The Best San Diego Happy Hours to Get You Through the Week
All the best spots to take advantage of drink specials, cheap bites and more, from Pacific Beach to South Park
Herb and Wood
Life’s most joyous moments are fleeting. Case in point: Happy hour. So get out there, make the most of discounted drinks and eats, and (for once) get to bed at a reasonable time.
When: Monday-Friday until 6 p.m.
Deals: $7 cocktails, $6 wine, $5 draft beers, $4-$6 bites
Go here for: Understated interior design and because one happy hour drink can lead to more drinks and dinner, Japanese whisky and Chef Brad Wise’s menu of burgers, steak, poke, and bao.
When: Monday-Thursday, 4-6 p.m. and 10 p.m.-close.
Deals: $6 blood orange margaritas, Old Fashioneds, mules (with choice of booze), wine, and Tecates.
Go here for: The comfy, heater-equipped patio, dual Ping Pong tables, and strong cocktail game.
When: All day Monday and 4-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday
Deals: $5 pints of all 10 house beers; $6 wine, $5 bites like sausage rolls, shrimp butties (whatever they are), and lamb tacos.
Go here for: Sunsets on the expansive second-floor patio overlooking the University Heights neighborhood sign.
Pro Tip: Wine bottles are discounted 30 percent on Tuesdays.
When: 4-7 p.m. Tuesday-Friday.
Deals: $7 signature cocktails and wine; happy hour food menu featuring $10 mussels and toast; $10 burger-and-beer combos, and small bites.
Go here for: The feeling of being inside a giant guitar and smokin’ deals on high-caliber cocktails.
When: Wednesday-Friday, 4-6 p.m. and weekends from 3-5 p.m.
Deals: $7 cocktails, and a few appetizers, including $7 three-cheese mac with crawfish tails.
Go here for: To get all the burrs outta your saddle (as they say in the South).
When: Monday-Saturday until 8 p.m.
Deals: $5 beers, $6 bourbon mules, and $6 whiskies including Evan Williams, Wild Turkey 81 Rye, Black Grouse
Go here for: Whisky, taxidermy, low lighting.
Deals: $7 tequila shots, $4 tacos, sopes, and tostadas
Go here for: Sustainably-sourced tequila, the dog-friendly patio, and tempura avocado.
When: Monday-Friday, 4-7 p.m.
Deals: $4 draft beer and wine, $5 starters including Buffalo wings, onion rings, and meatballs
Go here for: The doggo-approved “Puppy Chow menu” and umbrella-shaded patio.
When: Daily until 6:30 p.m.
Deals: $6 wine, $5 beers
Go here for: The conversation-spurring effects of wine-by-the-ounce dispensers.
When: Weekdays, 4-7 p.m.
Deals: $4 well drinks, $6 cocktails, $1 off beers, $3 fries and other bites
Go here for: Obliterating your co-workers in Skee-Ball.
Pro Tip: Games are free all day on the last Sunday of every month.
When: Weekdays, 3-6 p.m.
Deals: $7 cocktails, $6 wine, $5 beers, and $5 menu items including chicken liver toast, chicken wings, and burgers.
Go here for: Come for happy hour, stay until midnight, when the kitchen closes on weekdays.
Deals: $5 well drinks, $5 herb puffs, $6 popcorn
Go here for: Though not technically a happy hour, you’ll want to let that minor point slide seeing as this vegan fave with an outstanding bar always offers a few easy-on-the-pocketbook options.
When: Weekdays, 5-7 p.m.
Deals: $5 draft beers, $6 wine, $6 specialty cocktails, half-off appetizers
Go here for: Bring the dog, bring the baby, bring your sharpest pals for Wednesday night trivia, at 7:15 p.m.
When: Daily, 5-6 p.m.
Deals: $7 cocktails and wine, $6 sangria, $4 draft Moretti, and bites like $6.50 truffle fries and $4.50 garlic bread
Go here for: To taste the handmade pastas you can try your own hand at making in their sporadic pasta classes (which include a glass of wine and lunch).
When: All day Monday, and Tuesday-Thursday, 5-6 p.m.
Deals: $6 cocktails, $5 well drinks and wine; $10 discounts on punch bowls, $6 okinomiyaki fries, $6 garlic edamame, $6 Korean chicken wings, and other bites
Go here for: Volcanic eruptions, flaming cocktails, and shameless levels of tiki-ness.
When: Weekdays 3-8 p.m.
Deals: $4 beers, wine, and well cocktails, and $6 margaritas and Mai Tais
Go here for: Plenty of outdoor space to for corn hole and ocean breezes.
Pro Tip: Taco Tuesdays (5 p.m. to 10 p.m.) offer the dangerous proposition of $4 house margaritas.
When: Weekdays, 3-6 p.m.
Deals: $4.50 beer bottles, $6 margaritas, $5 well drinks, $4.50 fish tacos, and $4.50 TJ dogs with fries.
Go here for: Elote, ceviche, carne asada nachos and Baja-style ramen.
When: Monday-Thursday, 4-7 p.m.
Deals: $5 for draft beer, house wines, well drinks, and select plates; $10 specialty cocktails
Go here for: The photo booth, Frito pie, and housemade corn nuts.
Pro Tip: The entire bar is half-off Fridays 3-7 p.m.
When: Every day, 4-6 p.m.
Deals: $7 cocktails and wine, and $6 appetizers like tater tots with chile mezcal salt and chile glazed meatballs.
Go here for: Views of the waterfront, fire pits, and getting far above the fray of the Gaslamp.
When: Every day, 4:30-6 p.m.
Deals: $8 cocktails, $7 wine, $6 beers, and bites like $5 sliders (order of two), $5 avocado toast, and $10 pizzas.
Go here for: Forty-eight-hour-fermented pizza dough and a chance to sample this Brian Malarkey gem for less than a mortgage payment.
When: Weekdays, 3-6 p.m.
Deals: $8 cocktails, $5 beers, and small bites like $1 oysters and $6 chowder fries
Go here for: Did we mention the $1 oysters?