The place: Quiver Bar at Epic Roasthouse, 369 Embarcadero (at Folsom), 369-9955
The hours: Mon.-Fri., 3-6:30 p.m.
The deals: Specialty cocktails and select sparkling, white, and red wines by the glass $5 ($7 for a well-vodka martini); select bottled beers $3; hefty small plates $2-$5
The digs: Epic's upstairs Quiver Bar is the Nordstrom men's suit department of city drinking establishments. Expensive halogen makes the copper bar glow, the place is fastidiously accessorized with manly miscellania including chunky gears, and then, of course, there's the view; the money-shot panorama of Treasure Island and the burly undercarriage of the Bay Bridge. The communal table provides a decent view out or, if the weather's even reasonably good, take the elevator down to the ground-floor patio.