The 5 Best Happy Hours in Los Angeles

Reposted from The LA Weekly… Where are the best happy hours in this giant metropolis? We’re not just talking $1 off some boring, mass-produced beer. We’re talking about a chance to try great restaurants at amazing prices - and run up tabs so low that even a penny pincher would be happy to pay them. Our writers had no trouble compiling a short list of the places they wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to anyone with a thirst and an appetite.

Pour Haus Wine Bar

Lorena Porras, owner of Pour Haus, has spent years in the wine industry exploring the best boutiques and finding the rarest varietals available, stocking her clean and casual bar in downtown’s Arts District with the best wines for the best prices. 


During daily happy hour, choose from a $5 red, white or sparkling wine (think Lambrusco!), while you snack on oxtail tacos, flatbread white pizza, and our favorite, papitas bravas - roasted pee wee potatoes with olive oil, garlic and red aioli (all $5). When you walk in, you’re often offered “a taste” of what’s pouring just to get you started. Treatment like this from a warm and friendly staff, and the occasional extension of happy hour until close, will have you wishing you were a neighborhood regular. 1820 Industrial St., dwntwn.; pourhauswinebar.com. Happy hour daily, 4-7 p.m. - Erika Bolden

Neat

When you’re seeking the highest quality spirits for the best possible price, nothing beats the unpretentious happy hour at Neat Bar in Glendale. During designated hours, everything is half off - a staggering deal when you consider that pours from top-shelf bottles can run up to $30 during regular hours. Whiskey reigns and bourbon shines. The frills-free midcentury design is cozy and welcoming; if the Brady Bunch kids ever hit the sauce, they’d be stylistically right at home here. 

Smart drinkers come here not to get drunk but to enjoy, in earnest, the supreme quality of their tipple. This is emphasized by the deconstruction of all cocktails, which are presented neat, with a sidecar mixer of choice (your inevitable buzz is just a bonus). Let us all raise a glass to affordable single malt. 1114 N. Pacific Ave., Glendale; neatbarglendale.com. Happy hour weekdays, 4:30-7:30 p.m. 
 - Erika Bolden