Annual OC Happy Hour Guide

A Solid Happy Hour should Never Go Unnoticed

Here are our top OC Happy Hours, 2016

Select Oysters for $2 during Happy Hour | photo courtesy of 100eats

Select Oysters for $2 during Happy Hour | photo courtesy of 100eats

Shuck Oyster Bar

Happiest Hours: MON-WED, 1PM-6PM

shuckoysterbar.com

Oyster lovers unite! Shuck Oyster Bar, located inside the OC Mix in Costa Mesa, has an unbeatable Happy Hour. Not only do they offer 2 dollars off their beer, wine and sake selection, but they've got $2 select oysters too. Their selection is always fresh and the best of the best, and they most often have anywhere from 2 to 5 different oyster types available for the Happy Hour pricing. So, grab a friend and brighten up the first half of your work week with some drinks, and a plate of shuckin delicious oysters.

$2 off Wine during Happy Hour | photo courtesy of Shuck Oyster Bar on Instagram

$2 off Wine during Happy Hour | photo courtesy of Shuck Oyster Bar on Instagram

Classic Cocktails and Appetizers $7 during Happy Hour | photo courtesy of Mesa on Instagram

Classic Cocktails and Appetizers $7 during Happy Hour | photo courtesy of Mesa on Instagram

Mesa

Happiest Hours: TUES-FRI, 6PM-8PM

mesacostamesa.com

Mesa's Social Hour is short, but incredibly sweet. If you need a drink (or 3) and a quick bite after a long work day, swing by The Camp in Costa Mesa. Mesa provides one of the edgiest and enjoyable bar ambiances in Orange County, along with truly delicious bites and sips. Classic cocktails are $7 during Social Hour, along with beer flights and house sangria. If you're also in need of some delectable eats, their savory sides start at $5, as well as a Slider Flight and personal pizza for $7. Whether you're feeling social or not, Social Hour at Mesa should not be missed.

Social Hour | photo courtesy of Mesa

Social Hour | photo courtesy of Mesa

Cactus Cooler, $2 off during Happy Hour | photo courtesy of 100eats

Cactus Cooler, $2 off during Happy Hour | photo courtesy of 100eats

The Cannery

Happiest Hours: EVERYDAY, 4PM-6:30PM

cannerynewport.com

Nothing beats fresh seafood and great cocktails at a reasonable price. The Cannery is full of history, not to mention great eats. But let's be honest, we're fans of any place that'll offer a Happy Hour 7 days a week. From 4PM-6:30PM enjoy their plentiful selection of daily Happy Hour Specials. We love to hang out in the Jellyfish Lounge and grab a few drinks and sushi rolls. But, don't forget about their 50% off 50 wines deal during lunch hours, Monday through Friday's, plus Tuesday evenings. Calling all winos - a stellar selection at a great price. Last, but certainly not least, The Cannery has a great Champagne Brunch Menu on the weekends that is not to be missed. Champagne and Eggs Benedict on the waterfont, don't mind if we do.

911 Roll, 50% off during Happy Hour | photo courtesy of 100eats

911 Roll, 50% off during Happy Hour | photo courtesy of 100eats

All You Can Drink Sake on Tuesday's | photo courtesy of 100eats

All You Can Drink Sake on Tuesday's | photo courtesy of 100eats

California Shabu Shabu

Happiest Hours: MON-THURS, 5PM-7PM & SAT-SUN, 11:30AM-2PM

californiashabushabu.com

Did you say all you can drink sake?! Yes please! Stop by Cal Shabu Costa Mesa for your shabu fix anytime during lunch or dinner hours on Tuesday's and enjoy all you can drink sake. Not to mention their regular Happy Hour offerings between 5PM and 7PM Monday's through Thursday's, such as $3 pints and $11 pitchers of Kirin or Sapporo. Weekends aren't left in the dark either... during lunch hours on Saturday and Sunday the Cal Shabu gang is there to assist with your brunch n munch needs, offering bottomless sakemimosas along with your do-it-yourself delicious, fresh meal.

$3 Kirin or Sapporo Pints during Happy Hour | photo courtesy of Sarah King

$3 Kirin or Sapporo Pints during Happy Hour | photo courtesy of Sarah King

Local Craft Beers on draft starting at $3 during Happy Hour | photo courtesy of @100eats

Local Craft Beers on draft starting at $3 during Happy Hour | photo courtesy of @100eats

The Iron Press

Happiest Hours: MON-FRI, 3PM-6PM

theironpress.com

The Iron Press has been one of the top craft beer spots in Orange County for the last 3+ years, supplying us with delicious local beer and scrumptious waffle sandwiches. When it comes to their 'Hoppy Hour' deals, all draft brews are just $4.50, and there is always at least one specialty for just $3. An excellent deal no doubt, not to mention beer flights for $9 - a great option for all of us who have a hard time making decisions. We get it, with 30+ beers to choose from, it can get tricky to narrow it down. Stop by either of The Iron Press locations (SoCo Collection, Costa Mesa and The Anaheim Packing District) to get down on some hoppy goodness Monday through Friday, 3PM-6PM.

Beer Flights $9 during Happy Hour | photo courtesy of Kayla Glass Photography

Beer Flights $9 during Happy Hour | photo courtesy of Kayla Glass Photography

 

Other Happy Hours We Love

Slater's 50/50

Happiest Hours: MON-FRI, 11AM-6PM

slaters5050.com

Slater's 50/50 upgraded their Happier Hours a few months back and now offer what they call their 'Day Drinking Menu' at the bar. Tons of appetizers are discounted, and drinks start at $4. With a huge selection of craft beer and cocktails on deck, plus multiple TV's to watch a game, Slater's is undoubtedly a solid Happy Hour spot. 

Smanimal Fries $5 during Happy Hour | photo courtesy of Slater's 50/50

Smanimal Fries $5 during Happy Hour | photo courtesy of Slater's 50/50

Pizza Lounge

Happiest Hours: MON-SAT, 3PM-6PM, 9PM-CLOSE & ALL DAY SUNDAY

pizzalounges.com

Because, who doesn't love pizza?! There are a few Pizza Lounges here in Orange County, and they all offer great service and a varietal Happy Hour Menu. Between 3PM-6PM you'll find discounts on their great beer and wine selection, as well as a solid lineup of appetizers and small plates. Wings, Hummus, personal pizzas and more are all present on the menu. Don't forget about their Sunday Funday deals either - Happy Hour pricing is available all day, along with football and more on their TVs. 

Classic Buffalo Wings discounted during Happy Hour | photo courtesy of Pizza Lounge

Classic Buffalo Wings discounted during Happy Hour | photo courtesy of Pizza Lounge

The North Left

Happiest Hours: MONDAYS, ALL NIGHT

thenorthleft.com

We love The North Left in Downtown Santa Ana on any night, but Monday's are definitely prime time! Swing by for an incredible craft cocktail, plus draft beers, well drinks, and house wines for $4, and other libations starting at $5. Great shareable appetizers start at $5 as well, in case you're a little hangry after a long work day. 

Cocktails starting at $5 on Monday Nights | photo courtesy of The North Left on Yelp

Cocktails starting at $5 on Monday Nights | photo courtesy of The North Left on Yelp

Eureka!

Happiest Hours: MON-FRI, 2PM-6PM

eurekarestaurantgroup.com

Eureka! Restaurants are all over Orange County and are consistently providing us with classic American cuisine, fresh ingredients, and you guessed it, a great Happy Hour. On weekdays from 2PM-6PM you can grab one of their classic cocktails or choose from their lengthy craft beer selection and save some cash. What we love most though are their fun shareable appetizers - half off but 100% delicious. If you can't decide, just order one of each, you won't be disappointed.

Two Fish or Shrimp Tacos $4 during Happy Hour | photo courtesy of Eureka!

Two Fish or Shrimp Tacos $4 during Happy Hour | photo courtesy of Eureka!