It’s 4 p.m. Do you know where your reasonably priced, artfully crafted brew children are? Well, I do! And now, you will too—I’m here to drop some L.A. hoppy hour knowledge on your suds-loving self. Any of these beer bars will help you unwind from work without unwinding your budget.
Daily, 3-6 p.m.
I’m generally a stickler for a properly poured, properly glassed beer. But I make an exception for City Tavern between 3 and 6 p.m. Why yes, City Tavern, I will gladly take a 32-ounce pitcher of craft beer for a scant $10. I’ll even pour the beer into a shaker pint (shudder) before I toast my fellow deal-loving friends. Almost all of the ever-changing taps at this Culver City gastropub go on sale during happy hour—as previously stated, 32-ounce growler pours are all $10. And this why City Tavern hosts perhaps my favorite happy hour in Los Angeles: The program is set up to encourage group tastings; to get enough beer to share with friends for a price that makes it easy to be generous. A happy hour indeed.
City Tavern, 9739 Culver Blvd., Culver City, 310-838-9739
Monday-Friday, 3-6 p.m.
Library Alehouse (where, full disclosure, my boyfriend works) in Santa Monica is already one of the best beer destinations in the area. But the incredibly generous happy hour puts the chill gastropub with breezy outdoor seating even higher on my list of the top beer bars in L.A. More than half of Library’s two-dozen taps are up for a $3 discount between 3 and 6 p.m. on weekdays. This means you can score a pint of El Segundo Mayberry IPA or Smog City Coffee Porter for $5 on the regular. And the knowledgeable staff can help you pair your delicious, discounted brew with a plate of delicious, discounted calamari or fried asparagus.
Library Alehouse, 2911 Main St., Santa Monica, 310-314-4855
Monday-Friday, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
If you’re dying to try something really special (aka expensive), but don’t want to lay down all your hard-earned Washingtons in one go, hit up Boneyard Bistro’s comprehensive happy hour in Sherman Oaks. The bar’s entire selection of well-curated draft beers goes on sale (25 percent off!) at 4:30 p.m. For instance: Had you shuffled into Boneyard Bistro during happy hour this week, you could have scored 12 ounces of Almanac’s Farmer’s Reserve Strawberry for a mere $7.50—a crazy deal.
Boneyard Bistro, 13539 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, 818-906-7427
The Counter (Downtown)
Monday-Friday, 4-7 p.m.
Downtown: Where if you want a martini with gold-plated olives skewered onto an artisanal toothpick, just throw a rock. I promise you’ll hit one. Finding a bounteous craft beer happy hour in the neighborhood? Not so easy. So I invite you to give The Counter’s Downtown location a try. Yes, it’s a (local) chain. And, yes, there are macro beers. But this is a happy hour in which it’s possible to obtain a pint of Figueroa Mountain’s Lizard’s Mouth for a single dollar. Here’s how it works: Go in for a happy hour on any weekday and take advantage of the already generous discount of $2 off any beer. Then bring your receipt back the next time, and bam! Any beer on the menu for a buck. This is a pretty awesome deal no matter how you slice it. But Downtown? It’s a steal.
The Counter, 725 W. 7th St., Downtown, 213-228-7800