Even the worst day can be salvaged by a good happy hour, and in Los Angeles, we’ve got an embarrassment of riches of them. What’s better than pairing the perfect drink with a delicious dish, at a sweet discount? From simple beer and bar bites, to unique food and drink fusions, our city has it all. With so many to choose from, we’ve rounded up a few of the best new happy hours around the city to whet your whistle.
13251 Ventura Blvd. Suite A
Studio City, CA 91604
Happy Hour: Monday-Friday from 5pm – 6pm
The Bellwether’s new happy hour in Studio City is short, but mighty. Running for just an hour, the restaurant is offering up a whole slew of drinks and eats for just $5 each. Food options include half orders of their popular tempura cauliflower and french fries, as well as their house marinated olives, avocado hummus, and Nashville Hot Chicken Sando. To pair with these cheap eats is a special $5 deal on anything on tap, which means 10 different beers, 8 wines, and Ann-Marie’s Bellwether Manhattan and Blood & Sand Redux cocktails.
6115 Sunset Blvd #100
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Happy Hour: Monday-Friday from 2:30pm – 7pm (bar only)
Whether it’s for a late lunch or an early dinner, it’s always a good idea to spend your afternoon at Paley. The newly opened, California-inspired restaurant is located in the heart of Hollywood’s recently revamped Columbia Square, and is quickly becoming a Sunset Blvd. favorite. Grab a seat in their swanky, mid-century modern dining room and enjoy a newly debuted weekday happy hour that features 50% off wines by the glass, draft beer, and Beverage Manager Ben Ferguson’s craft cocktails. With half off prices, it’s the perfect time to be adventurous and try the Alpine Negroni (gin, cedar-infused Campari, and sweet vermouth) or the Black Rabbit (house-blended whiskey and lapsang souchong infused cherry heering). Tasty bar snacks are also available, and make the perfect accompaniment to your drink.
1755 Ocean Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Happy Hour: Monday-Friday, 11:30am – 2:30pm
This happy hour is for the lunch crowd, as Herringbone has recently introduced a new lunchtime happy hour in Santa Monica. Hungry lunch breakers, tourists, and anyone else looking for a midday bite will love Herringbone’s new wallet-friendly offerings. Sharable favorites like their Albacore Sashimi, Grilled Pork Belly, and Truffle Fries are all being served up for $11 or less. A happy hour at Herringbone wouldn’t be complete without oysters, so the restaurant is also offering fresh shucked oysters for just a buck. Wine, beer, and cocktails are also part of the midday deal, priced at $8 and under. As an added perk, Herringbone will provide diners with complimentary valet – a welcome sight in Santa Monica.
Ocean Prime Beverly Hills
9595 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Happy Hour: Monday-Thursday, 4pm – 8pm; Friday 3pm – 11pm
If you’re looking for a champagne happy hour on a beer budget, Ocean Prime in Beverly Hills is about to be your new jam. In addition to their regular happy hour, the restaurant’s summer Friday happy hour enjoyed such a success that they’ve decided to keep it going by continuing Friday’s extended hours throughout the fall. Feel like a class act without blowing your budget as you sip Veuve Cliquot and dine on oysters and sushi, all at a reduced price. Seasonal small plates ranging from fish tacos to white truffle caviar deviled eggs are also served up with a $5 off discount. Select wines and handcrafted cocktails and spirits are priced at $8, while featured beers are just $5.
8400 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Happy Hour: Tuesday-Sunday, 5pm – close
Iconic West Hollywood eatery La Bohème invites you to sit back and relax in their cozy outdoor patio for an evening happy hour. Offered daily, the happy hour is available at the restaurant’s bar, lounge, and street-facing patio, and includes generous portions of some of their Bar Bites favorites. Truffle Mushroom Arancini, Baked Parmigiano Fries, and daily-rotating flatbreads are just a few $3 mouthwatering options from a menu defined as “New American with European influences.” In addition to the aforementioned items, and $1 oysters, beer, well drinks, cocktails, and prosecco range from $5-$8. The restaurant is closed Mondays.
120 S. San Pedro Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Happy Hour: Tuesday-Friday, 5:30pm – 7pm
If you’re in Little Tokyo and looking to spice up your night, head over to Simbal. With a recently expanded weeknight happy hour, the Southeast Asian gem has drink specials ranging from simple to simply amazing. A glass of Havemeyer Riesling Kabinett or Burg Ravensburg Pinot Noir, or a pint from Smog City Brewing Co., will only set you back $5, or enjoy a specialty cocktail from Beverage Manager Ron Carey. Housemade spiked shrubs like strawberry black peppercorn, pineapple and rosemary, and pear and ginger can be paired with either vodka or rum for $6. Elevate your happy hour experience with some Vietnamese fusion eats, like a banh mi salad, lemongrass and chili grilled pork ribs, prime beef hanger steak tartare with larb seasoning and puffed sesame bread, and more, all under $10. Happy hour is available at the bar and chef’s counter.