It's only spring and yet you've tried—and maybe even worn out—all the standard happy hour spots.
Perhaps surprisingly, Hornblower Cruises & Events has the solution for your urban malaise. That's right, the same company that hosted the cruise you went on with your parents, or the one where you indulged in bottomless mimosas. Hornblower has invented a cocktail cruise that you'll not only love, you'll want to make it a regular event with co-workers, friends, and friends-to-be.
It's called Alive After Five, and includes a a mix of sights, sounds, and sipping that's already made it a frequent sell-out in New York City. Here's a breakdown of what you get: a two hour cruise, an hour boarding time prior to cruising (so you don't miss the boat), convenient Pier 3 departure (across the street from BART), cash bar, DJ, small bites for purchase, and photo opps of Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge and McCovey cove on game nights.
But that summary barely conveys the true essence of this mini-vacation. The yacht (and the bar) opens at 5pm. All aboard is at 6pm, so head over whenever you wrap up work for the day. At two hours long (6-8pm) it's the perfect length—you can use it to finish a long week of work or get an early start on your weekend. Perhaps best of all, you get a new perspective on things. Literally. You'll see San Francisco's iconic skyline, landmarks, and bridges from a new and stunning point of view. Your photos from the evening will look so good that your more jaded friends will swear you bought postcards.
But what's a view without something to sip while viewing it and music to go with the sipping? Hornblower's got you covered there, too. The cash bar meets all your desires, while Hornblower's signature cocktails deliver classics with a fresh twist. All this accompanied by great music selected by DJs, spinning for you right on board.
With impeccable timing for the long-awaited spring, this two-hour cruise runs on Thursday evenings, April through October. It's an easy way to get together after work. And here's a local secret: it's also a great way to beat the traffic! Relax on the cruise, then head home after the rush.
With Alive After Five, Hornblower has provided a welcome injection of new creativity into San Francisco's post-work entertainment options.