The Ultimate SoMa Happy Hour Gameplan


Happy Hour is that magical time of day when alcohol is discounted and everyone is glad to be off work. Grab a few friends, hit up a few bars, and end the day with a bang. Better yet, let Happy Hour start your evening off right. Here is my guide to having a great Happy Hour in SoMa, which includes some of my favorite bars that are all within walking distance of each other and feature some great specials. 

The specific area is in SoMa around 2nd and Mission. It’s easily accessible by MUNI and BART, as it’s right off the Montgomery stop. There are so many places to enjoy Happy Hour all over the city, but this happens to be an area I love primarily because a lot of friends work in the area and there’s lots of bars, so it’s the perfect area to organize a meetup, knock back a few, and shoot the shit. What the hell does that mean anyway? What’s “the shit” and why would I want to shoot it? 

Here is a fancy map that displays all the stops along the way! Everything is walkable, even B Bar which looks slightly off the trail but it’s only a couple blocks away and is totally worth the extra steps on a nice day!

For those who love skipping out on work early, the first stop should be Tara, a Southeast Asian restaurant with a full bar. Their Happy Hour starts at 3:00pm and ends at 6:00pm and features discounted appetizers and cocktails. They make some tasty soju cocktails! You’ll want to get a couple bites in before continuing in your Happy Hour journey.

Another good first stop to grab a bite and a drink is Zebulon, which is just up the block from Tara. Happy Hour is from 4:00-6:00pm, and features $3.00 well cocktails, draft beers and $4.00 house wine. They have an evening menu which includes items that are either $9.00, $10.00, or $15.00 but I’d pretty much stay away from everything except the sweet potato fries and calamari, which can be had for $9.00. Save those extra dollars for booze, we still have more stops along the way!

If the weather is nice and sunny, skip Tara and Zebulon altogether and head over to B Restaurant & Bar above Yerba Buena Gardens. Happy Hour is from 4:30-7:30pm, but the reason you want to be here is for the outdoor rooftop seating and view of downtown. Check out my review for this place, which offers $5 house cocktails and $1 oysters.

Once you’ve had your fill, head on over to one of my personal favorites, John Colins. Happy Hour is from 5:00-7:00pm and they have $3.00 beers, $4.00 wells, and discounted house cocktails. On Mondays, Happy Hour is all night long! Make sure to try the Dark and Stormy. It can get crowded during Happy Hour, though, so get there earlier if you can. Check out my review for more details.

If martinis and wine are your thing, step into DaDa across the street. Happy Hour is from 4:00-7:00pm, and they serve $5 house martinis and wine. They used to serve $3 beer and Happy Hour was until 9:00pm, but recently they have changed it, which sucks because I could always count on them serving cheep booze well after most places stop their Happy Hour.

If it’s Wednesday, your final stop should be Roe Restaurant & Lounge. Every Wednesday from 5:00-9:00pm they have Mojito Wednesdays, where you can order their specialty Mojitos for only $5! My favorite is the cucumber Mojito, it’s not too sweet and has a nice subtle flavor to it. They have a DJ that spins hip hop and Top 40 hits, and by this time in the evening you should be feeling like dancing if you’ve stuck to the gameplan. It’s the perfect place to end your Happy Hour field trip.

And there you have it, a gameplan not even you can mess up. If you work in or around SoMa off 2nd Street, follow this and you will guarantee yourself a fun evening. If you don’t live or work around the area, hop on MUNI or BART and get off at Montgomery and meet your friends that do! Happy Hour is a time to relax and enjoy good company, and save a dollar or two in the process.

Stay tuned for more Happy Hour Gameplans in other neighborhoods. Where are your favorite Happy Hour spots?


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