Venture inside La Urbana and your eyes are immediately treated to artwork and an interior that are reminiscent of Mexico City. Which makes sense, because the owners of La Urbana searched throughout Mexico to procure furniture to create that exact feeling and invited Mexican artists to work on the furniture and the dining space itself. Beautiful interior aside, La Urbana boasts an impressive Mescal (an alcoholic beverage made from the maguey plant native to Mexico) list, delicious seasonal cocktails, and Taco Tuesday, where you can purchase delicious, handcrafted tacos for $2 a piece. And you can enjoy it all on their huge garage-turned-outdoor patio.
La Urbana, 661 Divisadero St. San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 440 4500
For beer drinkers, there’s Toronado. Located in the City’s Lower Haight neighborhood, Toronado has an impressive 45 beers on tap, and the selection changes often—something new is always popping up behind the bar. It’s popular amongst locals as well as beer lovers from across the Bay Area. Rosamunde sausage grill is next door, making Tornado the perfect place to wait for your sausage to cook; you can even bring it back to Toronado and enjoy it with one of many of the IPAs on tap. Happy hour is every day from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
Toronado, 547 Haight St. San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 863 2276
Dolores Park Café
When day drinking at Dolores Park becomes too hot and too crowded, hop across the street to Dolores Park Café. Their happy hour is from 4:00 pm-7:00 pm daily, making it a little on the shorter side, but what the Café lacks in length of happy hour time they make up for in in snacks (spinach and pancetta tartines, anyone?) and tasty cocktails. As their sign says, it truly is the happiest of hours.
Dolores Park Cafe, 501 Dolores St. San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 621 2936
If you’ve ever been to Elbo Room at night you know the narrow space becomes very crowded very quickly. Solution to combat the crowds: pop into Elbo Room in the early evening during their happy hour. You’ll have plenty of elbow room, your pick of seating, and you won’t have to fight through an inebriated crowd to get a Moscow Mule. You better visit Elbo Room soon—the beloved Mission bar is set to close to make room for condos come this November.
Elbo Room, 647 Valencia St. San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 552 7788
Mad Dog in the Fog
Do you like sports, pool, and beer? Then look no further than Mad Dog in the Fog, an English-style pub just up the street from Toronado. They have a plethora of beers on tap and some rare bottled beers. There’s a back patio for lounging and televisions in front of the bar that are the centerpieces of their sports-viewing parties. They also have a kitchen so you can eat, drink, and be merry—all without leaving the confines of the bar.
Mad Dog in the Fog, 530 Haight St. San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 626 7279
Ivane is a Bay Area native currently residing in San Francisco. A recent graduate from San Francisco State’s journalism school, she enjoys film photography, rollerskating, and live music. You can almost always catch her at one of San Francisco’s numerous parks appreciating the beautiful backdrop the city provides to even life’s most mundane moments.