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14 Happy Hours to Try Right Now

Bar bites and drink deals for the discerning diner

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Take advantage of long summer days and hit a happy hour somewhere in San Diego whether you’re unwinding after work or just getting the night started. Find beer and margarita flights, cocktail specials, and bonafide deals on substantial snacks ranging from fresh oysters to tacos, ceviche, and sliders.

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Waverly

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This chic all-day restaurant and bar offers a daily happy hour menu served from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. that includes dishes ranging from ocean trout ceviche and whipped buttermilk ricotta to a kale salad and a selection of $10 cocktails like a strawberry rhubarb spritz and a rum-spiked cold brew.

Death By Tequila

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The popular Encinitas bar’s new location in Carmel Valley does a daily 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. happy hour with snacks like fish and shrimp ceviche, sopes, and baked oysters and a flight of its classic margaritas for $18.

Craft House

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Spend some time at the Sky Deck and check out this happy hour offered Monday to Friday from 3 p.m. to 5pm, and Friday and Saturday from 10 p.m. to midnights. Find $2 off craft beer, $3 off select wine, $3 off Craft House cocktails, discounted burgers, and more.

A dining room with hanging vines. Craft House

Shores Restaurant

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Head to the beach and stay for the sunset after indulging in a happy hour served Monday through Thursday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. that starts at $7 across the board for house wine by the glass, select beers, well cocktails, and variety of appetizers like asada fries, ceviche tostadas, street corn, and chicken tacos.

Colorful cocktails on a bar. The Shores

Mermaids & Cowboys

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Downtown La Jolla’s surf and turf spot, with cocktail pro Praveen Das helming the bar, does a daily 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. happy hour with 50 percent off all freshly-shucked oysters, wine by the glass and bottle, and draft and bottled beer. In honor of National Oyster Day, the restaurant will extend its happy hour on Friday, August 5, with a selection of oysters offered at half off all night long.

Common Theory

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This Convoy bar’s progressive happy hour, featured Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., offers $3 off beers during the 3 p.m. hour, $2 off at 4 p.m. and $1 off at 5 p.m. along with $5 house wines and discounted food specials.

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One Door North

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Looking for happy hour in North Park? Offered every weekday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m, its specials include $3 off select beer, wine, cocktails, and appetizers like Baja ceviche, spinach artichoke dip, and a giant pretzel.

Go Go Amigo

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Liberty Station’s casual Mexican restaurant and bar has two opportunities for happy hour deals with its specials offered Wednesday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and nightly at the bar from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. There’s $4 mulitas and Mexican pizzas and half-off frozen palomas and house margaritas.

Moniker General

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The Bar at Moniker General offers happy hour Friday to Sunday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., with $9 Old Fashioneds and Mules as well as $8 select wine and $5 select beer. The cafe and retail store also hosts live music on Fridays and Saturdays.

People playing guitar inside a bar. Moniker General

Fernside

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South Park’s friendly neighborhood bar extends its happy hour offerings from opening until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. There’s $5 craft beer, $7 cocktail classics like mojitos and Moscow mules, and $7 bar bites ranging from pork sliders to chicken wings.

A cocktail bar with bar stools. Fernside/Facebook

Queenstown Public House

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This charming cottage hosts a bustling happy hour with specials like $8 beer flights, house wine, and sangria as well as $7 snacks like pretzel bites, New Zealand onion dip, fried calamari, and grass fed beef sliders.

Craft & Commerce

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One of Little Italy’s foundational bars features 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. happy hour Monday through Thursday, and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, offers cocktails for $8, $2 off draft beer, and a selection of menu items for less than $4 including a corn dog and warm pastrami slider.

Garibaldi

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The bayfront restaurant and bar has introduced a late night happy hour, offered from 8 p.m. until close Thursday through Saturday, with $7 amaro-based cocktails and shareable snack boards featuring Southern Italian cheeses and house charcuterie.

A plate of charcuterie. Kimberly Motos

Madam Bonnie’s

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With live jazz every weekend, this new Gaslamp lounge offers happy hour Tuesday through Saturday from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. In addition to $6 house wine and $12 specialty cocktails, the menu includes shareable plates like heirloom tomato and burrata, deviled eggs, and sliders feating its rotisserie chicken.

A long bar against a brick wall. Madam Bonnie’s

Waverly

This chic all-day restaurant and bar offers a daily happy hour menu served from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. that includes dishes ranging from ocean trout ceviche and whipped buttermilk ricotta to a kale salad and a selection of $10 cocktails like a strawberry rhubarb spritz and a rum-spiked cold brew.

Death By Tequila

The popular Encinitas bar’s new location in Carmel Valley does a daily 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. happy hour with snacks like fish and shrimp ceviche, sopes, and baked oysters and a flight of its classic margaritas for $18.

Craft House

A dining room with hanging vines. Craft House

Spend some time at the Sky Deck and check out this happy hour offered Monday to Friday from 3 p.m. to 5pm, and Friday and Saturday from 10 p.m. to midnights. Find $2 off craft beer, $3 off select wine, $3 off Craft House cocktails, discounted burgers, and more.

A dining room with hanging vines. Craft House

Shores Restaurant

Colorful cocktails on a bar. The Shores

Head to the beach and stay for the sunset after indulging in a happy hour served Monday through Thursday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. that starts at $7 across the board for house wine by the glass, select beers, well cocktails, and variety of appetizers like asada fries, ceviche tostadas, street corn, and chicken tacos.

Colorful cocktails on a bar. The Shores

Mermaids & Cowboys

Downtown La Jolla’s surf and turf spot, with cocktail pro Praveen Das helming the bar, does a daily 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. happy hour with 50 percent off all freshly-shucked oysters, wine by the glass and bottle, and draft and bottled beer. In honor of National Oyster Day, the restaurant will extend its happy hour on Friday, August 5, with a selection of oysters offered at half off all night long.

Common Theory

Seating at the bar [Official image]

This Convoy bar’s progressive happy hour, featured Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., offers $3 off beers during the 3 p.m. hour, $2 off at 4 p.m. and $1 off at 5 p.m. along with $5 house wines and discounted food specials.

Seating at the bar [Official image]

One Door North

Looking for happy hour in North Park? Offered every weekday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m, its specials include $3 off select beer, wine, cocktails, and appetizers like Baja ceviche, spinach artichoke dip, and a giant pretzel.

Go Go Amigo

Liberty Station’s casual Mexican restaurant and bar has two opportunities for happy hour deals with its specials offered Wednesday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and nightly at the bar from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. There’s $4 mulitas and Mexican pizzas and half-off frozen palomas and house margaritas.

Moniker General

People playing guitar inside a bar. Moniker General

The Bar at Moniker General offers happy hour Friday to Sunday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., with $9 Old Fashioneds and Mules as well as $8 select wine and $5 select beer. The cafe and retail store also hosts live music on Fridays and Saturdays.

People playing guitar inside a bar. Moniker General

Fernside

A cocktail bar with bar stools. Fernside/Facebook

South Park’s friendly neighborhood bar extends its happy hour offerings from opening until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. There’s $5 craft beer, $7 cocktail classics like mojitos and Moscow mules, and $7 bar bites ranging from pork sliders to chicken wings.

A cocktail bar with bar stools. Fernside/Facebook

Queenstown Public House

This charming cottage hosts a bustling happy hour with specials like $8 beer flights, house wine, and sangria as well as $7 snacks like pretzel bites, New Zealand onion dip, fried calamari, and grass fed beef sliders.

Craft & Commerce

One of Little Italy’s foundational bars features 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. happy hour Monday through Thursday, and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, offers cocktails for $8, $2 off draft beer, and a selection of menu items for less than $4 including a corn dog and warm pastrami slider.

Garibaldi

A plate of charcuterie. Kimberly Motos

The bayfront restaurant and bar has introduced a late night happy hour, offered from 8 p.m. until close Thursday through Saturday, with $7 amaro-based cocktails and shareable snack boards featuring Southern Italian cheeses and house charcuterie.

A plate of charcuterie. Kimberly Motos

Madam Bonnie’s