Pier 28 ½, The Embarcadero at Bryant
The exterior of Hi Dive makes it look like all kinds of dives, but the outdoor patio shoots that down pretty quickly with a quajillion-dollar view that no dive in the city can claim.
Hog Island Oyster Co.
1 Ferry Building - Shop 11
Since its remodel, Hog Island Oyster Co. lost its happy hour offerings, but not the seating outdoors or the gorgeous view of the Bay Bridge. And according to every guy you've ever played some sort of organized softball with, two-for-three ain't bad.
La Mar Cebicheria Peruana
Pier 1.5, The Embarcadero
Enjoy Peruvian happy hour offerings seven days a week on La Mar’s boat-docking-friendly patio. Enjoy it even more if you just docked your boat there.
Pier 5, The Embarcadero
Pick your poison at Coqueta: sit outside in the semi-enclosed patio, or snag a seat at the glassed-in bar that looks out on Yerba Buena and lots of sky. Just make sure you get a sangria with that.
Red’s Java House
Pier 30, The Embarcadero at Bryant
A San Francisco staple before Anthony Bourdain dubbed it cool, if you haven’t enjoyed an afternoon beer and burger on its Bay-viewing patio, do it before the Warriors claim this stomping ground in 2017.
The Slanted Door
1 Ferry Building, #3
Slanted Door’s floor-to-ceiling windows look out onto the Bay (if the breeze is too chilly for you, Guy Who Forgot His Layers), but the more affordable happy hour is best enjoyed on its outdoor patio with a cocktail.
Pier 23, The Embarcadero
The family-owned waterside cafe wants you to enjoy its patio so much, if it’s too bright for you, it'll give you a cowboy hat to wear to shield you from the sun.
369 The Embarcadero
A steak with panoramic views of the Bay Bridge and Treasure Island? Cheeeeeck. Sit inside or out to take it all in, and always opt for the happy hour or brunch menu, which don’t need you to make a reservation.
132 The Embarcadero
Come for the Asian-fusion happy hour, stay for the relaxing views from the outdoor patio or the bar inside.
141 The Embarcadero
If you like Alpha Phi sorority invitationals, you're in the right spot.
Pier 7, The Embarcadero
The former longshoremen's bar-turned-upscale-eatery might be out of your price range for dinner. But Waterfront’s $1 oyster happy hour and totally free view of the Bay from its patio is not.
399 The Embarcadero
Soak some rays on Waterbar's outside deck, or... its outside deck (or its circular bar where you can get $1 happy hour oysters).
345 Spear St
Forget that it's Palomino and remember that it's a Bay-facing, open-patio'd spot with half-off Wine Down Wednesday.
Pier 33, The Embarcadero
The back patio is sliver-ish, but also unnecessary when you've got floor-to-ceiling windows like it does. If you've ever wanted to see a cruise ship dock, this would be the place to do it from.
Pier 40, The Embarcadero
This dog-friendly, open-air bar (with a smoking/patio area) is a great spot to enjoy reasonably priced seafood and whatever game's on TV.
1 Ferry Building
Anchored on the Embarcadero side of the Ferry Building, its outdoor area offers not only a view, but $8 specials (until 8pm!) eight days a week!!
This mini-San Francisco chain maintains its easygoing vibe, but takes on an outdoor space with water views at its Embarcadero location. Sooooo, maybe go to this one if you're having a hard time choosing.
8 Mission St
Situated inside Hotel Vitale, you don’t have to be staying there to enjoy the panoramic views from the curricular bar. But if you enjoy them too much, you totally can be.