The Best Reverse Happy Hours in Los Angeles

Gibson during Beggars Banquet at Jones Hollywood | Instagram by @ryanjulio


Many restaurant happy hours in Los Angeles have taken on whole new style. No longer is it considered a time to get "not very interesting cheap eats"— rather, if you choose your destination carefully, you may very well find some favorite dishes at a lower price. A number of restaurants are now shaking up the traditional happy hour model with a twist, adding late night happy hours to the mix. Although some fall late in the evening, others could very well replace a meal at a more reasonable time. With that in mind, check out some stellar "reverse" happy hours that will appeal to every taste.

Super Nacho Hour at Bar Ama | Instagram by @bar_ama

Bar Ama



Super Nacho Hour reigns at Bar Amá, Josef Centeno’s Tex-Mex-inspired eatery in Downtown L.A. Available at the bar only Monday to Friday from 10 p.m. to close, small plate offerings run $5 to $7 and include: Super Nachos of course, done three ways—vegan, vegetarian, and carnivorous (chorizo); guacamole and chips; bean and cheese quesadilla; chicken or fried Kielbasa tacos; short rib taquitos; and the classic Nana’s Frito Pie done with a Centeno twist. Drinks range from $4 for a Negra Modelo to a $5 Michelada and $9 for a glass of wine or a Margarita.

Cantimpalitos at Barbrix | Photo: @barbrixwinebar, Instagram

Barbrix



Sunday through Thursday, the wine bar at this sleek, cozy Silver Lake restaurant with a lovely patio is the place to be from 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. For $3 to $4 a plate, enjoy a late night tete-a-tete sharing shoestring French fries topped with a fried egg; blistered shishito peppers; cantimpalitos (roasted, tiny Spanish sausages with Dijon mustard dip); fried calamari; and market radishes. High roll it with the $7 pork belly bao or the Barbrix burgers and fries for $8. On Monday nights, get oysters from $1. Then sip away on select wines by the glass at half-price.

Artichoke & tomato bruschetta for Happy Hour at Bodega Wine Bar | Instagram by @the3xception

Bodega Wine Bar - Santa Monica



With locations in Santa Monica and Pasadena, this intimate wine bar/lounge serves late night happy hour fare Sunday to Thursday from 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Enjoy $3 beers, $5 wine, and $6 soju drinks. The food specials will quickly cure any late night munchies with bruschetta and olive tapenade, hummus with pita and roasted potatoes for $6; or a margherita, pepperoni, or mushroom pizza for $8. Special events run nightly, including game night on Sundays and tacos on Tuesday.

Impossible Burger, Crossroads Kitchen | Photo: Crossroads Kitchen

Crossroads



Acclaimed chef-author Tal Ronnen’s Melrose Avenue restaurant is the antithesis of what most people associate with a plant-based establishment. Stylish, sophisticated and trendsetting, Crossroads attracts a wide range of palates. The Late Night Bar Menu ($3 to $12) is served daily from 10 p.m. to close and changes seasonally. Expect specialties such as the ever-popular “meatball” pizza, buffalo maitake mushrooms with house bleu cheese, or the irresistible old school sundae with hot fudge and butterscotch cashew praline. Imbibe on cocktails like the Dirty Deeds (tequila, curacao, orange bitters) for $8; wine by the glass for $8; and $5 beer. Elevate it all with beer and a shot of whiskey for $10.

Gibson during Beggars Banquet at Jones Hollywood | Instagram by @ryanjulio

Jones Hollywood



For more than two decades, this West Hollywood fixture has blended rock 'n' roll and vintage Hollywood into a buzzy, classic Italian restaurant with red and white checkered tablecloths, booths, and celebrity photos covering the walls. The late night Beggars Banquet menu is available Sunday through Thursday from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Hearty eats include pasta Bolognese and spaghetti pomodoro ($9.50), pizzas for $7.50, and a classic Caesar salad ($6.50). The house cab and chardonnay is $5.50 a glass, while beer is a steal for $4.50. Specialty cocktails like the Dirty Sue, Keith Moon, Go-Go, and Groupie are served up for $8.50.

Pizza, Kettle Black | Photo: Kettle Black, Twitter

Kettle Black



This rustic chef-driven Italian restaurant is one of the most head-turning venues in Silver Lake: hanging Edison bulbs, a chef’s counter with front row views of pizza coming out of the wood burning oven, golden shelves of wine and liquor on a mirrored wall behind the bar, flower patterned banquettes, wood tables, and potted succulents decorating the walls. The reverse happy hour happens Sunday to Wednesday from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. with great deals on favorites for $9 to $15 like the meatball sandwich with house-made bun, tri-colore salad, margherita pizza, and charcuterie. Wine and cocktails run $4 to $8, with classics like the Manhattan and Negroni.

Buffalo cauliflower | Photo courtesy of Mohawk Bend

Mohawk Bend



A good time will be had by all at this very coolly designed hipster-brewpub in Echo Park that serves up locally-sourced seasonal cuisine with choices for carnivores and vegans alike. You can’t beat a choice of 15 personal pizzas, including Banh Mi pepperoni and the new Angry Vegan, or snacks such as nachos, house-made chips and dips, and garlic herb twists. Beer and cocktails range from $4.75 to $8 and wine is $2 off a glass. It all happens Sunday to Thursday from 10-11:30 pm; and Friday and Saturday from 11 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

Fried Mississippi catfish | Photo: Preux & Proper

That Big Easy feeling can be found at this impressive New Orleans-style two story restaurant in Downtown L.A. On Sundays, the late night happy hour is from 4-9 p.m., with the entire menu of OG’s (appetizers) and Po’boys for only $9. Although this reverse happy hour is a little early and only one day a week, it’s still the perfect chance to try specialties such as Dungeness crab hush puppies, turkey neck gravy poutine, and baked mac n’ cheese. Or in the Po’ Boy department, fried Willapa Bay oysters and fried Mississippi catfish. Quench your thirst with $7 frozen daiquiris and select cocktails, as well as $5 draft beer and wine.

Tipsy Cow | Photo: Tipsy Cow

Tipsy Cow



With two locations in Sherman Oaks and Woodland Hills, this self-described “urban eating house” specializes in gourmet burgers, brew, craft cocktails, and some interesting small plates for good measure. The late night menu is offered daily from 10 p.m. to close—and might be one of the best deals in town. Favorite eats and drinks run $4 to $6, and include: Tipsy Burgers served on mini-brioche buns; short rib cheesesteak, beef tacos, smoked wings, basil hummus, deviled eggs, buffalo blue haystack fries, buffalo cauliflower, and the Drive-Through Burger. On the libations side, sip well drinks, wine, beer and select cocktails, such as the Tipsy Mule and an Old Fashioned.

Spicy tuna crispy rice | Photo courtesy of Yamashiro

Yamashiro



Yamashiro's regal presence looms large: 250 feet over Hollywood with panoramic views. What could be more perfect - or so very L.A. - than a nightcap or a late night bite at this iconic restaurant? The popular Lucky 7 Happy Hour is available Monday through Thursday from 9 p.m. to closing in the restaurant's indoor lounge. The $7 menu includes craft cocktails, sushi, and light Asian fusion dishes. These bites include ahi poke, crispy chicken, salt and pepper fried calamari, and banana leaf baked pork spring rolls, as well as truffle hamachi, spicy tuna crispy rice, pistachio salmon, and the "Reclining Buddha." Vegans will enjoy marinated grilled vegetable skewers with peanut sauce, teriyaki tofu and vegetables, and steamed vegetable dumplings. Specialty cocktails include the refreshing "Japanese Slipper" and "100 Year Mai Tai," along with red and white wine, prosecco and draft beer.