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Feb 21, 2009 05:59 PM

Any good Happy Hour places in West LA/Westwood?

Can't seem to find a good Happy Hour place over in the West L.A./Westwood area. I can think of one Japanese Izakaya place called Sasaya on Santa Monica Blvd, but that's about it. Anyone have any suggestions?

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  1. Palomino in Westwood has a happening happy hour..............

    1. 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.

      1. i also really liked the palomino happy hour.
        not to be negative, but stay away from westwood brewing company. for lots of reasons.
        there's also a mccormick & schmicks that's not too far away at rodeo & wilshire. can't beat the $2 happy hour burger & fries!!!

        5 Replies
        1. re: ceviche

          The happy hour at McCormick & Schmick is the most well-publicized in town -- you need to get there early to get a spot.

          1. re: nosh

            yep, the $1.95 burger w/ fries is by far the best deal in town.

            there is also gyu kaku with 50% off app's, 50% off certain dishes and $0.99 draft beers.

            1. re: nosh

              How early are you talking? 5:30?

              1. re: jeanmarieok

                mccormicks has HH 2x a day. i go to the late one that begins @ 9:30pm and seats are plentiful.

                1. re: wilafur

                  same here, i've only been to the late happy hour, and it's always EMPTY. another good thing is that there's free street parking during the late happy hour.

          2. 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


            1. Border Grill in Santa Monica has a yummy happy hour menu!