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A cocktail from Madre in Torrance.
Jakob Layman

17 Places for Happy Hour Drinks and Deals in LA

Cheers to crowd-pleasing happy hour specials in LA

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A cocktail from Madre in Torrance.
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With the holiday season in full swing, many area bars and restaurants have become key places to slow down, mellow out, and grab a bite or drink after work. The city’s many vaunted happy hours offer discount options for all, from well cocktails to craft beer, and because this is Los Angeles there’s no shortage of great food, either. Here now are some of greater LA’s best places to catch happy hour.

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Belles Beach House

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This breezy Venice spot has a happy hour from Monday to Thursday, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., with favorite dishes like rock shrimp and mochiko chicken nuggets to go along with $10 piña coladas and slushies. It’s a real island vibe but located here on the mainland.

Tiki-style bar at Belles Beach House in Venice with wood chairs.
Bar at Belles Beach House in Venice
Wonho Frank Lee

Birdie G's

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The daily “Early Birdie’s” happy hour from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Bird’s Nest bar at chef Jeremy Fox’s eclectic Santa Monica restaurant offers a variety of $5 to $15 snacks such as a kippered sable terrine with crispy potato waffles. There’s also a Kishka burger made with a blood sausage patty and persimmon “comeback sauce.” On the drinks side, there’s a chamomile lavender lemonade mocktail for $4, seasonal $12 cocktails, and $6 craft beer.

On The Thirty

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On the Thirty has been serving Sherman Oaks locals for years. The local-favorite happy hour runs 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. during the week and includes everything from inexpensive truffle fries and $10 pizzas to $8 well cocktails and $7 frozen margaritas.

Little Fatty

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Every day from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the always-bustling Taiwanese spot in Mar Vista, you can score $4 beers, $8 wines by the glass, $8 classic cocktails like a Paloma or Old Fashioned, and a $9 Japanese highball. Snack on (or make a meal of) $4 egg rolls and $5 fried dumplings and fried chicken bao.

Moto Ramen

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If you’re in the mood to noodle around on the earlier side, head to Culver City’s Moto Ramen. From 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, get discounted snacks such as gyoza, sashimi, and karaage, as well as 20 percent off all bottles of wine and sake. And yes, there’s also ramen.

Piccalilli

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Two hours of happiness at Culver City’s Piccalilli leaves plenty of room to enjoy smashed cucumber salad, popcorn chicken, crispy chicken skin, spritzes, and more for less beginning at 4 p.m. There are also $4 to $6 beers and $6 to $9 wines.

Piccalilli restaurant in Culver City
Piccalilli Culver City.
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Idle Hour

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The iconic Idle Hour is a Valley staple, known for its inventive look (yep, that’s a beer barrel shape at the entrance) and bustling patio. The happy hour is reason alone to come, thanks to its robust time slot (3 p.m. to 6 p.m.) and very inexpensive drinks, like sub-$8 cocktails.

The barrel-shaped entrance to a sunny dive bar.
Idle Hour
Elizabeth Daniels

Short Stories Restaurant

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This wonderful little find in Fairfax has ample outdoor seating and a very millennial pink bar area with some handy happy hour items from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Drinks like pisco sour or cantaloupe basil margarita go well with olive choclo flatbread, labneh with crispy quinoa, or a media luna taco with tiger prawns.

A marble dark red bar at a new restaurant at daytime.
Inside Short Stories restaurant on Fairfax.
Stefan Marriweather

Spartina

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Melrose patio staple Spartina offers an Italian happy hour menu from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The robust offerings include $12 pizzas, $18 pitchers of beer, and $10 cocktails.

Inside Spartina Is an Urbane Italian Restaurant on Melrose Avenue
The evening patio at Spartina.

The Wood Urban Kitchen

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Inglewood’s hit for barbecue and beats sure knows how to throw a party, with all-day prices like $8 margaritas, $5 domestic beers, $10 top chef cocktails, sliders, brisket fries, and fried zucchini, plus Friday DJ sets to complement the mood.

Brisket from Wood Urban Kitchen and Sports Lounge
Brisket and sides from Wood Urban Kitchen.
Wood BBQ

Madre Oaxacan Restaurant and Mezcaleria

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Happy hour runs from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at all three Madre locations (including West Hollywood and Palms), with room for $9 cocktails, snacks like tasajo tacos, quesadilla de hongos, and carnitas tacos for around $5, and more.

Colada cocktail from Madre
Colada cocktail from Madre
Jakob Layman

Genever

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As one of LA’s best cocktail bars period, Genever has no real need to offer happy hour to the masses. Yet that’s exactly what this Historic Filipinotown spot does, turning out daily drink deals (like sub-$10 drinks) every day they’re open, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Genever, a dim cocktail bar in Historic Filipinotown, is shown with rows of seats at night.
Genever
Wonho Frank Lee

De Buena Planta

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Silver Lake’s sceney new plant-based Mexican-inspired restaurant has a daily happy hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays selling $12 margaritas, $10 wines, and $5 Boomtown lager beer, plus $12 guacamole, $9 trumpet mushroom ceviche tostada, and $8 mulitas.

Rossoblu

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Steve Samson’s open, airy Italian stunner in the Fashion District offers a pizza happy hour daily from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Order a margherita or cheese pizza and beverage (beer, wine, margarita, martini, or spritz) for $25 per person. 

Moo's Craft Barbecue

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Thursdays and Fridays are for happy hour at Moo’s Craft Barbecue in Lincoln Heights. This Texas-ish smoked meat specialist does $10 sandwiches and snacks from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., along with reduced-price craft beers.

A platter of barbecued meats and sides from Moo’s Craft Barbecue
Moo’s Craft Barbecue
Mona Holmes

The Greyhound Bar & Grill

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Highland Park’s enduring sports bar that happens to have excellent food has a daily happy hour from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., plus a late night happy hour from Monday to Thursday at 10 p.m. (until 11 p.m.), with boneless or veggie wings, personal pizza, fries, and $8 well drinks, wine, or $6 draft beer.

The Greyhound in Highland Park exterior from the street.
The Greyhound in Highland Park
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Bone Kettle

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Bone Kettle’s happy hour is a snacky delight, offering Pasadena locals the chance to graze on meat skewers, big bowls of fries, lumpia, and inexpensive drinks.

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Belles Beach House

This breezy Venice spot has a happy hour from Monday to Thursday, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., with favorite dishes like rock shrimp and mochiko chicken nuggets to go along with $10 piña coladas and slushies. It’s a real island vibe but located here on the mainland.

Tiki-style bar at Belles Beach House in Venice with wood chairs.
Bar at Belles Beach House in Venice
Wonho Frank Lee

Birdie G's

The daily “Early Birdie’s” happy hour from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Bird’s Nest bar at chef Jeremy Fox’s eclectic Santa Monica restaurant offers a variety of $5 to $15 snacks such as a kippered sable terrine with crispy potato waffles. There’s also a Kishka burger made with a blood sausage patty and persimmon “comeback sauce.” On the drinks side, there’s a chamomile lavender lemonade mocktail for $4, seasonal $12 cocktails, and $6 craft beer.

On The Thirty

On the Thirty has been serving Sherman Oaks locals for years. The local-favorite happy hour runs 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. during the week and includes everything from inexpensive truffle fries and $10 pizzas to $8 well cocktails and $7 frozen margaritas.

Little Fatty

Every day from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the always-bustling Taiwanese spot in Mar Vista, you can score $4 beers, $8 wines by the glass, $8 classic cocktails like a Paloma or Old Fashioned, and a $9 Japanese highball. Snack on (or make a meal of) $4 egg rolls and $5 fried dumplings and fried chicken bao.

Moto Ramen

If you’re in the mood to noodle around on the earlier side, head to Culver City’s Moto Ramen. From 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, get discounted snacks such as gyoza, sashimi, and karaage, as well as 20 percent off all bottles of wine and sake. And yes, there’s also ramen.

Piccalilli

Two hours of happiness at Culver City’s Piccalilli leaves plenty of room to enjoy smashed cucumber salad, popcorn chicken, crispy chicken skin, spritzes, and more for less beginning at 4 p.m. There are also $4 to $6 beers and $6 to $9 wines.

Piccalilli restaurant in Culver City
Piccalilli Culver City.
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Idle Hour

The iconic Idle Hour is a Valley staple, known for its inventive look (yep, that’s a beer barrel shape at the entrance) and bustling patio. The happy hour is reason alone to come, thanks to its robust time slot (3 p.m. to 6 p.m.) and very inexpensive drinks, like sub-$8 cocktails.

The barrel-shaped entrance to a sunny dive bar.
Idle Hour
Elizabeth Daniels

Short Stories Restaurant

This wonderful little find in Fairfax has ample outdoor seating and a very millennial pink bar area with some handy happy hour items from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Drinks like pisco sour or cantaloupe basil margarita go well with olive choclo flatbread, labneh with crispy quinoa, or a media luna taco with tiger prawns.

A marble dark red bar at a new restaurant at daytime.
Inside Short Stories restaurant on Fairfax.
Stefan Marriweather

Spartina

Melrose patio staple Spartina offers an Italian happy hour menu from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The robust offerings include $12 pizzas, $18 pitchers of beer, and $10 cocktails.

Inside Spartina Is an Urbane Italian Restaurant on Melrose Avenue
The evening patio at Spartina.

The Wood Urban Kitchen

Inglewood’s hit for barbecue and beats sure knows how to throw a party, with all-day prices like $8 margaritas, $5 domestic beers, $10 top chef cocktails, sliders, brisket fries, and fried zucchini, plus Friday DJ sets to complement the mood.

Brisket from Wood Urban Kitchen and Sports Lounge
Brisket and sides from Wood Urban Kitchen.
Wood BBQ

Madre Oaxacan Restaurant and Mezcaleria

Happy hour runs from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at all three Madre locations (including West Hollywood and Palms), with room for $9 cocktails, snacks like tasajo tacos, quesadilla de hongos, and carnitas tacos for around $5, and more.

Colada cocktail from Madre
Colada cocktail from Madre
Jakob Layman

Genever

As one of LA’s best cocktail bars period, Genever has no real need to offer happy hour to the masses. Yet that’s exactly what this Historic Filipinotown spot does, turning out daily drink deals (like sub-$10 drinks) every day they’re open, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Genever, a dim cocktail bar in Historic Filipinotown, is shown with rows of seats at night.
Genever
Wonho Frank Lee

De Buena Planta

Silver Lake’s sceney new plant-based Mexican-inspired restaurant has a daily happy hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays selling $12 margaritas, $10 wines, and $5 Boomtown lager beer, plus $12 guacamole, $9 trumpet mushroom ceviche tostada, and $8 mulitas.

Rossoblu

Steve Samson’s open, airy Italian stunner in the Fashion District offers a pizza happy hour daily from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Order a margherita or cheese pizza and beverage (beer, wine, margarita, martini, or spritz) for $25 per person. 

Moo's Craft Barbecue

Thursdays and Fridays are for happy hour at Moo’s Craft Barbecue in Lincoln Heights. This Texas-ish smoked meat specialist does $10 sandwiches and snacks from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., along with reduced-price craft beers.

A platter of barbecued meats and sides from Moo’s Craft Barbecue
Moo’s Craft Barbecue
Mona Holmes

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The Greyhound Bar & Grill

Highland Park’s enduring sports bar that happens to have excellent food has a daily happy hour from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., plus a late night happy hour from Monday to Thursday at 10 p.m. (until 11 p.m.), with boneless or veggie wings, personal pizza, fries, and $8 well drinks, wine, or $6 draft beer.

The Greyhound in Highland Park exterior from the street.
The Greyhound in Highland Park
The Greyhound [Official]

Bone Kettle

Bone Kettle’s happy hour is a snacky delight, offering Pasadena locals the chance to graze on meat skewers, big bowls of fries, lumpia, and inexpensive drinks.

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