Best Spots For Happy Hour in La Jolla

La Jolla is one of the most popular beach destinations in California, surrounded on three sides by the ocean and backed by the steep slopes of Mt. Soledad; it boasts an abundance of natural beauty, outdoor activities and a plethora of shopping and dining choices.  The La Jolla Village area has high-end upscale restaurants and shops as well as some of the best local casual hangouts.  The La Jolla Shores area appeals to the beach-going crowd and offers places you can go straight from the beach or restaurants you can get a little dressed up for a night out.  No matter what you are looking for, we have the list for you of the best La Jolla happy hour spots!  If you’d prefer someone else to show you around, consider booking a San Diego Tour – they’ll take you to their favorite places where you can sample top menu and beverage options and learn a little history while you’re at it!  


Happy hour specials are offered daily from 3:00 – 6:00 pm on their rooftop patio that overlooks Gerard Avenue right in downtown La Jolla with views of the city, sky, and ocean!  They have great drink options including house cocktails, beer, and wine for under $9.  They have a variety of seasonal small plates for $6-$8 featuring great food items like Bruschetta with ricotta, snow peas, and chive blossoms or Wagyu Carpaccio with arugula, parmesan, and capers. Whatever you eat at Catania, we promise it will be a delicious memorable dining experience!

We Olive & Wine Bar

A prime spot for wine lovers with a view!  They offer a great happy hour Monday – Friday from 3:30 – 6:30 pm and feature $3 off wines by the glass and $2 off draft beers.  Their wine bar is hidden away at the back of the shop but features a terrific patio with ocean views! They have a great small bites menu that includes assorted flatbreads, salads, dips and more.  


This farm-to-table restaurant features happy hour specials daily from 3:00 – 6:00 pm.  Come from work, the beach or one of many San Diego adventures and unwind with specially priced happy hour menu that includes appetizers, salads, wines, beers, and cocktails.  The restaurant features open-air windows and a small outdoor patio.  Servers are attentive, and the decor is simple and inviting. On Monday – Thursday, they have $1 oysters and $5 glasses of bubbly in the bar!   

Herringbone La Jolla

Their happy hour fondly referred to as “oyster hour,” is available daily from 4:00 – 6:00 pm (all night on Mondays) in their bar and lounge.  They have chef’s choice Fresh Shucked Oysters for $1 each and a variety of other appetizers. Their specialty cocktails are only $8, and they have a selection of house -infused spirits, beer, wine and well pours for $5-$8.  On Fridays and Saturdays, they have live music playing in their bar lounge areas that features couches and comfortable seating!


This casually elegant restaurant with indoor seating or sidewalk tables on Prospect Street offers a unique seasonal style of California cuisine dictated by the local harvest.  Happy hour is offered Monday – Friday from 3:30 – 6:30 pm and features a ½ priced bar food menu, $5 glasses of red and white wine and $2 off all beers. We recommend the Harissa Grilled Shrimp Toast with avocado and the Lamb Meatballs; both are reasons we’d return again.  


If tacos and margaritas are what you are looking for, this may be the spot for you!  Offering happy hour Monday – Friday from 3:00 – 5:00 pm, this casual spot features $4 tacos and $9 Puesto Perfect Margaritas.  They are known for their fish tacos and local favorites include the Maine Lobster, Chicken Al Pastor and the Zucchini and Cactus options.  They have an indoor/outdoor bar and lounge and are a great spot for families with kids.

Café la Rue

Located in the iconic La Valencia Hotel right by La Jolla Cove, this street-side café offers a “libation hour” daily from 3:00 – 6:00 pm.  Specials include bar bites for $5-$10 (our favorites are the La Rue Sliders and Deviled Eggs) and $5 bubbles, white and red wine, draft beer and well drinks.   They also have live entertainment Monday – Thursday and weekly specials like Baja Tuesdays ($3 tacos, $10 margaritas and $5 coronas) or Prime Rib Thursdays ($19 prime rib dinner and $10 martinis).  

Dukes La Jolla

They offer an “Aloha Hour” from 3:00 – 6:00 pm Monday – Friday in their Barefoot Bar that has expansive ocean views.  Specialties include $2 off all Pupus (appetizers), $4 off Duke’s Favorite Cocktails, $5 beers and $7 glasses of wine. On Fridays, in addition to their Aloha Hour, they offer live music and $8 Mai Tai’s all night in the bar.  

Georges at the Cove – Level 2

Offering happy hour Monday – Friday from 3:30 – 6:30 pm, this completely remodeled venue offers floor-to-ceiling windows with views out to the ocean.  Their menu includes $8 specialty cocktails, $4 beers and $7 white and red wine selections. Pair the beverages with one of their starters like the Ahi Tostadas or Burrata Cheese and sit back and enjoy the ocean views and people-watching.  If you’re a night owl, on Friday and Saturday they also offer a late-night happy hour from 9:00 pm – Midnight.

Karl Strauss Brewing Company

Brewing beer since 1989 at their Pacific Beach Brewery, they have since opened tasting rooms and restaurants in 10 other locations.  Centrally located in the Village, their La Jolla location offers happy hour Monday – Friday from 3:00 – 6:00 pm. They have $5 beers, bites and flights and you can enjoy the specials inside or outside on their patio.  They have over 15 delicious beers on tap to choose from and their friendly servers will help you pick a beer to pair with what you are ordering.

The Shores Restaurant

If you’re up in the La Jolla Shores area, don’t miss this hidden gem, right on the beach!  They feature happy hour Sunday – Friday from 3:00 – 6:00 pm with their Eight for $8 food and drink menu.  Favorites are their Shores Margarita, Sea Salt Pretzel Bites served with beer cheese, and house mustard and the Angus Beef Short Rib Sliders!  

Once you’ve visited our favorite La Jolla hotspots, continue the fun by checking out more trendy bars in San Diego! From weekend brunch in Pacific Beach, to fun activities in Coronado, we are never lacking on local suggestions! Contact So Diego today to learn more about custom San Diego tours and recommendations!


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