Six of the Best Happy Hours in Downtown Ventura

Downtown Ventura by Lucas Dorward

by Kacie Goff

top image by Lucas Dorward

Looking for a drink and a bite in Downtown Ventura? These six happy hours deliver.

Ah, happy hour. Whether you’re hitting it after a long day of work or as an excuse to get together with friends, it really is a happy hour. That’s especially true when you head to Downtown Ventura. There, you’ll find no shortage of establishments ready to serve you up fun drinks and delicious food at discounted prices.

Wondering where to head for your next happy hour? We’ve rounded up six of our favorite spots. And stay tuned for even more great happy hours – we just couldn’t fit all of them in one blog! The following list is by no means comprehensive, but it should be enough to get you started the next time you’re hunting for a spot to sip.


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The Mad Rose

One of Downtown Ventura’s newest establishments has already cemented its position with a great happy hour every single day they’re open. Happy hour runs from 4:00 to 6:00 pm Wednesday through Sunday. Come on down for $5 glasses of chardonnay, pinot grigio, and cabernet. Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, try one of their signature wine cocktails for just $5. The Sabe Yuzu & Citrus Mule is excellent. You can also grab selected beers, like Peroni on draft, for $5 as well.

You can pair happy hour portions of their delicious food with your drink. During happy hour, The Mad Rose serves up a wide range of dishes for just $7.95. Grab a plate of lasagna or penne pasta with italian sausage. Or, if you’re looking for something a little lighter, order the greek salad with chicken or caesar salad with seared ahi.

543 E Main St. | (805) 628-3985

Rumfish y Vino


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If you haven’t enjoyed a drink on Rumfish’s gorgeous patio, then you haven’t really made the most of Ventura’s beautiful weather. And there’s no better time to step into their oasis than during their daily happy hour. On Monday through Friday, it runs from 3:00 to 6:00 pm. Saturdays, it’s from 3:00 to 5:00. On Sundays, you can get started earlier – it kicks off at 2:00 and goes until 5:00 pm.
During happy hour, you can grab a glass from a rotating selection of wines or a well cocktail for $6. But if you really want the Rumfish experience, invest an extra dollar and choose one of their $7 infusion cocktails. Or, if you want to keep it simple, enjoy your draft beer (they have a great local selection) for $2 off.

You don’t have to leave hungry, either. Rumfish y Vino has happy hour food ranging from $4 to $10, including garlic fries, fish or pork belly tacos, mussels, and Peruvian ceviche.

34 N Palm St. | (805) 667-9288 |

Barrelhouse 101


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If you’re a beer lover, the Barrelhouse 101 happy hour is a must. It runs every Monday through Friday from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. Every beer on tap is $1 off – and they have quite a few. (The 101 in their name represents the number of drafts they’ve got set up.) And even if you’re not a beer lover, it’s worth stopping by for their $5 margaritas, cosmos, and lemon drops and special pricing on tasty bites like sliders and truffle fries.

If you really want to get the most bang for your buck, make it a point to pop in during the middle of the week. Every week, the staff picks two different beers to go on special for $2 Tuesdays. They sell the first for $2 a pint until it runs out, then sell the second for $2 until it’s gone, too. The special runs until the kegs run dry, so stop in early!

On Wednesday, Barrelhouse invites you and your friends for Wingman Wednesday. Stop by between 4:00 and 10:00 pm with your wingman or wingwoman for two-for-one wings.

545 E Thompson Blvd. | (805) 643-0906 |

Limon y Sal


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Limon y Sal has already become a beloved Downtown establishment, and for good reason. They’ve got happy hour every day of the week and two bars where you can enjoy it! The ground story bar has happy hour from 3:00 to 7:00 pm every Monday through Friday. Upstairs, at Cantina 31, the Monday to Friday happy hour starts at 5:00 pm and ends at 7.

On Saturday, both bars have happy hours from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. On Sundays, head to either bar to score happy hour deals between 5:00 and 7:00 pm.

During happy hour, you can eat and drink your fill. They serve up $4, $5, and $6 meals, including ceviche, nachos, quesadillas, tacos, sliders, and calamari. Meanwhile, beer is discounted; grab 16-ounce pours of domestic beer for $3, imports for $4, and IPAs for $5. All bottled beers are two-for-one.

But they don’t stop there. Pitchers of margaritas and sangria are $15. Not feeling a full pitcher? Grab a margarita in a pint glass for just $5. Well drinks are $4, bottles of wine are half off, and if you’re really ready to party, you can score a 16-ounce beer and a shot of tequila for $8.

598 E Main St. | (805) 628-3868 |

Fluid State Beer Garden


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There’s perhaps no better combination than beer and pizza. Except possibly beer and pizza fries. If you’re looking for either, Fluid State is your spot. And, good news, they’ve got you covered with discounts on both from 3:00 to 6:00 pm every Tuesday through Friday. Get $1 off all 12- and 16-ounce beers and slices of cheese or pepperoni pizza. All their wines on tap are also $1 off, and they serve up house margaritas for $5.

If you’re looking to turn up your weekend, Fluid State has happy hour specials from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm on Saturday and all day Sunday. During both days, they have mimosas, micheladas, bloody marys, and margaritas for $7.

692 E Main St. | (805) 628-3107 |


Where better to throw back a pint than at Downtown Ventura’s staple pub? And, true to form, they have great prices on great beers. Their own stout, blond ale, and red lager are just $4, or you can get $1 off any other draft beer. They’ve also got wine and well drinks for $5, an Irish Coffee to warm you up this fall for $6, or the classic Dew & Brew for $8.

You can pair your drink with some tasty bites, all between $4 and $8. Choose from bar classics like potato skins, buffalo chicken tenders, and onion rings or venture out and grab a taste of the coast with a cup of chowder or calamari.

593 E Main St. | (805) 648-3001 |

Clearly, Downtown Ventura has no shortage of great happy hours. Which are your favorites? Are there any we definitely need to feature in Part 2 of our Best Happy Hours blog?