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The Best Deals and Dishes in Orange County  Orange County Happy Hour Guide

Written By: Chelsea Raineri and Ryan Leuteritz

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.  

Orange County Happy Hour Guide

Famously Delicious

Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern

Whether you want some gorgeous flatbread concoctions—Jalapeño-BBQ Duck, anyone?—or some good ‘ol nachos, JFAT is one of our top picks for happy hour. Their drinks are on point, too, with wine for $7, tap beers for $2 off and other well beverages on the menu from $5-7 to wash down all the drool-inducing grub. “Our ‘Sophia’s Skinny Margarita’ is my favorite and of a lot of our guests as it’s our number one selling cocktail at happy hour. It’s named after my friend Sophia Partida and is made with her Blanco Tequila and is muddled with cucumber, fresh mint, orange, lemon and lime. Lots of ‘skinny’ [margaritas] are really light on flavor and not very appealing, but ours delivers tons of flavor because of the addition of orange, cucumber and mint,” says Managing Partner David Wilhelm.

Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern
25001 Dana Point Harbor Dr
Dana Point, CA 92629
949.388.8900

South African Swag

Mozambique

Monday-Friday from 3 to 6 p.m., dive into South African-inspired dishes at Mozambique in Laguna Beach. Five days a week, this local favorite is packed with friends, family, coworkers and more, all enjoying the best of this unique cuisine. Sip on draft beers, well cocktails for only $5 or well martinis for $9 to wash down appetizers for half off! If you want a traditional experience, try the South African Pie. A golden brown, flakey puff pastry is filled with your choice of feta and spinach, chicken and mushroom or beef and mushroom, all with a slather of curry gravy. Are you convinced yet?

Mozambique
1740 S Coast Hwy
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
949.715.7777

Ohana Means Family…and Food

The Royal Hawaiian

At The Royal Hawaiian, it’s all about “Aloha Hour.” Between the hours of 2:30 and 5:30 p.m., this PCH pearl serves up some seriously delicious dishes like coconut shrimp, pulled pork sliders, baked chicken wings and smoked salmon flatbread. Want all four? Well, their 4:28 deal is your new best friend, because you can try four different items for only $28. And with $3 off tropical libations, $2 off beers, well spirits and house wine, you can’t lose!

The Royal Hawaiian
331 N Coast Hwy
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
949.715.1470

 

Let’s Taco-Bout This!

URBANA

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Have a little taste of authentic Mexican food at URBANA in Anaheim Packing House and treat yourself to their happy hour menu from 3-6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 2-4 p.m. Saturday through Sunday! URBANA offers ceviche, a lime cured red snapper with pico, avo and spicy aioli for only $4 or try their carnitas sliders with chef’s slow-cooked carnitas, melted Oaxaca cheese, habanero salsa and pickled red onion. Plus, you can add a beer to your already delicious meal for $3!

Native Knowledge: The fun isn’t over just yet! Stop by URBANA to enjoy their Taco Tuesdays where you can savor two tacos—from chicken mole to cauliflower—for only $5!

URBANA
440 S Anaheim Blvd
Anaheim, CA 92805
714.502.0255

Nacho Average Price

Craft House

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After a long day of work, nothing sounds better than indulging in some delicious cuisine and drinks—not to mention without spending all your hard earned money! Craft House’s social hour menu offers items that will make you wish you could get off work sooner. Try their Irish Nachos—French fries topped with bacon, cheddar, scallions and sour cream—for $5 and pair it with a Moscow Mule for $7.

Native Knowledge: Check their social media pages for nights like Whiskey Thursday, where the featured whiskey is 50% off and all others are 20% off.

34094 Pacific Coast Hwy
Dana Point, CA 92629
949.481.7734

 

Slide on in for a Delicious Treat

Silver Trumpet

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Silver Trumpet offers seasonally driven, SoCal-inspired cuisine just across the street from The Segerstrom Center for the Arts. After a long day of shopping, come to Silver Trumpet’s 4-7 p.m. happy hour and enjoy their Chophouse Sliders for only $3, or something lighter like the Hummus Trio. They also serve an array of decadent cocktails for only $8, including the Fig Fashion.

Native Knowledge: Head to Silver Trumpet from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. for weekend brunch on their lakeside patio.

3350 Ave Of The Arts
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
714.442.8593

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Feast Your Eyes on This

Puesto

Puesto isn’t your average taco spot! With menu items like the Chicken al Pastor Taco with crispy melted cheese, hibiscus and chipotle tinga, avocado and piña habanero pico, you’re going to want to run, not walk, to this happy hour! From 3-6 p.m. in the bar and patio area, guests can chow down on $3.50 tacos and sip a $6 Puesto Perfect Margaritas made with blue agave reposado tequila.

Native Knowledge: Not a meat eater? No problem! Puesto offers veggie tacos like the Zucchini & Cactus as well as the mushroom taco!

3311 Michelson Dr
Irvine, CA 92612
949.608.7272

8577 Irvine Center Dr
Irvine, CA 92618
949.608.9990

This is Not a Big Mis-Steak

Grasslands Meat Market | BBQ & Churrasco

Here, they are #SeriousAboutMeat. And, they have a seriously awesome all-day happy hour that can’t be missed! Indulge in $5 small plates, appetizers, martinis and select wines. Also, enjoy your favorite IPAs for only $7!

Native Knowledge: But wait, there’s more! Make your reservation for their Whiskey Wednesdays from 8 to 10 p.m. where guests can enjoy 3-4 whiskey pairings, tips from an expert, plus a one-of-a-kind Grassland’s swag bag!

Anaheim GardenWalk
400 West Disney Way, Ste 199
Anaheim, CA 92802
657.208.1133

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Hawaii Don’t You Try This?

Royal Hawaiian Laguna Beach

Get leid at the OC classic Royal Hawaiian in Laguna Beach. The happiest hours are from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. daily, so get ready to snag the Lapu Lapu or a tasty Mai Tai for a cool $3 off. Other deals include $2 off all other drinks and foodie favorites like their Shrimp & Scallop Spring Rolls, Smoked Salmon Flatbread and Hoisin BBQ Ribs for a finger-licking $11. Come hungry and clink to good times at this happy hour!

Native Knowledge: Are you a superfan of the Royal Hawaiian Lapu Lapu? So are we! Buy your very own Lapu Lapu Snifter Mug to relive the tropical tastes in your own home. Plus, two other Tiki mugs are available: Royal Hawaiian Signature “Big Kahuna” and their Sea Horse Bowl.

331 N Coast Hwy
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
949.715.1470

Raising the Bar

Mesa

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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. With a cool, relaxed atmosphere, classic cocktails, draft beers, and more, there is much to choose from on their menu.  Make sure to head over to Mesa after work and take advantage of their fabulous 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

On a Roll

The Cannery

From 3:30-7 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: Head to The Snug Bar inside of The Cannery for 50 percent off 50 wines from 5-7 p.m. everyday.

3010 Lafayette Rd
Newport Beach, CA 92663
949.566.0060

 

Try a Pizza This

Angelina’s Pizzeria Napoletana

Happy hour is all about finding top-notch bites and drinks at the best prices. Luckily, Angelina’s offers the best of both worlds with an extensive happy hour menu sure to get you decompressed from the work day all while filling you up! Head to the Irvine location from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and daily from 9 p.m. to close, or the Dana Point location Monday through Thursday from 3-6 p.m. for discounted dishes including their signature bites.

Native Knowledge: Get your next party catered by Angelina’s Pizzeria Napoletana! From weddings to corporate events, every guest on your list will be satisfied.

Los Olivos Marketplace
8573 Irvine Center Dr
Irvine, CA 92618
949.536.5200

Monarch Bay Plaza
32860 Pacific Coast Highway
Dana Point CA 92629
949.429.1102

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It’s A-Boat Time You Try This

Boathouse Collective

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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 Friday 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 dishes at Boathouse Collective are made with organic, locally sourced, seasonal ingredients, so you can dine happily.

1640 Pomona Ave
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
949.646.3176

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A Not-So-Late, Late-Night Bite

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 3-6 p.m. Monday through Friday and all night Wednesday, customers can choose from various options for their dining pleasure. This includes the Brussels sprouts with honey, sweet potato, house tasso ham, and hazelnuts, or the bacon and the bacon jam 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 Thai Chile Bao, and have a sommelier handpick the wines.

512 W 19th St
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
949.642.2425

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A Taste of Happiness

The Wayfarer

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What do you get when you combine happy hour with daily specials? The happiest of days.  From 50 cent wings on Monday to slider specials 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 Orange County Happy Hour Guide

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Seas the Rest of Your Day

Rooftop Lounge

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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 3-5 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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(Wait), You Gouda Brie Kidding Me!

Bosscat Kitchen & Libations

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“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 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. Monday to Friday.

Native Knowledge: Love whiskey? Head to Bosscat for their extensive whiskey menu as well as their exclusive whiskey tasting room.

4647 MacArthur Blvd
Newport Beach, CA 92660
949.333.0917

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Eat More for Less

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 half off their taco bar menu as well as top-notch drink specials. 

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.

2515 East Coast Hwy
Corona Del Mar, CA 92625
949.644.8226

Eat, Drink and Be Merry

Watermarc

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From cheeseburgers to surf and turf burgers, Watermarc’s happy hour is full of mouth-watering dishes. The menu has a wide range of half off burgers, wines and cocktails Monday through Friday from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Guests can purchase drinks like the Margarita Fresca.

Native Knowledge: Watermarc’s wine program offers over 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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Drink the Evening Away

Lola Gaspar

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At Lola Gaspar’s happy hour, grab $4 drinks including wine, beer and well drinks, paired with $6 small plates from 3-6 p.m. With an unbeatable atmosphere and unique, gourmet Mexican dishes, this happy hour is one for the books!

Native Knowledge: Come to Lola Gaspar on Sundays for their El Patio BBQ from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.!

211 W 2nd St
Santa Ana, CA 92701
714.972.1172

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