Credit: Ron Levy Photograpghy @ronlevyphotography
Credit: Ron Levy Photograpghy @ronlevyphotography

11 Happy Hour Hotspots in San Diego With Delicious Deals

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It’s 5 o’clock somewhere, and luckily for locals, San Diego is filled with some of the best happy hour hubs in SoCal. From Mexican bites to discounted craft beers, heading down to some of our favorite bars and restaurants for happy hour might just take the cake for a spontaneous night out. Whether you’re planning an evening with the girls or are in need of some after-work bites with your beau, here’s our roundup of San Diego’s best happy hour specials. Happy Hour San Diego

 

Urbana Mexican Gastronomy & Mixology

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New to the happy hour scene is Del Mar’s recently opened Urbana Mexican Gastronomy & Mixology, serving up some of the best Mexican cuisine SoCal has to offer. Established in 2021, Urbana has already gained worthy praise for its eccentric take on Mexican classics, including garlic shrimp enchiladas, fresh ceviches and zesty house margaritas. Happy hour is Monday through Friday from 3-6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 2-4 p.m. Their happy hour menu is perfect for date night or dinner with pals—think $6 beers and $11 margaritas. And if you’re hankering for some Mexican bites, they also serve their Urbana famous guacamole and chips for $8, $5 ceviche and $12 carnitas sliders, which are a fan favorite. Urbana Mexican Gastronomy & Mixology is located inside Del Mar Highland Town Center’s Sky Deck, so after dinner, you can enjoy some shopping and an evening walk around the center. 

Location: Del Mar

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Draft Mission Beach

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With over 70 beers on tap and hand-crafted American entrees worth drooling over, Draft Mission Beach should be on everyone’s happy hour bucket list. This Belmont Park treasure is famous for its vast beer selection and decadent menu items like lobster mac and cheese and truffle parmesan fries. And if you come during their happy hour special, you can snag $2 off all starters and $7 draft beers. Draft Mission Beach’s happy hour is from 3-6 p.m. on Monday through Thursday. 

Location: Mission Beach

 

Park 101 

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If you’re driving down the coast in San Diego’s North County, stop by Park 101’s happy hour for discounted craft beer, $5 cocktails and unbeatable views. Not only do you get the typical happy hour from 3-6 p.m. on Monday through Friday, but there’s also a bonus hour, 9-10 p.m., on Friday and Sunday. The outdoor patio is spacious with a large fire pit and plenty of room to accommodate large groups. Children and four-legged companions are welcome too!

Location: Carlsbad

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Casero Taqueria

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We all know the best day of the week is Tuesday for one reason—Taco Tuesday! And Carlsbad’s Casero Taqueria has you covered because you can enjoy $4 tacos all day every Tuesday. If you’re looking to get down and dirty with some drinks too, Casero Taqueria has a fantastic happy hour consisting of $9 cocktails, $8 wines and $6 beers Monday through Friday from 3-5 p.m.

Location: Carlsbad

 

Cafe Sevilla

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A trip to Spain is a lot closer than you’d think. At Cafe Sevilla, enjoy tasty tapas, an eccentric Spanish atmosphere and a happy hour menu to match. From 4:30-6:30 p.m., Sunday through Friday, Cafe Sevilla serves $5 beer and wine and $7 sangrias. Truly discounted and quality consistent, this Spanish gem offers three different tapas menus ranging from $5-$9 where you can chow down on spicy octopus ceviche, short rib tacos and much more.

Location: Gaslamp Quarter

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Monello 

There is truly something about hearing the word Italian and already knowing your meal is going to be one to remember. With your purchase of vino, birra or bevi (at the bar or on the patio) from 3-5 p.m., the chef offers complimentary bites that differ each night. And once you’re finished with your appetizer, head inside for a plate of specialty pasta. Order a drink and enjoy the eats because when the moon hits the sky, that’s amore!

Location: Little Italy

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Bootlegger

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If you’re looking for a happy hour with an abundance of discounted drinks and comfort foods, then San Diego’s Bootlegger is for you. From house-baked pretzels to Southern fried pickles, Bootlegger is a local favorite. Their happy hour menu is one of the best in SoCal with $6 select pints and a selection of appetizers fit for everybody. Happy hour is served from 3-7 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday, but Bootlegger always has daily specials, so be sure to ask!

Location: East Village

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The Presley

Elvis Presley might be all the rage right now, but when we think Presley, we think about San Diego’s Presley restaurant located in Liberty Station. Serving some of the most buzz-worthy drinks in all of SD (Dole whip mimosas and frozen cocktails, anyone?), Presley upholds a reputation for being a local favorite, and there’s little wonder why. On weekdays from 3-6 p.m., Presley offers $5 house wine, $10 flatbreads and their own Presley Lager!

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STK Steakhouse

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San Diego’s STK Steakhouse is not only home to award-winning Wagyu, but also to a happy hour menu that is worthy of praise. Monday through Friday from 3-6 p.m., STK delivers a happy hour menu that is split in three, ranging from $3, $6 and $9 plates and drinks. From oysters on the half shell to a jalapeño pickled shrimp cocktail, we know why STK was rated one of the best steakhouses in America!

Location: Downtown San Diego

Blade 1936

We all know Taco Tuesday, but how about Italian Tuesday? At Blade 1986, happy hour is offered all night on Tuesdays and from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. With house wines starting at $7.50 and small bites from $8, Blade 1986 will surely serve your pasta and pizza craving. Located in Oceanside, this Italian prize resides in a historical building from the ‘30s–hence its name–and it has no plans of ever changing!

Location: Oceanside

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The Rabbit Hole

All too often, people fall down the rabbit hole of celeb gossip, random Instagram posts and level upon level of Candy Crush. But when you fall into The Rabbit Hole, it’s a whole other level of discounted drinks, apps and specials for each day of the week. Monday through Friday from 5-7 p.m., you’ll find $6 draft beers and house wines, $7 select specialty cocktails and half-off appetizers. Normal Heights’ Rabbit Hole is the rabbit hole you want to fall into for a few coveted hours each day.

Location: Normal Heights

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