Wine Wednesday

3-Thirty-3 Waterfront Restaurant

333 Bayside Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660

Experiencing a Wine Wednesday at 3-Thirty-3 is something of grand, scenic affair; the space boasts rows of wood tables with comfy booths, high, vaulted ceilings, an enormous, circular bar and picture windows that overlook an evening-glittered Newport Bay. Arrive between 3 and 6 p.m. to order yourself a glass of discounted wine and small bites from the happy hour menu.

// VIEW MENU (There’s not much here so your best bet is to contact the restaurant directly for available happy hour items at 949-673-8464.)

Black Knight Gastro Lounge

1870 Harbor Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Cross the bridge on Newport Blvd., drive a hint up the road and you’ll find Black Knight, a gem of a Wine Wednesday spot that is technically in Costa Mesa but we won’t tell if you don’t. Black Knight has an upscale, sports-bar vibe and on Wednesdays, it’s always buzzing with a lively crowd. The wine isn’t exactly the grandest Napa Valley vintage in the land but it’ll definitely get you over the work-week hump. Plus, Black Knight serves $5 glasses of tap wine all day and night on Wednesdays and offers a complimentary flatbread or cheese board with the purchase of every four glasses. Bonus: An acoustic-electric guitarist plays country cover jams and if you ask really nicely, he might just take a recommendation.


Sol Grill

110 Mc Fadden Pl, Newport Beach, CA 92663

This place is known to have the best happy hour on Balboa Peninsula and the title isn’t given lightly. On Wine Wednesday, Sol Grill has a happy hour that goes from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. and a Wednesday-only drink special: two-for-one glasses of house wine. A small, unassuming restaurant that sits just outside the shadow of Newport Pier, Sol Grill definitely brings the authentic Mexican flavor and affordability factor to a Wine Wednesday experience you won’t soon forget. (Or maybe you will, depending on how much wine is involved in this particular Wednesday night.)


The Winery

3131 West Coast Hwy, Newport Beach, CA 92663

On Wednesday at The Winery, happy hour runs from 4 to 6:30 p.m., which includes a California Chardonnay and an Italian Pinot Grigio for $7.95. For the reds, $7.95 will get you a California Pinot Noir, a Cabernet Sauvignon from Washington and a Malbec from Argentina. The Winery is a sophisticated twist on Wine Wednesday, with notes of dark wood throughout, a glass wine wall made from brightly lit bottles, and waterfront views along the entire back of the restaurant.