Guide To dineLA’s Happy Hour Week’s Best Specials

April 15, 2015 5:05 AM

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(credit: Frank Ishman)


Famous for its twice-a-year restaurant bonanza that sends Angeleno’s into a tizzy booking reservations at spots around the city, dineLA is bringing an event that speaks to the food lovers and booze hounds alike–dineLA Happy Hour Week. From April 27-May 1, a roster of eateries citywide will offer happy hour menus for all those folks who can’t get enough discounts in their lives. There will be no prix-fixe menus during this five day event, unlike Restaurant Week, and each restaurant’s chefs and mixologists have been challenged to offer exclusive items only available during Happy Hour Week. Here are a few you will want to check out.

(Credit: Little Beast Restaurant)

(Credit: Little Beast Restaurant)


Little Beast
1496 Colorado Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90041
(323) 341-5899
www.littlebeastrestaurant.com

To celebrate dineLA’s Happy Hour Week, Eagle Rock’s Little Beaast restaurant will be participating in the action. On Tuesday, April 28th through Thursday and again on Sunday, from 5-6p, order half-priced small plates like a platter of whipped burrata or charred artichoke. There will also be select discounted beers and wines.

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Credit: Black Hogg


Black Hogg
2852 Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(323) 953-2820
www.blackhogg.com

Black Hogg kicks off its first happy hour ever during this dineLA blowout. From Tuesday, April 28th through Friday, May 1st from 5-7p, you can order from its menu which features four exclusive food items–sambal olek chicken wings, a bahn mi with head cheese, fried shishito peppers and a top secret house-gound burger. The exclusive cocktail is the Korean Happy Meal, which is a unique mix of soju, kimchi sangrita, and OB Lager. There will also be select discounted beer and wines. The best news is Black Hogg will continue its new happy hour after May 1.

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(Credit: Rascal)


Rascal
801 South La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 933-3229
www.rascalla.com

Rascal’s happy hour is offered Tuesday April 28th through Sunday from 5-7p and all night long on Mondays, and they have two exclusive items on the list for Happy Hour Week–Salmon Tartare and the Rascal Rickle cocktail. There’s also a fried chicken sandwich and fried chicken and gravy for those who love a deep fried bird. The perfectly bubbly drink to ease you into the evening would be their Cold Duck–an effervescent blend of sangria and cava.

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(Credit: Terrine)


Terrine
8265 Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 746-5130
www.terrinela.com

Terrine welcomes you to slide up to the bar and enjoy the late night menu just for dineLA Happy Hour Week. Sample chicken liver toasts, chipped beef and gravy, onion soup poutine and more. The special cocktails include Rosewater Sour (vodka, lemon, aperol, rosewater) and Pimm’s Pong (Pimm’s, gin, vermouth, ramazzotti), along with a DIY Martini Card that will allow you to craft your preferred twist on a classic.

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(Credit: Gracias Madre)


Gracias Madre
8905 Melrose Avenue
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(323) 978-2170
www.graciasmadreweho.com

During dineLA Happy Hour Week, popular Melrose eatery Gracias Madre will host its vegetarian and vegan menu from 3-6p. Everything on the menu is $5, so you can have all the tostadas, gorditas, flautas and Purista Margaritas and Mezcal Mules that you want. The menu also includes a seasonal sangria, wine and beer.

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(Credit: Dylan + Jeni)


Now Boarding
7746 Santa Monica Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90046
(323) 848-8447
www.nowboardingla.com

Now Boarding is all about the cocktails from 6-8p Tuesday through Friday and all night long on Monday. All specialty drinks will be nearly half price, including the Wheels Up (peach whisky, aperol, lemon and tangerine juice), the Jetsetter (gin, Pavan, lime, cucumber, mint and egg white) and the Puddle Jumper (tequila, mezcal, ginger, mint, lime and honey). The Komodo Food Truck will be parked outside Monday through Wednesday and Friday from 6-8p with tacos.

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(Credit: Cafe Gratitude )


Cafe Gratitude DTLA
300 South Santa Fe Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 929-5580
www.cafegratitude.com

With 3 locations, Cafe Gratitude’s downtown location is the only one participating in dineLA’s Happy Hour Week. Make sure to try the asparagus arancini, truffled macadamia cheese crostini or Mediterranean-inspired mezze plate with tomato preserves, zucchini hummus and kalamata olives at a low price. There are also a few tasty wines and beers on the menu, as well as the Sassy (cava, strawberry shrub) and the Excited (lime, cucumber, mint, sparkling wine).

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(Credit: Plan Check DTLA


Plan Check
1111 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 403-1616
www.plancheck.com

If you haven’t been to the new DTLA Plan Check location, this is your chance. Of the few Plan Check restaurants scattered around the city, it is the only restaurant in the chain offering a dineLA deal. Serving the usual 4-7p happy hour menu with beer nuts, beast fries, tacos hamburguesa, and more, the eatery will also be offering the Smokey Juarez (mezcal, blood orange, lemon juice, simple syrup and smoked salt) as the week’s exclusive cocktail.

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Credit: Preux & Proper


Preux & Proper
840 South Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 896-0090
www.preuxandproper.com

Preux & Proper hits you with two times the deals from 4-6p and 11p-1a. During Happy Hour Week, a Sweet Tea Punchbowl will be the exclusive drink. Their signature shrimp beignets, pork belly bites, fried frog legs and corn fritters are a few of the dishes to nosh on while you sip.

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(credit: Bethanie S./Yelp)


The BonaVista Revolving Cocktail Lounge
404 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 624-1000
www.thebonaventure.com

For this special occasion only, the BonaVista invites you to eat, drink and admire views of DTLA 34 floors above ground level. The Happy Hour Week-only menu boasts queso fundido, beef tacos and chicken taquitos “by the basket”, along with tropical cocktails and a Negroni Float “by the liter”. Enjoy these deals from Sunday through Thursday from 5-8p and Friday and Saturday from 5-7p.

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(Credit: Culina Restaurant)


Culina
300 S Doheny Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(310) 860-4000
www.culinarestaurant.com

Crudo hour is in full effect at Culina from 6-8p with a variety of plates featuring tuna, salmon, halibut and more. There are also a few hot dishes including shishito peppers, wagyu meatballs and prosciutto wrapped polenta. The Saba Moda (bourbon, saba, bitters) and Il Carosello (prosecco, gin, aperol, absinthe) are two cocktails to pair with your selections.

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(Credit: Desi and Tammy Mendoza)


Komodo – Venice
235 Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90291
(310) 255-6742
www.komodofood.com

You don’t have to go south for Nashville hot chicken. Komodo’s Venice location is serving the Southern-fried specialty, along with seared fish balls, sirloin sliders, fried oxtails and bacon wrapped dates. Lychee lemonade spiked with soju is the exclusive cocktail for the week. This menu is offered from 4-7p.

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(Credit: Sotto)


Sotto
9575 West Pico Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90035
(310) 277-0210
www.sottorestaurant.com

Sotto’s jumping onto the Happy Hour Week bandwagon with a one-price menu featuring pork meatballs, fried zucchini flowers and swordfish belly spiedini, as well as two cocktails chosen for the occasion. The Lil Italy (rye, cynar, carpano) and the Paper Plane (bourbon, lemon, amaro, aperol), as well as Southern Italian wines are up for grabs.

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(Credit: Abigaile)


Abigaile
1301 Manhattan Avenue
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
(310) 798-8227
www.abigailerestaurant.com

Abigaile’s R&D happy hour runs from 5-7p with dishes that change often, which pays homage to the chefs’ “research & development” theme. You may catch beef lengua banh mi, beer and bacon-bathed mussels or fish and chips. There’s also a special cocktail each day, along with beer and house wine, so walk on the wild side with Abigaile’s menu.

Chrystal Baker is a freelance food and events contributor for CBS Los Angeles, Basil Magazine and Frugivore Magazine. She is the co-editor of a recipe blog, The Duo Dishes, and manages her own lifestyle and travel blog, Any and Everywhere.

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