This topic lies near and dear to my heart because I love restaurants and their happy hours. I love them so much, that I decided to start a passion project showcasing different happy hours in San Diego. It’s called Happy Hour Bee: Bee because that’s my nickname, and because bees tend to buzz around from flower to flower, in this case…restaurants. It’s so difficult to choose who has the best one, but here are my top picks in some of my favorite neighborhoods.

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Little Italy

Prep Kitchen

Prep Kitchen

Prep Kitchen
Daily 3-6pm, late night on Fri and Sat 10pm-12am
$5 tapas, select beer, craft cocktails, wine, and sangria
This upstairs restaurant is a local favorite with great craft cocktails and tasty food. The ambiance at Prep Kitchen is inviting, and the deals are incredible!

Queenstown
Mon-Fri 3pm-6pm
$8 flights – Wine, Beer, Sangria
$3 sliders
This cute restaurant was opened in a historic craftsman home, and serves up New Zealand flavors with a local twist. Queenstown has a great been and wine selection!

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Bracero
Mon-Fri 4pm-6pm
$2 off cocktails and wine
$3 tacos
This is one of the newest additions to the Little Italy restaurant scene, and is currently the talk of the town. Bracero Cocina serves unique Mexican flavors, and tasty tacos.

Gaslamp Quarter

Café Sevilla
Happy Hour Sunday – Friday from 5PM – 7PM! Happy Hour on the entire menu – $5 off items $12 and over. $3 off items $11 and under. $5 off wine (bottles only).

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Meze
Happy Hour Sunday-Friday 3pm-6pm and Mon-Thurs 10-11pm
$3-$5 select appetizers, $3 Greek Lager, $4 wells and drafts
$5 House wines, $6 premium cocktails
This is a sexy Greek Fusion restaurant near Petco Park, which makes it a perfect stop before heading to the Padre’s game. I love their Greek Tacos!

The Field
Happy Hour All Day!
Happy Hour – Open – 7pm
Appetizers $2.75-$8, $5 Draft, $5.50 Craft Draft
$3.5 Well Cocktails, $4 House Wine, $4 Irish coffee
This authentic Irish Pub will make you forget you’re in Southern California. Every single item in this venue has been imported from Ireland, lending an authentic experience.

Coronado

Candelas

Candelas

Candelas
Every Day Happy Hour – 11am-10pm
Deals on select menu items.
Examples: $3.50 – Cup of Bean Cream Soup, $5.50 – Esalada Caesar , $8.50 – Carnitas Tacos (3)
This Mexican fusion restaurant sits on the Bay at Ferry Landing offering visitors incredible views of the San Diego skyline. I love taking the Ferry, and coming to Candelas for happy hour.

Stake
Happy Hour Daily 4:30-6:30
1/2 Bar Appetizers
$1 Oysters
$7 select glasses of wine, $5 select craft beer, $10 Stake Cocktails, $10 Stake Martinis
As the island’s only steakhouse, Stake offers guests old world service with a modern environment and taste. They have a beautiful patio on the second floor where they have live music on Wednesdays and Sundays.

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Stake/Facebook

Leroy’s
Happy Hour 4pm-6pm Daily & 10-Close (Friday and Saturday)
$5 Craft Drafts, $2 off Cocktails, $2 off Well Drinks, $5 select Glasses of Wine
Leroy’s is a casual chic restaurant known for their craft beer selection, fresh ingredients, and location. If you hang out in Coronado, this place is tough to miss. It’s one of the more popular spots in Coronado.

La Jolla

Nine-Ten

Nine-Ten

Nine-Ten
Happy Hour Monday -Friday, from 3:30-6:30pm
$5 House Red & White Wines, $2 off all Beer, $8 Bartender’s Whim Cocktail, 1/2 off bar menu items
This restaurant has good food, friendly staff, and many locals come here for happy hour.

Catania
Happy Hour Monday-Friday 3-6pm
$5 Select Craft Cocktails, $5 Red & White Wines, $5 Glasses of Sangria & $25 Sangria Pitchers, $5 Beer, $5 Select Appetizers
Catania is one of the newest additions to the La Jolla dining scene, but the spirit of this restaurant has been around for quite some time. This restaurant group continues to amaze locals with great food and drinks. This specific one has great ocean views, and is surrounded by great shops.

Harbor Island

Coasterra

Coasterra

Coasterra
Happy Hour Monday-Friday, 3:30-5:30
(Tequila Lounge and Patio Only)
$5 Draft Beer, $7 Signature Cocktails, $7 House Red or White Wine
$7 Appetizers
This restaurant is brand, spanking new, and was built by a local company for a whopping $15 million! It’s beautiful, the view is unparalleled, and the food hits home for many San Diegans, since it’s Mexican! Go to Coasterra!

Pacific Beach

Tower 23 San Diego

Tower 23 Hotel/Facebook

Tower 23/Jordn Restaurant
Happy Hour Monday-Friday, 4-7pm
$3 Beers, $4 House Wines, $3 Well Cocktails
$3 Off Small Plates includes
Amongst the beachgoers, day-partiers, and tourists, you’ll find a local favorite within the Tower 23 Hotel.

Now, all of these wonderful options should get you excited and happy for happy hour in San Diego! It’s just another thing to look forward to while you’re visiting my town. Feel free to watch my videos at Happy Hour Bee. Have fun, and always drink responsibly.


Bianca is a San Diego native, and prides herself on her knowledge of her city. As a professional tour guide, she offers food and drink tasting tours through her company: So Diego Tours. With 8 years in the tourism industry, she brings you updates on how to make the most out of your time, money and energy in her city.