Best place for happy hour near the Ahmanson Theater
I know about Nic and Stefs, but want to see what other options are out there. Good food is more important than cheap drinks. If it's walking distance to the theater, that's even better.
Not within walking distance, but Arnie Morton's on Figueroa between 7th and 8th has a happy hour from 5 pm to 6:30 pm with good food. Mini-burgers, crabcakes, oysters on the half-shell, blue cheese fries, etc. for 5-6 per plate. There is a shuttle from Morton's to the Ahmanson.
McCormick and Schmick's also has a happy hour with a $1.95 menu. I've never been, but it's been recommended. It is at the end of Hope (at the top of the hill above the Library), so whether that is within walking distance is debatable. McCormick and Schmick's also has a shuttle. I don't know the exact hours.
Ciudad has a happy hour from 4-7 Monday thru Saturday and a shuttle to and from the Ahmanson. Also, Kendall's Brasserie is right there below the Taper on Grand and, if memory serves, has a happy hour as well.