San Francisco's Best Happy Hours
Monday, March 14, 2011 at 12:00 AM | James Garcia
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Happy hour can be the best time to grab a drink in the city. Whether it be a pre-game to an outrageous night, or just a casual meeting before going home, happy hours can add an end to an awesome day or help to get rid of a unbearable one. With over 800 bars in San Francisco, practically one on every street corner, choosing the right happy hour can be daunting. Here’s a list of different bars, the happy hours they offer, and why those happy hours made it on our list. 

Best 2 for 1 happy hour:

Toad Hall

4161 18th st. San Francisco

5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. weekdays

It seems like every bar has some sort of 2 for 1 special, but several factors separate this one from the herd. For one, they don’t water their alcohol down. You’ll get you’re money’s worth. Two, there is always a place to sit, which after a long day can make all the difference. Lastly, there is a back patio for smoking, so if you smoke, you don’t have to leave the bar.

Best atmosphere:

Martuni’s 

4 Valencia st. San Francisco

5:00 p.m.-8:00p.m. weekdays

For those of you who haven’t been to Martuni’s, it is an experience you’ll not soon forget. Decorated in an elegant art-deco fashion, Martuni’s offers classic cocktails at around $5 a piece. If the decor and the cheap prices don’t entice you, maybe the karaoke will. Martuni’s is a piano bar and offers people a chance to sing. 

Best beer on a budget:

Bar 821

821 Divisadero st, San Francisco

5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. weekdays

If you’re strapped for cash, Bar 821 is the place to go. With specials including $3 draft beers, $3 champagne and varying prices on cocktails, 821 is the best bar to grab a drink without creating a crater in your bank account.

Best well drink on a budget:

Wish Bar

1539 Folsom st, San Francisco

5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. weekdays

If beer isn’t really your alcohol of choice, Wish Bar has you covered. All well drinks are $3 and bar snacks are filled to the brim all night. The low-key but friendly crowd and dim lighting make the area a great relaxation destination after a tiring day. 

Longest happy hour:

Elbo Room

647 Valencia st, San Francisco

5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m weekdays

If you want to make happy hour last a bit longer, go to the Elbo Room. Boasting San Francisco’s longest consecutive happy hour, the bar offers $2 draft pints, and all other drinks are a dollar off. The Elbo Room also offers a variety of live shows, so if you want to stick around after happy hour ends, you might hear a great show. 

Best restaurant happy hour:

Maya Resturaunt 

303 2nd st. San Francisco

5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

What makes Maya restaurant stand out from others is the free appetizers they offer for happy hour. If you’re hungry for a snack, Maya would be the place to go. Also, the $2 tacos and $3 well drinks make this restaurant the one stop shop for everything you’d need in the afternoon. 

The happy hour has become a time-honored tradition of blowing off steam after a long day. While virtually every bar in the city offers a happy hour of some sort, the specials offered by these places just might put a bigger smile on your face after you’re done. 

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