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Late-Night, All-Night Happy Hour

Happy Hour. Two little words that bring such joy to so many. But who can get out of the office at four-frickin-thirty in the afternoon? Thankfully, restaurants and bars are figuring out that if they really want to entice all of us they’re gonna have to come up with something beyond the typical happy hour window when everyone’s 1) still at work 2) stuck in traffic or 3) not ready to get drunk quite yet. So I give you this list of late-night happy hours in Los Angeles offering a good time at a reasonable price and reasonable hour. Let me know if you have any I should add to the list!

Drago Centro – Downtown LA
NIGHTLY: Doesn’t get better than all-night happy hour every day of the week. Drago Centro has a great selection of crafty cocktails, wine and beer for $5-$7 and tasty bar bites for $3 to $8, like margherita pizza, smoked salmon crostini and charcuterie.

Chaya – Beverly Hills, Downtown LA, Venice
NIGHTLY: “All night, every night” is the happy hour motto at all three Chaya locations. At the Beverly Hills spot you’ll find stuff like the French Kiss cocktail, crispy miso wings, Moroccan lamb meatballs and nothing-over-$7 sushi rolls. The DTLA menu (right next to Drago Centro, fyi) changes frequently, but think $4 to $6 sushi rolls, skewers, izakaya and handcrafted cocktails for $7 plus plenty of sake, wine and beer.

Nest at WP24 – Downtown LA
FRI & SAT: The spectacular city views at this 24th floor hot spot are enough of a draw, but the new Night Owl menu really means you have no excuse. Available 10pm to close, the late-night happy hour offers $8 bites like tempura vegetables, chili dan dan dumplings, Chinese donuts (!) and $12 cocktails. There’s also live music, so … late night date, perhaps?

Tom Bergins – Mid-City
NIGHTLY: LA’s oldest Irish hangout has launched a late-night happy hour menu that goes from 10pm to quittin’ time. Get your choice of O’Hara’s, Rogue Lager, Blackthorne Cider, Stone IPA or Black Market Hefeweizen for (gulp) $1.50!! There’s also $5 glasses of wine and well spirits, not to mention $3 deviled eggs, $5 cottage pie cheese fries and the Little Dude burger for $5.

Taberna Arros Y Vi – Santa Monica
NIGHTLY: This 2nd Street Spanish spot offers happy hour in the bar Monday through Friday 5pm-close and Saturday & Sunday 4pm-close with $4 wine, beer and sangria, $15 pitchers of sangria and $5 tapas like tuna stuffed paquillo peppers and potato & chorizo croquetas.

Mohawk Bend – Echo Park
NIGHTLY: This Eastside favorite has a late-night happy hour from 10pm to close with $4 Golden Road beers, $5 well cocktails and lots of $6 bites including any personal size pizza, the veggie platter served with hummus and romesco, mini calzone, nachos (vegan or non-vegan) or twice baked fingerling potatoes.

Le Ka – Downtown LA
NIGHTLY: This DTLA dining destination has its regular weekday happy hour 3pm-7pm, but you can do late-night happy hour Monday-Saturday from 10:30pm to 2am and Sunday 11pm-midnight with $5 beer, $8 cocktails and gourmet eats ($5-$12) like grass-fed tartare, Merguez sausage and artichoke pizza.

Morton’s Steakhouse – Burbank, Woodland Hills & Beverly Hills
MON-FRI: Usually you need a fat wallet to load up at this swanky steakhouse, but every day (open-6:30pm) and night (9pm to close) you can get $8 Mortinis and cocktails, $7 wine and $7 bites like mini crab cake BLTs, tuna tacos, three prime cheeseburgers, four petite filet mignon sandwiches and the filet mignon trio.

Napa Vally Grille – Westwood
NIGHTLY: This Napa Valley-inspired spot has a Reverse Happy Hour every night 9pm to midnight and all day Sunday (3pm-close) with an impressive menu of seasonally changing fare in the $4 to $7 range. You can also get wine for $4 and handcrafted cocktails for $6.

Sushi Roku – Hollywood & Pasadena
SUN & MON: Sushi Roku offers All-Night Happy Hour from 5pm-close with a menu that never exceeds $6. It’s a great way to sample some of the restaurant’s signature dishes like popcorn shrimp tempura ($3), albacore tacos ($5) and spicy tuna on crispy rice ($5). You can also get sushi rolls, skewers and specially priced cocktails, wine and Japanese beer.

Michael’s – Santa Monica
MON-SAT:From 5pm to close, this landmark Cali resto offers all-night $6 happy hour edibles like Jidori chicken & waffle wings along with an  ever-changing roster of red and white wines, beer and market-fresh cocktails. Everything on the menu is $6 with the exception of oysters on the half-shell for $3.

Casa Vega – Sherman Oaks
NIGHTLY: This family-owned Mexican restaurant is where holds late-night happy hour every night from 10:30 to close with $4.95 house margaritas as well as 20% of all beer and cocktails and 50% of all appetizers.

Palomino – Westwood
NIGHTLY: Yet another “all day, every day” happy hour hangout, the huge lounge at this restaurant right off Wilshire offers $4 draft beers, $5 cranberry mojitos, pomegranate margaritas and candied apple martinis + vittles ranging from $4.95 white bean dip to $6.95 pizzas.

Lexington Social House – Hollywood
SUN: It’s “Social Hour” all night on Sundays from 4pm to midnight at this sceney spot with 50% off cocktails and 50% off the entire dining menu. Just remember you have to eat and drink at the bar.

Gyu Kaku – Multiple Locations
NIGHTLY: This Japanese BBQ chain seems to have happy hour going on no matter what time it is. Mondays is all day, Tuesday-Thursday is 9:30pm to close and Friday-Saturday it’s 10pm to close. Get up to 50% off menu items such as $2.98 BBQ tacos, $2.48 gyoza dumplings, $3.98 shrimp balls and too many other options to name. Sapporo draft is just $1.49 (pitchers are $7.45!), fruity soju drinks are $3, cocktails are $5 and the most expensive dessert is less than $3. FYI, it’s $15 minimum per person, but you can have an entire feast for that price.

Locanda del Lago – Santa Monica
TUE: This mainstay on the Third Street Promenade offers happy hour in the bar all night every Tuesday starting at 4pm. Specials include $4 beers and house wines, a full-on menu of Italian dishes ($5-$11) and $9 specialty cocktails.

Vertical Wine Bistro – Pasadena
SUN : This tasteful wine bar in Old Town Pasadena hosts an all-day, all-night happy hour on Sunday with $5-$10 items like truffle mac & cheese and chorizo pizza.

Rascal – Mid-City West
MON: This neighborhood hang offers selections from its Daily Dose menu of $6 drinks + $5 sandwiches and burgers during the all-night happy hour on Mondays.

The Charleston – Santa Monica
SUN-WED: This cozy speakeasy on 25th Street & Wilshire has happy hour every night (Mon-Thu 5pm-8pm; Fri-Sat 5pm-9pm) with $4-$6 beer, $8 cocktails, $5 bar snacks as well as late-night happy hour every Sunday-Wednesday from 11:30pm to close.

Cafe Del Rey – Marina Del Rey
NIGHTLY: This waterfront favorite offers a late happy hour in the lounge from 9pm to close every night with about a million different tasty bites and cocktails for $6.

Yard House – Multiple Locations
SUN-WED: This national chain not only has one of the country’s largest selections of beer on tap (about 250 at each location), but it’s also where you can get some late-night discount food and drinks Sunday-Wednesday from 10pm to close. The menu’s huge and ranges from $3.25 domestic pints to $6 martinis and 50% off appetizers and pizzas.

Copa D’Oro – Santa Monica
MON: What do you do on a Monday Night? Why, you head toward the beach, stop just a few blocks shy, and head into Copa d’Oro for the all-night happy hour. The famed farmers’ market cocktails taste even better when they’re just $5.

And For You Old-School Hardcore Types, Here Are Some All-Night, All-Alco Options …

The Virgil – Silver Lake
TUE: Farm-to-glass cocktails reign supreme at this bar. All-night happy hour happens every Tuesday with $6 specialty cocktails + $5 sangria, beer and wine while the regular happy hour goes from 7pm to 9pm Wednesday through Saturday. Bring some change for the jukebox.

The Hudson – West Hollywood
SUN & MON: From 10pm to 12am, this train car turned neighborhood bar offers $3 drafts, $3 well cocktails, $3 wine and $5 Svedka infusions.

The Falls – Downtown LA
NIGHTLY: OK, so it’s not super late, but 6pm to 9pm is later than the standard happy hour, so this DTLA watering hole makes the list. You can get a beer and a shot for $5 and specialty cocktails for $6. Drink up, Johnny.


There are 8 comments for this article
  1. joey at 4:16 pm

    Bar Food has happy hour 2:30-8pm daily, they always have an amazing beer on tap for 4 bucks and a whole killer food menu. My local haunt

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