by Kelly Wardle - 21 Reviews - 17 List
There are plenty of places in Los Angeles to have a cocktail, and all that competition for your drinking dollars means there are lots of bar deals in LA worth checking out. From $1 cocktails at the Edison to all-night $5 cocktails on Mondays at Copa D'Oro to $6 glasses of wine and free antipasti at Culina at the Four Seasons, here are some of the best places in the city to drink up for less.
Updated: July 30, 2010
Sip in style: Sunday to Thursday from 5pm to 7pm, the swanky Culina restaurant at the Four Season Beverly Hills features select Italian wines for $6 a glass, plus a different free antipasti spread each day. The deal is available at the bar and communal tables only, but wander outside for a minute and check out the scene on the gorgeous outdoor patio.
Time machine cocktails: During the Edison's Centennial Cocktail Hour (Wednesday to Friday, 5pm-7pm), find a different 100-cent cocktail (yes, $1) on the menu each night designed by the Edison's head mixologist, plus 40 percent off well drinks, beer and wine. Plus, the Edison has brought back its 35-cent cocktail deal, available Wednesday and Thursday 5pm-7pm.
This new Westwood spot serves up select martinis for just $5 all day, every day, including the Rumrise and cosmopolitan. Add in two daily happy hours (4pm-7pm and 10pm-12am) with $4 beers, $5 well drinks, $6 wines, and half-price appetizers for even more bar deals.
This dimly lit beachside spot has one of the best bar deals in LA, with a "Happy Depression" cocktail menu (Tuesday to Saturday 5:30pm-8pm and all night on Mondays) featuring handcrafted, $5 classic drinks like the Gold Rush, Manhattan and Moscow Mule, $5 beers and wine. There's also a selection of savory and sweet paninis available during happy hour for $4 to $6.
At this dark West L.A. dive, $5 gets you a can of PBR and a shot of well liquor (and no, the shot won't be chilled) any time. Fancy it's not, but what do you expect from a drink special called the Low Life? It's even cheaper during happy hour (Monday-Friday 5pm-8pm and all night on Sunday), when the Low Life and well drinks are $4 (and it's also $1 off the large, well-shaken martinis, if your tastes lean toward the, ahem, slightly more refined).
A must-do weekend happy hour: The Must's happy hour drink specials include $3-$5 beers (and $2 cans of Old Milwaukee, if you're really broke), $3 glasses of house wine and $4 glasses of white, red or black sangria. Make it into dinner with comfort food items like $3 pretzel bites and $4 tater tots (yes, beer and tater tots make a complete meal). Daily 4pm-7pm.
Monday to Thursday from 5pm to 7pm, the London's "After Five" bar menu features $5 specialty cocktails and $5 appetizers. Or, on Wednesdays head to the rooftop for drinks with a view--the new Wednesdays on Sunset event allows non-hotel guests to drink on the London's rooftop, with a full bar serving a different cocktail each week for $9 (or $17 glasses of Veuve Cliquot, if you've got deep pockets) for poolside sipping while a DJ spins.
This casual wine spot's happy hour (Tuesday-Sunday 5pm-7pm) includes $3 off glasses of wine, $7 off carafes and $8 off bottles, and $5 to $7 appetizers like bruschetta and pizzas. Plus, Tuesday is Andrew Jackson night ($20 for any bottle of wine), Wednesday is carafe night ($17 regular carafes, $23 premium), and Sunday is SIN night with happy hour prices all night for service industry workers.
This downtown tequila shrine takes happy "hour" literally--Monday to Saturday from 7pm to 8pm, get $2 off the creative tequila and mescal cocktails (normally $12) and other spirits and $1 off wine and beer (including ice-cold Negro Modelo drafts).
There's no happy hour, but this unassuming Burbank beer spot offers a great selection of brews at reasonable prices all the time--most beers on the menu are just $4.50 or $5 per "honest pint" (a full 16 ounces), with a few specialty brews coming in at $6 a glass. The eco-friendly, bottle-free bar also serves wine from stainless steel tanks (the choices: distinctly non-wine snobby white, red or pink) in generous quarter liter ($8) and liter ($32) carafes.
Can't swing Nobu's usual prices? Try it during happy hour, which features a new summer cocktail menu with a large selection of drinks like the cucumber martini or Spicy Acai martini for $9 each. Other drink specials include $4 Sapporo, $7 well drinks and $6 wines by the glass, plus happy hour food specials. Daily 5pm-8pm.
At this brand-new Hollywood neighborhood spot, the Parlour Martini, a classic gin martini with vermouth and an olive, costs $5 any time, while other cocktails like the Maple Julep, made with Woodford Reserve bourbon, maple syrup and mint leaves, and the Parlour Trick, which changes seasonally, run $10.
Not-so-quiet riot: On Wednesdays from 5pm to midnight, RH rolls out the "Riot House" cocktail hour featuring a special $7 "Sunset Strip" cocktail, $9 wine, $5 beers and $6 bar bites, a DJ, and free valet parking until 8pm. Bring a ticket stub from a recent concert on the Strip or a vinyl record from any artist who performed on the Strip, and get a "Sunset Strip" cocktail for free (and you thought you'd never use that Motley Crue album again). There's also happy hour 4pm-7pm other weekdays with $9 cocktails and wine, $5 beer and $6 appetizers.