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22 Superb Spots for the Best Happy Hour in L.A.

March 30, 2016 by Christina Minh

Nothing is more satisfying (and therapeutic) than ending your day with a happy hour, except maybe ending your day with the city’s best happy hour.

Luckily in Los Angeles you’ve got options. Lots of them.

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There is no denying that L.A. is infatuated with food and drink and as a result many of our happy hour spots are taking a more elevated approach to their discounted dining menus. On top of that you’ve got plenty of tried and true neighborhood standby’s that are perfect to unwind at after work. But with the mix of old and new the question… where to start?

But that’s why we’re here!

From the South Bay to The Valley, and the Westside to the Eastside (yup, just dropped some Randy Newman on you) we’re covering as much of Los Angeles County as we can to include spots we think you should explore.

Your L.A. happy hour journey starts after the jump, numbered for reference, listed in no particular order.

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1. Little Beast (Eagle Rock)

One of the best restaurants in Eagle Rock also hosts a happy hour Tuesday-Thursday and Sunday from 5:00pm-6:00pm where small seasonal plates are half off and wines are just $5. Plates like roasted octopus, steal head trout crudo and crispy Yukon gnocchi all cost under $7 turning this into the happiest of hours.

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2. The Rockefeller (South Bay)

The South Bay is lucky to have The Rockefeller in TWO locations, one in Hermosa Beach and the other in Manhattan Beach. Locals go crazy for $2 taco Wednesdays, 99 cent burger Tuesdays and their regular happy hour menu that includes bites like truffle mac’n’cheese, sweet potato bombs and more for under $6. Tack on a fine selection of craft beers and wine for just $5 a glass. Happy hour at both locations run Monday through Thursday from 5:00pm-7:00pm and Friday from 3:00pm-7:00pm.

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3. The Independence (Santa Monica)

Master of cocktails Vincenzo Marianella’s latest Westside hot spot hosts a happy hour Tuesday through Sunday, from 3:00pm-7:00pm. The drink menu is first-rate with $5-$6 signature cocktails by Vincenzo like the L.A. centric Laurel Canyon made with gin, lime, honey ginger, and organic egg white. Snacks are $5-$10 and run the gamut from Cincinnati chili sliders to crispy potato balls and smoked white fish toast. If you are looking for a full meal they also have select burgers and salads on happy hour prices.

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While you're getting your last minute gifts, take a break and stop in for early Happy Hour starting at 12pm. #independencesm

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4. The Morrison (Los Feliz)

Four hours of happy hour? Yup craft cocktails, craft beers, ciders and real bar food all at $6 a pop. Happening 3:00pm-7:00pm daily. For fellow dog owners, The Morrison is one of the best spots to take your four legged friend, they have a menu entirely devoted to dogs… not on happy hour but still pretty sweet.

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5. Maru (Sawtelle)

Modern French and Japanese restaurant Maru offers a elevated happy hour menu with $10 grilled lamb filet tacos, $7 quarter braised chicken with organic red quinoa and $6 three cheese béchamel nachos topped with marinated skirt steak. Half off beers on tap, $6 wine and cocktails are also served during happy hour, Tuesday through Friday, 5:00pm-7:00pm.

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6. aestus (Santa Monica)

We now have an extra incentive to head over to the Westside because aestus now has two happy hours, one during the week (Tuesday through Friday from 5:00pm-7:00pm) and one on the weekend (Friday and Saturday nights from 9:00pm-11:00pm). Modern American offerings like $4 pours of draft beer, $6 glasses of wine and well cocktails, $7 specialty cocktails from Bar Director Marissa Grasmick, and $5 classic bites that include mini pulled chicken sandwiches, grass-fed burgers, and grilled cheese.

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7. Cecconi’s (West Hollywood)

If you like to get real fancy for the price of $4-$7 dollars set foot in West Hollywood’s Cecconi’s. Tuesday through Saturday from 4:00pm-7:00pm wine and dine like a royal with $4 fried olives, baked gnocchi and meatballs, For an additional $3 you get full on meals that include veal tonnato, porchetta pizzette and a fontina black truffle burger that will blow your mind in tastes but also because you just paid $7 for it. Italian beer and wine are discounted along with cocktails too.

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8. Sol Y Luna (Tarzana)

This Mexican gem in Tarzana invites you to dine on half off appetizers during happy hour Monday through Friday from 3:00pm-6:00pm. The appetizer menu is pretty extensive and include steak quesadilla, alitas chicken wings, bite sized taquitos to name a few. Don’t forget to order a margarita or two they cost just south of $4 during this three hour fiesta.

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9. Georges Greek Cafe (Long Beach)

Possibly the cheapest (by price not quality!) happy hour food menu on this list is Georges a beloved Greek cafe located in Long Beach. Stuff your face with $2.50 small plates of spanakopita, gyro falafel, domathes and more. $3 gets you your choice of dip and $5 gets you two choices while $6 lands you two pieces of their signature lamb chops. There are nine kinds of martinis on happy hour for $5.50 while beer and wine run between $3.50-$4.50. The offer runs seven days a week from 3:00pm-7:00pm. There are three locations in Long Beach but if you want to do happy hour right we’d recommend checking out the DTLB spot.

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10. Seoul Sausage (Sawtelle + DTLA)

Seoul Sausage encourages you to “save water, drink soju” during their happy hour Monday through Friday from 4:00pm-8:00pm. Kimchi grilled cheese, Korean fried chicken, kalbi sliders, a sausage platter and more are all just $6. Wash all that food down with half off soju and beers and you’ve got yourself one satisfying hour.

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11. Los Balcones (Hollywood)  [no longer has happy hour on food]

A happy hour that runs from 12:00pm-7:00pm? Yup and it’s a good one too. Monday through Friday this Peruvian restaurant in Hollywood serves up $6 cocktails like pisco sour, $5 house wines, $4 Peruvian beers and a variety of bar bites for $6 that include grilled beef hearts, ceviche and grilled chicken. I think we just found your new lunch spot.

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12. Bar Amá (DTLA)

The Super Nacho Hour is what Josef Centeno calls his happy hour. Monday through Friday 5:30pm-7:00pm, Monday through Saturday 10:00pm to close and Sunday 3:00pm-5:30pm get your fill of homestyle Tex Mex bites like a $5 oversized chicken taco, $7 shrimp chalupas and short rib taquitos each dish cost $5-$9 while drinks like $5 Micheladas and $9 margaritas make happy hour “happy.”

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13. Sausal (El Segundo)

Monday through Thursday from 3:00pm-6:00pm stop by Sausal for some Nuevo Rancho fare happy hour style where you’ll find $3.50 tacos, $6 guac & chips, caramelized Brussel sprouts and oxtail picadillo empanadas as well as $2 off select margaritas and beers that include the Fandango Blonde and “Chupitos”, Calle 23, Dos Armadillos Tequilla and Sangrias! 

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14. Culina (Beverly Grove)

Crudo hour at this modern Italian restaurant located in the Four Seasons takes place Monday through Friday, from 6:00pm-8:00pm making this a great option for folks who get off work late in the evening. Sit at the bar to access their happy hour specials which include $8 crudo dishes like Peruvian scallops in shell, $4-$12 cicchetti (small dishes), $7 cocktails, $7 wine carafes and $5 drafts.

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15. Dog Haus Biergarten (Pasadena)

Dog Haus Biergarten loves happy hour so much they dedicated three different times for the occasion. Monday through Friday 3:00pm-6:00pm, late night happy hour Monday through Thursday 10:00pm to close and something they call Sunday Funday 3:00pm to midnight. $1.25 sliders come in variations like burger, all beef hot dog, and a corn dog slider dipped in hous-made root beer batter. Fries and tots are also just $1.25 with 2-for-1 on select beer, wine and cocktails.

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16. Madera (Hollywood)

Mediterranean inspired restaurant Madera, located in the heart of Hollywood, is a strong addition to the busy Cahuenga strip. Tuesday through Friday 5:30pm-7:30pm they run a happy hour at the bar with $7 food items like fried Mary’s chicken skewers. There is also a Happy Hour Highlights menu where $2 sliders can be found every Tuesday and $5 ceviche on Thursdays. Barrel wine by the glass are $5, all draft beers are also $5 and specialty cocktails are priced at $7.

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17. Vino Wines & Tapas Room (Encino)

This Spanish tapas bar located in Encino is known for their $5 happy hour tapas plates and $4-$7 international vinos everyday from 4:00pm-7:00pm. Not only are the prices affordable but you also get to dine on inspired dishes like crispy eggplant chips drizzled with honey, chicken liver with onions in a sizzling skillet and Tortilla Española, a traditional potato-egg omelet served with fresh tomato puree and olive oil. Did I mention they cost $5?!

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18. All’Acqua (Atwater Village)

This rustic Italian spot in Atwater Village hosts two happy hours one Sunday through Thursday, 5:00pm–7:00pm and a late night version from 10:00pm–11:00pm both have different menus. The earlier version serves plenty of drinks that range from $5 -$8 as well as $2-$6 small plates. When the clock hits 10:00pm it’s $10 pizza time on all their pies and a 12 year old bourbon whiskey old fashioned for $6.

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19. Panxa Cocina (Long Beach)

Long Beach Latin American spot Panxa Cocina hosts a daily happy hour from 3:00pm-7:00pm with drink happy hour held all day on Wednesday. $5 well drinks, $2 discount on house cocktails and beer and $5 small plates of creamy poblano fries, frito pie and fried calimari tacos fill you up for the price of a morning latte. If you like combo’s consider the Roadrunner Especial for $10 you get Modelo Especial draft, shot of Olmeca Altos Blanco and a street taco with the choice of chicken, beef, or pork.

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20. Maradentro (Studio City + Brentwood)

Maradentro just rolled out their Hora Feliz at both Studio City and Brentwood locations. Happening everyday at the Studio City location, Hora Feliz runs Monday 5:00pm–10:00pm, Tuesday through Friday 5:00pm–7:00pm and 4:00pm–6:00pm on the weekend. Brentwood holds a Hora Feliz 4:00pm-6:oopm. The menu features craft cocktails, wine and beer for $4-$9 and a selection of mariscos inspired items by Chef Jose Acevedo like crabiqueso, dos gringas de camarón, Baja fish tacos that will cost you $6-$10.

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21. The Raymond 1886 (Pasadena)

Half off bar snacks at this beloved restaurant means you get to dine on $7 pork belly confit, $8 foie gras sushi and $2 oysters. If you want to impress someone with your refined palate and money saving skills this is the spot. Happy hour is available Tuesday through Friday from 4:00pm-7:00pm. In addition to the bar menu patrons also get half off well drinks, select glasses of wine for $5, craft beer for $5 plus $7 on the featured craft cocktail of the day.

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22. Connie & Teds (West Hollywood)

Michael Cimarusti’s seafood focused restaurant located in West Hollywood hosts a happy hour thats geared towards shellfish. From Monday through Friday 4:00pm- 7:00pm available only at the bar folks can snack on a $5 fried clam strips slider, $6 Hokkaido dog made from hokkaido scallops, $10 half dozen oysters and much more. $5 craft beers on draft, $6 wine and a special $7 happy hour margarita take care of the drinks portion.

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What’s your favorite happy hour to frequent in Los Angeles? Add your suggestion to the comments below!

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