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

Clare K Oct 20, 2006 08:51 PM

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).


  1. c
    cinsays Oct 20, 2006 09:14 PM

    Chadaka Thai in downtown Burbank.


    1. tokyoastrogirl Oct 20, 2006 10:26 PM

      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
        MeAndroo Apr 10, 2007 08:11 AM

        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
          Diana May 24, 2008 12:57 PM

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

        2. ozzygee Oct 20, 2006 10:30 PM

          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.


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            tlove2try Apr 9, 2007 07:18 PM

            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.


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              mojoeater Apr 9, 2007 07:27 PM

              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
                Das Ubergeek Apr 10, 2007 08:08 AM

                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. j
                jackattack Jul 13, 2007 12:23 PM

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


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                1. re: jackattack
                  roasted138 Aug 14, 2007 04:24 PM

                  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
                    Dave and Stuff May 24, 2008 12:36 PM

                    Minibar has been closed for at least a couple months

                2. tatertotsrock Jul 13, 2007 12:28 PM

                  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.

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                    cmp Jul 13, 2007 01:07 PM

                    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

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                      mattesq Jul 13, 2007 01:21 PM

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

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                      1. re: mattesq
                        topazrules Aug 14, 2007 11:59 AM

                        Sorry, which restaurant are you referring to?

                        1. re: mattesq
                          attran99 Jul 25, 2008 07:49 AM

                          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. Foodandwine Aug 14, 2007 10:50 AM

                          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
                            topazrules Aug 14, 2007 12:09 PM

                            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
                              roasted138 Aug 14, 2007 04:26 PM

                              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.

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                            bosanova99 Aug 14, 2007 12:22 PM

                            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
                              jackattack Aug 14, 2007 04:18 PM

                              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. Das Ubergeek Aug 14, 2007 05:55 PM

                              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
                                TClark May 24, 2008 01:31 PM

                                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
                                  Das Ubergeek May 24, 2008 03:30 PM

                                  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. j
                                jackattack May 23, 2008 03:03 PM

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

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                                1. re: jackattack
                                  jillso Jul 24, 2008 06:49 PM

                                  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
                                    maxzook Jul 26, 2008 03:34 PM

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

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                                    schrutefarms Jul 25, 2008 08:52 AM

                                    Lucy's 51 is a pretty good happy hour.

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                                    1. re: schrutefarms
                                      jackattack Jul 26, 2008 02:10 PM

                                      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.

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