Late Night Happy Hour

 Cheap & Easy: Late Night Happy Hour
A long, long time ago, my dear friends Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett brought me to the realization that five o’clock is the best hour of the day. You want to know why five o’clock is the best hour out of the entire day? Because Happy Hour starts at five o’clock, duh!

Whether or not it makes me sound like a raging alcoholic, I’m going to put it out there anyways: Happy Hour is my favorite hour of the day. Technically, it’s really not a single hour, but I’m usually always happily hammered off cheap $5 margaritas and/or Kamikaze shots before the duration of 60 minutes so I’ve never really stopped to notice the difference. Regardless, what is there not to love about discounted grub and drinks? I don’t know about you, but times are tough and I’m all for a bigger bang for my buck.


However, as much as I love me some quality Happy Hour deals and steals, I have to admit, I’d probably be head over heels in love if I could get the same discounted specials on scrumptious bites and brews later in the evening. I mean, who decided that Happy Hour has to start at five and end at seven? It’s ludacris. In an Absolut world, my Happy Hour would last all night long.


Alas! The Party Gods must have heard my prayer because some of my favorite San Diego restaurants have been unveiling Late Night Happy Hour menus left and right with some seriously sinful specials. From Harney Sushi and Currant Brasserie, to Beaumont’s and Dirty Birds, it’s time to gluttonously stuff your face with highly caloric fare and throw back some strong libations for half the price…all the way until midnight.


Discover the Best Late Night Happy Hours in San Diego.


Funky Garcias

Putting the funk into your late-night hankering for Mexican food, Funky Garcias in the heart of downtown on Market St, offers a new late night happy hour on Friday, Saturday and Sundays. From 9pm to 11pm, guests can stop in to enjoy $5 Patron and Don Julio Shots, and premium spirits such as Grey Goose, Kettle One, Absolut, Bacardi, Captain Morgan, Jack Daniels, Jameson and Tanqueray. All well drinks at this after-hours happy hour are $4, and all bottles or drafts can be purchased for $3.50. Options include Miller Lite, Fat Tire, Tecate Light, Stella, Bluemoon, Tecate, Modelo, and Heineken. If late nights aren’t your thing, you can still experience the Funky Garcia’s happy hour Mondays and Wednesdays all day, and every other day of the week from 3-7pm.


Grant Grill Lounge 
Located within the historic US Grant Hotel in downtown San Diego, The Grant Grill is known for its regal charm and exquisite cuisine. The Grant Grill recently launched an all-new Half-Off Happy Hour held every Friday evening from 10pm-1am where guests can enjoy classic and crafty house-infused cocktails from lead mixologist, Jeff Josenhans. Each of the signature cocktails change with the season and The Grant Grill is currently featuring a menu theme inspired by fresh citrus with unique cocktails like the Buddha’s Hand, comprised of Rock Sake Organic Sake, Meyer Lemon, Buddha’s Hand infused cane sugar syrup and Jasmine water. Stay tuned for April’s Friday night specialty cocktails, inspired by and infused with the essence of flowers.


Harney Sushi
In-the-know locals trust Old Town for authentic Mexican cuisine and tequila-fueled libations, but who would have thought one of the city’s best sushi restaurants hails from the same area? Harney Sushi is a place where experimentation mixes with celebration to create the ultimate dining experience. Besides having San Diego’s only sake bar, Harney also boasts more than 50 award-winning wines, a private VIP booth and over 35 delicious gourmet specialty rolls named and created by the loyal customers. Every night of the week from 10pm until midnight, head into Harney sushi for Late Night Happy Hour featuring discounts on appetizers and rolls. Enjoy appetizers such as Miso Soup for $1.50, Shisito Peppers for $2.50, Gyoza for $3.50, Sauteed Mushrooms for $5; and dive into delicious rolls including the Spicy Salmon Roll, the Veggie Roll, the Albacore Roll and the Cucumber Roll, all under $5 each.


Bar West

Only the savviest of San Diego locals know that Bar West is up and running during more than just their feisty nightlife scene. This swanky bar by the beach keeps it real with chill vibes in an upscale setting. Starting the party early, they boast their “Happiest Hour” from 6-10pm, Thursday through Sunday with $3 well drinks and $3 drafts. Not to mention, a complimentary buffet to feast on every Thursday from 7:30pm-9:30pm. The best part of this late night happy hour is that after you’re done savoring the sips, the sun goes down and the music comes up. Thursday through Sunday, Bar West hosts top DJs and a double dance floor to fulfill all your party needs.


La Puerta

While the bar itself is humble in both size and attitude, don’t be so easily fooled into thinking you’ve stepped into another dive. La Puerta not only packs in a collection of killer cocktails, but a menu of gourmet delights that will be savored down to the last bite, paired with acclaimed DJs from SD, LA and SF spinning a variety of hot beats in a casual and intimate environment – without a cover charge. From authentic preparation to irresistible flavors, La Puerta offers up a bit of everything for everyone. Every Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 10pm until close, revelers have the opportunity to partake in all the delightful goodness that La Puerta has to offer, but at a sweet discounted price. On Wednesday nights, the Taco Kingdom offers up $2-$3 ice cold drafts; Thursday nights feature $3 frozen drinks; and on Sunday nights, all cocktails are half-price. What…a steal! 


Slater’s 50/50

While this Liberty Station spot is packed with burgers and beef, don’t think that’s the only punch they pack. Slater’s 50/50 has been getting big cheers for their extensive beer menu, too. A few steps up from yesterday’s burger joint, they’re now embracing the late night happy hour concept to keep guests chowing down until the early hours. From 10pm to 2am, burger lovers can eat happy with half-off select appetizers, and a slew of other savings on drinks. Domestic drafts are $2.50, and a domestic pitcher can be purchased for just $8. “Happy hour” beers at Slater’s rotate weekly with 10 different options for half-off. Stay thirsty with $4 well drinks and $2 off wine by the glass. If you’re craving a bite to eat, you’re in luck as the kitchen stays open until 1am. And if the late night scene just isn’t for you, these same happy hours deals rule from 3-7pm.


This elegant Island Avenue ‘ristorante’ is best known for sophisticated Italian cuisine and its modern digs. Recently the chic eatery introduced a daily $5 happy hour and new late night happy hour, with bites that are as sophisticated as Bice itself. Far from the average greasy pizza and loaded nachos, Bice is proving that happy hour can be stylish and tasty. From 5-7pm, sip on the cocktail of the month, a well drink (or two…or three…), or a BICE house wine selection. Munch on share-able bites like fried green beans with a gorgonzola truffle sauce, roasted salmon wrapped in apple wood bacon, or the signature BICE lobster crispy ‘pizza.’ Avoid the long lines at Fluxx and dine late night from 9-midnight, snacking on chicken filled tortellini in a vegetable broth or mini-grilled provolone and parma ham sandwiches served on ‘bread and CIE’ jalepeno bread.


Dirty Birds

Dirty Birds is not your average Pacific Beach bar and restaurant. Although it comes with a side of coastal breeze, a laid-back beach town crowd, and epic street-side people watching in true PB-style, Dirty Birds is all about the food. In addition to normal Happy Hour from 3 – 6pm, Dirty Birds offers a menu of late night specials every night of the week. Dig into All You Can Eat Wings for $13.99 on Mondays from 6pm – close; drink down $3 drafts and well cocktails from 8pm to close on Wednesdays; order up $8 pitchers and $4 Seagram’s Sweet Tea cocktails and Fernet Blanca on Thursdays; and get the weekend party started with $3 16 oz. PBR drafts from 8pm to close on Fridays.


Roberto DePhillipi’s
Known for having “the best prime rib in America”, Nebraska corn-fed beef and leggy waitresses, this old-school Chula Vista restaurant has been a go-to staple since 1968. Roberto DePhilippi’s Steakhouse is one of the only steakhouses in San Diego where you get generous steak portions and all the sides for a single price. And better yet, the bar generously serves 1.5 oz. per glass instead of the usual 1 oz. drink. Every Monday through Wednesday from 10pm until closing, head into Roberto DePhilippi’s for Red Light Hour featuring domestic beers for $2, premium beers for $3, an 8-ounce Prime Rib dinner for $8.99 and bottles of Opus One wine for $150.


RA Sushi

Successfully combining distinctive sushi with a trendy, party atmosphere, RA Sushi in downtown San Diego is ruling proof that sushi is the hippest dish in town. Every Sunday night from 8pm-11pm, RA hosts Late Night Happy Hour with ridiculously cheap food and cocktail specials that are guaranteed to keep you coming back for more. Nosh on delicious appetizers and entrees all for five bucks or less, such as the Coconut Shrimp Tempura, Spicy Yellowtail, Pork Gyoza, or hearty rolls like the Tootsy Maki made with kani kama crab mix, shrimp and cucumber rolled and topped with crunchy tempura bits and drizzled with eel sauce; the Scallop Dynamite Roll made with cream cheese, kani kama crab, lightly battered tempura and topped with scallop dynamite, sweet eel sauce, red beet and spinach tempura bits. After shoveling all that sushi down your throat, you’re bound to need an adult bev. RA offers dozens of drink specials including $2 Hot Sake, $3 Budweiser, Bud Light & Miller Lite, $4 Well Drinks, $5 Kirin, Hakutsuru “Drat” Sake and more.


Beaumont’s is the ultimate Bird Rock neighborhood restaurant that attracts a dedicated La Jolla clientele every day of the week for lunch, dinner, late night drinks, live music and weekend brunch. From 9pm-10pm every Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, and 10pm-11pm on Fridays and Saturdays, locals and non-locals alike flock to Beaumont’s for their delicious Late Night Happy Hour bites. Menu items include Beaumont’s Chopped Salad made with hearts of palm, artichokes, kalamata olives, feta and aged sherry vinaigrette; the Pork Chile Relleno made with queso oaxaca and chipotle crème fraîche; the signature Beaumont’s Burger made with a half-pound of three blended meats, sun dried tomatoes, balsamic glazed onions, feta and basil aioli; and the Grilled Fish Taco served with cilantro crème fraîche, jasmine rice, vegetarian black beans and pico de gallo.


Currant Brasserie

Located inside the elegant Sofia Hotel in downtown San Diego, Currant’s cuisine blends classic French technique with the soul of a home cooked meal. Everyday from 9pm until close, Currant unveils their exceptional Half-Off Late Night Happy Hour menu, chockfull of sinfully delectable bites and entrees. Start off with the Garlic and Chive Tots served with habanero ketchup and chive buttermilk ranch; the Tempura Green Beans with Dijon-wasabi dipping sauce; or the Classic Mac & Cheese made with white cheddar and truffle oil. Save room for hearty entrees such as the Beer Can Chicken Sliders soaked in Stone IPA gravy and slathered with chipotle slaw on Hawaiian buns; the Crunchy Ham & Cheese sandwich made on Currant’s ‘Croque Monsier’ country French bread stuffed with smoked ham, béchamel, and gruyere; or the Mussels & Fries with a choice of white wine, tomatoes and shallots or French curry. Thirsty? Sip and savor $3 Bud Lights and Becks Light, $4 Kona Lager and Stone IPA, and $5 select wines by the glass, house made sangria, Passionfruit Caipirinha, Appletini, Cosmopolitan, and Lemon Drop.



Located on the corner of 4th and Market, Hooters of Gaslamp is a family-friendly sports bar, best known for their signature chicken wings, cold beer and of course, the Hooters Girls. Clad in tight white tanks, diminutive orange gym shorts, and suntanned nylons, the infamous Hooters girls know how to keep patrons entertained. Every night from 10pm until close, head into Hooters for late night specials including $3 well drinks, $4 Red Bull & well vodka cocktails, and $5 Jager Bombs. If you like your beverages cold and frothy, all drafts beers are also on special for $2.25 for the 12-ounce Hooters Girl size and $4 for the hefty 22-ounce Man size.

 Ryan Eisenacher