Food & Drink

8 new happy hours in LA

Published On 11/06/2014 Published On 11/06/2014
Cooks County
Plan Check
The Morrison Pub
Kitchen 24
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1. Project Taco 6325 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

This fast-casual concept's Mid-City location features a myriad of crazy-creative tacos, including breakfast handhelds tossed with goat cheese crema and bacon. For lunch, go big ona Thai peanut chicken taco with a honey and chile-based sauce. Taco Tuesdays are a steal here; save a buck on each taco, or get three for $9.

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2. Bibigo 1091 Broxton Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024

One of multiple locations, Bibigo is a quality spot for Korean BBQ with such items as char-grilled bulgogi, braised short rib, and classic bibimbap.

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3. Cooks County 8009 Beverly Blvd , Los Angeles, CA 90048

Whether you're stopping in for hash or pancakes at brunch, heartier fare like bone marrow or duck sausage at dinner, or just want to get down with half-price drinks during the near-daily (Sunday-Thursday) happy hour, Cooks County is the county you want to be in.

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4. Bacari PDR 6805 Vista Del Mar Lane, Playa del Rey, CA 90293

Bacari PDR is a cozy little wine bar in an oddly shaped building on the main strip of sunny Playa del Ray that serves Italian cicchetti (similar to tapas). You will find small but filling options like a stacked shrimp, mushroom, and juice-soaked bread tower, tender glazed pork belly, cheesy mushroom pizza, a thick burger covered in molten cheese, and hot clams. Whether you go for bottomless brunch, the 90-minute open bar, Beefsteak Sundays (unlimited hangar steak with fries, onion rings, and an open bar), or just the great wine list and gourmet small plates, you will happily waddle out to your car. Like the restaurant itself, the parking lot is small so make sure to have a plan!

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5. Craft 10100 Constellation Blvd, Century City, CA 90067

Century City Craft is the sixth restaurant from Tom Colicchio, and follows in NY's footsteps with a slick-yet-casual interior and a constantly changing menu featuring the freshest gourmet meats and pastas.

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6. Plan Check 1111 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90017

This sophisticated gastropub -- with a few locations across Los Angeles -- is acclaimed for its burgers, whiskey, and craft beer. The namesake Plan Check burger, topped with pickles, onions, and Americanized dashi cheese, is famous for its layer of Ketchup Leather, which is a square of dehydrated tomato paste that melts over the patty like a layer of cheese. Plan Check’s comfort food vibe makes for a hip and social ambience, complemented by tall communal tables and plenty of bar seating.

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7. The Morrison 3179 Los Feliz Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039

The Morrison is a Scottish-themed gastropub where upscale burgers meet an extensive selection of beer and whiskey. From the bacon-and-blue-cheese Bacon Bourbonator to the fried-egg-and-cheddar-pancake Late Breakfast, the burgers here are far from simple, packed with flavor, and paired with beer suggestions on the menu. You could come here just for a drink, but why would you deny yourself the soul-satisfying combination of a burger and beer?

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8. Kitchen 24 1608 N Cahuenga Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028

Fancied-up with a DJ booth and light fixtures made of silverware, this spot serves up 24/7 breakfast (rye-crusted vegetable frittatas) and lunch (open-faced meatball sandwich), plus a 'til-2am dinner menu (chicken-fried pork chop!).