When the work day ends and all you want to do is meet your closest friends to unwind after your long stressful day, the answer is always to head to a happy hour. However, with the way traffic is in our lovely city, it takes you at least an hour or more to go home, get bar-ready, and drive back out. Most of the time, it’s too late to grab those great happy hour specials you see splashed on bar fronts. But thankfully, someone out there understood, and the Late Night Happy Hour was born. These Happy Hours can begin as early as 5pm and, some, don’t end til closing time.
Napa Valley Grille
1100 Glendon Avenue, Suite 100
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Late Night Happy Hour: Monday through Saturday 9 p.m. till midnight and Sunday 3 to 11 p.m.
Eating late at night does not have to automatically mean greasy burgers, pizza and fries. At Napa Valley Grille, it can mean Spicy Ahi Tuna, Peperonata Bruschetta and Artisan Cheese for less than $10 apiece. You can also indulge in some of their delicious cocktails like the Blood Orange Margarita or Thyme Lemonade ($6).
525 South Flower Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Late Night Happy Hour: Daily, 11 a.m. till closing
Call Drago Centro and ask them when Happy Hour is, and you’ll get, “all day.” Basically, it’s perfect for getting a glass of Pinot Grigo after work for just $5, or indulging in some calamari ($6) after putting in some work at one of downtown LA’s clubs.
Late Night Happy Hour: Wednesday and Thursday 10 p.m. till midnightLocated right in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Hollywood and West Hollywood, Lola’s is an ideal location for a late night happy hour. You can hit up a movie, a show or dinner in the area, and then head to Lola’s on a Wednesday or Thursday night to try one of those martinis they are so famous for. With happy hour martini prices at 50 percent off (about $6), you can order a delicious treat from their equally appealing happy hour bar menu (prices under $7). If you like your martinis classically done (shaken, not stirred) or prefer something with a bit of sass (Fantasy Island Martini- paradise in a glass, with flowers on top), this is the place to be.
Late Night Happy Hour: Nightly 10 p.m. until closingIf you thought a family owned restaurant in the Valley couldn’t be the host for one of LA’s best happy hours, you would be wrong. Owned and operated by power father-daughter duo, Ray and Christina Vega, over the past 20 years, Casa Vega has become a Valley institution. Not only that, but Casa Vega also has a nightly happy hour deal with values like $4.95 house margaritas as well as 20% of all beer and cocktails and 50% of all appetizers. It’s low prices, familiarity and consistency make this a landmark to the 818.
Late Night Happy Hour: Monday to Wednesday 10 p.m. till midnightHaving only opened May 2011, Onyx is one of Downtown’s latest hot spots that is gaining popularity almost daily. Located in a historical 1906 building, which one held The Security Trust and Savings Bank, the Onyx is the place to stop by after hitting up after LA’s Art Walk. Though the cocktails offered during this happy hour tend to be on the higher end of happy hour prices in the area (about $8), the creativity behind each makes it the price well worth it. With drink names like the Spring Street Bash, Swedish Maine, and Bitter Muse… it seems only fitting that this is a favorite with the hipster set, they may be onto something here.
Yolanda Machado is the Sassy Mama in L.A. LA Native, valley girl for life, when she isn’t stuck in traffic, she enjoys movies, wine, food and discovering new places to take her family throughout LA while avoiding the 405.