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Written By: Chelsea Raineri  Orange County Happy Hour Guide

Do you know what you’re doing after work tonight? We do! Happy hour in Orange County is almost a ritual amongst its dwellers, and with endless options of happy hour menus there is never a dull moment. Especially with the following 15 restaurants offering great views, live music, and made-from-scratch cuisine. From seafood to burgers, it’s almost impossible to go wrong with your restaurant of choice—especially when the prices are just as satisfying as the food. After a long day of work, skip the gym and grab a few friends to enjoy happy hour at some of Orange County’s finest.  

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Mesa

Popular lounge, Mesa, is introducing earlier hours this month, only giving us more of a reason to love them! From 5-7 p.m., guests will be able to enjoy some of Mesa’s hottest premier drink and menu items at a fraction of their normal price. From classic cocktails to draft beers, house made Sangria to their flavorful Moscow Mule and Old Fashioned, there is much to choose from on their earlier menu. Fan favorite dish, the grilled marinated shrimp, will be available for just $8. Lamb, beef and vegetable slider flights can be yours for only $7 during their new hours, too! Make sure to head over to Mesa after work and take advantage of their fabulous new social hour.

Native Knowledge: Mesa has live entertainment Tuesday through Saturday. Joshua Payne Orchestra performs live jazz music on Wednesdays, DJ Pretty Boy Paul & Torosbros perform alternating Saturdays and much more. For their weekly lineups and event schedule, head to their website!

725 Baker St
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
714.557.6700

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The Cannery

From 4-7 p.m. each day you can enjoy select items for half the price while overlooking the Rhine Channel. Guests can order one of the best selling dishes at the restaurant, The Cannery Roll, with tuna, crab, avocado, cucumber, unagi sauce, and Sriracha. The Cannery Roll goes perfectly with the beautiful view. You can also purchase all cocktails, beer, and wine for $2 off.

Native Knowledge: With over 90 years of history, The Cannery originally stood in Newport Beach as a fish cannery. It was bought and rebuilt into the restaurant we know today in 2000.

3010 Lafayette Rd
Newport Beach, CA 92663
949.566.0060

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Boathouse Collective

With a variety of dishes from the chicken katsu to the Belgian fries, guests can view art and listen to live music while they enjoy deeply discounted dishes. Tuesday through Saturday from 5-6:30 p.m., Boathouse Collective offers an excellent happy hour that includes dishes from $4-$8, cocktails and wines from $6-$8, and $2 off draft beers.

Native Knowledge: The happy hour menu at Boathouse Collective includes freshly squeezed juices, homemade syrups for the cocktails, open-fire cooking, and dishes that are made from scratch.

1640 Pomona Ave
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
949.646.3176

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SOCIAL Costa Mesa

For a great place to unwind and relax, SOCIAL welcomes its guests with a cozy environment for an optimum happy hour experience. From 5-6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, customers can choose from various options for their dining pleasure. This includes the brussel sprouts with honey, sweet potato, house tasso ham, and hazelnuts, or the bacon and pimento grilled cheese.

Native Knowledge: Social does not take their happy hour menu lightly. Not only do they serve their famous Drive Thru Burger for $10, but they also offer oysters, and have a sommelier hand pick the wines.

512 W 19th St
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
949.642.2425

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The Wayfarer

What do you get when you combine happy hour with daily specials? The happiest of days.  From 50 cent wings on Monday to $2 sliders on Thursday, the homemade, bar style cuisine at Wayfarer will satisfy any appetite. Monday to Saturday from 5-7 p.m, customers can enjoy wells, drafts, and wines for only $5.  

Native Knowledge: When you choose to attend happy hour at The Wayfarer, you’ll be treated to live music immediately following your discounted drinks.

843 W 19th St
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
949.764.0039

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Red O

If you’d like to enjoy a house margarita in a resort style restaurant, Red O is the place for you.  With daily happy hour from 3-7 p.m, guests can enjoy meals like corn and goat cheese tamales and chicken quesadillas while feeling like they’re on a luxurious vacation. The menu also offers dishes like the braised short rib with roasted tomato-serrano sauce, onions, cilantro, Monterey Jack cheese, and heirloom potato chips.

Native Knowledge: Whenever possible, Red O uses ingredients from local farms that use sustainable practices to create their delicious and authentic menu.

143 Newport Center Dr
Newport Beach, CA 92660
949.718.0300

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The Ritz Prime Seafood

Dinner and a view? The Ritz Prime Seafood caters to its guests with a harborside view of Newport Beach and high quality seafood. Tuesday through Friday from 5-7p.m, Saturday from 4-7 p.m. and Sunday from 3-6 p.m, guests can experience a happy hour menu with a variety of bites that will satisfy anyone’s tastes. With dishes like Chuck’s Wagyu Sliders with white cheddar, caramelized onions, and Ritz’s secret sauce all on a brioche bun, you’ll definitely be coming back for more.

Native Knowledge: With a name like The Ritz Prime Seafood, it’s no wonder that the fish is fresh and well, prime. By having the fish and seafood flown in daily, you can always expect a meal that won’t disappoint.  

2801 W Coast Hwy
Newport Beach, CA 92663
949.720.1800

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Rooftop Lounge

Feel the sea breeze through your hair as you watch one of the most breathtaking sunsets in the world at the Rooftop Lounge in Laguna Beach. With half off select drinks from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and appetizers as well, the work week doesn’t seem so bad.  

Native Knowledge: If you choose to go to the Rooftop Lounge for happy hour, be sure to order a mojito as they are a favorite of the menu, and are half the price. With flavors ranging from classic to tropical, these cocktails will help you get through the week.

1289 S Coast Hwy
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
949.497.2446

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Bosscat Kitchen & Libations

“Our food is great and not too serious. It’s just good,” says Tai Nguyen, Managing Partner. At Bosscat, you can get $5 grilled cheese and drinks. This includes the Bosscat Short Rib Grilled Cheese, one of the most popular items on the happy hour menu. You can enjoy this little slice of heaven and Bosscat’s other happy hour menu items from 3-6 p.m.

Native Knowledge: The largest whiskey list in all of Orange County can be found at Bosscat.  They also have an exclusive whiskey tasting room for all of your whiskey craving needs.

4647 MacArthur Blvd
Newport Beach, CA 92660
949.333.0917

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Avila’s El Ranchito

Looking to spend under $10? At Avila’s, you can purchase multiple items off their happy hour menus without breaking the bank. Monday and Wednesday through Friday from 3-6 p.m, Avila’s offers items like their mini crispy tacos for $1, and the Mahi ceviche tostadas for $5. In fact, all drinks and dishes on their happy hour menu are $5 and under.  

Native Knowledge: Each Avila’s is family owned, and reflects the personality of the neighborhood that it serves. “We have regulars that come back time and time again for authentic Mexican food that’s still made from scratch with my grandma’s recipes,” says manager of the Newport Beach location, Maribel Avila.

2800 Newport Blvd
Newport Beach, CA 92663
949.675.6855

El Mercado Modern Cuisine

Tuesday through Friday from 5-7 p.m. at El Mercado, guests can enjoy discounted craft beverages and cocktails. On Tuesdays, however, Ruta del Agave takes place till close, which is El Mercado’s interpretation of Taco Tuesday. Customers can order a trio of tacos for $10 that changes weekly, and a flight of three agave spirits for $15. Wednesday night is date night, or La Cita, as couples can share a three-course meal with beer and wine for $49.  

Native Knowledge: El Mercado’s Agave Spirit cocktail program, focuses on both traditional tequila cocktails as well cocktails prepared with other Agave Spirits such as Mezcal, Bacanora, and Sotol.

301 N Spurgeon St
Santa Ana, CA 92701
714.338.4664

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Watermarc

From homemade ricotta cheese to duck croquettes, Watermarc’s happy hour is mouth wateringly worthy. The menu has a wide range of burgers, appetizers, wines and cocktails Monday through Friday from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Guests can purchase drinks like one of the restaurant’s most popular cocktails, the Watermarc Mule, made with fresh housemade ginger beer for $8.

Native Knowledge: Watermarc’s wine program offers close to 200 different ways to pair wine with their delectable meals.  

448 S Coast Hwy
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
949.376.6272

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Memphis Café

For those with a craving for the deep south, the happy hour at Memphis Café is here to satisfy.  Served daily from 3-6 p.m, the happy hour menu at Memphis has dishes like the hush puppies with fried okra and mac and cheese.

Native Knowledge: Since 1995, Memphis Café’s take on Southern home-style cooking has offered its guests seasonal dishes with meats and poultry that are naturally raised.

2920 Bristol St
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
714.432.7685

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The Winery

If you’re crushing on happy hour, then The Winery’s Crush Menu will cater to you. Monday through Friday from 4-6:30 p.m, and Sunday from 4 p.m. to close, guests can choose from eight different appetizers for $8.50, and a variety of drinks from $4 beers to $7.95 wines and cocktails.  With appetizers like the Wild Mushroom, Truffle Oil and Blue Cheese Flatbread, it’s easy to see where the menu got its name.

Native Knowledge: At The Winery, guests can take a tour of the wine cellars, which are climate controlled and can hold up to 7,500 bottles including the restaurant’s selection of 650 wines that change weekly.

3131 West Coast Hwy
Newport Beach, CA 92663
949.999.6622

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Haven Gastropub

Located in Old Towne Orange, Haven brought the early 90s English concept of gastropubs to Orange County. The restaurant’s happy hour is from 3-6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 11 p.m.-1 a.m. Sunday through Thursday for those late night cravings. The menu includes dishes like the Wagyu Beef Cheek Poutine made with red wine-rosemary gravy and cheddar cheese curds atop french fries.

Native Knowledge: Haven opened in 2009 during the Orange International Street Fair that had a record crowd of 500,000 plus people.

190 S Glassell St
Orange, CA 92866
714.221.0680
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