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Five brand new happy hours to try in September

Your guide to $3 beers, half-price dinners and more

Freedman's Jewish Deli restaurant Silver Lake
Photograph: Courtesy Freedman's/Dylan+Jeni

The best things in life are free or, at least, almost free—especially if you've worked up a thirst. While the best new restaurants and bars can't offer you a free drink or two, they can come pretty close with $3 beers, $6 wines and discounted bar bites late into the night. Give your wallet a break with this month's top almost-free happy hour specials.


Talk about a power hour: 1 Hotel West Hollywood's breezy patio restaurant is offering what might be the best new happy hour deal in town, but you can only find it for one hour of the day. Head to Alice during this magical window and you can find the entire menu at 50 percent off the regular price. (Yes, seriously.) This means you can snag select glasses of wine for as little as $7 and cocktails at $8, beers at $3 and $4, and an entire food menu that's half-price. Roasted half chickens get cut down to $13, soups become $6 and salads, $9, filet mignon will run you about $25, and snacky bites such as pimento cheese dip with focaccia crisps reduce down to $5.50. It's a deal so good it's worth racing against rush hour to get there, and that's saying something.

Mon-Fri 5-6pm


West Hollywood's Japanese-Italian hybrid hideaway just launched a mix-and-match to end all happy hour specials, giving you a wealth of options for not a lot of cash. From 6 to 7pm, the new menu presents a handful of small plates and a few beverages, where you can pick and choose any three items for a total of $21. You want to go all-booze and just order three drinks? You can have a glass of sauvignon blanc, some sangiovese, an IPA or a hefeweizen. Want to go all-food? You've got options: umami-and-egg–packed arancini; amberjack crudo; squash blossoms; Niman Ranch meatballs; blistered shishito peppers and other bites are all at the ready. Choose any three from either category, pay only $21. Bing, bang, boom. 

Tue-Sat 6-7pm

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Formosa Café

Thanks to a revamp from 1933 Group, this historic West Hollywood watering hole is back and better than ever. Little Fatty's David Kuo provides a menu of Taiwanese dumplings, noodles and Chinese-American sizzling platters and classics, while Chinatown's gem of an ornate antique wooden bar—formerly of gone-but-not-forgotten Yee Mee Loo—sits as a centerpiece for fun, fruity, strong cocktails. It's the kind of place where you can really lose track of time, and where we want to spend all day and night—which we can now do, because Formosa just launched both lunch service and a late-night menu. From 10pm to midnight every night of the week, find $8 deals such as house-made orange chicken; pork-and-shrimp wontons in garlic sauce; veggie egg rolls; marinated Persian cucumbers in fish sauce; sesame wings with fermented tofu blue "cheese"; and pork-and-cabbage potstickers. The Formosa was a celeb hangout during the '40s and '50s, many of whom watch over the bar via their black-and-white headshots hanging around the space—think of them as your new (old) drinking buddies as you nosh late at night.

Nightly 10pm-midnight


One of our favorite Silver Lake spots just launched a discounted menu that's sure to be a godsend for early imbibers. Tuesday to Thursday you can find the happy hour kicking off at 5pm, but on Fridays and all weekend long, it starts at 2:30pm—so who's with us in calling for the workweek to end around 2pm? We're all for getting a jump on Freedman's modern Jewish bites, some of which (and some of our favorites) you'll find at a lower rate: the Chicago-inspired Big Dog hot dog, the must-order whitefish cigars and the house reuben, among them. Wash it all down with $8 glasses of natural wine and $10 bottled cocktails and martinis. Sound like a plan? Great, see you there on Fridays at 2:30?

Tue-Thu 5-6pm, Fri-Sun 2:30-6pm

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Terzo MDR

Marina Del Rey's a waterfront city, and, fittingly, Terzo MDR takes its inspiration from a coastal region. The Mediterranean restaurant is all about seafood (head-on shrimp, roasted octopus, salmon crudo), but that doesn't mean there isn't fresh pasta on the menu, too. There's also pizza, and a Spanish-leaning selection of small plates that includes options like wood-roasted morcilla sausage, not to mention nightly happy hour, to wash it all down. Every night of service, catch some of these Mediterranean bites for around $6—chicken wings, fried artichokes, the salumi of the day—and sip old-fashioneds and Moscowmules for $7, some red or white for $6, and any draft beer  available for $6. It's as easy and breezy as, well, that Marina Del Rey breeze.

Tue-Sun 3-7pm

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The Pier House in Venice cocktail bar restaurant
Photograph: Courtesy the Pier House/Jakob N. Layman

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We were sad to see Baco Shop go, but Josef Centeno had other plans for his Culver City space. Instead of a casual spinoff of his DTLA restaurant Bäco Mercat, it’s now a sibling spot to another branch of his Downtown empire, Bar Amá, and you’d better believe that the Michelin-starred chef’s Amácita is serving up Centeno’s cult-classic queso and other Tex-Mex hits found at the og restaurant. In fact, Amácita’s even got its own “super nacho hour,” one of the best happy hours Downtown: Head to the new restaurant’s bar or patio areas for $7 nachos; $3 tacos; the $6 new Amácita salad, made with pecorino, pepita crumbles and a habanero green goddess dressing; $5 grilled corn with paneer cheese; $7 blistered okra with queso fresco and more. All that Tex-Mex pairs perfectly with the “super nacho hour” drink specials: $5 frosé with hibiscus syrup; $6 micheladas with a hot-sauce ice cube; $4 cans of Tecate; $5 pours of draft Pacifico; and $5 glasses of wine. We’ll miss you, Baco Shop, but holy hell are we stoked about Amácita.

Tue–Sat 5–7pm


The new sibling spot to Joey Woodland Hills is right in the heart of Downtown with a menu that’s just as busy as its neighborhood. There’s the usual gastropub fare—burgers, salads, truffle fries, hummus—plus sushi, sashimi, hibachi chicken wings, Korean fried cauliflower, lobster grilled cheese sandwiches, ravioli, ceviche and, well, you get the idea. Restaurants often say there’s something for everyone, but these guys mean it, and fortunately their happy hour menu gives you the chance to figure out what, exactly is the dish for you. You can opt for sushi cones or rosemary garlic fries or sliders for $4; panko-breaded chicken tenders with parmesan dipping sauce for $8; calamari for $10; or sushi rolls or lettuce wraps for $13. Let’s not forget the drinks, which can be found at some of the best prices in town: $3.50 for select beers, $5.50 glasses or wine and $7.50 negronis. 

Daily 3–6pm

The Pier House

Venice’s newest restaurant is a bit of a throwback, taking its inspiration from the beach town’s boardwalk dance hall of yore: There are vintage touches (old-timey cameras and antique books) around the bright and chipper space, and in addition to some modern California cuisine, the menu is offering the kind of breezy boardwalk fare you can imagine seaside visitors nibbling in the 1920s and beyond (lobster rolls, poached shrimp, calamari). The new spot kicked off with a happy hour, making sundown the perfect time to dig into the new seafood-centric menu—not to mention a handful of small plates and $5 beers. During the daily happy hour, catch $9 cocktails like a vanilla lychee concoction of vodka, St. Germain, lychee, lemon and vanilla bitters, or the margarita made with your choice of passion fruit or guava, plus $8 glasses of wine and $5 craft beers. Peckish? The “sunset” menu includes raw-bar classics like oysters, clams and shrimp, and plates like white bean hummus with naan; a Nashville hot chicken sandwich; beef tartare with potato chips; and of course fritto misto—you’re on a boardwalk, remember?

Daily 3–5pm


Catering king and former food truck operator John Kang just launched a funky, casual brick-and-mortar restaurant in K-town, and yes, you can find his fantastic chicken wings there along with other bar-friendly, sauced-up bites: chili cheese potato wedges, baby back ribs, fried mushrooms, nachos—you get the idea. He’s also got a bar serving some insane new additions to the neighborhood, such as a lychee dessert cocktail that’s served in a martini glass and topped with a scoop of sorbet. But the beverage focus is on beer and soju, and beer and soju you shall find at a steep discount a few hours every day: During happy hour, every draft beer and bottled drink is 50 percent off. We’ll race you there and maybe—maybe—share some of those wings with you.

Daily 5–7pm

Tokyo Guild

There’s a new izakaya in town, and by “town,” we mean both Culver City and Long Beach—and whichever location you choose, there’s both afternoon happy hour and a late-night menu, because Tokyo Guild clearly knows how to double up. The casual new Japanese gastropub-leaning spots are turning out the likes of ramen, cocktails and katsu sandos, and two times a day you’ll find small plates and libations for discounted prices. During happy hour, catch $6 glasses of red, white and rosé wines; half-price cocktails; $10 beer-and-sake boilermakers; half-price hot sake; and half-price Kirin draft beer—then sop up all that alcohol with $5 miso pork fries; $3 edamame; $3 chicken or veggie gyoza; $5 takoyaki and more. If you’re more of a night owl, late-night runs until midnight with $4 sake; $3 Kirin pints and $5 steins; $6 wines; and cocktails for as little as $5.50—proving just about any time is a good time to head to Culver City or Long Beach to check out this newcomer.

Daily 3–6pm; late-night daily 10pm–midnight

The Queensberry cocktail bar in Downtown DTLA Los Angeles
Photograph: Courtesy the Queensberry/JTRAN Photos

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H&H Brazilian Steakhouse

Brazil might be best known for its grilled meats and empanadas, but when it comes to drinking, the caipirinha reigns supreme. The country’s national cocktail is a refreshing blend of cachaça, sugar and a whole lot of lime, which helps cut through the heartiness of those flame-grilled and spit-roasted meats—and at DTLA’s new Brazilian steakhouse, you can sample it all affordably on weekdays. During happy hour, H&H offers $5 cheese empanadas, $6 grass-fed–beef empanadas, and a $6 stewy, beefy, traditional picadinho bagual, among other bites. South American wines run around $7 per glass, and there’s $6 craft beer on tap, too, but you’re here for the caipirinha, available for $9 in either traditional, strawberry or coconut varieties. 

Mon–Fri 5–7pm


West Third’s verdant Middle Eastern spot has a brand new location in Palms, and now you can snag bites for as little as $5—not to mention $10 shot-and-beer combos—at either location. There’s patio space at both, but in Palms, the shaded area seems to stretch for eternity (and comprises most of the restaurant’s seating, period). It’s exactly where we want to be for those prosecco-heavy $10 sbagliato cocktails; $9 lamb sliders; $10 old fashioneds and $5 spreads and dips. We’ll take one of those $10 boilermaker combos with a lager and a shot of Jordanese anise liqueur, while we’re at it.

Mon–Fri 4–7pm


Far East Plaza’s beloved Filipino spot recently secured its beer-and-wine license, which can only mean one thing: a new happy hour menu. Of course, that license can actually mean multiple things, including the fact that Chase Valencia, the restaurant’s co-owner and general manager, stepped up to curate the wine list and he’s giving us funky natural wines that perfectly complement the happy-hour bites. Rotating glasses of red or white can be had for $10 apiece, while Filipino lager San Miguel Pale Pilsen is only $5 and a handful of craft beers cost $7 each. The bites in question? A few wood-grilled skewers (available in either chicken-gizzard or shrimp) at $3.50 and $4.50 apiece, respectively; vegan Filipino-inspired bar snacks such as calamansi-powder–dusted corn nuts ($6) and rice-flour chicharrones with mushroom powder ($5); and a handful of small plates and sandwiches, such as the house fried rice ($7) with sausage and/or crab additions, a tidy mound of crispy chicken wings ($11); light, crispy fried calamari over squid ink coconut milk ($9) and a gooey, comforting pimento-cheese sandwich on pan de sal ($8).

Wed–Fri 5:30–7pm

The Queensberry

Technically Downtown’s newest bar calls its special menu “Social Hour,” but we all know what’s good. The reduced-price food and drink options run well into the night here, which is great because the bar’s black-and-gold glam, subterranean setting makes it easy to lose track of time. Housed in the former Honeycut space, it makes good use of that light-up dance floor, which is where you’ll probably be after a few of those $5 beers. Cocktails are $3 off during this window, which means tipples such as the Dr. Funk (dark rum, lemon, pomegranate and herbstura) or the Il Napolitano (gin, Aperol, lemon, honey and cherry bitters) can be yours for around $10.

Wed–Sat 5–10pm

Viale dei Romani

Angelenos love a spritz—that breezy, bright Italian concoction usually involving prosecco and an apéritif such as Aperol—and West Hollywood’s modern-meets-rustic Italian charmer is giving the people what they want with a summertime menu devoted to it. Every day through the end of August, head to the Viale’s courtyard for a swoon-worthy setting complete with the occasional Spanish guitar and, above all, $10 spritzes (normally $15 apiece).

Expect the traditional Aperol variety, in addition to the sgroppino with lemon sorbet, vodka, Amaro Montenegro, prosecco and lemon zest; a California-inspired spritz, made with white vermouth, apricot liqueur, cardamom bitters, lemon, prosecco and star anise; the 101 North Spritz, a blend of Santa Barbara Vermouth, gin, cardamom bitters and prosecco all garnished with a grapefruit twist and lavender; a Campari spritz with Campari, naturally, plus Vermina Rosso, prosecco, rosemary and orange; and, finally, an amari-based spritz with Amaro Braulio, grapefruit vermouth, prosecco, mint and a grapefruit twist. Oh, and psst—Viale’s regular happy menu is killer, too, with $4 beers, $4 falafels, $4 wood-fired olives, $9 fried clams, $10 cocktails and more.

Daily 3–7:30pm

BOA Steakhouse Los Angeles happy hour deals
Photograph: Courtesy BOA Steakhouse

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Highland Park's new pinball bar doesn't have the cheapest happy hour specials on the list, but it'll save you a few dollars—which you can immediately use on all those arcade games. The Brooklyn-founded Barcade franchise is now open in L.A. with pinball  cabinets and other retro games galore, and at its York Boulevard location, you can find $1 off all beer, wine and well drinks almost all day long. From noon to 7pm, catch that happy hour deal, plus a $10 boilermaker that involves a pint of craft beer and a shot of Four Roses bourbon. It's got happy-hour food deals to follow, but for now, you can catch a $15 sandwich, beer and fries special—because let's face it, you're going to need sustenance before your 12 rounds of Space Invaders.

Daily noon-7pm

BOA Steakhouse

Want steakhouse quality without the steakhouse pricing? BOA just revamped its happy hour menu, which means that now you can stop by the lounge area in either the West Hollywood or Santa Monica location to find half-price oysters; $6 Thai chicken wings, an entire meatball sub; an $8 calamari salad, $7 ahi tacos; a $15 BOA Steakhouse burger; and even a $17 Impossible (non-meat!) burger. What's more, the drinks are a steal: Select cocktails are roughly $10 off their usual price, so you can sip that margarita with Grand Marnier float for only $8, or that martini with blue-cheese–stuffed olives for only $9. White wines are only $5 by the glass, while reds are $6, and so is prosecco and select beer. Looking for more happy-hour pricing? Stop by either BOA on Sundays to enjoy half-price bottles of wine. 

Mon-Fri 5-7pm


Why should meat eaters have all the fun? Tal Ronnen's groundbreaking vegan stalwart recently launched a late-night menu with tons of specials, so you can sidle up to the bar and order discounted sliders just like the rest of L.A., but sans the meat and dairy. There are Impossible sliders served with fries for only $12; spaghetti and "meatballs" (with vegan parm) for $12; buffalo maitake mushrooms for $8; and even a $10 grilled cheese sandwich with soup for dipping—talk about comfort food.

Daily 10pm-close

Granville Pasadena

Pasadena's got a shocking lack of rooftop bars, so it comes as no surprise that Granville's latest location—complete with a cozy but breezy, picture-perfect alfresco bar—is in high demand. Factor in some of the best happy hour deals in the neighborhood and you've got quite a crowd. Get there early to beat the line (or else chill downstairs at the bar or the high-top tables), then sip on $5 craft beers, $7 glasses of wine in red, white, and rosé forms, plus a range of cocktails at either $7 or $9, drink choice depending—hello, cucumber martinis and pineapple margaritas. When you get a bit peckish, there are always the $7 flatbreads and the salmon spread with rye chips, or $5 bites such as mac and cheese, roasted beets, and flourless chocolate cake. It's not the tallest rooftop around, but with these prices, the setting can't be beat.

Mon-Fri 4-7pm 

Wexler's Deli (Santa Monica location only)

For those who love to nosh—and track down L.A.'s most in-demand new beer—then Wexler's and its new happy hour should do the trick. Starting Saturday, June 8, the modern Jewish deli's Santa Monica location is launching a daily menu that includes some killer discounted bites: smoked whitefish dip with bagel chips for $7, pastrami-spiced chicken tenders with house-made ranch dressing for $7, a double-smoked salmon collar for $5, a $9 pastrami bacon burger, and grilled pastrami lettuce cups for $6. You're going to need to wash it all down, and to do that, you can snag $3.50 Calidad beers: the hard-to-find, hyper-in-demand new Mexican-style lager from the owner of Alfred Coffee Co. TBH Wexler's had us at "pastrami-spiced chicken tenders," but now they've really hooked us with the Calidad.

Daily 3-7pm

Pikoh restaurant by Ricardo Zarate West La Los Angeles
Photograph: Courtesy Pikoh

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Bar Figueroa at Hotel Figueroa

Winos, this one’s for you. This gorgeous DTLA hotel is home to a handful of wining and dining concepts, but on Wednesday nights, the lobby bar—Bar Figueroa—is the place to be. This is where you can catch the new series Vino Meets Vinyl, where DJs spin records during three-hour sets and select bottles of wine are half off all evening long. Come on, you’ve made it halfway through the week. You’ve earned it.

Wed 6–9pm

California Sun

The latest from Artisanal Brewers Collective slides pizza slices and walls of craft beer into Sunset Junction, and for a few hours a day, you can snag it all at a discount. At happy hour, drop by this spacious spot—with an equally spacious patio, as well as parking—and get $1 off pizza slices, $1 off all draft beers and $1 off staff-picked canned beers. And because this is Artisanal Brewers Collective, a restaurant group that’s now brewing its own beer, you can get $2 off all of their “New Original Breweries” (house) drafts, and $15 pitchers of those varieties, too. Slurp’s up. 

Mon–Fri 3:30–6:30pm

Pool Deck at the Line Hotel

You know what they say about not eating 30 minutes before swimming? Forget it. The Line’s got a new poolside happy hour—which is perfect because its adjacent restaurant, Openaire, doesn’t have one of its own—and the dishes look so good, and that setting so perfect, we can’t imagine holding off on diving into the food or the water. For two hours every day, the prices almost cut in half on everything, meaning you can snag a pool-perfect veggie burger, a prime-beef cheeseburger, and some crispy chicken wings in black-pepper gochujang for under $10 apiece. There’s also a range of skewers on offer, including grilled maitake mushrooms with tamari, and grilled albacore with tomatoes and a carrot miso sauce, and for drinks, $9 specialty cocktails and $6 craft beers. And when you’ve had it with all that sunshine, don’t forget that the hotel’s lobby bar has a happy hour of its own (from 3–6pm and 10pm–midnight, daily) with $10 specialty cocktails and $6 Korean micheladas.

Daily 5–7pm


Ricardo Zarate’s new eclectic, electric West L.A. venture offers a little something for everyone, and the beverage menu is no exception. To try it all, stop by at happy hour, where every drink on that menu is $6. (Once more, with feeling, every happy hour drink is priced at $6 apiece.) There’s a cocktail made with multi-island rum, lime and Caribbean sorrel, and another made with bourbon, orange, caramelized banana and aromatic bitters. Non-alcoholic options include Thai iced tea with spiced ceylon and vanilla, while house spirits (with one mixer), wines by the glass and all beers top out at, you guessed it, $6, too. The happy hour food menu gets snacky, with tonkatsu tacos, vegetable jerky, sweet-and-sour chicken wings and a chorizo-aioli–topped burger each weigh in under $10. Note: This happy hour’s available at the bar, the front area and on the patio only—but that’s half the restaurant anyway, so you should be fine finding a seat somewhere.

Mon–Fri 4–7pm; Sat, Sun 4–6pm

Rasselbock Mar Vista

The Westside’s got a brand new beer garden this month, and for those who like to start their week with a bang, this spot’s new happy hour runs all day long on Mondays—and with limited hours the rest of the week. Rasselbock’s made its way north from Long Beach, building a second location of the beer and sausage emporium right in Mar Vista. And because Rasselbock comes to us from the minds of Wirsthaus, expect deals on both beer and German sausage, but unlike the originator, Mar Vista’s Rasselbock also includes a full bar—and it’s got a craft cocktail menu that makes use of imported German liqueurs. You can find these house cocktails, along with all draft beer, wine and appetizers, at 20 percent off during happy hour, and what’s not to love about that?

Mon 5pm–midnight, Tue–Thu 5–7pm, Fri 4–6pm

Patio drinking and happy hour at The Henry in West Hollywood
Photograph: Courtesy The Henry

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The Henry

The Henry’s happy hour gets an early start, which is perfect for day-drinking enthusiasts or those who’ve had a hard enough workday that the only thing standing between them and total mental breakdown is cutting out a little early for some $4 draft beers. Starting at 3pm on weekdays, either set should head to this WeHo-adjacent gastropub, because that’s precisely where they’ll find those $4 craft beers on tap (in varieties like Firestone Walker’s 805 Blonde and Iron Fist Brewing Co.’s Nelson Pale Ale). There are $6 cocktails, too, like the fig-and-ginger mule and the rhubarb paloma, not to mention $6 wines on tap. For those who prefer to snack (or eat their way through a long day), the Henry also offers discounted bar bites, so you can nosh your way into the evening with $3.50 grilled shrimp, $7 avocado hummus, $7 black-truffle cheese fondue with soft pretzels, and take it all in both indoors and outdoors.

Mon–Fri 3–6pm


Venice’s modern-Korean restaurant just underwent a sea change, and now aims to be the area’s go-to comfort spot for farmers’-market–inspired dishes like wild-caught, tempura battered cod, and a gooey grilled cheese sandwich made with Hook’s Cheese cheddar and romesco sauce ($10 and $8 on the happy hour menu, respectively). There’s also a rotating selection of $6 draft beer, plus wine by the glass at around $8, and if you’re searching for that farmers’ market ethos in a glass, look to the cocktails—packed with freshness in the form of blood orange, fresh ginger and more—for $6 to $10 apiece. This happy hour is only available in the bar area, but who’s complaining? Makani’s 35-seat, horseshoe-shaped bar is one of the prettiest in the neighborhood. 

Daily 5:30–7pm

SALT Restaurant & Bar

Marina del Rey Hotel’s restaurant—you know, the one right on the marina? with the stellar views?—just extended its happy hour to run daily, and added a few new menu items along the way. Now, you can lounge on SALT’s patio, settle into a couch near the fire pits and watch the boats come in as you sip $6 glasses of red, white or sparkling wine; the $8 cocktail of the day; and $6 select beers, both by the draft and the bottle. Really lean into that maritime theme with $9 fish tacos, $2 oysters and other snacks.

Daily 4–6pm

The Shelby

West Third’s comfy new modern-American spot keeps its happy hour running every day—and some days, well into the night. Slide into its tufted leather chairs and couches or sidle up to the bar for $10 cocktails, $4 Peroni, $8 glasses of house wine, plus select appetizers running between $8 and $12 (hello, New York steak skewers with pistachio pesto). If you’re bringing a date, we recommend ordering the happy hour cheese and charcuterie board, which just so happens to include an entire bottle of house red or white wine all for just $30. You know what? At that price, we’ll take one of those specials just for ourselves. 

Daily 5–7pm; late-night Wed–Sat 10pm–1am

Sloane’s Valley Village

North Hollywood’s got a new casual American restaurant and it’s keeping things simple, affordable and agreeable with a range of drink specials at insanely good prices. Every single day—all day long—some of the wine and beer offerings are only $5.50. This means you can drop by for lunch or a late breakfast—hey, Sloane’s has all-day breakfast burritos and egg-topped curry fries on the food menu—or stop by in the afternoon for the same deal, or the evening, or—well, you get the idea. Whether you’re looking for sauvignon blanc, rosé, pinot grigio, malbec, pinot noir, Peroni, cider, Modelo or craft beers such as Anderson Valley Brewing Co.’s Winter Solstice ale, Sloane’s has you covered, and, again, it’s got you covered for $5.50 a pop.

Daily 11am–10pm

Spritz and Italian cocktails and food at Sixth+Mill in the Arts District
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Los Feliz’s new neighborhood restaurant now offers some drool-worthy happy hour specials across the board—and it’s offering them every day of the week. You’ve got a two-hour window to enjoy the best of all Atrium’s possible worlds: savory bites, drinks and desserts are all up for a discount (and we’re telling you, you’re going to want dessert here). Don’t skip pastry chef/partner Gregory Baumgartner’s daily sorbet, only $6 during happy hour, and if you’re looking for snacks, executive chef/partner Hunter Pritchett’s got more than a few of his bites available: the massive burger, topped with secret sauce, green-tomato pickle and house-made cheese whiz ($11); the Baja prawns with clamato and pickled mirepoix ($9); the crispy BBQ fingerling potatoes with French onion dip ($6) and more. You’ll want to wash it all down with $8 classic cocktails—palomas, margaritas, old-fashioneds and martinis, to name a few—$4 beers and $7 glasses of wine.

Daily 4–6pm

Bar Franca

There are few DTLA bars chiller and more charming than Bar Franca, the kind of place where you can sip vermouth-scented cocktails on plush velvet chairs. Take full advantage of this too-cool setting—which includes a patio right on Main Street—with cocktails priced at nearly half off. Look for $8 drinks such as the Pegu Club (London Dry gin, curaçao, lime and bitters) and the Regal Daquiri (rum, lime, sugar and grapefruit oil), plus $6 draft beers and $8 glasses of wine. This is the kind of place you want to linger, and thankfully, happy hour runs three hours long.

Tue–Fri 4–7pm


Commerson’s got a new chef and a whole new happy hour, where almost everything is $8 or less. That includes bites, all well drinks, a handful of specialty cocktails and glasses of wine, with $2 off all draft beer. The only exception to the $8 rule? A steak frites plate made with Australian wagyu beef, for only $15. Piqued your interest? There’s more: Sure, you’ll find fried calamari, raw oysters and other traditional bar bites on Sal Garcia’s résumé, but there’s also spaghetti bolognese at $8, plus a fried chicken sandwich with kimchi slaw and jalapeño aioli. See ya in Miracle Mile.

Tue–Sun 5–7pm


You could already find some solid deals at Chinatown’s all-California wine bar, where most pours top out around $12, but during happy hour, it gets even better: $5 craft beers; $8 glasses of select reds and rosés; $8 sherry-and-High Life boilermakers; and $10 glasses of house-label wine. And since LA WINE is located in Blossom Plaza—right next to a Gold Line metro stop—it’s just launched an even newer happy hour special: Simply show your TAP card at the bar, and you’ll get all-night happy hour prices on Mondays, plus $10 tasting flights. That’s incentive to take public transit, if you ask us—and hey, if you imbibe a little too much, you’ve already got your metro card handy.

Mon 5pm–midnight; Tue–Sun 5–7pm

Sixth + Mill

All-day revelers and pizza fanatics, this one’s for you. The newer Arts District Italian joint from the team behind Factory Kitchen and Officine Brera is bringing us a full eight hours of happy hour on Sundays and Mondays, then three hours on other days of the week. There are $8 cocktails, mostly Italian-leaning—we’re talking spritzes and americanos—and beer and wine set at $5 and $6, respectively. You’ll definitely want to snag a few top-notch bites, such as $6 plates of cauliflower with Parmesan sauce, and Brussels sprouts with almonds and paprika, but the real food draw is the whole, freshly-fired pizzas, available for only $9 in this window. Best not to miss it.

Sun, Mon 3–11pm; Tue–Thu 3–6pm

Photograph: Courtesy Freehand Hotel

Five brand new happy hours to try in January

Alta Adams

One of our best new restaurants of 2018 is launching happy hour this month, so yeah, we’re excited. We’re looking forward to Keith Corbin’s new, limited menu of exclusive-to-happy-hour nouveau-soul dishes like oxtail tacos, spicy wings, fried fish and a BBQ hotlink sandwich, and to wash it all down, we’re eyeing the $8 cocktails. If you’re not up for mixed drinks such as the Poet’s Dream, made with gin, orange bitters, vermouth, benedictine and a lemon twist, and you’re more in the mood for wine and/or beer, you can find PBR for $3, craft beer for $5 and wine for only $7. Starts next Monday.

Mon–Thu 5–7pm

Imperial Western Beer Co.

Beer is king at the gorgeous new brewery inside Union Station, so it should come as no surprise that Imperial Western’s happy hour is one great big beer special: $5 draft beers, many of which are of course brewed on-site. And because (wo)man cannot live on beer alone, you can also snag $1 oysters during this weekday window. 

Mon–Fri 4–7pm

Mister O’s

When a happy hour is limited to the “bar and lounge” section of a space, it can sometimes feel as though you’re being corralled into a corner—but at Mister O’s, you couldn’t feel more at home. This midcentury-modern restaurant and bar in Studio City is modeled after a stylish 1960s living room, so cozying up in the “lounge” actually means nestling into a nook with its own couches and faux fireplace.

Hang out here and at the bar to take advantage of the happy hour deals, which include $5 French 75s, $6 Moscow mules, the $7 Irish julep, $5 draft beers and $7 glasses of red and white wine. If you work up an appetite, opt for discounted bites like $5 poutine with mornay and ground beef, $4 fried pickles with house-made ranch and $6 salmon wonton tostadas with shiro dashi and avocado mousse.

Mon–Fri 5:30–7pm


OK, OK, so this isn’t technically new, but Rossoblu’s “ombra happy hour” is finally back after a months-long closure due to a kitchen fire—and the return of this Arts District restaurant and its happy hour sure seems like cause for a discount negroni to us. Every day in the restaurant’s bar, find $8 Aperol spritzes, $10 on-tap negronis, $8 glasses of white, red and rosé and $5 small plates. We’re talking cheese-stuffed, fried Castelvetrano olives; heirloom squash with ricotta salata and agrodolce; the new grilled pork meatballs with charred frisée, balsamic and fennel pollen, and more.

Daily 5–7pm

Rudolph’s Bar & Tea

The Freehand Hotel’s lobby bar was already a killer spot for happy hour (hello, daily punch) but the team at Rudolph’s Bar & Tea just revamped their program with some serious deals. Now you can find happy hour every day of the week, and while it’s a little too early for 9-to-5ers, this would be great for anyone with a flexible schedule or a weekend to spend in Downtown. From 2:30 to 5pm, catch the $6 daily punch, plus $4 beers, $5 red and white wines, plus snacks like $2 hummus and tahini, $6 marinated olives, $6 crab croquettes and an $8 burger. Yes, you read all of that correctly.

Daily 2:30–5pm

Free Play happy hour at the Fields LA
Photograph: Courtesy Free Play/Jakob N. Layman

Five brand new happy hours to try in December


One of Atwater’s most charming Italian spots doesn’t offer just one happy hour—All’acqua gives you discounted sips and bites from 5 to 7pm, then again during late-night, and with specials that change daily, there’s always something new. Head to the bar and the pizza counter, where during early-evening hours you’ll find $6 wines by the glass, $6 rotating beers on tap, $8 cocktails and a handful of bites—we’re talking burrata with persimmon or meatballs with whipped ricotta—that hover around $5. During late-night in those same seating sections, expect a menu of specials that includes many of the same drink, in addition to every single pizza being priced at $10 for one sweet hour. How many discounted pizzas could we eat in an hour? Unsure, but we’re game to find out. 

Daily 5–7pm; Sun-Thu 10pm–close


Part café, part contemporary-American restaurant and two parts bar, WeHo’s new multipurpose concept tailors menus to their respective spaces. At the outdoor café, find amari and a focus on spritzes to supplement your coffee and light bites, and in the back Society Room bar there’s a higher focus on the “craft” in craft cocktails, using advanced techniques and unexpected ingredients such as miso. But the it’s in the main bar, housed within the restaurant, where you’ll really want to focus at happy hour. This spot serves seasonal, herb- and fruit-forward cocktails, and during happy hour here and on the fire-pit patio, catch them for $10 apiece in addition to $7 glasses of red, white or rosé, and $6 draft beers. Of course, you’re probably going to want a snack, because with an entire cheese board or a fried chicken sandwich for $12, plus a range of $8 bites, how could you not? 

Daily 3–7pm

Free Play

Otium chef Timothy Hollingsworth’s arcade-restaurant-sports bar Free Play—on the upper floor of the Fields LA food hall—is a lot of fun whenever you stop by, but thanks to a new happy hour, there’s a ton of incentive to hang around in the early evening. Despite the name, the pinball and video-game cabinets were never actually on free-play mode—but every day from 5 to 7pm, now they are. This is also when you can catch 50 percent off on select draft beers, not to mention $5 mule cocktails, $6 palomas and $6 margaritas—and $7 tri-tip nachos, if you’re in need of game fuel. Speaking of games, note: Free Play’s happy hour is not available during LAFC, Rams or USC home games.

Daily 5–7pm

Kai Japanese Roots

Sushi fans, this one’s for you. The Spring Arcade Building’s Japanese restaurant serves up solid lunch deals for Downtowners, and now they’re kicking off a great after-work special, too: all-night happy hour. Starting as early as 3pm and running until close, find sashimi, rolls and an array of izakaya plates each at $10 or less, including a six-piece sashimi sampler, binchotan-grilled hamachi collar and cauliflower tempura. Wash it all down with $4 glasses of house wine, $2 off select imported and domestic beers, $11 sake and more. 

Daily; 3pm–close in the dining room and 7pm–close on the patio

The Mayfair Hotel

If you love a challenge, we suggest you make your way to the Mayfair Hotel for its new beat-the-clock happy hour, which is served in both M Bar and Library Bar—meaning you can pick a spot to hunker down, or hop back and forth between the two as you sip some of the cheapest drinks on this list. Either way, whether you’re stopping in for drinks at the modern, eclectic M Bar in the lobby or the leather-accented, warm and refined Library Bar just behind it, you can find $4 beer, wine and cocktails from 4 to 5pm, $5 drinks from 5 to 6pm, and $6 beverages from 6 to 7pm. Game on.

Daily 4–7pm

The Mermaid cocktail bar in Little Tokyo Los Angeles
Photograph: Stephanie Breijo

Five brand new happy hours to try in November


Jinya DTLA

Downtown’s new Jinya may offer the largest sake selection in the restaurant family, but the move at this location honestly could solely be the happy hour. During select weekday hours, catch $5 beers, $5 lycheetinis and $5 cups of sake, and small plates ranging from $2 to $5. The best part? The happy hour also runs all day on Saturday and Sunday; that gives you a ton of time to snack on $3 Jinya buns, $4 fried chicken, $3 salmon poke tacos and $2 panna cotta. 

Mon–Fri 3–7pm, 9–11pm; Sat, Sun all day

Little Prince

Inspired by a recent trip to Australia—where chef Ari Taymor encountered the tradition of little, casual bites toward the end of the day—Santa Monica’s prime wood-fired brunch and dinner spot just launched Sundowners, its new version of a happy hour. As the sun sets on weekdays, stop by for shareable plates such as $7 beer-battered spring onions with ranch; $8 octopus-and-chorizo tostadas with black garlic; and $9 salmon rillettes with crème fraîche and chives. Those looking for larger fare can find it in Taymor’s signature patty melt and other dishes (hot chicken Milanese, anyone?)—just be sure to wash it all down with $5 petit martinis, $7 boilermakers and $7 Mediterranean spritzes.

Mon–Fri 5:30–7pm

The Mermaid

This women-owned drinking den is nautically themed, and the vibe is perfect for those landlocked in Little Tokyo, far from the sea. Wave hello to the electronic mermaid in the porthole as you sip $6 well cocktails, or enjoy $1 off all their beer and wine; that’s in addition to daily punch specials and reduced-price bites, which really set the mood to tropical. They even have $3 late-night snacks, such as hot dogs and spiced popcorn, from 10pm to 1am. Ahoy, mateys—deals, ho.

Mon–Fri 5–8pm

The Parlor

If you’ve been missing chef Jason Fullilove’s excellent, elevated soul food since the closure of Barbara Jean’s full-service restaurant—and you can’t make it out to his stand in the Fields LA food hall—you’re in luck: The chef recently teamed up with Melrose’s upscale sports bar, the Parlor, to bring us a serious menu revamp of American classics. Fullilove’s new offerings include $5 Brussels sprouts with pumpkin, pomegranate and coconut bacon; $8 flatbreads; $9 fish and chips plates made with local whitefish and togarashi tartar sauce; $8 pork belly sliders with tamarind BBQ; the $8 eight-ounce burger topped with caramelized onions and a spicy aioli; and $5 truffled shoestring fries. Whew. If all of that leaves you thirsty, look to the $4 draft beers, $5 glasses of wine and $8 specialty cocktails.

Mon, Wed–Fri 5–8pm

Red Herring

The husband-and-wife team behind this Eagle Rock neighborhood gem just revamped their happy hour, which now boasts a slew of indulgent snacks. Thanks be to Dave Woodall and Alexis Martin Woodall for bringing us $7 glasses of house red, white and bubbly, plus $5 micheladas, $4 California craft beers and $8 cocktails—not to mention mushroom poutine with melted béchamel and gruyere cheese, and the new house-made andouille corndogs. Take note: Their happy hour is available in the bar and in the lounge only. Miss the window? They’ve got a killer weekly special, too: All bottles are half-off on Tuesdays and Wednesdays when you order an entrée. 

Tue–Fri 5–7pm

Sushi Note

This Sherman Oaks sushi spot doesn’t just offer a solid happy hour with $6 wines, $5 beers, $5 hand rolls, $5 shishitos with bonito flakes, and $3 edamame—it just launched an even better deal, and it involves deeper discounts. Meet “25 Before 6,” Sushi Note’s new offer: Place your order for their Half Note ($45 with special) or Quarter Note ($30 with special) sushi sampler platters any time before 6pm, and get 25 percent off the price. See you in Sherman Oaks?

Regular happy hour: daily 5:30–6:30pm; “25 Before 6”: daily 5:30–6pm