Where to Drink Your Tax Refund (or Woes) Away

Old Fashioneds for $1 makes it all better somehow

Whether you scored a big, fat refund check or got reamed this tax season (I feel ya), you’re going to want to drink. So here are a bunch of Tax Day drink specials that will either cheer you up tomorrow while you count your pennies or inspire you to yell, “The drinks are on me!”

The bright shining star this tax season is 1933 Group’s annual $1 cocktail specials. From 5 to 9 p.m., most of its bars (except the new Idle Hour) will feature a special cocktail for just a buck.

  • Harlowe’s Old Fashioned with Old Forester bourbon, demerara, bitters, and orange oils
  • Oldfield’s Liquor Room’s Tax Relief aka Old Fashioned
  • Bigfoot West’s Old Fashioned (Buffalo Trace select-barrel bourbon, simple syrup, Angostura bitters, and Luxardo cherry) and Pisco Punch (Kappa Pisco, spiced simple syrup, pineapple juice, orange juice, and prosecco)
  • Bigfoot Lodge’s Taxydermy with rum, lime, and bitters
  • Sassafras’ Death & Taxes with scotch, gin, sweet vermouth, Benedictine, and orange bitters
  • Thirsty Crow’s The Tax Man’s Hat with rye, sweet vermouth, and bitters
  • La Cuevita’s Tax Mule with Reyka vodka, hibiscus flowers, and ginger beer
The Income Tax cocktail at Venice Whaler
The Income Tax cocktail at Venice Whaler

Photography courtesy of Venice Whaler

If $1 cocktails are too rich for your blood, The District by Hannah An will be offering the 1040EZ cocktail for a mere dime—with the purchase of a regularly priced cocktail, of course. And guests who tweet their tax woes or yays and tag the restaurant will get a free small bite from the chef.

For some real “tax relief,” the Venice Whaler will serve the appropriately named Income Tax ($8) classic cocktail. Order up this mix of gin, sweet and dry vermouths, orange juice, and Angostura bitters and follow up with a walk along the beach and you’ll be feeling calm in no time.

Fundamental L.A. is debuting a new wine cocktail menu by Alicia Kemper this Wednesday and kicking things off with $8 Tax Day specials for the new P&T (Niepoort white port, tonic, fresh lime) and the Aperol Smash (Aperol, prosecco, soda, burnt orange).

Plan Check Downtown will not only feature a happy hour menu (4 to 7 p.m.) with bites by executive chef Ernesto Uchimura like the pimento grilled cheese and bacon sandwich but also a one-day cocktail special. Sip on the Smokey Juarez ($7) with Xicaru Blanco mezcal, blood orange, lemon juice, simple syrup, and a sprinkle of smoked salt.

Acme Hospitality Group bars (Library Bar, Sixth Street Tavern, Spring St. Bar) are celebrating America’s most notorious tax evaders with $7 specialty cocktails all day long. Check out Beelman’s Pub MezcAl Capone with El Silencio Mezcal, lime, and spiced apple syrup.

Lose something? Like a bunch of money to the IRS? Lost Property in Hollywood will have $6 Cognac Park cocktails to make everything better. Naomi Schimek (formerly of the Spare Room) will guest-bartend from 9 p.m to midnight while Aaron Durr will the lighten the mood with some piano playing.

To get right to the point, The Hudson in West Hollywood is offering a Tall Boy PBR with a shot of Bushmill’s Irish whiskey for $10.

Copa d’Oro is doing drink specials differently this year. Instead of cheap cocktail prices, from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., the discount depends on how much your tab ends up being. So if it’s less than $25 ,you get 10 percent off, under $50 and it’s 15 percent off, and over $51 it’s 25 percent off. Get it? The more you spend, the bigger the discount. The bar will also feature several tax-inspired cocktails ($9 each) by barman Vincenzo Marianella like the IRS (bourbon, apricot liqueur, mint, lemon, and orange juice) and the Evasion (gin, Aperol, Martini Rosato, and orange bitters).