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4746 El Cajon Boulevard, City Heights

Owner Mick Rossler, of Tower Bar fame, restored City Heights’ Til Two Club to something like it’s 1940s glory days.

Til Two Club

Happy hour: 4–7pm, daily

Tower Bar owner Mick Rossler picked up this location (formerly the Beauty Bar) in 2010, restoring it as close as possible to the likeness of the original Til-Two Club circa 1948. Now it’s a friendly neighborhood hangout that comes alive many nights with Kim Gordon comedy, Beats Kitchen, and live rock and punk shows. Take advantage of the mellower evening, when you can chat with barmates over $3 well and pints including Guinness, Lagunitas IPA, Stone Pale Ale, and Green Flash IPA (4–7 daily). Cringing at inflated prices, un-happy drafts go for $4 and specialty cocktails start at $3.50.

The Hole Bar

2820 Lytton Street, Liberty Station

The Hole

Happy hour: Daily specials

Someone needs to give this do-ask-do-tell tropical hooch hut an award. A fierce contender for Happiest Hour Ever, the Hole completely redefines drink specials. Like, say, $2 wells, and $5 32-ounce well pitchers. Better yet are the anytime specials: mini pitchers of Long Island Iced Tea for $12, Yellowtail for $7, Coors and a Jäger shot for $7, and $2 well shots with beer purchase.

Ruby Room

1271 University Avenue, Hillcrest

(No longer in business.)

The Ruby Room

Happy hour: 5–8pm, Monday–Thursday; 5–9pm, Friday–Sunday

Not just a kick-ass neighborhood venue that books booming electronic nights, local diamonds-in-the-rough, burlesque shows, and just about everything in between, The Ruby Room is also a firm believer in imaginative drink specials. Their Rock N Roll happy hour runs Monday through Thursday (5–8 p.m.) with live ’60s, surf, and garage bands to accompany $3 wells, $5 calls, and 14 taps of local and select beers for $1 off.

Raglan Public House

1851 Bacon Street, Ocean Beach

Raglan Public House

Happy hour: 3–6pm, Monday–Friday; 10am–3pm, Saturday–Sunday

Combining organic burgers with artisan barley pops and New Zealand-inspired affability, Raglan recently celebrated a year in San Diego’s grooviest beach town. The bar boasts 24 taps and a beer engine for casks with drafts running from $3 to $7. Select suds are half-off during happy hour (Monday–Friday, 3–6; weekends, 10–3) along with munchies, house wines (many of which have Kiwi origins), and sangria. Monday: $6 flights and $10 munchie feasts, 6 to close. “Taco-less” Tuesday: $2.50 sliders and $12.50 pitchers, 6 to close. “Thurstober”: $5 steins and $5 pretzels, 6 to close. Sunday: half off everything, 8 to close.

Le Galleria

Avenida Revolución 741 (between Calle 3ra and 4ta), Baja

Le Galleria

Happy hour: All day, every day

Along the chalkboard walls of this Zona Centro pizzeria you’ll find sketches from urban artist Glow among handwritten poems and an Imperial stormtrooper pointing the way to the baños. Though many can’t imagine paying more than a buck a beer in Tijuana, the truth is that this is one of the only places in town where the fabled dollar draft can be found, and all day long. Featured tequila shots run around $3 and go surprisingly well with Le Galleria’s thin crust pizzas. Ask about their Wednesday classes, where you can toss, top, and cook your own New York–style pie.

In Cahoots

5373 Mission Center Road, Mission Valley

In Cahoots

Happy hour: Daily specials and dance lessons

This well-worn country dance house in Mission Valley offers some boot-stomping drink specials. Free dance lessons kick off daily (closed Mondays) at 6:30 with classics such as the Slappin’ Leather Waltz, the Barn Dance, and the Redneck Angel. Tuesday: karaoke and $3 drinks all night. Wednesday: 15-year strong KSON night (crowded) with $2.50 drinks. Thursday: Steak, baked potato, and a beer for $5.95. Happy drinks 5 ’til 9. Friday: $3.50 Dos Equis and $5 Fireballs all night. And the biggie, Sunday: $2 all drinks, all night. Mind the dress code, city slicker.

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