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The best happy hours in town

SF likes to start its nights out early. So an arsenal of great happy hours is a must.

These are our ten favorites in the city (in no particular order), selected thanks to great drink specials, cheap bites and, occasionally, a solid appreciation for a straightforward shot-and-a-beer. 

Bar Crudo

Dollar oysters are just the beginning: From 5 to 6:30 p.m., sample $5 fish tacos, $6 bowls of bacon-rich seafood chowder, $4 draft beer and $6 glasses of wine. Pro tip: You can reserve tables for happy hour, too.

Fly Bar

Pair cheap beer ($3 drafts) with cheap pizza (half priced at $5 to $6) from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at both locations.

Nihon Whisky Lounge

From 5:30 to 7 p.m., get discounted cocktails, plus half off about a third of their food menu (fried baby octopus for $4.50, seared salmon belly for $7).

Amelie

Make after-work drinks très charmant from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Specials include a $10 wine flight, $5 mushroom flatbread and $20 selection of meats, and cheeses served with baguette.

Two Sisters Bar and Books

While away a weekend afternoon at this adorable nook of a bar: From 1 to 4 p.m., get discounted cocktails, beer and wine, plus specially priced bites. Weekdays, too, from 4 to 6 p.m.

Bergerac

Make like it's 1972 every day, from 5 to 7 p.m., with "retro cocktails" ($6) like the Banana Daiquiri or the $20 "Boogie Nights" punch bowl. Get down with "70's Classic Munchies" ($2), including pigs in a blanket.  

Fatted Calf

Learn the tricks of the trade over drinks at the weekly Butcher's Happy Hour, held on Wednesdays. Watch the butchers break down pigs while enjoying wine and tasty snacks.

Comstock Saloon

Shot-and-a-beer, anyone? Get yours here from 4 to 7 p.m.; three combos include Four Roses bourbon and a short Anchor Steam, Pueblo Viejo tequila and a Tecate, and Bols Genever and a short Trumer Pils.

The Cheese School of San Francisco

It's all in the name at the "Cheese Makes Me Happy Hour." Every Wednesday until June 18, hang out from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on the school's lovely patio, where twenty bucks gets you a curated cheese plate, plus a glass of local wine or beer.

ICHI Sushi + NI Bar

At the new "The Happiest of Hours," from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, pair $1 oysters and $6 yuzu chicken wings with $4 Sapporo on draft, plus rotating wine and sake specials for $6.