A for Aperitif

I got introduced to the concept of aperitifs when I went on my post-graduation trip to Italy. There, it was typical to begin your evening out by sipping some pre-dinner drinks and nibble on snacks while the group decides on what to do for the rest of the evening. I thought it was only appropriate to begin this adventure with the theme of pre-meal drinks as I venture to find the best happy hours in the city.

The European

We couldn’t have started the night better than this with fabulous cocktails that regularly rotate and great deals on the nibbles. See (or taste) for yourselves.


Lord George

Right in the heart of SOMA tech district, this bar got the whole package – innovative cocktails and good food. The only drawback is that the happy hour ends really early at 6pm (or maybe it’s a good reason to start off Friday early).


El Capitan

Maybe not in the mood for cocktails? Try this spot in SOMA. It has a small but good selection of local craft beer and you can accompany that with $1 oysters or tacos.



In the heart of the 11th St SOMA scene, you will find hip bar with a cool vibe, tasty new American appetizers, and innovative cocktails. Arrive before 7pm for a great deal.



On a cold misty evening, if you are more thirsty than hungry, head to Swig to grab a drink by the fireplace. This bar will liven up at night, but it was very quiet & cozy when we stopped by for happy hour.


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