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Happy Hours to Get You into Summer Mode

Chambers Eat+ Drink smoked grit fries

Did someone say summer? This crazy warm weather is making some of us very happy, but others might still need a little encouragement that it's actually here. Some new happy hours and seasonal specials should do the trick.

Tenderblog's Happy Hour Chill Session Tonight @ Koko Cocktails

Tonight, one of our favorite city blog reads, the Tenderblog, is hosting a killer happy hour at Koko Cocktails to get everyone away from their computer screens and in each other's drunken company. From 6-8 pm, drop by for a chill session with fellow fans of the 'Loin and sip on some cool drink specials, like $4 Geary Gimlets and $2 Modelos.

5 Outdoor Happy Hours To Soak In the Sun After Work

No one should head straight home on any 80 degree San Francisco day. Brace yourself for this heat wave with a few choice happy hours to celebrate the end of the work day.

La Mar Cebicheria Peruana's got a sweeping view of the sunny bay and a happy hour to match. For a day like this, sip a cold $5 Pisco Sour or Caipirinha after work, where their specials on food and drinks last from 3 pm to 6 pm every weekday. Pier 1 1/2, (415) 397-8880

Classic Cocktails, Twitter Taste-Offs: The Drinking Trends of 2009

1. Cheap and Cheerful
The economy has got people drinking cheaper bottles of wine. But learning something along the way. As a sommelier in a high-end restaurant told me, “Maybe wine drinkers are learning that often what makes wine expensive is not only high quality, but things like fashion and availability.”

2. DIY Everything
Bartenders started the DIY trend a couple of years ago by making their own bitters. But now witness the portfolio of shrubs (syrups made from fresh fruit and vinegar) from Nopa’s Neyah White and the tonic water made with cinchona bark and assorted herbs and flowers from her backyard made by Pizzaiolo’s Cate Whalen. What’s next? Glass blowing?

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