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Best Happy Hour SF Bay Area

jeremyeld Apr 24, 2008 07:40 PM

What's the best happy hour you have come across and where? I'm looking for the east bay are but get around so don't be afraid to reply. Also, looking for those hard to find late happy hours.

  1. Robert Lauriston Sep 10, 2008 09:12 AM

    Vo's in Oakland has a great happy hour from 4-7 weeknights: all drinks are half off (wine, beer, sake, no hard liquor), e.g. Schlumberger Riesling for $4.50, Bia "33" $2. The happy hour menu is confusing as it lists the pre-discount prices. Daily chalkboard appetizer specials (e.g. $2 egg rolls) and on Thursdays a free spring roll or egg roll with any bar purchase. Free parking in the lot across the street from 5:30 on.

    Fonda has added an "afternoon siesta" from 3-5, details on their Web site.

    T-Rex Barbeque
    1300 10th St, Berkeley, CA 94710

    Sea Salt
    2512 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94702

    Cafe Rouge
    1782 Fourth St, Berkeley, CA 94710

    1501 Solano Ave, Albany, CA 94707

    Vo's Restaurant
    59 Grand Avenue, Oakland, ca

    1. bbulkow Apr 29, 2008 06:13 PM

      Are you mixed drinks, or beer?
      Are you looking for food-oriented happy hour, or just drink specials?

      I was shocked at Lucky 13 a couple of weeks ago when two pints of good stuff cost $7. I don't know if it counted as a happy hour, but I was surely happy.

      1. JasmineG Apr 29, 2008 02:29 PM

        Maritime East has $2 off of every drink from 5-7; I haven't been there for happy hour, but I've been for dinner twice and their food is great. Sea Salt's happy hour ($1 oysters) is good, and I second T-Rex.

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        1. re: JasmineG
          Robert Lauriston Sep 10, 2008 09:12 AM

          Maritime East has closed.

        2. rworange Apr 29, 2008 02:22 PM

          Fonda has a good happy hour after 9pm ... probably my favorite.

          I haven't tried Spenger's yet but they have a late night happy hour.

          A few more ideas

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          1. re: rworange
            Robert Lauriston Apr 29, 2008 05:40 PM

            I usually recommend against Spenger's, but their bar is very nice.

            1. re: rworange
              Robert Lauriston Sep 3, 2008 10:46 AM

              I was walking by so I stopped by Spenger's bar for a drink, and tried a couple of things from their September happy-hour menu's $2 section.

              Fish tacos were a startling amount of food for the money, two six-inch tortillas filled with lots of broiled I think salmon, a bit bland but tasty.

              "Shrimp Scatter" was a huge paper cone of deep-fried breaded shrimp, serving size turned out to be not as large as it looked as the bottom half was padded with french fries. Bit dry but a nice bar snack.

              The person next to us at the bar got the $2 cheeseburger, looked and smelled good, again a very startling amount of food for the money, maybe five inches around and a thick patty.

              The $2 section also includes a sushi roll, seafood gumbo, and chili cheese fries. There are additional dishes for $4 and $5.

              No general discount on drinks, just a few special vodka cocktails for $7-8 and sangria $4.50 glass / $15 carafe. I had a glass of Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling for $6 and a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc for $8.

              Happy hour menu's available weekdays only from 4:00 to 6:00 and from 9:00 (9:30 Fridays) until closing (10:00?), minimum drink purchase $2.50 per person.

              1. re: Robert Lauriston
                rworange Sep 9, 2008 07:36 PM

                Thanks for the update. I have to say when I saw your name at the bottom of this my head snapped back in surprise. Never took you for a Spengers type ... what next ... Cape Cod? (insert smily face).

                Spenger's Fresh Fish Grotto
                1919 Fourth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710

                1. re: rworange
                  Robert Lauriston Sep 10, 2008 09:00 AM

                  It's one of the nicest bars in town. I sure wouldn't go there for the food, but dirt-cheap not-bad snacks are a plus.

                  The oysters are good and competitively priced at $13 a half-dozen, except on Wednesdays when two blocks away at Cafe Rouge has $1 oysters all night.

                  Cafe Rouge also has $1 off beers and $2 off cocktails all day Tuesday.

            2. Robert Lauriston Apr 28, 2008 11:42 AM

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