Happiest of Hours: Top Spots to Wind Down

Whether you have had a long day from work or hitting the beach, we understand that happy hour is necessary.

We also understand that you are probably stressing out about where to go, but fear not. Below is a list of top spots for your happy hour festivities. Oh, and did we mention that we even thought about transportation?

Check out the deal we have for you with UBER or Lyft. So calm down, stop "wine-ing", and just worry about drinking and eating deliciously. 

1. Royal Hawaiian Fire Grill (4:00 - 6:00 p.m., daily)

With year-round island vibes, dangerously delicious drinks and island-inspired bites, Royal Hawaiian Fire Grill will give you island fever, and you won't want to get better. Melt into their "Changes in Latitude" Happy Hour and enjoy signature, frosty RoHi cocktails select wines, craft beers and well drinks at special pricing. Pair your drink with an innovative appetizer menu with all items priced between $5 and $10. Try Authentic Hawaiian Ahi Poke, Grilled Shrimp Skewers, Wood-Grilled Shishito Peppers and Edamame, Provoleta Fried Cheese Bites or daily-made Empanadas with a variety of delicious fillings.  

Rooftop Lounge White Sangria and Frose

2. The Rooftop Lounge (3:00-5:00pm, Monday-Friday)

Atop LA CASA DEL CAMINO HOTELTHE ROOFTOP LOUNGE has stunning panoramic views paired with a killer happy hour offering California style appetizers and half-off mojitos, beer, wine and well drinks. Do not leave without ordering at least one mojito, although we have a feeling you may end up ordering multiple. You will also want to order Frosé (one of the best we've had), before the warm weather wanes. Pair those cocktails with Bacon Wrapped Dates, a dish so popular that when taken off the menu, patrons demanded its return. Thank goodness, they did. 

Pro Tip: come for happy hour drinks, watch the sunset, and head downstairs to K'ya for dinner.

K'ya Bistro Bar Aviation

3. K'ya Bistro Bar (4:30-6:30pm, Monday-Friday)

Located in the same hotel as The Rooftop Lounge, you may wonder why both spots are on the list. The Mediterranean-inspired fare and cocktails at K'YA BISTRO BAR are so excellent, you may completely forget about those views. The simple happy hour is as follows: $6 Beer, Wine, Mojitos, Martinis, and Well Drinks. While this is great, make the food your focus. When you purchase any alcoholic beverage, receive half off any small plate or tapa. Purchase two cocktails and get half off one of their larger share plates. The menu is extensive, and while we think you cannot go wrong, some standouts are the Hibachi Salmon, Petit Filet Mignon, Blackened Scallops & Risotto, and Seafood Garlic Noodles. This cozy bistro emphasizes ordering a few items to share, but once you taste how great everything is, you may not want to.

4. Nirvana Grille (All Night, Every Night in the Bar Area)

Usually there are restrictions and rules for happy hour, but the last spot on this list does away with that. NIRVANA GRILLE not only has one of Visit Laguna's 10 BEST COCKTAILS IN TOWN, but it offers happy hour all night long in the bar area. They offer $6 House Wines, $8 Premium Wines, $9 Signature Cocktails, and excellent Happy Hour food. We especially love the hearty Wild Mushroom Ravioli perfect for the approaching fall season or the Chilean Blue Lip Mussels in a light cream broth, gloriously topped with Paprika Thyme French Fries that soak up the flavorful broth perfectly. We also must mention their house baked bread which is one of the warmest, comforting presents to receive.

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Caitlin Sakdalan

Caitlin Sakdalan

Caitlin Sakdalan is a social media influencer and food writer. Through her passion for food as an experiential connector of people and cultures, coupled with expertise in social and digital, she shares her extensive food knowledge and experiences to thousands of followers daily. Caitlin is one of Dovetale's "5 best Influencers to watch in 2017," and her photography is featured on Tasting Table, Yahoo, Huffington Post, and other online outlets. Follow her on Instagram @befatbehappy.

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