Cantina & Happy Hour
Every day is the perfect day to visit Casa Sol y Mar’s Cantina! Happy Hour is calling you! In the lively Cantina, guests sip giant frosty margaritas, enjoy fine Mexican beers and devour tasty appetizers and entrees. The Cantina features flat screen TVs for the sports-enthusiast. An array of top shelf, premium and specialty tequilas are featured including Reposado and Anejo – aged in white oak casks for over a year.
Whether you want to stop in and watch a game with your friends while tasting the best Mexican food and drinks around, or you want to make a night of it and proceed from the Cantina to the restaurant for dinner, you’ll find fun around every corner at Casa Sol y Mar.
Happy Hour is always more fun with the gang, so be sure to bring them along with you to sample our appetizers as you enjoy your drinks. See our menus below for the full roster of Casa Sol y Mar specialties:
About Our Happy Hour
At our fully stocked bar, we offer a variety of delicious margaritas; whether you like them on the rocks or frozen, flavored or plain, one of our bartenders can concoct the perfect margarita for your taste buds. Of course, if you’re more of a beer drinker, we’ve got you covered there, too. With a large selection of authentic Mexican beers and a variety of domestics on tap, you’ll be sure to find something to suit your tastes – and for a great price.
Drinks aren’t all that’s included in our special happy hour pricing; you can also enjoy a wide range of our delicious appetizers at a discounted price, such as Nachos Tostaditas and Gueritos Rellenos. So stop by with family or friends to share some drinks and appetizers!
Enjoying a Happy Hour – Mexico Style
Cocktail season has come to San Diego, those 12 months of any year when we all enjoy happy hour with friends. Happy hour in San Diego is an eclectic mix of the city’s weather and culture. That convergence makes Casa Sol y Mar’s happy hour especially fitting.
Sports fans enjoy watching the San Diego Chargers or Padres play while sipping a cool beer. Come winter when the temperatures do not cool down in SoCal, hockey fans love sipping a frosty margarita and watching their Stanley Cup-winning Los Angeles Kings take the ice.
Our Cantina at Casa Sol y Mar actually combines the best of a local sports bar with authentic Mexican watering hole. Artisanal tequila sits on top shelves under the flat screen televisions. Guests sit on custom-made barstools upholstered in hand-woven fabrics from Oaxaca, Mexico.
Speaking of hand-crafted items from Mexico, we are tequila connoisseurs. We would be delighted to explain the difference between a Reposado and an Añejo – it’s all in the aging, by the way. We can also offer recommendations based on a drink preference or flavor profile.
During happy hour, margaritas are on special. Choose between one of our house specialties or a Herradura Skinny Margarita, under 100 calories.
“The most interesting man in the world” wants people to stay thirsty. We don’t. We’d much rather you drink a premium Dos Equis XX lager or amber. The lager is crisp and refreshing with a deep golden color from the roasted malts that go into its production. The amber is richer and full-bodied with the red-gold hue its name suggests.
We also pour Modelo Especial and Tecate Light for happy hour. Modelo is crafted in the pilsner style with grassy aromas and a clean finish. Tecate, though made for lighter tastes, nonetheless offers a sweet nose and a bit of apple on the finish.
Enjoying happy hour in San Diego is all about the quality of the food. After all, the flavors of both the drinks and the appetizers should complement each other.
Some of our most popular happy hour nibbles pair very well with our drinks. Our Nachos-Crispy tortilla chips with refried beans, cheese, chile strips, jalapeños, salsa quemada, guacamole and sour cream.
Happy hour in San Diego – enjoying it with a Mexican flair just adds to the charm.
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Monday – Friday: 3pm – 7pm
Happy Hour at Casa Sol y Mar is a colorful and lively fiesta. Our happy hour appetizers start at $6.95 and include a Blackened Fish Taco, Ceviche Tostada, Jalisco BBQ wings, Muchisimos Taquitos, Taco Sampler and more.
Our House Margarita a (17 ½ glass) is just $6.95, Mexican beers-$5.95, domestic beers-$4.50 and house wine, $5.95.
Margarita Monday-Our House Margarita a (17 ½ glass) is just $5.00!!
Join us on Taco Tuesday
$3.00 Shredded chicken, shredded Beef, Carnitas or Chile Verde.
$4.00 Grilled Pollo Asado, Grilled Fish, Ensenada Fish Taco, Vegetarian.
$5.00 Grilled Carne Asada, Crispy Shrimp, Sautéed Shrimp, Chile Colorado.
Where Does Tequila Come From?
A Mexican dinner in San Diego and tequila seem to go together like beans and rice. Of course, it is easy to answer the question of where tequila originated. That would be Tequila, Jalisco in the western part of Mexico. Even though this strong spirit is strongly associated with the history of that part of Mexico, tequila has made its way north of the border, and it might be enjoyed in a margarita, served solo with salt and lemon, or even sipped.
Early Origins of Tequila
Even before the Spanish arrived, the natives made a fermented drink from a type of agave. Agave is a native plant that is similar to cactus. This drink only fermented, so it was weaker like beer or wine. The Spanish knew how to distill, and after they ran out of supplies of their own imported liquors, they turned their attention to turning the original fermented drink into something stronger. Thus, the first documented distilled liquor from North America was born. Eventually, this evolved into tequila which is mostly distilled from the blue agave plant.
Early records first document this drink in the 17th century, but it is believed that it was quietly produced for haciendas even earlier. Apparently, early moonshiners wanted to avoid Spanish taxes for liquor, and this is certainly not a unique event in the history of distilling strong liquor. However, this means that the first production of true tequila was never documented and is lost to history.
Some scholars dispute the argument that the Spanish had to bring distillation to the area in order to produce liquor. They believe the natives already had a crude distillation process, and the Spanish may have only improved it.
Enjoy Traditional Mexican Drinks and Dining Today
You don’t have to travel to Mexico to enjoy traditional Mexican liquors. At Casa Sol y Mar, we offer visitors the ability to experience authentic Mexican dishes and of course, traditional drinks made with Mexican tequila. We hope visitors stop by to enjoy lunch, dinner, or our fantastic happy hour. We also offer catering in San Diego for special events.
Fun Mexican Mariachi Entertainment
When you visit Casa Sol y Mar, the menu is only part of the experience! Live entertainment brings the spirit of Mexico up close! Our restaurants are famous for strolling mariachis. They will serenade you with performances on Thursday through Sunday evenings and during special events, completing the cultural experience.
Make Casa Sol y Mar “your place” to dine for Mexican food in San Diego. You’ll enjoy our fresh Mexican dishes and our friendly and fun atmosphere.
Lively Mariachis: Thurs – Sun 5-9PM
Mariachis Are Mexico and Vice Versa
While every Mexican restaurant likes to think they’re the real deal, at Casa Sol y Mar, we have gone the extra mile to bring a truly authentic Mexican restaurant to San Diego. It’s not just our traditional dishes prepared fresh daily featuring the regional cuisine of Mexico, or the Anejo and Reposada premium tequilas we carry. Nor is it only the charming atmosphere featuring the Mexican folk art, accented by red, green, and orange glazed Mexican tiles. While all these things contribute to our authentic Mexican experience, nothing says Mexico like our strolling Mariachis.
Mariachi , More Than Music
Today, when we think Mariachi, we think of a band of men, playing violins, guitars, accordions, or even trumpets, in colorful charro suits and wide brimmed hats, strolling through Mexican plazas or streets or serenading diners in cantinas or restaurants. But how did they come to be? The short answer is no one can say for sure, but all agree tracing mariachis is the same as tracing the evolutions of the Mexican
The indigenous people of Mexico had their flutes, whistles and drums but produced nothing approaching the poignant, rich, Mariachi sound.
That had to wait for the invasion of the Spanish and their missionaries who brought their musical instruments and played them during Mass.
Over time the people used these instruments to devise secular songs proclaiming love, betrayal, death, machismo, even politics and the music came to be known as Mariachi.
The origin of the name is still up for grabs. Some believe it has its root in mariage, the French name for wedding, since the music was played at marriage ceremonies. Others trace it back to a holy virgin known as Maria H (pronounced phonetically, Maria Ah-chay) since the music abounded at a festival honoring her.
Mariachi as Politics
But what we definitely know is that with the advent of the 19th century, the criollos (Mexicans of Spanish descent), seeking to establish an identity of their own separate from Spain, adopted Mariachi music as the Music of Mexico, and the people built their entertainment around it.
Musicians, clad in workmen’s garb white shirt, pants and straw hats traveled from hacienda to hacienda seeking employment at celebrations and during the Mexican revolution spread the news with their songs as they traveled from town to town.
Today, we invite you to come and share in the culture of Mexico every Wednesday thru Sunday, 5-9 p.m., as our Mariachis stroll through Casa Sol y Mar.