where to meet halfway for cheap light dinner/drinks between century city/bev hills & los feliz??
hey ya'll i'm meeting some old high school friends tomorrow night and need some suggestions, especially for drinks (i think they can really put em away). there is no way in hell i want to drive over to century city on a friday night, so i'm looking for a place(s) that is/are closer to me. i have no idea what kind of food they like, but i'd like to take them to a place that is quintessentially LA, minus the price tag. i was thinking of the tiki ti or something along those lines, but it's $10/drink there and a little far fro them to drive (what about el compadre?). so if you know of any cool places that have a good happy hour (esp one that offers some chow), please chime in... thanks again!
For cheap drinks and eats, Meixcan is often the way to go - especially if they got a Happy Hour too. At Marix Tex Mex they have one from 4 to 7 ($1.50 "basic" tacos) and free Chips and Salsa: alas sans "Heat". I've never been to this one but I have to the branch in Santa Monica and it is basic passable(?) gringoized fare, but better than El Torito (yuk).
Marix Tex Mex
1108 N. Flores (near Santa Monica Blvd
hungry cat in hollywood. great drinks, great food.
a.o.c. on third.
bin 8945 on santa monica in weho.
As much as love hungry cat and a.o.c. they are not cheap. Had decent drinks on a lovely patio at Tart at the Farmer's Daughter motel on 3rd/Fairfax the other week, not too expensive for rail drinks and great atmosphere. Don't know about food.
Another nice spot (closer to you in LF) is Lou's Wine Bar at Melrose and Vine. Reasonably priced and very good food, including "pig candy" brown sugar carmelized bacon, basically. My review and some pics here: http://erinskitchen.blogspot.com/2006...
Somehow I don't think people who can "really put 'em away" are going to be satisfied with wine only at Lou and Bin 8945. Probably Marix and HMS Bounty are the best suggestions for reasonably priced places with full bars and food...there's always the Formosa, but I wouldn't chance the food, personally. Still, it's defnitely quintessentially L.A.
Or...really for cheap-put-em-away and quintessential LA, just go to the Farmers Market. The bar in the center is a great scene around happy hour...and obviously there are plenty of good cheap eats.
Go to Mirabelle!
Okay, normally I wouldn't really recommend it, but my friends and I have had several decent happy hours there, where all we really wanted were cheap drinks and something to nibble on. Their happy hour is from 4-7, with discounted drinks (primarily martinis - perhaps a good choice if they're drinkers?) and appetizers (e.g. large portions of tuna tartare, oysters on the half shell, coconut shrimp) in the bar area (which can be open-air if they draw back the coverings, which is always nice).
It's definitely not gourmet food, and it is a little cheesy, but it can be a good time. To me, it's sort of like a slightly passé LA hotspot. Not quite seedy, but a touch rundown, languishing in the shadow of former glory days. I think it'd be a fun place to catch up with high school friends.
Also, if you get there on the early end of the happy hour, you don't have to valet (street parking or parking behind the stores at Sunset Plaza).
thanks for all your suggestions guys. the farmers market and hms bounty sound like a good idea. will let you know where we end up!