San Diego's Best Cheap Happy Hours


Eat, drink and be merry on the cheap at these San Diego spots with super-affordable happy hour deals.

  • Mexican La Mesa
    Casa De Pico Map 5500 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa, California | 619-463-3267
    Food23 Decor23 Service21 Cost$21

    Stop into this Grossmont Center Mexican during its weekday happy hour and dig into a host of South of the Border snacks. Nachos, taquitos, chips and guac and more come free as a buffet with drink purchases between 3 and 7 PM. Watch out for liquid discounts, too.

  • Mexican Bankers Hill
    Barrio Star Map 2706 5th Ave, San Diego, California | 619-501-7827
    Food23 Decor22 Service22 Cost$27

    Cervezas, nachos, queso fundido and more are marked down during this Bankers Hill Mexican’s “Happy Hora,” held daily from 5 to 7 PM. Get there early for “Taco Hour,” from 5 to 6 PM, when a variety of namesake cantina favorites are priced below $4.

  • Bar Gaslamp Quarter
    The Tipsy Crow Map 770 5th Avenue, San Diego, California | 619-338-9300
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    This Gaslamp watering hole’s one-of-a-kind happy hour makes drinking a truly communal experience. Through its stock market-like Drink Exchange, the price of cocktails fluctuates, and at times crashes, based on how much they’re ordered on a given night. The promotion runs until 8 PM Monday through Saturday, and Sundays after 5 PM. Appetizers come complimentary on Fridays, and on Tuesdays mixed drinks are swapped for craft beer.