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The Best San Diego Happy Hours to Get You Through the Week

All the best spots to take advantage of drink specials, cheap bites and more, from Pacific Beach to South Park


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Life’s most joyous moments are fleeting. Case in point: Happy hour. So get out there, make the most of discounted drinks and eats, and (for once) get to bed at a reasonable time.

 

University Heights

 

Hundred Proof

When: Monday-Friday until 6 p.m.

Deals: $7 cocktails, $6 wine, $5 draft beers, $4-$6 bites

Go here for: Understated interior design and because one happy hour drink can lead to more drinks and dinner, Japanese whisky and Chef Brad Wise’s menu of burgers, steak, poke, and bao.  

 

Park & Rec

When: Monday-Thursday, 4-6 p.m. and 10 p.m.-close.

Deals: $6 blood orange margaritas, Old Fashioneds, mules (with choice of booze), wine, and Tecates.

Go here for: The comfy, heater-equipped patio, dual Ping Pong tables, and strong cocktail game.

 

Kairoa Brewing Company

When: All day Monday and 4-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday

Deals: $5 pints of all 10 house beers; $6 wine, $5 bites like sausage rolls, shrimp butties (whatever they are), and lamb tacos.

Go here for: Sunsets on the expansive second-floor patio overlooking the University Heights neighborhood sign.

Pro Tip: Wine bottles are discounted 30 percent on Tuesdays.  

 

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Madison

When: 4-7 p.m. Tuesday-Friday.

Deals: $7 signature cocktails and wine; happy hour food menu featuring $10 mussels and toast; $10 burger-and-beer combos, and small bites.     

Go here for: The feeling of being inside a giant guitar and smokin’ deals on high-caliber cocktails.

 

North Park

Louisiana Purchase

When: Wednesday-Friday, 4-6 p.m. and weekends from 3-5 p.m.  

Deals: $7 cocktails, and a few appetizers, including $7 three-cheese mac with crawfish tails.

Go here for: To get all the burrs outta your saddle (as they say in the South).

 

Seven Grand

When: Monday-Saturday until 8 p.m.

Deals: $5 beers, $6 bourbon mules, and $6 whiskies including Evan Williams, Wild Turkey 81 Rye, Black Grouse

Go here for: Whisky, taxidermy, low lighting.

 

Tamarindo Latin Kitchen and Bar

When: Tuesdays.

Deals: $7 tequila shots, $4 tacos, sopes, and tostadas

Go here for: Sustainably-sourced tequila, the dog-friendly patio, and tempura avocado.

 

Working Class

When: Monday-Friday, 4-7 p.m.

Deals: $4 draft beer and wine, $5 starters including Buffalo wings, onion rings, and meatballs

Go here for: The doggo-approved “Puppy Chow menu” and umbrella-shaded patio.  

 

Splash Wine Lounge and Bistro

When: Daily until 6:30 p.m.

Deals: $6 wine, $5 beers

Go here for: The conversation-spurring effects of wine-by-the-ounce dispensers.

 

Coin-Op Game Room

When: Weekdays, 4-7 p.m.

Deals: $4 well drinks, $6 cocktails, $1 off beers, $3 fries and other bites 

Go here for: Obliterating your co-workers in Skee-Ball.

Pro Tip: Games are free all day on the last Sunday of every month.

 

South Park

Fernside Bar and Kitchen

When: Weekdays, 3-6 p.m.

Deals: $7 cocktails, $6 wine, $5 beers, and $5 menu items including chicken liver toast, chicken wings, and burgers.

Go here for: Come for happy hour, stay until midnight, when the kitchen closes on weekdays.

 

Kindred

When: Always.

Deals: $5 well drinks, $5 herb puffs, $6 popcorn

Go here for: Though not technically a happy hour, you’ll want to let that minor point slide seeing as this vegan fave with an outstanding bar always offers a few easy-on-the-pocketbook options.

 

Normal Heights

Rabbit Hole

When: Weekdays, 5-7 p.m.

Deals: $5 draft beers, $6 wine, $6 specialty cocktails, half-off appetizers

Go here for: Bring the dog, bring the baby, bring your sharpest pals for Wednesday night trivia, at 7:15 p.m.

 

Kensington

Cucina Sorella

When: Daily, 5-6 p.m.

Deals: $7 cocktails and wine, $6 sangria, $4 draft Moretti, and bites like $6.50 truffle fries and $4.50 garlic bread

Go here for: To taste the handmade pastas you can try your own hand at making in their sporadic pasta classes (which include a glass of wine and lunch).

 

Pacific Beach

The Grass Skirt

When: All day Monday, and Tuesday-Thursday, 5-6 p.m.

Deals: $6 cocktails, $5 well drinks and wine; $10 discounts on punch bowls, $6 okinomiyaki fries, $6 garlic edamame, $6 Korean chicken wings, and other bites

Go here for: Volcanic eruptions, flaming cocktails, and shameless levels of tiki-ness.

 

Mavericks Beach Club

When: Weekdays 3-8 p.m.

Deals: $4 beers, wine, and well cocktails, and $6 margaritas and Mai Tais

Go here for: Plenty of outdoor space to for corn hole and ocean breezes.  

Pro Tip: Taco Tuesdays (5 p.m. to 10 p.m.) offer the dangerous proposition of $4 house margaritas.

 

Gaslamp/East Village

Blind Burro

When: Weekdays, 3-6 p.m.

Deals: $4.50 beer bottles, $6 margaritas, $5 well drinks, $4.50 fish tacos, and $4.50 TJ dogs with fries.

Go here for: Elote, ceviche, carne asada nachos and Baja-style ramen.  

 

The Smoking Gun

When: Monday-Thursday, 4-7 p.m.

Deals: $5 for draft beer, house wines, well drinks, and select plates; $10 specialty cocktails

Go here for: The photo booth, Frito pie, and housemade corn nuts.

Pro Tip: The entire bar is half-off Fridays 3-7 p.m.

 

The Nolen

When: Every day, 4-6 p.m.

Deals: $7 cocktails and wine, and $6 appetizers like tater tots with chile mezcal salt and chile glazed meatballs.

Go here for: Views of the waterfront, fire pits, and getting far above the fray of the Gaslamp.

 

Little Italy

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When: Every day, 4:30-6 p.m.

Deals: $8 cocktails, $7 wine, $6 beers, and bites like $5 sliders (order of two), $5 avocado toast, and $10 pizzas.  

Go here for: Forty-eight-hour-fermented pizza dough and a chance to sample this Brian Malarkey gem for less than a mortgage payment.

 

Ironside

When: Weekdays, 3-6 p.m.

Deals: $8 cocktails, $5 beers, and small bites like $1 oysters and $6 chowder fries

Go here for: Did we mention the $1 oysters?

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