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Happy hour in SF

From the opening post in the East Bay counterpart:

"Looking for a good place that has both food and drink specials. Any food type is acceptable, looking for good drink specials as well as food specials (preferably with more to offer than the usual greasy bar food).:

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  1. Schroeder's has free appetizers Thursday and Friday from 5 to 7. The meatballs are really good.

    1. I havent made it to TWO, but my understanding is the HAWTHORNE LANE
      Happy Hour survives? Anyone confirm?

      [BTW, this isnt the cheepest HH, but if you want quality and sophistication...]

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        1. re: psb

          TWO does indeed still have Hawthorne Lane's happy hour, with some changes. Hours are still 4-6pm. There are no longer any booths or tables in the bar area available for HH patrons, so you have to either sit at the bar or in the "lounge area" - basically a seating area right by the front door with a couple of coffee tables. I don't believe they have cocktail specials any more, though all well drinks are $4, and any wine glasses $10 or under are $5. They still have Hennepin beer on tap which is cool. They do still offer $2 "bar bites" but they are not as good as they were under Hawthorne Lane. I had meatballs (good, 2 per order), soft pretzels with honey mustard sauce (didn't like them), liverwurst (I think) on rye toast with pickled onions, and eggplant fries with marinara dipping sauce. None were really all that memorable. However, it's still one of the only real happy hours in SF.

          1. re: Maya

            Thanks for the info. Since the restaurant is open essentially all day, can you just order bites from the regular menu during happy hour at TWO?

            1. re: mrs bacon

              You can order from the regular menu in the bar area, it's the same price as eating at a table though.

            2. re: Maya

              I went once when it was still Hawthorne Lane, but the service was so awful for happy hour that I would not go again. It took a long time to get anything, they screwed up our order, so the service staff was just not together. The happy hour is cheap, but I still found such sloppy service unacceptable. I'm curious to know if people have had positive experiences since I would like to consider going again now that it's TWO.

              1. re: Mari

                I went to the HH at HL many times and never had bad service, so
                consider that some contrary data points. Food service isnt quite
                as express as drink service, but it still was fine. Dunno if we can
                extrapolate into the TWO era.

                My only complaint with HL, and this is a complain without blame,
                is it's really kind of crowded at the bar ... not a lot of Lebesraum.

                Ok tnx.

            1. Some discussion about oysters in the EB HH thread.
              Mecca appears to still have $1 oysters.
              Again the drinks arent the cheapest, but this is
              an adult, not "get wasted for $5", type place.


              I didnt think the Toyko GoGo HH was that great a deal ...
              also, after three drinks, I started ordering expensive fish,
              so it sort of defeated the purpose ... or maybe that is the
              point, depending on which side of the bar you're on.

              ok tnx.

              1. The Lobby Bar at the St. Regis Hotel has great drinks - especially their Lemon Drop. You can also order appetizers from Ame in the bar. Yes, this is a bit more upscale and pricey, but it is usually a fun crowd.

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                1. re: LisaLisaSF

                  Er, arent the drinks there +$10? I seem to remember picking up round of 3 or 4
                  cocktails and it was +$30 or +$40. Without a doubt quality product and atmosphere,
                  (and proximate to BART) but that's not really a place that belongs in a Happy Hour
                  thread, is it?

                  Or do they have an HH? If so, do you know any details?

                  ok tnx.

                  1. To add my two cents:
                    Chaya on the Embarcadero has some cocktail and sushi specials--which are allright, nothing special, and some of the restaurants in that area, including Chaya, tend to get absolutely slammed after work.

                    If you are thinking of trying Ame at the St Regis, consider XYZ on the other end of the block in the W Hotel. They have a happy hour Thurs and Fri from 6 to 9, with drink and food specials. I don't think Ame does.

                    Maxfield's Pied Piper Bar in the Palace Hotel--drink specials, mediocre (but free) happy hour food, beautiful setting. Also frequently crazy-busy after work.

                    Hog Island in the Ferry Building has $1 oysters on Mondays; I don't know about their drink specials.

                    Maya on 2nd Street near Folsom has $5 margaritas and other drinks specials, with free snacks as well as a menu of small plates and the full restaurant menu, from 5 to 7.

                    Two, discussed above, has happy hour from 4 to 6, with "bar bites" for $2.

                    The newly opened B Restaurant in Yerba Buena Center--owned by Boxed Foods and sister resto to the one in downtown Oakland--has 4 to 7 drink and app specials.

                    I just listed a few places in my work vicinity, there is a lot more out there...

                    1. If you are looking for free stuff, Perry's on Sutter Street has free hot wings during happy hour (uh, maybe 4-7?). Last year during football season, they also had free hot dogs. They always have some sort of drink special during happy hour, although I'm not a fan of their drinks. Go on Mondays when all bottles of wine are half off.

                      1. In depends on what you are looking for. If you interested in place that has a good scene along with some Happy Hour specials- then Ozumo is a good call. They have half off rolls and $5 dollar large beers. Not great deals considering how expensive the rolls normaly are, but there is a lot of people in the bar and food isn't the standard fried fare.

                        Another spot is Eastside West in the Marina which has $1 oysters and several specials along with $2.50 beers.

                        On the cheaper side is Fuzio in Embarcadero One. They have $2 beers and half off appetizers making it one of the cheaper spots in the city especially in the Financial District where Happy Hours are endangered species.

                        1. Apparently Bacar has $1 oysters for happy hour on Thurs and Fri.

                          1. I don't want my secret Happy Hour place to be so crowded but you must got to Palio for Happy Hour. their gourmet pizza's are free during happy hour, and that includes truffle/mushroom pizzas.


                            you can thank me by buying me a drink.

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                            1. re: itsolivia

                              I always forget about Palio! Agree completely that the pizzas are a great touch.

                            2. For totally greasy all-you can-eat Asian standard fare (don't miss the ribs) for $7 plus happy hour drink prices go to the Tonga Room in the Fairmont Hotel (entrance on California St.) Here is the ridiculously long link to their site with lots of info

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                              1. re: unspuncapricorn

                                The Tonga Room show is campy fun and it's a good place for a drink, but save your appetite and eat somewhere else.

                              2. trader vic's has a couple free appetizers (all you can eat... they rotate daily through stuff like potstickers, or spring rolls, or chicken wings, or mussels and it's usually tasty) and pretty good drink specials.

                                1. I'm not certain how often this is updated, but http://happy-hour.com/search.asp has a pretty long list of happy hour specials when you search in San Francisco.

                                  1. i will add to Nora.Daniel's link with the My Open Bar site:

                                    went to the free thursday champagne deal after work a couple weeks ago with some girlfriends. may have been cheap champagne, but it was free so no complaints!

                                    1. I enjoy the Happy Hour and Buffet at The Tonga Room, as someone else suggested.

                                      Also, Farmer Browns has a good happy hour as far as drinks go, but the food has disappointed one too many times.

                                      I am going to Scott Howard for DAT and it looks like they have some tasty cocktails half off from 5-7 weekdays... though I can't vouch for this HH, since I have never been there.

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                                      1. re: Chowsmurf

                                        Some email I rec'd from Scott Howard said the following about HH@SH:

                                        M-F: 5-7
                                        $5 Specialty Cocktails
                                        $2 Well Drinks
                                        $2 Bottled Beer
                                        $1 Oysters on the half shell

                                      2. Tokyo Go Go has a handroll happy hour from 5-7pm, $2 Sake, $2 Kirin, $3 Handrolls.

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                                        1. re: lucymom

                                          Just went last night. I thought the Hamachi Handroll was the best, very nice portion as well. Toro Nigiri was wonderful (not HH menu). Can't beat the $2 drinks though!