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San Diego Happy Hour

Me and my girlfriend are going to San Diego next weekend and we are always looking for a good happy hour. Last year when we visited San Diego we went to Island Prime and Roppongi (La Jolla) for some great happy hour. I've been looking around online and found Chive, Galileo 101, Osetra Fishhouse, Ocean Room, and Ra Sushi which all seem to have good happy hours, but I haven't been to any of them. We are staying near the Gaslamp district so it would be nice to find a happy hour close to that area and a diverse happy hour is always a plus. Any help would be appreciated.

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  1. I've been to both RA and Chive for happy hour, and they were both fun. Get there early enough to get a decent seat, though. It can get loud, especially in Chive. However, Chive has the best bartenders of the two!

    1. My favorite happy hour is at the Prado.

      1. Do you know if Prado has food specials or just drink specials?

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        1. re: webdog

          They have a limited happy hour food menu, but everything we've tried we've liked (the shrimp poppers and calamari are two of our favorites). There's other stuff that can be ordered in the bar area, it just isn't discounted for happy hour.

        2. I liked the happy hour at Chive, but I also liked the $1.95 bar food menu happy hour at McCormick & Schmicks!


          1. I think Oceanaire has a good happy hour at their oyster bar. I remember seeing their menu last time we were in, and thinking that if I ever did go to happy hour downtown - that's where I'd go!

            1. If you're over 35 the best happy hour is at Bully's East in Mission Valley.

              1. The Oceanaire happy hr was excellent, but if we hadn't wanted the $1 oysters, I wouldn't have found it that outstanding. The other dishes on happy hr seemed fine, but not particularly out of the ordinary. Be advised that happy hour is just that, from 5-6pm.

                1. Not downtown but a friend of mine raves about the happy hour at Sushi on the Rocks in La Jolla. He says it's a great way to get some of the more expensive items on the menu (sushi and otherwise) for a very reasonable price.

                  1. Anyone ever hit Donovan's Steakhouse for their free steak sandwich happy hour? I think its 4 - 6 Monday thru Friday. Its mostly yuppies from the neighboring companies drinking wine and eating great litte sandwiches after work (myself included), but I have always had a great time.

                    1. I think Laurel has a 7-for-$7 happy hour menu, too. 7 cocktails and 7 food choices on their menu?

                      Chive is pretty fun (and tasty), but it does get loud in there.

                      1. The 7 before 7 happy hour at Laurel is nice, but it was pretty quiet in there when I went. That might be fine for a date or whatnot - but it's not the normal lively happy hour scene if that is what you are looking for.

                        I wrote about it a few months ago on my blog - http://aliceqfoodie.blogspot.com/2006...
                        I wasn't crazy about the short rib spring roll, and the flatbread was good, but it was different. Here's a peek at the current menu http://www.laurelrestaurant.com/laure... - scroll down for the drink options.

                        1. Tapenade in La Jolla has happy hour Sun-Thurs 5-730 (extended till 9:30 on Thurs I think). 50% off bar menu and wine specials.