Best Happy Hour Orange County 2009 - Durty Nelly's
Readers' Choice: Newport Beach Brewing Co.
It's located within walking distance of a whole lot of office buildings (including OC Weekly's), so a good happy hour is non-negotiable. After all, worker drones need to properly drown their sorrows and/or celebrate their continued employment in this sad excuse for an economy. While the drink specials at Durty Nelly's are solid (available Monday through Thursday, 4 to 7 p.m.), the real value is in their many tasty appetizers available for $3.95 (Monday through Saturday, 4 to 7 p.m.)—classics such as potato skins, slightly more off-kilter choices such as tacos and some wackier options, including deep-fried-macaroni-and-cheese bites. Because any hour when you're eating fried mac and cheese is a happy one.