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Lowering the Bar: 5 Places to Drink For Cheap (or Free) This Week

Each week, we bring you our picks for the best places to booze on the cheap in SF.

1. Fillmore Cocktail Crawl: The Fillmore district, which is eager to remind locals of its swingin', gentrified new look, is hosting a cocktail crawl next Tuesday, with four restaurants (Yoshi's, Rasselas, Sheba Piano Lounge, and 1300 on Fillmore) each mixing their own DonQ rum cocktail and passing a few hors d'oeuvres. The price? Only $5, which all goes to the local charity Mo' MAGIC, if you RSVP here. Space is limited, but if you're turned away from the list, each venue will still have $6 cocktails and bar bites on offer during the crawl. (Tuesday, February 5, 6:30-9:30 pm, beginning at Yoshi's, 1330 Fillmore St., Fillmore.)

2. Jippidy Happy Hour: The folks at Jippidy are dedicated to promoting their company through awesome happy hours-- and we're not about to stand in their way. Next Thursday, they'll be offering up $2.50 beers, $4 vodka drinks and sake bombs, and half-off appetizers at Mas Sake. Not cheap enough? E-mail them here with a link to your Jippidy profile, and your first vodka drink is free. (Thursday, February 4, 6-8 pm, at Mas Sake, 2030 Lombard St., Marina.)

3. Tokyo Go Go Late-Night: Happy hour has long been a fixture in the early hours at this Mission sushi joint, but now they're going late-night, too. All week long, the wee hours at Tokyo Go Go mean $3 Kirin and small hot sakes, as well as a good variety of $3.50 handrolls. We have a new favorite way to end a 16th St. bar crawl. (Early happy hour: Monday-Saturday, 5:30-7 pm, Sunday, 5-6:30 pm. Late happy hour: Sunday-Thursday, 9-11 pm, Friday and Saturday, 10 pm-1 am, at Tokyo Go Go, 3174 16th St., Mission.)

4. Drake Bar Buy One, Get One 28 Cents: The Sir Francis Drake hotel is celebrating its history with a double happy hour that's split between its two bars. The early shift is at the Scala's Bistro bar, the late shift at the Drake Bar, and at both bars, when you buy one drink at full price, the second is 28 cents (in honor of 1928, the year the hotel was founded). The cocktails aren't cheap ($10-12), but beer is only $4, meaning you can enjoy two brews for a reasonable $2.14 apiece. (Daily, 3-5 pm at Scala's Bistro Bar and 5-7 pm at Drake Bar, 450 Powell St., Union Square.

5. CAV Wine Bar Industry Mondays: While "industry nights" are technically meant to attract restaurant workers, bartenders, and other service-industry types who are working for the weekend, there's no membership card, and even 9-to-5 wage slaves can attend. CAV has just introduced a great industry night, featuring $2 PBR and three types of $3 sliders: prime rib, BBQ pork, and BLT. It's an easy way to feel like a captain of industry on an entry-level salary. (Mondays, 9 pm-12 am, at CAV Wine Bar and Kitchen, 1666 Market St., Upper Market.)