12 of the Hottest Happy Hour Spots in LA

From innovative cocktails to delicious bites, happy hour is the best way to welcome the evening in Los Angeles. There's no better way to unwind after a long work day than sitting back and enjoying great food and drink with friends and colleagues at one of the top restaurants in LA. Here are twelve great happy hours in LA to make the best hour better.

1. SUNNY SPOT (Daily, 4:00PM-7:00PM & 10:00PM-close)

Best Happy Hours LA - Sunny Spot

Roy Choi’s Caribbean-flavored haven, Sunny Spot, holds happy hour from 4:00PM to 7:00PM and 10:00PM till close nightly, and also offers two themed happy hour nights — Slider Mondays and Taco Tuesdays. Sunny Spot offers island-themed drinks as well as flavor-packed finger foods — including jerk spiced chicken wings — for only $6.

2. Redbird (Tue-Fri, 5:00PM to 6:00PM)

Best Happy Hours LA - Redbird

Redbird occupies the former rectory of the Vibiana –– LA’s historic downtown cathedral –– which now serves as home to the Chef Neal Fraser’s creative New American cuisine. Hang out in their outdoor courtyard or in their relaxed lounge space indoors with vintage and repurposed furniture. Redbird's happy hour offers select cocktails for $7 and bar favorites like smoked ribs and fried oysters for under $10.

3. PLAN CHECK (Mon-Fri, 4:00PM-7:00PM)

Best Happy Hours LA - Plan Check

Plan Check Downtown is a lively, casual gastropub that boasts a retro-chic vibe with specials on chalkboards and modern light fixtures. Head to Plan Check's Downtown LA location for $2 off all drafts, $4 wines, $6 old fashioneds and specials on their beast fries, a crowd favorite.

4. THE CHURCH KEY (Mon-Fri, 5:30PM-7:00PM)

Best Happy Hours LA - The Church Key

The Church Key happy hour menu — available from 5:30PM to 7:00PM Monday through Friday — is inspired by poolside cocktails and summer barbecue. For just $5, the fried chicken biscuit “slider” is only available during happy hour and is served on a housemade jalapeño cheddar biscuit.

5. SMOKE.OIL.SALT (Sun-Thu, 5:30PM-7:30PM)

Best Happy Hours LA - The Church Key

smoke.oil.salt recently introduced a Tapas Hour menu — available Sunday through Thursday from 5:30PM to 7:00PM, allowing diners to choose three of their Spanish style tapas for only $19. Cocktails and wines by the glass are also available to order.


Best Happy Hours LA - Caulfield's (2)

Caulfield’s Bar and Dining Room at the Sixty Hotel in Beverly Hills offers critically acclaimed contemporary American cuisine during happy hour Monday through Friday from 3:00PM to 6:00PM. The $6 bites include Mac ‘n Cheese with aged cheddar, a White Truffle Pizzette and their acclaimed Kale Chips as well as their all new Hollywood Blacklist Cocktails.

7. RED O (Daily, 5:00PM-6:00PM)

Best Happy Hours LA - Red O

Rick Bayless’ Red O delivers bold Mexican cuisine and classic steakhouse fare in a stunning atmosphere, offering a happy hour menu from 5:00PM to 6:30PM daily which includes a variety of sommelier-selected wines. For only $5 the Huevona Guacamole provides a kick of habañero salsa that complements the variety of Mexican bites on the menu.

8. BELCAMPO MEAT CO. (Sun-Thur, 5:00PM to 6:30PM)

Best Happy Hours LA - Belcampo Meat Co.

This Southern California flagship location in Santa Monica houses an 86-seat restaurant serving rustic California cuisine and farm-inspired craft cocktails. Belcampo serves up traditional American dishes, featuring conscientiously raised ingredients sourced from its own farm. Head to Belcampo for $6 wine, $5 beer and $8 whiskey sours.

9. fundamental LA (Tue-Sat, 5:30PM to 7:00PM)

Best Happy Hours LA - fundamental LA

Fundamental LA is a sleek, modern American bistro. Lunch includes fresh sandwiches and salads while dinner features creative, farmers market-driven entrees and seasonally inspired small plates meant to be shared. Head to fundamental LA's happy hour for $4 bottled and draft craft beer, $6 wines and $5 bar bites — including foie gras.

10. Preux and Proper (Daily, 5:00PM to 7:00PM)

Best Happy Hours LA - Preux and Proper

A two-story eatery, Preux & Proper dishes out Cajun, New Orleans-inspired fare, such as shrimp beignets and fried-oyster po-boys. The restaurant features a bustling frozen daiquiri bar downstairs, a raw bar upstairs and an open-air patio for alfresco dining. Food specials include $5 shrimp beignets and ham and bacon grilled cheese.

11. Cerveteca (Daily, 3:00PM to 6:00PM)

Best Happy Hours LA - Cerveteca

Cerveteca DTLA is an inviting, family-owned and operated restaurant with a friendly staff that offers a vibrant taste of Latin America. Cerveteca's happy hour features $5 beers, $8 wines, and bar bites for $8 or less.

12. Magnolia (Daily, 4:30PM to 6:30PM)

Best Happy Hours LA - Magnolia

Magnolia Hollywood is a bistro-style lounge outfitted with simple, fresh food, and a fully stocked bar of craft beer, wine and cocktails. The stylish hot spot serves reinvented American favorites and comfort food for happy hour and brunch.

So indulge yourself and plan your next happy hour by requesting a seat at one of these Reserve restaurants!

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