5 amazing happy hours with "to die for" views in San FranciscoA lot of the view spots in the iconic City by the Bay can cost a pretty penny, but there are a few places to guzzle some good booze and scarf delicious food while also staring at the incredible sights this place has offer. I mean, have you ever even seen a more beautiful city? Check out this list to find great places with a view that won't break the bank.
The Ramp, in the Dogpatch neighborhood, is especially fun to hit up on a sunny day, which (sorry tourists!!) isn't usually during the summer. But early fall and spring are incredible, when the city is free from choking fog and blistering winds. Sit under one of the colorful umbrellas and look out across the Bay to Oakland while a row of sailboats bob nearby. You can't beat the $1 oysters on Mondays and Thursdays, washed down with $5 beer. Oysters not your thing? Taco Tuesday, with $3.50 tacos, could be your jam.
Palomino Restaurant and Bar
Wanna see girls in skirts and high heels and dudes in suits? Palomino, which touches the Embarcadero in San Francisco, is where you wanna be. This happy hour joint is popular with the after-work crowd, and has a huge patio with views of the Bay and the Bay Bridge. Pretty kick-ass, right? Grab a glass of wine for under $7, or a craft cocktail for $8. Hungry? Try the truffle matchstick fries with Dijon aioli for $4.95, or true cod and frites for $7.95. What a deal!
Waterbar San Francisco
If you want a truly gorgeous spot to eat $1 oysters and a $6 glass of wine, pop into Waterbar. The place has stunning floor-to-ceiling windows that show the Bay bridge's span stretching to Yerba Buena Island. Sit at the circular bar, and wear your fanciest duds to slurp down happy hour on the cheap. Oh, the irony!
McCormick and Kuleto's
If you find yourself wandering around the tourist trap Fisherman's Wharf, wander on up to McCormick and Kuleto's and take a break from the madhouse on the street below. This restaurant is basically a wall of windows that looks out to Alcatraz and beyond. Snag a seat at the bar and treat yourself to $4.50 chicken satay or a $5.50 tuna roll. Feeling fancy? Try an $8 cucumber mint martini to whet your palate.
Okay, so this one's not in San Francisco, but crossing the bridge to Sausalito isn't that hard. You can rent bikes and ride over the Golden Gate bridge to settle into this stunning spot just in time for happy hour, then catch the the ferry back. Trident boasts beautiful windows that show the glittering city in the distance...a must-do if you're in town. It will blow your mind. Sip on a $4 beer while oogling the view, and scarf down one of the $6 appetizers, anything from horseradish deviled eggs, to sweet and spicy chicken wings, to mahi mahi tacos. YUM!
Kristin Hanes is a writer and frugal adventurer who lives on a sailboat in the San Francisco Bay. She's frequently published in SF Gate. Follow her on Twitter @KristinHanes