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Jul 21, 2006 08:35 AM

Happy hour in LA

Looking for great happy hour spots in LA or the Southbay. Specifically for places with great margaritas or mixed drinks for cheap.

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  1. When I moved to LA a year ago I was wondering the same thing and found the following site:

    You might want to call the places to see if this is still up to date.

    1. To that list, I would add 2 great happy hour spots, especially for the food:

      McCormick and Schmick's in Beverly Hills (on Two Rodeo next to Tiffany's) - the one downtown has a more plebeian food menu, ie hamburgers and fried onions etc, still a great deal. But this one, during happy hours has a $1.95 giant cheeseburger but also extremely cheap delicious seafood, like calamari with 3 different sauces, New Zealand green mussels with sake-ginger sauce, and lots other appetizers for $5 and under. Two people can easily make a meal out of 4 of them, even without the cheeseburger. And they have a great patio.

      Fat Fish in West Hollywood: the hours are a little weird (regular happy hour time plus 10-11 pm M-Th) but this is a great deal. With the purchase of a drink, you get a really cheap sushi roll menu plus tempura and some other stuff. Excellent happy hour.

      Can you tell I'm a foodie first and a drinker wayyyy second?

      Lago, on the Third Street Promenade, used to have a great happy hour buffet with free food (including their terrific diavola pizza), but I went there a few weeks ago and it seems that the health department shut the buffet down! :( Sad because the food was never out there long enough to attract flies or anything - people hovered over the counter all the time.

      1. Border Grill in Santa Monica has a good happy hour.

        $3.50 margaritas, mojitos, draft beer, house wine and red sangria. The house margaritas are made with fresh juice - quite tasty.

        $3.00 "Bocaditos" such as carnitas tacos, chicken panuchos, beef brisket taquitos, fish tacos, green corn tamales, cumin fries, poblano quesadillas and plantain empanadas. There are a couple other choices in the five-dollar range. All pretty darn good.

        Here's the schedule:

        HAPPY HOUR
        (Monday thru Friday from 4pm - 7pm)

        (Friday and Saturday after 10pm)

        (Sunday from 11:30am - 4pm / Drinks Only)