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New 15 BEST Orange County Happy Hours for 2024

Restaurant Reviews, Orange County

Finding the best Orange County happy hours in 2024 is no easy task. A restaurant needs to do more than just take $2 off wine. To make this list, there needs to be an awesome selection of happy hour bites and libations. I’ve always been one of those people who eats dinner at 5 pm so I’m constantly on the lookout for amazing happy hours in Orange County. So far here is my updated 2024 list of the best Orange County happy hours. We continue to keep this list updated throughout the year!

This list was updated on February 9th, 2024, and is updated throughout the year to keep all of the information current and add new Orange County happy hours as we find them!

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What makes these Orange County Happy Hours “The Best”?

  • They’re long because nothing is worse than rushing to a happy hour and then having to order 5 things at once so you can get in your order at 5:59. Many of our top happy hours even last all night!
  • Offers Happy Hour Monday-Friday and bonus points if it is offered 7 days a week! Who doesn’t love finding a weekend happy hour?
  • Plenty of food options, especially generous portions. Can you say early dinner?
  • Discounts on Cocktails or Wine. We even have some happy hours which offer amazing craft cocktails.


1. Descanso

1555 Adams Ave #103

Costa Mesa, CA 92626

(714) 486-3798

Happy Hour

Monday through Friday 3 pm – 6 pm

Featured Wine $8, $3 Off Draft Beers, $8 & $9 Margaritas, $9 Taco Skillets

Descanso in Costa Mesa is best known for their La Plancha grills which have their chefs cooking the most amazing Mexican cuisine right in front of their guests. Monday through Friday they also offer delicious happy hour selections such as their popular Taco Skillet which is only $9 and comes with your choice of chicken, steak, or al pastor grilled to perfection with onions, poblano peppers, fingerling potatoes, chile aioli, cilantro, spring onions, serrano chiles, and chili con limon. Each skillet is served with 3 freshly made tortillas.


Another personal favorite of mine is their $10 happy hour Choriqueso Verde which is a green chorizo, poblano suiza, tres quesos, avocado salsa, spring onions, and serrano chiles served with fresh tortillas. This is one of my favorite appetizers from Descanso which is unlike anything you will find at any Mexican restaurant, it is truly one of a kind.

View the full Descanso Happy Hour menu

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2. The Country Club

330 E. 17th St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
(949) 281-2582

Happy Hour

Monday through Friday 4 pm- 6:30 pm

$7 Wine, $8 Cocktails, $6 Draft Beers, $9 Burger, Variety of appetizers between $5 – $17

The Country Club offers a great selection of Happy Hour items including a hanger steak taco that’s only $5. They also offer items like crispy Brussell sprouts, truffle mac and cheese, and even a charcuterie board. They are one of the few places that have been able to deliver an awesome happy hour even during the pandemic with extra outdoor seating. In addition, all cocktails are only $8, wines are $7, and they have a huge selection of beers ranging from $7-$9.

View the full Country Club Happy Hour menu


3. Wild Goose Tavern

436 E. 17th St,
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
(949) 722-9453

Happy Hour

Monday – Friday 11 am – 6 pm (except Tuesdays which are dedicated to their Taco Tuesday specials)

$9 Signature Cocktails, $5 House Wines, $1 Off Draft Beers, $11 Tavern Charcuterie Board, $8 Poke Stack, $6.50 Pulled Pork Fries

Wild Goose Tavern in Costa Mesa is another fantastic restaurant to add to your list of Orange County happy hours. They offer $5 wines and $9 signature cocktails, but what I really love is their large happy hour food menu. First, they have $5 pizza slices and I promise you, this pizza is incredibly delicious thanks to the in-house bread made by the chef.

Other tasty bites include their Sweet Potato Goat Cheese Fritters with chimichurri and garlic aioli for only $4 and their $8 poke stack. The crispy Brussels sprouts are also amazing and only $6.50 during happy hour. However, my absolute favorite is their enormous charcuterie which features a giant Bavarian pretzel for only $11!

View the full Wild Goose Tavern Happy Hour menu

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4. Eddie V’s

1370 Bison Ave.
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 720-9925

Happy Hour

Tuesday – Saturday 4 pm – 7 pm Sundays & Mondays 4 pm-10 pm

$10 Cocktails, $9 Wine, $12 Mini Filet Sliders, $9 Oysters Rockefeller, $10 Black truffle Tartare

Eddie V’s in Newport Beach offers a fabulous happy hour 7 days a week. On Sundays and Mondays, it even lasts until 10 pm with the rest of the week going until 7 pm. They offer a wide selection of Happy Hour bites and even discounts on their regular starters menu. My absolute favorite is their $9 grilled fish tacos. These tacos are amazing and topped with a flavorful corn relish that always keeps me coming back for more. Other guest favorites include their lamb lollipops and salt & pepper shrimp. They offer 5 happy hour cocktails and a selection of wines for only $8. If you would like to check more photos you can visit our coverage below.

View the full Eddie V’s Happy Hour menu


5. Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine

2607 Main Street
Irvine, CA 92614
(949) 387-8887

Happy Hour

Monday – Saturday 4 pm – 6:30 pm

$10 Cocktails, $10 Premium Wines, $8 House Wines, $5 Bottled Beers, $11 Chicken Kebabs, $10 Fish Tacos, $10 Truffle Fries

One of my favorite highlights of Andrei’s happy hour is that their menu includes beautiful specialty crafted cocktails for only $7 & $8. Their menu also features generous Mediterranean-inspired cuisine like beef & chicken kabobs. Their Portobello Mushroom fries are also one of my all-time favorites and they also have amazing truffle fries!

View the Full Andrei’s Happy Hour menu

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6. Red O

Located at Fashion Island
143 Newport Center Dr.
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 718-0300

Happy Hour

7 days a week 3 pm – 7 pm

$12 Wines, $10 Tap Beers, $12 Cocktails, $5 Street Tacos, $10 Empanadas & Duck Taquitos, $12 Shrimp Ceviche

Red O has made my list for several years now. They offer a great menu of selection with surprisingly large portions if you opt for items like their Nachos. They also have $4 street tacos and I’m obsessed with the Short Rib Crispy Taco Dorado. Other favorites include their $8 Empanadas and Duck Taquitos. They also have a great list of $8 cocktails, wine, Prosecco, and $6 beers. Red O’s happy hour is also every day of the week!  You can view their most current online menu with pricing here as well as our pictures and coverage below.

 View the full Red O Happy Hour menu


7. Billy at the Beach

2751 West Coast Hwy.
Newport Beach, CA 92663
(949) 722-1100

Happy Hour

7 Days a Week 3 pm – 6 pm

$9 Cocktails & Wines, $8 Tempura Green Beans, $12 Chicken Skewers, $10 Calamari, $7 Pulled Pork Sliders

Billy at the Beach is located in Newport Beach and offers scenic ocean views with Hawaiian Island cuisine. Happy Hour includes fabulous $9 cocktails like the Blue Hawaiian and Sunset Martini. This popular Orange County happy hour offers bites like teriyaki chicken skewers, tempura fried calamari with kimchi dipping sauce, BBQ pulled pork sliders, and a massive sizzling grilled sausage platter. View our complete coverage of Billy’s at the Beach happy hour with delicious photos.

View the full Billy’s on the Beach Happy Hour menu


8. Citrus City Grille *new for 2024

122 N. Glassell Street
Orange, CA 92866
(714) 639-9600

Happy Hour

7 Days a Week 3 pm – 6 pm

$10 Cocktails, $7 House Wine, $6 Draft Beers, $10 Ahi Poke, $11 Kobe Sliders, $12 Fish Tacos

Our newest happy hour suggestion is Citrus City Grille in Old Town Orange. They feature an expansive happy hour menu every day of the week from 3 pm – 6 pm. Prices range from $8-$14 with specialty cocktails at $10, $7 house wine, and $6 beer drafts. Popular items include their calamari, fish & filet tacos, and personal pizzas. Check out our coverage of their fantastic dinner!

View the full Citrus City Grille Happy Hour menu


9. Playa Mesa *new for 2024

428 E. 17th St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
(949) 287-5292

Happy Hour

Monday – Friday 3 pm – 6 pm and all day Tuesday

$10 Margaritas, $8 Michaladas, $4-$6 Tacos, $7 Shishito Peppers, $8 Pescado Ceviche Tostada

I’m really amazed by how awesome the happy hour is at Playa Mesa in Costa Mesa. First, they have the best margaritas in Orange County and most of them are available for Happy Hour at only $10. Then their food menu is substantially larger than most restaurants offering a variety of tacos, nachos, ceviches, and the tastiest shishito peppers. Additionally, everything on the menu is only $4 – $9 so you’ll have money to spare for dessert.

View the full Playa Mesa Happy Hour menu


10. Cafe Sevilla *new for 2024

1870 Harbor Blvd.
Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Happy Hour

Tuesday – Sunday 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm, all night on Tuesdays

$6 Beers, Wine, and Sangria, $10 Craft Cocktails, 50% Off All 31 Tapas

Cafe Sevilla in Costa Mesa just updated their happy hour menu making them one of the best Orange County happy hours we’ve ever seen. Their entire menu of over 31 Tapas are all half off! Popular tapas like their Octopus Ceviche are only $8.5 instead of $17 and their famous Spanish Salchichas (Spanish sausages flambéd tableside) are only $9. I especially love their Three Meatball tapas for only $7 during happy hour and I’m obsessed with the Fig & Mushroom Flatbread that’s only $8.5. These are deals that cannot be beaten in Orange County.

Plus, they also have $6 wines, sangrias, beers, and well drinks with $9 wine flights and $10 for craft cocktails!

View the full Cafe Sevilla Happy Hour menu


11. Starfish

*locations in Laguna Beach & Newport Beach

Newport Beach Location
191 Riverside Ave.
Newport Beach, CA 92659

Laguna Beach Location
30832 Coast Hwy.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 715-9200

Happy Hour

7 Days a Week 3 pm – 6 pm

$6 House Wine, $8 Starfish Cocktails, $9 Korean Tacos, $11 Chicken Satay, $11 Banh Mi Beef Sliders, $13 Spicy Ahi Tuna Roll

Starfish just opened a new location in Newport Beach and they are one of the few restaurants that have happy hour 7 days a week. They offer a mix of tasty Asian-fusion bites like Coconut Chicken Satay, Wok Fired Mussels, sushi rolls, spring rolls, and more. Both Starfish locations have a huge happy hour! Their Newport Beach location is considerably smaller so reservations are highly recommended. You can see more of the delicious cuisine from Starfish here.

View the full Starfish Happy Hour Menu


12. Pour Vida

215 S. Anaheim Blvd.
Anaheim, CA 92805
(714) 215-4415

Happy Hour

Monday – Friday 2 pm – 5 pm

$8 House Margarita, $7 Mexican Beer, $3 Tacos

What really sets Pour Vida apart from other Orange County happy hours is their amazing $3 Taco deal. If you’ve never been to Pour Vida they have amazing tacos and many of their most popular tacos such as the Pineapple Skirt Steak, are only $3, instead of $7. Another favorite is their unique Pork and Plantain Taco which is served with black beans and a chipotle crema.

View the full Pour Vida Happy Hour menu

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13. Bluewater Grill

630nLido Park Dr.
Newport Beach, CA 92663
(949) 675-3474

Happy Hour

Monday – Thursday 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm

$8 House Cocktails, Margarita, Wine, & Bubbly, $6.50 Drafts, $6 – $12 Appetizers

While Bluewater Grill in Newport Beach only has happy hour Monday through Thursday, their expansive menu more than makes up for it. Not only is their happy hour menu huge, but it also offers great deals. For only $6 you can enjoy Panko Artichoke Hearts and garlic parmesan fries. For $8 they have fish or shrimp tacos and for $12 you can get an entire burger with fries and even steamed clams!

View the full Bluewater Happy Hour menu


14. Muldoon’s Irish Pub

202 Newport Center Dr.
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 640-4110

Happy Hour

Monday – Friday 3 pm – 6 pm

$8 Cocktails, $7 Wine, $10 Burger, $10 Mini Sherpard Pie

What I love most about Muldoon’s is their festive Irish happy hour with fun options like their $10 mini Sherpards Pie and $10 Banger Bites. You’ll also find a $10 burger and a wide variety of cocktails and specialty beers for only $8.

View the full Muldoon’s Happy Hour menu


15. Social

512 W. 19th St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
(949) 642-2425

Happy Hour

Wednesdays All Day! Thursday & Friday 3pm – 6pm

$10 Cocktails, $8 Wine, $5 Modelo & Pacifico, $12 Lobster Roll, $14 Short Rib Panini, $12 Filet Mignon Bruschetta

At Social in Costa Mesa, you can enjoy happy hour all day on Wednesdays! You’ll definitely want to make plans to visit this Orange County Happy Hour for their $12 Lobster Rolls along with $12 crispy Brussels Sprouts. They also have a huge double patty Wagyu burger with bacon jam for only $15 and $10 ceviche tostadas.

View the full Social Happy Hour menu

What Are Your Favorite Orange County Happy Hours?

What do you think of our selection of the best Orange County happy hours? Do you have happy hours you think should be added? Leave a comment below and let us know what restaurants you think are the best Orange County happy hours in 2023!

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Sondra Barker is an established culinary writer, photographer, and recipe creator residing in Newport Beach, California. She specializes in covering fine dining and the most amazing restaurants in Southern California, Orange County, Los Angeles, and San Diego. When she is not writing about the local restaurant scene she is traveling and writing about her culinary adventures around the globe.


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