Bankers Hill Bar + Restaurant (address and info)
When happy hour goes down: 4:30-6pm, Monday-Friday
What you’re getting: Cheeseburger sliders, a bowl of fries, and the daily draft or house wine by the glass
You’ve got to give it up for a restaurant that understands what its customers really want. In this case, it’s a $6 bowl of truffled French fries. Not a skimpy side -- a bowl. Like the fries at Leroy’s in Coronado, they’re dusted with Parmesan and served with aioli for dipping. Don’t stop there! They’ve also got mini cheeseburger sliders for $3.75. The best bang for your buck, drink-wise, is the daily draft or house wine, priced at $5.50.
Gaslamp & University Heights Café 21 (address and info)
When happy hour goes down: 3-6pm daily
What you’re getting: Tapas and sangria
Café 21’s happy hour menu is so solid, it wins in two different 'hoods. Every day, you can dig into 21 different tapas, priced at $4 each at the University Heights location (and $5 at the Gaslamp location). Some sure-fire hits include the four-cheese fondue with sliced pear and crostini for dipping, the spinach & cheese crepe, and flourless chocolate cake. Yes, cake! For happy hour! Drink specials include $3 brews and a selection of house-made sangrias, available in a flight, goblet, or pitcher.