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There are plenty of great happy hours in the College area of San Diego for those who are looking to enjoy some time out while on a budget. We’ve rounded up seven days’ worth of great drink specials for your enjoyment!

Monday: Bistro Sixty

Location: 5987 El Cajon Blvd. (map)
Hours: Monday: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Tuesday-Friday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Happy Hour: Monday-Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Price: $$

If you want a drink to sip and a comforting dish or two inspired by American classics, you can’t go wrong with a visit to Bistro Sixty. You can find many staples here, like fried cauliflower and truffle fries, as well as rotating seasonal entrees.

With a menu that’s always rotating, it’s hard to predict what their Happy Hour specials will be. You can expect discounted wine by the glass. There will also be one or two dishes offered at a discounted price, as well as a discounted beer option. Although there isn’t a full bar here, there is a great menu to offset the lack of liquor.

Tuesday: Woodstock’s Pizza

Location: 6145 El Cajon Blvd. (map)
Hours: Sunday-Thursday: 11 a.m. to midnight, Friday and Saturday: 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Happy Hour: Monday-Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Price: $$

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Nothing makes the rest of the work week seem more tolerable than pizza and beer. That’s exactly what you’ll find at Woodstock’s Pizza. They will make all kinds of fresh pizza, served with a great selection of craft beers. Tuesdays are also trivia night starting at 8:30 p.m., which makes it worthwhile to hang out after those Happy Hour specials end.

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The Happy Hour special at Woodstock’s Pizza is simply half off of pitchers of beer. This place has 15 taps that feature local favorites as well as some popular domestic beers. They even have gluten-free options and bottled beer as well.


Wednesday: Dirty Birds

Location: 6499 El Cajon Blvd. (map)
Hours: Sunday-Thursday: 11 a.m. to midnight, Friday and Saturday: 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Happy Hour: Monday-Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Price: $$

If you like chicken wings, the Happy Hour specials at Dirty Birds will definitely call to you. This local, well-loved chain offers more than three-dozen wing sauces, ranging from lemon pepper and BBQ to Hawaiian and Apple Bourbon Chipotle. They also make plenty of tasty fried appetizers and burgers.

The Happy Hour specials at Dirty Birds include half off select pitchers of draft beer and half off chicken wings. If that isn’t enough to get you through the doors, on Wednesday they also have half off pizza, select pitchers and wine from 6 p.m. until they close at midnight.

Thursday: Social Tap-SDSU

Location: 4800 Art Street (map)
Hours: Monday-Thursday: 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday: 3 p.m. to 2 a.m., Saturday: 9 a.m. to 2 a.m., Sunday: 9:30 a.m. to midnight
Happy Hour: Monday-Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Price: $$

Thursdays are a great night to visit Social Tap near SDSU. In addition to their standard weeknight Happy Hour, they offer half off bottles of wine and $1 chicken wings on Thursdays. With plenty of televisions and an active crowd, this place can be a great place to socialize on a Thursday afternoon.

During their Happy Hour, which they call Social Hour, you can enjoy $2 off of craft cocktails, $3.50 glasses of house wine or a Social Tap draft and $4 premium well cocktails. They also have discounted appetizers, like tacos, loaded potato rounds and even pulled pork sliders.

Friday: The Ugly Dog Pub

Location: 6344 El Cajon Blvd. (map)
Hours: Monday-Thursday: 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., Friday and Saturday 2 p.m. to 2 a.m., Sunday: 2 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Happy Hour: Monday-Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Price: $

What better place to kick off your weekend than with a beer and your dog on the patio at The Ugly Dog Pub. With 30 taps, free pool and a dog-friendly atmosphere, there’s fun for every canine companion. They don’t serve food here, but they have a jukebox for music.

The Happy Hour specials at The Ugly Dog Pub make their already affordable prices a great deal. You can take $1 off of full pours of beers on tap, as well as $2 off pitchers. With beers by Benchmark, AleSmith, Founders and New Belgium, among others, there are some excellent beers you can enjoy at a discount.

Saturday: Effin’s Pub and Grill

Location: 6164 El Cajon Blvd. (map)
Hours: Monday-Saturday: 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., Sunday: 2 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Happy Hour: Seven days a week from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Price: $

If you’re looking for that fun pub feel, with live music, great food and even games, Effin’s Pub and Grill is a great place to start your Saturday. The menu here includes chicken wings, burgers, sandwiches, salads and even fish and chips. Their draft beers range from Bud Light to local craft brews. You can also find plenty of craft and specialty cocktails.

The Happy Hour specials at Effin’s Pub and Grill are simple, but that doesn’t stop them from being incredible. On top of already low prices, you can take 25 percent off of all of their appetizers, as well as any draft beers you purchase.

Sunday: Pesto Italian Craft Kitchen

Location: 6011 El Cajon Blvd. A (map)
Hours: Sunday-Thursday: 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday: 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Happy Hour: Sunday-Thursday: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday: 3 p.m. to close
Price: $$

If you want great food and incredible prices on craft beers and wine by the glass, your best bet for a Sunday Happy Hour is Pesto Italian Craft Kitchen. They offer 16 different craft beers and seven local wines, with plenty of local options.

As you might expect from their name, this place serves up pasta, pizza and salads, as well as desserts like cannoli and tiramisu. The food and drink specials rotate, but many times you can enjoy half off of local draft craft beers. You can also expect at least a few of their fresh and fun appetizers to be discounted as well.