Although inflation rates have gone down as of late, most of us are still feeling the squeeze. Thankfully many restaurants and bars in the city still offer great deals during happy hour, with discounts on cocktails and small bites to be found any day of the week. Whether you’re looking for $2 tacos or a more affordable way to try a Michelin-starred restaurant, here are the 18 best happy hours in Los Angeles right now.
The 18 Best Happy Hours in Los Angeles
For those catching a show at the Disney Concert Hall or at any of the other Music Center theaters, happy hour at Asterid is a no-brainer for a pre-show snack and drink. Happy hour is offered on Wednesday through Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. with 10 different items for $10 each, including a satisfying burger, a spicy pineapple margarita and a maitake mushroom quesadilla.
141 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012
Yes, the Michelin-starred Citrin offers happy hour, and it’s perfect for those who have been wanting to try the food here but have been deterred by cost. The happy hour is named “Glass Off” and takes place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday through Saturday and bites start at just $10. The menu includes Chef Josiah Citrin’s signature dishes like the lobster Bolognese (only $15 during Glass Off) and egg caviar ($22). Plus, there are nine different cocktail options for just $11.
1104 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401
3. Gin Rummy
This new tiki bar at the edge of Marina Del Rey and Venice is giving all the tropical vibes, plus happy hour deals daily from 4 to 6 p.m. On the happy hour menu are $8 wings and $11 coconut shrimp, plus frozen margaritas and frozen daiquiris for $10. Cheers.
822 Washington Blvd., Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
Madre is known for their mezcal selection and Oaxacan food, and from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday they offer a happy hour with a big selection of food and drinks. For libations, there are $6 beers, $11 cocktails or a $21 mezcal flight. To go with your beverage, fill up on $5 enchiladas, $9 tortas or try their grilled oysters with chapulines a la diabla.
Throwback to the ‘90s with Accomplice’s happy hour menu. Instead of just offering a discount on their regular drinks, this Mar Vista spot actually designed a whole new menu featuring fun “trashy 90s drinks done right.” Try the Little Fat-Tea, a Long Island riff with apple sidra and genmaicha or go classic with the Trashy Ol Fashy. The cocktails are $10 each or you can opt for a $4 Taiwan Beer. Happy hour is available 5 to 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. daily.
3811 Grand View Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066
Happy hour deals don’t have to just be all about food, and Mo’s House of Axe is offering a good deal of fun, too. Between 5 and 7 p.m. on Monday through Friday, they offer unlimited axe throwing for $20 and a selection of food for $12 and under including chicken wings, cornbread waffles and more. Grab a pint of the house blonde for $6 or well drinks for just $8.
611 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90005
Bacari doesn’t offer a traditional happy hour, per se, but what they do offer may be even better. All night, every night, guests have the option to do the 90-minute open bar. For $30 per person, you can enjoy unlimited house wines, beer, mimosas and bellinis, or add well drinks for another $5 per person (you can also order signature cocktails for an extra $5 each cocktail). Just be sure to drink responsibly, K?
The best happy hour deal here is the Triple Play which is the Lowburger (a beef chuck patty with 2000 island dressing, American cheese, red pepper jam and grilled onions on toasted potato bun), small fries and any draft beer for $14. For those not looking for a meal, whiskey sours and wines are just $8 and well drinks are $6 each.
1540 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026
This laid-back agave bar gives you plenty of opportunity to get happy hour deals. There’s daily happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. daily with $5 wines, $7 margaritas and house cocktails starting from $8, not to mention $2 tacos and flautas. To top it off, there is Mucho Late Night Happy Hora from 10:30 p.m. until closing time from Sunday through Thursday when you can still get happy hour-priced drinks.
510 S. Broadway Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90013
10. Birdie G’s
The Early Birdie’s happy hour is from 5 to 6 p.m. at the bar and lounge area, aptly called The Bird’s Nest, and offers some dishes that are not normally available otherwise. For the adventurous, try the Kishka burger, made with seared blood sausage, persimmon comeback sauce and more on a sesame pretzel bun. Wash it down with some $12 cocktails and wines.
2421 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90404
This little wine bar in Mar Vista is a total gem hidden next to Hotcakes Bakes, pouring natural wines and serving a great produce-driven food menu. They feature a rotating selection of natural wines for $13 a glass during the daily happy hour from 7 to 8 p.m., but the best deal can be found on Sundays, when they have all day happy hour as well as half-off oysters all day.
4123 S. Centinela Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90066
This neighborhood wine and tapas bar in Encino has some of the best happy hour deals in the San Fernando Valley. Happy hour goes from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. every day and select tapas and wines are $7 each and beer, sangria and mimosas are just $5. The happy hour tapas selection includes patatas bravas, mini Angus beef burgers, meatballs and morcilla (Spanish blood sausage) served with chickpeas.
18046 W. Ventura Blvd., Encino, CA 91316
13. Gracias Madre
For a plant-based happy hour, head to Gracias Madre in West Hollywood between 3 and 6 p.m. on Monday through Friday, where they have $7 bites and $9 margaritas. You can even get the Happy Madre Meal, which consists of jackfruit slider, garlic chipotle fries and a house beer for just $10. Yum.
8905 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, CA 90069
For a classy happy hour in downtown, head to Redbird from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday through Friday. During happy hour, you can get a selection of Redbird’s great cocktails for $11 and bites like crispy duck wings with nuoc cham or grilled prawns served with Weiser Farm melons are $15. Note that happy hour is only available at the bar.
114 E. 2nd St., Los Angeles, CA 90012
15. Baar Baar
Baar Baar is Los Angeles’ newest and hottest Indian restaurant, and happy hour is a good time to try out the bold flavors at this DTLA spot and explore their fun cocktail menu that features Indian riffs on classics. Baar Baar Hour is on Tuesday through Thursday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the bar or on high top tables and offers $15 cocktails and bites starting from $7.
705 W. 9th St., Los Angeles, CA 90015
Get your Italian food fix at Steve Samson’s Rossoblu in downtown. The restaurant offers happy hour all day Monday and from 5 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday through Sunday, available at the bar only. The happy hour menu has margherita or pepperoni pizzas for $12 each and other small bites starting from $6, plus $12 cocktails and wines.
1124 San Julian St., Los Angeles, CA 90015
Soulmate’s happy hour offers some of the best deals in West Hollywood with $2 oysters and bites starting at $8. There is also a nice selection of $8 wines and spirits, plus $10 cocktails like the Sunshine Pop, made with mezcal or tequila, pineapple, sage and citrus. Happy hour is available from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. daily at the bar only; choose your vibe between the bar on the sunny patio or the sultry, dimly lit bar inside.
631 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069
The recently launched happy hour at Here’s Looking At You is poised to be one of the hottest happy hours in Koreatown. The happy hour goes from 8:30 to 10 p.m. every night, which is great for those of us who work later hours. The menu includes $24 steak frites (with curly fries) and $16 dry-aged cheeseburger with au poivre mayo.
3901 W. 6th St., Los Angeles, CA 90020