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(credit: Minerva Studio/shutterstock)


After work, a day on the beach, or a swell (pun intended) surf session, there’s plenty of spots for a cold brew, a craft cocktail or a glass of wine in the South Bay. Whether you’re craving an ocean view or a gourmet snack with your drink, here are some of the best happy hours in Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, and Redondo Beach.
(credit: Hudson House)

(credit: Hudson House)


Hudson House
514 Pacific Coast Highway
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
(310) 798-9183
www.hudsonhousebar.com

With tasty microbrews on tap, including a $2 Hudson ale, scrumptious eats like a gourmet mac n’ cheese, and can’t-beat-that $1 tacos on Tuesdays, this cozy but trendy spot draws a convivial crowd all week. Hudson House also offers cool craft cocktails like a Mango Margarita and a Smokey Bourbon.

(credit: The Mermaid)

(credit: The Mermaid)


The Mermaid
11 Pier Avenue
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
(310) 374-9344

Once a dive bar, The Mermaid is now a remodeled more upscale spot with friendly waitresses and terrific happy hour deals. One deal includes one domestic beer special nightly, including craft beer, available for just $3. The seafood-centric fare is tasty, too. The Mermaid is located right on the popular stretch known as The Strand in Hermosa Beach, meaning the ocean view is spectacular, and you can come in with beach tar still on your feet. In the back corner, a large fireplace and cozy leather loungers make a romantic drinking and dining spot. There’s also a back room with leather booths and two pool tables, and a small outdoor patio, too.

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(credit: Bluewater Grill)


Bluewater Grill
665 N Harbor Dr
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
(310) 318-3474
www.bluewatergrill.com

A great spot for a view of the marina and the sunset sky, Bluewater Grill has terrific small plates and a wide variety of discounted drinks and brews during its popular happy hour. Comfortable booth seating and a lounge area with sofas and cushy chairs create a spot to linger, so it’s not uncommon to find a great crowd each night. Don’t miss the clam chowder and fish tacos.

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(credit: Mediterraneo)


The Med Kitchen & Bar
73 Pier Ave
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
(310) 318-2666
www.themedhb.com

The Med Kitchen & Bar is a delightful and eclectic Italian/Spanish restaurant with beautifully prepared tapas, an incredibly friendly staff, tasty drinks, and a charming outdoor patio right on Hermosa Plaza. From a potato omelette to stuffed grape leaves, the food is amazing. Plus, there are 30 beers on draft, 60 by the bottle, and 18 classic cocktails. With an ample selection of food and drink available at exceptionally reasonable half-price happy hour pricing, this spot is a must-dine-and-drink spot for any after work or after beach stop. Happy hour offerings range per day. At this Hermosa hangout, Monday through Friday from 5pm to 7pm mean 2 for 1 tapas & 1/2 price draft beer. Every Tuesday is 2 for 1 tapas all night. Make sure to stop by on Sunday, too. Sangria Sunday means 1/2 off the regular price of their sangria!

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(credit: The Rockefeller)


The Rockefeller
1209 Highland Ave
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
(310) 545-5810
www.eatrockefeller.com

With a prime location on Pier Avenue in Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach’s The Rockefeller offers $2 Wednesday tacos and .99 cent burger Tuesdays, which are something of a South Bay tradition. Add in regular Happy Hour specials like truffle mac’n’cheese, a solid collection of craft beers on tap, and a strong wine collection, and this hip, industrial-chic spot is one fine place to stop by after work. The Rockefeller’s happy hour is Monday through Thursday from 5pm to 7pm; Friday from 3pm to 7pm

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(credit: Fernanda R./yelp)


Shellback Tavern
116 Manhattan Beach Blvd
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
(310) 376-7857
www.shellbacktavern.com

Shellback Tavern is a casual beachy dive bar just steps from Manhattan Beach pier. It’s the kind of place where you’ll hear talk of waves caught and volleyball tournaments won. There’s always a friendly crowd, views of the pier, plenty of TVs tuned to sporting events, and of course, fish tacos and burgers. With strong drinks, cold beer, what else do you really need? Happy hour times are Monday through Friday from11am to 7pm.

Genie Davis is a multi-published journalist, novelist, and screenwriter. She lives near the beach in Los Angeles. See more on: CBSLA | eco-exist.com | geniedavis.com | DiversionsLA | Twitter.

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