These are some of the Best Happy Hours in Los Angeles. Try out amazing food at nothing prices. Get buzzed on the cheap & go sample crazy. Tons of fun, good Cali vibes. Read on & take a look at what some of these spots have to offer.
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Melrose Umbrella Co.
…review coming soon
Celebrated Southwestern chef John Sedlar’s flagship restaurant is on the bucket list of many food lovers, but if the price point is at all a deterrent, then the happy hour ought to come in handy. A number of snacks are available for only $5, including cheese-stuffed Spanish peppers, an arepa corn cake topped with apricot barbecue shrimp and the braised short rib tamale with an impressively even meat-to-masa ratio.
Also, there are more than 10 serious cocktails from the Julian Cox-curated bar program, each for only $7. Happy hour takes place Monday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
1050 S. Flower St., Downtown
CHAYA DOWNTOWN LA
Photo courtesy of CHAYA Restaurants
Located in the heart of the Downtown business district, Chaya has become a mainstay among area office workers and the pre-theater crowd, making it an ideal happy hour haunt. Calamari ($6) sounds deceptively simple, but is fried crisp with just the right amount of breading, and pairs perfectly with a jalapeño aioli. Otherwise, the best bets are the fresh sushi rolls, served in generous portions, such as spicy tuna ($6), shrimp tempura ($7), seafood tartare roll ($7) or inside out albacore ($6).
Happy hour cocktails ($7) run the gamut from a classic gin Martini to the more exotic Seeing Double, with blood orange and lavender-infused tequila, plus lime and pomegranate juice.
Happy hour is available weekdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the bar and lounge areas.
Chaya Downtown LA
525 S. Flower St., Downtown
Center Lounge | Photo courtesy of Sadie Kitchen and Lounge, Facebook
This grown-up restaurant in the heart of Hollywood has introduced a “Six Degrees of Sadie” menu, with a variety of small plates and specialty drinks each priced at only $6. Among the rich nibbles are juicy sliders made with grass-fed beef from Paso Robles, fried oysters dressed in a spicy curry sauce, a Margherita flatbread oozing with burrata, deviled eggs and Caesar salad with white anchovies. Cocktail classics are the Moscow Mule, Daiquiri and Old-Fashioned. The Six Degrees menu is served in the Center Lounge Tuesdays through Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
1638 N. Las Palmas Ave., Hollywood
Gougeres, gruyere and garlic chives | Photo by Michael Jackson, courtesy of The Churchill
Located adjacent to the Orlando Hotel, The Churchill draws just as many loyal locals as LA visitors. The gorgeous patio, central location and solid menu play a part in the repeat business, so the happy hour is almost a cherry-on-top bonus. Grass-fed beef sliders ($7) are filling, as is the duck sausage pizza ($10), and the gougères and duck-fat popcorn are an ideal complement to lip-licking cocktails ($7) like a traditional, non-blended Daiquiri, Margarita or Old-Fashioned.
Happy hour is available throughout the restaurant daily from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
8384 West 3rd St., West Hollywood
Photo courtesy of Comme Ça, Facebook
Chef/owner David Myers’ popular West Hollywood French brasserie is known for its traditional menu and sensational cocktail program. During the “hourglass hour,” a variety of bites and beverages are priced at only $9 and $6, respectively. Choose between a daily-changing selection of four oysters or shrimp cocktail in the raw section, a cheese and meat plate, or nibbles of steak or salmon tartare or truffle fries. Among cocktails are the Aviation No. 2, with gin, crème de violette and lemon (ideal for pairing with the raw selections) or the spa-influenced El Ranchero, with tequila, lime and cucumber. The menu is offered every day of the week from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
8479 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood
Garden of Eden at Spoonful | Photo by Mark Turocy, courtesy of Spoonful
The former Henry’s Hat space in Studio City is now home to a trendy gastropub, Spoonful. Aside from a few nods to vegetarians and a straightforward burger, the menu is otherwise dishing Dixie—and the happy hour is no exception. All appetizers are priced at $6, from fabulous fried green tomatoes, with a light layer of cornmeal crust and a nicely spiced remoulade to a trio of pulled pork sliders with three house-made sauces representing the Carolinas and owner Frank Foley’s native Georgia. Featured cocktails change daily and are specially priced at $7, while all other cocktails—including those made with the slow-melting Japanese ice globe—are $2 off. Happy hour runs daily from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., and again from 10 p.m. to close.
3413 Cahuenga Boulevard W., Studio City
Pork belly | Photo by acuna-hansen, courtesy of 1886 Bar at The Raymond
Tucked away inside the Raymond Restaurant, 1886 has created its own identity through a top notch mixology program first launched by Marcos Tello, and a special menu of savory bites specific to the bar. All food items are discounted by $2 during the “parlor hour,” including small snacks like fried spuds and papadums (all normally $6) to roasted lamb neck or yellowtail collar (both usually $12). The daily bartender’s cocktail selection is Hendrick’s gin-based ($7), and the punch ($6) can be as straightforward as sangria or something much more complex. Happy hour runs daily from 5 p.m.to 7 p.m.
1250 S. Fair Oaks Ave., South Pasadena
Photo by Franck Noack, courtesy of Trattoria Neapolis
In a beautiful, bi-level space adjacent to the Shops on Lake Avenue retail complex, Trattoria Neapolis has quickly become a local favorite for modern Italian. Both food and beverage specials on the “aperitivo” menu are all priced at an unbelievable $5. Among mini pizzas from the wood burning oven, imported from Naples, are a basic margherita, along with a compelling smoked pork shoulder, layered with taleggio, caramelized onions and sage. Bar bite duos include deli-style tongue sliders and the hearty short rib “manwich” sliders. Cocktails are also serious business, courtesy of mixologist Vincenzo Marianello, such as the tea-infused Old Fashioned and a classic gimlet. Available in the bar and lounge, aperitivo runs weekdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
336 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena
FIG kale and squash | Photo courtesy of FIG
FIG at Five is a singular hour in which most everything on the menu, except steaks and the “feed me” tasting menu, is available for half-price. This includes cheese and charcuterie plates, snacks, starters, entrees and desserts, plus beverages. Considering chef Ray Garcia’s focus on farmers market fare, dishes change quite frequently, making it a huge draw for foodie regulars. Among seasonal items worth a whirl are the super fresh kale salad (normally $16), the beautifully seasoned romanesco (typically $10) and the sweet butternut squash with spiced marshmallows and pepitas (also usually $10). For dessert, don’t miss the house-favorite peanut butter crunch bar (normally $11). Happy is available Monday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. only.
101 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica
A-Frame double cheeseburger | Photo by Eric Shin, courtesy of A-Frame
Along with Waterloo & City and Corner Door, A-Frame anchors a trio of gastropubs along the western edge of Culver City. Distinguished by its unique, pitched roof, A-Frame is part of Kogi BBQ chef Roy Choi’s emerging culinary empire, and the food is as imaginative, yet approachable, as the architecture. The massive double cheeseburger ($7) combines a seemingly chaotic array of toppings—sharp cheddar, tomato confit, pickled red onions, hot sauce and sesame mayo—into a series of beguiling bites that are each a little different and a lot decadent. But be sure to start with the heirloom pickles ($3)—more like a creative play on crudités—with pickled apples, carrots and more. Also, try one of three cocktails ($7), such as the Backwoods, comprised of bourbon, applejack, maple and bitters. Happy hour takes place Monday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. throughout the restaurant.
12565 Washington Blvd., Culver City
Waterloo & City
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Stop by A-Frame’s two neighboring restaurants for a proper happy hour bar crawl. Waterloo and City’s twice daily happy hour is also from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and again from 10 p.m. to midnight, except Sunday, when it runs 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Eclectic appetizers include the rich chicken liver mousse ($6) to Indian butter chicken flatbread ($8) and even a sticky toffee pudding dessert ($5). Check out the “pub-tails,” too.
Waterloo & City
12517 Washington Blvd., Culver City
The Corner Door
Apple cider-glazed wings | Photo courtesy of Thirsty in LA
Adjacent to Waterloo and City, The Corner Door also does happy hour Sunday through Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., including addictive crispy chickpeas and almonds ($3), as well as apple cider-glazed wings ($7). Classic cocktails like Margaritas and Moscow Mules are also $7.
The Corner Door
12477 Washington Blvd., Culver City
Photo courtesy of Bouzy Gastropub, Facebook
A South Bay favorite, but little-known outside of its Hollywood Riviera enclave, Bouzy sports a casual, family-friendly vibe early on and then fills with more of a traditional bar crowd as the night progresses. Fortunately, there’s a happy hour for each. The food menu changes frequently, but includes both nibbles ($3), such as a delightfully creamy and crunchy egg salad on rye or roasted Brussels sprouts in balsamic, as well as “bigger bites” ($5) like chile verde with slow-braised pork, or a dinner salad of mixed greens with shaved fennel and apple. Cocktails like the Bouzy Hurricane are $4 each, and eight-ounce quartinos of food-friendly wines are only $5. Both happy hours take place daily from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close.
1611 S. Catalina Ave., Redondo Beach
Also coming soon:
Bin73 (Washington Blvd // Marina Del Rey)
The Tavern on Hollywood