Once the clock strikes five o’clock, one thing is on everyone’s mind: happy hour! Living in Irvine means having access to Southern California’s most delicious and eclectic dining destinations—and with great variety comes even greater happy hour options! Whether you are looking for an inventive craft cocktail or a full-bodied Pinot, Irvine restaurants offer the perfect mix of contemporary and classic choices. Here’s your list of where to find the best happy hour drinks (and deals) in the Irvine area.
Calling all beer connoisseurs! Eureka! is the place for Hoppy Hour from 2-6pm and 9pm to close. Located in the University Town Center, this location has an open, industrial feel with an outdoor patio perfect for sitting back and enjoying the SoCal sunshine. Eureka! is known for their modern American fare and extensive list of unique beer, whiskey and craft cocktails. With a catalog of hyper-local brews from around the country, this spot is definitely an artisan brewer’s dream, especially during happy hour when draught and bottled beers are $2 off! Stop by for happy hour to discover a new favorite or ask for a custom beer flight to experiment with different flavors! Don’t forget to pair your brew with a plate of their famous Cowboy Burger and a side of truffle fries (with bacon).
4143 Campus Dr.
Irvine, CA 92612
Urban Seoul 2.0
Who says you need a plane ticket to take a trip to Seoul? Simply head on over to the Irvine Spectrum Center and pull up a chair at the Korean-Mexican fusion joint Urban Seoul 2.0. This casually cool setting is the perfect place to enjoy delicious Korean flavors with a unique twist. Plus, their happy hour deals are some of the best in the area! Whether your stopping by for a quick meal or getting drinks with a large party, Urban Seoul has something to satisfy every happy hour goer. From 2-6pm, Monday through Thursday, all craft beer is just $5! If you and your friends want plenty of brews to pair with your gogi quesadillas, go for the bucket of 5 bottle beers for $20. If you’re in the mood for wine, Urban Seoul offers $5 glasses of Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Cheers to that!
714 Spectrum Center Dr.
Irvine, CA 92618
Paul Martin's American Grill
Paul Martin's American Grill is the place to enjoy a classic cocktail or glass of wine in a swanky setting. Located in the Irvine Spectrum Center, Paul Martin’s American Grill has become the happy hour spot for wine lovers. Here, happy hour is offered daily from 3-7pm with beer, wine, cocktails and appetizers starting at just $5! With a seemingly unending list of wines from all over the world, guests can sip the night away while enjoying mouthwatering dishes like ribs with pesto slaw for $9 and $5 shredded beef street tacos. For just $5-$9 you can get a generous pour of your favorite Chardonnay or Cabernet Sauvignon. For those looking for something a little stronger, we recommend a refreshing cocktail like the Crop Cucumber Refresher made with Crop Cucumber vodka, St. Germaine Elderflower liqueur, cucumber, fresh lemon juice and soda water.
If you can’t get enough of their amazing wine selection, be sure to stop by on Mondays for their Wine Dinner for Two, which offers salads, entrées and a bottle of wine for just $50.
534 Spectrum Center Dr.
Irvine, CA 92618
Red Bar and Lounge at Hotel Irvine
If you’re a fan of amazing cocktails and tasty bites at great prices, you will love Red Bar and Lounge at Hotel Irvine. During happy hour, a selection of the chef’s signature dishes and drinks are half off, so you can unwind while on a budget. Even better, the happy hour menu is as diverse as it gets, featuring everything from Asian-inspired Steamed Buns, filled with grilled pork belly and homemade kimchi, to the Icy Hot, made with tequila, elderflower liqueur, jalapeño and agave nectar! If your taste buds are still sleepy, head to the bar and go for the Dealer’s Choice. Simply choose your favorite spirit and let the bartender keep you on your toes with an entirely unexpected cocktail.
Red Bar also hosts weekly events that will add a little excitement to your work week. Everyone knows that Mondays can be drag, so during the months of July through September, Red Bar hosts a weekly Martini Monday with martinis going for $5. To celebrate the weekend, the bar also has an extended happy hour from 10-11:55pm where you can get 50% off select drinks.
17900 Jamboree Rd.
Irvine, CA 92614
Ready for a happy hour menu that’s full of global flavors? Say aloha to Kona Grill, an award-winning Asian-fusion spot located in the Irvine Spectrum Center. While fans of the dining destination visit for specialty dishes like the Macadamia Nut Chicken and luxurious sushi rolls, Kona Grill is also known for their delicious cocktails. With happy hour Monday-Friday from 3-7pm and 9-11pm and reverse happy hour Sunday-Thursday from 9-11pm and Friday-Saturday 10pm-midnight, you can enjoy tasty bites and craft cocktails at Kona Grill any time. Be sure to try the Sake Sangria with fresh fruit and your choice of red, white or sparkling wine – it’s a fan favorite!
623 Spectrum Center Dr.
Irvine, CA 92618