Happy Hour at the Corner Store: Booze, Bites, and Burgers
Happy hour: two little words that have the power to inspire true feelings of contentment and bliss upon their mere mention; words that will improve even the worst of days; words that can draw you to the Corner Store at the intersection of Geary and Masonic six days a week.
From 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. every Tuesday-Sunday, the 15-month-old spot offers two and a half hours of discounted libations. All draft beers, wines on tap, and well drinks are $2 off. The restaurant also features two $7 cocktails: Ruby Sue, a balanced blend of gin, Aperol, lemon, honey, and egg white; and for those seeking something a bit more spirituous, the Fantastic Sam, a blend of whiskey and Olympia lager.
And as your drinks quickly multiply and your need for booze-soaking sustenance grows, choose from a generous variety of snacks and small plates. On our visit, we sampled housemade pickles and a plate of Bellwether Farms' San Andreas, a mild sheep's milk cheese and Molinari's perfectly-spiced sopressata. All meats and cheeses are $6 each (or three for $16) and come with crostini, caper berries, cornichons, whole grain mustard, and macerated strawberries.
Those looking to seek their teeth into something more substantial will find meaty satisfaction in the Corner Store burger, Niman Ranch chuck topped with aged cheddar, pickled red onion, bacon jam, pickles, and aioli. And for added indulgence, opt for the burger and boozy shake combo ($18).
So cozy up to the 12-seat bar for a beer or sip a glass of wine in their enclosed heated patio as you gaze across the street at the bright red lights of City Target. Either way, you will find yourself at the corner of happy and hour.