With the new year and regular work hours back in full swing, many area bars and restaurants have become key places to grab a bite or drink after work. The city’s many vaunted happy hours offer discount options for all, from house 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.Read More
14 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.
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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, $9 smash burger, fries, and $8 well drinks, wine, or $6 draft beer. Ahead of Dodgers season, happy hour specials are 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 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday to Friday, and 3 to 4:30 p.m. for weekend warriors. During this time, oysters are $12 for a six, meatballs are $14, and cocktails run $12. There’s also a trio of house wines for $8 a glass.
Tail O' the Pup
While everyone on the easygoing menu at the historic Tail O’ the Pup is pretty affordable to begin with, the stand does offer a handy happy hour discount on house lager from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily for just $5 a pint. What’s better than a $5 beer and tasty chili dogs?
Mother Tongue Restaurant
Michael Mina’s swanky rooftop Hollywood restaurant has a Wednesday to Sunday happy hour it’s calling “social hour” from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., featuring $10 cocktails, $4 sliders, $4 tikka-masala skewers, and more, which make it one of the most affordable happy hour situations in the neighborhood.
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.
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.
This sushi, ramen, and sake spot in Koreatown has a weekday happy hour from 3 p.m. to 6 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, and more.