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NI Bar by Alanna Hale

NI Bar Happy Hour
Bernal Height’s ICHI Sushi serves up some of the freshest Japanese food in town, but there’s also a more casual option for dinner during happy hour at the NI Bar in back. Swing by on a weeknight for treats like $1 oysters, $6 pork tonkatsu minchi bites, $4 shishito peppers, $6 yuzu chicken wings, and $6 kama shioyaki. Order it all with a glass of $6 wine, $4 Sapporo on tap, sake, or rotating seasonal cocktail. The current cocktail, The Iceberg, is made with junmai sake, yuzu juice, fennel, and Underberg bitters, all atop a house-made green tea iceberg. Call ahead if you're with a large party, otherwise you can just walk on in to NI Bar, no reservations necessary.

When: Mon–Fri 5:30 PM–7 PM
Where: 3282 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94110
Telephone: 415-525-4750

Comstock Saloon’s Free Lunch Fridays
They say there’s no such thing as a free lunch, but at Comstock Saloon, you’re coming pretty close. At the end of each work week, swing by this North Beach favorite for Free Lunch Fridays—each person who buys two beverages from their wide selection of cocktails, spirits, wine, and beer gets their rotating lunch special for, well, free. Check Comstock Saloon’s Twitter feed for menu updates, and remember that the specials are typically heavy on the meat—past dishes have ranged from Reubens to sloppy joes, chicken fried steak to meatloaf sandwiches.

When: Fridays noon–4 PM
Where: 155 Columbus Ave., San Francisco, CA 94133
Telephone: 415-617-0071

Bar Crudo Happy Hour
We already frequent Bar Crudo for its wide selection of fresh seafood, but it’s their happy hour that really tips the scale from like to love. Six days a week, head to the Divisadero Street restaurant for $1 oysters, $6 chowder, $6 steamed Manila clams, and $10 pairs of fish tacos, not to mention a selection of rotating beer and wine specials. Sometimes the chefs will throw a few extras onto the menu—past picks have included jalapeño-marinated mussels and pan-seared shishito peppers.

When: Tue–Sun 5 PM–6:30 PM
Where: 655 Divisadero St., San Francisco, CA 94117
Telephone: 415-409-0679

Vinyl Coffee & Wine Bar Taco Trivia Tuesday
While PizzaHacker continues to make twice-weekly appearances, you shouldn’t forget about the other pop-ups at Vinyl Coffee & Wine Bar—particularly Taco Trivia Tuesday. Stop by for the barbecue tacos, sandwiches, and sides from Sneaky’s BBQ—they specialize in Carolina-style BBQ, which means lots of pork and a vinegar-based sauce—and stay for the trivia. Can’t make it Tuesday? Wednesday means more Sneaky’s but no trivia.

When: Tuesdays 6 PM–11 PM
Where: 359 Divisadero St., San Francisco, CA 94117
Telephone: 415-621-4132

18 Reasons Happy Hour
With classes, dinners, and community gatherings, 18 Reasons has created a space for the neighborhood to connect over food. Stop by every Thursday for their happy hour in the 18th Hour Café, serving up a changing menu of local beer and wine, soup, salad, cheese, charcuterie, and the famed Tartine loaves, all priced between $3 and $20. Proceeds go to their Cooking Matters program, which teaches cooking and nutrition classes for low-income communities throughout the Bay Area. While you eat and mingle, take in art exhibits, a large library of cookbooks, and the 18 Reasons retail shop.

When: Thursdays 6 PM–10 PM
Where: 3674 18th St., San Francisco, CA 94117
Telephone: 415-568-2710

Two Sisters Bar and Books—Books & Booze Club
Cocktail-loving bibliophiles, unite! Two Sisters Bar and Books in Hayes Valley is not only a spot for a cozy weekend brunch and tasty cocktails, but has combined two San Francisco favorites—books and booze—and provided a space for people to enjoy both on the last Wednesday of every month. An appropriately book-themed cocktail is available for $5 each. Check out the Two Sisters blog for each month’s read.

When: The last Wednesday of every month, 6 PM–8 PM
Where: 579 Hayes St., San Francisco, CA 94102
Telephone: 415-863-3655

Pacific Catch Happy Hour
This seafood mecca has six locations throughout the Bay Area and two in San Francisco, but head to the Inner Sunset spot for a happy hour that offers up not only a selection of bar bites but special deals on cocktails, beer, and wine. Their $30 agave margarita pitcher serves five and pairs perfectly with Pacific Catch’s selection of tacos (both fish and meat), sushi rolls, and ceviche. Don’t forget that each bottle of wine you buy is half off on Tuesdays.

When: Mon–Fri 4 PM–6 PM and daily from 10 PM to close
Where: 1200 9th Ave., San Francisco, CA 94122
Telephone: 415-504-6905

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