Happy hour & food near the Fillmore?
Some friends and I are going to a show tomorrow night and were hoping to find some good, inexpensive drinks and dinner within walking distance. We're fine with pub food, as long as it won't make us wonder where the bathroom is halfway through the show.
Happy hour (free hors d'oeuvres with drinks) doesn't really exist in the Fillmore area.
However, there is an abundance of great places to eat in the neighborhood. Winterland has been converted and is now Cassis - the bar is great and the menu has reasonably priced entrees. There are two Ethiopian restaurants within a block of The Fillmore; Rassella's and Sheba Cafe - both have bars.
Up Fillmore is Elite Cafe which has a nice bar and a great scene.
Without the bar scene, you also have all of Japantown for great Japanese food as well as almost a half-a-dozen good Korean, my favorite being Arang which is quite a hole-in-the-wall and home style (according to my Korean friend).
Hope that helps!
Harry's Bar and the Boom Boom Room are the only places in the neighborhood that reduces the prices of their drinks but the subsequent scene is never very pretty. And Harry's Bar food is far from exceptional (in fact, as far as pub food is concerned, is pretty mediocre).
I think you are better having cocktails at Sheba's and eating some of their appetizer menu.