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

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.  

Craft House

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


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

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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


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 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! 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


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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: 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

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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 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

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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 3-6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 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

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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 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

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Red O Taste of Mexico

If you’d like to enjoy a house margarita in a resort-style restaurant, Red O Taste of Mexico is the place for you.  With daily happy hour from 3-7 p.m, guests can enjoy meals like Corn & Goat Cheese Tamales and shrimp ceviche while feeling like they’re on a luxurious vacation. The menu also offers dishes like the Mary’s Duck Taquitos with slow-cooked duck, tomato-árbol chile sauce and wild baby arugula.

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

143 Newport Center Dr
Newport Beach, CA 92660

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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 3-5 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

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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 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: 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

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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 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

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

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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

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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 week days 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

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The Winery

Monday through Friday from 4-6:30 p.m, and Sunday from 2 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 choice to spead your happiest hour at The Winery.

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

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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 4-6 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
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