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Fact: You’ve been working hard and it’s about time for a break. But if a trip to Hawaii isn’t on your horizon, transport yourself with a summery cocktail instead. Here, seven drinks to sip the next time happy hour rolls around, pineapple slice and paper umbrella included.


Strawberry Slushy at Palm House

This one has staycation written all over it. A seriously gorgeous twist on the classic frozen daiquiri, the slushy has both dark and light rum, lime juice and cane sugar. Then you decide whether you want it with passion fruit, prickly pear or strawberry.

Palm House, 2032 Union St.; 415-400-4355 or

Wes Rowe

El Puñal at Lolo

Loló rolled out a new cocktail menu earlier this year, and we’re betting you’ve never tasted anything like the El Puñal, a smoky, smooth and slightly bitter drink with mezcal, Aperol, poppy liqueur, almond and lime. 

Loló, 974 Valencia St.; 415-643-5656 or


Banana Hammock at Tsk Tsk

We’ll toast to this piña colada with a silly name, all part of the humorous, unfancy approach at the neighborhood watering hole on Divisadero.

Tsk Tsk, 528 Divisadero St.; 415-52-0800 or


Peach Fizz at Dirty Water

Deliciously subtle and surprisingly unsweet, this pretty cocktail uses aged gin--which makes for a smoother taste--along with fresh peach, lemon and Champagne. It’s light and refreshing, and you’ll find it on Dirty Water’s new brunch menu.

Dirty Water, 1355 Market St., 888-393-0530 or


Dr. Tequila at Presidio Social Club

Throughout the summer, guest bartenders are mixing up signature drinks made with Partida Tequila, as part of Presidio Social Club’s Partida Parties on the Patio series. Be sure to order up a few tacos to wash down this cocktail, which is made with tequila, Riesling and Scotch--and is not for the faint of heart. 

Presidio Social Club, 563 Ruger St.; 415-885-1888 or


Pago Pago at Hawker Fare

Served up at Hawker Fare’s new tiki hour (Friday to Sunday, 2:30 to 5 p.m.), this authentic tropical refresher is mixed with aged Trinidad rum, pineapple juice, green chartreuse, lime juice and crème de cacao in a slushy machine.

Hawker Fare, 680 Valencia St.; 415-400-5699 or

Virginia Miller

Mr. Pink at Al’s Place

Sherry- and vermouth-based low-proof cocktails rule the menu at Al’s Place. (Read: You’ll want more than one.) Drinks, such as the Negroni- like Mr. Pink, are named after Reservoir Dogs characters.

Al’s Place, 1499 Valencia St.; 415-416-6136 or

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