With the weather warming up and the sun finally shining, the time is now for after-work drinks and light bites. The city’s many vaunted happy hours offer discount options for all, featuring house cocktails and 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.Read More
16 Places for Happy Hour Drinks and Deals in LA
Cheers to crowd-pleasing happy hour specials in LA
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. Sunday to Friday, and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday) and very inexpensive drinks, like $7 cocktails and $7 bites, including Homeboy Bakery pretzel and flatbread pizza.
The Greyhound Bar & Grill
Highland Park’s enduring sports bar that happens to have excellent food has a daily happy hour from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., plus a late night happy hour from Monday to Thursday from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m., with boneless or veggie wings, personal pizza, $9 smash burger, fries, and $8 well drinks, wine, or $6 draft beer. Happy hour specials are also on during every Dodger game.
The Den on Sunset
Already packed most nights, the Den’s upscale redesign makes it an ideal after-work happy hour from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday to Friday, and 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. for weekend warriors. During this time, six oysters are $12, meatballs are $14, and cocktails run $12. There’s also a trio of house wines for $8 a glass.
De Buena Planta
The Silver Lake location of the plant-based Mexican restaurant offers happy hour Monday to Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. On offer are two-for-one cocktails, half-priced wine, $6 draft beers, and complimentary bar snacks. Guests sitting in the lush greenhouse can sip a complimentary “amuse aperitivo” made with herbs from the garden.
Gracias Madre West Hollywood
Happy hour goes down Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at West Hollywood’s vegan Mexican standout. Beverages include a $9 margarita, $8 natural wine, and $6 house beer. Bites for $7 include soy chorizo nachos and crispy fried coconut strips. There’s even a Happy Madre Meal, which is a jackfruit slider, garlic-chipotle fries, and a house beer for $10.
Melanie Wine Bar & Melanie Burger
From 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. daily, get half-priced glasses of wine at this vibey West 3rd Street wine bar. Stop by on Monday nights for half-priced bottles of wine all night long.
This sushi, ramen, and sake spot in Koreatown has a weekday happy hour from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. with drinks and sushi specials starting at just $5. Open hand rolls start at $6 and house cocktails begin at $9 during this merry time of affordable drinks and bites.
Asterid by Ray Garcia
From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday, Ray Garcia’s upscale DTLA restaurant offers $10 classic cocktails like a margarita and a daiquiri along with $10 bites like oysters, burgers, and quesadillas.
De La Nonna
Hungry night owls can swing by this Arts District pizza destination for the “Don’t Worry There’s Still Pizza” special, featuring pizza, a beer, and a shot for $20. The deal runs Tuesday through Thursday from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m.
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.
Those in the mood to noodle around on the earlier side can 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.
Every day from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the always-bustling Taiwanese spot in Mar Vista, folks can score $4 beers, $9 wines by the glass, $10 updates on classic 90s cocktails, and a $10 Japanese highball. Snack on (or make a meal of) $4 egg rolls, $5 fried dumplings, and fried chicken bao.
This cheerful, new, tiki-inspired Venice cocktail bar runs happy hour daily from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Swing by for $10 frozen daiquiris and margaritas, $10 shot-and-a-beer combos, and $8 glasses of wine. Bites include crispy cauliflower, coconut shrimp, and fries with two dipping sauces.
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Marina del Rey’s seafood stunner offers happy hour at the restaurant’s dimly lit bar Wednesday through Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Signature cocktails like the Fonda 75 (made with tequila, grapefruit, lime, cucumber, mint, and Champagne) are $12, while food offerings include a $12 shrimp cocktail, $9 fried calamari, and a burger topped with caramelized onions and American cheese.
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. The specials run 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
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 $11 cocktails, snacks like tasajo tacos, quesadilla de hongos, and carnitas tacos for around $5, plus more.