For all who are balling on a budget happy hours are one of the best ways to enjoy a delicious meal for a fraction of the cost. However, not all happy hours are created equal. This guide will help all the Los Angelenos (residents and tourists too) find some of the greatest deals for the best food.
Fig at Five
101 Wilshire Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Roasted Brussel sprouts
Happy Hour: 5-6pm daily
Fig at Five. If you aren’t familiar with the fabulous happy hour at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel, I am here to change your life. In a city known as one of the most expensive in America, there are a few fancy restaurants you can go to and enjoy appetizers, drinks, and main courses at a reasonable price. For a fine-dining experience, the expectation is big bucks and small plates. FIG may be one of those restaurants, except between 5 and 6 pm. This golden hour, known as Fig at Five, offers restaurant-goers 1/2 off a generous portion of their menu. Craving some wood-grilled broccoli? Fig at Five offers your favorite cruciferous veggie at only $5.50. (much easier to swallow than $11).
I have been a Fig at Five Fan for the past few years and never fail to be amazed at the sheer amount of delicious, high-quality food that can be enjoyed for a fraction of the cost. Apart from the shared appetizers and dishes (charred octopus, wood-grilled broccoli, stuffed dates, roasted zucchini, and a flatbread), the ambiance is fresh and fun. There’s even a pool full of floating flamingos. The Fairmont Miramar Hotel is a quick walk from the beach or the Third Street Promenade. Although touristy, it is the perfect destination to bring a guest or just treat yourself because your week was long, the traffic is bad and gas is still too expensive.
235 Main St
Venice, CA 90291
Happy Hour: 4:30 – 6:30 pm Tuesday-Sunday
The Anchor is my new fave seafood spot for reasonable bites and stellar service. When a friend was visiting from Ohio her final meal in LA to be one to remember. She only required that seafood be involved and after perusing the world wide web, The Anchor appeared to be well reviewed and within a 5-minute drive. The food options on their happy hour menu were plentiful and we were tempted to order them all. Instead, we split three options – the black truffle lobster roll, the fried calamari, and the roasted Brussel sprouts. All were delicious (in order of preference: lobster roll, Brussel sprouts, fried calamari). The lobster roll with truffle was unlike any lobster roll I’ve had before (the addition of the truffle is an experience worth having if you are a truffle fanatic like me). What made the experience even better was the service we received. Having forgotten to order the Brussel sprouts without bacon, our waiter sent us another Brussel sprouts (and left us the one we had already accidentally started on) free of charge. The fact that they comped us our Brussel sprouts even though it had been our own fault for forgetting to remove the bacon was so appreciated.
Pour Haus Wine Bar
1820 Industrial St
Los Angeles, CA 90021
Happy Hour: 4 – 7 pm daily
Pour Haus Wine Bar is an absolute gem. I am not someone who just walks into a place randomly but that is exactly what happened when I discovered Pour Haus.
Seated outside in their quaint and adorable side patio, I was quickly brought a glass of complimentary delicious sparkling red wine along with a bowl of truffle popcorn. This is all before I had even ordered or looked at the menu. My server was lovely. She stayed outside and chatted with me while I took my time deciding which wine to try next (spoiler: it was the sangria). My generous glass of wine was only $5 (as are all their happy hour bites which include a tasty white flatbread and hummus/pita platter, among other dishes). I am still shocked at the affordability of it all (as well as the fact that a weekend happy hour exists at such a lovely place with a wide variety of offerings). The engaging, friendly servers, delicious menu offerings (sparkling red wine is a must) and overall ambiance makes Pour Haus a great place for a few glasses of wine and bites.
Elizabeth is a longtime writer and current documentary filmmaker from Los Angeles California. Knowing the greater story of all who cross her path is her inspiration. She’s deeply passionate about food and health and enjoys cooking, exercise and being active in nature whenever possible. You’ll likely find her on a hike, in a documentary screening or at the local Farmer’s Market.