Some say work is just a thing to do between weekends. Those people could afford a week-long happy hour, picking a new venue each night to save some cash while having a good time. Sometimes, the theme is centered around cheap drinks and sporting events, and others are more concerned with filling your belly with inexpensive food while chatting with friends. Try to get out of work early so you can get to these pubs and bars before the happy hour rush kicks in.
400 N. Broadway
Santa Ana, CA 92701
Start the week off right with a stop at The Crosby. This alternative restaurant is famous for more than just its food and drinks, as the lights go down and the music gets cranked up with live electronic performances. If you’re only interested in a killer happy hour, The Crosby has you covered with $5 pizzas, $1 Pabst Blue Ribbons and an all-night happy hour on drinks only on Mondays. The Crosby is not for everyone, especially those wanting an intimate and quiet night, but if Monday is simply an extension of your weekend, you must visit this special place.
Anthill Pub and Grille
University of California Irvine
215 C Student Center Drive
Irvine, CA 92697
This cash-only pub is a local staple, giving students and non-students quality service and a great happy hour. Tuesday night is your best bet, as most of the scholarly locals will be recovering from their weekend extravaganzas and are most likely back into the studying swing of things. The happy hour runs from 4 to 7 p.m. and gives all patrons a buck off of pints and three dollars off all pitchers. Anthill’s slogan of “If you’ve seen a commercial for it, we don’t have it” should tell you all you need to know about the brew selection. Its food is a combo of street food, build-your-own burgers and a “sausage of the week.”
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13041 Kerry St.
Garden Grove, CA 92844
Wednesday is one of the tougher nights to find a happy hour, as restaurants do less business those nights. Soju Belly comes through by offering a ridiculous happy hour on Wednesdays: 50-percent off all food. That food is primarily Asian fusion. From spicy chicken to kimchi, chicken wings and cabbage salad, all the way to spicy squid and cheese pork cutlet, Soju Belly has everything. Its bar is also stocked, so don’t worry about not having a full bar to purchase from with all of that money you saved from happy hour.
186 N. Atchison St.
Orange, CA 92866
Thursday night happy hour at the Streamliner Lounge has it going on, with drinks at only $3 (beer), $4 (cocktail) and $5 (mixed drinks). Those prices are pretty insane and difficult to pass up. Streamliner frequently displays Thursday Night Football and has prizes like jerseys and other memorabilia available via a weekly drawing. Its food is slammin’, with the biggest and juiciest burgers this side of the San Andreas. Even better, you can hop on the Angels Express and go catch a game right from the Lounge.
3313 Hyland Ave.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Finish the work week off by enjoying one of the better happy hours in town, especially if wine is your type of drink. From 4 to 6 p.m., not only are all beers a dollar off, but a glass of Canyon Road Chardonnay or Tobin James Red Blend is only $6. Also, the live music kicks off at 6 p.m., right when happy hour is over, to keep the happy vibes going until 9 p.m. We Olive offers some complimentary portions of bread, olive oil and balsamic, the latter being the establishment’s specialty. This spot is guaranteed to not be filled with drunken frat dudes or pre-gaming teens, just some classy folks enjoying very fine vino.
Jesse Seilhan is a writer, editor and photographer from the California Bay Area. After moving to Long Beach, Jesse continues his passion for writing and music by covering concerts, interviewing top artists, and giving a dose of wisdom in a crazy, mixed-up musical world. His work can be found at Examiner.com.