Leslie Hackett, DiscoverSD product manager
La Puerta in downtown San Diego makes “One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor” way too easy to accomplish. With roughly 120 tequilas on the menu and a happy hour that includes half-off all drinks every day except Tuesday, well, you see where I’m going here. I love to take friends to La Puerta and have them pick a number between one and 120 then count through the list of tequilas to see which we landed on. It’s a great way to find new, tasty tequilas. Plus, with half-off appetizers (I recommend the cochinita quesadilla ordered wet with red sauce), you can fill up on the cheap, too.
Happy hour: 3 to close Monday; 3-7 p.m. and 10 p.m. to close Tuesday through Sunday. Specials vary, but typically include half-off drinks and apps for early hours and $5 appetizers, sangria, frozen margaritas and frozen mojitos for late night.
560 Fourth Ave., downtown. (619) 696-3466 or lapuertasd.com
Park & Rec
Michelle Dederko, DiscoverSD Editor
Continue your happy hour
I’m a self-admitted sucker for an outdoor patio. Add boozy craft cocktails (cheap boozy craft cocktails) and live music, and you won’t be able to move me for at least a couple of hours. This adult playground in University Heights boasts enough outdoor and indoor space for large groups to sprawl out or couples to find a private nook to cozy up in. Between sips of their stellar cocktail list, guests can have a go at shuffleboard, ping-pong and other backyard party games or tap their toes to the live music scheduled every weekend. With 16 wildly creative cocktails on the menu, there’s a drink (or two) for everyone’s taste buds. Just be careful when you gain the liquid courage to challenge your friends to a game of darts.
Happy hour: 4-6 p.m.; 10 p.m. to close. Monday through Thursday. $5 specialty cocktails like the P&R old fashioned, Moscow mule, cucumber gimlet, and my personal favorite, the P&R Pimm’s cup.
4612 Park Blvd., University Heights. (619) 795-9700 or parkandrecsd.com
West Coast Tavern
Jarnard Sutton, DiscoverSD Entertainment & Lifestyle Writer
I’m all about drinking and eating for cheap. If you’re looking for a place to eat or drink in North Park, West Coast Tavern is the perfect spot to take a date or a group for a good time. I like having the option to sit outdoors on their pet-friendly patio or inside at the bar. You can split a Moscow mule pitcher with a group of friends and order from their delicious food menu, which includes hot wings, white bean hummus, mac n’ cheese and more. You’ll find me at the bar sipping on a cold brew (probably the seasonal brew that’s on tap) and their savory mini mac n’ cheese.
Happy Hour: 4-6 p.m. daily. Specials include well drinks, draft beer and house wine for $4, Moscow mule and donkey pitchers for $20, $6 all specialty cocktails and $6 food specials (five-spice wings, hot wings, white bean hummus, mini mac n’ cheese and flatbread).
2895 University Ave., North Park. (619) 295-1688 or westcoasttavern.com
The High Dive
Liz Bowen, DiscoverSD Entertainment & Lifestyle Writer
My type of happy hour spot has a few prerequisites; number one being a killer tap list, which High Dive nails on the daily. They boast 20 awesome brews on tap, heavy on Ballast Point rarities that are $2 cheaper during happy hour. Another one of my needs is a place that partakes in Tiki Tuesdays, and High Dive happens to have one of the best in town. They offer all types of quality cocktails to satisfy the taste of each friend that joins you at the bar. There are authentic street tacos and BBQ pork sliders to keep you full while you dance to classic Jukebox tunes. An old-school pinball machine and plenty of TVs - for watching the Chargers dominate - help to round out this happy hour haven. The greatest part of High Dive, though, is the positive, vibrant staff that make you want to call this joint your signature happy hour spot.
Happy hour: 3-6 p.m. Monday through Friday. $2 off draft beers, $4 house drinks. Specials vary by day but include $5 margaritas, $2 street tacos, $8 pizza nights and keep the pint brewery night every Thursday.
1801 Morena Blvd., Bay Park. (619) 275-0460 or highdiveinc.com
Amber Mesker, DiscoverSD Entertainment & Lifestyle Writer
For some reason, drinking at a healthy restaurant makes me feel less guilty about all the alcohol I’m consuming. Cafe Gratitude can give you a buzz without the guilt. It’s an organic plant-based restaurant in Little Italy with an airy, friendly vibe that specializes in healthy delicious plates. But it’s their cheap happy hour that really gets the boozehound in me happy. From appetizers such as the Autumn Bruschetta to the mojito spritzer, Cafe Gratitude is the perfect happy hour for a health conscious nut who still likes to have a good time.
Happy hour: 3-6 p.m. daily. Specials on appetizers include $6 small plates, like maple miso brussels sprouts . Drink specials include wine for $5 a glass and a healthy green pressed juice for $5. All beer is $4.
1980 Kettner Blvd. San Diego (619) 736-5077 or cafegratitude.com