The top 10 happy hour deals in Los Angeles
We've narrowed down the best places for happy hour in the city to drink, eat and get rowdy on a budget
Thu Apr 24 2014
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
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!).
- Century City & West Hollywood
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!
- Hollywood & West Hollywood
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.
- Silver Lake
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.
- Santa Monica