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Feb 15, 2009 10:10 PM

Best Happy Hour deals in the City.

Suggestions? What are the highlights at the place?

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  1. I tried getting an update myself a few months ago and received little response, so I'll bite. Caveat though: I'm more interested in the food than drinks.

    - Cosmopolitan Grill: 5-7, certain appetizers are discounted slightly. Corn dogs were soggy, but tempura green beans were decent.

    - TWO: $2 apps, drink specials

    - Tonga Room: all-you can eat apps for a fee

    - Bacar: half off apps before 6:30

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    1. re: chezchristine

      >I tried getting an update myself a few months ago and received
      >little response
      if you work with the locals, they'll respond [search for the obvious stuff
      and read through the posts, then ask more specific questions etc].

      1. re: psb

        Not to be trite, but I feel like that's exactly what I did on my original post:

        Long time chowhounder local, so I always do my research first and was trying to do an update thread with no success :)

        1. re: chezchristine

          I think the main issue is that San Francisco is just not a happy hour town.

          I've lived in towns like Austin and Palm Springs where they have serious happy hour bargains but in SF, most places just have $1-2 off drink prices or some barely discounted food.

          And the few expections, the great deals like Hog Island's $1 oysters are SLAMMED during happy hour. Or its places that don't advertise their happy hours so happy hour remains a perk for "locals" (not cheap interwebs locust) - in those cases I respect that and only invite people to join me or give low-key verbal recommendations.

          1. re: larochelle

            I'm with Rochelle. There are lots of places in the city that have a very low key happy hour with mostly locals. I even see some of the same people at places - time and again.

            Some examples that come to mind immediately are : One Market from 5 to 7 PM, Half price Wine flights at Amelie until 7 PM, the recent announcements for HH at Waterbar and Epic, etc.

            I've published a list for $1Oysters HH's around town as well.
            Here it is ...


          2. re: chezchristine

            >Not to be trite, but I feel like that's exactly what I did on my original post:
            ms cc:
            sure, i see you "put something on the table" in your post. on the other hand
            you didnt ask any questions. you just said "i wanted to start a thread".
            just because people didnt have much to say about your thread doesnt make
            us locals "unresponsive" any more than you dropped the ball if you didnt
            end up acting on the followup posters suggestion to turn your post into a
            chow list. on the other hand, the OP of this post didnt "put anything on the
            table" and one can hardly blame the locals for not putting together a
            personal guide. contrast this with the recent sf visitor who said something
            like "i have a 6hr layover in SF, here are something i've looked into ...
            can you help me out". people recommended venues, transportation advice etc.

            if one expects people to spend 3-4min on you, i dont think it is unreasonable
            to spend 5-10min browsing the results of searching for "happy hour" san francisco in google or CH. i get the sense the OP spend about 20seconds on this. i.e. "didnt put something on the table". look at the 4 other posts by the
            OP ... clearly a "free rider".

            some happy hours i like:
            TWO, olive, palio d'asti. mecca is ok ... havent been in a while.
            toronado [but have to go next door for food].

            ok i have to eat my dahi batata sev puri now.

        2. re: chezchristine

          The usual mention here is Hog Island on Mondays and Thursdays 5-7. $1 oyster of the day and beer/wine specials usually 1/2 price.

          1. re: baron45

            Beer is $3.50/pint and the white wine special is usually about $1-2 off the per glass price. Only one type of dollar oysters available but I agree that it's one of my favorite happy hours!

          2. Local K & W Bar has a 5 for 5 deal on, I think, Weds. 5 bucks for a generous pour of wine and 5 bucks for various appetizers. Probably about eight dishes- pizzas, salumi's, cheeses, salads, etc. I had a great time last week and ended up staying for dinner-which was fantastic. I think they may do other specials over the week.

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              1. re: baron45


                Local Kitchen and Wine Merchant
                330 1st Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

            1. Here's my report on the great food at Namu's happy hour.