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

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

1. Beast and the Hare Happy Hour: In keeping with its focus on whole-animal cookery and sustainably-raised meats, Beast and the Hare offers a unique take on happy hour: each week, they buy a whole animal, cook it up in a variety of ways, and serve the results at a reasonable price ($3-5). This week's animal is a Martin Emigh lamb, and you can wash it down with a $4 draft, $3 can of beer, or a $5 glass or $15 bottle of wine. They always offer pickles (regular and fried) and Cholula-spiced wings, too. (Wednesday-Friday, 6-7:30 pm, at Beast and the Hare, 1001 Guerrero St., Mission.)

2. Asiento's Sunday Specials: If you're looking for a spot to drink on a Sunday, Asiento has you covered both morning and night. During their brunch, they'll give you a free mimosa with the purchase of an entree; once the sun goes down, they have a late-night Sunday happy hour, with a free drink (beer, wine, well drink, or specialty cocktail) for workers in the restaurant and bar industries if they show their pay stub. (Sundays, brunch 11 am-4 pm, happy hour 10 pm-12 am, at Asiento, 2730 21st St., Mission.)

3. Happy Hour at Patxi's Marina: If you're fresh out of work and craving pizza, consider heading to Patxi's, where weekdays bring $3 slices (until 4 pm) and half off all other appetizers and drinks from 4-6 pm. If you check in on Facebook, Yelp, Twitter or Foursquare, you can score $1 PBRs all day and night. Sorry, Hayes Valley denizens: this deal is only for the Marina location (and the Palo Alto one, if you're in the neighborhood). Pizza can be a cruel mistress. (Monday-Friday, 4-6 pm, at Patxi's, 3318 Fillmore St., Marina.)

4. Public House Away-Game Happy Hour: It's an inevitable fact of baseball fandom: you have to spend half the season watching your favorite team on TV. But you don't have to do it alone. Every time the Giants aren't at AT&T Park, Public House offers a solid happy hour, with $5 drafts from their awesome selection, as well as $5 well cocktails. The Giants may have to get booed by Dodgers fans this week, but at least you can watch with like-minded fans. (Daily when Giants are not playing at AT&T, 4-6 pm, at Public House, 24 Willie Mays Plaza, SOMA.)

5. Rachel Roy Launch Party: Designer Rachel Roy is introducing the latest items in her collection for Macy's, and the store is celebrating by throwing a party with a DJ and cocktails. If you buy any of Roy's clothes, you'll also get a free gift. Admission and drinks are totally gratis; just RSVP here to get in. (Thursday, May 19th, 6-8 pm, at Macy's Union Square, 170 O'Farrell St., Union Square.)