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Locanda: daily aperitivo hour
A happy hour with reduced-price drinks is a bargain, but a happy hour with reduced-price drinks and free snacks, well, that’s just a downright steal. Back at the beginning of June, Mission favorite Locanda looked to the Italian bar tradition of “aperitivo hour”—aka when the purchase of a beverage is rewarded with complimentary bites—for the inspiration behind their happy hour deal. Every day between 5:30 pm and 7 pm, whether you purchase a specialty drink or not, you can enjoy an assortment of tasty noshes to either pair with Locanda’s selection of cocktails, wine, and beer (priced between $4 and $8) or have on their own.
Aster: $59 four-course prix fixe
One of the hottest new dining tickets in town just became one of the more affordable, too. Aster, the critically acclaimed concept from chefs Daniel Patterson and Brett Cooper, recently launched a four-course prix fixe that allows guests to experience their creative, market-driven fare without breaking the bank. Even better, diners aren’t locked into a limited selection of offerings, but rather can choose from four dishes within each course.
Cafe du Nord: as the clock strikes midnight
Market Street’s newest drinking, dining, and live music destination has unlocked the secret to a devoted late-night crowd: half-price Champagne and $1.50 oysters. That’s right, every night after midnight, revelers can take in the historic underground space over practically-free bivalves while getting half-off any bottle of Champagne or bubbly on the extensive, well-curated list.
Citizen Fox: pop-up dinner and brunch
Until Citizen Fox opens the doors to its brick-and-mortar operation early 2016, fans of chef Kevin Schuder’s creative vegan cuisine can satiate their appetites (and anticipation) at one of his weekly pop-up dinner or brunches. Best of all, you won’t find a dish over $18 on either menu, and the offerings from their full bar menu are equally well-priced: cocktails for $10 or under; glasses of wine for $12 max. Dinner is offered every Friday evening from 6 to 10 pm, and brunch is served on Sundays from 10:30 am to 3 pm.
Rock Wall Wine Company: urban paradise
Who says it’s too late to celebrate summer, just because? Alameda urban winery Rock Wall Wine Company is throwing a blowout party on Saturday August 29th from 1 to 4 pm (21+ only). For $45 a person when you get your tickets in advance, or $55 at the door, you can enjoy tastes from their portfolio of over 25 wines, plus bites from local restaurants and food vendors, live music, and a tour the cellar.
Petit Crenn: $72 five-course seafood prix fixe
Word has just got out that Atelier Crenn, chef Dominique Crenn’s much-anticipated follow-up to her decorated Marina/Cow Hollow restaurant, will officially open to the public on August 11. Here, chef Crenn will offer a twice-nightly $72 (service included) five-course seafood and vegetable menu. Inspired by the meals she grew up enjoying in her mother and grandmother’s kitchens in Brittany, France, the menu will change daily depending on market and purveyor selections, and the meal will be served family-style.