Like your grandparents' early bird specials, happy hours are a fiscally responsible way to stay out-and-about without jeopardizing precious funds. But you'd better get while the gettin' is good since these deals aren't likely to qualify for a bailout.
For now, let's raise a glass to economic collapse (it's already 5 o'clock somewhere) and all together now, "market down, bottoms up!"
SEVEN DAYS A WEEK
Stop by the Roosevelt's hip and happening diner for daily specials, from 3-6pm, that include half off selected sides, cocktails, wine and even milkshakes.
This new Eastside addition's happy hour means $6 cocktails from 4-7pm, daily. Also, don't miss out on the resto/bar's all-day happy hour on Sunday with $6 martinis. (There's quite the assortment on the menu).
Located on Melrose, the Bungalow Club has been around for what seems like forever. Doesn't dismiss the good daily happy hour, 4-7pm, which means $6 cocktails, $4 microbrews and wine.
It might be easy to fill up on the delish appetizers (think cheese fondue and meat sliders), but make sure to leave room for the $4 cosmos, mojitos and wine. Beware, happy hour, um, "Gourmet Hour" according to the restaurant, is only an hour daily from 5:30 to 6:30pm.
Stop by this Culver City joint for Korean BBQ and $3 Hite beer, $6 bottles of soju and $2 off the rest of the full bar from 4-7pm, daily. Appetizers are $4 as well.
Snag a seat on the patio for a straight-shot view of Sunset Blvd. while you soak up the mostly $5 menu, including beer, wine, sake and snacks to nosh on like seared tuna and skewers from the robata grill.
Stop in after work, or, hey, in lieu of it, between 3pm and 7pm for $6 specialty cocktails, like the resto's signature jalapeno margarita. Don't miss out on the $4 appetizers either.
Now that absinthe is back en vogue, leave it to the posh Maison 140 to make it even cooler. Stop in between 5pm and 7pm for a $5 taste--you can get it any which way (traditional, flambayed, whatever)--and for that price, you could probably try is every which way, save for the fact that one drink should do the trick given its high proof.
Stop by this steakhouse, ahem, institution, for its "Bar Bites" menu, which include $4-$6 wine, beer and cocktails as well as $5-$6 plates of petite filet mignon sandwiches, jumbo lump crab and cheeseburgers. All avaiable between 4:30pm and 6:30pm.
Even though drinks are still the same price, you can do a little two birds/one stone action from 5-7pm with complimentary bar food like prosciutto with ciabatta, shrimp ceviche and homemade foie gras crostini.
The new Santa Monica restaurant, around the corner from the Promenade, now offers a yummy-bites menu (crispy squash blossoms and crudo) along with three, specially priced, specialty cocktails, Sunday-Thursday, 5-6:30pm, and Friday-Saturday, 5-6pm.
Recently extended, the happy hour at the gastropub near the beach offers a special $5 menu that includes drinks, appetizers and skewers from the grill. Check out the "extras" on the menu (also $5): bloody mary oyster shooters, popcorn rock shrimp tempura and whitefish ceviche.
Downtown's Industrial District has its very own English Pub with Royal Clayton's. Its "Afternoon Delight" happy menu, 3-7pm, has several draft beers for only $4. Well drinks are $5, while bloody marys and margaritas top out at $8. Onion rings, calamari and pizza round out the menu.
Happy hour begins at 8pm each day (7pm on Fridays) and continues to 10pm. Wine, well drinks and martinis are all $4, while beer and the shot of the day are only $3.
Check out Bunker Hill's newest addition during its late-night happy hour from 9pm-midnight. An outdoor patio filled with "casitas" makes mingling even more enjoyable.
The Cahuenga Corridor resto has an even happier hour Monday-Thursday, 10pm-midnight, and Friday-Saturday, 7pm-midnight, where speciality cocktails are only $6.
The steakhouse's "Bar Bites" menu makes a late-night appearance as well, now being offered from 9pm until close.
The late-night happy hour menu is called the "Bar Bailout," but offers the same deals as the earlier, daily one, with an extended appetizer list.
If you couldn't make it to the pub's afternoon/early evening happy hour, stop in for its "Late Nite Delight"--the same menu , just from 10pm-midnight, daily.
MONDAY THRU FRIDAY
The half-off happy hour here, deemed Recess--the menu's wordplayed out, entitled RECESSisON--is definitely worth the traffic, though not the hotel parking (it's somethin crazy like $15). Sample everything on the menu (it's all delish) from 5-7pm.
Happy hour is a new institution here, running Monday-Friday, 5-7pm. Drink specials are limited to Stella ($4), two wines ($5) and a Pimm's Cup ($5), but the app specials seem to be the most interesting with baked mac and cheese and cheese-stuffed risotto balls gracing the menu.
Snag a pitcher of sangria for $12, beer for $3, wine, Margs and a specialty cocktail for $6-$8 or and a smattering of Mexican apps ranging from $4 to $7. Drink prices available between 2:30pm and 6:30pm; food specials start at 4:30pm and continue 'til the end of happy hour at 6:30pm.
Come back each week for a new tasting of happy hour varietals (the menu changes each week), or grab a pint and some half-off farmers-market-sourced appetizers.
During the resto's "Aperitif Time," sample the under-$10 menu (including pizza) and drinks priced between $4 and $7. Who drives in rush hour anyway--stick out a spot from 4:30-7pm.
Throw some back with some after-work NBC/Universal execs during the 5-9pm happy hour where beer, wine and well drinks go down easy between $3 and $4.
Receive 30% off all food and beverages (ordered within the bar area) from 5:30-6:30pm during the weekdays.
Available at all three locations (Bwood, Hwood and Glendale), beat the scene from 5-7pm with the mostly $5 menu. Wash back Katsuya's classics (crispy rice, baked crab hand roll and rock shrimp tempura) with equally tempting cocktails.
Bud Light and Stella $4, wine $5, greyhounds/cosmos/apple martinis $7 are an easy sell when accompanied with $6 appetizers (chicken satay, fried calamari, bruschetta, sweet potato fries) Monday-Friday, 4-7pm. The new location is close to the Staples Center and L.A. Live.
Stop in for $4 margs from 4-7pm, Monday-Friday. Tuesdays, however, are $1.50 taco night, which means it's pretty packed.
The recently amped up happy hour (free, passed appetizers and even a DJ) make the $3 well, wine and bottled beer that much more enticing. Regular liquor drinks and drafts will cost you $5 between 5:30pm and 7pm.
All you need here is a veranda to eat/drink the Southern-inspired food and cocktails. A staple among local Westsiders, the best happy hour deal is the SoCo and lime ($5); the rest of the drinks are really that much of a deal given that they're still priced around 10 bucks. However, you can get your own (literal) fishbowl of the resto/bar's "World Famous VooDoo Brew" to share with friends for $40, at which point it's not only funny, but kind of economical.
Make a pitstop at the Santa Monica outpost for the spicy tuna tornado dips ($7), Monday-Friday, 4-7pm. Sushi, sashimi and rolls all go for $3-$5 as do the other, non-fish appetizer options. Don't miss out on half-off well drinks and beer and $5 glasses of house wine.
Beer ($3), margaritas ($5) and wine ($6) go down easy with a wide range of apps ($6), which would make a great end to a day of exploring downtown (or avoiding traffic).
ONE NIGHT ONLY
Monday may mean the blues, but it's means half-off all food and drinks throughout the day (11am-3pm; 6pm-midnight).
Hipster-friendly and ironic to the core, this downtown bar makes for great conversation (and great photo booth pics) in addition to the weekly drink specials.
Ok, the $4 drinks might be a good deal, but when you can have your own punch bowl (from 5-7pm) filled with (lots of) a drink of your choosing, we imagine there's little hesitation about which to pick.
By now, "an oldie but a goodie," the Edison's 35-cent martinis are even more of hit these days. Available 5-7pm.
Recently opened on the corner of the ArcLight complex, BoHo ('a little bit Bohemian, a little bit Hollywood') offers half-off its extensive list of draft beer and Andre Guerrero-crafted pizzas, from 5-7pm, Monday-Thursday.
Happy hour (3-7pm) at the new downtown location of the famed LA brand is way reasonable with sushi ranging from $4-$7, while drinks, including signature cocktails, are only $5-$6 (mostly $5) Monday-Friday. If you can't make it downtown on a weekday, never fear: The killer menu is offered Saturdays from 5-7pm.
Every night Copa is open (that's Monday-Saturday) from 5pm-7pm, they offer a phenom happy hour with 12 classic and artisnal cocktails crafted for just 5 bucks!
It's certainly a mad, mad, mad, mad world at Murano's weekly Friday and Saturday night "Martini Madness" where the resto's signature 'tinis are all only $8. Try the Murano Verde or the Cubano Murano (i.e. a mojito) from 6pm-midnight.
Offered all night Sunday-Thursday (5:30-11:15pm) in the bar only is the "recovery menu," a sampling of the restaurant's signature dishes for about half off. There are minimal breaks on liquor, but at least you can grab a delish meal on the (sorta) cheap.
Specialty cocktails are down to $9 Monday-Thursday, 5-8pm, along with $7 appetizers from the small bites menu for Whiskey Blue's Whiskey After Work happy hour. The best part? Validated parking is only $5 (until 8pm).