Best Happy Hour at an '80s Relic - 2012
Tommy Toy's Cuisine Chinoise - CLOSED
With its stained carpets and garish décor, there's no denying that Tommy Toy's isn't the place it once was, and it definitely isn't courting the kinds of folks looking for a hip, modern room to drop a chunk of change on a meal. And with the death of its namesake and founder in 2008, it's unlikely to again attract the caliber of celebrities who used stop by: Frank Sinatra, Clint Eastwood, Mikhail Gorbachev. But today's hoi polloi — and, judging from the usual attendance in the bar on any given day, most San Franciscans — are missing out on the best happy hour in the Financial District. Perhaps it has to do with the best-kept-secret part of the equation, but there's something about the unintentionally shabby-chic environment that makes Tommy Toy's bar extra comfortable. And isn't relaxing usually the point of happy hour? From 5 to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, the deals are great: Small plates like crispy spring rolls, baby-back ribs, and grilled prawns are $5, and all drinks are half off. So after James the friendly bartender serves up a Maker's on the rocks and Bombay martini with a warm smile, you'll return the gesture as you only have to hand over $10.50.