Our guide to L.A.'s best happy hour deals
What: $4 beers; $7 cocktails; 50 percent off wine
When: Mon-Fri 5-7pm
Why we love it: We always dig the futuristic vibes at this new Mar Vista mainstay, but once you throw in those happy hour specials, well, we'd like to call this restaurant home (at least until 7pm). 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 $5 General Tso cauliflower.
What: $5 draft beer; $6 wine; $8 well drinks; discounted food
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 while you're there.
What: 20 percent off all drinks
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 more than 60 years. The friendly bartenders are more than happy to chat about its legacy as you order strong drinks—for around $6—all from a lengthy menu that includes an entire page of margaritas. (Don't forget, this spot's also home to 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: $4 cicchetti (Venetian tapas) and draft beer; $7 wine and prosecco; $9 cocktails and larger plates
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 fried olives, baked gnocchi or a beer, $7 gets you a glass of wine or small plates like meatballs, tuna wraps and short-rib croquettes, and $9 nets you a spritz or a margarita, or black-truffle burgers, pizzas and fried calamari. Settle in at the refined bar Tuesday through Saturday, and you have yourself an affordable meal. Buon appetito!
What: Discounted menu; $6 well drinks, beer and 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 or a draft beer for $6, as well as a half dip sandwich and plate of fries for only $6. You want tater tots with that? Just $1.50 for a serving of the fried comfort food and you're good to go.
What: $8 cocktails and wines; pitchers of beer; $10 burger and fries
When: Tues-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. (Bonus: While the happy hour is Tuesday through Friday, there are always daily specials to be found on Sundays and Mondays.)
What: $5 draft beer; $8 glasses of wine; $20 "early bird" deal; discounted cocktail specials
When: Mon-Fri 5:30-6:30pm
Why we love it: You've got but one hour to make the most of this killer menu, so hop to it. If you're looking to quench your thirst, find reliable happy hour specials such as discounted cocktails like 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. Again, that's an enormous gourmet burger and a drink for $20. (Fair warning: you're going to need to get there early to beat the crowd.)
What: $1 oysters; $5 beer; $9 cocktails; $18 bottomless rosé; discounted food
When: Mon-Fri 4-7pm
Why we love it: If booking a trip to Paris isn't in your budget, one of DTLA's most adorable French bistros is here to provide you with a taste of France—and a way to save money to pay for your future flight. How can you go wrong with $18 bottomless rosé? You can't. Ditto for the $1 oysters, the $9 escargots and the $12 truffle fries. No passport required.
What: $1.79 cocktails
When: Mon-Sat 5:30-6pm
Why we love it: Not picky about what you drink? The Santa Monica standby serves a dangerously priced cocktail-of-the-day for less than $2 during a narrow half-hour window. Of course, if you miss the window or feel like extending your stay, the restaurant's regular happy hour runs from 5:30-7pm, and includes $8 classic cocktails, $5 draft beers, $8 glasses of wine and bar-and-lounge-only bites such as comnfit chicken wings and one of the Westside's best burgers.
What: $6 beer and wine, $7 cocktails
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: $6 for the "bar fly lunch" of the day, ranging anywhere from an ahi tuna burger 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: $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 $11 butterscotch bread pudding, a house specialty that's been on the menu for ages.
What: $5-$6 beers; $7 cocktails; $12 punch bowls; 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: $5 house wines and draft beers; $6 old-fashioneds; $8 select cocktails
When: Mon-Fri 4-7pm, Sunday 4pm-close; Santa Monica location Mon-Fri, 11am-7pm
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 if you're really looking to daydrink, Santa Monica's Plan Check offers its happy hour from 11am to 7pm every dang weekday. That's eight full hours of drink specials. Happy hour? More like happy days (we're looking at you, Ron Howard).
What: $7.50 cocktails, $7 house wines, plus discounted specialty drinks; $7 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 drinks. 2. The sangria. Oh, the sangria. 3. Only $8.50 for Kobe sliders 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-Fri 5-8pm; Sat & 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, old-fashioneds, dark-and-stormies), available for only $5 each. Hell, at that price you can try 'em all. Can't make it on a weekday? Saturday and Sunday hours are a whopping 2 to 8pm. Hello, day drinking.
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