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 26 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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Good Measure When: Sunday-Thursday from 5-6pm and 9-10pm The deal: This upscale wine bar offers half off all draft beers, and $2 off all wines by the glass. No food items made it on the happy hour menu, but some of their “greatest hits” are already at happy hour pricing like the Brussels sprouts ($7), chickpea fries ($8) and lamb meatballs ($9).
CUT Lounge When: Daily from 5-7pm The deal: Steak skewers for $18 might not sound like a happy hour deal, but this is Beverly Hills (and Wolfgang Puck’s steakhouse), so you can expect top-notch meat at the 90210 price tag. It’s a bougie take on happy hour, so you’ll find things like grilled cheese with truffles ($12), fried chicken oysters ($12), steak tartare ($19), and grilled lamb chops ($26) on the menu.
Brentwood Restaurant & Lounge When: Tuesday-Saturday from 10pm-12am The deal: Late night happy hour is the answer to all your postgame munchies, and this cozy Brentwood bar has all the things you crave. French fries? Check. Onion rings? Roger that. Mac & cheese? Yep. They also have pizzas, mini-burgers, shrimp cocktail, and a host of other food options. The menu ranges from $6.50-31.50 (for a NY steak and fries if you’re going big), and you can pair it all with a glass of wine or a specialty cocktail, although those are on the regular menu.
Mirabelle Wine Bar When: Daily from 5-7pm 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.
The Crack Shack When: Monday-Friday from 3-7pm The deal: This SoCal spot is all about its famous fried chicken, which, sadly, isn’t on the happy hour menu. What is on the menu, though: their “Crack Snacks,” like fried pickles ($3), chicken lollipops ($1.75 each), and spicy biscuit sliders ($2). Quench your thirst afterwards with $4 off cocktails, and $3 off beer and wine.
Margot When: Daily from 3-5:30pm The deal: The aperitivo hour at Margot is just another reason why we love the new rooftop restaurant. Pan con tomate on homemade focaccia ($8) and other Spanish-inspired bites like potatoes bravas ($10), marinated castelvetrano olives ($6) and jamon Iberico ($25) are on the menu and while it’s not the cheapest happy hour in town, the sweet views are included.
Public School 213 When: Daily from 3-7pm The deal: This gastropub with multiple locations has a pretty sweet happy hour menu, where Angelenos flock to grab beers starting at $5, and bites from a laundry list of popular bar snacks reminiscent of middle school (hence the menu name Recess) but with an adult twist. Highlights include bacon cheddar tater tots ($5), margherita flatbread ($7), pretzel ($6), wagyu corn dogs ($7), and popcorn shrimp ($9), to name a few.
Red Herring When: Tuesday-Friday from 5-7pm The deal: Stop by for a $4 local craft beer on rotation, or a $7 glass of wine -- but, if you’re lucky enough to be there on a Tuesday or Wednesday when all bottles are half off, treat yo’ self. Small plates like the kale caesar ($5), BBQ pulled pork sandwich ($5), mini house-made corn dogs ($5) and mussels ($7) are also available for happy hour and perfect for a snack to whet your appetite before dinner.
Winsome When: Wednesday-Sunday from 4-7pm The deal: Classics like an Old Fashioned and a spiced whiskey highball made the happy hour cut at this elevated Sunset Blvd. diner, and if you’re looking for light fare to pair it with, you’re in luck. Highlights include the buttermilk popcorn chicken, beef tacos or shishito peppers at $5 each, or sandwiches like a grilled cheese ($6) or a burger ($10).
Woodley Proper When: Sunday-Thursday from 5-7pm The deal: Nestled in a shopping center off Ventura Blvd. (like everything else in the Valley), Woodley Proper pours $8 drinks and $5 beers during happy hour and has a small but solid food menu with lamb street tacos ($3), a cheeseburger ($12), and caesar salad ($9).
UMI by Hamasaku When: Monday-Friday from 3-6pm, and Saturday-Sunday from 11am-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.
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: Sunday-Thursday from 10pm-close, and Friday-Saturday from 11pm-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 -- $18 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 $18.
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: Daily from 3-7pm 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 4-7pm 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).
Herringbone When: Daily from 4-7pm (bar and lounge) The deal: Throw back a few $1 oysters during Oyster Hour, paired with their addicting fries ($6), and wash it all down with $6 draft beers. Don’t leave without ordering their sea salt chocolate chip (crack) cookies, which may be the city’s best kept secret.
The Local Peasant When: Monday-Friday from 4-6pm The deal: If you need an excuse to get off the 101, the happy hour menu at this Valley joint might just do it. The gastropub offers $5 beers, $8 wines, and plenty to nosh on like fish and chips ($9), tuna ceviche ($9), mini sliders ($9), and deviled eggs ($4), with most of their ingredients sourced locally.
Barbrix When: Monday from 5:30-7:30pm, Tuesday-Sunday from 5:30-7:30pm, Sunday-Thursday from 10pm-closing 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.
Humphry Slocombe When: Wednesday from 2-6pm The deal: When you’re just a few blocks from the ocean, every hour is happy hour -- which may explain why most restaurants in the neighborhood don’t offer specials. Luckily, this Abbot Kinney ice cream shop is the exception: Get one free scoop for your guest when you purchase one for yourself.
Cecconi’s When: Tuesday to Saturday from 3-6pm The deal: This may be one of the best happy hours in town, and it’s no secret. You don’t need to elbow your way to the bar, though, as the happy hour menu is offered throughout the restaurant. Signature items like their buffalo mozzarella pizzetta ($6), black truffle burger ($9) and meatballs ($9) are on the menu so rest assured, you won’t leave hungry. They couldn’t have made the hours easier to remember: $3-6 bites from 3-6pm. Hello happy hour.
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.