Happy Hour Hot Spots in Oceanside
Oceanside is fortunate to have a flourishing, diverse culinary scene that brings patrons from far and wide to Oceanside’s downtown area. Out of the many superb dining options that line the streets, five places stand out with not only great food and drink selections, but also fantastic happy hour specials that make the experience that much better. No matter your style or preferences, check out 333 Pacific, Masters Kitchen and Cocktail, Harney Sushi Oceanside, Mission Ave Bar & Grill and The Privateer Coal Fire Pizza next time happy hour is calling your name!
The stylish art deco Vodka Lounge features over 100 vodkas from around the world. Try any one for a mere $8, from Belvedere Pink Grapefruit to Hangar One Wild Maine Blueberry. Indulge in one of the many house signature martinis or inspired classic cocktails. Good picks are the Bramble On with Ketel One Citroen or the bourbon-based Manhattan. For a decadent treat, order the Key Lime Pie Martini. This signature drink blends Svedka Vanilla Vodka, Key Lime Monin, house sour mix and lime foam. Lead bartender Chandler Ervin calls this tasty concoction “dessert in a glass.”
Happy hour also provides eight nibbles for $8 each. Opt for the customer favorite Sweet Chili Calamari. The crispy pile of lightly fried packs a citrusy, spicy punch. Looking for a vegetarian option? Enjoy the creamy Edamame Hummus served with Fresno pepper jelly, feta, carrot and pita.
Monday-Thursday 4pm-7pm, Friday-Sunday 3pm-7pm
$8 vodka, $7 draft beer, eight nibbles for $8 each
Find Masters Kitchen and Cocktail on South Coast Hwy 101 in a former drag car shop. A soaring arched ceiling, roll-up garage doors and massive brick wall speak to the building’s history. Lush greenery, vintage lighting, reclaimed wood and local art enhance this trendy eatery.
Master’s refined craft cocktail menu covers classics such as the Zombie or Irish Coffee. Creative spins on old favorites include the gin-based Master and Mule or the Masters Tai finished with a 7-year old rum float. Want to try a refreshing, off-menu original? Request bartender Paris Fallet’s Paper Plane: bourbon, lemon, Aperol and Amaro Nonina.
Hungry? Executive Chef Darrell Campbell uses farm fresh, local ingredients in his unique take on California comfort food. Think Short Rib Mac N’Cheese with JR Organics chilies or Cyclops Farms Strawberry Salad. During happy hour, try the Masters Burger with bacon aioli and horseradish cheddar. For a lighter yet luscious dish, the Ahi Poke comes with avocado, seaweed salad and wonton chips.
Are you in the mood for entertainment? Stay for live music by local talent from 7pm-10pm Wednesday through Sunday. Visit the Master’s event page for more information.
All day Monday, Tuesday-Friday 3pm-6pm, Friday-Saturday 10pm-close
$5 draft beer, $6 house wine and select cocktails, food specials
More: Live Music in Oceanside
Harney Sushi on Mission Ave brings creative Japanese to downtown Oceanside. Red accents, colorful graphics and a bubbling fish tank add a modern flair to the chic dining room. Enjoy early or late night happy hours with plenty of food and drink specials to make you smile.
Harney’s superb sake menu represents the five main styles of Japanese rice wine. From fruity to floral to earthy, you’re sure to find a flavor profile to suit your tastes. The restaurant also offers imported Japanese and local craft beer and fine wines. During happy hour, consider pairing your drink of choice with an order of Half and Half. This spicy, umami delight consists of half Flaming Lip Roll and half Bomb James Bomb Roll. Both rolls combine delectable tempura fried Cali Roll, cream cheese and spicy mayo. Jalapeno and sriracha top the first, spicy scallop and faux-nagi sauce the second.
What’s more, Harney Sushi adheres to the Monterey Bay Seafood Watch Program to source sustainable seafood. This means that you can enjoy premium quality seafood that is good for you and the planet. The restaurant also uses hormone and antibiotic-free Meyer Ranch Beef from vegetarian-fed cattle.
Seven days a week 5:30pm-6:30pm and 10pm-close
$4 draft beer, $4.50 house wine, $5-$10 sake, food specials
Owners Cameron Braselton and Marcus Diaz have cultivated a family friendly “Cheers” type atmosphere at their welcoming Mission Ave Bar and Grill. The garage style doors to the patio open up for stellar sunset views from both indoors and out.
Esteemed chef William Eick’s signature dishes include burgers made with beef dry-aged in-house, panang short rib and a version of his fried chicken adapted to feature chicken wings. The chef is also committed to sourcing from local farms and purveyors, keeping the local spirit alive.
On the drink side there are over 40 California beers on tap and over 100 bourbons and whiskeys available. Mission Ave is actually Oceanside’s original whiskey bar!
Seven days a week 3pm-6pm
$4 house wines, $1 off draft beer and well drinks, appetizer specials
The convenient Coast Hwy 101 location, relaxed atmosphere, creative pizzas and stellar salads make The Privateer Coal Fire Pizza the perfect place to chill any day of the week. The indoor/outdoor seating and daily happy hour specials are an added attraction.
The most popular combo deals are the three mahi taquitos with a Pacifico for $10 and the half order of coal fire chicken wings with a Stella Artois for $11.50. The optional gluten-free crust baked in the 100% coal fire oven is outstanding.
Other go to items include fried brussels sprouts and their goat cheese gnocchi with white wine tomato sauce, ricotta and basil. A large part of the reason why The Privateer’s food is so tasty is that they use fresh seasonal ingredients such as the organic greens, spices, veggies and herbs sourced locally from Oceanside’s Cyclops Farms.
Seven Days a Week 4pm-6pm
$1 off all beer, craft wine cocktails & wine by the glass
About the Author
Jolee Pink is an Oceanside-based writer, designer and artist. She runs the popular Eat Drink SD Facebook group and her Wabisabi Green lifestyle blog focuses on art, design, food and travel. For more information, please visit wabisabigreen.com.