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Best Cocktail Happy Hours In OC

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Whoever started the idea of happy hour was probably an office drone at some point. After all, what better way is there to celebrate the end of the workday than with discounted cocktails? If you want to celebrate the end of your workday with some great cocktails at discounted rates, try these places.

Old Fashioned from Tavern on the Coast (Credit, Gary Schwind)
Old Fashioned from Tavern on the Coast (Credit, Gary Schwind)

Tavern on the Coast
34212 Pacific Coast Highway
Dana Point, CA 92629
(949) 415-5888

Tavern on the Coast has some great happy hour specials from both 4 to 6 and 9 to 10 p.m. on weekdays. Here you'll find wine by the glass, draft beer and well cocktails for $5 each. Some of the cocktails are extraordinary. The Tavern Old Fashioned (pictured) is made with tangerine marmalade, which is a great complement to the bourbon. Another one to try is the Tavern Martini, made with vodka, lime juice and jalapeno, and garnished with a cucumber slice. If you're looking for some food to accompany your cocktails, try the Tijuana dog.

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Fly-n-Fish Oyster Bar & Grill
2304 West Oceanfront
Newport Beach, CA 92663
(949) 673-8400

If happy hour is good, then happy hour with ocean views is even better. At Fly-n-Fish, not only can you enjoy great oysters but also great drink specials. Well drinks, premium beers and wines by the glass are only $5 while domestic beers are $4 during happy hour. One of the cocktails you might want to enjoy here is the Mai Thai made with two kinds of rum and fruit juices. Happy hour here is every weekday from 3 to 6 p.m. Stop in and see how good happy hour can be with great views.

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Harlow's Kitchen and Craft Bar
31111 Rancho Viejo Road
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 240-8100

Lots of places have happy hour on weekdays, but Harlow's not only has social hour on weekdays, it also has a social hour from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturdays where well cocktails are $5. One of the things that make the cocktails here great is the house-made syrups and mixers you'll find in them. Some of the most popular cocktails here, especially on Martini Monday, are Il Picollo and the hibiscus Cosmo. Il Picollo contains house-made Limoncello and Lambrusco while the hibiscus Cosmo is crafted with house-made hibiscus syrup, vodka and cranberry juice.

Related: Best Bars With A Great Martini Selection In Orange County

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Chapter One: The Modern Local
227 N Broadway
Santa Ana, CA 92701
(714) 200-2225

Chapter One has happy hour every Monday through Saturday from 3 until 7 p.m. While Monday may be your least favorite day of the work week, it might be the best day to enjoy happy hour here. The featured drink on Mondays is the Moscow Mule. That may not sound utterly impressive until you realize that Chapter One offers a dozen variations of the Moscow Mule. Even more impressive is that you can enjoy one of these beverages for only $6.

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Wild Goose Tavern
436 E 17th St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
(949) 722-9453

If you're looking for happy hour, but you'd like to get started a little earlier than most happy hours, Wild Goose Tavern is the place to visit. Happy hour here is from 2 until 6 p.m. every weekday where you'll find both well and call drinks for a dollar off the regular price. Among the craft cocktails you'll find here are the house old-fashioned and a variation of the Moscow Mule made with Tru Vanilla vodka. You may also want to try a root-beer float made with vanilla-infused bourbon.

Related: Best Places in Orange County for Whiskey

Gary Schwind is a freelance writer covering all things Orange County. His work can be found on
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