December 21st is going to be the longest night of the year (literally, it's the Winter solstice). Here to help you ensure it also doubles as the Best Night of Your Life, we've got nine of the best happy hours in LA -- because no good/great/best/average/kinda aight night is complete without one of them. Check out our picks below, and make sure to fully map out a perfect evening with our itinerary builder.
LA's best damn Happy Hours
1. Rush Street9546 Washington Blvd, Culver City
2. Scratch|Bar111 N La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles
3. Scarpetta225 N Canon, Beverly Hills
4. The Corner Door12477 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles
5. Waterloo & City12517 Washington Blvd, Culver City
6. St. Felix1600 N Cahuenga, Hollywood
7. Jay's Bar4321 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles
8. Candela Taco Bar and Lounge831 S La Brea, Los Angeles
9. Birds Rotisserie Chicken Cafe5925 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles
This Culver City bar/restaurant sports an old-school Chicago vibe, gourmet American eats (bison burgers & truffle fries), and six different eating & drinking areas all under one roof.
Late-night nosh-and-drink menus are all anyone in LA ever wants after a long night out. Stop by Scratch|Bar to indulge in all of the finer things in life (or just of your night... ).
This vaunted Italy-via-NY/Miami boot foodery's got a sleek patio, unfinished dark wood floors & custom wine cabinetry, and's doling out seasonal goodness like scialatielli w/ dungeness crab & sea urchin, and duck & foie gras ravioli.
This brick-and-steel-laden neighborhood barstaurant's got food from a former Tasting Kitchen guy (including cider-glazed wings w/ chipotle, brown sugar & scallions), but the Housewives-real hotness is drinks from an MB Post dude like the amazing-sounding bourbon, apricot, lemon, honey & Thai chili "Miner Incident", aka every single time you looked at a picture of Selena Gomez before last year.
This patio'd gastrobistro from the former Palihouse guy is an expansive, open space w/ a huge communal table, suede banquettes, and a copper-topped bar serving up unusual cocktails.
This bar-staurant (which features projections of burlesque dancers flanking the entrance and tin ceiling tiles imported from NY over the dining room) has a half-off wells/ beer/ wine happy hour that's both generous and liberating.
Presumably owned by a dude who you're already on a first-name basis with, Jay's Bar is attempting to split the difference between dive and gastropub, with a no-frills, common-table-and-stool-and-TV interior, a dozen taps with everything from Deschutes to Nut Brown, plus eats like chili-lime dry-rubbed chicken wings and grilled bratwurst w/ sweet and sour red cabbage & crispy smashed potatoes.
From the family behind next-door's long-running Leonardo's nightclub, this upscale taqueria's bedecked with dangling candelabras and aged leather-and-wood seating, with grub like Camarones a la Diablo o Rancheros.