With summer on its way, it’s giving us more excuses to stay out late after work (or let’s be honest, play hooky) and fill up on booze and bites. Luckily, new happy hour deals and specials have been popping up all over town to keep you sated, with everything from Korean bar food to craft cocktails being served in gardens.
If you have a hankering for some soju and Korean bar food out in Culver City, Hanjip’s got you covered. The Korean BBQ restaurant, which is a collaboration between the guys behind Seoul Sausage Co. and Terrine, just launched their daily happy hour from 4 p.m.-6:30 p.m. You can get deals on hearty Hanjip offerings like fiery Korean-style hot wings, beef poutine and seafood pancake (from $6 to $12). And of course, you’ll need something to help wash that down with, like $2 soju shots and discounts on beer and wine.
Hanjip, 3829 Main St, Culver City, (323) 720-8804 or hanjip.com
Bull & Barrel
Bull & Barrel is the low-key bar tucked inside of the fancy Alexander’s Steakhouse. If you don’t want to burn a hole in your pocket and still get a taste of the restaurant’s gourmet food, their “social hour” is the way to go. Monday through Friday from 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m., diners can grab a stool at the bar and order things you can’t normally find on Alexander’s menu, like hamachi kama caramelized in a sweet, fish sauce glaze; to a decadent Wagyu beef burger topped with a dry-aged ragu. There are also smaller dishes like hamachi lumpia and Wagyu gyoza. Bar bites range from $3-$22. You can also get draft beers, wine and cocktails for $4-$10.
Bull & Barrel at Alexander’s Steakhouse, 111 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena, (626) 486-1111 or alexanderssteakhouse.com
Sometimes the best things in life are free. On Thursdays from 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Pizza Romana throws an “Enoteca night,” where they offer a complimentary wine tasting (3 samples, give or take) in their private room with free bites like cheese, pizza bianca and salumi. Surprisingly, you don’t even have to purchase anything to partake in the free deal, though if you’re there, you could always grab a bottle of wine to take home, which is 20% off the regularly priced $20-40 on the Enoteca nights.
Pizza Romana, 615 N. La Brea Ave., Fairfax, (323) 939-1148 or pizzaromana.com
The upscale Brentwood steakhouse—where you can occasionally get a celebrity sighting or two—goes ultra-casual on Mondays from 5 p.m.-10 p.m. with their “BBQ, Blues & Brews” series. Over in their bar and lounge area, a blues band plays live while diners get to stuff their faces with Southern-style BBQ and all the fixin’s—items not served on their regular menu (from $6-$32). Think sharable baby back ribs, pulled pork, house-made biscuits with country ham and red pepper jelly, and mac and cheese. Pair that with a $6 can of beer, or top-notch whiskey flights that start at $18, and you’ve got a way to get over the Monday blues.
Baltaire, 11647 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, (424) 273-1660 or baltaire.com
Fig & Olive
Following in the footsteps of the Italians, Fig & Olive recently launched their “Aperitivo Happy Hour.” Daily from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. in the lounge area, you can get a sample of their Mediterranean offerings like flatbread with prosciutto and ricotta, or truffle mushroom croquettes and lamb albondigas. Dishes range from $4-$12. And what’s a happy hour without booze? They’ve got beer, wine and cocktail specials that will just cost you around $6-$8.
Fig & Olive, 8490 Melrose Pl., West Hollywood, (310) 360-9100 or figandolive.com
Pitchoun may be a rustic French bakery in the daytime, but on Wednesdays to Fridays from 4 p.m.-7 p.m., they become a low-key happy hour spot. Their off-menu offerings include everything from $8 savory flatbreads, to $13 sharable charcuterie plates and $9 platters of escargot cooked in garlic and parsley butter. The fun part is that their menu suggests wine and beer pairings (from $6-$14) for each of their happy hour dishes, in case you want to dine right.
Pitchoun, 545 S. Olive St., downtown L.A., (213) 689-3240 or pitchounbakery.com
Hopdoddy Burger Bar
For the folks who just want a burger and a beer, Hopdoggy—the Austin-based chain—has a couple of locations in Playa Vista and El Segundo with a new “social hour.” Mondays through Fridays from 3 p.m.-6:30 p.m., you can get $3 sliders made with juicy Angus beef, $5 truffle fries (with truffle aioli for ultimate indulgence) and $5 beer and wine.
Hopdoddy Burger Bar, 12746 W. Jefferson Blvd. #1120, (310) 410-2337; 850 S. Sepulveda Blvd., El Segundo, (310) 414-2337 or hopdoddy.com
We like to take advantage of the warm weather by dining al fresco, and Café Pinot is a great spot for that. They have a garden courtyard with a view of the downtown Central Library, where you can get your eat and drink on for happy hour Mondays through Fridays from 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Think $6 house wines, or beers and craft cocktails starting at $7. They’ve got $7 small bites like fried chicken sliders and mixed olives, but the deal we’re most excited about is the $16 half-dozen oysters that comes with a half bottle of cuvée.
Café Pinot, 700 W 5th St., downtown L.A., (213) 239-6500 or patinagroup.com/cafe-pinot
Hotel Casa del Mar
If beach life is your thing, then you might want to head over to Hotel Casa del Mar for their new happy hour. From Sundays through Thursdays from 3 p.m.-6 p.m., you can get ocean views from inside their Terrezza Lounge while sipping on their $12 martinis, craft beer on draft for $7 and sangria for $9. To soak up all that booze, they also offer funghi pizzas for $12. Once it hits June 15, the hotel’s Catch restaurant will also be offering the same deals.
Hotel Casa del Mar, 1910 Ocean Way, Santa Monica, (310) 581-5533 or hotelcasadelmar.com
Eveleigh has one of our favorite patio gardens in the city, so it seems apropos that their new happy hour program is dubbed “Bar & Garden.” Mondays through Fridays, from 5 p.m.-7p.m., folks can hang out in the front bar or patio area and grab some bites like olives and nuts, to lamb meatballs and warm wheatberry salads (from $5-$12). Some signature cocktails run at $8 and you can get a carafe of wine for $10.
Eveleigh, 8752 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, (424) 239-1630 or theeveleigh.com