Sip, relax and indulge with discounted appetizers, cocktails and more. See our list of four must-try restaurants for happy hour in Orange County.
By Laura Okey
Don The Beachcomber
Transport yourself to the islands and sip on the best Mai Tai’s ($6) in town at the Dagger Bar Tiki Lounge. Choose from a selection of discounted appetizers such as the brie quesadilla with brie and smoked mozzarella with cherry tomato salsa and chipotle crema; or the Da’kine calamari, lightly fried calamari tossed in cilantro, sweet lemon and crushed macadamia nuts ($6-$8). Happy Hour M 3 p.m.-Close, T-Th & Su 3-7 p.m., F 3-6 p.m., F-Sa 11 p.m.-close. Don The Beachcomber, 16278 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 562.592.1321. donthebeachcomber.com
Hopdoddy Burger Bar
Indulge on crafted burgers, truffle and queso fries and a selection of cocktails, wine and beer at Hopdoddy Burger Bar’s new social hour. For $5 you can savor fresh, hot french fries served with either truffle, chile-con-queso or green chili queso. Also just $5, you can choose from drinks such as the Bubbly Blonde with house-infused Saint Germain, lemon, orange and bubbles. Social Hour M-F 3-6:30 p.m. Fashion Island, 311 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.640.2337. hopdoddy.com
Savor some of Red O’s most popular cocktails and appetizers such as the classic guacamole ($5), fresh corn and goat cheese tamales ($6), ahi tuna tostadita ($8) and much more. Sip on a selection of $7 cocktails that includes the famous house margarita (Espolon blanco tequila, house-made Limonada and triple sec), a Moscow mule and La Rosita (Skyy vodka, fresh lemon, hibiscus syrup and apple essence). A selection of wine and draft beers are also included. Happy Hour daily 3-7 p.m. Fashion Island, 143 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.718.0300. redorestaurant.com
Burgers, fries and beer galore—at Umami Burger, happy hour is ALL day on Mondays. Enjoy $3 truffle fries, $4 sliders (or a $9 slider trio), $5 draft beer and $6 wine by the glass. At the Anaheim location, there is a full bar featuring $7 specialty cocktails. Try the truffle burger topped with truffle aioli, house truffle cheese and truffle glaze. Happy hour Monday all day, T-F 3-6 p.m. See website for all Orange County locations and hours. Umami Burger, 2981 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.957.8626. umamiburger.com