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Welcome to 2020, where you can already kick off the year with new happy hour cocktails at some of 2019’s best new L.A. bars. We think we’re going to like it here, especially if January’s new deals are any indication of the months to come: Between new late-night menus, a killer special from the city’s top sake bar, and $5 beers in one of Downtown’s most beautiful bars, we’ve got high hopes. And hey, if you’re observing Dry January, there are plenty of new food specials on offer, too.
Whether they’re pouring in from a show at the Pantages, just spent the day sightseeing or are simply looking for quality cuisine and refined cocktails, late-night revelers have a new destination just off Hollywood Boulevard. Adam Perry Lang’s nouveau steakhouse (and lunchtime BBQ gem) just announced an evening happy hour that features a high-low mix of Perry Lang’s expert, meaty cooking. You can opt for APL’s more dinner-leaning bites such as the beef tartare for $12, or go for comfy, casual BBQ fare with sweet cream biscuits ($7) and sticky pork spare ribs ($10). To drink, look for $10 negronis and house drinks like the Coco Punch, made with rum and nutmeg.
The best new bar of 2019 just launched its first happy hour special, so, naturally, we’re all about it. Echo Park’s charming and cozy sake den isn’t offering a handful of discounted drinks and bites, instead going with just one weekday-only deal that’s quite the steal: For $18, you can snag a chilled cup of sake and a Japanese chicken katsu sando (which, by the way, happens to be one of our favorite new sandwiches of 2019, too). This is one of the city’s top watering holes with excellent drinking bites, so why not combine the two with one fell swoop?
Alexis and Dave Woodall just moved their romantic Eagle Rock restaurant to the heart of Downtown, and in addition to a more eclectic food menu, the husband-and-wife pair added a little something else to the new location: a full bar program. Take advantage of Red Herring’s new cocktails at happy hour, when you can find a handful of them discounted to $10 a pop: a traditional vesper, a Manhattan and one of their house signatures, the Hot Neighbor, made with blanco tequila, cucumber, mint and lime. You can also use the happy hour to explore their wine menu, with a white, rosé and a red each priced at $8 per glass, or the select craft beer and cider priced at $7, not to mention Dave Woodall’s seasonal, globe-trotting bites: persimmon ricotta toast for $9; crab cake for $10; smoked eggplant dip with tahini and herbs for $8; Brussels sprout salad with parmesan, breadcrumbs and kumquat for $8.
One of the most gorgeous new restaurants and bars in town closed out the year with a new happy hour, making V DTLA even more of a picture-perfect spot to sip in 2020. Settle in at the horseshoe-shaped bar, all brass and marble and gleaming, then enjoy $8 cocktails, $5 beers from Spain, Mexico and beyond, and $6 glasses of wine beneath the hanging plants. Hungry? The Mediterranean-leaning menu has a few plates on offer during happy hour, including rosemary-marinated olives on ice for $5; margherita pizzas for $10; and burrata with pistachio and cracked pepper for $10.
Little Tokyo’s Nikkei cocktail bar is well worth visiting at all hours, but when this Japanese-Peruvian destination has not one but two happy hours available, there really feels like no excuse not to drop in for a drink. From Wednesday to Friday until 7pm, find select cocktails—historically grouped in categories of Shakespearean, U.S. military and post WWII—at a discount for $8 apiece: that means classics such as Singapore slings, Moscow mules, Hemingway daiquiris and more. If you’re more of a night owl, the bar also recently launched a late-night “buti” happy hour, where you can find Peruvian butifarra sandwiches—small and satisfying—for $7 apiece in varieties such as pork with pickles and lettuce; beef asado with salsa criolla; and avocado with tomato and hardboiled egg. The late menu even sports sausage-topped fries for $6, or regular fries for $4, perfect for sopping up that carefully curated pisco selection.
Wed–Fri 5–7pm; late-night Thu–Sat 11pm–1:45am