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Happy hour in Burbank that won't kill me - impossible request, it's challenge!!

This is a ridiculous request, but a friend wants to go to BJ's Brewery for Happy Hour and I don't. Just one scan of the menu revealed nothing but deep fried madness, fat-abulous salads and lots of cheesy grease. Basically, same as Gordon Biersh.

Anything else around this area for happy hour that has at least a few healthy options (note: I hate PF Chang's).


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  1. Chadaka Thai in downtown Burbank.


    1. Hey Clare K,

      How about Gordon Biersch?

      145 S San Fernando Blvd
      Burbank, CA


      There is also Barragan's

      730 N Victory Blvd (Cross Street: Chandler Boulevard
      )Burbank, CA 91502


      Not sure if they have happy hour but there is a Morton's as well


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      1. re: tokyoastrogirl

        If the Morton's is like the one in downtown, then they have happy hour. $4 food, some drink specials on "mortinis."

        1. re: tokyoastrogirl

          Gordon Biesch and Barragan's really aren't better than BJ's, not at all.

        2. Do happy hours ever have healthy options?

          Take a rain check for today and go to Bodega Wine Bar in Pasadena on M W Th or Sun.


          1. There's this new place across from City Hall (Olive) name Lasher's restaurant. It's an up scale steak house. They have happy hour as well. Classy atmosphere.


            1. Gordon Biersch may not be the healthiest, but those garlic fries are awesome! And for a chain, the atmosphere is good.

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              1. re: mojoeater

                It's definitely healthier than BJ's, that's for sure.

                Do what we do -- go play pool and have happy hour at Fantasia Billiards. They don't serve food until 6 PM, so you have an excuse to bring in food from Granville, which is two doors south of it.

              2. Sebastian's in Toluca Lake has their Happy Hour menu online.


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                1. re: jackattack

                  I second Sebastian's! Great, great atmosphere, the outdoor area is really relaxing. I would have to recommend Minibar if you're willing to drive to Universal City area. This is a great tapas place, and here's the secret: 4-7 on weekdays is 4 dollar tapas and 4 dollar drinks. I know, tapas are always kind of expensive but this place is delicious, great decor, and it is quite a savings.

                  1. re: roasted138

                    Minibar has been closed for at least a couple months

                2. I also would say that CHADAKA THAI on San Fernando, between Magnolia and Palm...just stepping distance from all those big chain places.
                  They have beautifully fresh food, amazing appetizers on the happy hour list and incredible cocktails and an impressive beer selection. I think the happy hour runs from 3pm-6pm.

                  1. Try McCormick & Schmick's over on Olive at Riverside near the Studios. They have Fish Tacos, Oyster Shooters, Mussels, Bruschetta and a great big not-at-all-healthy burger, all for only $1.95 each from 4-7pm (or at least 6:30pm I think).

                    3500 West Olive Avenue
                    (818) 260-0505

                    1. McCormick & Schmicks
                      3500 West Olive Avenue
                      Burbank, California 91505
                      (818) 260-0505

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                      1. re: mattesq

                        Sorry, which restaurant are you referring to?

                        1. re: mattesq

                          Really? I was at McCormick & Schmick's six months ago, and was totally turned off by their happy hour. Their $1.95 menu is limited (no more mussels or oyster shooters). The food is not hot when it arrives at your table, and when I ordered their Tuna Sliders (more than the $1.95 price) I got semi-lukewarm tiny tuna cakes wedged between two large slider rolls, a few sprigs of watercress, and six cold french fries on my plate. The happy hour does end at 6:30. The only good thing that remains is the fact that the bartenders are quite good there.

                        2. I am not sure if the location is good for you, but I had read on this site that the minibar had a 4 x 4 happy hour from 5 till 7. $4 drinks and apps.

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                          1. re: Foodandwine

                            French 75 (next to Morton's) has delicious half-price champagne cocktails till 7:00. They were about $5 at happy hour. I don't think they have food specials, though. Cute atmosphere. Some think it's cheesy but I don't care. I'm just grateful for some atmposphere in ugly Burbank.

                            1. re: topazrules

                              French 75 rules. If you or your friend is in the Academy you get 20 percent off food and drinks! I love it there, never been disappointed.

                          2. McCormick & Schmidts has the best deal for food by far. The Smokehouse has a happy hour too with homemade potatoe chips, veggies and that port wine cheese my folks use to always eat at "cocktail time". Sometimes they have meatballs too, but you have to pony up for the garlic bread.

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                            1. re: bosanova99

                              Our mediocre burgers were served cool/cold at McCormick's Burbank, and the watered-down cocktail was $9. So that's $10.95 for a worthless dinner.

                              We had a decent time at Pomodoro in the Burbank Mall, drafts were $2.50 and $3.00, wine was $3.00, call drinks were $4 and the food was pretty good. Appetizers were half price including Bruschetta, Shrimp Gamberi, Frutti Misto, Pizza Margherita, Butternut Raviolis, Steamed Mussels, PolentaFarcita and Grilled Asparagus. Nothing to write home about, and the service was terrible, but decent by cheap-happy-hour-food standards, everything was around $4 and some of the smaller plates were only $3.

                            2. Old post, but Granville has a happy hour now -- and you can order off the menu to try and avoid some of the fried food stuff.

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                              1. re: Das Ubergeek

                                I'll second Granville - they updated their menu in the last couple of months and the hh food is decent and reasonably priced. Very disappointed to see that Minibar closed!

                                1. re: TClark

                                  I ate there Thursday night (had a gift card I'd bought off a friend who hates the place as a favour) and they seem to have taken the complaints to heart -- my previous issue was that everything was ongepotchket -- one step too far. That wasn't in evidence the other night, though their sweet potato fries are still revolting.

                              2. Note that Lasher's, French 75, and Sebastians have all closed for business already.

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                                1. re: jackattack

                                  Kabuki in downtown Burbank now has a Happy Hour until 6pm, and Octopus downtown a happy hour until 7pm...both are Mon through Friday .

                                  Lucy's 51 in Toluca Lake is advertising a happy hour until 9pm daily.

                                  1. re: jackattack

                                    French 75 is now Savannah. Never been there, but I've heard good things.

                                  2. Lucy's 51 is a pretty good happy hour.

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                                    1. re: schrutefarms

                                      Sorry, can't do Lucy's 51 after reading the Yelp review from the person who complained about the service there, and then got a BIG surprise when the manager came over to his table. Egads!

                                      Tried the Octopus Happy Hour and it was acceptable. Bottled Japanese beers for $2 , and hot saki for $1. Lots of sushi choices for half-price, and some (small) appetizers such as Yakitori for 2.50, Gyoza for $3, Salmon Roll or Tuna Roll for $2.
                                      Pomodoro is still the best happy hour in the immediate area, though the service is sometimes less-than-lacking. Granville? Ehh....too inconsistent, and a bit too pricey for some of my co-workers.