Tenderloin If you're gonna do a 14-hour, cross-city happy hour, you’re going to need to first fortify your stomach, which you can do for a mere $6 when you order one of the discounted pizzas at Fly Bar's weekday happy hour, noon to 6pm (except Monday when they open at 5:30pm). Also, score $1 off draught beers and wine and $2 off Flybar cocktails.
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North Beach Once you’ve carbo-loaded, head to one of the oldest bars in SF for $4 well drinks and draught beers (offered weekdays from 1-7pm). Play a couple rounds of free pool and eat some free popcorn while you’re at it. You've got a couple hours to kill.
Financial District If you're looking for the perfect time to beat the suits crowding into this FiDi spot, 3pm is it. Plus, there's a happy hour from 2-6pm, Monday through Thursday and on Friday until close. Throw back $5 beer, wine, and drink specials. And enjoy select appetizers for $5.95.
The Mission Trade tech talk for Prohibition décor and old-timey craft cocktails at ANOTHER one of the oldest bars in San Francisco. Homestead offers rotating specials from 2-6pm and $1 peanuts and pickles in a cozy, historic setting.
Upper Market Don’t get too lost in your tipsy time travel haze, because you’ll definitely want to put in some quality time at Blackbird, which offers a daily happy hour from 5-8pm. And sure, they'll have $1-2 off draught beers and $2 Bud Lights and PBRs, but the reasons this bar is truly special (and one of our favorites no matter what time) are Bartender-You-Need-To-Know Matt Grippo’s inventive cocktails. Score a margarita, Old Fashioned, or Early Bird cocktail for a mere $6 and a boozy New Orleans coffee (the bar’s signature drink) for seven bucks.
The Mission With a staggering 7hr-long happy hour from 1-8pm, $1 oysters on Fridays, and a spacious back patio, you could ignore everything you’ve read so far and just camp out here all day. And you should definitely do that if you’re happy houring on a Monday, when you can score a Tecate for a buck. Every other day you can have draught beers and well drinks for $4.
North Beach So yes, you’ll have to haul it clear across town to fill the awkward time when very few establishments offer any deals, but you’re no quitter! $3 draught beers and well drinks from 3-10pm make the Uber ride worth it.
The Mission It's been a while since you ate all of the peanuts at Homestead, which means it’s time to take advantage of Dosa’s incredible food and late-night happy hour Sunday through Thursday at the Valencia location from 9pm to close. Pair your exceptional Indian food with a $4 Kingfish Lager or $6 Allagash Tripel, featured wine special ($6), or specialty cocktail ($7).
The Mission This bar’s commitment to being your final drink of the night is perhaps why it has managed to be in business since 1858. Sunday through Tuesday, Elixir offers a late-night happy hour featuring $1-off draught beers and well drinks from 11pm to close, but you can get a $3 can of Hamm’s. All. The. Time.
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Amy Copperman is a regular Thrillist SF contributor. Happy hour is her favorite hour(s!!!) of day.