is easy at the Edge
by Matthew S. Bajko
Sometimes it isn't enough to hang out where everyone knows your name, as the famous saying goes, to have a fun night on the town. There are those days when cheap prices are even more important in determining the destination.
That is why Bay Area Reporter readers in-between paychecks – when their cash reserves are running low – head to Castro watering hole the Edge, named the best bang for your buck bar in San Francisco in this year's Best of the Gays poll.
It also was named the best neighborhood bar this year, as the Edge draws a loyal local crowd not only with its drink specials but also its roster of friendly bartenders, sexy dancers, and DJ lineup.
The corner spot has been a favorite place to imbibe for more than two decades. It is especially crowded post work when patrons will find "a truly 'happy' happy hour," promise the bars' owners.
A perusal of the Edge's daily cocktail specials explains why a dollar can "truly" be stretched at this bar. Mondays are dubbed "Musical" and often the casts of touring Broadway shows pop in to entertain the crowd, who get a 2-for-1 drink deal all night from 5 p.m. to close. (Patrons are given a chip to exchange later on for their second drink, in effect masking one's limited purchasing power.)
Tuesdays are "Easy" with $1 well drinks; Wednesdays domestic beer costs $2 and premiums $3; Thursdays Absolut Citron or Mandarin run $5; and Fridays feature cheap shots. Sundays "Kick It" at the Edge with $3 tall Bloody Mary's or $4 tall Mimosas.
Probably the best deal of the week is the $8 Mason jar drink special on Saturdays.
Even better than the bargain booze are the many inexpensive beer busts the Edge hosts for local sports teams, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, and a wide assortment of nonprofit organizations. So drink up for a good cause, even if it will be a while before your wallet is replenished, and mingle with your neighbors at this beloved bar.
The Edge, 4149 18th Street, San Francisco, (415) 863-4027. http://www.edgesf.com.