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 San Francisco.


Free Beer for Tigers: People born in 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, and 1986 (including yours truly) are in luck this week, as E&O Trading Company is offering free beer to those born in the Year of the Tiger, which began again on Sunday. The beer of choice? Tiger, of course. If you weren't born in one of the lucky years, take heart: they'll still have special cocktails and a Chinese New Year menu available for you. (Tuesday, February 16-Saturday, February 27, at E&O Trading Company, 314 Sutter St., Financial District.)

Lady Drinks at the Royal Exchange: Longtime LTB readers will know that your writer holds a particular grudge against the hospitality industry's attempts at "feminizing" drinks with amounts of sugar that will seriously darken a hangover. So it is without comment that we offer the following deal: the "Passionate Kiss," the "Royal Punch," chocolate, blueberry, and angel-food cake martinis. $6.75 all day long. Be sure to bring some Monistat. (Monday-Friday, 11 am-11 pm, at Royal Exchange, 301 Sacramento St., Financial District.

Home's Late-Night Happy Hour: Why stay home on a weeknight when you can head Home? Their new late-night happy hour includes $4 cocktails (margaritas, lemon drops, more girly martinis) and $5 bar bites (mini corn dogs, nachos, bread pudding). It's just like your home, except cleaner and without reminders of all the art you really should get around to putting up. (Sunday-Thursday, 10 pm-12 am, at Home, 2100 Market St., Castro.)

Delica Happy Hour: The Japanese delicatessen, a Ferry Building stalwart, is now offering a happy hour, with $2.50 beer and $5 glasses of wine. It's a great opportunity to booze on the cheap while you enjoy their new sushi bar. (Monday-Thursday, 4-6 pm, at Delica, Ferry Building, Embarcadero.)

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