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When it comes time for happy hour, we’re not too difficult to please (hi, crisp glass of Chardonnay). Still, there are some days when our cup calls for a bit more pizzazz. Here, a roundup of our fair city’s most delectably inventive libations.

/images/articles/The Grand Tour at Pesce
Virginia Miller, The Perfect Spot

The Grand Tour at Pesce

The Castro?s Pesce uses cucumber-infused scotch as the base for its effervescent white-ale concoction. (Later, boring old beer.)

2223 Market St.,

/images/articles/The Tally Ho at Third Rail

The Tally Ho at Third Rail

The Tally Ho gives your run-of-the-mill gin 'n' ginger a serious makeover with lime, sweet yellow Chartreuse and a sprig of mint.

628 20th St.,

/images/articles/The Montenegro Spritz at Sens

The Montenegro Spritz at Sens

It may be the dead of winter, but dammit we are still ordering this sparkling summer cocktail injected with amaro, Prosecco and just a tad of vodka.

4 Embarcadero Center, Promenade Level,

/images/articles/The Code Hero Punch at Novela

The Code Hero Punch at Novela

At Novela, the old-school punches are inspired by literary greats (think maraschino and whiskey for Mr. Hemingway). Even cooler? They’re served on tap.

662 Mission St.,

/images/articles/The Whisky Smash at Hardwater

The Whiskey Smash at Hard Water

A classic cocktail reinvented with a smoky maple-syrup kicker. Basically, it’s the liquid equivalent of a Raymond Chandler short story.

Pier 3 at the Embarcadero,

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