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San Jose’s Top 13 Happy Hour Spots

As the workday concludes and the sun dips below the horizon, San Jose comes alive with a symphony of clinking glasses and joyous chatter.

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Welcome to the city’s thriving happy hour scene, where locals and visitors alike converge to celebrate life’s moments, big and small.

From trendy downtown hotspots to hidden gems in the suburbs, San Jose offers a delightful array of happy hour destinations.

Join us on a journey to discover the best happy hours in San jose where unbeatable drink specials and delicious bites await to elevate your evenings.

Yard House

300 Santana Row Suite 101, San Jose, CA 95128
Phone: (408) 241-9273
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Yard House is one of the best locations for the best happy hour in San Jose.

Located on Santana Row, Yard House offers burgers and drinks in a relaxed atmosphere.

The menu features delicious options, including chicken nachos, fried calamari, classic sliders, and much more.

I tried the Cali Roll Stack and a few drinks during their Happy Hour and enjoyed everything.

Their menu is extensive, offering something for every diet and palette.

Some of the most noticeable drinks are the Smoked Pink Dragon and the Lavender Drop.

Happy Hour Deals: Monday to Friday from 3 PM to 6 PM – $1 to $4 off select drinks and $5 to $8 food specials. 

The Table

1110 Willow St, San Jose, CA 95125
Phone: (408) 638-7911
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You should check out The Table if you’re looking for extensive Happy Hour Deals.

This is one of the best American restaurants in the city.

It’s open Wednesday through Sunday and offers a great indoor dining area and patio options.

It’s known for its seasonal ingredients, hand-crafted cocktails, and large, unique wine menu.

I had the Grilled Spanish Octopus and tried the Pork and Veal Meatballs, which I highly recommend.

During Happy Hour, you should check out the “One-Hitter Quitter,” which features the signature table burger with a daily-selected beer and a shot of bourbon.

Happy Hour Deals: Cocktail Hour from 2 PM to 3:30 PM, Wednesday to Friday. Saturday to Sunday from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM. Friday to Saturday from 10 PM to 11:45 PM – 15% off draft beers, $7 well drinks, $8 red blend, $7 white wine and $11 featured cocktails.

O’Flaherty’s Irish Pub

25 N San Pedro St, San Jose, CA 95110
Phone: (408) 947-8007
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The popular O’Flaherty’s Irish Pub is a San Jose must during Happy Hour.

Their extensive menu includes everything from Irish Fries to Coconut Shrimp, Corned Beef Tacos, and a Fried Chicken Sandwich (the latter was my favorite!).

I also highly recommend checking out their large Irish Whiskey menu, including everything from Green Spot to Redbreast 27, Roe & Co, and Teeling.

The restaurant is located on North San Pedro Street in San Jose and is open 365 days a year.

Happy Hour Deals: Monday to Friday from 4 PM to 7 PM -$7 Jameson, $7 well spirits, $6 fries, $9 curry fries, $9 Irish fries, $14 coconut shrimp, $12 chicken wings, and $7 beers.

Firehouse No.1

69 N San Pedro St, San Jose, CA 95110
Phone: (408) 287-6969
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Firehouse No. 1 is a delicious San Jose restaurant open for lunch and dinner.

They offer a gastropub-style environment that’s both casual and comfortable.

They’re located just off W Santa Clara Street in Downtown San Jose and are open every day of the week except Mondays.

Their Happy Hour is two hours long, from 4 PM to 6 PM daily, and includes all draft beers (which you can get at $2.00 off) and all wines, which you can get $4 off.

You can also check out the HH Pineapple Sour, my favorite, or the HH Skinny Beaches Cosmo.

Happy Hour Deals: Every day from 4 PM to 6 PM – $8.50 for all hh cocktails, $2 off draft beers, $4 off wines, and $3 off wells. 


65 N San Pedro St, San Jose, CA 95110
Phone: (669) 292-5252
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District is a wine, whiskey, and cocktail bar in San Jose. It’s in San Pedro Square, a few minutes from the SAP Center.

It has a globally inspired shareable plates menu, including curated wine and whiskey options.

My favorite items were the Ahi Tuna Poke, Arancini Romano, and Crispy Spiced Chicken Wings.

During Happy Hour, you can test out $7 drafts and bites, including fries, fried elote, and much more.

Happy Hour Deals: Monday to Thursday from 4 PM to 6 PM and 9 PM to 10 PM. Friday from 4 PM to 6 PM and 11 PM to 12 AM. Saturday from 3 PM to 6 PM and 11 PM to 12 AM – $7 draft beer & bites, $8 well drinks, wines & bites, and $9 cocktails & bites.


211 S 1st St, San Jose, CA 95113
Phone: (408) 282-8888
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Mosaic is a restaurant and lounge in San Jose located in the Four Points by Sheraton.

They offer breakfast, happy hour, dinner, and club nights, and their menu includes everything from fries to truffle mac and cheese (my favorite).

Try out one of their flatbreads at the bar, like the chicken or vegetable flatbread.

As a main, I highly recommend the Kurobuto Pork Chop, Ginger Smoked Seabass, and the Flat Iron Steak and Prawns.

Happy Hour Deals: Monday to Saturday from 3 PM to 6 PM – 50% off all beers, $8 house wine, $8 well cocktails, $14 specialty cocktails, 25% off all bar bites, and 25% off all appetizers.

Opa! Santa Clara

2722 Augustine Dr #130, Santa Clara, CA 95054
Phone: (408) 780-9120
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Opa! Santa Clara on Augustine Drive is an authentic Greek restaurant that offers Happy Hour Monday through Friday.

Their menu includes tasty items, including Gyro Fries, sliders, Frito Misto, and Much more.

I loved the Melitzanosalata, which includes fire-roasted eggplant with garlic and several other species.

Happy Hour Deals: Monday to Friday from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM – $6 draft beers, $8 house wines, $8 well drinks, $2 off signature cocktails, $6 fries, onion rings & falafel bites, $10 zucchini chips, keftedes & gyro fries and $14 flatbread, greek nachos, spicy sliders & the dip sampler.

The Old Wagon Saloon & Grill

73 N San Pedro St, San Jose, CA 95110
Phone: (408) 971-9346
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The Old Wagon Saloon & Grill on North San Pedro Street is in downtown San Jose.

It has an inviting atmosphere with a great mix of old-time charm and contemporary cuisine.

The Old Wagon Saloon & Grill is one of the best places in San Jose for a tasty Happy Hour treat.

It was named one of the top bars in downtown San Jose.

Happy Hour Deals: Everyday from 3 PM to 6 PM – $9.36 bbq sliders, $15.60 calamari, $13.52 chili cheese nachos, $6.24 chicken taquitos, $6.24 chips & salsa, $11.44 fried green beans, $6.24 jalapeno poppers, $12.48 potato boats, $1 to $2 off draft beer, $5.20 heineken silver, $5.20 twisted tea, $5.20 well drinks and $9.36 jager bomb.

Rosie McCann’s Irish Pub & Restaurant

355 Santana Row #1060, San Jose, CA 95128
Phone: (408) 247-1706
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Rosie McCann’s Irish Pub & Restaurant on Santana Row offers brunch, lunch, and dinner.

There is a vast menu of craft beers, wine, and spirits.

I highly recommend picking the Classic Breakfast off the breakfast menu and the Bacon-Wrapped Prawns from the lunch menu.

You might also want to check out the traditional Shepherd’s Pie and the Banger’s and Mash.

Happy Hour Deals: Monday to Wednesday from 4 PM to 6 PM. Thursday from 4 PM to 6 PM & 8 PM to 10 PM. Friday to Saturday from 4 PM to 6 PM. Sunday from 4 PM to 6 PM & 8 PM to 10 PM – $10 signature cocktails, $6 pint draft beers, $6 bottle beer, $7 bubbles, $7 well cocktails, $7 house wine, $13 bacon wrapped prawns, $13 crispy calamari, $13 Rosie’s famous buffalo wings, $13 pub slider trio, $14 Irish nachos, $14 tacos and $13 quesadilla.

The Brit – Sports Pub & Patio

173 W Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95110
Phone: (408) 278-1400
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If you’re in the San Pedro Square area, you should check out The Brit, a sports pub and patio restaurant that offers an extensive bar menu and a laid-back environment.

Their food menu is also large and includes everything from chicken sliders to soups, salads, specialty pizzas, vegetarian burgers, bangers, mash, and much more.

My favorite menu items include the Fried Chicken sandwich and the Wet Curry Wrap.

For dessert, you have to try the Sticky Toffee Pudding!

Happy Hour Deals: Monday to Friday from 3 PM to 7 PM – $5.25 to $21 happy hour bites and $6.50 to $14 drinks.

Capers Eat & Drink

1710 W Campbell Ave, Campbell, CA 95008
Phone: (408) 374-5777
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Capers Eat & Drink on West Campbell Avenue opened in 2000 and is one of the best places to get affordable Happy Hour drinks throughout the week.

My favorite menu items include the Panko Crusted Chicken Breast and the Vegetarian Pasta.

But you might also like to check out the Capers Meatloaf Parmesan and the Baby Back Ribs.

Drinks-wise, try the creative Bermuda Triangle, Canton Cocktail, or the Capers Hurricane.

The latter includes aged rum, dark rum, and passion fruit punch!

Happy Hour Deals: Every day from 2 PM to 6 PM – $5 to $15 shareable snacks, $7.50 drinks, and 50% off drink specials.

Chili’s Grill & Bar

543 Coleman Ave, San Jose, CA 95110
Phone: (408) 275-9340
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The well-loved restaurant chain Chili’s shouldn’t be overlooked when it comes to the best happy hour in San Jose.

Located on Coleman Avenue, Chili’s offers several drink specials during the Happy Hour (which lasts all day on Saturday and Sunday).

While there, I got the Lucky Jameson and the Tequila Trifecta-Blackberry Blitz, and both were satisfied.

Their best food items are burgers, steaks, and chicken tender meals.

Happy Hour Deals: Monday to Friday from 3 PM to 6 PM – $3 Bud Light 16 oz, $4 Bud Light 22 oz, Modelo 16 oz, $5 Modelo 22 oz, House Red & White Wine, $6 Tequila Trifecta, Blackberry Blitz, $7 Lucky Jameson.

Straits Restaurant

333 Santana Row #1100, San Jose, CA 95128
Phone: (408) 246-6320
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Straits Restaurant is an upscale restaurant on Santana Row in San Jose.

They offer a new late-night happy hour every Thursday from 9 PM to close and other events throughout the calendar year.

They’re also open seven days a week and even serve brunch on Saturday and Sunday.

I highly recommend getting the Spicy Dragon Prawns or the Straits Style Beef for lunch.

You might also like the Agedashi Tofu or the Steak Bibimbap.

Some other great options on the All-day menu are the Vietnamese Chicken Salad and the Laksa Noodle Soup.

Happy Hour Deals: Monday to Friday from 3 PM to 6 PM – $5 to $12 food and $5 to $8 drinks.

Note: Happy hour times and specials may vary by day and location, so it’s always a good idea to check with the bar directly for the most accurate information.

Please drink responsibly, be fully accountable with your alcohol consumption, and show others respect.

Written by Paul Kushner

I have always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. My restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time I turned 17 I was serving tables, and by 19 I was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, I opened my first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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