Inexpensive drinks, discounted bar apps and much needed time with friends… no wonder why we call it Happy Hour! To help you in your pursuit of happiness we put together a list of some of the best happy hour spots in Monterey County. Is it 5 yet?
Hula’s Island Grill
Locals love Hula’s Happy Hour for the delicious Hawaiian Californian fusion food, laid back surf-shack atmosphere and tasty tiki drinks. Happy Hour is from 4pm-6pm Sunday and Monday, 2pm-6pm Wednesday through Saturday and Tuesday from 2pm-close!
Recommendation: Hula’s Mai Tai & Kona Style Chicken Wings
Vesuvio has a Happy Hour every day from 4pm-6pm and on any given night of the week the bar is busy with repeat locals and visitors alike. Come for the wood fired pizzas, great drink specials and cozy fire pits at their Starlight Rooftop Lounge.
Recommendation: House-made Doc Pepe Old Fashioned Cocktail & Firenze Pizza
Lalla Oceanside Grill
For sweeping views of the Monterey Bay coastline, it doesn’t get much better than Lalla Oceanside Grill situated right on Monterey’s historic Cannery Row. Snack on delicious small bites and watch the sunset through the floor to ceiling windows during their daily Happy Hour from 4pm-6pm.
Recommendation: Bellini Martini & Blue Cheese Steak Bites
Nothing says “Happy Hour” quite like nachos and craft beer, both of which are found at Peter B’s Brewpub in downtown Monterey. Peter B’s Happy Hour is from 4pm-6:30pm daily and offers specials like sweet potato tater tots, Monterey Bay calamari, and $4 beers.
Recommendation: A Peter B’s specialty beer & Crispy Cheese Curds
Nestled in between the sand dunes of Marina on the coast is The Ranch. Cozy up at the outdoor fire pit and choose from a tasty sushi selection, Hawaiian inspired dishes and tropical cocktails every day from 4pm-6pm.
Recommendation: Special Sushi Roll & Lava Flow Cocktail
Sunset Lounge at Highlands Inn
The Sunset Lounge is part of the Zagat rated restaurant at the Highlands Inn just outside of Point Lobos State Reserve. Catch spectacular views of the sun setting over the rugged coastline while sipping on a glass of wine and being serenaded by a live jazz group. The Sunset Lounge is open Monday-Friday for Happy Hour from 4pm-6pm.
Recommendation: Highlands Chocolate Martini & Charcuterie Board
Newly opened Melville Tavern is quickly becoming a favorite amongst the Monterey crowd. With a cozy atmosphere inside and a sunny spacious patio out front, it is the perfect place to grab a drink and catch up with friends. The prices are also particularly favorable with a $3 beer and $6 glass of wine served all day, half priced pizza Wednesday’s and Happy Hour specials Monday through Friday from 4pm-6:30pm.
Recommendation: $3 Beer of the Week & Fried Artichokes
Point Pinos Grill
Monday through Friday from 4pm-6pm pm head over to Pacific Grove to enjoy a Happy Hour with an ocean view at Point Pinos Grill. Specializing in fresh locally sourced ingredients, your Happy Hour snacks are an authentic Monterey Experience. Enjoy $3 draft beers, House Margaritas for $5, and small bites that range from $5-$10.
Recommendation: House Spicy Bloody Mary & Samosas
The Sardine Factory’s Happy Hour is so happy it’s offered twice! Happy Hours are offered daily from 5pm-6:30pm and 9:30pm-10:30pm with $7 signature cocktails, $5 wines by the glass, and $3 small bite starters.
Recommendation: Baltino Mojito & Truffle Sea Salt Popcorn
Bonus Round: La Playa’s “Bud Allen Hour”
Search under your couch cushions because every Sunday at La Playa Carmel you can get well drinks for just 10 cents! From 5pm-5:10 pm, aka “Bud Allen Hour,” you can indulge in a delicious libation on a dime!