How To Be Your Happiest This Summer:
Nine New Happy Hours Guaranteed To Make You Smile!
Sneak in some sizzling hot Happy Hour time at Alley Lounge this summer! Barman Russell Thomas is pouring discounted drink and food specials from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm every Tuesday through Saturday. Order up your favorite Well Drinks for just $6.00 each or sip on a Specialty Cocktail ($9.00) like the GIGI mixed withgin, Cointreau, ginger root, lime, a dash of Fee Brother’s Old Fashioned bitters and an orange peel. For a sizzling hot sipper, enjoy the Jalisco Breeze crafted withCasamigos silver tequila, elderflower liqueur, Serrano chili, cucumber and lime or drink like you are on a summer safari and indulge in the Smirking Rhino cocktail with rye whiskey, muddled ginger and agave. Savory bar snacks include Artisanal Sandwiches like the tasty Caprese Baguette with buffalo mozzarella, tomato and pesto-balsamic dressing and the Turkey & Cheese Baguette prepared with peppered turkey, Muenster cheese and chipotle aioli ($7.00 each). Alley Lounge has everything you need to cool down at this smoking-hot speakeasy.
Alley Lounge is open for Happy Hour from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm every Tuesday through Saturday; 12223 West Washington Boulevard Culver City, CA 90066; 310.398.8611; www.AlleyLoungeLA.com
Fun times at FIN are ahead! Summers are heating up at this Asian-Latin tapas restaurant with Happy Hour and Reverse Happy Hour, featuring a menu packed with eleven deliciously discounted dishes, icy beers including Sapporo and Sapporo Lite, Hot and Cold Sake, House Red and White Wines, as well as all of their Well Drinks. All of FIN’s Happy HourEats and Drinks range from $4.00 to $8.00. Snack on warm Edamame and Glazed Green Beans or spice it up with Tuna Jalapeño Crispy Rice, two flash-seared rice cakes topped with spicy tuna and jalapeño. Barbecued meats are just another special summer tradition at FIN, where you can snag a few succulent bites of their Chicken Skewers and Beef Skewers before ordering up a fresh and light Vegetable Roll, Shrimp Gyoza (dumpling) or the Baked Crab Hand Rolls stuffed withsweet crab meat wrapped in sesame seed encrusted soy paper (add avocado for a super yummy kick). For more fresh catches of the day, share a refreshing dish of Tuna Tartare with avocado, masago, scallions and sesame seeds with wonton chips, the Japanese Ceviche, or the tasty Tiger Prawn Tacos (three per order) with chopped shrimp, wasabi aioli and pico de gallo in a crispy wonton shell. For true FIN foodies, make sure to grab a seat at the bar where every Sunday through Wednesday the Happy Hour Food Menu is available from 5:00 pm to close. Fiery summer days just met their match at FIN in Culver City!
FIN is open for Happy Hour from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm daily and Reverse Happy Hour from 10:00 pm to 11:00 pm Monday through Saturday and the Happy Hour Food Menu is available at the bar from 5:00 pm to CLOSE Sunday through Wednesday; 12223 West Washington Boulevard Culver City, CA 90066; 310.398.8611; www.finculvercity.com
Oh Magnolia House, let us count the ways we love you! Three wines by the glass (including house-made Red Sangria), five Draft Beers, five scrumptious Small Plates, countless Well Drinks and one creative Cocktail of the Moment; each and all of them under $10.00($5.00 to $8.00 each). Swing by this cozy craftsman bungalow between 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm every Monday through Friday to take advantage of these spectacular specials during Neighborhood Hour. Keep the tap open and let that golden beer flow! Slam down a few $5.00 pints of Craftsman 1903, Heavenly Hefe, Mother Earth Cali’ Creamin’, Santa Barbara Common Ale and Swamis IPA or sip on $5.00 select Red and White Wines by the Glass. Pair these budget-friendly beverages with gourmet snacks from Executive Chef Kyu Yi and bite into delicious dishes like Crunchy Ahi Tacos with spicy tuna, avocado crema and radish or Margherita Flatbread ($8.00) topped with spicy tomato, burrata, basil and a cilantro-pistachio pesto. Get a little food tipsy off of the Drunken Nachos ($7.00) smothered in beer cheese sauce, dine on Blistered Shishitos ($5.00) served with sweet Thai chili and ponzu or indulge in the flavorful Lebanese Beef Skewers,($6.00) drizzled with tahini yogurt sauce. Raise your glass to happy times at a happy home!
Magnolia House is open for Neighborhood Hour from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm Monday through Friday; 492 South Lake Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101; 626.584.1126; www.TheMagHouse.com
Come relax with Rascal this summer! This favorite local hotspot on South La Brea Avenue hosts Happy Hour seven days a week, offering $6.00 Eats & House Libationsavailable throughout the entire restaurant (not just the bar). With something for everyone, Rascaloffers crisp and classic beverage choices, including cocktails like the copper-mugged Moscow Mule crafted with Gruven vodka, lime and Reed’s ginger beer, the Margarita shaken up with Zapopan tequila, Bols triple sec and lemon and lime juice and special Wine Cocktails like House-Made Red Sangria and the Cold Duck, sangria topped off with sparkling cava brut. Beer lovers can enjoy pints of the North Coast Scrimshaw Pilsner, while discriminating winos will delight in select red, white and sparkling wines like the Torre Oria Cava (NV), the Vino Blanco Pragustus (2014) and Montepulciano d’abruzzo tor del colle (2011). Executive Chef Andy Lee keeps everyone happy with favorites like Grilled Cheese with caramelized onions, sharp cheddar and American cheeses, vine ripe tomatoes and field greens, a classic Burger topped with beer-deglazed caramelized onions, cheddar, arugula, vine-ripened tomato and herb remoulade, as well as Brussels Sprouts sprinkled with smoked bacon, shallots and garlic and drizzled with whole grain mustard sauce. Buttermilk marinated fried chickenis so good, it is served two ways: A Fried Chicken Sandwich, which is stacked with tomato, Napa cabbage and tzatziki and the classic comfort-dish, Fried Chicken & Gravy is smothered with Italian sausage gravy. Non meat-eaters can enjoy a pita bread-packed Vegetable Gyro Sandwich stuffed with potato croquet, tabbouleh, curry hummus, tzatziki and queso fresco. Why let the happy stop there? Rascal wonders the same thing, which is why every Sunday is Sunday Funday, a game night, offering a variety of board games for patrons to play, while sipping on Happy Hour cocktails (at Happy Hour prices) “all night long.” Yahtzee anyone?
Rascal is open for Happy Hour from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm every Tuesday through Saturday, and 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm every Monday, and Sunday Funday is every Sunday from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm; 801 South La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036; 323.933.3229. www.rascalla.com
solita Tacos & Margaritas Valencia:
If the Santa Clarita Valley is just too hot to handle this summer, swing by solita Tacos & Margaritas Valencia for Happy Hour and Reverse Happy Hour. Featuring sizzling specials for afternoon imbibers and late night loungers alike, on select afternoons and evenings, guests can enjoy a tiered menu of snacks and beverages ranging from $4.00 to $6.00 each. And with an extensive list of fresh dishes to snack on from Executive Chef Deborah Schneider, it is no wonder these happy prices and treats are rolled out twice a day. Indulge in Naked Guacamole or a pair of Street Tacos like Wood Grilled Chicken, Crispy Fish and Tofu for just $4.00 or splurge on $5.00 taco selections like Oak-Roasted Chicken, Pork Carnitas, Chorizo Sweet Potato and Black Bean or the Chicken Taquitos ($5.00)drizzled with guacamole, salsa fresca and crema. The only thing better than the signature Guacamole solita (served in a fried tortilla bowl and topped with diced mango, tomato, onion, Serrano chile and cilantro for $6.00), is pairing a $6.00 solita House, Frozen or Skinny Margarita from Beverage Director Colin Pflugradt with it. For the non-tequila lovers, Well Drinks and glasses of wine like the Jade Mountain Merlot and Castle Rock Chardonnay are just $5.00 each. Hardcore Happy Hour patrons will also be happy to know that solita Tacos & Margaritas Valenciais offering even more afternoon specials every Tuesday, for Taco & Tequila Tuesday, featuring live music, Frozen Margarita Flights, delicious taco options and more from 3:00 pm to close.Can you feel the heat?
solita Tacos & Margaritas is open for Happy Hour and Reverse Happy Hour every Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 3:00 pm to 6:15 pm and 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm; Taco & Tequila Tuesday is every Tuesday from 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm, with the bar staying open until 12:00 Midnight; 24201 Valencia Boulevard, Suite 3470, Valencia, CA 91355; 661.291.1399; www.solitatacos.com
Spare Tire Kitchen & Tavern:
Escape the sweltering summer heat in the city and swing by mid-Wilshire hot spot Spare Tire Kitchen & Tavern to cool down with daily Happy Hour specials. Sip on$5.00 Draft Beers, Well Drinks and select Wines By The Glass or order up a tasty Specialty Cocktail from Beverage Director Travis Ferguson (ranging from $5.00 to $8.00 each). Icy libations rotate frequently and include cocktails like the Writer’s Mistress crafted with Jack Daniels whiskey, honey syrup, lemon and basil or The Cloverdale mixed with Hendricks gin, lime juice, cucumber and ground pepper. As for eats, Executive Chef Isaias Pena is serving up delicious dishes at even happier prices. Enjoy East L.A Street Corn for $5.00 or indulge in $6.00 dishes of Chicken & Waffles, Poutine, a pair of Baja Tacos with tortilla chips, Chicken Strips & Fries, Loaded Tots or Mas Nachos smothered in cheese, guacamole, pico de gallo and jalapeños. The happy does not stop there! Share a plate of Pub Beef Sliders ($7.00, 2 per order) with a friend, grab a succulent T.J. Dog wrapped in bacon and topped with caramelized onions and jalapeños or try a Three Cheese Pizza with gooey ricotta, parmesan and mozzarella cheese. Stop by soon to taste these happy specials. There is no time to spare!
Spare Tire Kitchen & Tavern is open for Happy Hour Sunday through Friday from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm and Friday and Saturday from 10:00 pm to 12:00 Midnight; 5370 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90036; 323.525.2618; www.sparetirepub.com
The Corner Door:
Head to your favorite corner on Washington Boulevard in Culver City and indulge in a little Happy Hour at The Corner Door. Super tasty food specials and luscious libations are the best deal on the Westside from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm for Happy Hour everyday (Yes, everyday throughout the entire restaurant, with the exception of Friday when it is only served at the bar and on the patio). Chef de Cuisine Ali Haji is cooking up mouthwatering menu bites (ranging from $6.00 to $9.00 each) like Avocado Toasttopped with burrata, radish, arugula, olive oil and sprinkled with sea salt, Arugula Salad tossed with shaved vegetables, candied walnuts, goat cheese and a French vinaigrette and succulent Spicy Pork Belly Sliders topped with cabbage on sweet rolls. The French Fries “Carbonade” aresmothered with beer braised beef, slow roast garlic aioli and gooey farm house cheese, there is a Smoked Salmon Terrine with potato, anchovy sauce gribiche and a fried egg that is almost too pretty to eat (but you will) and a basket of crispy Fish & Chips is served with chunky tartar sauce, hand cut fries, and malt vinegar. Nibble on a Selection Of Cheese served with quince paste, smoked almonds and toast or taste the sweeter side of Happy Hour in the form of Sticky Toffee Pudding with toffee caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream. As for a little liquid therapy, award-winning mixologist and Bar Manager Beau du Bois is lining up Featured Cocktails, Beers, and Wine. Shake it up with icy classics: the Margarita mixed with tequila, triple sec, lime and sugar or order up a copper mug of house-made Moscow MuleOn Tap withvodka, lime and ginger beer. Strike gold with the gratifying Gold Rush cocktail mixed with bourbon, lemon and honey! For brazen beer drinkers and straight liquor lovers, try the Anti-Mixology, a can of Miller Hi Life Beer with a shot of whiskey. As for brews, pound a couple of cans of Miller High Life (for just $3.00 each by the way) and Dale’s Pale Ale or swig a smooth pre-prohibition draft of Craftsman 1903 Lager. Winos, The Corner Door did not forget about you! Enjoy a couple of glasses of select red and white varietals like the 2013 Solar de Estraunza Rioja Blanco and the 2013 Vinas Lujan de Cuyo Malbec. Summer Sundays just got even hotter too! Every Sunday the grill is on fire and the drinks are flowing for Burger R&D Night. Chef Haji is serving up a different burger every week with fries and a beer for just $15.00, while du Bois is mixing up glasses of house-made Old Fashioned cocktails for just $5.00 a piece. Swing by The Corner Door to relax on the happiest corner in in L.A. this summer!
The Corner Door is open for Happy Hour from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm daily; 12477 West Washington Boulevard, Culver City, CA 90066; 310.313.5810; www.thecornerdoorla.com
Tipple & Brine:
Summertime in Sherman Oaks is heating up at Tipple & Brine. Swing by for Social Hour everyTuesday through Friday from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm and indulge in a bounty of bivalves from the fresh oyster bar paired with creative custom cocktails from the actual bar (you know, the one with the booze). Enjoy $5.00 Oyster Shooters and $7.00 house-made classic cocktails from Bar Manager A.J. Korchak, like the robust Old Fashioned or crisp and cool Moscow Mule crafted with Vodka, lime and ginger beer.Did somebody say beer? The beer and wine are more than fine, with $5.00 draft offerings of Firestone IPA,Mama’s Little Yella Pils,Golden Road Hefe,Craftsman1903or Dogtown Brownand two wine selections of Red or White for just $6.00 per glass. Down a few fresh Oysters for just $2.00 a piece or a plate of Warm Marinated Olives for only $4.00. Executive Chef Marc Johnson is cooking up additionalmenu favorites that rotate frequently during Social Hour, but generally consist of delectable dishes like Crispy Oysters with sauce gribiche ($7.00), Brussels Sprouts ($5.00) and Mussels & Fries ($7.00). And Tipple & Brine did not forget about you Monday! Pull up a seat at the bar, on the patio or in the lounge every Oyster Monday and slurp down $1.00 Oysters On The Half Shell from 4:30 pm to 11:00 pm. Stop in for some social time to savor some of these amazing specials at this Sherman Oaks hotspot this summer!
Tipple & Brine is open for Social Hour from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm Monday through Friday and Oyster Monday every Monday from 4:30 pm to 11:00 pm; 14633 Ventura Boulevard, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403; 818.528.2550; www.tippleandbrine.com
Just when you thought you could not get any happier at the beach, everybody’s favorite boardwalk hot spot, the Venice Whaler will be rolling out the Happy Happy Hour specials all summer (it is so happy, they say it twice). Every Monday through Friday from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, the Venice Whaler is featuring discounted food and drink specials, like $2.00 Off All Draft Beers and $5.00 Off All Pitchers (try the Angel City Pilsner, Eagle Rock Populist IPA or the Witbier Hoegarden. Yum!) $2.00 Off All Well Drinks, a $6.00 Craft Cocktail of the Moment from Bar Director Anthony Settecaseand yummy bites from Executive Chef Nick Liberato for just $5.00 to $8.00. Cans Are So Hot Right Now, so take $1.00 off any canned brew in house (like Pabst Blue Ribbon and Rolling Rock) and pair that bubbly sipper with mouthwatering Sliders topped with cheddar cheese on sweet Hawaiian bread, Chicken Satay Skewers glazed with sambal and served with dill aioli for dipping or some smoking hot Wings drenched in your choice of buffalo sauce or sweet honey glaze. Perhaps the perfect partners to a Pickleback Shot (whiskey with a pickle juice chaser) are the crispy beer battered Fried Pickles with garlic aioli (arguably the best fried pickles on the Westside). And if you are feeling a little fried from the hot sun, snack on a few baskets of golden Fries or Sweet Potato Fries. We think Venice just got a little hotter and much happier!
The Venice Whaler is for open for Happy Happy Hour from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm Monday through Friday; 10 West Washington Boulevard, Venice, CA 90292; 310.821.8737; www.venicewhaler.com