Summer nights are upon us in San Diego, which means it’s time to catch the entirety of a sunset, bask in the balmy breeze that sweeps the city on a nightly basis, and most importantly, indulge in the luxury of summer happy hours. Find your perfect happy hour location for resplendent summer nights and sip on a sophisticated drink or two at the end of each day at these San Diego dining destinations.
Head to Little Italy for a posh happy hour at Cloak & Petal, where specials are offered Monday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the back room. The short and sweet menu boasts $6 Rolls and $4 Hand Rolls, in addition to $8 Hot Sakeand $5 Large Asahi. To add to the experience, delight in your deal of a meal surrounded by the location’s trendy décor, including two true-to-size faux cherry blossom trees, edgy artwork, and unique ceiling fixtures you won’t find anywhere else.
At Farmer’s Table in La Mesa, happy hour is held Monday through Thursday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and on Friday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The menu features a myriad of appetizers like Organic Hearts of Artichoke, which comes seasoned with local mint and garlic, and is served with wild boar sausage, roasted tomato, manchego, cranberry and gluten-free bread crumbs. Pair this with a $6 glass of dry white wine or wash it down with their $8 cocktails. Whatever your preference, you won’t regret spending a summer night at this charming hotspot.
Osetra Seafood & Steaks’ happy hour graces the happy hour scene every day of the week, with specials offered Sunday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The seafood-centric restaurant offers Oysters on the Half-Shell as well as Parmesan Calamari and Shrimp during their unrivaled and chic happy hour. On the other side of the menu, peruse signature cocktails like the Crush Me Twice, made with vodka, strawberries, simple syrup and lime. Combined with the atmosphere, you can’t go wrong with a happy hour spent at Osetra.
Visit Greystone Prime Steakhouse & Seafood every day from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for their refined take on happy hour. Celebrate the summer night with $5 champagne or try a mixed drink like their Greystone’s Salty Dog, made with fresh squeezed grapefruit juice, muddled watermelon, vodka and a salted rim. Be sure to enjoy an order of Vegetable Tempura or Crispy Pancetta Brussels Sprouts to complete the culinary experience.
At Waterbar, Boardwalk Hour is the idyllic time to delight in coastal offerings paired with San Diego’s dreamy summer setting. Available Monday through Friday from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., Waterbar features $8 craft cocktails and $5 House Sangria, taking summer happy hour to the next level. Sip on the Mermaids Are Real cocktail concocted from Herradura Blanco, basil, agave, lime and raspberry, and enjoy watching the evening waves roll in at this waterfront location. Pair this with $2 Oysters to quell your hankerings for coastal fare in this beachy haven.
Happy hours are in vast supply throughout San Diego, but these are by far some of the finest spots to treat yourself to sophisticated sips and culinary excellence on these beautiful summer nights.