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Get Bourgie on a Budget With These 20 East Bay Happy Hours

From afternoon tea to waterfront dining, ball out without throwing down major bucks.

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Lake Chalet

On a nice afternoon, there's pretty much no better place in the East Bay to be than Lake Chalet's sprawling, sun-warmed deck, where the happy hour runs 3–6 p.m., and then again at 9 p.m. to close, on Monday–Friday, and where beer, wine, cocktails, and a wide slate of food offerings (ceviche! seafood deviled eggs!) come at deep discount. 1520 Lakeside Dr., Oakland, 510-208-5253, TheLakeChalet.com. (E.C.)

La Marcha

During happy hour, every single drink purchase at this low-key, West Berkeley tapas bar comes with a free small plate — and this is far from mixed nuts and popcorn. Think crispy fried Brussels sprouts, slow-cooked octopus, patatas bravas slicked with aioli and still steaming from the fryer. Happy hour runs 4–6 p.m. and 10 p.m.–midnight Tue.–Sun. 2026 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley. LaMarchaBerkeley.com. (E.C.)

Marc 49

Temescal's best-kept secret might well be Marc 49's plant-lined back patio, "chill vibe," and oyster happy hour: From 5-7 p.m. on weekdays and 3-5 p.m. on Saturdays, oysters are $1.50, draft beers are $5, wine is $7, and gimlets, negronis, and boulevardiers are $8. 4915 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, 510-652-2100, Marc49.com. (E.C.)

Revival Bar + Kitchen

This downtown Berkeley mainstay offers $5 wines, $8 well drinks, and $6 bar bites (think flatbreads, charcuterie, and the like) — all in a schmancy-feeling, high-ceilinged setting just stumbling distance from BART. 3:30-6 p.m. Tue.-Fri., and 8 p.m. to close Sun. 2102 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley; RevivalBarAndKitchen.com. (E.C.)

Shakewell

If you're looking to ball on a budget (or, ahem, impress a date despite having exactly $31.47 in your bank account), get thee to Shakewell on a Sunday afternoon for a glass of Spanish tempranillo ($6) or fruit-studded, housemade sangria ($10) — no nameless red blends here — plus half-off a rotating menu of Mediterranean-inflected bar bites like warm olives, patatas bravas, and bacon-wrapped dates. Tue.-Sun. 4-6 p.m. 3407 Lakeshore Ave., Oakland. ShakewellOakland.com. (E.C.)

Sliver Pizzeria

As if Sliver's happy hour wasn't already generous enough, each drink (starting at $4 for beer) comes with, well, a "sliver" — a half-slice of whatever the day's seasonal, vegetarian pizza is — completely free. 2132 Center St., Berkeley; 510-356-4044; SliverPizzeria.com. (E.C.)

Lost & Found

It wouldn't be happy hour without a friggin' beer garden. Enter Lost & Found: This oft-overlooked spot on Telegraph serves up $3 cans of craft brew and $5 drafts for two hours on weekdays, from 4 to 6 p.m. And there's always deviled eggs for five bucks. 2040 Telegraph Ave., Oakland. 510-763-2040. LostAndFound510.com. (N.M.)


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