In my opinion the pub scene in the Valley is severely underrated (and perhaps under appreciated), which is a fact I’m totally OK with as it means us locals get to enjoy some of the best happy hours in L.A. all to ourselves.
But maybe not for long.
This post is all about spotlighting some of the finest San Fernando Valley happy hour spots you may not know about already.Our list includes restaurants and bars so you can find a variety of happy hour offerings with an ambiance to match your mood, from recently opened ‘hipper’ spots to hole-in-the- wall joints that have haunted the SFV forever.
After all, nothing beats that special time of day once your work is done and you can finally chip away at the weight on your shoulders with drinks and food that tastes even better cause it’s not taking away too much from your hard-earned paycheck.
Enjoy the list!
1. Public School 818 (Sherman Oaks)
This popular chain aims to teach customers a lesson on good eats made with fresh produce and craft beers. Their “recess” menu includes $4 craft beers, $5 well drinks, and $10-$15 half liter wines while their food menu ranges from $4-$7 with items include Parmesan truffle frites, chorizo mac ‘n’ cheese, and ahi tuna poke.
2. The Smokehouse (Burbank)
Their menu is sprinkled with happy hour staples including loaded potato skins, fried pickles, and wings. It runs from 4 – 7 p.m. Monday through Fridays at the bar and lounge with well drinks and beer priced at $5 and wines by the glass for $7.
3. EMC Seafood & Raw Bar (Woodland Hills)
It’s all about the $1 oysters at this sophisticated seafood eatery located in The Village. Daily happy hour runs 4 – 7 p.m. with $1 oysters (chefs choice only) and round two a late night happy hour running Sunday through Thursday 10 p.m. to midnight and Friday-Saturday from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. The late night menu is more expansive and includes oysters for $1.50 and discounts on small plates like calamari and fish tacos. Plus, $5 draft beer, glass of house wine, sangria, lemon drop and cosmos.
4. Cascabel (Toluca Lake)
Chef Alex Eusebio of Top Chef fame and wife Sara Mann Eusebio opened up this Mexican eatery (the name means rattlesnake) in a former residence offering cozy vibes and gourmet eats. Happy hour is every week from 5 – 7 p.m. with select appetizers including their classic guacamole for a cool $4, select wines are $2 off , draft beers are $5 , and margaritas are $8 .
5. Tonga Hut (North Hollyw00d)
L.A’s oldest Tiki bar (established in 1958) with its dim lighting, eclectic jukebox offerings, and lounge space is unsurprisingly also a great spot for happy hour. It happens every day from 4 – 8 p.m. with $3 well drinks, $2 PBR, $2 Miller Lite, $5 drafts, and $3 shot specials.
6. The Woodman (Sherman Oaks)
Ryan Sweeney is one of L.A.’s top craft beer connoisseurs (Surly Goat, Sweeney’s Ale House) at this Sherman Oaks watering hole you can choose from around 16 beers on tap, mostly from California that you probably won’t find elsewhere. Happy hour is every day from 4:30 – 8 p.m. with $4 wine, well drinks, and select craft beers.
7. Vino Wine and Tapas Room (Encino)
When in (hypothetical) Spain you dine as the Spaniards do with a table covered in a multitude of small bites. Their Tapa Hour menu includes a tortilla Española (potato omelet) with chorizo, patatas bravas (potatoes with spicy aioli), bacon wrapped dates with blue cheese, and –of course – ceviche. Vino hour includes sparkling wine, beer, and mimosas for $4, their acclaimed sangria for $5, and red and white wine for $6 everyday from 4 – 7 p.m.
8. Boneyard Bistro (Sherman Oaks)
When a happy hour menu includes fried mac ‘n’ cheese and Kobe Beef Chili Cheese Donuts you can get comfortable because it’s going to be a good night. This is a barbecue joint so naturally the menu includes a few protein-heavy items including a Jr. BBQ sandwich, ¼ of baby back ribs, and what is without a doubt one of their guiltiest pleasures- something called bacon blocks. Happy Hour is from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and all draft beers and wines by the glass are 25 percent off and well drinks are $5.
9. Tipsy Cow (Sherman Oaks, Woodland Hills)
It’s been a beloved gastropub in the Valley since opening the Sherman Oaks location in 2014 and just recently they’ve expanded to Woodland Hills. Their happy hour runs all week from 3 – 7 p.m. and everyday from 10 pm. till closing with a food menu that includes short rib cheesesteak, burgers, and tacos while their select beers, house wines, Tipsy Mule, and Ventura Lemonade (vodka and house-made vanilla bean lemonade) are just $5.
10. Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ (Burbank)
It’s a favorite cook-it-yourself Japanese BBQ restaurant and they don’t skimp on their happy hour deals offering happy hour ONLY full courses for two, ala carte grilling items like toro beef at $3.95, appetizer specials like shrimp tempura for $6.95, and even a wide selection of ramen, soups, noodles and bibmbaps all on specials. Top all that off with $1.95 Sapporo drafts.
11. The Fat Dog NOHO (North Hollywood)
The pooch-inspired eatery is a sleeper hit in the Valley for those in the know offering a week day happy hour that runs from 3- 7 p.m. with select draft beers ranging from $3-5 and food items ranging from $3-7 including their beloved Swedish meatballs, BBQ pork belly sandwich, and potato skins with brie cheese.
12. The Blue Dog Beer Tavern (Sherman Oaks)
One of the best in the 818 with a happy hour that gives a taste of what they’ve got to offer happening Monday through Friday from 3 – 6 p.m. The food menu includes sliders (pick two of some of their signature burgers), chili cheese fries, and nachos while beers, wines, and ciders range from $3.99 to $7.50.
13. District Pub NoHo (North Hollywood)
The bar features 24 seasonal craft beers on tap including the Angelino from Angel City Brewery and Allagash Curieux Everyday from 2 – 7 p.m. $2 off draft beers and $1 bottle beer
14. Bar One Tap Room (Valley Village)
The only thing better than discounted drinks is free food and at Bar One they’re offering free pizza with $1 drafts and wine, $7 beer flights, $4 sake bombs, and $5 off wine bottles. Happy hour runs from 6 – 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and they also host several special events including karaoke, loteria night, and burlesque.
15. Maradentro (Studio City)
This seafood haven is just more than a year old and comes from the guys behind Yxta Cocina Mexicana and Mercado. Their “hora feliz” runs Monday 5 –10 p.m., Tuesday through Friday 5 – 7 p.m., and 4–6 p.m. on weekends. The menu features craft cocktails, wine and beer from $4-$9 and a selection of upscale Mexican fare by Chef Jose Acevedo including their dependably delicious guacamole, carnitas nachos, and tostada de ceviche ranging from $6-$10.
16. The Oaks Tavern (Sherman Oaks)
The Oaks features your neighborhood bar staples including karaoke, trivia, beer pong and free popcorn plus not one but two happy hours everyday from open to 7 p.m. with $2 well drinks and $1 – 1. 50 off select draft beers and late night happy hour Sunday through Thursday from 10 – 11 p.m. with $5.50 well drinks and specials on select drafts and shots.
17. Sol Y Luna (Tarzana)
Chances are you frequent this down-home Mexican restaurant regularly if you live in the Valley, so its happy hour deals are as extensive as you may expect with half-off appetizers weekdays from 3 – 6 p.m. which includes tasty eats like steak quesadilla, chicken wings, and taquitos among other favorites. Margaritas are a must especially at just $4.
What’s your spot for the best happy hour in the Valley? Let us know in the comments below!