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San Diego Happy Hours to Try Right Now

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HAPPY HOURS YOU ARE GOING TO WANT TO VISIT RIGHT NOW

You worked hard all day, so you deserve a high-five in the form of discounted drinks and food.  Plus, let’s be real, it’s the perfect excuse to ditch the office shackles and gather with friends for some much-needed half-priced cocktails and appetizers.  “Where is the best happy hour in San Diego” is the question I am asked almost daily.  This is my ever-evolving list of San Diego Happy Hours to try right now.

Happy Hour By City:

MONARCH OCEAN PUB

With 180-degree ocean views, drinks, and food, you’re automatically in vacation mode at Monarch Ocean Pub.  After taking one look at the happy hour menu, you’ll know you’ve hit the jackpot.  From Sunday through Thursday (4 p.m. to 6 p.m.) enjoy $7 food including a Flat Top Burger, half Caesar salad, crispy Brussel sprouts, and blistered shishito peppers.  Easily my favorite item on the happy hour menu is the Potato & Gruyere Croquettes (Yukon Gold Potato, Crème Fraîche, Parmesan Reggiano, Mozzarella, Herbs, Sauce Verte).

Monarch Ocean Club

HAVANA 1920

In addition to the Cuban classics & rum-based cocktails that you’ll find at Havana 1920, the happy hour menu is a standout.  From Monday through Friday (2 -6 pm), you can get $2 croquetas, $3 pap rellenas, $4 empanadas, and a $12 bocadito platter (that includes their delicious ceviche and plantain chips).  Top that with a $7.50 daiquiris and mojitos for a Cuban party.

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Ponce's Mexican Restaurant

With one location in Del Sur, and another in Kensington, Ponce’s Mexican Restaurant is as well-loved as the family that has run it since 1969.  Happy hour runs 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM daily and includes $7 margaritas and 3 tacos for $5 (with the purchase of a beverage) – and $1 off all beers. Choose beef, chicken, carne asda, pollo asado, carnitas, grilled veggies, shrimp, or fried fish – or mix and match your tacos.  

San Diego Happy Hours

STK STEAKHOUSE

STK San Diego has an incredible happy hour that includes $3, $6, and $9 food and drink specials.  Some of my favorite dishes are available – including the Lil’ BRG with truffle fries, wagyu meatballs, and STK & Frites.  Available Mon – Fri from 3 – 6:30 pm, Saturday from  3 – 5:30 – they also have a late night happy hour from Sunday to Thursday from 10 pm to close.  If you’ve never been here before, it’s a great way to get a nice sampling of so many of their dishes at a great price.

STK STEAKHOUSE

Salt + Lime

Modern Mexican food, craft cocktails, and gorgeous decor steal the show at Salt + Lime in Del Mar.  On the happy hour menu, you will find the Won-Tostada, easily my favorite item on the menu, for $7 (marinated tuna, chipotle mayo, avo, pickled onions on a tostada).  Get a Cilantro Jalapeno marg to go with it ($11).  Monday through Sunday: 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.  

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Sammy's Woodfired Pizza

Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza is a family-favorite restaurant, but not as well known are the happy hour deals they offer.  It is offered every day of the week from 3 to 6 p.m.   They have discounts on their beer, wine, and many of their popular dishes, including 50% off their mini duck tacos, chicken taquitos, hummus, and sweet chili wings (and plenty more items).

Sammy's Woodfired Pizza

KING AND QUEEN CANTINA

King and Queen Cantina offers an amazing happy hour seven days a week – with happy hour all day on a Monday.  Food prices range from $7 to $10 and$13, and bottled beers are as low as $5. The menu includes their signature chicken tingas, fish tacos, pressed cheeseburger, shrimp ceviche, fresh oysters and Pow Pow Wings.

KING AND QUEEN CANTINA

THE HOLDING COMPANY

Happy Hour at The Holding Company will give you both stunning sunset views and good food and drink offers.  Offered Tuesday through Friday from 4 to 6 pm., they have 30% off their entire food menu.  It’s already one of my favorite places to enjoy cocktails with a view.

San Diego Happy Hours

HAPPY HOUR SPECIALS to enjoy right now:

GASLAMP QUARTER

LITTLE ITALY

PACIFIC BEACH

LA JOLLA

DEL MAR

SOLANA BEACH

CARDIFF

ENCINITAS

CARLSBAD

OCEANSIDE

What's the best happy hour spot in San Diego?

I am keeping this happy hour San Diego list up-to-date, but the restaurants do change the hours, menu and days quite often, so please use the Leave A Reply below to let me know if there are restaurants you think I should add to this list, or if there are any changes to my list.

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