Keep Summer going with these long, lingering happy hours in Los Angeles. Here are over a dozen of the top newbies in and around the city that we have test driven not only for quality or originality, but for the best deals. (originally posted on http://www.westhollywoodlifestyle.com)
A little Latin flavor lands in Weho thanks to Adolfo Suaya and his son Kelian Suaya, as well as Ryan Sweeney, Alen Aivazian and Brandon Bradford of Goat Group who have launched Phoenix LA on 3rd Street and LaCienega. For the past 5 years Adolfo has been opening hotels in South America, Hotel Clasico in Buenos Aires and years before that, Casa Suaya in Jose Ignacio Uruguay. He’s coined as the Anthony Bourdain of SA, with a very successful show called Latin American Foodie. His grill skills – and authentic chimichurri, will be the primary focus of a very small steak driven menu – and the happy hour skirt steak special for $15.00 can’t be beat. The restaurant also boasts the finest scotch, whiskey, bourbon, and cognac selections, including a Knob Creek that was specially crafted for the venue. The back room has an open air space that is perfect for a private soriee, where they will soon be hosting screenings, and there is even a back celebrity entrance, naturally, but – the team promises this will not turn into a velvet rope club situation like the Nice Guy.
It is time to clock out and head over to Rascal where happy hour food and drinks are just $6.00 a pop between 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm daily. Rascal offers tasty bites like the juicy burger, fried chicken & gravy, mac & cheese, or the pancetta egg. Wash down these comfort food favorites with refreshing libations like the margarita, Moscow mule or wine cocktails like red sangria and the Cold Duck. For beer lovers, Santa Monica Whit is at the tap. Sip on selected varietals of red, white and bubbles, including Spanish white, Rioja Blanco Solar de Estraunza (2014), and the sparkling Torre Oria Cava.
Happy Hour from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm every Tuesday through Saturday, 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm every Monday, and Sunday Funday is every Sunday from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm; 801 South La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, 323.933.3229. www.rascalla.com
SPARE TIRE KITCHEN & TAVERN:
Spare Tire Kitchen & Tavern presents a daily happy hour menu from Executive Chef Isaias Pena with $7.00 Pub Beef Sliders, T.J. Doggs or a wood-fired three cheese pizza. The healthy beet salad, Baja tacos, chicken ad waffles or short rib poutine are only $6.00. House Wine, Well Drinks, Draft Beers like Angel City Pilsner, Santa Monica Brewery XPA and Vermont Magic Seasonal are available for $5.00 a pop.
Happy Hour daily from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm and Friday and Saturday from 10:00 pm to midnight; 5370 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, 323.525.2618; www.sparetirepub.com
Hollywood & Silver Lake:
It pays to make your lunch hour start during happy hour which runs from an astonishing 2:30pm to 7pm Monday through Friday at this stylish Hollywood newcomer. Paley is located in the historic Columbia Plaza and former home of Columbia Broadcasting Systems, or CBS, and named after their visionary leader William S. Paley and his wife Babe. Sit at the bar or on the patio and enjoy chicken liver pate or foie gras mousse. ALL the wines by the glass are half price which means you’ll be scoring top rose for only $7.00 or a specialty cocktail with smoky mezacal or top shelf tequila for the same price. They also offer their delicious (and massive) pub burger with Cajun fries for $15.00 which you could eat all day long.
Happy Hour 2:30p to 7pm Monday through Friday, 6115 Sunset Blvd; Hollywood (323) 544-9430 www.paleyhollywood.com
Hollywood’s new cool spot, Demitasse Roastery & Kitchen, is pulling out all the stops with their latest addition of Happy Hour. Solids are only $6.00 each, from the crudo to the palate cleansing strawberry gazpacho, and crunchy crudités. Hearty bites include the mini-brisket sandwich; papas bravas and the gooey grilled cheese comprised of English cheddar, Asian pear and Namasu pickles. Liquids include Daily Wine Specials for $6.00, a dollar off all Coffee Cocktails, and the eye-opening Roaster’s Special; a shot of espresso and a Collins’ glass of stout for only $5.00. California craft beers are $5.00, or have a variety with the beer flight also $5.00. Seeing as this is a roastery too, guests can opt for the Coffee Three Ways for $5.00.
Happy Hour daily from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm; 1542 N. Cahuenga Blvd. Hollywood, 323.498.5155; www.cafedemitasse.com
The group behind the Hudson Hotel and Churchill have recently graced Sunset Blvd. in Silver Lake with southern inspired seafood eatery Sawyer. Here you will find a fun buzzy bar and dining room with wall banquettes, along with a date-night worthy patio in the back. Luckily happy hour is daily so you can try the fried chicken which is big enough for two and only $8.00. Select wines are $5.00; $4 beer, $6 well drinks and $8 cocktails. Linger on the romantic patio with a half dozen oysters of the day with pickled shallot-cucumber sorbet, horseradish-sambal cocktail sauce served with a draft beer or glass of wine for $12; or a Soft shell crab sandwich served on squid ink bread which is available on the regular menu.
Happy hour daily from 4-7pm; 3705 Sunset Blvd in Silver Lake; 323.641.3709; www.SawyerLosAngeles.com
Downtown L.A.’s finest gay craft cocktail bar, Bar Mattachine, is the perfect after work playdate, especially when the DJ is hot and the drinks are cold during Happy Hour. From 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Monday through Friday (Thursdays 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm hit the dance floor with DJ GoBSTARR), specials include $3.00 Pabst Blue Ribbon and $4.00 Joe’s Pilsner. Class in a glass comes in the form of Red or White Wine for only $6.00 a pop, while those seeking to mix things up a bit will enjoy a specially selected Cocktail of the Day for just $7.00. along with Select Small Plates, offerings and pricing change weekly.
Happy Hour Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm and Thursday from 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm; 221 West 7th Street, Los Angeles; 213.278.0471; www.facebook.com/BarMattachine
This sleek downtown newbie is an airy modern design dream upstairs and downstairs a sexy bar. This is perfect for tasting select high end whiskey but also for the newly launched happy hour. You can enjoy a shot of whiskey, pizza and drink for only $10.00. Other must try menu items include the fried olives and potato croquettes. The Whiskey Room will offer 1 oz. and 2 oz. pours, and whiskey tastings or flights from Scotland to Japan. Chef Gavin Mills is a wizard when it comes to charcuterie and owns his own charcuterie business, so don’t overlook the rotating selection of house-made meats, and cheeses can be mixed and matched for $4 per selection.
Happy Hour is from 5-7pm Monday through Friday; 888 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles 213-988-8880 www.mirorestaurant.com
MR. C BEVERLY HILLS
Mr. C Spritz Social, is a new summer series on the pool deck of this southern European inspired hotel from the Cipriani brand hailing from Italy. Enjoy an Italian spritzer menu featuring cocktails like the Belvedere Peach Nectar Spritz, along with a delicious BBQ (the cheese burgers and sausages with peppers are some of the best in town), while relaxing on plush loungers and couches or try your luck at life-size Jenga, corn hole, and classic board games. Notable Los Angeles DJ Bobby French is usually spinning tunes.
Spritz Social on rotating Tuesdays all summer from 5pm until late; 1224 Beverwil Dr. Los Angeles, (310) 226-6245 http://www.mrchotels.com/
Finally, someone has come up with the genius idea to launch a Rose Hour for summer. The fresh, light and refreshing Rose was hand selected by Chef Keller and Chef Hands and will we served perfectly chilled by the bottle and accompanied by a pared small plate to compliment the notes and flavors for a perfect summer meal. Sit out on the patio and enjoy a “rose a day” or “all day rose” which will be hard to resist with the Loire Valley and Mediterranean being well represented, along with Napa Valley, and the fresh oysters staring back at you. And, the best part: there is no cut off. As long as they are open so is the rose special.
Rose All Day! Every Day: 235 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills (310) 271-9910 http://www.thomaskeller.com/beverly-hills-california/bouchon-bakery/info-directions
For great Korean BBQ in Culver City, Hanjip has recently launched a happy hour that is also a great deal with massive portions. KBBQ style bites, soju, beer, and more from Chris Oh – who is the founder of Seoul Sausage Co, and Stephane Bombet who pretty much runs and co-owns all of our favorite spots around town from Terrine to Viviane and Faith & Flower downtown. While at Hanjip, don’t miss the seafood pancake, chicharron or the pork buns. Top it off with the refreshing and group friendly giant watermelon dessert laced with soju, topped with pop-rocks and fruity pebbles cereal – just grab a straw.
Happy Hour is available daily from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m; 3829 Main St, Culver City (323) 720-8804 www.hanjip.com
Enjoy and authentic Mediterranean happy hour at Inotheke, Santa Monica’s answer to modern Greek cuisine. Get comfortable at the bar and order up a glass of Happy Beer for $5.00, or choose from two reds, two whites or a rose (a Greek red and white are always available), and get a glass of Happy Wine for $6.00. Accompany your drinks with Bar Bites, like the Lamb Meatballs for just $6.00, served with tzatziki sauce; the mushroom or shrimp flat bread or Haloumi grilled cheese. Fava Dip for $4.00, or the $5.00 Tzatziki & Pita. The classic Greek bite, Spanakopita, “Kopanisti” is also on offer for $5.00, comprised of feta, kaseri, spinach, red peppers.
Happy Hour daily from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm; 600 Broadway Avenue, Suite 101, Santa Monica; 310.458.3366 www.inotheke.com
THE HUNGRY CAT
All summer long by the Pacific Coast Highway, David Lentz and Kris Longley will bring an El Gato en la Playa Pop Up to their popular Santa Monica Canyon seafood eatery. What this means is that you will be able to feast on stellar dish deals at the bar with a frosty cerveza or specialty margaritas for just $7.00 or Baja style tacos for $3.00. Crudo includes Peruvean scallops for $4.00 and a bowl of snapper ceviche is $16.50. Mexican street corn is $7.50. You can add rock shrimp to guacamole & chips for $8.00 but you also won’t be able to stop eating the queso fundido with roasted green chiles and tortillas with chorizo for $12.50. Stand out tacos include the lamb belly adobo with pickled red onions ($13.50), and duck carnitas with charred pineapple and habanero salsa ($14.50).
Happy Hour every day from 5-7pm; closed on Monday. 100 West Channel Road, Santa Monica (310) 459-3337 www.thehungrycat.com