In the city of Happy Hours, here a few newbies to sink your teeth into:
Lazy Ox Canteen
Between Monday-Friday from 5-7, enjoy $3 drafts and select wines, along with $5 bar bites (pork belly chicaron with harissa aioli; ennebec frites with Gallegos aioli; cod brandade with toasted bread) crafted by Chef Perfecto Rocher. 241 S. San Pedro St., Little Tokyo; 213.626.5299
Haus Dessert Boutique
Seven days a week, from 6 pm-midnight, This charming cafe, with Korean-inspired sweets and savories, offers an all-night happy hour, with $6-7 glasses of wine and $6-8 tapas-style dishes, like Shrimp toast; Mini baked clam & shrimp; and a “Giant Galbi Sushi”– a cylindrical dish layered with rice, a glazed short rib patty, and mixed greens. Haus, the only cafe in Koreatown with an enomatic wine dispenser, also features an expansive patio to enjoy it all on. 3826 W. 6th St., Koreatown; 213.388.5311
Has happy hour from 4-7 pm and includes a new menu with half-price discounts on the hams at Pigg (Johnston mangalitas for $12, La Quercia Berkshire for $8.50), plus all drafts and cocktails from Back Bar for $5 and new dishes, like the (NOB)LT at Cure that substitutes crispy chicken skin for bacon and a short rib slider and bacon-wrapped “Downtown dog” from Umami Burger.
This new Santa Monica spot has a happy hour at their bar and communal tables. Monday-Friday from 5-7 pm and Saturday & Sunday from 4-6 pm, your dollar goes pretty far here with their signature margarita for only $5. Carnitas tacos and choriqueso with house-made chorizo are only $6. Check out Mercado’s full happy hour menu: Tecate $3, Mercado Margarita $5, Agavales Silver $5, Modelo Especial $4, Dos Equis Amber $4, Hibiscus Margarita $6, Avina Chardonnay $6, and Camarena Cadillac $9. Food includes Guacamole $6, Chicharrón Tacos $4, Carnitas Tacos $6, Choriqueso—melted cotija, parmesan, oaxaca, house chorizo, poblanos, mushrooms, fresh chips $6, Tamales $6, Rajas Poblanas—poblano strips, sweet corn, spicy queso añejo, tortillas $5, Shrimp Taquitos$6, and Dos Gringas—spit-roasted pastor, oaxaca, onions, cilantro, chile de arbol salsa, avocado salsa, flour tortillas $7.