In between Normal Heights and City Heights, you find the popular neighborhood of Kensington, with plenty of restaurants that have sidewalk seating, venues for special events and slower, safer traffic compared with other parts of the city. This walkable neighborhood is one of many great areas to catch excellent Happy Hour specials around San Diego.
This friendly neighborhood is a great place to live and a lot of fun to visit. When you need to blow off some steam after a long day at work or find the perfect place to unwind with a weekend drink, consider taking a short trip to Kensington. We’ve already tracked down a whole week’s worth of great Happy Hour specials for you to enjoy.
Monday: Kensington Cafe
Location: 4141 Adams Avenue (map)
Hours: Monday-Thursday: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Happy Hour: Monday-Thursday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
If you need to blow off steam after a long and stressful Monday at work, Kensington Cafe is the perfect destination. You can enjoy two hours of discounted drinks and food specials on weeknights. They even allow you to order off of their dinner menu, starting early at 5 p.m., so you can enjoy their flat iron steak, smothered chicken or carnitas tacos with your discounted drinks.
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During Happy Hour, Kensington Cafe offers Happy Hour wine by the glass for just $5 for select options. They also discount appetizers to only $5 each. Every day, there is something special, from mimosa specials on the weekends to 1/2 off bottles of wine on Monday.
Tuesday: The Haven Pizzeria
Location: 4051 Adams Avenue (map)
Hours: Monday-Thursday: 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Friday: 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Happy Hour: Monday-Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Craving carbs to help you cope with the long week ahead? Stop on in to The Haven Pizzeria! They have all kinds of standard pizzas, from a spicy pesto pizza to a New York pizza with plenty of toppings. They even offer vegetarian sausage for the health conscious and vegetarian visitor.
Happy Hour specials at The Haven Pizzeria include $2 off all beers and wines. As if that wasn’t reason enough to stop in, you can take $2 off your pizza as well! Combine that with Happy Hour drink specials all night on Tuesdays, and you have the perfect destination for a broody Tuesday.
Wednesday: Ponce’s Mexican Restaurant
Location: 4050 Adams Avenue (map)
Hours: Monday: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday-Thursday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Closed Sunday
Happy Hour: Monday-Saturday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Nothing helps you get over your hump day blues quite like some tasty Tex-Mex food. With taco fillings ranging from carne and pollo asada to shrimp and fish tacos with fresh, homemade salsa and well over a dozen kinds of burritos, Ponce’s Mexican Restaurant has something you’ll love on their expansive menu. If you’re feeling adventurous, consider their chili relleno burger, something you just can’t enjoy at most restaurants.
The Happy Hour specials at Ponce’s Mexican Restaurant include $4 Mexican beers and $5 house margaritas. If that isn’t enough to chase away the mid-week blues, you can enjoy some fresh guacamole or specialty tacos to bring back your smile.
Thursday: Kensington Club
Location: 4079 Adams Avenue (map)
Hours: Monday-Friday: 2 p.m. to 2 a.m., Saturday and Sunday: Noon to 2 a.m.
Happy Hour: Seven days a week from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
What better way to blow off steam than at a dive bar that frequently hosts live jazz or punk rock performances? Kensington Club is affordable and fun all the time, but their Happy Hour specials are quite impressive. They’ve also got a free pool table and television, so there’s more than the drinks to bring you in!
Happy Hour specials are simple, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be disappointed. You can enjoy well drinks for just $3 each, making this the most affordable Happy Hour special in the area. Just remember that this dive bar only accepts cash. Hit up an ATM before stopping in.
Friday: Bleu Boheme
Location: 4090 Adams Avenue (map)
Hours: Sunday-Thursday: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Happy Hour: Seven days a week from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Kick off your weekend right with a visit to the upscale and incredible Bleu Boheme. With classic French dishes and modern European flavors alike, this restaurant offers a wonderful dining experience.
They are only open for dinner, but if you arrive during their first business hour, you can enjoy some generous Happy Hour specials. Select drinks, including champagne cocktails, specialty martinis, beers, well liquors and wines by the jug or carafe. They also discount a number of their foods, from cheese plates and pate terrines to gnocchi, escargot and calamari, to just $11.95. Be certain to sit in the bar area, which is the only place these prices apply.
Saturday: Village Vino
Location: 4095 Adams Avenue (map)
Hours: Tuesday-Thursday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Closed Mondays
Happy Hour: Tuesday through Sunday, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
There’s a reason that Village Vino has won best restaurant awards in a city saturated with excellent dining options. From their fair prices on truly delectable foods to the incredible selection of drinks and fine wines, Village Vino has developed a strong following.
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Their excellent Happy Hour specials highlight what a great weekend destination this place really is. You can take $2 off of any glass of wine during Happy Hour. The same discount applies to small bites and tapas as well. From oven-baked chevra to Oaxacan quesadillas, there’s something for everyone on their small bites and tapas menus.
Sunday: Cucina SORELLA
Location: 4055 Adams Avenue (map)
Hours: Tuesday and Wednesday: 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday: 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday: 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Closed Monday
Happy Hour: Six days a week from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
If you want a casual restaurant serving up incredible, homemade pasta, cucina SORELLA is your Sunday afternoon go-to option! Their potato gnocchi tots have developed a fanatic following. They also serve burgers, seafood and salads.
The Happy Hour specials at cucina SORELLA include $4 drafts of Moretti, $6 glasses of sangria and $7 Happy Hour red wine, white wine or Tequila Mules. Food specials include a $5 olive and fennel plate, grilled meatballs with polenta and rosemary and sea salt fries. For $6.50, you can enjoy vasi or a spicy sausage. $12 will score you a plate of cheese and cured meats.