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Ventura Monday Happy Hours

There are plenty of Happy Hours to choose from on Mondays. After the weekend most people are ready to spend the night in. But for those not on a Monday through Friday work week, Monday is as good as anytime to enjoy a cheap break at the bar or restaurant.

Here are some of my favorite deals for Monday in Ventura.

For a complete list of Monday Happy Hours click here:

Ventura Harbor

At the Ventura Harbor you can enjoy Sports night at 805 Bar and Grill. Beers are $3 all night. What we love to do here is order one grilled sandwich which comes with a cup of soup. Then you can add on one extra cup and bam, we have a meal for 2 for super cheap. And it filling.

Rhumb Line has a Burger and Brew deal for $10.

The Greek at the Harbor is worth mentioning because it one of the few Happy Hours that starts at 2!


Not too many places have pitchers anymore and when you find a discounted pitcher, you are really getting a good bargain. At Winchesters they take $4 off pitchers for Monday Happy Hour.

Late night Happy Hour or reverse Happy Hour starts at 3 at Saloon BBQ till closing.

Barrelhouse 101 offers Happy Hour all day on Mondays only.


Another Happy Hour that starts early and goes all night is at Sea Fresh at the Oxnard Harbor.

These are some of the more exciting Happy Hours on Monday. See a more complete list with prices and times at



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Best Saturday Happy Hours in Ventura

Saturday is slim pickings for Happy Hours. Nevertheless here are a couple that are worthy.

If you want to see a more complete list with links, click here.

The Pier

Beach House Fish is a rare Happy Hour Find for Saturdays from 2-5.

Grab a seat on the patio and watch the arts and craft vendors on the boardwalk at Alohas.


The ever dependable Café Fiore has Happy Hour EVERY day. Even on Saturday.

You can enjoy Happy Hour specials all day at Winchesters. $4 Bloodies and Champagne Cocktails.

Central Ventura

Surf Brewery is our own home beer brewery. You can catch the taco truck here every day too.

This is an odd tidbit, but Bevmo has free tastings on Saturdays from 2-5. They will wave the tasting fee if you make a purchase. Which you probably are going to do anyways if it’s during the 5 cent sale.


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Friday Happy Hour Ventura

It’s hard to choose my favorite for Fridays. They are ALL my favorite after a long work week. I will try to narrow it down. Here it goes.

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Ventura Harbor

The Greek starts Happy Hour at 2PM and goes until 7. But don’t turn the channel just yet, the belly dancing show starts at 7:30.

We have mastered the art of Brophy’s ceviche. A spoonful on a saltine cracker. Then a squirt of lemon, an dollop of cocktail sauce, a dot of horseradish. A meal for 2 for $6. But you have to get there early. This place is popular. And for good reason.

The Pier

The Beach House Deck has an amazing Reverse Happy Hour from 6- close.

Say Aloha to the week, and Aloha to the weekend! Aloha Steakhouse has a beautiful patio lounge area screened by a glass. There are some yummy appetizers on the HH menu.


Café Fiore opens up the Tree house in the back on Friday so there is plenty of seating

Oxnard Collection

Wholefoods Bar Rincon serves up a fish and chips plate fro $10 on Fridays.

Oxnard Harbor

All night is when you can get some amazing Happy Hour food and drinks at Sea Fresh while you watch the passengers board the fishing boats for all night fishing.

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Best Happy Hours Thursday Ventura

You have almost made it. Wait, why not just start the weekend now? Here is a summary of my favorites. Click here if you want a more complete list.


Bombays Bar and Grill has a spectacular deal and is my first choice for a Thursday deal. They offer mini versions of their Gourmet Burgers for only $2 each!

Get taco Tuesday prices, but on Thursday at Peiranos and enjoy a nice view of the Mission.

It’s College night at Discovery Ventura. A beer and a shot is only $7. Not to mention Burger, beer, and bowling is $15 all together.

The Pier

At Beach House Fish/The Deck you can get a bucket of craft Beer and a burger for $10.50


Wholefoods Bar Rincon has a Burger and Brew for $10

Ventura Harbor

Another Burger and Brew deal at the Rhumb Line for only $10

Taste wine at 805 Bar and Grill for free between 7-8.



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Best Happy Hours Wednesdays in Ventura

Wine is popular on Wednesdays. Here is a list of places that make use of great alliteration to get customers in the door:

Wine Wednesdays

Meridians at the Seaward Shopping Center

Beach House Fish at the Pier

Winchesters Downtown Main Street

Bar Rincon at Wholefoods in Oxnard


Here are some other noteworthy Happy Hours that I love on Wednesdays. For a more detailed list with links of Happy Hours on Wednesdays, click here.

Ventura Harbor

805 Bar and Grill has “Ladies Night” where 25% is taken off the total bill for Ladies only.

Milanos celebrates Lobster Wednesdays. Enjoy a Lobster dinner for $17.95


Its Wing Wednesdays at Bombay Bar and Grill. These wings are large for .50 cents each. Choose from 3 flavors. I recommend the Chili Garlic Lime. But they are all good.

2 for 1 fish tacos at Spencer Makenzie’s.

Barrelhouse 101 has a Wingman Wednesday. Buy one order and get the second one free.

Discovery Ventura has Burger Brew and Bowling, all for only $15.


Kids eat free at Maria’s Italian Kitchen with the purchase of an adult entrée at the Collection.

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List of Restaurant Deal Sites. 50% and more off!

Coupon Sites

Here are some sites I found that offer deals that are sometimes 50% or more off dining.

Type in your Zip code and buy gift certificates for sometimes more than %50 off!

I downloaded the App for my phone. There are a decent amount of deals that I would actually use. Mostly national franchises.

I’m constantly checking my Groupon App on my phone for deals on things I need. There are plenty of categories too. From beauty, Health, Gadgets, to Food Things to Do. I’ve used Groupon for sailing classes and carpet cleaning.

There are randomly some good restaurants in our area with coupons. They are better for Events and Activities

This one is fairly new but I suspect the options will grow. Not a lot of Ventura restaurants but worth checking out.

Mostly national chains again but I saw some good ½ off deals.

I found this link takes you to when you click on one of the deals.

Type in your zip and see what deals are nearby. I found 3 within my area.

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Top Money Saving Deals and Happy Hours of Ventura for 2014

I’ve decided to wrap up Summer by choosing my favorites for the year. Looking forward to discovering all new Happy Hours and gourmet gems around town.

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Favorite Happy Hours

Sea Fresh in Channel Islands Harbor (view post)

Lure Camarillo and Ventura (view post)

Beach House Fish on the Pier in Ventura (view post)

Café Fiore Downtown (view post)

Ventura Happy Hour  Bloody Mary Beach House Fish, the Deck

Best Bloody Mary’s

Beach House Fish – $5 (view post)

Beach House Fish – $9 Build your own Bloody Mary (pictured)

Lure (view post)

Ventura Happy Hour Fish Tacos

Favorite Fish Tacos

Lure Baja Fish Taco $3 (view post)

Beach House Fish (view post)

Beach House Tacos

Ventura Happy Hours

Best Micheladas

Taqueria Tepatitlan $5 (view post)

Ventura Happy Hour Pier View

Best View and/or Atmosphere

Beach House Fish (view post)

The Greek at Ventura Harbor (view post)

Rhumb Line at Ventura Harbor (view post)

Sea Fresh, Channel Island Harbor (view post)

Ventura Happy Hour Neighborhoods


Seaward at the 101/Pierpont

Downtown /Main Street

Ventura Pier

Ventura Harbor

Oxnard Harbor

Oxnard along the 101

Coming Soon – 5Points Ventura/Pacific View Mall area , The Avenue, East Ventura,  Oxnard Downtown, Camarillo


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Bloody Mary Pub Crawl.

Ventura Bloody Mary Spinnaker Seafood
Spinnaker Seafood  at the Ventura Harbor $5
2 olives, no raw horseradish, rim wasn’t salted but the Bloody Mary itself was perfectly salted. Pint. Mild spice.

Ventura Bloody Mary Brophy Bros
Brophy Bros Bloody Mary at the Ventura Harbor $8
Stiff! good job on that.
Very herbal, I tasted a lot of celery seed infused. Kamchatka, I try to notice what they use but don’t always get a chance. Well Spiced

Ventura Bloody Mary Beach House Fish, the Deck

Beach House Fish, the Deck Bloody Mary
Beach House Fish, the Deck, upstairs $9
Build Your own Bloody Mary. Choose your meat and Vodka
Look at all the crab that I got! and fruit.
Raw Horseradish, Very Spicy, Tangy A+

Ventura Bloody Mary Lure
Lure Fish House
Oyster not included, although it was only $1.5
At this point I stopped taking notes. They make pretty good Bloody Maries in my experience. Well balanced, saltiness, spiciness, and tang.



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Downtown Happy Hours and Deals

Here is a list of noteworthy Happy Hours to try out near Main St.

Sushi Marina/Banzai Marina

Happy Hour Mon-Thursday 5-6:30

Half priced beer, wine, sake, cocktails

Deals on sushi and appetizers


Café Fiore

Happy Hour Mon-Fri 3-7
Sat- Sun 3-5

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Mini Pizzas are excellent. We love the Mexicana Pizza.


Lure Fish House Ventura

Happy Hour Mon-Fri 4-6

All Day Sunday till 6

Cup Chowder $3, Baja Fish Taco $3.50, Steamed Mussels $7

Oysters on the half shell from the Oyster Bar starting at $1.5

6 Charbroiled Oysters $9 garlic parm, parsley butter

Oyster Shooters $2

Wine $3 pints -$1 of

and more..

Exceptional Charbroiled Oysters. I’m kind of addicted now. I never cared for Oysters until I had these. They have been sort of a gateway dish. And now we are experimenting with all the different varieties at the oyster bar. The Oyster Chefs (what are they called?) are so friendly and love to share knowledge.


Salloon BBQ co

Happy Hour Mon 3-close

Tuesday-Fri 3-6:30

Wine $5, Well $5, Draft Beer $5, and more


Grapes and Hops

Sunday Bottomless Mimosas $10 10-3


71 Palm

Happy Hour Mon-Fri 5-6:30



Happy Hour Mon-Fri 4-8

Selected menu Items $6, $1 off Drafts, well, and house wine


The Tavern

Happy Hour 5-8PM

Eclectic Selection of Beers $2 off


Amigos Surf Cantina!specials/

Fiesta Hour 4-7 daily

½ off Small Plates

Prices are already so good



Happy Hour Tues-Sat 5-7

Wine $5, Domestic $3, Import $4, Well $4

Specialty small plates $5

Sunday Fun day 10-4

Bloody Mary $6, Mimosas$4

Sports and live music at the top floor


Chicago Ribs

Sun – Thursday 4-7
Fri-Sat 4-6

Wine $3, Well, 3.5, draft $3/3.75

Appetizer selection with purchase of drink at bar $3.50
Chicago Ribs Happy Hour Menu


 Spencer Makenzie’s

Mon- Thurs  2 for 1 Giant fish tacos 3-5

Spencer McKenzies Giant Fish Taco

Monday Military Mondays Show your ID Card or stop by in Uniform and recieve a 20% off discount on your next meal.

Tuesday Public Safety & First Responder Tuesday Show your ID Card or stop by in Uniform and recieve a 20% off discount on your next meal.

Mackenzie meals – For Light Eaters $4.99 Your choice of two chicken strips, one piece of tempura fish or one carne asada taco. Includes carrot sticks or fries & juice or water. Every Day


Prime Steakhouse

Wines $4-5, Martinis $6


Barrelhouse 101

Happy Hour all day Monday

Tue $2  beer selections till it runs out

Wed 4-10 – 2 for 1 chicken wings

Sunday opening to 3 – Bottomless Mimosas $13

Their Happy hour is complex. Go there to enjoy many exotic beers. Service is very friendly and knowledgeable about beers.


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I say Tomato, you say Clamato. Best Bloody Mary’s

Breakfast of Champions
Breakfast of Champions

A few years ago I visited the restaurant, “Mon Ami Gabi”  in Las Vegas famous for its Bloody Mary Bar. Like a good Mary  disciple, I prepared lots the night before, so when the morning demanded, a Bloody Mary would be the appropriate redemption.  Chilled Vodka on the side, I poured it in my glass and proceeded to the bar where every mix, garnish, condiment any one could ever want or imagine. From anchovies to quail eggs, my favorite garnish was the strip of bacon. I mean, Why didn’t we think of this sooner? Is not the bacon, the perfect benefit to the hangover? A salty meaty compliment to spicy  tomato mixture during breakfast hours.  I treat my Bloody Mary’s with reverence. It’s more that just a cocktail. Something about it makes you feel whole or energized. Sometimes its like an answer to a prayer. “Please cure me of this hangover?”

Now the Bloody Mary bar has come to Ventura. I will explore and make a list of my favorites.

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