts food trucks stops at various points throughout San Francisco as well in spots in the greater Bay Area. At any given time you can have 5-10 trucks in this downtown spot at 5th and Minna on Wednesdays and...
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