We miss Happy Days. And no, we’re not talking about The Fonze (though there was something about Fonzie, wasn’t there?).
We’re talking about the days when people strolled outta work at 5pm for Happy Hour.
These days, “Happy Hour” in San Francisco isn’t just for office workers marking the end of another day’s work. At the bars and lounges located in the city’s hotels, it’s also a chance for visitors to celebrate their good fortune just to be in San Francisco. Fortunately for both visitors and locals, several hotels are offering special drink prices and nibbles to make those hours even happier. Since we’re huge fans of hotel bars, here are a few top picks:
Bar 888 – The InterContinental 888 Howard St. at 5th St.
Bar 888 features in San Francisco’s newest hotel features classic and contemporary cocktails – including specialty grappa-based drinks – and pour fine wines from both the Old and New World. Happy Hour is Mon.- Fri. from 4-8 p.m. with $5 and $6 beer specials, $7 wines, cocktails for $8.88 and delicious bar bites created by Chef Dominique Crenn of newly Michelin-starred Luce restaurant.
345 Club Lounge / MO Bar – The Mandarin Oriental 222 Sansome St.www.mandarinoriental.com/sanfrancisco/dining/mo_bar/
In the tradition of great hotels, MO Bar is the social center of the Mandarin Oriental, in the heart of the Financial District. The bustle of city streets gives way to an intimate setting perfect for enjoying cocktails with taste. 345 Club Lounge offers a “VIP Happy Hour” Mon.-Fri., 4:30-8:30 p.m. with specials that include $3 bottled beers, $5 Sangria and $7 premium wine selections. Guests may enjoy watching sports or joining others for one of the bar’s fun event nights including Poker Night, Ladies Movie Night and more.
BAR 1915 – Larkspur Hotel 521 Sutter St.
BAR 1915 in the heart of Union Square, offers half-off wines by the glass and draught beer along with specials on pizzetta, panini and hand crafted salumi. Low key, Chef Robert Helstrom of Kuleto’s Restaurant has designed an interesting menu to appeal to visitors and locals alike. Happy hour is 4:30-6:30 p.m. daily.
Caruso’s – The Westin St. Francis 335 Powell St.
Caruso’s was named after the Caruso the distraught opera singer who moved from The Palace Hotel to the Westin St. Francis after the Great Earthquake and Fire in 1906. He walked over in his bathrobe wit his entire entourage. Caruso’s, located in the historic Westin St. Francis, is offering a new signature social experience, The Unwind Hour, featuring the tastes, sights and sounds of Napa Valley and beyond. Sample premier wines paired with fine hors d’ oeuvres. Tues.-Sat., 5-7 p.m.
cityhouse – Parc 55 Hotel 55 Cyril Magnin St., second floor of Parc 55 Hotel
“Cityhouse” restaurant and bar, located on Parc 55’s renovated second floor, presents a modern take on American Classics, specializing in steaks, chops and seafood flame-seared on the hotel’s signature wood-fired grill, while the lounge provides a hip and convivial setting for relaxing, connecting with friends, sharing small plates, and enjoying selections from the extensive wine and cocktail list. It scored 4 1/2 out of 5 stars on Opentable.com as well! From 3 –7 p.m. Tues.-Sat., buy any drink or bar bite and get a second round for just 55 cents.
Infusion Lounge – The Hotel Fusion 124 Ellis St.
Infusion Lounge is an Asian-inspired sub-rosa lounge located in the heart of Union Square with one of the coolest designs around. Happy Hour Special: Tues.-Fri., 6-8 p.m., $3 beers, $5 wine and $5 mixed drinks. A three-course prix fixe menu is also available for a reasonable $33.
Knuckles – The Wharf at the Hyatt at Fisherman’s Wharf 555 Northpoint
Knuckle’s Happy Hour (Mon.-Fri.) is 5-7 p.m., with half price draft beers and house wines. Also featuring Thursday Night $6 House Martinis, as well as themed buffet nights and monthly winemaker events.
Kyo-ya Restaurant at the Palace Hotel
2 New Montgomery St.
Located in the heart of downtown San Francisco in one San Francisco’s historic hotels, Kyo-ya is the perfect place to meet friends, relax and unwind – all in a beautiful modern setting. Happy Hour in Kyo-ya is Mon.-Fri., 5-7 p.m., with complimentary Bar Bites, $3 Sapporo beer and $6 specialty cocktails, and award winning sushi at affordable prices.
La Scene Café & Bar – The Warwick Hotel 490 Geary St. at Taylor
La Scene is a personable yet vibrant bar in the heart of the Theater District, steps away from Union Square. Happy Hour specials Tues.-Sat., 5 -6:30 p.m., with $2.99 beers, $4.99 house wine and $5 well cocktails.
Lobby Lounge – The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco 600 Stockton St.
Located convenient to the hotel entrance and to The Ritz-Carlton Bar and Dining Room, the popular Lobby Lounge offers striking floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the city. The popular gathering spot for guests and locals is set in a landmark Nob Hill building which is currently home to The Ritz-Carlton and recently celebrated its 100th anniversary.The hotel’s weekly Raw Bar menu features a generous selection of fresh oysters and shellfish, complemented by optional paired wines, Wed., 5-7 p.m., and The Lobby Lounge features a new diverse farm-to-bar Bloody Mary menu available daily.
Redwood Room – The Clift 495 Geary St.
The Redwood Room, a haven for San Francisco bon vivants since the 1930s, is now offering a different specialty cocktail each week for $8, available during 5 p.m.– 2 a.m. Sun.-Thurs.; 4 p.m.–2 a.m., Fri.-Sat.
Roots Restaurant – The Orchard Garden Hotel 466 Bush St. at Grant Ave.
Roots at the Orchard Garden Hotel serves contemporary American cuisine with a Mediterranean flair and is committed to featuring local produce, naturally raised meats and sustainable seafood whenever possible; its cozy bar is a great spot for enjoying organic cocktails. Happy Hour special: Receive a complimentary appetizer with the purchase of a glass of wine or signature cocktail between 4 -7 p.m. daily.
Urban Tavern – The Hilton San Francisco Union Square 333 O’Farrell St.
Urban Tavern is a newly transformed modern gastropub serving approachable food in a casual but sleek setting. Happy Hour specials include: half-priced cocktails, wine by the glass and $4 beer 3-5:30 p.m. A food menu of burgers and small bites are also available.
XYZ Lounge + W Café – The W San Francisco 181 Third St.
http://www.whotels.com/sanfrancisco or www.xyz-sf.com
Keen to be green? W San Francisco’s eco-licious cocktail menu uses local, organic, sustainable and seasonal ingredients whenever, wherever possible. Five at Five for Five– five days a week. Happy hour includes a selection of handcrafted organic cocktails, micro brew beers and biodynamic wines paired with organic bar bites by executive chef Paul Piscopo, all for $5 each. Mon.-Fri., 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the W Café or XYZ Lounge.