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14 brand new happy hours in LA

Published On 02/14/2014 Published On 02/14/2014
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1. Plan Check Kitchen + Bar 351 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036 (West Hollywood)

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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2. Diablo Taco 3129 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026 (Silverlake)

Diablo Taco's an 88-seat tortilla-stuffer serving up "Berzerker" huevos rancheros w/ pasilla peppers & braised beef cheeks, and burritos stuffed w/ egg, Russet potatoes, jack cheese, and your choice of meats, including crispy pork belly and "bison chili".

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3. District 13 1556 Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA 90028 (Hollywood)

Somehow not an ode to strange South African aliens, this new sausage and beer slinger in the old Soi 56 has refurbished the place with a graffiti and Indian art vibe (again??), to put you in the mood for gourmet cased meat options like pheasant w/ Cognac, wild boar & roasted garlic, and alligator andouille, which you can wash down with craft bottles/draughts of suds like Stone's Smoked Porter, Bootlegger's Old World Hefe, and Great Divide's Belgian Hades (so... Luxembourg?).

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4. Allumette 1320 Echo Park Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90026 (Echo Park)

Located in Echo Park, Allumette is the brainchild of Chef Miles Thompson, with owners Charles Kelly and Bill DiDonna expanding on the idea of "apartment dining". Ignore the lack of decor and focus on the food, which could single-handedly trump just about every Top Chef there ever was.

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5. City Tavern 735 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90017 (Downtown)

This Downtown hotspot has got deliciously juicy burgers, great brews, and interesting company.

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6. Gracias Madre 8905 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069 (West Hollywood)

You’ll say gracias to this madre of a vegan restaurant when you taste chilaquiles, enchiladas, pozole, and other Mexican-inspired dishes made with organic, plant-based ingredients. No matter how much you live and die for carne asada, you'll find Gracias Madre's meat-free creations (coconut bacon, flash-fried cauliflower) beyond satisfying. Plus, no outdoor space in WeHo feels so quintessentially Californian.

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7. Tapenade 11301 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064 (Culver City)

This Mediterranean hotspot is known for their lamb, bacon-wrapped dates, and delicious desserts -- but also head there for their generous happy hour.

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8. The Corner Door 12477 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066 (Culver City)

Get ready for an eclectic range of ace cocktails -- shaken, stirred, and on-tap -- at this Culver City favorite. The lineup ranges from the smoky Taco Truck with mezcal, pineapple, and cinnamon-infused Campari to the Jesse Pink Gin with gin, bitters, coconut liqueur, and orgeat. Don't miss out on their seasonal hits either, like the Goonies menu with the whisky-hazelnut-cacao combo of the Truffle Shuffle and the rye-espresso-coconut of the Mama Fratelli. With a knockout food menu from Birch’s Brendan Collins, you'll want to stay put for a few rounds.

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9. Petty Cash Taqueria 7360 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036 (Mid Wilshire)

Petty Cash is an upscale taqueria on Beverly.

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10. The Charleston 2460 Wilshire, Los Angeles, CA 90403 (Santa Monica)

The Charleston is a '30s-era supperclub-cum-sippery in Santa Monica that's decked out in decade-appropriate beaded chandeliers, a studded, white-leather bar, and plush, red booths... which're probably the first place to look for left-behind dead presidents. There's Monday night comedy and burlesque, live jazz on Tuesdays and Sundays, and DJs Thursdays - Saturdays. The best thing to go for, though? The happy hour, which is seven days a week from 5-8pm (5-9pm on Friday and Saturday), and the late-night happy hour from 11:30pm-close, Sunday-Thursday nights.

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11. City Tavern Culver City 9739 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232 (Culver City)

The original locale of this grub hub is spot-on with delicious burgers and seriously impressive beer options.

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12. Lazy Dog Café 172 W Hillcrest Dr, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

This friendly neighborhood resto doles out an array of different foods from dim sum to burgers to brick oven pizza to pasta. Seriously, they've got just about everything you could ever want.

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