The top 15 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
Hinoki & the Bird negroni
Photograph: Courtesy Hinoki & the Bird
By Erin Kuschner and Stephanie Breijo |
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Trying to choose your favorite 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 15 in the city so you don't have to. Our list is based on the best deals overall—the happy hours that last more than just a few hours, the ones that 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

Bars, Cocktail bars

accomplice

icon-location-pin Mar Vista

What: $4 beers; $7 cocktails; 50 percent off wine; $3 bites
When: Mon-Fri 5-7pm
Why we love it: We always dig the modern vibes at this Mar Vista mainstay, and we're all about those cocktails—this spot did take home our 2018 Bar of the Year award, after all—but once you throw in those happy hour specials, well, we'd like to call this restaurant home. Hole up with some of the neighborhood's best cocktails—and for only $7!—and when you're feeling peckish, don't skip the affordable bar bites such as $3 egg rolls, $5 General Tso cauliflower and daily specials.

Bars, Cocktail bars

Big Bar

icon-location-pin Los Feliz

What: $5 draft beer; $8 wine; discounted food; great patio
When: Mon-Fri 2-7pm
Why we love it: There's no shortage of creativity at Big Bar, one of the coziest, most fun-loving watering holes where you're just as likely to find killer classics are you are outlandish, TV-inspired drinks. This team really believes the old adage "it's 5 o'clock somewhere," so they start their happy hour on East Coast time: 2pm, here in L.A. Stop by for the day-long specials—which also include bites like house-made hummus and Angus sliders—then be sure to grab one of their latest seasonal cocktails and lounge on the patio while you're there.

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Photograph courtesy Bigfoot Lodge
Bars, Lounges

Bigfoot Lodge

icon-location-pin Atwater Village

What: $5 cocktails, beer and wine
When: Daily 5-9pm
Why we love it: Go hunting for drinks, not monsters, in both woodland-themed outposts of this weird and wonderful bar, whether you're looking for deals in Palms or Los Feliz. The Big Foot-inspired, cabin-like setting offers $5 drinks of every nature, every day, for four hours. That's some serious boozing—especially given many of the house cocktails tend toward whiskey and other rugged flavor profiles—and sets you up perfectly for both spots' regular rotations of trivia nights, karaoke and live music.

Restaurants, Italian

Cecconi's

icon-location-pin West Hollywood

What: $3, $6 and $9 cicchetti (Venetian tapas), draft beer, cocktails and wine
When: Tue-Sat 3-6pm
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 "3, 6, 9" menu, where $3 will get you Peroni, fried olives, short-rib croquettes or mortadella; $6 gets you house rosé or white wine, baked gnocchi, pizzetas or tuna-and-avocado lettuce wraps; and $9 nets you an Aperol spritz, a black truffle burger, fried calamari or meatballs. Buon appetito!

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cole's
Photograph: Courtesy Cole's
Restaurants, Sandwich shops

Cole's

icon-location-pin Skid Row

What: Discounted menu; $4 beer; $6 well drinks and wine
When: Mon, Wed-Fri 3-8pm; Tue noon-10pm
Why we love it: There's 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, a martini or a Manhattan for only $5.94, as well as a half dip sandwich and plate of fries for that same price. You want tater tots with that? Just $1.37 for a serving of the fried comfort food and you're good to go. Best yet, this deal's available all day long on Tuesdays—so go on and stay awhile to really enjoy that moody ambiance.

Bars, Cocktail bars

Everson Royce Bar

icon-location-pin Downtown Arts District

What: $8 cocktails and wines; pitchers of beer; $10 burger and fries; $20 whiskey flights
When: Tues-Thu 5-7pm, Fri 4-7pm
Why we love it: E.R.B. has 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 L.A. Pair it with a phenomenal cocktail, the new globe-trotting whiskey flight, or a pitcher of beer with some friends, and you'll be ready to make E.R.B. your new go-to spot. (Bonus: While the happy hour is Tuesday through Friday, there are always daily specials to be found on Sundays and Mondays.)

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Hinoki & the Bird negroni
Photograph: Courtesy Hinoki & the Bird
Restaurants, Contemporary American

Hinoki & the Bird

icon-location-pin Century City

What: $5 draft beer; $8 glasses of wine; $20 "early bird" deal; discounted cocktail specials
When: Tue-Fri 5:30-7:30pm
Why we love it: Century City's near-hidden gem may be in a high-tab part of town, but for two hours, you can get a great meal—with a drink—for $20. If you're just looking to quench your thirst, find reliable cocktail specials such as a Moscow mule for $10 or a draft beer for $5, but what you really want is the "early bird" special. Ante up $20 for the stacked okonomiyaki burger, which comes piled with hot peppers, tonkatsu sauce and gooey sharp cheddar all on a honey potato bun, and choose between a beer or a glass of house wine. (Fair warning: you're going to need to get there early to beat the crowd.)

Hippo Restaurant in Highland Park
Photograph: Stephanie Breijo
Restaurants, American creative

Hippo

icon-location-pin Highland Park

What: $8 and $9 cocktails; $8 wines; $10 bites
When: Tue-Sun 5-6pm
Why we love it: Hippo's new happy hour lets us bathe in the glow of Matt Molina's cooking (and Hippo's too-cool atmosphere) for a fraction of the price. Catch a daily, exlusive food special, plus multiple choose-your-own-adventure cocktails—and everything on the menu is under $10. Build your own negroni, mix and match spirits, or opt for one of the rotating wines. This happy hour’s available at the bar, on the patio and at the small collection of tables next to the bar (the drink rail), so get there early to snag a spot—especially on weekends, when that patio and these specials make for prime day drinking.

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Photograph: Courtesy Little Ruby/Jakob N. Layman
Restaurants, Cafés

Little Ruby

icon-location-pin Santa Monica

What: $12 dinner-and-a-drink meals; $5 beers; $6 wines; $7 spritzes; half-off sides
When: Mon-Fri 4-6:30pm
Why we love it: This Aussie cafe is perfect for all times of the day and night, but if you can catch it during happy hour, you're in for some of SaMo's best deals. Select pastas, burgers and other entrées come at a discounted rate of $12, but this spot does you even more of a solid by throwing in a glass of beer or wine, gratis. Just want to nibble? Order Brussels sprouts or other sides for half-off while you enjoy that $5 beer of yours. Then, walk but two blocks and you're at the beach. Date night? Done.

Michael's Santa Monica
Photograph: Courtesy Michael's Santa Monica
Restaurants, Californian

Michael's

icon-location-pin Santa Monica

What: $1.79 cocktails; discounted food; exclusive happy hour items
When: Mon-Sat 5:30-7pm
Why we love it: Not picky about what you drink, so long as it's good? The Santa Monica standby serves a dangerously priced cocktail-of-the-day for less than $2 from 5:30 to 6pm. Of course, if you miss the window or feel like extending your stay, the restaurant's regular happy hour includes $8 classic cocktails, $5 draft beers, and a range of bar-and-lounge-only bites such as Nashville hot calamari, a cheesey, smashed fried chicken sandwich, and one of the Westside's best burgers.

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Bars, Gastropubs

The Misfit Restaurant & Bar

icon-location-pin Santa Monica

What: $7 beer and wine; $7.50 cocktails and well drinks
When: Daily opening hours-7pm
Why we love it: We're already thrilled about the Misfit's discounted drinks, but take a look at their happy-hour times: opening to 7pm daily? On weekdays, that's seven straight hours of affordable boozing and on weekends, even longer. Stop by during their weekday lunch hour and you'll get an even better deal: $5 for the "bar fly lunch" of the day, ranging anywhere from an ahi tuna burger to a black-lentil salad with hummus. 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.

Bars, Pubs

The Morrison Pub

icon-location-pin Atwater Village

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 glorious hours, every day, when a few drinks won't break the bank and plates of sliders, mac and cheese, tacos and loaded potato skins—all items, period—are $6 apiece. And with that money you saved? Spend it on the $12 butterscotch bread pudding, a house specialty that's been on the menu for ages. Wash it down with a $6 glass of house sangria, while you're at it.

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Nick & Stef's Steakhouse
Photograph: Courtesy Nick & Stef's Steakhouse
Restaurants, Steakhouse

Nick & Stef’s Steakhouse

icon-location-pin Downtown

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 even some truly divine steakhouse artichoke, crab and spinach dip an affordable possibility. Choose from bottled and draft beers, craft cocktails, cheese plates and even a $19 steak frites dinner to feel posh without the price tag. 

Otoño new Spanish restaurant in Highland Park
Photograph: Courtesy Otoño/Wonho Frank Lee
Restaurants, Spanish

Otoño

icon-location-pin Highland Park

What: $3 and $4 tapas; $5 draft beers; $6 and $8 cocktails; $8 wine; $5 vermouth
When: Tue-Sun 4-6pm
Why we love it: Without a doubt one of Highland Park's best happy hours—and currently one of the best in the city—Otoño's "siesta hour" brings the flavors of Spain to you for not much more than the cost of a pack of saffron rice. The phenomenal tapas, such as garlicky pan con tomate, start at just $3, while rotating draft beers will only set you back $5. Of course it wouldn’t be an afternoon at a Spanish bar without a gin and tonic, which you’ll find on special for $8 along with a number of original concoctions. You'll never want to leave—take just one bite of the croquetas and tell us we're wrong.

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Plan Check Bar
Photograph: Benny Haddad
Bars, Gastropubs

Plan Check

icon-location-pin Fairfax District

What: $5 house wines and draft beers; $6 old-fashioneds; $8 select cocktails
When: Mon-Fri 4-7pm, Sunday 4pm-close
Why we love it: Not only is Plan Check home to one of the best burgers in the city—it also sports one of the best happy hours around town, with steep discounts on cocktails like old-fashioneds and pisco sours. All four locations offer some killer specials, but a few of these cheap pours (of excellent quality) always have us craving the pastrami gravy fries.

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French dip sandwich at Philippe the Original
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