When people think of happy hour, the thought of tasty mini burgers, crispy French fries, and pitchers of Miller Lite are probably what come to mind. But sushi? Well, you'd be surprised to know that happy hour at L.A.'s sushi restaurants is just as common as it is at the city's vast number of bars and gastropubs. Just be sure to freshen up on your chopsticks skills before you stop in. Then again, you can always just use a fork.
Crazy Rock'N Sushi: Despite the fact that it's sandwiched between a Target and BevMo!, Crazy Rock'N is anything but your run-of-the-mill sushi joint. In fact, for those who know about its incredibly long happy hour – 10 hours! – it's the closest thing we sushi lovers have to… okay sushi heaven. Why you ask? Well, when most L.A. restaurants charge upwards of $13 for a roll, it's refreshing to find a place that hosts half-off specials every day! That means you can get spicy tuna rolls, California rolls, and plenty more for around $3. Add some hot sake to your order, or an ice-cold bottle of Sapporo beer, and you'll have yourself a fine lunch (or dinner) for under $20.
7100 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 158, 90046; 323-882-8247
Monsoon Café: It's located on the Third Street Promenade and has an excellent menu that features all types of moderately priced sushi and sashimi. That's all good and great, but the real reason people stop into Monsoon Café is their super cheap happy hour menu. From 4 p.m. to close, every Monday through Saturday, and all day on Sundays, you can fill up on all types of delicious rolls, including spicy salmon, scallop tempura, avocado, and California rolls for a measly $4. And just in case you're not in the mood for sushi, Monsoon Café's happy hour menu also features a variety of appetizers – like egg rolls, chicken potstickers, and tacos – as well as beer, wine and sake – all of which are also just $4.
1212 3rd St. Promenade, 90401; 310-576-9996
Koda Sushi & Sake: Like the sound of a seven-hour happy hour? Then you'll want to check out Koda Sushi & Sake in Silver Lake every day of the week between noon and 7 p.m. Aside from having one of the longest happy hours in Los Angeles, Koda is known for having a wide variety of sushi rolls with trippy names, like the hermit roll, hippy roll, they even have a Philadelphia roll! Okay, maybe there's not anything too strange about that last one, but you get the point. Sushi rolls start at $4, with happy hour also including discounts on draft beer and sake. You can see Koda's full happy hour sushi men by visiting its website.
3719 Sunset Blvd., 90026; 323-663-1048
Chaya: Sushi lovers have plenty of great options in Venice. But only Chaya has rolls for as low as $4.50 every night of the week. It's part of their all night happy hour, which starts at 5 p.m. and doesn't end until they turn the lights off. Some of the sushi rolls on Chaya's happy hour menu include, a spicy tuna roll, California roll, and a Chef's special roll. Aside from sushi, you can also get appetizers like edamame, fried calamari, and sweet potato fries for under $6, as well as cocktails and sake for $6. Chaya's Venice location also has outstanding service – even during their happy hour rush!
110 Navy St., 90293; 310-396-1179
Arashi Sushi: Arashi Sushi is located within walking distance from the Staples Center, making it a great spot to pop into before a Lakers game. Happy hour is Monday thru Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., and includes seaweed salad for $6, five of their crispy chicken wings for $6, and most of their freshly prepared sushi rolls going for $10 and under. Arashi's happy hour specials also include bottles of sake for $10, and bottles of Sapporo for $2! You can download Arashi's full menu by visiting www.arashisushi.com.
1111 S. Hope St., Suite 100, 90015; 213-749-1900