The Best Happy Hours in Downtown Los Angeles

Cocktails at Everson Royce Bar in Downtown L.A. | Instagram by @eversonroycebar

In the past decade, Downtown Los Angeles has transformed into a hotbed of eating and drinking establishments catering to the area’s prolific workforce and visitors arriving on the Metro - many looking for those elusive time-sensitive deals, luckly there’s usually an establishment with a happy hour nearby. Read on for the best happy hour Downtown L.A. hotspots, new and old, that promise great food and drink experiences that won't break the bank.

Angel City Brewery



Located just outside Little Tokyo, Angel City Brewery brings a cool urban vibe to the beer garden concept. A brewery, retail store, public house, event space and gallery rolled into one Art Deco-flavored package, come here weekdays for $3 select beers brewed on-premise while enjoying a game of ping pong or cornhole or competing in weekly trivia. A rotating roster of food trucks park outside for noshing needs, and for the educationally inclined, there are free public brewery tours four days a week.

Super Nacho Hour at Bar Ama | Instagram by @bar_ama

Bar Ama



Chef Josef Centeno’s inventive takes on Tex Mex comfort food have made this casual downtown cantina a mainstay on must-eat lists. Their “Super Nacho Hour” menu features discounted vegan and non-vegan “super nachos” and fun crossover inventions such as a spicy lengua bun and a fried kielbasa taco. Happy hour Bar Ama style includes $9 Margaritas, $5 micheladas, $4 Mexican beers and $9 wines help seal the deal, but make sure you sit at the bar - Monday-Friday 5-7 p.m. and again from 10:30-close, as well as Sunday 3:30-5 p.m.

Aperitivo Hour at Barcito | Instagram by @barcitola

barcito



Each day from 5-7 p.m. is “Aperitivo Hour” at Barcito, Andrea Borgen’s Argentinian-inspired upstart. $9 gets you a spritz cocktail, a boilermaker, or a very decent glass of wine along with a “snack trio” from Barcito’s acclaimed small plates menu. Tip is included in happy hour prices, so you can set your budget ahead of time.

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Bernadette's



For a place that claims to be “the dumbest bar in L.A.,” Bernadette’s has certainly garnered an impressive following since opening its doors in April 2017. The cozy, den-like interior is touched with ‘70s kitsch, complete with fern wallpaper. The food and craft beers are no joke, however, and every day from 4-7p.m. they offer $1 off all drafts, $2 off micheladas and house wines, and an $11 beer and sandwich combo,

which make it one of the best happy hours Los Angeles offers.

Photo courtesy of Brack Shop Tavern, Facebook

Brack Shop Tavern



This recent addition to Downtown L.A.'s Financial District caters to sports fans and competitors of all types, with ample TVs and a full game room with darts, vintage arcade games and ping-pong. Unlike the average sports bar, Brack Shop Tavern also features a vast craft beer list and a classic cocktail program in an everyone's-welcome atmosphere with plenty of quiet corners in which to have an actual conversation. Happy hour runs all night on Mondays and Tuesday-Saturday from 3-7 p.m.

Flanna Cotta cocktail, lamb neck tamale, and heirloom tomato tostada at Broken Spanish

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Broken Spanish



A visit from Anthony Bourdain on the Season 9 premiere of Parts Unknown cemented this upscale Mexican eatery’s place among L.A.’s greats. Weeknights from 5:30-7 p.m. you can enjoy discounts on Chef Ray Garcia’s innovative small plates like duck albondigas and chili-lime chicken necks, along with $8 craft cocktails, $4 copitas of tequila or mezcal, $5 beers and $6 wines. Get there early for a seat, as specials only apply at the bar.

Casey's Irish Pub

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Casey's Irish Pub



Downtown Los Angeles is a veritable wonderland of high-end dining, but Casey’s Irish Pub has served as an oasis away from all things chic for decades. Home of L.A.’s best pickleback, this homey local pub also offers a fine happy hour, with $2 off all appetizers, $1 off draft beers from 3-7 p.m. on Tuesday-Saturday and all day Sunday. Get your fix for whiskey, traditional pub fare and bar snacks in a pocket of Downtown L.A. history.

Dipping and sipping at Cole's French Dip

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Cole's



No L.A. nightlife roundup would be complete without Cole’s. Year after year for over a century, despite - or in spite of - the Cole’s/Phillippe’s controversy over who invented the iconic French Dip sandwich, this cool, dark bar has delighted Angelenos with tasty sandwiches and boozy libations. Weekdays from 3-7 p.m. and all day on Tuesday, Cole's offers specials on snacks and sandwiches (including $6 French Dip sliders), $9 Manhattans, $6 craft beers, Old Fashioneds and well drinks.

Opium Cocktail | Photo: District On the Bloc, Facebook

District Bar + Kitchen



The bar and lounge area in DISTRICT at the Bloc (inside the Sheraton Hotel) offers a daily happy hour from 3-7 p.m. with an $8 craft cocktail of the day, $6 craft beers, Moscow mules, well drinks and wines along with discounted small plates. With lofty rhetoric on food quality and farm-to-table ethos in a down-to-earth industrial space, it has been a favorite for hotel guests and locals alike since 2015.

Cocktails at Everson Royce Bar in Downtown L.A. | Instagram by @eversonroycebar

Everson Royce Bar



Known locally as E.R.B., this Arts District favorite was a pioneer in its ‘hood and continues to offer great happy hour deals despite being rated one of Esquire’s Best Bars of 2017. The cozy bar and spacious garden patio host a number of daily specials, including Monday happy hour’s “No Mames Mondays,” “Wine Wednesdays,” and a daily happy hour with $7 cocktails, $7 wines, $10 burger and fries combo (named one of LA Weekly’s Best Burgers in Los Angeles), with free chips and salsa weeknights from 5-7 p.m.

Happy Hour Palomas | Photo: Las Perlas

Las Perlas



This Spring Street mainstay claims the mantle of the first mezcal bar in the United States, and can be credited with bringing countless novices around to the glory that is mezcal with its excellent cocktails. Weeknights from 5-8 p.m. and weekends from 1-8 p.m offer $5 draft cocktails such as margaritas, palomas, Mexican mules as well as discounted Mexican small plates.

The Little Easy | Instagram by @jujubees119

The Little Easy



While homesick southerners may find some comfort here - the rest of us can treat happy hour like Mardi Gras. Downtown L.A. “Bar Queen,” Vee Delgadillo created this lush two-room space that feels like a step into a slower climate, with plush living room seating and an indoor patio complete with a porch swing. . If you find yourself downtown wondering where the best Tuesday happy hour near me might be, stop by the Little Easy bar for $4 Kronenburgs, $5 wine and well drinks, $6 hurricanes and low-priced hush puppies and fried okra are available all day on Tuesdays (making every Tuesday a “fat” one with their all day happy hour), as well as from 4-8 p.m. Monday-Friday.

New Jalisco Bar | Instagram by @heydannyhey

New Jalisco Bar



This dive-of-all-dives combines the grit of old Downtown L.A. with the glamour of top-notch drag shows. New Jalisco is a gay Latino mainstay in DTLA where you can get a $10 “bucket of Coronitas” all day on Tuesday, $2.50 Tecates on Monday and Wednesday, and $2 beers from 1-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Be aware: the bar is cash-only and the dance floor is frequently on fire (metaphorically).

Cocktails on the patio at Nick & Stef's Steakhouse | Instagram by @nickandstefsla

Nick + Stef's Steakhouse



Nick & Stef’s upscale happy hour allows budget drinkers to feel like ballers for a surprising length of time. On weekdays you can sit in the lavish dining room, gawk at the dry-aging beef, and from 2-7 p.m. enjoy wallet-friendly cheese plates, apps and oysters along with $5-$6 beers and wine, $7 select cocktails and $12 punch service for two.

Happy Hour cocktails | Photo: Plan Check Downtown, Facebook

Plan Check Kitchen + Bar - Downtown LA



With its elevated, local/international-inspired takes on items like burgers and fried chicken sandwiches, it’s easy to see why Chef Ernesto Uchimura’s mini-chain has been such a hit in DTLA’s City West district. The fun continues with an astonishing weekday happy hour that runs from 11:30 a.m. until 7 p.m., featuring $5 select drafts and house wine, $6 Old Fashioneds, $8 select cocktails, and some of the most interesting bar snacks you’ve ever tasted.

Photo: Preux & Proper, Facebook

Preux & Proper



For Cajun inspiration with a dash of L.A. cool in the mix, Preux & Proper offers two distinct spaces with a similar obsession with food quality and source. The cocktail list echos the kitchen’s care with ingredients and originality in an airy space with a laid-back, low country vibe. During Happy Hour Preux & Proper offers $7 beer and wine, $9 craft cocktails and frozen daiquiris, $11 house O.G.’s (Cajun-inspired small plates) and po’ boys from 4-7 p.m.

Redbird



You may only have one hour each weekday (Monday-Friday from 5-6 p.m.) to do it, but catching a deal at Chef Neal Fraser’s 2nd Street culinary gem is worth leaving work early. Their acclaimed appetizers usually run $14-$20 but are available at $10 a pop for 60 glorious minutes. For simpler tastes, Peroni lagers are $5, but everyone should try one of their outstanding craft cocktails for $8 at least once.

Seven Grand | Photo courtesy of 213 Hospitality

Seven Grand



For more than a decade, Seven Grand has held its own among the best whiskey bars in the world and was a trailblazer for L.A.’s pre-Prohibition style cocktail scene. The vintage-inspired bar boasts over 120 different whiskies and whiskeys (ask your bartender the difference), along with pool tables and enough taxidermy on the walls to feel like a hunting lodge. Be dazzled by the seemingly endless shelves of bottles while enjoying $6 cocktails and $5 beers every day until 8 p.m.

"Whisky with Wolves" at Wolf & Crane | Instagram: @wolfandcranebar

Wolf & Crane



This unassuming Little Tokyo drinking den is a must-visit for lovers of Japanese whisky. Sit at the bar and chat with a hyper-knowledgeable bartender while you enjoy $5 local beers, $5 house wine, $5 well liquors ($7 to make it a cocktail, and FYI...their well whisky is Akashi White Oak) from 5-7 p.m. Monday-Friday and all day on Sunday. Other specials include 50% off top shelf liquors all night on Mondays and whisky flights on Tuesdays - – both are good happy hours and ways to expand your palate.