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 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 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!
Our guide to L.A.'s best happy hour deals
What: $7 cocktails and wines; $15 pitchers of beer; $10 burger and fries
When: Mon-Fri 5-7pm
Why we love it: E.R.B. has possibly one of the best outdoor patios in the city—there's plenty of room, a great sound system and strings of twinkling lights that hang above, transforming the Downtown bar into a glittering drinking den. But the real reason to come here for happy hour? The $10 burger and fries deal, which includes one of the best burgers in the city. Pair it with a phenomenal cocktail and you'll be ready to make E.R.B. your new go-to happy hour spot.
What: $3 beers; $5 old-fashioneds; $20 bottles of rosé; free food
When: Daily 5:30-6:30pm
Why we love it: The Cannibal's happy hour might be restricted to just one hour each day, but there's a lot packed into that hour. Not only are the drink deals fantastic (Uh, $3 beers? We're in.), but the bar is covered with charcuterie from the butcher shop next door, along with pickles, bread, mustard, cacio e pepe potato chips and more. A couple food specials are also available, but it really can't get much better than free charcuterie.
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 sweet potato fries? Yes, please. Plus, their mac and cheese is phenomenal. 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: $6 beer, wine, well cocktails and bar bites
When: Daily 3-7pm
Why we love it: The Morrison is known for its lively happy hour—four hours every day when a few drinks won't break the bank and plates of sliders, mac and cheese, tacos and loaded potato skins are all $6. And with that money you saved? Spend it on the $10 butterscotch bread pudding, a house specialty that has been on the menu for ages.
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: $6 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: 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: 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: $5-$6 beers; $7 cocktails; discounted bar bites
When: Mon-Fri 2-7pm
Why we love it: Nick & Stef's is not normally a place you might go for affordable food and drink, but the Downtown steakhouse has a long happy hour that makes ordering a margarita, old-fashioned, chicken wings and more an affordable possibility. Choose from bottled and draft beers, craft cocktails, cheese plates and even a $19 steak and potatoes dish.
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!