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Best Happy Hour Spots in Downtown San Francisco

Updated on June 24, 2011

Best Happy Hour spots in San Francisco

Happy hours are my favorite time of the day. Just done with a day of productive work, but not yet ready to go home and make dinner, it's the perfect low pressure way to meet friends, get a drink, and grab a snack or two. Having lived and worked in the San Francisco Bay Area for quite a while now, these are my top spots for Happy Hours in and around the Financial District.

1) Anchor and Hope: Hidden away in Minna Street, Anchor & Hope is my go-to happy hour spot. With a gorgeous, understated d├ęcor, an urban clientele and great service, Anchor and Hope is sure to please everyone who is looking to relax and unwind after a long day. The Happy Hour consists of house wine and champagne for $5 a glass and $1 oysters. They also have quite delicious garlic fries and toasted peppers. What's not to love?!

Insider tip: While the Happy Hour area is officially restricted to the bar, if you ask nicely, the hostess will often give you a table if the bar is too crowded.

2) Maya: Maya is perfect for a day when you want to meet your friends somewhere fun, but don't want to have to dress up to do it. With $5 mixed margaritas, and a free tray of bean dip and chips, Maya gives you great value for money in a financial district setting. There are also options to order happy hour tacos, which at $2 for two tacos, is an excellent deal.

Insider tip: This place does get a bit crowded, so go early and be prepared to people watch!

3) Chaya: This used to be my regular haunt for years, to the point that friends knew it was pointless to persuade me to try anywhere else. Sake, sushi and mixed saketinis, with a view of the golden gate bridge, this place marries the best views of San Francisco, with the best deals of the downtown area. Chaya's hours are also longer than the others, lasting up to 7:30 on all nights except Saturday and Sunday.

Insider tip: If you can get there a bit on the early side, the best table is to the left, against the windows. You get an uninterrupted view of the bridge as well as some lovely outdoor sculptures.

4) B-bar: This has to be my favorite bar for Happy hours. Outdoors, with a view of the SF Moma, and surrounded by seasonal flowers and a gurgling water-fall, this place lifts my heart the minute I walk in. Happy hour starts at 4 p.m. and ends at 7, and has delicious sangria, well drinks, and a wonderful "ginger ricky' all under $5. Food options are equally tempting with truffle fries and $1 oysters.

Insider tip: Right around 6 or so, the wind picks up a little bit. Bring a jacket and sit outside!

Locations of these great Happy hour destinations

720 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA

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132 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105, USA

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303 2nd St, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA

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Anchor and Hope:
83 Minna St, San Francisco, CA 94105, USA

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    • Fawntia profile image

      Fawntia Fowler 

      7 years ago from Portland

      The Castro seems to have the best happy hour drink specials, in my limited experience.

    • Paul Edmondson profile image

      Paul Edmondson 

      7 years ago from Burlingame, CA

      These are all pretty close to the office in South of Market area, but there has to be better spots all over the city. No?


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