After a long day at work, nothing beats a good happy hour. Americans love it so much, we’ve even made it a national holiday. But this year, National Happy Hour Day falls on a Sunday, Nov. 12, not your typical happy hour day. So we figure, it’s just an excuse to celebrate all week long. For cheap eats and discounted drinks, check out these eight fun happy hour spots in Los Angeles.
On 3rd Street, Goldies reigns supreme when it comes to happy hour. From 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, enjoy half off on all of all drinks (yes ALL drinks) including their specialty cocktails like the Golden Girl, made with spiced tequila, passion fruit, agave, lime and egg white meringue and the Star Boy, made with bourbon, maple cinnamon, lemon and egg white meringue. On the food side, small bites include truffle fries, Brussels sprouts, burrata, olives and a kale salad, ranging from $4 to $7. For those who are hungrier, get into the Goldies burger or fried chicken sandwich for $10 each.
8422 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, Goldiesla.com, @goldiesla
For the freshest happy hour in the valley, make your way over to seafood specialty spot Laurel Point. Happy hour here, aka “Low Tide,” takes place Monday through Friday, 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on the patio and at the bar. The long menu boasts bites such as crab deviled eggs, spicy tuna rolls, sticky wings and cast iron mussels, ranging from $4 to $13. There are also $1.50 select oysters and $5 oyster shooters. For libations, the menu is on point with $5 select drafts and select wines from $5 to $9. The prices of their specialty cocktails are slashed as well so grab a Catch Her In The Rye made with Redemption rye, apple sage shrub, cinnamon and lemon for $6 or their Island Old Fashioned made with Papa’s Pilar rum, Woodford Reserve, Amaro Averna and Giffard banana liqueur for $9.
12050 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, Thepointseafood.com, @laurelpointseafood
The Upper West
Santa Monica’s super cool, hip Upper West eatery, helmed by Chef Nick Shipp, host its happy hour from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays. The menu features $3 and $4 draft beers, $4 glasses of red or white wine and $6 specialty cocktails including a Watermelon Mojito, Ginger Cosmo and Espresso Martini. Bar food standouts include fried Texas sweet corn, curried chicken salad, crunchy calamari and a grilled kielbasa called The Dog. Bonus points for starting off your week here. Happy hour goes ALL night on Mondays.
3321 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, Theupperwest.com, @theupperwest
Hudson House, a south bay gastropub from Top Chef alum, Brooke Williamson and her husband, Chef Nick Roberts, is a place that gives you plenty of chances to take advantage of happy hour. Running until 7 p.m. on the weekdays and until 5 p.m. on weekends, the simple menu includes higher-end bar food from $4 to $6 like pretzel bites with beer cheese, black pepper fries, hot chicken sliders, edamame, shishito peppers and kale grit fritters. Hudson House also pours $3 Tecates and Hudson Pale Ales, $5 house wines and mimosas and $5 specialty cocktails like the fresh mango margarita, rum-based Planter’s Punch and vodka-based The Pink Slip. Note that on weekends, happy hour specials only apply to beverages.
514 N. Pacific Coast Hwy., Redondo Beach, Hudsonhousebar.com, @hudsonhousebar
Bernadette’s may call itself “the dumbest bar in L.A.,” but they are smart enough to offer a pretty solid happy hour. Since opening its doors in April 2017, this kitschy, cozy and retro-inspired watering hole in DTLA hosts happy hour from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Specials include $1 off all drafts, $2 off micheladas and house wines and an $11 Olympia beer and sandwich combo. Sounds pretty genius to us.
361 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, bernadettesla.com, @weekendatbernadettes
The h.wood Group is behind some of favorite restaurants/bars in Hollywood including The Nice Guy, Bootsy Bellows and Delilah, but these hot spots aren’t exactly happy hour haunts. Lucky for us, John Terzian and Brian Toll’s newest endeavor, Petite Taqueria in West Hollywood, serves up “happy hour and a half,” Monday through Friday from 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. The modern Japanese-influenced Mexican restaurant pours $10 margaritas, Palomas and shot + beer combo (your choice of tequila or mezcal). You can also order up a $4 Estrella Tall Boy. For snacks, they’ve got a Mexican pizza, broccoli quesadillas, chilaquiles and nachos for $8 each, as well as chips and salsa for $4 and chile lime peanuts for just a buck.
755 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, hwoodgroup.com, @petitetaqueria
The Black Cat
Housed in a historic space which once played a significant role in the 1960s LGBTQ civil rights movement, The Black Cat is cool Silver Lake staple. Happy hour is offered from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and serves up $5 select drafts, $7 select wines and $6 classic cocktails such as a Dark & Stormy, Old Fashioned, Aperol Spritz and Salty Dog. In your craving some grub, grab a $5 “cat snack” with olives, pickles and spiced nuts. Other bar food includes crispy deviled eggs, a burger, cheese plate, pork belly, fries, clams, confit chicken thighs and charred shishito, all priced from $5 to $10.
3909 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, Theblackcatla.com, @theblackcatla
Taste On Melrose
At Taste, you can celebrate National Happy Hour Day on its proper day, Sunday, Nov. 12, because, here, they offer happy hour seven days a week. Running from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the weekdays and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the weekends, Taste’s happy hour includes elevated bar food such as kobe meatballs, truffle oil and mushroom mac & cheese and Korean sweet potato steak fries, all for just $7 or less. Beverage specials include $6 house wines, $5 and $6 select craft beers, $7 well cocktails and specialty drinks such as pomegranate basil sangrias, margaritas, Aperol spritzers and martinis from $6 to $9.
8454 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, Ilovetaste.com, @tasteonmelrose