Pre-Birthday Happy Hour: Sandy’s Beach Shack

I kinda made it to Main Street Huntington Beach way earlier than I was supposed to. I was meeting up with some friends to celebrate a birthday at 6 pm. So what does my Happy Hour Adventurer self venture off to? Well, a Happy Hour of course!


Huntington Beach Pier


Good old Huntington Beach Pier! I would come down here many a Tuesday to enjoy some Surf City Nights. Trust me I will have a post where I come down on a Tuesday for a Happy Hour and show off some pictures of this awesome event. It was because of that event that I way too much knowledge of the places to go to in the area. But where in this Surf City USA to I wander off to?


Sign above the elevator entrance


I headed on down to Sandy’s Beach Shack! This is located underneath Duke’s just to the left of the Huntington Beach Pier. The location is fabulous because of the fact that is right on the beach level and one can enjoy the views and the sounds of the rolling waves.


The Bar


Entrance with the kitchen right there


Dining area


If you have been reading on since the beginning then you know how much I love my tropical drinks. To be able to finally go to a tropical-themed restaurant and bar on one of my Happy Hour Adventures was a dream come true! You can see the Nautical themed decor throughout the restaurant. With the blue walls acting as if we are in the ocean ourselves! It truly does give off a beach shack feel with the wooden ceiling looming above us. The thing that really sells itself as a beach shack is the fact that it is right on the beach! It is one of the fewest places in Huntington Beach where you are just a few steps away from the beach and jumping into the ocean. Don’t get me wrong there are plenty of restaurants in HB with ocean views, but none where you can immediately step onto the sand.


Happy Hour Food


Happy Hour Drinks


The first thing you see at the top of the menu is the timing of the Happy Hour. An hour before and an hour after the Sunset. Can it scream any more beach shack than that? Everything is a single price just the way I like it! $6, just like our Adventure back at Red Table also in Huntington Beach. All the food is definitely American cuisine, but luckily they do have an essential food item that most beach shacks should definitely have seafood. Another thing that caught my eye was the fact that they have shots on a Happy Hour menu. I don’t think there’s a lot of places that do that. Especially places where they do specialty mixed shots! But hey I didn’t want to go too strong before the birthday celebration started.


Drink at the bar


A Sandy Sunset with a sandy sunset


I went and ordered the Sandy Sunset just in time to look at the sandy sunset right outside. Before I get into the actual drink I just want to say that I’m very disappointed that they don’t have any rum-based drinks on the Happy Hour menu. When I think of a beach shack I want to be sipping on a classic tropical drink with rum. The cocktail had all the ingredients to make it a margarita with the lime juice, triple sec, and tequila. To make it unique they added pink lemonade. However, I believe the pink lemonade overpowered the whole cocktail itself. Don’t get me wrong I love all the lemonade, but I think in this case it just was not the right ingredient for this cocktail. Maybe put some mango juice and some grenadine and then it would truly look like a Sandy Sunset.


Popcorn Shrimp
I basically called out what I was going to be having when I mentioned seafood. All the other items looked good, but I want to expand on eating as many unique things as possible. In this case, I think I should have gone in a different direction. At first look, these look like huge bite-sized popcorn shrimp and they are. However, you then actually bite into it and find out why they are so big. The actual shrimp are the smallest shrimp that I have ever seen in my life. It is the breading on the outside that makes it look like they are huge. I don’t mind if its mostly breading, but the breading tasted like it was the whole dish was frozen and then fried. Then it had a slight coating of a buffalo and blue cheese sauce. But I wanted the punch of buffalo flavor to really come through, but it just didn’t.
Pelican directing you towards the drinks


I talked to a gentleman named René for a bit while I was at this Happy Hour. He and his wife were originally going to just stay at home and make some homemade chili. Then last minute they decided they wanted to see the sunset on the beach and have dinner at Sandy’s. They said they don’t go out too often even though they live just minutes away from Main Street. I honestly would probably be going out way too often if I was living right in the area. I’m not sure how we got on the subject, but one of the things that he mentioned was going on a trip to Ireland a couple of years ago. He went and toured a couple of whiskey distilleries and the whiskey that was his favorite was Greenspot. I may have to give it a try in an Old Fashioned one of these days.


My View


In the end, you can have the best location and have a wonderful beach ambiance, but that will not make the food or drink any better. Who knows though, maybe it was just those specific food and drink items I got this time around. At the moment I think it will be a while before I return to this place, at least just for their Happy Hour. I wouldn’t mind going back to try one of their supposed Famous Mai Tais.
Instead of food or Happy Hour related questions lets ask this since we are at a Beach Shack. What is your favorite beach to visit? I’ve been to many myself, but I do love lying on a nice Hawaiian beach.
May the adventures continue! Cheers!


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  1. I can't blame you for wanting some rum while sitting on the sand in HB! Looks like a wonderful place otherwise. I wonder if the dinners are at least better than the shrimp. Putting it on my list of places to go…

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