Banks are open weekdays 9–3; a few are open Saturday and Sunday, with limited hours. The main post office is open 24 hours daily; some branches are open 9 to 5 weekdays and Saturday 9 to noon. All banks and post offices are closed on national holidays.

Many museums and sights are open 10–5; a few stay open late one or two evenings a week, and a number are closed on Monday. Historic area sights are open daily, with longer hours in summer, but it's wise to check ahead.

Most downtown pharmacies are open 9–6. Hours vary in the outlying neighborhoods and suburbs.

Bars and nightclubs close at 2 am, but there are several after-hours clubs for the serious night owls.

Downtown shopping hours are generally 9:30 or 10 to 5 or 6. Many stores are open until 9 pm on Wednesday. Most downtown stores are closed on Sunday, but the Gallery, the Shops at Liberty Place, and some stores in the Bellevue are open noon–5 or 6. The Bourse is open Sunday 11–5 from spring to fall. Antiques stores and art galleries may be closed some mornings or weekdays; it's wise to call ahead for hours.