Drink to your Wealth


By Lenny Jay
Photos by Stacy Keck

See ya’ later, Two-Buck Chuck. There’s a new way to save.

With holiday shopping right around the corner and the economy still under the weather, the hottest trend this season seems to be frugality. Thanks to Johnny V in Pacific Beach, however, saving for stocking stuffers doesn’t have to mean suffering $2 bottles of wine.

Johnny V, a popular Garnet Avenue bar/restaurant/nightclub, offers well drinks and draught beers for two bucks on Fridays, from 4 to 10 p.m. If you’re in the market for rum and Coke, you couldn’t ask for a better deal. And in this case, you don’t have to-each $2 drink comes with any one of 15 different complimentary mini-appetizers.

It could almost be a MasterCard commercial...

Hummus on pita with side salad and a gin and tonic: two bucks.
Mini-fish tacos and a screwdriver: two bucks.
Beef sliders served with a cold beer: two bucks.
Getting all this food and drink for six bucks...priceless.

If $2 drinks remind you of college, Friday happy hour at Johnny V, certain to be abuzz with single 20-somethings, will feel like higher education. Arrive early to sit on the patio and beat the rush, or roll by when it’s packed and dance like you just saved a bunch of money for presents.

Johnny V
945 Garnet Avenue, Pacific Beach

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Thanks to economy-stoking, beachy drink specials like these, saving for the holdays has never been more refreshing

The Boardwalk- Mission Beach
Happy Minute Special: $4 pitchers of Natural Light, daily at 4:12 p.m.
3704 Mission Boulevard, Mission Beach, 858.488.9484

Lahaina Beach House-Pacific Beach
NFL Sunday Special: $1 hotdogs and $1.75 Bud pints
710 Oliver Ave, Pacific Beach, 858.270.3888

Bare Back Grill-Pacific Beach
Happy Hour Special: $2 beers and $2 organic beef sliders, 3-6 p.m. Monday-Friday
4640 Mission Boulevard, Mission Beach, 858.274.7117