Free Happy Hour Food in LA

Cheap food is a happy hour staple, but free food in LA? Not so much. But if you're going out for drinks anyway, why not get some free happy hour food while you're at it? These LA bars and restaurants serve complimentary food during happy hour, which means even if you're nearly broke, you won't be stuck only drinking your dinner.

Updated: July 07, 2010

Free Happy Hour Food in LA

The Los Angeles Athletic Club

431 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

You don't have to be a member to sip cocktails at the swanky Main Bar at the Los Angeles Athletic Club in Downtown LA, where Monday to Friday between 5pm and 7pm you'll find half-priced wine, beer and mixed drinks, as well as a rotating spread of complimentary bar food favorites like quesadillas, chips and salsa, hot dogs and more.

El Conquistador

3701 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

If you're going to drink one (or more) of the large, potent margaritas from this Silver Lake Mexican restaurant, you're going to need something in your belly to soak up the booze. During happy hour (Monday to Thursday, 4pm-6:30pm), when you buy a drink you'll get a free appetizer plate with items like chorizo nachos, quesadillas, and chips and salsa. Just order a drink like the $7.50 margaritas or $4.50 beers and dig in.


300 S Doheny Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Free eats at the Four Seasons? Yes, really--Sunday through Thursday from 5pm to 7pm, find some of the fanciest free happy hour food in LA in Culina's bar area, with a complimentary antipasti spread and $6 glasses of Italian wines.

Bar Food

12217 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

Grab a free hot dog with your drink during the daily happy hour (5pm-7pm) at this Westwood spot with a huge whiskey list. The dogs are basic-but-tasty (they're topped with ketchup, mustard and onions), and you can't beat the price. Wash them down with $3.50 pints of beer or $5 glasses of house wine--if you're still hungry, try the addictive, so-cheap-they're-almost-free $2 potato puffs.

Il Moro Restaurant & Gastrobar

11400 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

This stylish Italian gastrobar in West LA puts on an impressive free food spread during happy hour, with a bountiful buffet of small plate dishes such as chicken croquettes, eggplant lasagna and seafood ceviche. There aren't any drink discounts, so keep it in happy hour price territory by sticking to beer ($7 and up) or wine (starting at $8), or splurge on the $12 signature cocktails--after all, your dinner is free. Monday-Friday 5pm-7pm.

Melgard Public House

7505 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

Drinks aren't discounted at this casual restaurant from the owners behind 3rd Stop and 1739 Public House, but daily from 3pm to 7pm, order a glass of wine or beer (there are some 30 types of beer on the menu, most for $6 each) and get a free cheese pizza.

Barragan's Mexican Restaurant

730 N Victory Blvd, Burbank, CA 91502

During Friday happy hour (4pm-7:30pm) at this Burbank Mexican restaurant, get $1 off the potent margaritas, plus feast on a free buffet of items like chicken wings, flautas, taquitos and vegetable crudite.

Salsa Club 2000

6439 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91606

An ever-changing selection of free food (think the usual Mexican items like tacos and chips and salsa), and drink specials like $3.50 house margaritas, $4 well drinks and $6 pitchers of domestic beer fill up happy hour revelers for less Monday to Friday from 4pm to 7pm.

Cat N' Fiddle

6530 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Monday through Friday from 4pm to 7pm, this British tavern serves up free eats--anything from pasta to traditional bangers and mash. There's also $3.50 draft beer, well drinks and wine, not to mention one of the best patios for outdoor drinking in LA (plus men in plaid kilts, if that's your thing).

Red Lion Tavern

2366 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039

Happy hour here runs earlier than most (weekdays from 3pm to 6pm), so skip out of work early for a 25 percent discount on drinks (which means about $1.50 off large German brews) and a complimentary buffet of boozy snacks including cheese and crackers and a daily hot dish like chili.


23504 Calabasas Rd, Calabasas, CA 91302

This Calabasas seafood restaurant has multiple happy hours (Monday-Friday 5pm-7pm and Friday and Saturday 9pm-11pm), with drink specials like $3 draft beers and $5 wines and well drinks. During the weekday evening happy hours, drinkers can sample a rotating selection of free appetizers such as tuna tartare tacos, potato skins and bruschetta (but there's no food freebies during the late-night happy hour on Friday and Saturday).

White Horse Inn Cocktail Lounge

1532 Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

There technically isn't a happy hour (and at $6 for bottled beer and $8 for cocktails, it's not the cheapest place for drinks), but if you find yourself craving a nightcap and a free snack, stop into this red-hued dive bar where bowls of freshly microwaved popcorn, chips and pretzels are always available, plus hot dogs with a choice of toppings frequently make an appearance.