For close to a decade now, Culver City – whose previous claim to fame was being the home of MGM Studios – has been reborn with a thriving nightlife and art scene. It now seems like an exciting new bar or gastropub is opening up every day of the week. That being said, if you're in the mood for a cheap drink, you'll definitely have plenty of options. Here is your guide to happy hour in Culver City.
Rush Street: It may take its name from the famous strip of bars and night clubs in Chicago, but Rush Street in Culver City is purely SoCal. After all, few bars in blistery Chicago can boast a spacious sidewalk patio year round! And most likely, even fewer can afford to have as many items on their happy hour menu as Rush Street's. It happens Monday thru Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and includes well drinks and draft beer for $4, appetizers like mesquite turkey sliders for $7, and brick oven pizzas for $8. You can check out Rush Street's full happy hour menu here.
9546 Washington Blvd., 90232; 310-837-9546
The Bar at the Culver Hotel: It's the most iconic building in Culver City, so why wouldn't it have one of the best happy hours around? Built in 1924, the Culver Hotel is rich with Hollywood history. Former owners include Charlie Chaplin and John Wayne; and during the filming of The Wizard of Oz, several of the actors portraying the “munchkins” lived here. That alone is pretty cool. And if you happen to pop into the hotel's bar area during happy hour, you won't be disappointed. It happens daily from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., and includes discounts on food and drinks, like beer for $3, wine for $4, and appetizers for $5. Plus you get to brag to your friends that you drank in the same building that The Duke once owned. Bonus?
9400 Culver Blvd., 90232; 310-838-7963
City Tavern: Aside from boasting nearly two-dozen of California's finest craft brews, City Tavern in Culver City is also the first bar in the state to offer its patrons a Table Tap Booth. Yep, that means you can pour beer at your table using a sophisticated pouring system. Ah computers, is there anything they can't do? City Tavern opens at 11:30 a.m., with a rotating happy hour that varies depending on the month. You can check out all the great craft brews and eats they have to offer by visiting www.citytavernculvercity.com.
9739 Culver Blvd., 90232; 310-838-9739
Backstage Bar & Grill: If you're really into dive bars (and who isn't?), then you'll definitely want to check out the Backstage Bar & Grill. The drinks are cheap, the crowd is always eclectic, and they've got karaoke every night of the week. If all that wasn't enough to sell you, then you'll surely fall in love with the daily happy hour from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. It features delicious garlic fries for $3, mac and cheese for $4, and buffalo chicken wings for $5. Beer and well drinks aren't included on the happy hour menu, seeing that they're already cheap to begin with. How does $3 PBRs all day, every day sound? That's what I thought.
10400 Culver Blvd., 90232; 310-839-3892
Rocco's Tavern: Aside from having a great pepperoni pizza, Rocco's Tavern is known for having one of the best happy hours in Downtown, Culver City. How good is it? How about two-for-one drinks, seven days a week, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.? And by two-for-one, that means all drinks, including beer, wine and cocktails. Some of the specialty drinks Rocco's has on-tap, include a Staten Island sweet tea, watermelon mojito, and Jersey Shore lemonade – all of which are $12. You can check out the full drink menu at Rocco's Tavern by visiting its website.
3843 Main St., 90232; 310-559-5500
BottleRock: Boasting an extraordinary list of over 600 wines – featuring everything from the obscure, to brands favored by mainstream palettes – wine lovers will absolutely fall in love with BottleRock. Even better is their happy hour, which happens Monday thru Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Specials include glasses of wine and champagne for $4, and a slew of delicious appetizers to nibble on, like ahi tuna and grilled truffle cheese with prosciutto. To see some of the other items on BottleRock's menu, visit its website.
3847 Main St., 90232; 310-836-9463
Carbon: Not only is Carbon known for rotating its vast roster of up-and-coming DJs every night of the week, but it’s also one of the few spots in the area that hosts a late night happy hour. It happens nightly from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., and features specials on both beers and well drinks, most of which will cost you between $4 and $5. It gets pretty crowded in here on the weekends, so you’re better off coming early to take advantage of the drink specials. Or as the saying goes, “come for the drinks, stay for the dancing.” People still say that, right?
9300 Venice Blvd., 90232; 310-558-9302