It seems everywhere you turn, there’s a new happy hour popping up, claiming to have the best happy hour in town. But which ones really get you the most bang for your buck? If you’re tired of the same old specials, check out these ten great happy hours.
Cheese bar? Yes please. One of the few places in San Diego to offer a full-fledged Italian cheese bar and its happy hour is just as unique. Happy hour is served at the modest bar at the entrance. When you go, you must experience the signature lobster crispy pizza. This fancy find is a mere $5 and unexpectedly delicious. For drinks, mixologist and bar manager, Brian “The Muddler” McFarland, has created a cocktail menu with refreshing options like the Pomegranate Lychee Martini and the Fresh Muddled Marg.
Happy Hours: 7 days a week, 5-7pm
Food Specials: $5 Select appetizers
Drink Specials: $5 Select cocktail of the month, house wine and beer
425 Island Ave. San Diego, CA 92101
Bertrand at Mister A’s
Hands down, best view in town, ever. If you’re looking for a touch of class in your happy hour, Mister A’s in Banker’s Hill is it. With sprawling views of the bay and downtown, you’ll find it difficult to leave. Try the sliders with truffle fries and if you can splurge, order one of their newest cocktails, like the Aviator ($15) or a skinny cocktail, like the Jasmine Mojito ($15.)
Happy Hours: M-F 2:30pm-6pm
Food Specials: $7 on select items
Drink Specials: $5 Wells, $6 select wines, $4-$8 local brews $4 imported beers, $3 light beers
2550 Fifth Ave. San Diego, CA 92103
Knotty Barrel Gastropub
Craft beer with a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere is exactly what you’ll find at the Knotty Barrel in East Village. Many “not-your-ordinary” happy hour foods are offered here including; fried pickles, Italian sausage ragu and warm brie with a baguette. One of the most popular items is the battered jalapenos and baby artichokes with buttermilk ranch; its spicy, it’s creamy, it’s just plain perfect.
Happy Hours: M-F Open-7pm
Food Specials: $5 Select appetizers
Drink Specials: $5 House wines, $5 premium wells, $1 off all micro drafts
844 Market Street San Diego, CA 92101 (619) 269-7156
So popular and with good reason, La Puerta, located in the middle of the gaslamp, offers a “Mexperience” like no other. Al pastor tacos, mile-high nachos and a margarita-sangria blended drink called the Purple Haze are just a few reasons to visit. Late night happy hour from 10pm-close and rotating specials like $2 taco Tuesdays are another. With lively crowds, and happy hour every single day, you’ll want to get there as early as you can, to snatch yourself a prime seat.
Happy Hours: 7 Days a week, 3-7pm
Food Specials: 1/2 off appetizers
Drink Specials: 1/2 off on ALL drinks
560 4th Ave. San Diego, CA 92101 (619) 696-3466
Welcome to the mother of all happy hours. Is La Puerta too busy? Walk right next door where a plethora of cheap food and drink options await you. Late night happy hour is hard to find in downtown, but Las Hadas does it and well. With nine different appetizers and six entrees on happy hour, you’re bound to find something that delights. Try the fresh guacamole or crispy calamari and wash it down with a $1 tequila popper, AKA tequila with pink lemonade.
Happy Hours: M-TH 4-7pm & 10pm-12am, F-Sat 12 noon-7pm & 10pm-12am, Sunday 2pm-12am
Food Specials: $6 select appetizers and $7 select entrees
Drink Specials:$1 Tequila poppers, $2 Bud Light & Tecate Draft, $3 Corona, Pacifico, Dos XX Lager, $4 house margaritas, sangria, wine and draft beers, $5 Patron/Cabo Wabo shots
558 4th Ave. San Diego, CA 92101 (619) 232-1720