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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.

Bar Crudo 655 Divisadero St. San Francisco CA 94123 415-409-0679 Fly Bar 762 Divisadero St. San Francisco CA 94117 415-931-4359 Nihon Whisky Lounge 1779 Folsom St. San Francisco CA 94103 415-552-4400 Amelie 1754 Polk St. San Francisco CA 94109 415-292-6916 Two Sisters Bar and Books 579 Hayes St. San Francisco CA 94102 415-863-3655 Bergerac 316 11th St. San Francisco CA 94103 415-255-9440 Fatted Calf 320 Fell St. San Francisco CA 94102 415-400-5614 Comstock Saloon 155 Columbus Ave. San Francisco CA 94133 415-617-0071 The Cheese School of San Francisco 2124 Folsom St. San Francisco CA 94110 415-346-7530 ICHI Sushi + NI Bar 3282 Mission St. San Franciso CA 94110 415-525-4750

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