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The 23 Hottest Happy Hours in Los Angeles, Spring 2017

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Spring has officially sprung, which means there's no better time to sneak out a little early for a stop at one great happy hour or another in Los Angeles. All over the city, bars and restaurants are offering steeply discounted options for full-on dining, grazing with friends, or just grabbing a beer solo on the way home.

Luckily there's no shortage of great alternatives for happy hour dining and drinking right in your very own neighborhood, from glamorous Koreatown newcomers to laid back Santa Monica wine bars. Here now are the best places to slip in for an early evening (or all night long) happy hour bite.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. 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 $8. But then you could also get a great martini or moscow mule if you choose. Then nosh $7 avocado toast, or get the $18 steak frites. Throw in the superb cocktails by barman Beau du Bois and you have the making of a fine evening.

2. Bouchon

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235 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Now available only at Bouchon Bistro's second floor bar, one of Beverly Hills' best happy hour deals includes $2 oysters, petit Bouchon hot dogs, truffle fries, and $9 cocktails. The 4 to 7 p.m. special also comes with excellent people watching.
Deborah Jones

3. FIG Santa Monica

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101 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 576-7777
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FIG at Five is now seven days a week. The restaurant's long-running one hour reduced fare bonanza is overseen by chef Yousef Ghalaini, and spans just 5 to 6 p.m. daily. Expect big crowds and even bigger flavors.

4. Gracias Madre

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8905 Melrose Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(323) 978-2170
From 3 to 6 p.m. on weekdays, Gracias Madre has discounted drinks like their popular mezcal mule, to go along with a selection of simple bites. Better still, everything on the menu is a cool $6.

5. Cecconi's

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8764 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90069
(310) 432-2000
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Upscale West Hollywood space Cecconi’s has one of the best Tuesday through Saturday happy hours around, anchored by an a lounge burger that comes laced with fontina, pancetta and black truffle oil for $7. Add draft prosecco and a range of $4 - $7 drinks for maximum effect.

6. Redbird

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114 E 2nd St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 788-1191
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Downtown’s Redbird has a happy hour that is a nice middle option between their growing lunch service and expansive dinners. Running Monday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the bar and lounge only, the menu is full of sub-$10 options like smoked ribs and fried oysters; selected cocktails are $7 apiece.
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7. DeSano Pizza Bakery

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4959 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(323) 913-7000
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It’s hard to argue with the party that DeSano puts forward, rocking a killer weekday-only $50 happy hour deal that includes two large pizzas and a bottle of wine, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

8. L&E Oyster Bar

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1637 Silver Lake Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(323) 660-2255
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Local favorite L&E does upstairs happy hour only from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays only, with $4 beers and $10 plates of beet-cured salmon.

9. Plan Check

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1111 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 403-1616
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The Downtown branch of Plan Check goes hard from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. weeknights, with $5 wines, $6 old fashioneds and monster dishes like their new $5 chorizo chili sloppy joes and 1/4 slab of Korean-style barbecue ribs for only eight bucks.

10. The Cannibal

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8850 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 838-2783
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Culver City’s The Cannibal is taking happy hour to the next level by offering complimentary self-serve charcuterie at the bar from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. daily. The communal spread can include items like salumi, pâté, bread and butter, housemade cacio e pepe chips, pork rinds, and crudité that can be enjoyed alongside $5 old fashioneds on draft, $3 craft canned beers, and $20 bottles of rosé.

11. Nick & Stef's Steakhouse

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330 S Hope St
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 680-0330
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Downtown’s Nick & Stef’s is offering a new five-hour happy hour special that stretches from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m on weekdays. Think draft beers, wine, and small plates like crab cake sliders for six bucks.

12. Hinoki & The Bird

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10 W Century Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90067
(310) 552-1200
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Century City’s Hinoki & The Bird is mixing it up with its new early bird special. Available Tuesday through Fridays from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., get the restaurant’s okonomiyaki burger with hot pepper relish and sharp cheddar on a honey potato bun with tonkatsu sauce with a choice of draft beer, house wine, or Miyagi mule for $20.

13. Broken Spanish

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1050 S. Flower St
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 749-1460
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Run, don’t walk to Broken Spanish’s hora especial where you can get selected cocktails for $8. Think drinks like the Super Barrio Smash Bros with bourbon, lemon, mint, and Aztec mole syrup that can be soaked up with $8 rabbit albondigas. Offered at the bar and corral only.

14. Brack Shop Tavern

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525 W 7th St
Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 232-8657
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Brack Shop Tavern is a cool newcomer into Downtown’s casual bar scene, offering TVs for early evening sports watching and a Monday - Saturday 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. happy hour that offers $5 food, $5 palomas, and $6 shot-and-a-beer combos.

15. Citizen

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184 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 402-5885
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Beverly Hills isn’t known for being the cheapest place to dine, but Citizen is flipping that on its head with a long 2:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. happy hour (Tuesday through Friday, until 10 p.m. on Mondays) that offers a ton of $7 food and drink options.

16. Franklin & Co Tavern

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5923 Franklin Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Franklin Village mainstay Franklin & Co. is a strong contender for best happy hour in the area, with a slew of sub-$6 eats, $5 well drinks, and more from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

17. Terra Cotta

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3760 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90010
(213) 365-1077
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This Koreatown stunner is quite the place to grab a pre-Wiltern libation, with half off beer, $8 cocktails, and $8 wine to wash down $1 oysters dressed with Korean pear mignonette and kimchi cocktail sauce. The special is available weekdays from 5 to 7 p.m.

18. Laurel Point Restaurant

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12050 Ventura Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 91604
(818) 769-6336
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Studio City’s seafood haven Laurel Point shucks $1.50 oysters and serves a discounted menu of snacks like crab deviled eggs and cast iron mussels on Monday through Fridays from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Bonus points for the chic, nautically-inspired space by Kelly Architects which is an especially lovely place to sip glasses of $8 rose.

19. Odys and Penelope

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127 S LA Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 935-2977
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Find great prices on signature dishes on Odys + Penelope’s happy hour menu, including $4 za’atar onion rings, $7 brussels sprout fried rice, and a new $10 burger on a Hawaiian-style bun. The menu is available weekdays from 6 to 7 p.m. and on Sundays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., with a $7 glass of chardonnay and $8 sustainable grenache to wash it all down.
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20. Maple Block Meat Company

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3973 Sepulveda Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90230
(310) 313-6328
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The restaurant that has been lauded as having the best brisket in California recently launched a Monday through Friday happy hour menu available from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Catch off-menu specials like a grilled cheese with that famous brisket for only $6, brisket nachos of $7, and pints of Shiner for $3.

21. Esters Wine Shop & Bar

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1314 7th St
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 899-6900
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Cassia’s sister restaurant now offers happy hour Monday through Saturdays from 4 to 6 p.m. with $9 wine, $8 house cocktails, $15 half dozen oysters, and $12 cheese plates.

22. Bacari GDL

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757 Americana Way
Glendale, CA 91210
Happy hour is especially needed after a long day of shopping. Thankfully Bacari GDL in The Americana at Brand now hawks a 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. menu that features $7 wines, $8 cocktails, and $8 small plates. An even better deal for those feeling especially thirsty, the restaurant offers a 90-minute open bar for $25 with select beer, wine, and sangria.

23. The Hudson

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1114 N Crescent Heights Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90046
(323) 654-6686
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Longtime West Hollywood staple The Hudson has debuted a new “Huddy Hour” menu, with $4 cocktails (liquor and one mixer only), $6 specialty cocktails, and a smattering of $7 small places, offered daily from 4 to 7 p.m.
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1. 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 $8. But then you could also get a great martini or moscow mule if you choose. Then nosh $7 avocado toast, or get the $18 steak frites. Throw in the superb cocktails by barman Beau du Bois and you have the making of a fine evening.
12477 W Washington Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90066

2. Bouchon

235 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Deborah Jones
Now available only at Bouchon Bistro's second floor bar, one of Beverly Hills' best happy hour deals includes $2 oysters, petit Bouchon hot dogs, truffle fries, and $9 cocktails. The 4 to 7 p.m. special also comes with excellent people watching.
235 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

3. FIG Santa Monica

101 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
FIG at Five is now seven days a week. The restaurant's long-running one hour reduced fare bonanza is overseen by chef Yousef Ghalaini, and spans just 5 to 6 p.m. daily. Expect big crowds and even bigger flavors.
101 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401

4. Gracias Madre

8905 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069
From 3 to 6 p.m. on weekdays, Gracias Madre has discounted drinks like their popular mezcal mule, to go along with a selection of simple bites. Better still, everything on the menu is a cool $6.
8905 Melrose Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90069

5. Cecconi's

8764 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069
Upscale West Hollywood space Cecconi’s has one of the best Tuesday through Saturday happy hours around, anchored by an a lounge burger that comes laced with fontina, pancetta and black truffle oil for $7. Add draft prosecco and a range of $4 - $7 drinks for maximum effect.
8764 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90069

6. Redbird

114 E 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Laure Joliet
Downtown’s Redbird has a happy hour that is a nice middle option between their growing lunch service and expansive dinners. Running Monday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the bar and lounge only, the menu is full of sub-$10 options like smoked ribs and fried oysters; selected cocktails are $7 apiece.
114 E 2nd St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

7. DeSano Pizza Bakery

4959 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90020
It’s hard to argue with the party that DeSano puts forward, rocking a killer weekday-only $50 happy hour deal that includes two large pizzas and a bottle of wine, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
4959 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90020

8. L&E Oyster Bar

1637 Silver Lake Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Local favorite L&E does upstairs happy hour only from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays only, with $4 beers and $10 plates of beet-cured salmon.
1637 Silver Lake Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

9. Plan Check

1111 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90017
The Downtown branch of Plan Check goes hard from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. weeknights, with $5 wines, $6 old fashioneds and monster dishes like their new $5 chorizo chili sloppy joes and 1/4 slab of Korean-style barbecue ribs for only eight bucks.
1111 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90017

10. The Cannibal

8850 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232
Culver City’s The Cannibal is taking happy hour to the next level by offering complimentary self-serve charcuterie at the bar from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. daily. The communal spread can include items like salumi, pâté, bread and butter, housemade cacio e pepe chips, pork rinds, and crudité that can be enjoyed alongside $5 old fashioneds on draft, $3 craft canned beers, and $20 bottles of rosé.
8850 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232

11. Nick & Stef's Steakhouse

330 S Hope St, Los Angeles, CA 90071
Downtown’s Nick & Stef’s is offering a new five-hour happy hour special that stretches from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m on weekdays. Think draft beers, wine, and small plates like crab cake sliders for six bucks.
330 S Hope St
Los Angeles, CA 90071

12. Hinoki & The Bird

10 W Century Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90067
Century City’s Hinoki & The Bird is mixing it up with its new early bird special. Available Tuesday through Fridays from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., get the restaurant’s okonomiyaki burger with hot pepper relish and sharp cheddar on a honey potato bun with tonkatsu sauce with a choice of draft beer, house wine, or Miyagi mule for $20.
10 W Century Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90067

13. Broken Spanish

1050 S. Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Run, don’t walk to Broken Spanish’s hora especial where you can get selected cocktails for $8. Think drinks like the Super Barrio Smash Bros with bourbon, lemon, mint, and Aztec mole syrup that can be soaked up with $8 rabbit albondigas. Offered at the bar and corral only.
1050 S. Flower St
Los Angeles, CA 90015

14. Brack Shop Tavern

525 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
Brack Shop Tavern is a cool newcomer into Downtown’s casual bar scene, offering TVs for early evening sports watching and a Monday - Saturday 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. happy hour that offers $5 food, $5 palomas, and $6 shot-and-a-beer combos.
525 W 7th St
Los Angeles, CA 90014

15. Citizen

184 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Beverly Hills isn’t known for being the cheapest place to dine, but Citizen is flipping that on its head with a long 2:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. happy hour (Tuesday through Friday, until 10 p.m. on Mondays) that offers a ton of $7 food and drink options.
184 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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16. Franklin & Co Tavern

5923 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Franklin Village mainstay Franklin & Co. is a strong contender for best happy hour in the area, with a slew of sub-$6 eats, $5 well drinks, and more from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
5923 Franklin Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90028

17. Terra Cotta

3760 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010
This Koreatown stunner is quite the place to grab a pre-Wiltern libation, with half off beer, $8 cocktails, and $8 wine to wash down $1 oysters dressed with Korean pear mignonette and kimchi cocktail sauce. The special is available weekdays from 5 to 7 p.m.
3760 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90010

18. Laurel Point Restaurant

12050 Ventura Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91604
Studio City’s seafood haven Laurel Point shucks $1.50 oysters and serves a discounted menu of snacks like crab deviled eggs and cast iron mussels on Monday through Fridays from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Bonus points for the chic, nautically-inspired space by Kelly Architects which is an especially lovely place to sip glasses of $8 rose.
12050 Ventura Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 91604

19. Odys and Penelope

127 S LA Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Elizabeth Daniels
Find great prices on signature dishes on Odys + Penelope’s happy hour menu, including $4 za’atar onion rings, $7 brussels sprout fried rice, and a new $10 burger on a Hawaiian-style bun. The menu is available weekdays from 6 to 7 p.m. and on Sundays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., with a $7 glass of chardonnay and $8 sustainable grenache to wash it all down.
127 S LA Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

20. Maple Block Meat Company

3973 Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90230
The restaurant that has been lauded as having the best brisket in California recently launched a Monday through Friday happy hour menu available from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Catch off-menu specials like a grilled cheese with that famous brisket for only $6, brisket nachos of $7, and pints of Shiner for $3.
3973 Sepulveda Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90230