7 late-night Happy Hours worth staying up for

The only thing unhappy about happy hour is that it ends way too early—for some of us, at least. If you work in the restaurant industry or are putting in crazy overtime hours at a startup, it can be nigh impossible to make the early bird food and drinks deals offered at most restaurants and bars. This is why we’re such fans of the “reverse” happy hour, when specials—think dollar oysters, $4 beers, and half-off bottles of wine—are offered late night, if not all day. Below are seven favorites around town to check out.

Pull a seat up to the kitchen and get happy at Cockscomb
Chris Cosentino’s SOMA meat mecca has become a destination for late-night foodies thanks to the dynamite reverse happy hour offered in the upstairs bar. From 10 p.m. to 11 p.m., you can get $1 oysters, reduced-price snacks (do not miss the crispy pig ears), and $5 draft beverages, which includes a super tasty Negroni on tap.

Saturday night gets even better at alaMar
This Oakland seafood joint wants to help you keep the party going on Saturday nights with a late-night specials deal from 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. that features $4 beers, and $6 glasses of wine, $1.50 oysters, and $5 to $7 bites like tostones and petite chicken wing confit.

Look forward to the end of the weekend at Pabu
Downtown sushi and izakaya hotspot Pabu is putting the funday back in Sunday (sorry, couldn’t resist) with all-night happy hour specials on favorites like the savory pork steam buns, a chef’s special hand roll, and killer fried chicken karaage—not to mention a selection of 30 sakes under $30.

DOSA deals in snacks for your late-night winddown
Both the Valencia and Filmore Street locations of this popular Indian joint offer a knock-out reverse happy hour lineup for guests at the bar and window seats. From 9 p.m. until close you can nosh on items like a $4 pappadum and chutney sampler or $6 lentil fritters. Wash them down with your $8 Bengali Gimlet, a $4 beer, or a $7 wine.

Get comfortable, Press Club’s happy hour has your night planned out for you
Not exactly reverse and well over 60 minutes, this happy hour is more like a marathon, day-into-late-night happening. All day Saturday and Sunday, this stylish wine-centric spot slashes half off the price on all bottles $70 and up. Get a group together and plan to make a night of it.

Happy hour, you say? Bar Agricole makes Sunday happy day
On Sundays, this popular SOMA restaurant turns its regular weekday happy hour deal into an all-day affair. Featuring $2.50 oysters and $2.50 house-made sausages, they also offer special-priced beer, wine, and cocktails—and this place works wonders with rum.

Celebrate the new day in style at Cafe du Nord
Savvy patrons know that the best time to be at this subterranean bar is when the clock strikes midnight. That’s because from 12 a.m. until close you can ball out on a budget ,with half-price oysters and bottles of Champagne.

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