Nine New Happy Hours to Sip, Savor & Save

06/01/2016

1886 Bar
Escape the restrictions of a heavy work load, and unwind from that weekday grind with happy hour at 1886 Bar in Pasadena! You can enjoy a ton of half price delicious bites with the Bar Snacks Menu, designed by Executive Chef Tim Guiltinan. Dishes include Mac-n-Cheese, baked with Irish cheddar and Gruyere; Pork Belly Confit with masa, apple salsa and bourbon sauce; the Be Calm and Eat ‘Nduja, a fiery homemade spreadable salami served with parmesan crackers; and the Hand-Cut Onion Rings, accompanied by aged Worcestershire, made in house. 1886 Bar has $5 wines by the glass, $4 drafts and half off well drinks. Additionally, one specialty cocktail selected by the bartender of the day will be available for just $7. Tuesday-Friday, 4-7 pm; 1250 S Fair Oaks Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91105; 626.441.3136;

Bar Mattachine
DTLA’s gay craft cocktail bar, Bar Mattachine, is the perfect after work playdate, especially when the DJ is hot and the drinks are cold! Happy hour means $3 Pabst Blue Ribbon, $4 Joe’s Pilsner, $6 red or white wines, and $7 Cocktail of the Day (and DJ GoBSTARR on Thursdays 3-9 pm). Chef Maxwell is in the kitchen preparing select small plates, offerings and pricing change weekly. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 5-8 pm, Thursday, 3-9 pm; 221 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014; 213.278.0471

Demitasse
Demitasse Roastery & Kitchen, is pulling out all the stops with their latest addition of happy hour at their shiny new location on La Cahuenga! Dishes are $6 each and include Crudo featuring Hamachi, Ogonori, Inamona, Bubu arare and avocado; Strawberry Gazpacho; and Crudités. Hearty bites include the Mini-Brisket Sandwich; Papas Bravas; and Grilled Cheese with English cheddar, Asian pear and Namasu pickles. Grab $6 wines; a dollar off all coffee cocktails; the eye-opening Roaster’s Special, a shot of espresso and a Collins’ glass of stout for only $5; California Craft Beers for $5; the Beer Flight for $5; and Coffee Three Ways for $5. Daily, 4-7 pm; 1542 N Cahuenga Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028; 323.498.5155

Inotheke
Get comfortable at the bar and order up a glass of happy beer for $5, or choose from two reds, two whites or a rose for $6. Accompany your drinks with bar bites, like Lamb Meatballs for just $6, served with tzatziki sauce; Fava Dip for $4, served with yellow split peas, thyme and scallions and toast; $5 Tzatziki & Pita; Gigantes for $4, with tomato sauce and dill; $6 Mushroom Flat Bread seasoned with garlic and parsley; Haloumi Grilled Cheese for $6, with pickled vegetables; Spanakopita, “Kopanisti” for $5, made of feta, kaseri, spinach, red peppers; $6 Shrimp “Saganaki” Flat Bread; and Herb Crusted Ahi “Pitaco”for $6, served with tahini. Daily, 5-6:30 pm; 600 Broadway Ave, Suite 101, Santa Monica, CA 90401; 310.458.3366

Little Easy
Cool off with $2 off select cocktails, beer and wine. Or, order up 1 Dixie Lager & 1 Shot of Buffalo Trace for $8 and $6 well drinks. Executive Chef Eric Travis invites you to enjoy $2 off select bar bites, like Hush Puppies served with ranch or honey dipping sauce; Red Beans & Rice with Andouille sausage, kidney beans and ham stock; Voo Doo Wings accompanied with either blue cheese or ranch; and Cajun Fries tossed in Cajun spices. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 4-8 pm; Tuesdays from open to close; 216 West 5th St, Los Angeles, CA 90013, 213.628.3113

Rascal
For just $6, you can enjoy bites like a burger topped with beer-deglazed caramelized onions, sharp cheddar, wild rocket arugula, vine ripe tomatoes and an herb remoulade; Fried Chicken & Gravy; Mac & Cheese, made of sharp cheddar, American cheese, onion purée and coarse black pepper; and Pancetta Egg Sandwich made with house-made pancetta, poached egg, micro cilantro and arugula chimichurri. Wash down these eats with refreshing house libations the Margarita, crafted with Zapopan tequila, Bols triple sec and fresh lemon and lime juice; the Moscow Mule mixed with Gruven vodka, lime juice and Reed’s ginger beer;house-made Red Sangria; and the Cold Duck, a blend of red sangria, topped with fizzy cava. For beer lovers, Santa Monica Whit is at the tap, and for the winos, sip on selected varietals of red, white and bubbles, including the Spanish red,Garnacha Monte Oton (2014), the Spanish white, Rioja Blanco Solar de Estraunza (2014), and the sparkling Torre Oria Cava. Do not forget about Sunday Funday at Rascal, when the board games are out and you can get your game on. Tuesday-Sunday, 5-7 pm, Monday, 5-11 pm and Sunday, 5-10 pm; 801 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036; 323.933.3229

SOL Cocina Playa Vista
Make yourself at home by the fire pit on the patio and order up a couple happy hour specialties like Carne ‘Estofado’ for $9.50, their carne asada or chicken tossed with sautéed poblanos, onions, garlic, cilantro, serranos, guacamole and pico de gallo with tortillas; Lemon-Mezcal Grilled Chicken Street Tacos (2 for $4.50); Pan-Seared Shrimp ‘Cucarachas’ for $7.50, with six shrimp pan-roasted with garlic, cotixa, lemon and chile de arbol; $5 Chile Gordo, made of a cheese-stuffed roasted Anaheim green chile wrapped in bacon and grilled, served with fresh tomato sauce. Imbibe with 12 Oz Imported or Domestic Beer for $3.50 a bottle, $3 off any glass of wine; $5.75 SOL House or Frozen Margarita; or Don Julio Grande Margarita for just $11. Ideally for two, the Don Julio Margarita is on offer for only $13.50, shaken up tableside, while calorie counters will enjoy a Skinny Margarita for $6.75 and Don Julio Skinny Margaritas for $8.50. Monday-Friday, 3-6 pm at the bar and patio; 12775 W Millennium Dr, #160, Playa Vista, CA 90094; 424.289.0066

Spare Tire Kitchen & Tavern
Executive Chef Isaias Pena has just the recipe for the workday blues with $7 Pub Beef Sliders made with thick cut bacon, smoked cheddar, tomato marmalade, wild arugula, Worcestershire aioli and fries; $7 T.J. Dogg with grilled onions, jalapeño, Fresno chiles, thick cut bacon and chipotle salsa; $6 Beet Salad; $7 Wood-Fired Three Cheese Pizza topped with mozzarella, ricotta and Parmesan; $5 East L.A. Street Corn with Chipotle aioli, Parmesan, ancho chile and lime; $6 Baja Tacos; $6 Loaded Tots; $6 Chicken & Waffles with sage butter and maple syrup; and the $6 Short Rib Poutine. To whet your whistle, Spare Tire has house wine, well drinks, draft beers like Angel City Pilsner, Santa Monica Brewery XPA and Vermont Magic Seasonal available for $5 a pop. Daily, 4-7 pm and Friday & Saturday, 10-midnight; 5370 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles CA, 90036; 323.525.2618

Spin the Bottle Wine Studio
Head here every Tuesday, where all wines on tap are only $5 a glass. White wines on tap include Cultivar Wine’s Sauvignon Blanc from Napa Valley, the Lodi based Bokisch Vineyards Albariño, and a classic Chehalem Wines Chardonnay from Willamette Valley, Oregon. If red is more your color, choose from the “Cuvee Le Bec,” a blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre, from Santa Ynez based Beckmen Vineyards, Banshee Wines Pinot Noir, from Sonoma County, and the Picnic Wine Co.’s “Blue Plate” – Grenache from Napa County. Tuesdays, 1-9 pm; 10139 1/2 Riverside Dr, Toluca Lake, CA 91602; 818.509.7813

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