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Top 10 Happy Hour Spots In San Francisco's Financial District

Top 10 Happy Hour Spots In San Francisco's Financial District

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Updated: 9 December 2016
Happy Hour. that magical time when you get to leave work, unwind and enjoy a half-priced cocktail. Is there anything better? We can’t think of anything, which is why we explored San Francisco’s Financial District to bring you the 10 best places to grab a cheap drink.

83 Proof

Not only is this no-frills pub one of the best whiskey bars in the city, offering over 300 different types of fire-water to choose from, it also has one of the most affordable happy hour menus in the Financial District.

83 Proof, 1st St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 296 8383

Taverna Aventine

Taverna Aventine has all the charm of a European bistro with old-school San Francisco vibes mixed in. This lively, little Italian bar is nestled among the neighborhood of what was once the infamous Barbary Coast, giving the place a historic, impressive feel. Don’t be fooled by the bar’s age; Aventine has been revamped for a modern audience, and its airy, sophisticated upstairs bar paired with its more trendy downstairs parlor make it the perfect place to grab a cocktail after work.

Taverna Aventine, 582 Washington St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 981 1500

Palomino

Located along the Embarcadero, this tasteful Italian restaurant serves delicious European cuisine, has a comfy outdoor patio with a view, plus it has a happy hour menu all day, every day. That’s right, a never-ending happy hour, it can’t really get much better than that, can it? Seriously, if you haven’t been to Palomino yet, go right now.

Palomino, 345 Spear St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 512 7400

Rosa Mexicano

If you’re in the mood for a margarita, there’s no better place to go than Rosa Mexicano. This festive restaurant, located only a block away from the Embarcadero, offers a scrumptious happy hour menu Monday through Saturday. You can try their original margarita, frozen mango margarita or special mojito de pina.

Rosa Mexicano, 30 Mission St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 874 4300

Chaya

This unique Japanese and French-inspired fusion restaurant and bar boasts a delicious menu of European and Asian-flavored items, plus a happy hour menu served all night, seven days a week. Go on Sunday when all bottles of wine are half price all day long.

CHAYA Brasserie, 132 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 777 8688

WaterBar

WaterBar is one of those places that will make your mouth drop when you see it for the first time. This beautiful restaurant has some of the most spectacular views of the Bay Bridge that the city has to offer, and is one of the best places in the Financial District to grab an afternoon drink.

WaterBar, 399 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 284 9922

Courtesy of Royal Exchange
Courtesy of The Royal Exchange

The Royal Exchange

The casual, laid-back attitude of The Royal Exchange, along with its central location and 72 unique beer taps, makes this American pub-style restaurant the perfect place to meet up after work and catch up on the game. Open since the 70s, this relaxed, spacious bar has their happy hour down to a tee.

The Royal Exchange, 301 Sacramento St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 956 1710

Prospect

A relatively new addition to the area and located at the bottom of the Infinity Towers, Prospect is a modern gem that serves exceptional American cuisine. The bright, clear windows that frame the entirety of the building give the restaurant a more relaxed, inviting feel, which makes it the perfect place to go and escape after a long day of work.

Prospect Restaurant, 300 Spear St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 247 7770

The Irish Times

The Irish Times, is a bustling Irish-pride bar located off of Sacramento Street, attracts a melting pot of professionals, students and everyone else in between. On game days and weekends, the outside patio turns into an impromptu block party, and the cheap beer keeps the party going.

Irish Times, 500 Sacramento St, San Francisco, CA,USA, +1 415 217 5060

La Mar Cebicheria Peruana

This airy, Peruvian bistro, located along the Embarcadero and directly next to the Ferry Building, has been a crowd favorite ever since it opened five years ago. If you’re looking for a place to spend a sunny afternoon in the city, go here as they have an expansive back patio right on the water with unbelievable views of the Bay. Their happy hour menu is also impressive.

La Mar Cebicheria Peruana, Pier 1.5, The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 397 8880