Food & Drink

Your ultimate guide to LA day drinking

Published On 08/15/2014 Published On 08/15/2014
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1. The Drawing Room 1800 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

There are only a handful of bars actually open right when it's legal to serve at 6am, and most of them are dives, but none of them are as gloriously divey as this Los Feliz institution, where you're guaranteed to get super-strong drinks and ultra-charming characters.

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2. The Breakfast Bar 70 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802

Head out to this Long Beach hot spot for (surprise!) breakfast, especially for their chicken-and-waffle sticks, and hang around for happy hour, when you can get $3 High Life bottles.

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3. Molly Malone's Irish Pub 575 S Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Malone's is a West Hollywood institution with Guinness on draft, friendly vibes, and tasty bar food to scarf down in between games of darts.

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4. Open Air Kitchen + Bar 892 N. La Cienega, Los Angeles, CA 90069

This West Hollywood haunt is never a bad option for drinks, with a menu loaded with numerous wines, beers, and cocktails; but the real treat is their edibles menu, featuring options like prosciutto, fig, and arugula salad and a kale and spinach pizza with Parmesan cream sauce.

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5. Hungry Cat 1555 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028

This slick, beachy seafoodery serves up raw bites like oysters, along with cooked fishes, burgers, and artfully mixed 'tails. Whether for lunch, brunch, or dinner, The Hungry Cat has been the go-to for inventive, LA-style seafood dishes for over a decade. Do it up by starting with a 1-, 2-, or 3-tier seafood platter, and pair your meal with one of the market-fresh cocktails that complement basically everything on the menu.

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6. Big Bar 1927 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Big Bar's actually, well, a tiny little bar attached to the massive outdoor patio at the Alcove Cafe. It has a European feel thanks to a room-length, extra-wide marble bar, antique-looking oak cabinets, and custom-made, metal chandeliers.

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7. Ray's & Stark Bar 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Located at LACMA, this swanky bar and restaurant takes museum dining to new levels with an upscale American menu, killer cocktails, and an expansive outdoor patio. Expect wood-fired pizzas, plenty of veggie plates, and classic entrees like a burger with caramelized onions and grilled fish. The Stark Bar has an impressive spirit selection sourced from across the world, and the craft cocktails taste just right at happy hour.

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8. O'Brien's Irish Pub & Restaurant 2941 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405

This Santa Monica pub may get a little brotastic, but they also serve up delicious bar fare and a terrific mid-afternoon happy hour, with $3.50 domestics from 12-7pm.

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9. Golden Road Brewing 5410 W San Fernando Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90039

Golden Road is the perfect place for anyone who loves drinking while playing games, because they've got giant Jenga, ping pong, and more, plus tons of outdoor seats, and some of LA's best local beer that's brewed right there. Enjoy a pint with some of the venue's delectable globally-inspired pub fare.

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10. Tropicana Bar at the Roosevelt Hotel 7000 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028

With its breezy palm trees and sleek design, the Tropicana Bar blends old Hollywood glamour with contemporary California cool. Guests can sip on refreshing mimosas and fresh fruit smoothies, enjoy live DJ music, or simply float in the pool and watch the Hollywood elite in action. Be sure to check out the underwater mural painted by David Hockney.

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11. The Venice Whaler 10 Washington Blvd, Venice, CA 90292

A Venice landmark, this beachside spot has been serving up market-fresh dishes and high-quality craft cocktails since the '40s. Be sure to try the fish tacos, or split some of their small bites or an artisan pizza with your group -- a group you should also convince to join in the Whaler's Monday night karaoke. While you're there, you'll want to head up to the second-floor patio bar for some gorgeous ocean views, particularly at sunset.

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12. Mercado 1416 4th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Mercado is a modern-tinged Mexican joint steeped in luxury woods, leathers, and steel, with a menu that boasts tons of authentic, South-of-the-border food and drink. This includes handmade tortillas, enchiladas with sweet shrimp and yellow mole, slow-cooked carnitas, and more than 70 tequila options.

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13. The Bungalow 101 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

This sprawling, indoor/outdoor lounge at the Fairmont Santa Monica is rustic, bougie-in-a-good-way, and straight-up charming. The beautifully designed patio is decked out with lanterns and close enough to the beach (aka, right across the street) to catch the ocean breeze. Accouterments like a fire pit and ping pong table make The Bungalow a great place to start the night with a few happy hour drinks.