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Downtown Happy Hour...

foodieqt Mar 25, 2009 05:47 PM

I apologize in advance to those who might think this is frivolous or silly, but where can a friend and I go in Downtown LA this evening with great cocktails/wine, good food and a nice young professional crowd (read: good looking men)? I've searched the board and can't find any answers to my question.
Any suggestions you may have would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much!

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  1. Phurstluv RE: foodieqt Mar 26, 2009 09:20 AM

    Church & State would be my first call.

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      nosh RE: foodieqt Mar 26, 2009 10:56 AM

      McCormick & Schmick's. They have a fantastic happy hour featuring a full-size cheeseburger and fries for $1.95. Mix ultra cheap food with drink specials and you have a very popular happy hour. Goodlooking downtown venue, too.

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        rednyellow RE: nosh Mar 26, 2009 09:06 PM

        lots of young professionals at McCormick's too

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          TonyC RE: rednyellow Mar 27, 2009 03:16 PM

          M&S's $2 burger is an attrocity.

          Try Morton's sliders instead. In fact, everything on Morton's HH just tasted superior in quality and prep. M&S's burger is evocative of high school cafeteria burgers.

          Then you have Provecho, Rivera, The Must, Library Bar, Pitfire Pizza Co's Half off pizza, etc. DTLA has the most diverse offerings of HH anywhere, compacted into the smallest space, in LA.

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            tykapfh RE: TonyC Apr 9, 2009 12:18 PM

            We had the filet mignon sandwiches at Morton's during their Happy Hour and they were pathetic. It was if they took someone's scraps and threw them on a little roll. Even for $5 or $6 I felt ripped off. The burgers (sliders) did look a heck of a lot better though.

      2. burumun RE: foodieqt Mar 26, 2009 10:59 AM

        umm nice young good looking men, I don't know, but The Edison has great cocktails, good food.
        On Thursdays 5-7 (or is it 4-7) they'll have a vintage cocktail for $0.35, and the rest of the menu is also discounted.


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          rednyellow RE: burumun Mar 26, 2009 09:07 PM

          I've only been to Edison later at night, but def falls into the "sexy crowd" kind of place.

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            burumun RE: rednyellow Mar 26, 2009 09:43 PM

            Just came back from The Edison. Up until 7 PM it was not too crowded, not too loud. A lot of older crowd too.

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            groover808 RE: burumun Apr 8, 2009 10:05 PM

            Edison has a cool vibe with lots of young professionals, but I've only been there later at night. The menu has lots of gastropub like fare.

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            toonoble RE: foodieqt Mar 26, 2009 01:52 PM

            I would vote against McCormicks because they have no alcohol happy hour. They only discount food which is average at best and the burgers are very dry. I'm not sure why they have such a great happy hour reputation.
            Ciudad is always reliable and the Library Bar is also very solid. Both places attract the attractive proffessional crowd. Edison is also cool but it takes forever to get a drink and its pretty dark and loud.

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              Will Owen RE: toonoble Mar 26, 2009 03:25 PM

              My HH experience in these parts is limited, but the two of us and two Nashville friends found good cocktails and lotsa fun at Ciudad. We love Edison, too, but it works for us only if we get in before the bulk of the crowd and find an area with its own waitperson. Both places are loud, but at Edison it's people screeching (WHY??), while at Ciudad it's mostly harsh acoustics.

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                Dommy RE: Will Owen Mar 26, 2009 03:54 PM

                Third Cuidad.... When I was a suit, that is where we went most often...


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                  blackbookali RE: Dommy May 16, 2009 01:37 PM

                  went to Cuidad for a gift certificate dinner and was treated to poor service and cold food. Border Grill and Cuidad are certifiable over rated restaurants. Its like like Baja Fresh with table service.

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              fdb RE: foodieqt Mar 26, 2009 02:53 PM

              Drago Centro?

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                mollyomormon RE: fdb Mar 26, 2009 04:11 PM

                I was going to suggest this as well. Chaya Downtown also just opened next door and that would also probably be a solid bet.

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                Francesca RE: foodieqt Mar 29, 2009 01:46 PM

                chaya downtown and drago centro are new, terrific and worth a try.

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                  foodieqt RE: foodieqt Mar 31, 2009 06:42 PM

                  Thanks to everyone who responded! I really appreciate the input. Ended up at Church & State. It was really great...loved the atmosphere there (although the service was a tiny bit off...empty wine glasses without any hope for a refill, missing waitress, one of the dishes we ordered didn't show up). The Moules Frites was delicious, however. Thanks again.

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                    JayMikes831 RE: foodieqt Apr 3, 2009 02:28 PM

                    Hands down either the Edison Bar or Broadway Bar...and Thursdays from 5-7pm, it 35 cent martinis

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                      FoolieFoodie RE: foodieqt Apr 8, 2009 07:30 PM

                      Mccormicks and Schmicks downtown happy hour raised its prices. The burger is now $2.95 made with cheaper tasting ground beef. It's not nearly as good as the other locations..

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                        bigmista RE: foodieqt Apr 9, 2009 07:34 AM

                        I would check out Casey's on Grand or The Standard.

                        1. aching RE: foodieqt May 16, 2009 03:20 PM

                          Bottega Louie seems to be quite the happy hour scene also.

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