As the saying goes, “it’s five o’ clock somewhere”, so when you’re ready to celebrate, downtown San Francisco is the place to be for happy hour. From upscale and sophisticated handcrafted cocktails to down home and divey two-for-ones, or scrumptious nosh, check out the best happy hours in the city.
Escape from New York Pizza — 333 Bush Street, Ste 104.
Opened in 1999, this downtown San Francisco location features artwork by painter Oneone Terril (WPA-style mural) and sculptor Andy Junge, plus poetry by Galway Kinnell and Paul Zimmer line the dining room. This location serves beer and wine, and hosts a happy hour Monday – Friday from 4pm - 6 pm with $3 slices and $3 beers.
Fish & Farm — 424 Clay Street
Sustainable, local and biodynamic, Fish & Farm comes through with an outstanding happy hour that includes plenty of nosh and an impressive selection of beers, ciders, seasonal draughts, and imports to quench your midday thirst. From 6:30am until 11pm, this quaint two-story location serves up delicious food and drink all day long.
Irish Times — 500 Sacramento Street
This family-owned pub is known for its fun and friendly atmosphere, traditional bar food and hosts a weekday happy hour from 2pm - 6pm in the heart of the Financial District. A popular meeting spot for sports enthusiasts, you'll often find fans cheering on their favorites from rugby to UFC on the TV. Casual, welcoming and warm, it’s an unpretentious spot for great food, drink and friends new and old.
One Market — 1 Market Street
Like the name says, this conveniently located downtown delight offers up American fare and live music, with indoor and outdoor dining and a rotating selection of seasonal specials. Their sommelier pairs highly sippable spirits and wine selections with the roster of special offerings, like $2 oysters on Fridays and Saturdays from 4pm - 8pm this summer. Check the website to see what One Market has in store for you this week.
PABU Izakaya — 101 California Street
This fêted Michael Mina concept is renowned for their classic Japanese izakaya featuring ocean-fresh sashimi, sushi, plus grilled meats and a sophisticated-yet-approachable cocktail menu that’s updated seasonally. Their happy hour menu runs Monday through Saturday, 4pm until 5:30pm, so don’t dawdle! The specials include a delectable selection of Japanese-inspired savories like buns, rolls and skewers, as well as inspired cocktails, beer and sake. Hands-down delish!
Sam’s Tavern — 368 Bush Street
A “tradition since 1867” Sam’s Tavern (and neighboring Sam’s Grill & Seafood Restaurant) are a staple in downtown San Francisco. Sam’s Happy Hour runs Monday through Friday from 3pm - 6pm and features an assortment of discounted hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, drafts and vinos.
Vida Cantina — 56 Belden Lane
Vida Cantina is renowned for its vegan menu and its love and respect for the planet. With popular Taco Tuesday specials and a literal happy hour from 5pm - 6pm Wednesday through Friday, this charming spot offers discounted shot and food specials that are a must for anyone with dietary restrictions or preferences.
Prices, hours and offers subject to change. Please check with the purveyor in question for the most up-to-date happy hour information in downtown San Francisco.