The Best Happy Hour in Your LA Neighborhood

Everywhere to get an after-work drink (again).

While nothing can top the events of last summer, summer 2021 is certainly presenting us with its fair share of curveballs. We thought we were completely in the clear after California dropped all COVID-related restrictions and fully reopened in mid-June, but the spread of the newer Delta and Delta Plus variants has led to a new indoor mask mandate, as well as a growing number of local restaurants and bars that now require proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID test for entry.

So make sure you keep your vaccine card handy or register for a digital vaccine record to avoid getting turned away at the door. Our bar industry has been through so much, and many just opened their doors for the first time in over a year, so don’t be a jerk about the restrictions they put in place to keep their staff and patrons safe.

If anything, we should be grateful (and perhaps express that gratitude with an extra round or two of drinks) that despite all of the hurdles over the last 18 months, not only are our favorite watering holes open for business, but many have created new happy hour deals to help welcome customers back to their bars and patios. We’ve put together a collection of spots across some of LA’s most notable neighborhoods, where you can start spending some of your happiest hours of the summer:

Editor’s note: Please check with individual businesses on their specific requirements regarding proof of the COVID vaccine or a negative COVID test for entry.
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The Fable - Eagle Rock

Eagle Rock

The Fable
When: Daily from 5–7pm
The deal: Billing itself as an “upscale dive bar,” this wood-paneled neighborhood haunt owned by a husband-and-wife duo offers $2 off cans, bottles, and drafts of beer, cider, seltzer, and kombucha during its daily happy hour, along with $6 well drinks, wine, and shots. Note that the back patio is currently closed for renovations through August, but the inside bar and front patio remain open for your imbibing pleasure.
How to book: Walk-ins welcome.

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Tabula Rasa Bar

East Hollywood

Tabula Rasa Bar
When: Daily from 4–6 pm (Food available at 5 pm.)
The deal: After pivoting to a wine shop model during the pandemic, Tabula Rasa is back to being a cozy wine and beer bar and neighborhood go-to (in addition to keeping its retail component open). The happy hour menu will get you $2 off any glass of wine or draft beer, plus a selection of wines for $7, beer for $5, and $4 snacks.
How to book: Walk-ins welcome.

Highland Park

La Cuevita
When: Monday–Thursday from 5–8 pm; Friday from 4–8 pm; Saturday and Sunday from 3–8pm.
The deal: This dark, brick-walled bar with an adjacent sliver of an outdoor patio has an uber-affordable happy hour menu every day of the week. You’ll find a host of cocktails including a paloma, old fashioned, and daquiri for $6, while a 16-ounce PBR is just $4.
How to book: Walk-ins welcome.

Spare Tire
Spare Tire - Kitchen & Tavern

Miracle Mile

Spare Tire Pub
When: Wednesday–Sunday from 4–7 pm
The deal: This long-standing neighborhood haunt with a solid selection of craft beers does an old-school drinks-only happy hour offering some seriously discounted beverages. Well cocktails and wine clock in at $5 while beers on special—including Firestone 805 and Spare Tire lager—are just $4. Pair them with bar-friendly foods like wings, pork belly mac n cheese, pizzas, and burgers.
How to book: Reserve a table on Yelp. Walk-ins welcome.

fried chicken sliders
Photo by Jakob Layman, courtesy of Bacari

Silver Lake

Bacari
When: Monday–Thursday from 5pm-7pm, Friday, 4–7pm
The deal: This local chain that specializes in elevated small plates just opened its latest location on Sunset in the lushly landscaped space that previously housed Cliff’s Edge. Bacari’s menu is reasonably priced to begin with, so happy hour always seems like an especially good deal. House wines and sangria are priced at $8, beers are $6, and cocktails are discounted as well. For food, you can take $2 off just about every dish on the menu, which ranges from bacon-wrapped dates to burgers to housemade pastas, bringing most items to under $10. (Note that happy hours take place at the Glendale, West 3rd, West Adams, and Playa del Rey locations at varying times, so take your pick.)
How to book: Reservations via OpenTable.

Nick + Stef's Steakhouse
Nick + Stef's Steakhouse

Downtown

Nick + Stef’s
When: Monday-Friday from 5-7pm.
The deal: For the past two decades, this Patina Group’s steakhouse has been a go-to for the DTLA afterwork set. Happy hour happens weeknights in the outdoor and indoor lounges where you can get in on upscale bar snacks like smoked deviled eggs, steakhouse sliders on brioche bread, and Kennebec fries for under $10. Classic cocktails go for $12 and a selection of wines by the glass are $10 each.
How to book: Reservations via OpenTable. Walk-ins welcome.

Cole’s
When: Monday–Friday from 5–8 pm
The deal: One of LA’s oldest bars, Cole’s calls itself the inventor of the fabled French dip sandwich—though nearby Phillipe the Original has also made the same claim. Whether it was the first or not doesn’t really matter, what’s important is that you can sample their French dip (or BBQ pork) slider trio with fries for just $5. They also have $6 old fashioneds, $5 drafts, and $1 fries and tater tots on offer.
How to book: Walk-ins welcome.

The Burbank Pub

Burbank

The Burbank Pub
When: Tuesday–Saturday from 2–5 pm.
The deal: The kitschy pirate-themed pub with plenty of tropical, tiki flare fittingly calls its daily three-hour deal on food and drink the High Seas Happy Hour.” Look for a $7 smashburger, a duo of slaw-topped chicken sliders for $5, and beer, wine, and well drinks for $5. And there are plenty of specialty cocktails on offer for under $10, including the whisky-based Irish Spring Julep and a Buffalo Trace-and-peach-liqueur concoction.
How to book: Walk-ins welcome.

Manhattan Beach

Zinc @ Shade Hotel
When: Monday–Thursday from 4–6 pm
The deal: For a post-work (or post-beach) bite in the South Bay, head to this boutique hotel restaurant, a few blocks from the pier. “Shade Hour” includes $8 well cocktails and wine and a smattering of drafts and bottled beers for $5. You can sneak in a real-deal affordable dinner too with $10 plates, including a chopped salad, margherita pizza, and crispy calamari.
How to book: Reservations available on Resy. Walk-ins welcome.

Pasadena

Edwin Mills by Equator
When: Monday–Thursday from 4 pm–close; Friday from 4–7 pm; Saturday–Sunday from 11 am–4 pm.
The deal: This Old Town gastropub has a serious lineup of daily happy hour specials. On Mondays, you can get half off all alcohol and appetizers (think bar bites like wings, fried pickles, sliders, and chili fries); $3 martinis, mixed drinks, and beer on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays (but note that Friday happy hour ends at 7 pm); half-off all wines on Wednesday; and two hours of $18 bottomless mimosas on weekends. Since live music has returned, look for bands on Tuesdays and Fridays to accompany your discounted drinks.
How to book: Walk-ins welcome at bar and lounge.

Photo courtesy of Bull & Butterfly

Playa Vista

Bull & Butterfly
When: Wednesdays–Fridays 3–5 pm
The deal: This modern California-influenced steakhouse that opened during the pandemic recently launched its weekday happy hour that features $9 cocktails (including the refreshing gin-Champagne-strawberry Runway 75), $9 wines by the glass, beer specials, and rotating $10-and-under food selections that might include jalapeno mac and cheese or wagyu-and-veggie skewers.
How to book: Reservations via Tock. Walk-ins welcome.

Photo by Abby Mahler, courtesy of Esters

Santa Monica

Esters Wine Shop & Bar
When: Monday–Saturday from 4–6 pm; Sunday from 3–6 pm.
The deal: Wine snobs on the fence about ordering a happy hour glass can feel confident they’ll still get something top-notch at this Westside wine bar that’s part of the Rustic Canyon Family. Chill on the outdoor patio or inside the airy lounge with a glass of white, red, or rosé, or a specialty cocktail (currently the Vesper) for $9. Say yes to bites like a snack plate of lavender almonds, marinated olives, curry cashews, and corn nuts for $13; burrata and crostini for $10; or a charcuterie plate for $18.
How to book: Reservations via Resy. Walk-ins welcome.

The Beach Club at The Victorian
When: Weekdays from 5–7 pm
The deal: This renowned event space took time out during the pandemic to revamp their historic property and bring on a new chef to help them establish the space as a worthwhile dining destination. Available in their spacious dining room or on outdoor patios that offer a perfect view of the Santa Monica sunset, their Five to Seven happy hour offers a selection of craft cocktails for just $6 a piece, including a Beach Club Spritz with aperol, sparkling wine, and soda water, and a shot of Nosotros blanco tequila and Estrella beer for just $5, plus $9 appetizers like a decked-out Wagyu hot dog on a brioche roll and oysters on a half shell.
How to book; Reservations via their website. Walk-ins welcome.

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Photo courtesy of Laurel Tavern

Studio City

Laurel Tavern
When: Monday–Friday from 3–6 pm
The deal: This casual neighborhood staple is known for its standout bar food, burgers, and reasonably priced drinks. During the weekday happy hour you can choose from two beers, two cocktails (including the confident-sounding “Best Old Fashioned”) and take down low-price dishes including fish tacos, fried chicken sliders, and a meat and cheese board. The brick-walled bar area has plenty of seats at the bar plus a communal table, so grab a stool and start socializing with strangers again.
How to Book: Walk-ins only.

Venice

La Cabana
When: Monday–Friday from 10 pm–3 am
The Deal: Rose Avenue may be unrecognizable compared to a decade ago, but this cavernous 60-year-old institution continues to carry on with its vinyl booths, on-site tortilla makers, pitchers of margaritas, and big parties. Come in after 10 pm for a mix of late-night-menu specialties, most of which are under $12, including pozole rojo, chicken enchiladas, and a big old plate of huevos rancheros. While no drinks are on their late night happy hour, the discounted food means that your overall bill will be lower, so why not order another round? Food is served all the way until 3 am, but last call for alcohol is 1:45 am (an exciting phrase we never thought we’d hear again).
How to Book: Reservations via Yelp. Walk-ins welcome.

The Henry
The Henry

West Hollywood

The Henry
When: Daily 3–7pm.
The deal: This glam bar and restaurant on a fancy stretch of Robertson Blvd recently reopened, which means it’s back to being a go-to afterwork hot spot. Hit up happy hour for $7 draught beers, $10 wines on tap, and 25% off bottles of wine you can pair with anything from the eatery’s extensive menu, which centers around a mix of global plates ranging from a wagyu cheeseburger to spicy tuna on crispy rice.
How to Book: Reservations on OpenTable. Walk-ins welcome.

Piccalilli
Piccalilli

Culver City

Piccalilli
When: Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 5–6 pm; Friday and Saturday from 4–6 pm; Sunday from 2–6 pm.
The deal: Come happy hour, this downtown Culver patio spot that’s just a stone’s throw from Sony Studios offers some of its Cal-Asian small bites like miso pork jowl and smashed cucumber salad priced between $7 and $10, plus craft beers, a couple specialty cocktails and a trio of wines by the glass all for $9 and under. Bonus: Happy hour is available throughout the entire restaurant, indoors and out.
How to book: Reservations via Resy. Walk-ins welcome.

EMC Seafood & Raw Bar
EMC Seafood & Raw Bar

Koreatown

EMC Seafood & Raw Bar
When: Daily from 5–7pm and 10 pm–close
The deal: Korean BBQ isn’t the only thing you’ll find in K-town: EMC focuses on seafood but offers a diverse menu. Deep-fried bites will likely be calling your name (especially late night), with a menu of zucchini fries, fish tacos, salt-and-pepper catfish, plus plates of gyoza and shishitos, most priced at $7 or under. And don’t forget the raw bar offerings with $1 and $1.50 oysters. There’s also an extensive drink list with $8 well drinks, wine by the glass, sangria, and cold sake.
How to Book: Walk-ins only.
 

Little Dom's
Little Dom's

Los Feliz

Little Dom’s
When: Mondays from 5–10 pm
The deal: While it’s not officially considered happy hour, it is considered a great deal. Every Monday, the Italian-American neighborhood eatery with an old-school feel offers an ever-changing three-course dinner for $25. (A recent menu included a green salad, glazed brisket, and chocolate budino.) Pair it with a $20 bottle of Dom's Dago red or white wine, or a $4 can of Peroni and make it a very merry Monday.
How to book: Reservations recommended and can be made on Resy.

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Leila would much rather sip on a spicy margarita than sit in rush hour traffic. In fact, she’s
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Lizbeth Scordo is a food and lifestyle writer and yes, she will take the 9-ounce pour for three dollars more. Thanks for asking. Follow her on Instagram @modlizbeth and Twitter @lalizbeth.