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Jun 14, 2011 12:56 PM

Cocktailian happy hours in SF

My friend and I are from LA and will be spending 3 nights in your august city, so we'll need places to booze on the cheap, $5/6 a drink sounds good to me.

My friend likes 15 Romolo and Blackbird, I want to hit up maybe The Alembic and Smugglers Cove, so I'm looking for something similar to these, but for not too much money.

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  1. $10 a drink is the starting point for quality cocktails in SF... Being a huge cocktail enthusiast and living around SF my whole life, I don't think you'll do much better than that. Alembic and Smuggler's cove are on the higher end of the $10-15/drink range.

    if you just want cheap booze, plenty of places in the mission. Or, closer to downtown I'd recommend Hemlock. Maybe Zeitgeist?

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    1. re: openhelix

      I'll take suggestions for places in the Mission, I'm looking to kill some time there.

      1. re: jaykayen

        These are not gourmet cocktail places but they have the atmosphere I like, somewhere between nostalgic, kitschy and divey...
        in the mission, I like Doc's Clock.
        There's also the 500 club, not quite mission central, but a good point from which to begin a bar crawl.

        1. re: jaykayen

          The margaritas at Latin American club are a Mission District institution. They're strong, pint sized, and $8.

          Nihon Whisky Lounge has a fantastic happy hour that fills up rather quickly (so get there early). Cocktails and appetizers are 1/2 off the menu price.

          Nihon Whisky Lounge
          1779 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

          Latin American Club
          3286 22nd St, San Francisco, CA

          1. re: jaykayen

            Hog and Rocks has quality old-school cocktails @ $8 with oysters and ham to boot.

            Hog and Rocks
            3431 19th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

        2. I like Farrallon. Very limited cocktail menu, but the three cocktails on the list are good and $6. Happy hour food includes $1 oysters, really amazing steamed clams, sliders, fries, and a few other items.

          Otherwise, I agree, it's tough to get a cocktail for under $10 in this town. Burritt Room has a few choices that are hidden gems in terms of bang for buck, but you have to know which drinks are made for sharing

          Burritt Room
          417 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94108

          1. The Nite Cap has excellent 3.50 gin and tonics and the Saloon has great ones for 4.25 including Bombay.

            1. if you're talking 15 romolo and alembic, i'd say The Hideout - at the back of Dalva. a super chill, casual place behind a dive bar in the Mission, but their selection of spirits is one of a kind, and in my opinion, they make the best cocktails in town for sure. thursday nights are a favorite for me:)

              and about pricing - you're not going to get $5/6 drink at any decent cocktail joint in SF.

              3121 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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              1. re: erinnaoko

                Hide-Out is a nice place to hang out and the cocktails are good, but I don't think it stands up to San Francisco's top cocktail places in terms of spirit selection or cocktail quality. If the OP is visiting soon, it's of note that Dalva and Hide-Out are closed temporarily for renovation.

                3121 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

                1. re: pane

                  both hide-out and dalva should be reopening tonight, so no worries on that end.

                  and i beg to differ re: quality of cocktail @ hide-out (@ dalva - cocktails is not what it's aiming for). try them esp on thursday. you'll taste creations that aren't found anywhere else.

              2. For cheap cocktails go to Little Shamrock. It's SF's second oldest bar. It's a dive, but has a lot of personality and is next to the panhandle and good restaurants.