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When You Find Yourself In Old Town During That Special Time of Day…

When people think of Old Town, they often think of the State Historic Park. The truth is that Old Town is much more than reconstructed buildings and tourists. There are a lot of cultural events, as well as plenty of fun places to shop, have a meal or grab a drink. If you’re visiting Old Town, we’ve found a week’s worth of Happy Hour Specials you should check out!

La Margarita Mas Caliente

Monday: Barra Barra Saloon
Location: 4016 Wallace Street
Hours: Seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Happy Hour: Monday-Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Price: $$

The Barra Barra Saloon claims to make the best margarita in all of San Diego. That alone probably makes this place worth a visit. In addition to a large Tex-Mex food menu with everything from quesadillas and tacos to burritos and empanadas, they also have a number of premium margaritas available for your enjoyment, including their spicy, jalepeno-infused “Lo Mas Caliente.”

The Happy Hour specials at Barra Barra Saloon include $4 drafts and house wines, $5 house margaritas and $6 premium specials which regularly change. You can also enjoy $3 flatbread tacos made with beef, chicken or mixed veggies.

Tortillas From Scratch and Happy Hours to Howl About at Cafe Coyote

Tuesday: Cafe Coyote
Location: 2461 San Diego Avenue
Hours: Sunday-Thursday: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday:  7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Happy Hour: Monday-Friday from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Price: $$

Instead of Tex-Mex, Cafe Coyote focuses on traditional Mexican dishes. They make fresh tortillas from scratch, and they serve up Mexican dishes like pollo al la crema and chili Colorado.

The Happy Hour specials at Cafe Coyote are something to howl about! They offer $4 select draft beers, $6.50 for shots of pomegranate tequila or Coyote Blue, $7.50 Coyote Gold margaritas and $8.50 strawberry, pomegranate or pineapple chipotle margaritas. The food discounts are also pretty good. For $4, you can enjoy shrimp tacos, while $3 will get you cantina tacos made with your choice of meat.

Harney Sushi’s Got $4 Sweet Potato Fries and Sapporo Drafts

Wednesday: Harney Sushi
Location: 3964 Harney Street
Hours: Monday-Friday: 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday and Sunday: 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Happy Hour: Monday-Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Price: $$

With weekday lunch hours and daily dinner, Harney Sushi offers fresh fish and great drinks to Old Town residents and visitors alike. They serve up all kinds of rolls, as well as entrees such as Chimi-Chili steak or Katsu chicken.

The Happy Hour specials at Harney Sushi include $4 for a Sapporo draft or a glass of Anterra Pinot Grigio, $5.50 for a large hot sake or a glass of Murphy Goode Pinot Noir, or $7 for a bottle of Hana Awake sake, an Ozeki Nigori vase or infused sake vases. They have food discounts, ranging from $4 for sweet potato fries to $10 for the Half & Half roll or their sustainable nigiri sampler.

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Thursday: Old Town Mexican Cafe
Location: 2489 San Diego Avenue
Hours: Sunday-Thursday: 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday: 7 a.m. to midnight
Happy Hour: Monday-Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Price: $$

Old Town Mexican Cafe makes their own tortillas, which definitely helps bring back repeat customers. The menu here features everything from deep fried ice cream to seafood, tacos and nachos.

The Happy Hour specials at Old Town Mexican Cafe will have you coming back for more. You can get drafts of Bud Light or well drinks for $3, house margaritas, bottles of Tecate or a draft of Dos XX lager for $4. For $5, you can enjoy a Friday Rita. They also offer half off all their bar menu appetizers. It’s important to note that these Happy Hour discounts are only available in the bar area.

A Happy Hour From the Wild West

Friday: Cosmopolitan Hotel and Restaurant
Location: 2660 Calhoun Street
Hours: Monday-Friday: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Happy Hour: Monday-Friday: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Price: $$

Cosmopolitan Hotel and Restaurant offers visitors fine dining and incredible accommodations in a historic setting. Originally built as a home made of adobe in 1827, it was converted into a two-story hotel in 1869. Since then, it has also been an olive cannery and a Mexican restaurant. These days, it’s back to serving as a hotel and restaurant, which serves afternoon tea, weekend brunch and dinner, all with New American dishes.

The Happy Hour specials at Cosmopolitan Hotel and Restaurant include half off glasses of house wine and $6 each for draft beers or well drinks. There are food specials as well, which include $6 for street corn, ahi lettuce wraps, calamari, artichoke and spinach, and bruschetta. For a few more dollars, you can enjoy a discounted flatbread.


Surprise Drink Specials to go with Fred’s Fiesta Nachos

Saturday: Fred’s Mexican Cafe
Location: 2470 San Diego Avenue
Hours: Monday-Thursday: 11 a.m. to midnight, Friday and Saturday: 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., Sunday: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Happy Hour: Seven days a week from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Price: $$

Fred’s Mexican Cafe is a San Diego favorite. They have several locations, including this one in Old Town. Featuring casual dining combined with traditional Mexican cuisine and healthier California dishes, Fred’s Mexican Cafe offers fresh and flavorful foods and great drinks. They make fresh chips and salsas in house, which are worth stopping in for all on their own!

The Happy Hour specials at Fred’s Mexican Cafe include always changing drink specials. You’ll have to stop in to discover today’s offering. There will be great discounted snacks available, including Fred’s Fiesta Nachos, chicken rolled tacos, the House Quesadilla, cheesy fries and chingaderas for just $3. 

Giant Jenga and Cheap Brews


Sunday: Home & Away
Location: 2222 San Diego Avenue
Hours: Monday-Friday: 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m., Saturday: 10:30 a.m. to 2 a.m., Sunday: 9:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Happy Hour: Seven days a week from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Price: $$

Serving up American traditional food in a sports bar setting with a beer garden, Home & Away is a great place to stop in to catch the score on a game. Their outdoor seating area is a patio where you can play a game of Jenga with giant blocks, darts or corn hole with your friends.

The Happy Hour specials at Home & Away are pretty straightforward. You can enjoy $1 off all draft beers or glasses of wine, as well as select cocktails for just $6. The menu includes all kinds of fun dishes, perfect for eating with a drink while cheering on your favorite team. Options include buffalo chicken wings, tacos, burgers, tater tots and chicken tenders.