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Jan 31, 2008 03:54 PM

good happy hour food in west la?

any body have some suggestions for a bar/restaurant with good happy hour food in west la (santa monica, venice, culver city, etc)? been to chaya venice too many times...

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  1. can't go wrong at palomino's in ww.

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    1. re: wilafur

      what's the crowd like? is it all college kids/ frat types?

      1. re: lakeshow318

        nice mix of people. you have the college kids, grad students, young professionals, older professionals and retirees.

      2. re: wilafur

        Agreed. The atmosphere is on the corporate side but they make great drinks and apps. I'm a little confused as to when their happy hour prices actually apply, but they're a great deal.

        1. re: wilafur

          Palomino in Westwood, on the S/E corner of Lindbrook a block up from Wilshire and east from Westwood Blvd., is on the ground floor of a modern office building. It is not at all a student or frat/sorority hangout -- I'm not sure if they even gather at Acapulco or Westwood Brew Company any more. Palomino is much more civilized, with some small tables along the windows and some higher perches for groups further in, along with some seats along an interrupted bar. The service is reasonably professional, and the value is good during happy hour, which is something like 4-7. Drinks are basic beer and wine for $3, and there are other discount options as well. Food is the real draw -- small pizzas from the woodburning ovens are just $5 each, and bar food such as calamari or shrimp are half-priced, about $6-7 rather than low teens.

          I dearly miss the old Westwood Village happy hours. Two decades ago, we gathered at the former Cafe-Cafe for ultra-cheap $1-2 drinks and a free Italian buffet, and later the party moved to Yesterday's in the current Chili's locale for another fun unwinding and food fest. The old Stratton's, Alice's, Baxter's, and even pre-Madison's options all provided alternatives. It is a shame that Westwood Village just pretty much gave up -- my goodness, the old Hamburger Hamlet space has been empty for years and is close to campus and has parking in the back. Except for the one small public structure on Broxton, they never even attempted to solve the parking problems that always hurt revitalization.

        2. warszawa is great for happy hour in santa monica.

          zu robata is more wild at happy hour time on wilshire

          1. I like Robata Bar on Santa Monica & Ocean, AKWA on 5th & Santa Monica, and Enterprise Fish Co. on Main.

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            1. re: recovering_vegetarian

              Akwa is closed. If it hasn't reopened yet, it will shortly as another Wokano. Can't say that Akwa was great, but Wokano?! :(

              1. re: mollyomormon

                Really?! That's a little sad... I never went there for anything other than happy hour, but the discounted rolls were a good deal.

            2. 12 washington
              border grill
              il moro
              world cafe

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              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                If you are referring to Bite in Venice, it's gone (or relocated). the old spot is now yet another Cabo Cantina.

                1. re: PrettyPlaty

                  oy. as if we need another cabo cantina.

                  thanks for the update!

              2. il moro has a full on buffet for the price of a beer or wine, but i wouldn't say that the happy hour food is all that great.

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                1. re: modernist

                  Have to 2nd that! Was totally underwhelmed at the food selection. Get real, canned veggies in mayo stuffed in a tomato? Also, completely lacking in Happy Hour atmosphere.

                  1. re: Fresser

                    Huh? Really? I hit it semi-frequently and they have chunks of parmesan, decent dried salami, shrimp cocktail, salmon kebabs, deviled eggs, foccacia bread. Sure some of the other items are mayo loaded stuffed veggies. But overall I think the food there is pretty good for a happy hour. It's certainly not stale nachos and popcorn.

                    Can't beat the pricing too. They have a decent selection of beers and wines.

                    1. re: Jase

                      Not a happy hour per se, but the wine tasting on Tue. from 6 to 8 at Il Moro is worth checing out. For $25, you taste 5 different wines and all you can eat gourmet appetizers!

                      1. re: Jase

                        I like il moro's happy hour buffet. It is quite similar, although more lavish, to the Italian bar buffet's I enjoyed in Florence and Tuscany. Quiet enough to talk, nice list of wine by the glass, places to sit and an older crowd.