If you’re looking to decompress with some friends in the afternoon, grabbing drinks during happy hour can be super fun! However, the biggest challenge can be finding which bar to go to. Don’t worry, we’ve done the work for you and made a list of the San Diego bars with the best happy hour deals!
1. El Prez
Located only a few blocks off the beach, El Prez is a great place to go for happy hour before watching the sunset. Head on up to the rooftop and enjoy the ocean view while sipping on a fun cocktail! The daily happy hour menu always has half-off appetizers and amazing drink specials. From 1/2 off all tequila to $5 draft beers, this is a happy hour you don’t want to miss. If you’re looking for a snack, be sure to get an order of the delicious nachos which are big enough to share with all your friends! And don’t forget to try one of El Prez’s famous margaritas or the frosé to get your night started!
If you’re looking for a weeknight pick me up, Crushed has happy hour from 4 – 7 pm every Monday – Friday. The 7$ appetizers are great for sharing with friends and the portion sizes are big enough too! One of Crushed’s most popular items on the menu is the specialty flights. Choose between champagne, beer or margaritas and get 3 of them for only $12! This is a fun way to try each of the drinks for yourself or get a couple flights and share them among your friends. Crushed is a great place to relax after a busy day of work or school and their happy hour deals will make your wallet happy as well!
This beachfront, rooftop restaurant not only has one of the best views in San Diego, but it also has one of the best happy hour menus. From 2 – 5 pm every day, this sushi restaurant has discounts on drinks, appetizers and some of their best sushi rolls! Grab a delicious spicy tuna or California roll with one of your favorite cocktails on the side all for under $15. Nothing is better than enjoying happy hour deals while looking out over the ocean so be sure to head over to Cannonball to check it out!
4. Cafe 21
Don’t let the name fool you, Cafe 21 isn’t like any other cafe. This cafe serves both food and drinks with an amazing happy hour menu that goes from 3 – 6 pm every day! From 1/2 off mimosas and sangria to 20% all wines and cocktails, you definitely want to take advantage of this menu. If you’re hungry, be sure to order tapas from the extensive list. With 20 different tapas to choose from, the 4 for $21 is an unbeatable price. Once you grab your drink and some tapas be sure to enjoy them on the great outdoor patio! If you are ever looking for something to do in the afternoon, Cafe 21’s trendy decor, delicious food, and amazing drinks will not disappoint!
5. Guava Beach Bar & Grill
Guava beach has some of the best food and drink deals in San Diego. Not only do they have great happy hour deals from 3-6 pm every day, but they also have other drink specials happening all day too! Be sure to check out Guava on the weekend because drink specials run from when they open to when they close, so you don’t have to worry about ever missing out. Get discounts on all appetizers during happy hour and be sure to check out the other deals of the day because sometimes even their famous burger and fries counts as a happy hour food as well! No matter what you’re in the mood to eat or drink, Guava has deals to satisfy everyone.
6. Wonderland Ocean Pub
With a great view of Ocean Beach, Wonderland is an awesome place to go for watching the waves and for taking advantage of the happy hour deals. The $3 off mules and $1 off draft beer and tacos happen every day from 3 – 6 pm but it’s the individual daily deals that make Wonderland so great. Enjoy a drink or two during happy hour and stay the rest of the night to enjoy the rest of that Wonderland has to offer. Get 1/2 off mussels and oysters on Monday, tacos on Tuesday, and appetizers on Wednesdays! No matter what day of the week you go to Wonderland, the amazing deals and the amazing view never end.
7. Duck Dive
This bar is only a few blocks away from Pacific Beach, so make sure to stop in for happy hour before going to watch the sunset. Duck Dive’s happy hour menu is from 3 – 6 pm Monday through Friday. Head on over after work or class and destress with your friends. The happy hour deals at Duck Dive are simple, 1/2 off appetizers and cocktails and $5 glasses of wine. The fun atmosphere and location make Duck Dive a place you must go even if it’s only for an hour, plus, the happy hour deals are too good to pass up!
8. The Grass Skirt
This Hawaiian restaurant and bar may only have happy hour from 5 – 6 pm every day, but the secret entrance, delicious food, and amazing drinks are worth it. You enter this speakeasy through a freezer in a neighboring poke shop and are transported into a whole other world. Even though happy hour isn’t very long, this place has tons of Hawaiian inspired dishes and drinks that are worth the try. Plus, on certain nights of the week, they have extended happy hour where you can get the deals all night long! Don’t miss out on the 6$ mai tais and edamame for a fun snack before you continue on with the rest of your night.
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