Conversation and laughter. Glasses clinking, ice cubes tinkling, delightful aromas. Small plates of delectable bites being shared. It’s the time of day we move into evening, leaving our worries behind.
Happy Hour is an American ritual, loved by everyone. The Cow Hollow/Marina neighborhood’s Happy Hours are well-known. In the late afternoon/early evening, locals meet with friends and neighbors at their favorite spot. They share small plates and libations. In this area of the city, most eating and drinking establishments offer Happy Hour. The days and hours vary, but all have wallet-friendly food and drink specials. Happy Hour is one of the best ways to meet and chat with locals. Here are three that really stand out. Give them a try.
1. Eastside West Restaurant & Bar
Located on the corner of Fillmore and Greenwich in Cow Hollow, Eastside West Restaurant & Bar serves up gastro pub fare that will knock your socks off. Chef Dino uses a master’s touch with local and organic ingredients. The food here is brilliant and a ‘must try’. One dish you can’t pass up is the Fried Macaroni and Cheese. Also, be sure to try the tacos, all varieties are extraordinary, but the Po Boy Shrimp Tacos are a real treat. Beer, wine and spirits are served.
The staff at Eastside West is superlative. Bartender and host Vinny Ferrer, will make you feel at home with his giant grin and engaging personality. He is very knowledgeable about the menu and the area. He’s a long-time neighborhood resident.
Located at 3154 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, Eastside West is also a late-night dance spot. Stop in earlier at Happy Hour for a quieter atmosphere. Bar, table and booth seating are available. They have some of the best Happy Hour pricing in the area. Check its website for menu, days and hours.
2. Stock In Trade
Stock In Trade is an expansive tavern with an indoor Bocce Ball Court. They have a Happy Hour menu with snacks and appetizers such as Deviled Eggs, Meatballs, Chips and Dip. Beer, wine and cocktails are featured to quench your thirst.
They have an enormous horseshoe bar and numerous television screens. Bar, table and booth seating are available.
The bartenders and servers are pleased to tell you about the many local microbrews they have on tap; what wines are available or what special the chef is offering. Its Happy Hour pricing is very wallet friendly.
Located at 2035 Lombard Street, San Francisco, it’s a very approachable and welcoming place. Stock In Trade is also known for its Sunday Brunch. Check its website for menu, days and hours.
Umami is a Japanese Tavern or Izakaya. Umami hosts Sumo Hour aka Happy Hour. Located on Webster just off Union, the Sushi, Kobe beef and Tempura served here are celebrated.
Sumo Hour features a special menu of rolls from the Sushi Bar plus other nibbles including Potstickers, Edamame and Kobe Sliders. All bottles of wine are 50% off during Sumo Hour.
The Sake and cocktail menu is extensive. Sakes are grouped by flavor profile. Cocktails are made with Sake, some with spirits.
Umami is a small place and very popular for Sumo Hour. Arrive late and you might not get a seat. Reservations are advised for dinner.
Located at 2909 Street, San Francisco, it serves some of the highest quality seafood in the city. Umami is also known for its Shoyu Ramen Noodle Soup. Check its website for menu, days and hours.
Other Cow Hollow/Marina activities
Union and Chestnut Streets have some of San Francisco’s best boutiques, shops and designer studios without the bustling crowds.
Bistros, pubs, cafes and fine-dining spots are ubiquitous on Chestnut, Union and Fillmore Streets.
Marina Green is on the San Francisco Bay. It is perfect for walking, photography and sightseeing.
The Wave Organ is an acoustic sculpture. It plays music made by the Pacific. It’s located on San Francisco Bay at the end of Yacht Road, past the Golden Gate Yacht Club.
The Palace of Fine Arts is a San Francisco landmark built in 1915 for the Panama Pacific International Exposition. It provides excellent photo ops.
Fort Mason is a former military base, now home to museums and historic buildings. Excellent hiking and unique photo ops.
Get happy at a Cow Hollow/Marina Happy Hour
The perfect way to take a break from sightseeing is Happy Hour. San Francisco’s Cow Hollow/Marina Districts have many to offer. This time-honored tradition is an especially good way to meet and mingle with locals.