Commuting in LA is, as we all know, a dumpster fire at the best of times -- so why spend happy hour on the road, when you can head to a bar and throw back a few drinks at discounted prices? Sure, happy hour hasn’t quite caught on in LA the same way it has like other urban cities, (probably because everyone drives here), but the city’s still got plenty of post-work deals scattered throughout its 503 square miles. We’ve put together a collection of spots across 24 of LA’s most notable neighborhoods, where happy hour means getting a beer and a bite for less than it costs to fill your gas tank.
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Gratitude Kitchen & Bar When: 3-6pm weekdays and 3-5pm weekends The deal: Happy hour is hard to come by in Beverly Hills, but Gratitude’s plant-based menu offers a number of tasty happy hour dishes under $10 like the buffalo cauliflower and “carne asada” fries. They’ve also got cocktails ($9), house wine ($7) and beer ($8), but the sangria ($9) is the star of the drink menu and perfect for sipping on while you people-watch passersby on the outdoor patio.
Baltaire When: Monday-Friday from 3-6pm The deal: Happy hour is probably the best time to come to Baltaire. Suited professionals love this bougie Westside steakhouse for post-work drinks because the happy hour menu is a pretty good deal for a steakhouse. Libations start at $5 for beers and $8 for wine or cocktails, but you can also find discounted hearty bites like prime filet tacos ($3 each), sliders ($4 each), a crispy chicken sandwich ($10), and oysters ($1).
Mirabelle Wine Bar When: Monday-Friday from 5-7pm, and Saturday-Sunday from 11:30am-7pm The deal: Tucked away in the heart of Valley Village, this cozy wine bar great for a date offers $5 beers, $6 wine on tap, and select appetizers like pan con tomate ($8), and roasted beet hummus ($6).
Six Chow House When: Daily from 3-6pm The deal: If you’ve made it this deep in the Valley, you’re going to need a drink (or two). Luckily, draft beers start at just $4 and craft cocktails are $7. Add on a pizza for $7, or any of their other bites like short rib tacos, crispy Brussels sprouts, mac & cheese fritters, and beef sliders for $6. And to sweeten the deal, the gastropub features live music on most evenings so stick around for more fun.
Hinoki & The Bird When: Tuesday-Friday from 5:30-7:30pm (bar only) The deal: This hidden gem tucked away in Century City is convenient for an after-work bite, drawing suit-and-tie professionals from the surrounding high-rise buildings. Snag a seat at the bar and take advantage of their early bird special: the okonomiyaki burger, plus your choice of beer or house wine. There’s also a limited drink menu if you’re just in the mood for liquid libations.
Piccalilli When: Nightly from 4:30-6:30pm and late-night menu from 10pm to close The deal: The Culver City newcomer offers an Asian-inspired menu packed with flavor and luckily, the happy hour menu also includes food so you can get a taste. Food and cocktails are priced between $7-9, including the Thai banana hush puppies, miso pork jowl, and the not-to-be-missed Brussels sprouts. Beer and wine are also offered during happy hour.
Red Herring When: Monday-Friday from 5-6:30pm The deal: Once you get past the parking hurdle and inside the pastel-colored restaurant, grab a seat at the L-shaped bar or lounge. Then, you’ll sip on $10 cocktails or $8 house wine and enjoy nibbles like the fresh Brussels sprout salad ($8), the crab cake ($10), or smoked eggplant dip served with grilled bread ($8).
Bar Henry When: 5-7pm daily The deal: The neighborhood craft cocktail bar offers a selection of $8 cocktails during their happy hour, but if you’re in the mood for wine or beer, they’ve got you covered with $9 wines by the glass and $1 off all draft beer. Plus, who doesn’t love a happy hour that runs every day of the week?
UMI by Hamasaku When: Monday-Friday from 5-6pm, and Saturday-Sunday from 12-4pm The deal: UMI by Hamasaku (yes, the same Hamasaku as the beloved Westwood sushi joint) offers a happy hour menu you can’t refuse, because nothing is over $8. $1 oysters, a variety of hand rolls for $4, sliders for $8, and sapporo for $3 are just a few of the items here. Happy hour at UMI is the next best thing if you don’t want to dish out the money for a full blown-dinner at the original Hamasaku.
Tower 12 When: Monday-Friday from 3-6pm The deal: Come hungry because the happy hour menu at Tower 12 is pretty generous featuring a long list of New American classics ranging from a grilled cheese and tomato soup ($6.25), tuna poke ($7.25), meatballs ($6.75), chicken wings ($6.25), pastrami sliders ($6.25), and soft pretzels ($8). As for drinks, a glass of wine ranges from $4.75-6.75, and you’ll be getting half off bottled or canned beer and shots and double-sized draft beer and cocktails.
Otoño When: Tuesday-Friday from 4-6pm, and Saturday-Sunday from 2-6pm. Late-night happy hour is served on Fridays and Saturdays from 10pm-12am. The deal: This Highland Park eatery pays tribute to its Spanish roots with a Siesta Hour menu featuring classic Spanish tapas like the spinach empanada, croqueta de jamón, and pan con tomate. Wash it all down with a glass of Spanish wine, a house cocktail, or one of the local and imported beers, and then go take a real siesta afterward.
Sassafras Saloon When: Daily from 5-8pm The deal: The best kind of happy hour is one that runs every day. $8 cocktails, $6 well drinks and wine, and $2 off beers could easily make this your new neighborhood watering hole. Oh, and if that wasn’t enough reason to love Sassafras, the Cajun inspired food menu definitely is, with bites like $1 Mardi Gras eggs, $7 cajun smoked chicken wings, and regular fries ($4) or étouffée fries ($7). And of course, no New Orleans style menu is complete without warm beignets, and you can enjoy those pillowy donuts with or without a cup of Groundwork Coffee.
EMC Seafood & Raw Bar When: Daily from 3-7pm and late-night menu from 10pm-close The deal: Korean BBQ isn’t the only thing you’ll find in K-town: this seafood bar is perfect for after-hour cravings and late nights. A slew of fried foods will be calling your name, like zucchini fries and fish tacos for $4 each, fried clam strips and shrimp tacos for $5 each, or crispy calamari and chicken wings for $6 each. The raw bar is also not to be missed, with $1.50 oysters and an albacore sashimi or salmon carpaccio plate for $10.
Little Dom’s When: Every Monday evening The deal: Monday Supper at Little Dom’s is the cure to your Monday blues -- $22 gets you a three-course dinner that changes weekly (check their website for the latest menu), and you can top it off with a bottle of red or white wine for an additional $20.
Manhattan House When: Daily from 5-6:30pm The deal: Farm-to-table snacks start at $2.50 for Fanny Bay oysters and marinated olives and go up to $7 for beef sliders, wings or a mushroom crostini at this South Bay pub. Cocktails are $10, and include staples like a paloma, Old Fashioned, or a good ol’ margarita, but wine ($8) and draft beer ($6) are also on the menu.
Idle Hour When: Monday-Saturday from 3-7pm, and Sunday from 4-7pm The deal: The split menu at this barrel-shaped bar features half food items like sloppy fries ($6), chicken sliders ($6), and buffalo cauliflower ($6), and half libations like classic cocktails for $7, well drinks and wine for $6 and $2 off all beer.
The Raymond 1886 When: Tuesday-Friday from 4-6pm The deal: $5 select wines, $4 craft beers, $7 craft cocktails, and half off well drinks and bar bites which includes a range of vegetable dishes like roasted cauliflower ($8) or grilled broccolini ($8) to more carb-loaded foods like mac & cheese ($7) and a cheeseburger ($6).
Canary When: Wednesday-Friday from 5-8pm The deal: The swanky, tropical-themed lounge features an island-inspired craft cocktail menu to match, created by world-renowned mixologist Devin Espinoza. During happy hour, classic cocktails run $10 and signature cocktails are discounted at $14; they also have live jazz on Sunday nights.
Sushi Note When: Every day from 5:30-6:30pm The deal: Sushi Note is not just another sushi joint in the Valley; it’s an acclaimed omakase experience. While you can order happy hour items like a $6 spicy tuna hand roll and $5 salmon skin salad from the a la carte menu, you’re going to want to take advantage of the discounted omakase menu which is $35 for a Quarter Note sampler (four sushi pieces, one hand roll, and a few other small bites) or $50 for a Half Note sushi sampler (double the sushi).
Barbrix When: Every day from 5:30-7:30pm, and late-night from 10-11pm Sunday-Thursday The deal: For starters, wine by the glass is half off, and they’ve got a decent selection of Mediterranean bites from $5-$8 like spicy potato bravas, bacon wrapped dates, and prosciutto croquettes. If that’s not enough to satisfy your appetite, though, go for the loaded Barbrix burger is $14 or $8 (depending on what time it is).
Laurel Tavern When: Monday-Friday from 3-6pm The deal: You might have been to the sister location in Hermosa Beach, but this gastropub in the Valley offers select cocktails for $8, $7 wine, and $5 beers, with a few food items to snack on for just $3 like fish tacos and fried chicken sliders. There are plenty of high-top tables, so grab a seat and let off some steam.
Chulita When: Monday-Thursday from 3:30-6pm The deal: Margaritas, mimosas, mezcal, and micheladas for $7-10 are the name of the game during Chulita’s happy hour. The Rose Avenue Mexican restaurant doesn’t offer food on its happy hour menu but you’re going to want to pair your mezcal margarita with a side of guac and chips… just be prepared to pay Venice Beach prices.
Employees Only When: Daily from 6-7pm The deal: If you can actually find the bar hidden behind a discreet white building with a neon psychic sign on the window, then you deserve a few cocktails. During the aptly named Golden Hour, cocktails are all priced at $10, house wine is $7, beers are $5, and bites range from $6-12 for a hodgepodge of plates like pita sandwiches, shishito peppers, and vegetable tempura.
Napa Valley Grille When: Daily from 3-6pm and 9-closing (bar or patio only) The deal: Napa Valley Grille doesn’t skimp on the portion sizes or quality -- even their petite kale salad at $6 is heaps of greens and quinoa. Don’t miss the crispy fish tacos ($5), tuna tartare ($8), or the wagyu beef meatballs ($8), and grab the sangria flight -- which is a mix of red, white and rosé sangria -- for just $10 (or enjoy just one for $6). Beers start at $5, and cocktails are $8.
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Leila would much rather sip on a spicy margarita than sit in rush hour traffic. In fact, she’s probably sipping on one now. See her fave LA spots on Instagram and Twitter @leilaslist.