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A Few Spots To Nab A Cocktail For Under $8

Great cocktails normally don't come cheap, but here are some exceptions.

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San Diego's Cocktail Week dove into everything from legendary dive bars to the ever-evolving craft cocktail movement. As you take in this week's cocktail suggestions around town, take this final learning lesson with you: You don't need to skimp on liquor quality to find a cocktail for under $8 in San Diego. Be sure to hit these upscale spots during times of the day when it'll only cost you a Lincoln and a few George Washington bills to throw back classy concoctions. You're welcome!

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Sea & Smoke

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2690 Via De La Valle Suite D210
San Diego, CA 92014
(858) 925-8212
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Sea & Smoke's happy hour every day from 3-6 pm includes fantastic beverages ranging from $6 to $7, including Honey Bee (dark & spiced rum, honey, lemon); Revel Mule (spiced whiskey, lime, ginger beer); Sweet Tea (sweet tea infused bourbon or vodka and lemonade); and Partridge in a Pear Tree (organic lemon vodka, pear syrup, lemon).

2. Beaumont's Eatery

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5662 La Jolla Blvd
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 459-0474
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Locals flock to this Bird Rock favorite for the $6 beer cocktail, Michilada, made with Pacifico, lime, tabasco, lime juice and finished off with a salted rim. A daily happy hour from 3-6:30 pm calls for $6 Mules, Mojitos, and Margaritas and $3 off any hand-crafted speciality cocktails.

3. Polite Provisions

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4693 30th St
San Diego, CA 92116
(619) 677-3784
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The award-winning bar keeps patrons' wallets full, thanks to five select cocktails for $5 Monday to Thursday, from 11:30-6 pm. The lineup generally changes monthly, and today it includes the Sleepyhead, Monte Carlo, French 75, Dunlop and Death in the Afternoon.

4. Fairweather/Rare Form

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795 J St
San Diego, CA 92101
Hit this cocktail corner near the ballpark on weekdays to imbibe on a Basil G&T or Rare Form Whiskey Cocktail for $5 each from 4-7 pm at Rare Form. The five-buck trend continues upstairs at Fairweather from 5-7 pm for a Daiquiri, Piña Colada, or Margarita.

5. SEA180º Coastal Tavern

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800 Seacoast Dr
Imperial Beach, CA 91932
(619) 631-4949
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During daily happy hour from 2:30-5 pm, the hardest part of your day will be deciding between five tropical-themed liquors for $5: Watermelon Infused Svedka Vodka; Cinnamon Infused Bourbon; Bruleed Banana Infused Rum; Pineapple Infused Svedka Vodka; and Jalepeno Infused Tequila.

6. CUCINA urbana

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505 Laurel St
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 239-2222
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Happy hour daily from 3-6 pm entails $6 well cocktails and $6 sangria, which is also valid at its North County sister, CUCINA enoteca in Del Mar.

7. Don Chido

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527 5th Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 232-8226
This new Mexican staple in the Gaslamp clearly wants to get Taco Tuesday patrons buzzed, with $5 house margaritas every Tuesday from 4pm all the way until close. (Puesto also celebrates the weekly holiday, with $6 Margaritas from 3-6 pm.)

8. Sycamore Den

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3391 Adams Ave
San Diego, CA 92116
(619) 563-9019
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This woodsy alcove's specialty cocktails are typically $9 but only $6 during happy hour (5-7pm Monday to Thursday and 4-7 pm Friday through Sunday). Pick from names like Hardly Wallbanger (Vodka, Galliano, OJ, Lemon, Vanilla, Soda) or Wolf Ticket (Dickel Whisky, Orchard Peach, Lemon, Simple Syrup, Angostura Bitters, Lemon Zest).

9. Counterpoint

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830 25th St
San Diego, CA 92102
(619) 564-6722
For $7 each, this Golden Hill hot spot knows what's up, serving a Pauper (Rittenhouse Rye, Pineapple, Lemon, Luxardo, Topped with Prosecco) and Old Hickory (Dolin Sweet Vermouth, Dolin Dry Vermouth, Housemade Orange Bitters, Peychaud’s) for $7 a pop during happy hour.

10. Prepkitchen

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1201 Camino del Mar
Del Mar, CA 92014
(858) 792-7737
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Prepkitchen's always had a solid happy hour, with craft cocktails fully on board. A Last Knight (Rittenhouse, Fernet, Apricot Brandy and RX #7 Bitters) and La Pharmacia (Mezcal, Peach, Ginger and Lemon) will only set you back $5 for each during happy hour. Also available at its Little Italy and La Jolla locales.

1. Sea & Smoke

2690 Via De La Valle Suite D210, San Diego, CA 92014
Sea & Smoke's happy hour every day from 3-6 pm includes fantastic beverages ranging from $6 to $7, including Honey Bee (dark & spiced rum, honey, lemon); Revel Mule (spiced whiskey, lime, ginger beer); Sweet Tea (sweet tea infused bourbon or vodka and lemonade); and Partridge in a Pear Tree (organic lemon vodka, pear syrup, lemon).
2690 Via De La Valle Suite D210
San Diego, CA 92014

2. Beaumont's Eatery

5662 La Jolla Blvd, La Jolla, CA 92037
Locals flock to this Bird Rock favorite for the $6 beer cocktail, Michilada, made with Pacifico, lime, tabasco, lime juice and finished off with a salted rim. A daily happy hour from 3-6:30 pm calls for $6 Mules, Mojitos, and Margaritas and $3 off any hand-crafted speciality cocktails.
5662 La Jolla Blvd
La Jolla, CA 92037

3. Polite Provisions

4693 30th St, San Diego, CA 92116
The award-winning bar keeps patrons' wallets full, thanks to five select cocktails for $5 Monday to Thursday, from 11:30-6 pm. The lineup generally changes monthly, and today it includes the Sleepyhead, Monte Carlo, French 75, Dunlop and Death in the Afternoon.
4693 30th St
San Diego, CA 92116

4. Fairweather/Rare Form

795 J St, San Diego, CA 92101
Hit this cocktail corner near the ballpark on weekdays to imbibe on a Basil G&T or Rare Form Whiskey Cocktail for $5 each from 4-7 pm at Rare Form. The five-buck trend continues upstairs at Fairweather from 5-7 pm for a Daiquiri, Piña Colada, or Margarita.
795 J St
San Diego, CA 92101

5. SEA180º Coastal Tavern

800 Seacoast Dr, Imperial Beach, CA 91932
During daily happy hour from 2:30-5 pm, the hardest part of your day will be deciding between five tropical-themed liquors for $5: Watermelon Infused Svedka Vodka; Cinnamon Infused Bourbon; Bruleed Banana Infused Rum; Pineapple Infused Svedka Vodka; and Jalepeno Infused Tequila.
800 Seacoast Dr
Imperial Beach, CA 91932

6. CUCINA urbana

505 Laurel St, San Diego, CA 92101
Happy hour daily from 3-6 pm entails $6 well cocktails and $6 sangria, which is also valid at its North County sister, CUCINA enoteca in Del Mar.
505 Laurel St
San Diego, CA 92101

7. Don Chido

527 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
This new Mexican staple in the Gaslamp clearly wants to get Taco Tuesday patrons buzzed, with $5 house margaritas every Tuesday from 4pm all the way until close. (Puesto also celebrates the weekly holiday, with $6 Margaritas from 3-6 pm.)
527 5th Ave
San Diego, CA 92101

8. Sycamore Den

3391 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116
This woodsy alcove's specialty cocktails are typically $9 but only $6 during happy hour (5-7pm Monday to Thursday and 4-7 pm Friday through Sunday). Pick from names like Hardly Wallbanger (Vodka, Galliano, OJ, Lemon, Vanilla, Soda) or Wolf Ticket (Dickel Whisky, Orchard Peach, Lemon, Simple Syrup, Angostura Bitters, Lemon Zest).
3391 Adams Ave
San Diego, CA 92116

9. Counterpoint

830 25th St, San Diego, CA 92102
For $7 each, this Golden Hill hot spot knows what's up, serving a Pauper (Rittenhouse Rye, Pineapple, Lemon, Luxardo, Topped with Prosecco) and Old Hickory (Dolin Sweet Vermouth, Dolin Dry Vermouth, Housemade Orange Bitters, Peychaud’s) for $7 a pop during happy hour.
830 25th St
San Diego, CA 92102

10. Prepkitchen

1201 Camino del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014
Prepkitchen's always had a solid happy hour, with craft cocktails fully on board. A Last Knight (Rittenhouse, Fernet, Apricot Brandy and RX #7 Bitters) and La Pharmacia (Mezcal, Peach, Ginger and Lemon) will only set you back $5 for each during happy hour. Also available at its Little Italy and La Jolla locales.
1201 Camino del Mar
Del Mar, CA 92014

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