Food & Drink

5 new LA happy hours (pretzel grilled cheese is involved)

Jeff Miller Published On 05/29/2014 Published On 05/29/2014

Los Angeles Even though this is a short week, it's not like you're going to say "no" to an after-work drink. Or food. Especially if it's a pretzel grilled cheese. Or a $6 Moscow Mule. OR A PRETZEL GRILLED CHEESE. So here're five brand-spanking-new happy hours all over LA that'll have you covered.

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Cafe Rockenwagner: The namesake chef's been referred to as "The Pretzel King" of LA, so it's no surprise his casual restaurant's new "Pretzel Hour" is so glorious: $5 for pretzel pizza (!), pretzel grilled cheese (!!), and pretzel dogs (!!!) from 5-7pm, Tues-Sat. Continue Reading

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The Must: This re-opened Downtown wine bar's busting out specials (from 4-7pm on weekdays and 3-7pm on weekends), like mac 'n cheese with crumbled Goldfish crackers, on top and a slew of discounted vino (... without crumbled Goldfish crackers on top).


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Paiche: The Food & Wine-lauded chef here is giving you deals from 2:30-6pm on cheese-stuffed yucca beignets and rock shrimp tempura (both for for less than $10), as well the just-released (!) What's Kracken -- a monstrous, must-get punch drink.


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Tavern: Top Chef Masters competitor Suzanne Goin's Brentwood bistro has now got a special menu from 3-7pm every goddamn day in the "Blue Room", with price slashings on everything from fried oysters with buttermilk aioli ($10) to $4 Scrimshaw pilsners.

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Next Door Lounge: This sorta-secret bar on Highland's got happy hour from 5-8pm, with the most expensive item just $8 (a Corpse Reviver). The rest is in the $5-$6 range and includes pork sliders, a meatball sandwich, and super-strong classic cocktails like a $6 Moscow Mule.

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1. Cafe Rockenwagner 1168 S Barrington Ave Ste 100, Los Angeles, CA 90049 (Brentwood)

This Brentwood spot is a modern bistro/bakery specializing in French cuisine that incorporates California flavors.

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2. The Must 117 Winston St, Los Angeles, CA 90013 (Downtown)

The Must is... a must (sorry, we had to). Sign up for their pork pie, delicious French fries, and delicious tater tots. You won't regret it.

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3. Paichẽ 13488 Maxella Ave, Marina del Rey, CA 90292 (Marina Del Rey)

From the Food & Wine Best New Chef behind Mo-Chica and Picca, Paiche is both a massive Amazonian fish (seriously, it's giant) and a wood-laden, open kitchen'd Marina del Rey restaurant with a massive menu of... small plates. Fourteen different styles of ceviches, to be exact, alongside an extensive list of Latin wines and spirits and Japanese sake and beer. Sake(t) to me!

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4. Next Door Lounge 1154 N Highland, Hollywood, CA 90038 (Hollywood)

This classily retro, exposed-brick-heavy drinkery's got a decidedly Edison-esque vibe, w/ oversized leather chairs, and b&w photos of a frumpy lady looking semi-happy. Drinks are from a guy who won a mixology TV show.

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5. Tavern 11648 San Vicente, Los Angeles, CA 90049 (Brentwood)

It’s hard to believe this sophisticated space was once a Hamburger Hamlet, but Tavern’s managing partners have transformed the place into a triumvirate of exemplary dining options: full-service, sit-down dining in a naturally lit atrium, an easy-to-go marketplace/restaurant, and a bar serving craft cocktails and artisanal wine. This breakfast/lunch/dinner bistro from the team behind A.O.C., Lucques, and the Hungry Cat serve an array of French and Mediterranean-inspired fare.

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