Happy Hour of the Week - Level 111 - JW Marriott In Union Square

SF is home to some of the finest dining and drinking establishments imaginable, a blessing for your palate which sometimes feels like a curse on the purse. Luckily, the happy hour options are as plentiful as they are varied. And in a bid to attract budget conscious social butterflies, many of the swankiest boites and most elegant eateries are offering more beverage for your buck. My...ahem, copious research has unearthed some frugal finds that are simply too good to hoard. So please enjoy my first installment of Happy Hour of the Week. Cheers!

Level 111's take 3 happy hour is a great deal, offering: 3 reds, 3 whites, 3 beers, 3 cocktails, 3 plates, 3 hours, ½ price.
4-7 Monday through Friday. The setting is modern yet plush and the enormous, lofty space is usually fairly empty - so it's a great space to catch up with old friends with minimal noise pollution. The impressive fireplace is the centerpiece for a cozy sitting area - very inviting on wet, foggy evenings, while the spectacular sculptural fountain is a photo-op waiting to happen.

The snacks are served in generous portions. I usually share the mac and cheese with a friend - it's a hearty dish that features more than enough fromage for two. Sliders and charcuterie for the carnivores and a couple of varieties of fried spuds round out the menu - definitely not a place to stick to your diet or meet a vegan blind date.

Level III is located in the JW Marriott SF in Union Square at 500 Post Street. Happy Hour is Monday - Friday 4-7pm. www.levelthreesf.com