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The Best Happy Hours in Los Angeles, Fall 2013

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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 a little too 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 find deals after work, a relief to office denizens, production staff, and worker bees of all strides. Or, those just finally ready to start off a night on the town. Here now, just in time for Eater Cocktail Week, an updated guide to the best happy hour deals in Los Angeles.


Added 10/13: The Backyard, The Doughroom, Picca, Library Alehouse, Blue Cow Kitchen, Carson House Read More
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).

13. The Backyard

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930 Hilgard Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 433-8218
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Chef Dakota Weiss debuts a new "beer garden" happy hour with small dishes like waffle bites, a daily sausage, and more, along with a slew of signature beers from local breweries. Offered Monday through Friday, 4-7 p.m.

14. The Doughroom

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3409 Overland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90034
(424) 258-6194
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This Palms restaurant offers much of their menu for a few bucks off (think snacks like meatballs or deviled eggs) and $10 pizzas from 5-7 p.m. There's also $5 pints of beer and $6 glasses of wine on tap that will help to finish off the work day and ease into the evening.

15. Picca Peruvian Cantina

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9575 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90035
(310) 277-0133
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This Peruvian restaurant by Ricardo Zarate puts together a daily cocktail hour (so, a literal happy hour) with four drinks conceived by barman Julian Cox from 6-7 p.m. for $8-9, a steal for cocktails of this quality.

16. The Library Alehouse

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2911 Main St
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 314-4855
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This Santa Monica beer bar has a "study break" from 3-6 p.m. that takes $3 off select craft beers or glasses of wine, then offers classic bar bites like sweet & spicy wings, sliders (who said they went out of style?), and the Alehouse poutine, all for $3-5 bucks.

17. Blue Cow Kitchen & Bar

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350 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 621-2249
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On top of $5 well drinks and $5 pints of beer, this Downtown restaurant has a tight menu of delectable bites from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., perfect for office workers in the area. Think pink eggs and ham, country fried chicken for a mere $6, and duck wings for $9. FYI, the drink deal starts at 2:30 p.m., just in case you're off work early.

18. Carson House

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8635 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
(310) 289-2800
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This Beverly Hills restaurant puts a little class back into happy hour, from 5-7 p.m. on weekdays. The house specialty drink, wines, and beers run $5 each, while a small menu of appetizers offers the likes of pickled veggies (perfect for the 90210 type), brick oven mushrooms, mini Kobe beef hot dogs, and more.

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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

13. The Backyard

930 Hilgard Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024
Chef Dakota Weiss debuts a new "beer garden" happy hour with small dishes like waffle bites, a daily sausage, and more, along with a slew of signature beers from local breweries. Offered Monday through Friday, 4-7 p.m.
930 Hilgard Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90024

14. The Doughroom

3409 Overland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90034
This Palms restaurant offers much of their menu for a few bucks off (think snacks like meatballs or deviled eggs) and $10 pizzas from 5-7 p.m. There's also $5 pints of beer and $6 glasses of wine on tap that will help to finish off the work day and ease into the evening.
3409 Overland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90034

15. Picca Peruvian Cantina

9575 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035
This Peruvian restaurant by Ricardo Zarate puts together a daily cocktail hour (so, a literal happy hour) with four drinks conceived by barman Julian Cox from 6-7 p.m. for $8-9, a steal for cocktails of this quality.
9575 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90035

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16. The Library Alehouse

2911 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405
This Santa Monica beer bar has a "study break" from 3-6 p.m. that takes $3 off select craft beers or glasses of wine, then offers classic bar bites like sweet & spicy wings, sliders (who said they went out of style?), and the Alehouse poutine, all for $3-5 bucks.
2911 Main St
Santa Monica, CA 90405

17. Blue Cow Kitchen & Bar

350 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90071
On top of $5 well drinks and $5 pints of beer, this Downtown restaurant has a tight menu of delectable bites from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., perfect for office workers in the area. Think pink eggs and ham, country fried chicken for a mere $6, and duck wings for $9. FYI, the drink deal starts at 2:30 p.m., just in case you're off work early.
350 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90071

18. Carson House

8635 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211
This Beverly Hills restaurant puts a little class back into happy hour, from 5-7 p.m. on weekdays. The house specialty drink, wines, and beers run $5 each, while a small menu of appetizers offers the likes of pickled veggies (perfect for the 90210 type), brick oven mushrooms, mini Kobe beef hot dogs, and more.
8635 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

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