Top 5 Happy Hour Hot Spots in North County

Get Your Happy Hour on with These North County Spots



The Landings at Carlsbad

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North San Diego County is a land of many niches. From biker bars to upscale hotel lounges, there is something for everyone. Finding your own personal Cheers where “everybody knows your name” is a cinch in North County. Here are a list of five happy hour hot spots worth checking out in North County’s favorite cities.  

The Landings at Carlsbad

The McClellan airport is a landmark Carlsbad residents pass by countless times a day. Unlike most commercial airports, at the McClellan, you don’t need a boarding pass to pull up a seat at the local bar and watch the small jets take off. The Landings, toted as Carlsbad’s best-kept secret, is located in Carlsbad’s McClellan Airport. A local favorite since opening in 1959, it quaintly sat above the pilots supply store for 50 years, but a $24 million expansion of the airport in 2009 landed The Landings its current spot. 

An outdoor patio under floating lanterns is the perfect low-key spot to sip happy hour cocktails and kick back if the long trek up El Camino Real beckons you to stop off for a cold one. Worth checking out are the live bands on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 5:30-8:00pm.  Happy hour is offered daily starting at 4:00pm.

Canyons at The Crossing

As you make the drive up to the clubhouse, don’t let the Legoland statues fool you, Canyons at The Crossings does luxe Carlsbad style. Located in the castle-like clubhouse of The Crossings, a public golf course, Canyons restaurant offers panoramic oceans views accented by the fairways. 

A popular wedding location, the beauty of The Crossings is unmatched in Carlsbad. With the quintessential friendly Carlsbad vibe, an expansive outdoor patio and happy hour Sunday through Friday from 3-7pm, the Canyons easily takes its place on a top 5 list for North County.  

Shelter in Encinitas

Not an everyday happy hour spot, Shelter still earns a spot on the list for its innovation and beachy coolness. Think bottle service in a swanky urban backyard, Shelter brings the beach to the club with its retractable roof taking full advantage of SoCal’s premium weather. 

Open from 5pm-2am on Thursdays and Fridays, and for brunch only on Saturdays and Sundays, Shelter is not your typical after work or post-surf bar. Nestled along Brew Pub Row, Shelter is all lounge and no dive bar. Sip innovative fusion cocktails in an open-air lounge while Shelter’s handpicked DJs spin on a state of the art sound system. Shelter is one of a kind in North County.