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An Updated Guide to the Best Happy Hours in LA

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2008_10_hasmapshappyhourmap.jpgL.A.'s happy hour scene is a little disjointed. Plenty of places to eat and drink, but at best the deals are blase or predictable. A dollar off here, a few chicken wings or sliders at discounted prices. Those aren't really that interesting. But, compiled below is a list of some more compelling places to get deals after work, a relief to office denizens, production staff, and worker bees of all strides. Here now, an updated guide to the best happy hour deals in Los Angeles.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Comme Ça

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8479 Melrose Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(323) 782-1104
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One of original happy hours to boast great cocktails, the menu is simple with things like four oysters or shrimp cocktail, or perhaps steak tartare or truffle fries. Drinks include the Aviation, El Ranchero, or Cool Louie, simple satisfying, and sure to get the weekend (or day) started right. Available Tuesday to Sunday from 5-7 p.m.

2. Drago Centro

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525 S Flower St
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 228-8998
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A fantastic place to hit if you work in Downtown, the all-night happy hour at Drago Centro is one of the best enduring specials in the city. The quality of the drinks wax and wane a bit depending on who's behind the bar, but generally they're solid. And the food specials are great for sharing with coworkers and friends.

3. Bar Bouchon

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235 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Easily one of the best happy hour deals in this part of town, Bar Bouchon features glasses of wine at $5 and $7 well drinks to go with $2 oysters, steak tartare, pork sliders, and truffle popcorn. Pretty decent people watching too.

4. Scarpetta

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225 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 860-7970
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It's easy to remember this one. $8 for drinks and dishes, up until 8 p.m. The mushroom ravioli, porchetta sliders, and lobster croquettes that are pretty darn shareable. The drink menu, redone by star bartender Rob Floyd, has some quaffable cocktails like

5. A-Frame

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12565 W Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90066
(310) 398-7700
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This solid happy hour deal from Roy Choi's picnic concept has some amazing value dishes like the chicken wings, peel n' eat shrimp, and the "surfer's sandwich" made with spam. As for drinks, get $7 cocktails like the Backwoods, featuring bourbon and applejack.

6. The Misfit Restaurant + Bar

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225 Santa Monica Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 656-9800

One of the most reliable happy hour scenes in Santa Monica, which means discounted drinks, sangria, cocktails, mimosas, beer and wine, everyday from 12 to 7pm, which is perfect for tourists, beach bums, and folks who don't have to hit the office at normal hours.

7. Border Grill

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1445 4th St
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 451-1655
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Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken's Santa Monica classic has drinks specials, cheap (sort of) tacos at $3.50, and Border Grill classics carne asada quesadillas and brisket taquitos. There are similar deals at the Downtown location as well.

8. EMC Seafood And Raw Bar

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Definitely one of the hot new happy hours in town, the $1 oysters are the main draw, with quality that reaches some of the best seafood spots in the city. Throw in a convivial Ktown crowd and $5 draft beer and you have a recipe for a great time every afternoon.

9. Rivera Restaurant

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1050 S Flower St
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 749-1460
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Chef John Sedlar's enduring Downtown pan-Latin restaurant still has some of the best drinks in town, many of which are discounted for happy hour. Think the Rivera's Cup or Mexican Firing Squad for just $7 to go along with classic dishes like the tortillas with avocado butter or corn cake with BBQ shrimp. Perfect for just before Lakers or Clippers games at Staples Center.

10. FIG Santa Monica

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101 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 576-7777
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FIG at Five. Almost everyone in Santa Monica knows about this deal that chef Ray Garcia puts together at this restaurant inside the Fairmont. Limited to just 5-6 p.m. daily, everything on the menu except the steaks are half off, as are the drinks. Get it and enjoy the crowd.

11. The Corner Door

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12477 W Washington Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90066
(310) 313-5810
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The Culver City neighborhood spot has one of the best single happy hour bar items ever: the anti-mixology: a Miller High Life and a shot of whiskey for $6. But then you could also get a great martini or moscow mule if you choose. Then nosh on the cider-glazed wings or fried chicken for $8, or get the $15 steak frites.

12. Spago

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176 N Canon Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 385-0880
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At this tony Beverly Hills restaurant, there's a reverse happy hour, where the late night deals start at 9 p.m. Pair premium wines or hand-crafted cocktails at $10 (normally $16) with dishes like the pork & leek dumplings or chicken liver mousse, or the Spago burger ($14).

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1. Comme Ça

8479 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069

One of original happy hours to boast great cocktails, the menu is simple with things like four oysters or shrimp cocktail, or perhaps steak tartare or truffle fries. Drinks include the Aviation, El Ranchero, or Cool Louie, simple satisfying, and sure to get the weekend (or day) started right. Available Tuesday to Sunday from 5-7 p.m.

8479 Melrose Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90069

2. Drago Centro

525 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90071

A fantastic place to hit if you work in Downtown, the all-night happy hour at Drago Centro is one of the best enduring specials in the city. The quality of the drinks wax and wane a bit depending on who's behind the bar, but generally they're solid. And the food specials are great for sharing with coworkers and friends.

525 S Flower St
Los Angeles, CA 90071

3. Bar Bouchon

235 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Easily one of the best happy hour deals in this part of town, Bar Bouchon features glasses of wine at $5 and $7 well drinks to go with $2 oysters, steak tartare, pork sliders, and truffle popcorn. Pretty decent people watching too.

235 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

4. Scarpetta

225 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

It's easy to remember this one. $8 for drinks and dishes, up until 8 p.m. The mushroom ravioli, porchetta sliders, and lobster croquettes that are pretty darn shareable. The drink menu, redone by star bartender Rob Floyd, has some quaffable cocktails like

225 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

5. A-Frame

12565 W Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90066

This solid happy hour deal from Roy Choi's picnic concept has some amazing value dishes like the chicken wings, peel n' eat shrimp, and the "surfer's sandwich" made with spam. As for drinks, get $7 cocktails like the Backwoods, featuring bourbon and applejack.

12565 W Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90066

6. The Misfit Restaurant + Bar

225 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

One of the most reliable happy hour scenes in Santa Monica, which means discounted drinks, sangria, cocktails, mimosas, beer and wine, everyday from 12 to 7pm, which is perfect for tourists, beach bums, and folks who don't have to hit the office at normal hours.

225 Santa Monica Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401

7. Border Grill

1445 4th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken's Santa Monica classic has drinks specials, cheap (sort of) tacos at $3.50, and Border Grill classics carne asada quesadillas and brisket taquitos. There are similar deals at the Downtown location as well.

1445 4th St
Santa Monica, CA 90401

8. EMC Seafood And Raw Bar

Los Angeles, CA

Definitely one of the hot new happy hours in town, the $1 oysters are the main draw, with quality that reaches some of the best seafood spots in the city. Throw in a convivial Ktown crowd and $5 draft beer and you have a recipe for a great time every afternoon.

9. Rivera Restaurant

1050 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Chef John Sedlar's enduring Downtown pan-Latin restaurant still has some of the best drinks in town, many of which are discounted for happy hour. Think the Rivera's Cup or Mexican Firing Squad for just $7 to go along with classic dishes like the tortillas with avocado butter or corn cake with BBQ shrimp. Perfect for just before Lakers or Clippers games at Staples Center.

1050 S Flower St
Los Angeles, CA 90015

10. FIG Santa Monica

101 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

FIG at Five. Almost everyone in Santa Monica knows about this deal that chef Ray Garcia puts together at this restaurant inside the Fairmont. Limited to just 5-6 p.m. daily, everything on the menu except the steaks are half off, as are the drinks. Get it and enjoy the crowd.

101 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401

11. The Corner Door

12477 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066

The Culver City neighborhood spot has one of the best single happy hour bar items ever: the anti-mixology: a Miller High Life and a shot of whiskey for $6. But then you could also get a great martini or moscow mule if you choose. Then nosh on the cider-glazed wings or fried chicken for $8, or get the $15 steak frites.

12477 W Washington Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90066

12. Spago

176 N Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210

At this tony Beverly Hills restaurant, there's a reverse happy hour, where the late night deals start at 9 p.m. Pair premium wines or hand-crafted cocktails at $10 (normally $16) with dishes like the pork & leek dumplings or chicken liver mousse, or the Spago burger ($14).

176 N Canon Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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