Any good Happy Hour places in West LA/Westwood?
Yes, the happy hour at Palomino is probably the best and most popular still going on in the area. All appetizers are half-price, small pizzas are $5, and basic drinks are discounted. I think they also do it after 10 p.m.
An even better bargain is the happy hour at the Daily Grill, with a location on San Vicente in Brentwood. They have a variety of dishes for $2.95 or $3.95, including fried popcorn shrimp, seared ahi tuna, and even a goodsize chicken pot pie. They validate parking for two hours, if I recall, in their shared garage.
I must say I dearly miss the happy hour spreads that were served when I moved to Westwood twenty years ago. Cafe Cafe, an Italian place on Lindbrook, used to put out an entire free buffet with pastas and other treats, and well drinks were a dollar. What a TGIF party that was. Yesterdays, in the spot that is now Chili's, had a free buffet upstairs, where you could sit at tables on the balcony overlooking the sidewalk. Alice's (now Tanino) and Stratton'a (now the Good Earth?) both had specials and crowds, and there was a happy hour buffet at Baxter's, which was in the basement of what is now Whole Foods. Even Acapulco used to be fun, with a big free buffet, frozen margaritas for $1.25, and tables of sorority coeds partying hard. Maybe the downturn in the economy will bring some of this back, but I doubt it. I do miss getting almost a dinner for the price of a couple of cheap drinks, and tipping my waitress as much as the cost of the drink.
Does a "GOOD" Happy Hour need all 3 of the following criteria:
1) Adult beverages at reduced prices.
2) Food at reduced prices.
3) Enough other customers so it's a festive atmosphere (but hopefully not too many you can't get any service).
Last week I sampled Hurry Curry of Tokyo's new (how new?) Happy Hour (it has 1 & 2 above, but not 3 - not that well attended, about 25% occupied).
1) $2 Bottled Beer.
2) $2 Sake Martinis.
3) $2 Appetizers - Their regular 7 choices, but reduced size (i.e. 3 shrimp instead of 5, but discounted to $2 from $6.95).
3 to 6 p.m.; Mon - Fri.
2131 Sawtelle Blvd., West LA
The food in some of the recommended restaurants (Westwood Brew Co, Palomino, Daily Grill, McCormick) tends to be quite mediocre.
I like Il Moro's spread, although it is less tradtional happy hour food, it is free with purchase.
Arsenal's food tends to be higher quality and quite satisfying. (Think mac n' cheese and sliders.)
Also, believe it or not, Cabo Cantina has high-quality ingredients; (now whether or not you like the ingredients may matter.)
And Akasha, a bit further south, has great happy hour prices with a basic menu; I enjoyed a "pizza" and wine there last week.
Orris is open at 6 during the week - although probably not what you were thinking of:)
2006 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025
12008 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064
Il Moro Restaurant
11400 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064
9543 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232
11825 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025
Islands, the burger chain with a location on West Pico, has happy hour in the bar area with half priced apps.
Some of the bar menu is half price at Hotel Palomar from 4 to 7, and it's 7 days a week. i don't think drinks are discounted, however.
Your link shows exactly what is wrong with this place and its website: not only are prices omitted, but the spacing and blanks clearly show that someone has taken the time and trouble to delete them. And the half-price (from what?) is only good with the purchase of a drink. Hiss, boo.
Yes, I would ordinarily purchase a drink at Happy Hour. I was pointing out that it was a condition of getting the half-priced bar food. And my complaint is the intentional obliteration of prices on the online menu, which is a big peeve of mine. A menu is worse than useless if it omits prices -- not only does it lack necessary information, but it gives the impression they have something to hide.
i agree with your point about posting prices, but i disagree with what you're saying about happy hour pricing.
as you know, the idea behind happy hour for most restaurants is to have the food offerings be loss leaders that are ONLY offered to induce customers to stay to buy drinks-- this means all their profits MUST come from the drinks.
i don't think it's reasonable to expect a business to offer loss leaders to customers who don't buy any drinks. maybe because i eat out all the time, i am sympathetic to the challenges that restaurants face just to stay in business. i don't feel they 'owe' me, as a customer, any more than a reasonable total deal. if someone just shows up to takesadvantage of the loss leaders, it, imho, is not fair to the restaurant.