Look Forward to the Best Orange County Happy Hours Every Day After Work
Written By: Reyes Baca Orange County Happy Hour Guide
Whether you’re celebrating a job promotion, gathering with friends or have just been craving a beer all day while you’re stuck in the office, these happy hours offer everything you need with prices you’ll love! Orange County is home to year-round sunshine and great ocean views, something to perfectly complement that half-priced margarita and nacho plate. These 16 spots are the “Best of” for happy hours, so why not make it your mission to try them all!
Must-Order: Chicken Wings & Fried Calamari
Mozambique boasts three levels—an elegant dining room, a speakeasy lounge and a rooftop. An especially unique offering of Mozambique is their use of the peri-peri pepper, discovered by Portuguese sailors centuries ago on maiden trips to the Far East trade routes. This pepper is used on several of the $7 happy hour items, including the chicken wings and fried calamari. Enjoy special food and drink specials (starting at $5) seven days a week, from 3-6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 3-5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Native Knowledge: Parking along the coast can be hard to find; utilize Mozambique’s $7 valet.
1740 S Coast Hwy
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
2 | Views and Brews Orange County Happy Hour Guide
Must-Order: Island Style Poke & Skinny Margarita
Tavern House is located right alongside the harbor, which makes for a beautiful backdrop while enjoying happy hour faves. “We welcome you to visit us and enjoy the best harbor view in the city!” says David Wilhelm, managing partner. With a focus on sustainable and properly harvested seafood, you can enjoy $12 Island Style Poke with a clear conscience and toast to the night with a guilt-free skinny marg for only $8. Playing hooky on a Friday and want to snack a bit earlier? Tavern House offers an extended happy hour on Fridays (3-6 p.m.) versus the regular 5-6 p.m. offered Monday through Thursday.
Tavern House Kitchen + Bar
333 Bayside Dr
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Must Order: Signature “Piggin Blue” Grilled Cheese
Break up your work week and indulge in a charcuterie board and fine wine at Monk’s Addiction. Within the hustle and bustle of the Bella Terra Shopping Center the relaxed atmosphere at this privately-owned restaurant will take you to happy hour bliss. The HH specials include $1 off any beer or wine on Wednesday-Friday from 3 p.m. to close, and special combinations like pizza and beer for $13 and Memphis mac n cheese and beer for $15. Monk’s Addiction is known for its specialty charcuterie boards, but also offers a wide-array of premium sausage (aka ‘bangers’), and a build-your-own grilled cheese.
Native Knowledge: Monk’s Addiction isn’t open on Monday and Tuesday, so plan your happy hour accordingly!
7631 Edinger Ave. #1512
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Must Order: Traditional Paella Valenciana & Sangria
Experience the fare and culture of Spain without the travel hassle. Costa Mesa’s Triangle Square will host the third Café Sevilla location, opening in 2020. From our experience at their happy hour in Long Beach and San Diego, we expect this to be our new favorite after work spot. Known for its tapas—small Spanish appetizers—the restaurant will also feature an outdoor patio bar. The dining experience will be accompanied by live gypsy, rumba and Flamenco music seven nights a week, as well as Flamenco and tango dinner shows on weekends—and it wouldn’t be a Spanish experience without traditional paella Valenciana and sangria. All food and beverage items are $5 off in their daily happy hour from 4-6 p.m.
1870 Harbor Blvd
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
5 | Hop Through the Week Orange County Happy Hour Guide
Must-Order: Cup of Chowda
Beat the weekday blues with Craft House’s stellar happy hour lineup. Start off with a classic Cup of Chowda, complete with bacon, potato, clam and cream. Continue the party with a $3 house beer and backyard burger for only $7. The rustic interior and high windows allow in plenty of sunshine, making for an Insta-worthy photoshoot to showcase your sad-turned-rad night out.
34094 Pacific Coast Hwy
Dana Point, CA 92629
Must-Order: Chef’s Flatbread
Perfect for a pre-show drink, Silver Trumpet is located across the street from the Segerstrom Center and Concert Hall. Stroll down their purple carpet and order a $7 house wine while enjoying the elegant ambiance. The Chef’s Flatbread—made with wild mushrooms, dehydrated tomatoes, smoked mozzarella, arugula and basil oil—is sure to please. Marketing Manager Emily Pitcher says, “We have recently enhanced our outdoor restaurant patio area, complete with fire pits, TVs and seating lakeside.”
3350 Avenue of the Arts
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
7 | Sitting Bay-side
Must-Order: Cannery Roll
Enjoy happy hour specials from 3:30-7 p.m. daily, even on holidays, at The Cannery. This eatery is located on their own private dock along the Rhine Channel in Newport Beach. Try the ever-popular Cannery Roll at half-off ($10) and taste their fresh sushi rolls that include only wild, line-caught fish. “We keep our happy hour pricing very simple, half-off select food items and $2 off drinks,” shares Manager Jesse Riley. “Chef Mark Cruz creates a new sushi special each week and our Bar Manager, Trevor Jensen, keeps a highly allocated selection of whiskeys.”
Native Knowledge: Happy hour is hosted in the upstairs Jellyfish Lounge, which does not accept reservations. It can get crowded, so be sure to get there early to claim a seat!
3010 Lafayette Ave
Newport Beach, CA 92663
8 | SOCIAL Hour
Must-Order: Brussels Sprouts
Get your after-work buddies together for a SOCIAL gathering of epic proportions! Tuesday through Sunday from 4-6 p.m. (and ALL DAY Wednesday and Sunday), you can munch on their classic-with-a-twist cuisine for less than $10 per plate. If you were that kid that hated Brussels sprouts, SOCIAL’s take on the veggie will change your mind. With hints of honey and hazelnuts, these are not your mama’s sprouts. Choose from four classic cocktails to accompany your meal for only $7 each.
SOCIAL Costa Mesa
512 W 19th St
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
21214 Beach Blvd,
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
9 | Fantas-taco!
Must-Order: Taco Bar
After a long day at work, tacos sure do hit the spot! Head to Avila’s El Ranchito Monday, Wednesday or Friday from 3-6 p.m. for half-off the taco bar menu and rotating drink specials. The taco bar is served fresh and includes meat or seafood tacos, as well as other specialty items, all under $10.
Avila’s El Ranchito
2515 East Coast Hwy
Corona Del Mar, CA 92625
10 | Holy Guacamole! Orange County Happy Hour Guide
Must-Order: Ceviche & URBANA Margarita
Nestled in the bottom corner of the Anaheim Packing House, you’ll find the Dia de los Muertos-themed URBANA. This colorful Mexican eatery’s happy hour, aka “hora feliz,” runs from 3-6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 2-4 p.m. on the weekends. Try the ever-popular guac for only $7, and pair it with $4 ceviche served on a handmade tortilla. Make it a full-on fiesta with their URBANA Margarita, found during happy hour for just $7.
440 S Anaheim Blvd
Anaheim CA 92806
Must-Order: Famous Martini
OC natives will recognize the iconic martini glass that is synonymous with Bar Louie, but have you ever had a martini from there? Included in their Monday through Friday happy hour from 4-7 p.m., you can try the famous martini for only $6.50. Other drink specials, select apps and flatbreads are also all half off!
2467 Park Ave
Tustin, CA 92782
12 | Above the Rest
Must-Order: Tito’s Cocktail & Cali Smoke Mix Plate
Nothing beats a rooftop view of Laguna after a long day stuck in the office. Head to Skyloft from 3 p.m. to close on Mondays and 3-6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday for a post-work treat. The $6 Tito’s cocktails will have you wishing you didn’t have to go in the next morning! Complement your cocktail with the Cali Smoke Mix plate which includes wings, ribs, bacon and fries.
422 S Coast Hwy
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
13 | Seas the Day Orange County’s Top Happy Hours
Must-Order: Saigon Roll
Catch Starfish’s “Opium Hour” every day from 3-6 p.m., which presents numerous bite options that you can totally make a meal out of. Ranging from $7-$15, you can choose sushi rolls, lettuce wraps, potstickers and many more. Their cocktails are also half off, making their regularly priced specialty drinks only $7. Dim lighting and Asian-inspired interior design will also have you feeling like the weekend is just around the corner.
30832 S Coast Hwy
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
14 | Let’s Hashigo! Orange County Happy Hour Guide
Must-Order: Chicken Gyoza & Traditional Plum Wine
High-quality sushi at a good price is hard to come by, but have no fear—Hashigo’s happy hour delivers just that! For just $4, warm up your taste buds with mouthwatering chicken gyoza: crispy on the outside and moist on the inside. Try the traditional plum wine for only $5 per glass. It’s a sweet wine that pairs well with a roll or dessert. The modern ambiance and friendly staff also make this a standout spot in Orange County. Happy hour is served Sunday through Wednesday, from 5-7 p.m.
18685 Main St, Ste 106
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
15 | A Feast for the Eyes
Must-Order: Giant Punch Bowl
Consider Twisted Tiki your new hidden oasis for tropical-themed drinks. Happy hour runs from 5-7 p.m., offering $3 off all drinks. Try one of their giant punch bowls (with a friend) and see what fun neon presentation your liquor of choice will be served in—a giant conch shell? A pineapple? Guess you’ll have to order one and see!