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fleurgrrl Nov 27, 2007 01:35 PM

I'm looking for someplace to get a few drinks after work in Westwood, north of Wilshire, can't think of a single appealing spot. Many thanks -

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    Nicole Nov 28, 2007 08:23 AM

    Concur with the Palomino recs. But I wanted to add that they recently reduced the number of different appetizers they are offering at half price--several items are no longer on the list of happy hour specials. But it's still the best happy hour in the area, despite the reduced offerings.

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      HeavyCream Nov 28, 2007 08:50 AM

      yeah, definitely Palominos. make sure to go early, order the Cosmoritas, and the pizzas before 7 pm.

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      Outerspace Nov 27, 2007 02:02 PM

      Don't know if they have happy hour selections and prices, but Tanino's at 1043 Westwood is a very nice place. The owner is one of the Drago brothers. They have sidewalk seating, so it could be good for drinks.

      1. PrettyPlaty Nov 27, 2007 01:47 PM

        Palomino and the Napa Valley Grille have nice happy hours. There's also Gardens on Glendon, and Tengu, though I like the Santa Monica location better.

        If you are looking for a younger UCLA or sports bar crowd try Westwood Brewing Company or O'Haras (which used to be called Maloneys, I think) Farther west on Wilshire (west of the 405) is Q's and Cabo. These two places are loud and filled with industry wanna-bes if you like that kind of thing.

        I work in the area and if I wanted to brave Westwood traffic and pay for parking, I'd go to Palomino.

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          Emme Nov 27, 2007 10:20 PM

          concur with the recs for palomino... but, the fish tacos at westwood brewing company are pretty good too.

          more casual, you could also relax a bit at gypsy cafe... with a hookah... their salads and paninis IIRC are pretty good.

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            PrettyPlaty Nov 28, 2007 11:46 AM

            I forgot about Gypsy Cafe- their paninis are good (I'm a fan of the Gypsy Chicken). I don't think they have an official "happy hour". I have seen people doing shots and drinking beer at midday, though! I have only been there during the lunch hour and while working- so no midday alcohol for me!

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              nosh Nov 28, 2007 03:44 PM

              Gypsy Cafe is for poseurs to try to look foreign while eating overpriced crap, and the hookah thing there and across the street is disgusting. I hate to even have to walk past there on my way to or from Diddy Riese.

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                PrettyPlaty Dec 1, 2007 10:24 AM

                I don't know that Gypsy Cafe specifically markets to poseurs who are trying to look foreign. I do know that some of their clientele, a.k.a. the people I go there for lunch with, are actually foreigners. If liking their Gypsy Chicken sandwich every once in a while makes me a poseur, I'm not sure that is a bad thing. But to each their own. If hookah bothers you, it's probably not a good place to go.

        2. Foodandwine Nov 27, 2007 01:42 PM

          Palomino?? I actually met a few friends there a couple months back. If you stick to the Happy Hour Drinks and Food you will be suprised how inexpensive the place can be. The food was actually pretty good..

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            AlabasterDisaster Nov 27, 2007 01:47 PM

            I second Palomino

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              nosh Nov 27, 2007 08:46 PM

              Palomino is head and shoulders the best happy hour in the area. If I recall correctly, a choice of beers or house wine is $3, all of their pizzas (slightly larger than personal size, apparently a woodburning oven, normally $10-13) are $5 each, and a selection of bar appetizers (e.g. calamari fritti) are half of their usual price. Very nice bar area with small two-tops and larger tables for groups. Sure, parking can be a problem -- I wonder if they validate in their building's lot??

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                wilafur Nov 28, 2007 09:04 AM

                if you don't want to loop around ww looking for parking, palomino's offers valet parking.

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