Happy hour savings in L.A.
Outstanding happy hour deals at top L.A. bars and clubs.
Chef Jet Tila, who has battled it out on “Iron Chef America” and opened the buzzy pan-Asian restaurant Wazuzu at the Wynn in Las Vegas, has brought his tasty brand of Asian-fusion comfort food to Santa Monica. Called the Charleston and decked out in snazzy 1930s-era decor, Tila’s new boîte features classic cocktails, live music — including jazz — and short rib tacos. Happy hour, which takes place Mondays through Fridays from 5 to 7 p.m., offers a chance to taste Tila’s food without residual wallet pain. Choose a $7 bacon, egg and cheese flatbread; $2 Korean tacos or $5 Thai sweet and sour hot wings with Sriracha — and more — and wash it all down with $7 craft cocktails or $5 well drinks.
The Charleston, 2460 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica. Hours: 5 p.m.- 2 a.m. Mon.-Sat., 5 p.m.- 1 a.m. Sun. (310) 828-2115; https://www.charlestonla.com.
Happy hour gets all-day crazy at Drago Centro, the hidden Italian respite in a boxy office building off Flower Street in downtown Los Angeles. When you order from the special bar menu from 11 a.m. to close on weekdays, and from 5 p.m. to close on weekends, you won’t get baby bites of anything. Calamari with spicy herb aioli comes in an ample bowl; the charcuterie comes on a chunky cutting board with three types of tender meat and cheese; and the salmon crostini is thick and salty — a meal unto itself. A selection of four cocktails by affable mixologist Jaymee Mandeville, including an effervescent caipiroska, pack a life-sized punch for the puny price of $5.
Drago Centro, 525 S. Flower St., L.A. Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 5-10 p.m. Sat., 5-9 p.m. Sun. (213) 228-8998; https://www.dragocentro.com.
Sometimes your happiest hours are spent drinking. At times like that you’d do well to get yourself to the Prince in Koreatown. Originally opened in the 1920s, when Mid-Wilshire was the place to be in Los Angeles, the Prince still looks much as it must have years ago. Circular red tufted booths, super-low lights and a happening oval bar in the center of the room make the Prince one of the most inviting places in town to nurse a martini. And since last August, with very little fanfare, the Prince has been offering 50% off on all alcoholic beverages every day from 4 to 8 p.m.
The Prince, 3198 1/2 7th St., L.A. Hours: 4 p.m.-2 a.m. daily. (213) 389-1586; https://www.theprincela.com.
If you’re feeling like pizza and want to get full fast, check out Urbano Pizza Bar’s fully baked new happy hour, which features half-off all of chef Bruce Kalman’s wood-fired, Neapolitan-style pizzas. These cheesy babies, including prosciutto di parma with mushrooms and spicy sausage with cage-free egg, normally retail between $11 and $15. Add some swerve to your meal with one of 11 $4 draft beers.
Urbano Pizza Bar, 630 W. 6th St., L.A. Hours: 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 11:30 a.m.– midnight Fri., 6 p.m.- midnight Sat., closed Sun. (213) 614-1900; https://www.urbanopizzabar.com.
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