San Diego

The Best Happy Hour in 15 San Diego Neighborhoods

These deals can't be beat.

Draft Republic
Draft Republic
Draft Republic

Where happy hour deals are concerned, San Diego restaurants and bars really know how to bring it. But, deciding where to go can sometimes cut into your deeply discounted eating and drinking time, and that’s simply unacceptable. To help narrow down the multitude of options, we’re presenting 15 choices for happy hour that slay the competition in their respective neighborhoods:

OB Brewery
OB Brewery
OB Brewery

Ocean Beach

Ocean Beach Brewery
Happy hour: Monday–Friday 3–6 pm
Take advantage of relaxing rooftop vibes just a stone’s throw from the Ocean Beach Pier at OB Brewery. During happy hour, they serve craft beers for $3 off, and take $2 off “Happytizers” like Tres Tres Nachos-house-fried tortilla chips topped with spicy, beer-brined chicken breast, house-made nacho beer cheese, sour cream, and pico de gallo-along with all the free hippie vibes and glorious sunsets you can handle.

South Beach Bar & Grille 
Happy hour: Monday-Friday 3-6pm, plus other daily specials
Craving tacos? This beachfront taco shop is where you want to be for mahi, wahoo, or classic Baja tacos priced at $2.95 apiece, and a full complement of cheap drinks, ranging from shots ($7 for Patron Silver) to mimosas ($4), Mai Tais ($7) and margaritas ($5 for traditional, $7 for coconut with pineapple).

DAVANTI ENOTECA
DAVANTI ENOTECA
DAVANTI ENOTECA

Little Italy

King and Queen Cantina
Happy hour: Monday–Friday 11 am–6 pm and 9 pm–close; Saturday–Sunday 2–6pm and 9 pm–close
King and Queen Cantina brings the atmosphere of a Latin cantina to Little Italy-with plenty of happy hour options and skyline views of downtown. Bottled beers are $5; house wines, well drinks, and sangria are $8; and rocks margaritas in flavors like tamarindo, cucumber, and pomegranate are $10. More than two dozen food options, from oysters on the half shell to smashed burgers run $6-10.

Davanti Enoteca 
Happy hour: Daily 3–6 pm
Davanti Enoteca might not immediately spring to mind when you’re craving a happy hour deal, but that’s probably because you’re not aware of the bacon jam-, confit tomato-, arugula-, aioli-, and griddled cheese curd-topped burger that can be yours (with shoestring fries) for $11 during happy hour ($5 off the regular price). Add a boozy drink of your choice, like draft beer, house wine, wells, sangria, or a martini (priced between $5 and $7) and you’re good to go.

Draft Republic
Draft Republic
Draft Republic

La Jolla

Draft Republic
Happy hour: Tuesday–Friday, 3–6 pm, Saturday–Sunday, 2–6 pm, plus great daily specials
Sports fans love this place for its 100″ projection screen, along with pool tables, ping pong, and retro video games to provide ample entertainment during commercial breaks and for the non-sports minded folks. Happy hour deals include $2 off drafts, $6 select wines and well drinks, and a half dozen snacks at $7, or any burger or sandwich, a draft, fries, and a small house salad for a measly $19.95. Check the Carlsbad location’s website for their happy hour and daily deals.

Photo courtesy of The Presley
Photo courtesy of The Presley
Photo courtesy of The Presley

Liberty Station

Dirty Birds
Happy hour: Monday–Friday, 3-6pm, plus great daily specials
A perennial favorite on various “Best Wings” lists, Dirty Birds offers 37 different wing sauces,  and at happy hour half price, you can afford to try all of them, plus you can add select pitchers of beer for half price too. Daily specials include $18.95 all-you-can-eat wings on Mondays after 6 pm and all-day happy hour on Tuesdays. Check out their weekend special-$3 Mimosas, $12 champagne bottles, $5 Stella pints, $15 Stella pitchers, $18 buckets, and $5 Svedka shots. Other Dirty Birds can be found in Pacific Beach, College Area, and Ocean Beach, plus a newly opened UCSD venue, which has an abbreviated menu and different daily specials.

The Presley
Happy hour: Monday–Friday 3–6 pm
The Presley makes the most of its nearly 2,100-square feet of dedicated outdoor dining area and features classic American fare and playful beverages incorporating twists on classic cocktails. Happy hour specials include $5 Buena Cerveza, Presley lager and house wines, plus all flatbreads are just $10.

Photo courtesy of STK
Photo courtesy of STK
Photo courtesy of STK

Gaslamp Quarter

STK Steakhouse
Happy Hour: Monday–Friday, 3–6:30 pm
Head to this sleek, modern take on a traditional steakhouse to unwind and save on bites like beef tartare and a giant wagyu meatball for just $7, or tuna tartare tacos, crispy calamari, and jalapeño pickled shrimp cocktail all for $8. Dynamic speciality cocktails are half-off during happy hour and glasses of Justin Cabernet and Whispering Angel Rose are $10.

Upper East
Happy hour: Monday–Thursday, 5–7 pm
This rooftop pool bar is beautiful day or night, but for a luxe experience at bargain prices, their happy hour pours $8 cocktails, $6 draft beers and house wines, and $5 canned beers. On Wednesdays, they do $5 Aperol spritzes at 5 pm, $6 spritzes at 6 pm, and $7 spritzes at 7 pm, plus trivia with prizes from 6:30–8:30 pm. Feeling flush with cash? Poolside loungers and private cabanas can be booked through the chief concierge at 619-819-9583 for a daily fee, which includes pool access and amenities.

The Blind Burro
The Blind Burro
The Blind Burro

East Village

The Blind Burro
Happy hour: Monday, Wednesday–Friday, 3–6 pm 
The Blind Burro serves authentic south of the border street food with a modern flair and flaunts an extensive collection of tequilas, mezcals, bacanoras, and raicillas. Hit them up at happy hour for $4.50 Buena Cerveza, $5 house wine and well drinks, and $6 house margs, plus TJ dogs and fries, corn and poblano flautas, crispy calamari, and more for $5-10 each. Taco Tuesdays run from 6 pm to closing and include $8, $9, and $10 taco twofers, $6 margaritas and $9 Dobel Diamante tequila shots, and Thursdays feature $17 bottomless sangria from 6 pm to close.

Half Door Brewing Co.
Happy hour: Monday–Friday, 4–6 pm (except on Padres home game days).
This charming Irish countryside pub serves up more than fifteen fresh brews that range from saisons to barleywines, along with wells and wine for $5, specialty cocktails for $8, and bites like mac and cheese, truffle fries and the Infamous Bowl (crispy chicken, roasted corn, cheddar cheese, onion ale gravy, and garlic mash potatoes) for $5-12.

The Rabbit Hole
The Rabbit Hole
The Rabbit Hole

Normal Heights

The Rabbit Hole
Happy hour: Monday–Friday, 5–7 pm
Chill sports-watching with great food and giant games bring Normal Heights locals to The Rabbit Hole for $6 select local drafts and house wine by the glass, $7 select specialty cocktails, and a short list of half-priced appetizers, at workday-friendly hours.

Blade 1936
Blade 1936
Blade 1936

Oceanside

Blade 1936
Happy hour: Tuesday all day; Wednesday–Sunday 4–6 pm
Housed in the old Oceanside Blade-Tribune and News building, Blade 1936 offers modern takes on Neapolitan cuisine, along with stunning ocean views. Sip house wines for $6.50 or the cocktail of the month for $8, alongside sharable bites like margarita pizza and arancini Siciliani for $7-11.

University Heights

Cantina Mayahuel
Happy hour: Monday all day; Tuesday–Friday 12–6 pm
Introduce yourselves to tequila’s sexier, smokier cousin at Cantina Mayahuel, where over 100 different mezcals, sotols, bacanoras, and racillas line the wall behind the bar and happy hour is one of the longest in the city. Modelo Negro and Tecate cans are a mere $3; margaritas, palomas, and shots are just $5.50 and can be made with tequila blanco, reposado, or mezcal joven. Order a couple of plates of street tacos at three for $8 and you’ve got the quintessential San Diego happy hour experience.

Puesto
Puesto
Puesto

Mission Valley

Puesto Cervecería 
Happy hour: Monday, Wednesday–Friday, 3–5 pm
The Puesto empire has expanded again with Puesto Cerveceria in Mission Valley, where they’ve opened their first brewery, focusing on Mexican lagers. Happy hour specials include $1.50 off all tacos, $9 Puesto Perfect Margaritas, $5 Puesto drafts, and half-priced snacks & shareable plates like chicken or potato taquitos, esquite, and chicharrones.

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San Diego

How to Celebrate Women’s History Month in San Diego

Check out female-led dance programs, pop up markets, beer dinners, and more events this March.

Photo by Bianca Quirino Photography l Courtesy of Simplemente Chingona
Photo by Bianca Quirino Photography l Courtesy of Simplemente Chingona
Photo by Bianca Quirino Photography l Courtesy of Simplemente Chingona

Women have played a huge part shaping San Diego into the city it is today. In celebration of Women’s History Month, there are a variety of events across the city that commemorate women’s contributions to our community and culture. Home to the Women’s Museum of California, which hosts events throughout the year, be sure to check out all the ways to support and honor women this month. From art exhibits to dance performances, pop-up markets and yoga, check out the best events to celebrate Women’s History Month in San Diego:

Photo courtesy of The San Diego Museum of Art
Photo courtesy of The San Diego Museum of Art
Photo courtesy of The San Diego Museum of Art

Discover works from overlooked women artists

Ongoing through November 7, 2023
Balboa Park
The San Diego Museum of Art currently has 20 modern and contemporary works of art on display from women who unjustly didn’t receive the same amount of fame as their male contemporaries. The museum’s Modern Women exhibit is your chance to see work from artists like Elaine de Kooning and Lee Krasner, who were overshadowed by artist husbands Willem de Kooning and Jackson Pollock but whose work has long deserved its own moment in the spotlight. The collection showcases pieces that range from acrylic paintings to photography, inviting us into an untapped artistic sphere.
Cost: $20

Practice Sun Salutations while supporting a good cause

Saturday, March 4, 10 am to 11 am
Pacific Beach
Make a difference in the lives of teen girls of colour while taking a yoga class at Kate Sessions Park. Organized by local nonprofit One Love Movement, all donations for the event go towards college scholarships for girls of the DETOUR F.A.N.C.Y. Expo & Leadership Academy, a mentorship program that promotes equity and inclusion in higher education for girls of colour. All while enjoying stunning views of Mission Bay.
Cost: Donation-based

Photo by Bianca Quirino Photography l Courtesy of Simplemente Chingona
Photo by Bianca Quirino Photography l Courtesy of Simplemente Chingona
Photo by Bianca Quirino Photography l Courtesy of Simplemente Chingona

Shop local women-owned businesses

Sunday, March 5, 1 pm to 5 pm
Middletown
What better way to celebrate the women in your community than by supporting their local businesses? The Women’s History Month Market, located in the FEMX Quarters venue, is a pop up market you don’t want to miss. The market will feature over 35 vendors from women artisans and you’ll find uniquely crafted sunglasses, jewellery, clothing, and more. The family-friendly (and pet-friendly) event will also include food and music.
Cost: Free

Drink beer crafted by female brewers on International Women’s Day

Wednesday, March 8, 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Escondido
Women were the original brewers of ale, after all, so it only makes sense to honour our past and present beer connoisseurs with dinner and brews. Located at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, Stone International Women’s Day Beer Dinner features three courses, each paired with a tasty beer specially brewed by a team of women at Stone Brewery. The event is part of a larger global celebration for International Women’s Day, where brewers all over the world brew a speciality beer that supports The Pink Boots Society, a non profit that empowers women and non-binary people in the beer industry through scholarships and education. Grab your tickets while you can! 21+
Cost: $50-$70

Attend an exhibition celebrating female and non-binary artists

Saturday, March 11, 5:00 pm
Barrio Logan
Head over to the entertainment and community venue Corazon del Barrio and show your support to female and non-binary artists, whose art and music will be featured in the Diosa Art Show. Around 40 artists are on the bill at this all-ages event.
Cost: Free

Drink some pints for the pups

Saturday, March 11, 12 pm to 4 pm
Carmel Mountain
If you need another excuse to down some brews, Second Chance Beer Company is hosting its first ever Ladies & Pups Market for Women’s History Month. The brewery, which holds various events throughout the year, donates a percentage of its sales to animal rescue organizations in California and Arizona. The dog-friendly market will include pop ups from women-owned businesses such as Bold Bouquet, Wet Nose Pottery, and No, You Sit! Treats. For the occasion, Second Chance will serve Fistful of Gummies – Berry Edition, a rendition of their fruited sour beer created in collaboration with Pink Boots Society, an organization that supports women and non-binary individuals in the beer industry.
Cost: Free

Photo courtesy of Women's Museum of California
Photo courtesy of Women’s Museum of California
Photo courtesy of Women’s Museum of California

Attend a ceremony at the Women’s Museum of California

Saturday, March 18, 11 am to 1 pm
Rolando
Perhaps San Diego’s largest Women’s History Month event, the San Diego County Women’s Hall of Fame recognizes local women for their achievements in the community. The annual event, which takes place at Joan B. Kroc Theatre, is a project of the Women’s Museum of California, a museum dedicated to educating the public about women’s contributions through history with exhibits, programs, and events. Over 100 women have been inducted into the Women’s Hall of Fame since the program was founded in 2001, and this year’s class includes notable women like activist Norma Chávez-Peterson and Chula Vista Mayor Mary Casillas Salas. The event includes a VIP brunch followed by the Induction Ceremony. Be sure to purchase tickets early to secure your spot.
Cost: $20-$150

Join a community of local women and get inspired

Monday, March 20, 5 pm to 7:30 pm
Miramar
The Women’s Speaker Series at Alesmith Brewing Company is a monthly community gathering where local women come together to support one another in achieving professional and personal goals. The event includes a social hour followed by a selected speaker. For this month, the Women’s Speaker Series features career coach and small business owner Laura Bashore, who will share her insight on how you can advance your career or business. Make sure to reserve your spot before attending!
Cost: Free

Come hear about the roles San Diego women played during World War II

Tuesday, March 21, 1 pm to 3 pm
Mission Valley
In the early 20th century, many women were not allowed or expected to be the breadwinners for their households, but things suddenly changed with the United States’ entry into World War II. Here’s your chance to learn about the real experiences of women who lived through WWll and how they navigated through it all. Presented by Oasis San Diego, head over to Mission Valley Library to attend this in-person event.
Cost: Free

Photo by Carly Topazio l Courtesy of The Rosin Box Project
Photo by Carly Topazio l Courtesy of The Rosin Box Project
Photo by Carly Topazio l Courtesy of The Rosin Box Project

Attend a ballet program choreographed entirely by women

Thursday, March 23 – Saturday, March 25 & Monday, March 27, 7:30 pm
Liberty Station
Experience not one but three world premiere ballet performances at The Rosin Box Project, a contemporary ballet company that works to redefine the concept of dance and how it’s experienced for both artists and audiences. To coincide with Women’s History Month, TRBP is kicking off its 2023 season with Empower, a female-led ballet program choreographed by TRBO Residents Lauren Flower, Bethany Green, and Carly Topazio. The program, which takes place at Light Box Theater, offers a fresh take on dance by pushing the boundaries of traditional ballet. Your ticket includes a post-show reception.
Cost: $45

Hear music by a little-known female early 20th-century composer

Friday, March 24, 6:30 pm to 7:45 pm
Balboa Park
While you may not be familiar with composer Alice Barnett Stevenson, she played an integral part in San Diego’s music scene during the early 1900s. Stevenson was an active member of various music organizations at the time, and she composed art songs for voice and piano and performed at schools all over the country. Her home became a hub for local recitals from visiting musicians, and was also where the San Diego Symphony was founded. This month, you can hear her compositions performed live for the first time in nearly 100 years at the San Diego History Center. Selected works by Stevenson will be performed by musical scholar Katina Mitchell and pianist Yewon Lee. Be sure to reserve tickets ahead of time.
Cost: $25-$40

Listen to Black San Diego women discuss important community issues

Saturday, March 25, 12 pm to 4 pm
Valencia Park
In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Friends of Malcolm X Library are hosting Ain’t I a Woman, an event featuring Black women who will be speaking about their professions and discussing the challenges faced within the workplace and the community while offering suggestions on how to further enhance and embrace equality. The event includes a Q&A panel discussion, door prizes, free raffles, as well as music, poetry, and dance. Seating is limited so be sure to reserve your spot early.
Cost: Free event. Lunch purchase is $15.

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Michelle Harris is an Editorial Assistant at Thrillist. Over the years her writing has also appeared in Atlas Obscura, Mental Floss, and Audubon Magazine. When she’s not busy typing, she enjoys hiking, road trips, and cooking vegan food.

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