It’s about time we talked about downtown San Diego happy hours, folks. No matter if you’re grabbing a quick beer after work, on the hunt for some discounted bites, or just want to have a chill hangout while going easy on the wallet, we’ve got this round.
Here are 27 local places offering the best happy hour deals right now.
Keeping spirits up
The Smoking Gun | Weekdays, 3-7 p.m. | Specials at this trendy downtown spot include a $6 Japanese Highball, an $8 Mai Tai, and the $30, Instagram-worthy Punch Bowl — a drink served in a disco ball, made for four, featuring Absolut Citron, Absolut Pear, Aperol, ginger, lemon, grapefruit juice, bitters, and champagne.
Whiskey Girl | Weekdays, 3-7 p.m. | Sip on $5 well drinks, beer, or house wine, plus 50% off select apps.
Cloak & Petal | Weekdays, 4-6 p.m. | Designed after the streets of Shibuya and Harajuku in Tokyo, this hip Little Italy restaurant offers discounted specialty cocktails, sake, wine, and draft beer, plus snacks between $3-$13, and classic and specialty rolls. Try the Japanese Mule featuring iichiko Saiten, ginger, lime, and Angostura.
Off the vine
Rustic Root | Tuesday nights | Going up on a Tuesday. Pop the cork on half-priced bottles of select wines + soothing live acoustic music to wind down for the night.
Meze Greek Fusion | Sunday-Friday, 3-6 p.m. + Wine Wednesdays | Wednesdays are where it’s at here — $4 off glasses of wine, 3-6 p.m., $17-$20 wine flights, and 50% select bottles of wine, 6 p.m. to close. This spot comes highly recommended by SDtoday reader Linda L. who likes to go with her friends. Cheers, Linda.
Wet Stone Wine Bar | Tuesday-Saturday, 5-6 p.m. + Sunday, 4-9 p.m. | Wine and dine with $8.50 glasses of select wines and sangria, $26.50 select bottles, and the $18 House Blind Flight Trio — and add some small plates starting at $8.50.
Garage Kitchen + Bar | Tuesday-Sunday, 4-6 p.m. + Friday-Saturday, 9 p.m. to close | Grab your friends and park it at this rustic scene that is slashing prices during happy hour with a menu featuring 51% off select drinks.
Henry’s Pub | Daily, times vary | Enjoy $5 drink deals, plus snack specials on certain days, like the $4.50 Basket O’ Wings on Wednesdays and a mini, $9 portion of fish and chips on Fish Fry-days.
Happy Does Bar | Thursday + Friday, 3-6 p.m. (except during Padres games) | Get more for less with $3 Crispy Chicken Sliders + Happy Sliders, six brands of $5 beers, plus $6 house wine and seltzer.
Hungry for meal deals
Gaslamp Fish House | Weekdays, 3:30-5:30 p.m. | The happy hour grub deals are plentiful here — by land and sea — including oysters on the half shell at $1.50 a pop, Truffle Fries with Parmesan for $7, and $4 specialty tacos.
Techo Beso | Thursday + Friday, 4-6 p.m. | The rooftop bar in the Gaslamp Quarter offers happy hour deals like tacos, brisket sliders, and guacamole — with snacks ranging $2.50-$9 — plus $5 Pacificos, $9 select glasses of wine, and $12 specialty cocktails.
Madam Bonnie’s | Thursday-Saturday, 3-6 p.m. | Come for the roaring 1920s vibes, stay for the seasonal happy hour deals, which include $6 Bonnie’s Blonde Ale, $12-$25 snacks, and food and drink combos like the $25 Meat & Cheese Board with a $15 bottle of house red or white wine.
Queenstown Public House | Weekdays, 3-6 p.m. | Score $9 drinks like Beer Flights, a Moscow Mule, or Whiskey Sour, plus $8 snacks like NZ Chips & Dip and Sliders.
The Butcher’s Cut | Sunday-Friday, 4-6 p.m. | Sip on signature, $8 craft cocktails like the SD Breeze (vodka, pineapple, lemon, soda), alongside
scrumptious bites like oysters, Seared Tuna, Yellow Curry Chicken Skewers, Mini Blue Lump Crab Cakes, and Avocado Toast.
Cafe Sevilla | Sunday-Friday, 4:30-6:30 p.m. | Pair your beer, wine, sangria, or craft cocktails with a wide selection of flavorful tapas between $5-$12 like the Spicy Octopus Ceviche and Queso Fundido. Don’t miss the tacos inspired by the flavors of Spain.
Rockin’ Baja Lobster | Weekdays, 3-6 p.m. | Chow down on a plethora of items for under $10, including street tacos, Mexican Street Corn, Chili Lime Fries, and the Ahi Tuna Tostada.
Gaslamp Tavern | Weekdays, 3-6 p.m. | Take advantage of $2 off drafts, specialty cocktails, wine, and apps + $5 off wells. Plus, check out additional special deals for each day of the week, like the $5 mystery beers on Wednesdays.
The Field Irish Pub | Weekedays, 3-7 p.m. | Pair $6 select draft beers, house wines + well cocktails with food specials ranging from $3-15, including Black & Blue Sliders, Irish Potato Skins, and Curry Fries. Plus, grab $2 off specialty cocktails.
Barrio Star | Weekdays, 3-5 p.m. | We spy a margarita flight for $20, a margarita or sangria for $8.50, and snacks starting at $5.
Fisher’s San Diego | Monday-Friday, 3-6 p.m. | The contemporary Mexican seafood restaurant in Little Italy offers a happy hour menu that includes deals on snacks like $8 guacamole, $16 Peruvian Fish Ceviche, $16 Shrimp Aguachile, plus drinks like the $10 Maria Mezcal or margarita.
Wolfie’s Carousel Bar | Tuesday-Friday, 4-7 p.m. | Executive Chef Chris Osborne launched this hot spot’s first-ever happy hour menu in October 2023 with snacks like $2 oysters and $9 Jambon Beurre on a demi baguette, and cocktails like the $13, vodka-based Fleur de France and the gin-based Je T’adore.
Barleymash | Weekdays, 3-5 p.m. | Indulge in half-off beer, wine, spirits, and cocktails at this cool hangout.
Kansas City Barbeque | Daily, 3:30-6:30 p.m. | This will take your breath away: The iconic “Top Gun” bar offers daily specials on draft beer and snacks. We recommend grabbing a pint and perusing the memorabilia from the movie — and, of course, taking a seat at Goose’s piano.
Late night gem
King & Queen Cantina | Weekdays, all day + Friday-Saturday, open-6 p.m. | Share a $20 Mr. Tempo Beer Bucket with friends or enjoy $14 margaritas, $8 sangria, and $3-13 snacks galore.
Lotus Thai | Friday + Saturday, 5-10:30 p.m. | Take 20% off sake bottles.
Toasting to other parts of San Diego County
Sky Deck at Del Mar Highlands | Monday-Friday, 4-6 p.m. | Six of the food hall’s restaurants — Ambrogio15, Craft House, Glass Box, Marufuku Ramen, Understory, and URBANA Mexican Gastronomy & Mixology — have teamed up to offer happy hours deals. Try a cocktail at Understory at 50% off or $1 oysters from Glass Box.
Paradisaea, Bird Rock | Wednesday + Thursday, 4-6 p.m.
The new happy hour specials at of late September 2023 include 50% off signature cocktails, draft beer, and wine, plus $1 West Coast oysters. If you’re hankering for a snack, ask for the new bar menu, offering 50% off dishes like Fava Bean Hummus and the Dry-Aged Cheeseburger.
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