For a working professional, or an overworked Mom or Dad, happy hour can be the one event you look forward to all week. Cheap drinks, discounted apps, time with your friends – What could be better? San Diego with its year-round good weather and unique neighborhoods makes for the perfect city to get drinks after work. You can sit by the ocean and take in the scenery, grab a drink in the hustle and bustle of downtown, or travel east for a laid back inland meal. Wherever your location, San Diego has all the happy hour you could ever need. Now let’s bring on the happy and the Bites!
Tuesday – Saturday, 3 pm to 6:30 pm; Sunday, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
A bad meal doesn’t exist at Solare, the winner of San Diego Magazines 2017 Best Restaurant, Best Chef, and Best Wine List. To call Solare a triple threat would be an understatement. The restaurant serves fresh pasta, world-renowned wine, and still finds time to cater and teach classes. If you can find a restaurant of this caliber that does happy hour, you must go. During happy hour Solare serves Nidi di Rondine alle Erbette, a whirlpool pasta filled with arugula, spinach, ricotta, and Parmigiano Reggiano fondue; Burrata e Cavolfiori, a burrata cheese served with arugula, capers, olives, pickled red onions, and cauliflower; and Polpette, veal and beef meatballs braised in tomato sauce – all for just $5! For drinks, try a $5 wine, $5 cocktails or $2 off any beer.
Monday – Friday, 3 pm to 6 pm
If you’re more of a meat and potatoes kind of guy or gal, The Public House has great views and even better grub. The cozy little restaurant is nestled in La Jolla right by Prospect St. During happy hour all appetizers are $7 and drinks are $2 off. Happy hour appetizers include Veggie Bruschetta, Calamari, Spicy Chicken Wings, Steak Bruschetta, Chicken Fingers, a Calabrese & Mozzarella Flatbread, and our favorite, the Margherita Flatbread. Public House is a great choice for beer drinkers because they keep an updated online beer list that you can scout out before even calling an Uber. Catch The Public House every Saturday and Sunday on our La Jolla Walking Food Tour! It’s the perfect excuse to see what the hype is all about.
Every day, 4 pm to 7 pm
Sunday – Friday, 3 pm to 6 pm
You may not be able to fly to the Mediterranean after work, but you can always go to happy hour at Meze Greek Fusion. Meze serves Greek food with a Southern California twist. During happy hour you can enjoy Cilantro Jalapeño Hummus, Fiery Feta, Baba Ghanoush, Tirokafteri, and Tzatziki for just $3.50. For $4.50 you can get Greek Salad, Meze Fries, Meatballs, and Dolmas. And for just $5.50 you can have Fiery Feta Mac N’ Cheese, Spanakopita, Calamari, Dolmathes or a 2 Greek Taco Combo. For such authentic Greek food, the price is unbeatable, and it may not be the Mediterranian but the restaurant is pretty chic.
Monday, All Day; Tuesday – Friday, 3 pm to 6 pm
The Roxy is a staple in Encinitas, but under recent new ownership, the space has really come alive. Known for their live music and events, you can sometimes line up your after work drinks with a show. During happy hour The Roxy has $4.50 drafts, $5 wells, $7 wine and $2 off cocktails and small plates. The small plates include Smoked Gouda Truffle Mac, Baked Brie, Fig Crostini, Cubano Sliders, and our favorite, Mexican Corn On The Cob. With happy hour prices, you can try all of that and more before finishing your day with a walk on the beach.