Spice Up Your Weeknights With These Stellar Local Happy Hours
Did you get that promotion you’ve been working long and hard for? Is it your best friend’s birthday? Maybe it’s simply time for a night out on the town? No matter the occasion, happy hour is always a reason to celebrate. And in the OC, we’re truly blessed with some amazing weeklong options. From ocean views and half-price margaritas to chill ambiances and tasty appetizers, you can make any workday feel like the weekend with one of these Orange County happy hours! Orange County Happy Hour Guide
Orange County Happy Hour
When: Wednesday-Friday 5-7 p.m.
Must-Order: Mussels and Arancini
Harley has the best happy hour in town because of the inviting, open atmosphere and friendly team,” says Chef Daniel Hyatt. And while Chef Hyatt may be a little biased, we’d absolutely have to agree! Not only can guests enjoy a warm and welcoming environment, but they can also indulge in delicious California comfort food. “We’re always trying to create something unique for the guests at Harley,” Chef Hyatt says. The cheesy balls stuffed with risotto, otherwise known as arancini, are a crowd favorite (and wallet-friendly) starter. After devouring those and sipping an $8 hibiscus margarita, move onto a classic $10 cheeseburger and beer combo. “We have many different options for dining, from hanging out and having bites for happy hour (all under $10!) to enjoying individual entrees or sharing a huge, dry-aged bone-in ribeye and whole roasted fish.” All wines are $2 off, a glass of bubbly is just $6 and you can get a delightful margarita for only $8. It’s the perfect way to end a workday!
Local Insight: Wondering what makes the dishes so delightful? Chef Hyatt goes by The Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano once or twice a week to pick up local produce for the restaurant. “We also get locally caught fish delivered right to our back door when the weather is right and the fish are biting!” Chef Hyatt adds.Exp 8/8
When: Weekdays 2-7 p.m. (excluding Taco Tuesday)
Must-Order: Mango Cart and Sourdough Pretzels
The happy hour in Old Towne Orange is getting its heartbeat back! After closing due to the pandemic, The District Lounge is back and better than ever. “After nearly 15 months of being closed, I am just as pleased and excited about this reopening as I was for our initial opening 17 years ago,” owner Mario Marovic says. “The District has always been very special to me, being the first bar of my own. We’ve created a lot of great memories here and look forward to making many more.” With the return of their happy hour menu, a new 10-draught tap system and over 21 TVs throughout the bar, The District Lounge’s reopening is sure to draw in new friends and old regulars alike.
When: Monday-Thursday 4-6 p.m.
Must-Order: Prime Beef Sliders and a Draft Beer
Sit back, grab an appetizer and soak up those stunning Pacific views from Paséa Hotel & Spa’s rooftop bar and lounge! One of the few rooftop bars in Orange County, Tanner’s Restaurant offers a fun, relaxed vibe with an effortlessly beautiful atmosphere—not to mention a totally scrumptious, sustainable happy hour. From discounted draft beers and wines to small bites like mozz sticks and avocado wraps, Tanner’s Restaurant is exactly where you want to be.
Local Insight: Keep an eye out for Tanner’s Daily Specials for treats like Mojito & Mule Monday and Wine Wednesday!
When: Monday-Friday 3-6 p.m.
Must-Order: Chef’s Weekly Flatbread and Scallop Appetizer
As a CDM staple, The Bungalow is the place to kick off the weekday dust! With a fun, always-bustling atmosphere, you haven’t experienced the Newport lifestyle ‘til you’ve gone to happy hour at this local hangout. With one of the largest happy hour menus we’ve ever seen, we’re positive that everyone in your squad will be able to find something delicious to enjoy, from the Cobb salad for the gym rat to the mac ’n’ cheese for the young at heart!
Orange County Happy Hour
When: Monday-Friday 3-5 p.m. (excluding Taco Tuesday)
Must-Order: Puesto Perfect Margarita and Potato Taquitos
Talk about local flavor! Puesto consistently brings delicious, authentic Mexican dishes (and drinks) to the table, and happy hour is no exception. With $1.50 off tacos, half-off snacks & shares, $9 Puesto Perfect Margaritas and $5 Puesto drafts, this is one weekday fiesta you won’t want to miss. Quick tip: Puesto has locations all over OC, but make sure to check here for the deets on your nearest location’s happy hour!
When: Monday-Friday 2-6 p.m.
Must-Order: Guinness—of course!
“Cheers” may be fictional, but Malarky’s Irish Pub is definitely real! Whether it’s your first time or you’ve been a regular for years, as soon as you step inside Malarky’s, you’ll instantly feel at home. The bar is always booming with local sports fans, and the backyard is open for lots of fun activities. And if you’re working up an appetite for a full-on meal, check Malarky’s weekly dinner specials for filling dishes like prime rib on Tuesdays or a seafood plate on Fridays.
Orange County Happy Hour
When: Monday-Friday 3-6 p.m. | Saturday-Sunday 3-5 p.m.
Must-Order: Peri-Peri Prawns and Mozambique Mojito
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, prawns and fried calamari.
Local Insight: Parking along the coast can be hard to find; utilize Mozambique’s $7 valet.
When: Monday-Thursday 4-6 p.m.
Must-Order: Island Style Poke and Skinny B Maggie
Tavern House is located right alongside the Newport Harbor, which makes for a beautiful backdrop while enjoying happy hour favorites. “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 the Island Style Poke, shrimp and fish and chips with a clear conscience. Plus, you can toast to the night with a guilt-free skinny marg for only $8!
When: Monday-Friday 4-6:30 p.m.
Must-Order: Charcuterie and Cheese, Crispy Brussels Sprouts and Chardonnay
No membership? No problem! This is a different type of country club. At this Eastside Costa Mesa eatery, all are welcome to enjoy the culinary magic of Executive Chef Zach Scherer. The Country Club‘s happy hour menu was inspired by American classics, but Scherer adds a unique flair to every item. “We are intentional about our ingredients,” shares Chef Scherer. “Each item on your plate has a purpose to add to the overall flavor of the meal. We don’t do ‘filler’ foods.” The happy hour menu includes a colorful, hearty Westcliff salad, fan-favorite Hangar steak sandwich—and for those who enjoy trying new things—Korean fried tofu steam buns. “We want people to come for an experience so stellar, it lingers long past happy hour,” General Manager Aaron Anderson says. And with several beer, wine and cocktail selections priced at $10 and under, you can try a few until you find your favorite!
Local Insight: Open at 2 p.m. daily, the front dining area opens up to an extensive patio, creating an open-air experience.
When: Sunday-Thursday 4-6:30 p.m. | All-night happy hour on Tuesday and Thursday
Must Order: Croquetas de Paella and Sangria
Experience the fare and culture of Spain without the travel hassle. Costa Mesa’s Triangle Square hosts the third Café Sevilla location! Café Sevilla is known for its tapas—small Spanish appetizers—and the restaurant features an outdoor patio bar. It wouldn’t be a Spanish experience without paella and sangria! Indulge in $5 draft beer, and $5 off all wine, sangria and craft cocktails while you snack on a variety of tapas that are priced at only $5, $7 and $9!
When: Monday-Tuesday (front patio: open-close, backyard: 4-6 p.m.) | Wednesday-Thursday 4-6 p.m. | Friday 3-5 p.m. | Saturday-Sunday 2-4 p.m.
Must-Order: Shoot the Root and Corn + Poblano Hush Puppies
Beat the weekday blues with Craft House’s stellar social hour lineup. Featuring elevated comfort food classics, you can expect delicious, bite-sized dishes and an unbeatable bar menu—especially for whiskey lovers! Continue the party with a $5 house beer and crispy, hand-cut fries for only $3. 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.
Orange County Happy Hour
When: Tuesdays-Fridays 4-6 p.m.
Must-Order: Potato Chorizo Croquettes
Have you been stuck in an office all day? Finish your day on a high note with a meal in the great outdoors. Lido Bottle Works offers one of the best happy hours at Lido Marina Village. Enjoy light bites and discounted drinks as you take in the fresh harbor air and bay views. Snack on tasty bites like hummus, burrata and delicious cauliflower and carrots. Our favorite way to end a workday? Sipping on a California wine, of course!
When: Wednesday-Saturday 4-6 p.m. | Sunday 3:30-6 p.m.
Must-Order: Castaway and Cannery Roll
Located on its own private dock along the Rhine Channel in Newport Beach, The Cannery offers a relaxing, intimate atmosphere. Inside the upstairs Jellyfish Lounge, you and your crew can mix and mingle with delicious drinks and fresh seafood bites. “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.”
When: Monday-Friday 3-6 p.m. (excluding Taco Tuesday)
Must-Order: Skinny Margarita and Crispy Chicken Tacos
After a long day at work, tacos sure do hit the spot! And at Avila’s El Ranchito, you don’t have to save your cravings just for Tuesdays! With home-style Mexican food, classic drinks and a simplified menu, Avila’s El Ranchito is the perfect happy hour hotspot if you want to add a little more fiesta to your weekdays. Orange County boasts multiple locations, so be sure to check your nearest Avila’s happy hour schedule!
When: Monday-Friday 3-6 p.m. | Saturday-Sunday 2-4 p.m.
Must-Order: Street Dog
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,”is everything you could ever want for a weeknight out! Try the ever-popular guacamole, and pair it with fresh ceviche served on a handmade tortilla. Make it a full-on fiesta with the URBANA Margarita!
When: Monday-Friday 4-7 p.m.
Must-Order: Signature Martini and Bavarian Pretzels
OC locals will recognize the iconic martini glass that is synonymous with Bar Louie, but have you ever taken a moment to try one of their famous martinis? We’re not saying you ever need an excuse to enjoy happy hour, but this sounds like a pretty great one! With its fun and lively atmosphere, beautifully crafted drinks and tasty bar bites, happy hour at Bar Louie is sure to become one of your weekly traditions!
When: Monday-Thursday 3-6 p.m.
Must-Order: Tito’s Cocktail and Cornbread
Nothing beats a rooftop view of Laguna after a long day stuck in the office! Head to Skyloft for happy hour and treat yourself to a post-work treat of half-off appetizers and $2 off cocktails, wine by the glass and draft beer. Plus, on Tuesdays, you can add $3 street tacos and $5 margaritas to make your evening extra special. Trust us, it makes those long meetings totally worth it.