Where to Go for La Jolla Happy Hour

It's the best time of the day in our seaside community to have discounted drinks and bites

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Looking for a La Jolla happy hour? Here are over 25 current options, listed in alphabetical order.

The rule of thumb though is to check the menu or call before you go to make sure the special you’d like is on offer as things change quite quickly at San Diego restaurant especially with seasonal menus en vogue. Most La Jolla happy hours happen in the bar area of restaurants, however, you can make reservations at a few spots and enjoy happy hour at a table.

Beaumont’s

Times: Food, 3:00 – 6:30 p.m. daily | Drinks, 11:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Monday – Friday and 3:00 – 6:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Specials: Street tacos and sliders, 2 for $8.50 or 3 for $10.50 | $6.50 mules, mojitos, margaritas and house wine | other food and drink specials
Ocean View: No
Why Go: Beaumont’s is popular with locals in Bird Rock as you can sit anywhere in the restaurant (main dining room, covered patio or bar) to enjoy a mellow La Jolla happy hour
Neighborhood: Bird Rock
Address: 5662 La Jolla Blvd. San Diego, CA 92037

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Bella Vista Social Club & Café

Time: Tuesday – Friday from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Specials: $2 off of appetizers and other food and drink specials
Ocean View: Panoramic ocean view
Why Go: Counter-serve café serving mostly Italian cuisine adjacent to UCSD with views in addition to indoor and outdoor seating
Neighborhood: Torrey Pines/UCSD
Address: 2880 Torrey Pines Scenic Drive, La Jolla, California 92037

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Brockton Villa

Brockton Villa's "Social Hour" is wine and a burrata platter for $30
Time: “Social Hour” is daily from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Specials: This “Wine by the Sea” includes a buratta board and house-selected bottle of wine for $30
Ocean View: Yes, as it’s across the street from La Jolla Cove
Why Go: Fantastic sunset ocean views and shared plates in a historic cottage
Neighborhood: La Jolla Village
Address: 1235 Coast Boulevard, La Jolla, CA 92037

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Café La Rue

Time: Daily from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Specials: $5 house bubbles, wine and well drinks | $10 artisan cheese board | $8 La Rue sliders | $9 salt and vinegar chicken wings | more
Ocean View: No, however, it’s located inside the La Valencia Hotel which does have ocean views from its lobby
Why Go: It’s a modern bistro and bar with a French village theme, modern Mediterranean cuisine, indoor seating, and patio seating along bustling Prospect Street
Neighborhood: La Jolla Village
Address: 1132 Prospect Street, La Jolla, CA 92037

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Catania

Time: Daily from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. and in the bar area only on Fridays and Saturdays
Specials: Food specials enumerated on their website
Ocean View: Yes (in the distance)
Why Go: Rooftop patio with panoramic views of downtown La Jolla with the coast in the distance and coastal Italian cuisine
Neighborhood: La Jolla Village
Address: 7863 Girard Ave #301, La Jolla, CA 92037

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Duke’s La Jolla

Duke's La Jolla Happy Hour.

Time: “Aloha Hour” is Monday – Friday from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. in the upstairs Barefoot Bar
Specials: $2 off all pupus | $4 off all local favorites | $7 barrel to glass wine | $14 carafes | $5 select beers on tap |$8 cocktails (mai tai, Duke’s margarita, wind n sea breeze or lava)
Ocean View: Yes
Why Go: Ocean views in family-friendly restaurants with Hawaiian roots that has hula pie
Neighborhood: La Jolla Village
Address: 1216 Prospect Street, La Jolla, CA 92037

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Eddie V’s (Top Pick)

Time: Daily from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. in the bar
Specials: Half-shell oyster specials, other food, and drink discounts, including on cocktails and wines by the glass
Ocean View: Yes
Why Go: High-end steak and seafood with great views that is popular for special occasions and date nights
Neighborhood: La Jolla Village
Address: 1270 Prospect Street, La Jolla, CA 92037

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George’s Level2 (Top Pick)

George's Level2 has one of the best happy hours in La Jolla

Time: Monday – Friday from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Specials: $8 cocktails | $4 draft beers | $7 wine by the glass
Ocean View: Yes
Why Go: Famous views and a great location in downtown La Jolla with excellent California cuisine and an upbeat vibe (you’ll love it)
Neighborhood: La Jolla Village
Address: 1250 Prospect Street, La Jolla, CA 92037

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The Hake

Time: Daily from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Specials: Discounted small plates including $12 Caesar salad, $18 octopus tacos, and more
Ocean View: Yes
Why Go: Great views and a well-regarded remodel a couple of years ago for this mostly-seafood high-end spot
Neighborhood: La Jolla Village
Address: 1250 Prospect Street, STE B10, La Jolla, CA 92037

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Hennessey’s Tavern

Time: Monday – Friday from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Specials: $5 drinks, including mules and wines by the glass |$5 menu items, including boneless buffalo bites
Ocean View: No
Why Go: If you’d like an evening at a casual, Irish-style pub that’s also a chain
Neighborhood: La Jolla Village
Address: 7811 Herschel Avenue, La Jolla, CA 92037

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Herringbone

Oyster hour at Herringbone is on weekdays between 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. where oysters are $1 and other bites and some drinks are discounted.

Time: “Oyster Hour” is daily from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. in the bar and lounge
Specials: $1 freshly shucked oysters | $5 beers | $6 house wines | $8 premium wines | $5 well drinks | other food specials
Ocean View: No
Why Go: $1 oysters and a vibrant, after-work crowd at this Brian Malarkey restaurant
Neighborhood: La Jolla Village
Address: 7837 Herschel Avenue, La Jolla, CA 92037

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Isola Pizza Bar

Time: Tuesday – Sunday from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Specials: $6 Margherita pizza | $5 bruschetta | $5 wines by the glass | $4 draft beers | more
Ocean View: No
Why Go: Enjoy a $6 Margherita pizza at this casual La Jolla restaurant in between shopping on Girard Avenue
Neighborhood: La Jolla Village
Address:  7734 Girard Avenue, La Jolla, CA 92037

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Jose’s Court Room

Time: Monday – Friday from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Specials: $3 beers | $4 margaritas, wines by the glass, and well cocktails | $5 appetizer specials
Ocean View: No
Why Go: Casual, festive sports bar featuring Mexican food
Neighborhood: La Jolla Village
Address: 1037 Prospect Street, La Jolla, CA 92037

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Karl Strauss Brewery

Time: Monday – Friday from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Specials: $5 beer, bites and flights
Ocean View: No
Why Go: You want to try local beer from one of our larger well-known brewers
Neighborhood: La Jolla Village
Address: 1044 Wall Street, La Jolla, CA 92037

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The Lot

Time: Monday – Friday from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m in the bar and lounge only
Specials: Special deals on ‘Social Plates,’ cocktails and other drinks including $12 mushroom flatbread, $6 truffle parmesan fries and more
Ocean View: No
Why Go: Grab a discounted drink and bite to eat before catching a movie in La Jolla’s deluxe theater, however, if you’re hungry during the movie, they can deliver food and drinks to your chair
Neighborhood: La Jolla Village
Address: 4836, 7611 Fay Avenue, La Jolla, CA 92037

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The Marine Room (Top Pick)

Time: Sunday – Friday from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. in their Lounge.
Specials: $9 glasses of wine and bartender’s daily drink | $14 bar appetizers
Ocean View: Yes
Why Go: Famous, oceanfront, panoramic views at this local institution set in the sand of La Jolla Shores
Neighborhood: La Jolla Shores
Address: 2000 Spindrift Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037

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Nautilus Tavern

Time: Monday – Friday from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Specials: $2 off beer, wine, and cocktails | as well as food specials detailed on the Happy Hour menu posted on their website.
Ocean View: No
Why Go: A casual neighborhood bar/restaurant with a front and back patio, TVs for sports, and local food
Neighborhood: Windansea
Address: 6830 La Jolla Boulevard #103, La Jolla, CA 92037

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Nine-Ten (Top Pick)

Time:  Monday – Friday from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. in the bar and lounge
Specials:  Bar food menu 1/2 price | $5 select glasses of wine | $2 off beers.
Ocean View: No
Why Go: Excellent food in an elegant space well-located in the Grande Colonial on Prospect that also has a half-priced bottle of wine night on Wednesdays and a seasonal menu (love the half-baked chocolate cake and short ribs)
Neighborhood: La Jolla Village
Address: 910 Prospect Street, La Jolla, CA 92037

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Prepkitchen

Time: Daily from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Specials: $5.95 cocktails, glasses of wine, beers, and sangria | $25 pitchers of sangria
Ocean View: No
Why Go: Well-regarded seasonal comfort food enjoyed on a casual, pet-friendly, outdoor patio (and maybe you want a pitcher of sangria)
Address: 7556 Fay Avenue, La Jolla, CA 92037

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Promiscuous Fork

Time: “Halfy Hour” is Monday – Friday from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Specials: Halfoff tap beers and select wines by the glass | $5 sliders, grilled chicken tacos, Caesar salad, smoked pork belly street tacos
Ocean View: No
Why Go: A Casual spot with a trendy, innovative menu served with wines and craft beers.
Neighborhood: Windansea
Address. 6984 La Jolla Boulevard, La Jolla, CA 92037

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Public House

Time: Monday – Friday from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Specials: $2 off craft beers and glasses of wine | 7 apps for $7 each
Ocean View: No
Why Go: For burgers and ales in a pub setting with rotating taps of Belgian and German beers, local San Diego beers, and hard to find craft beers and microbrews from all around the globe
Neighborhood: La Jolla Village
Address. 830 Kline Street, La Jolla, CA 92037

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Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza & Grill

Time: Daily from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Specials: $2 off beers, cocktails, and wines by the glass | ½ priced long list of shareables that include $11.25 chicken lettuce cups, $8.75 meatballs and marinara, $7.75 truffle fries and more
Ocean View: No
Why Go: Happy hour in a family-friendly restaurant that kids love offering pizzas, salads, pasta and more
Neighborhood: La Jolla Village
Address: 702 Pearl Street, La Jolla, CA 92037

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The Shack Bar & Grill

Time: Daily from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Specials: $1 off draft beers, well drinks, signature cocktails and wines by the glass | food specials including a $9.95 cheeseburger, $2.50 jumbo pretzel and more
Ocean View: No
Why Go: Family and dog-friendly place to watch sports and grab a burger, but also more bar than grill
Neighborhood: Windansea
Address: 6941 La Jolla Boulevard, La Jolla, CA 92037

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The Shores Restaurant

Time: Sunday – Friday from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Specials: Their “Eight for $8” happy hour menu features 8 drink and 8 food specials including sea salt pretzel bites, Angus beef short rib sliders, bay scallop ceviche and more
Ocean View: Yes
Why Go: Inside the oceanfront La Jolla Shores Hotel, very close to the sand so the sunsets flood the windows… kind of a hidden gem with good food and you could take a walk on the beach before or after
Neighborhood: La Jolla Shores
Address: 8110 Camino Del Oro, La Jolla, CA 92037

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The Spot

Time: Daily from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Specials: $3 off appetizers | $5 well drinks, draft beers, and house wines by the glass
Ocean View: No
Why Go: Casual pub centrally located on Prospect with a good burger
Neighborhood: La Jolla Village
Address: 1005 Prospect Street, La Jolla, CA 92037

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We Olive

Time: Monday – Friday from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Specials: $3 off wines by the glass | $2 off bottled beer | plus food specials | Wine Wednesday of 1/2 wines by the glass
Ocean View: Yes
Why Go: Great ocean views, from above La Jolla Cove in this gem of an olive oil shop (so many varieties to sample) with a neat cheese, charcuterie and wine menu to enjoy on its back patio
Neighborhood: La Jolla Village
Address. 1158 Prospect Street, La Jolla, CA 92037

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Wheat & Water

Time: Monday – Friday from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Specials: Discounts on an extensive list of wines, beers, and cocktails, as well as food specials including a Margherita pizza for $9
Ocean View: No
Why Go: Wood-fired pizza and shared plates at a discount in a casual spot with an outdoor patio
Neighborhood: Bird Rock
Address. 5737 La Jolla Boulevard, La Jolla, CA 92037

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Whisknladle (Top Pick)

Time: Daily from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. in the bar only
Specials: Specially priced appetizers, salads, wines, beers, cocktails from a seasonal menu that focuses on high-quality ingredients with minimal prep
Ocean View: No
Why Go: The food, wine list, service, craft cocktails (love the cucumber mimosa) is excellent but the menu changes because it’s seasonal though favorites include the cutting board cheese and charcuterie platter, mussels frites and butterscotch budino dessert.
Neighborhood: La Jolla Village
Address: 1044 Wall Street, La Jolla, CA 92037

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  1. March 19, 2018 at 7:57 am — Reply

    This is AMAZING! Thank you so much for putting this togehter. I’m gonna head down to La Jolla next week while I’m back in California, and will definitely check a few of these out 🙂 Cheers!

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