Picking the top 10 happy hour spots in Los Angeles is a little like picking a favorite child. From the sports bars you frequent on weekends to grab a pint while watching the game to the dive bars where you've become a regular—out of all the bars in Los Angeles, how do you choose who makes the cut? Don't worry: We've picked the top 10 in the city so that you don't have to (you're welcome). Our list is based on the best deals overall—the happy hours that last more than just a few hours, serve killer drinks and offer delicious cheap eats at a fraction of their regular prices. So scrounge around for those last few bucks, grab a stool and settle in for some of the best happy hour deals in town. Cheers!
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What: Half-priced beer, wine, cocktails and $6 appetizers; $2 tacos, street corn, margaritas and beer on Tuesdays
When: Daily 4-7pm, plus Taco Tuesdays from 4pm-close
Why we love it: Wait. We know what you're thinking. Pink Taco? The Pink Taco, the one with the tacky decor and the overpriced fajitas? But hear us out: Come happy hour, the margaritas are strong (and HUGE) and the hefty appetizers a mere $6. On Tuesdays, load up on carne asada, chicken, mushroom and fish tacos for only $2, then wash it down with one of their famous margaritas for $2 (an additional shot is only $1!).
What: $4 glasses of wine and beer, $5 cocktails
When: Mon-Thu 5-7pm, 9pm-close; Fri 5-7pm
Why we love it: With happy hour times for both the post-work crowd and late-night imbibers, the Luggage Room is friendly on your wallet for all but two hours of the evening on Monday through Thursday. Even better: there are food and drink specials that run throughout the week in addition to happy hour. Stop by on Mondays and Tuesdays ("Neighborhood Nights") when your second pizza is only $5; Wednesdays for half-off bottles of wine over $40; and Saturdays for $12 endless sangrias from noon to 4pm. Drink to your heart's content—the Gold Line is just around the corner.
What: Half-price specialty cocktails, beer and wine; $5 bar bites
When: Daily 4-8pm
Why we love it: How do we love Saint Felix? Let us count the ways: 1. Four hours of strong, half-price drinks. 2. The sangria. Oh, the sangria. 3. Only $5 for a Kobe slider and bomb-diggity sweet potato fries? Yes, please (and if you want to venture off the happy hour menu, the jaw-dropping mac 'n' cheese is the way to go). 4. The friendly, fabulous waitstaff, whether you're at the Hollywood or West Hollywood location. We heart you, Saint Felix!
What: $5 specialty cocktails
When: Mon-Sat 5-8pm; Sun 2-8pm
Why we love it: The Thirsty Crow is already a haven for fans of quality craft cocktails—but at $12 a pop, most of us can only try one at a time. That's why their happy hour is such a steal. Pick from a curated list of cocktails (Moscow Mules, Manhattans, the oft-elusive Dark'n'Stormy), available for only $5 each. Hell, at that price you can try 'em all. Can't make it on a week day? Not only is happy hour offered on Saturday, but Sunday's hours are a whopping 2 to 8pm. Hello, day drinking.
What: $5 beer and wine, half-priced cocktails
When: Daily Noon-7pm
Why we love it: We're already thrilled about The Misfit's discounted drinks, but take a look at their happy hour times: Noon to 7pm daily? That's seven straight hours of affordable boozing. Stop by during their weekday lunch hour and you'll get an even better deal: $5 for the lunch of the day, ranging anywhere from a Jidori chicken sandwich to an heirloom brown rice bowl. The bar is usually packed, happy hour being one of the main reasons, and here's another: after you've gotten the bill, your server will offer you a homemade chocolate chip-French sea salt cookie. Take two. Good food, cheap drinks and free cookies—we're sold.
What: $4 beers; $8 cocktails, wines and appetizers
When: Mon-Sat 4-8pm
Why we love it: The phrase "happy hour" may conjur up $3 Bud Lights in a dingy dive bar, but Scarpetta has taken the term into their own hands with a fantastic "$8 before 8" menu. Not only are their hours longer than most (and on Saturday, too, no less!), but where else can you get chicken liver pâté or three porchetta sandwiches for $8? Enjoy with one of Scarpetta's signature cocktails on their outdoor patio—you'll only look like you're spending a fortune. Tip: Park nearby at the Beverly Canon Gardens garage, where parking is free for the first two hours until 6pm and $5 flat rate thereafter.
What: Discounted menu cocktails and bar bites; $5 well drinks and beer; $6 wine
When: Mon, Wed-Fri 3-8pm; Tue all day
Why we love it: There is history felt in Cole's, the Downtown bar that stakes its claim as the originator of the French Dip sandwich. It may even feel like you've gone back in time during the landmark's happy hour, when you can score an Old Fashioned for $6 or a draft beer for $5, as well as a half dip sandwich and plate of fries for only $5. You want tater tots with that? Just $1 for a serving of the fried comfort food and you're good to go.
What: $4-$8 bites; $4 wine; $6-$8 cocktails
When: Mon-Sat 3-6pm and 9pm-Midnight
Why we love it: Oh, the thought of driving to Napa for happy hour makes absolutely zero sense to you? Us, too. That's why we're kind of in love with Napa Valley Grille's happy hour. Make your way up to the bar or sit on their wine country-esque patio to indulge in $4 glasses of wine, plus seasonally-driven bites including short rib sliders, fish tacos and chef Taylor Boudreaux's signature kale salad, all for $4-$8. If you can't make it after work, their late night happy hour makes sipping and nibbling on the cheap all the more attainable.
What: Half off all appetizers; $5 Casa Margaritas; $2 off all other margaritas, cocktails, wine and beer
When: Daily 2:30-7pm
Why we love it: Happy hour may not be the best idea for a first date, but if you're courting on the cheap, Casa Vega is the place to do it. Dimly-lit and with cozy booths, this Sherman Oaks institution has been around for almost 60 years. The friendly bartenders are more than happy to chat about its legacy as you order (strong) $5 margaritas and some of the best damn guacamole in town. With almost five hours of discounts every.single.day, you'll be coming back here on the regular, with or without a date.
What: $4 cicchetti (Venetian tapas) and draft beer; $7 cocktails, wine and prosecco
When: Tue-Sat 4-7pm
Why we love it: In Italy, happy hour is replaced with aperitivo, where the purchase of a drink will likely gain you access to small plates spread on the bar, buffet style. Cecconi's has reinterpreted aperitivo with their "4 to 7" menu, where $4 will get you plates of salt cod croquettes or meatballs, fried olives or baked gnocchi, and more. Add in a $7 Negroni or glass of wine, and you have yourself an affordable meal. Buon appetito!