The days of free food spreads luring our beleaguered workforce into watering holes are quickly disappearing. Fortunately, Eye on the Bay’s Liam Mayclem has scouted a few spots that still offer a bite to eat for the after work crowd. Here are his suggestions for the East Bay:

King Tsin

1699 Solano Ave, Berkeley
(510) 525-9890

Happy Hour is everyday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., featuring free fried wonton noodles, meatballs, and spring rolls.


5121 Hopyard Road, Pleasanton
(925) 460-0444

A $5 signature cocktail entitles you to all you can eat wood fired pizzas, veggies and house-made chips and dip. The $8.00 “Recession proof lunch” is also a great deal for early arrivals.

Celia’s Mexican Restaurant

523 W. 10th Street, Antioch
(925) 754-1355

Get a free plate of nachos or other Mexican fare with each drink. The deal is available at several Bay Area locations.

IL Pescatore

31 Webster St
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 465-2188

Monday through Friday. This Italian eatery serves up free cheese, olives, meatballs, fresh homemade potato chips, bruschetta, little sandwiches, chicken and vegetables, and, on occassion, pizza. Happy Hour is 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.