Before you escape for the weekend…

Need a spot for post-work cocktails tonight or a good stiff drink this weekend? Head over the hill to the Valley and check out Barrel & Ashes! This BBQ-centric spot is our new Valley favorite and this month (January) they are offering a deeeelish special cocktail: The ‘KINs Cup’.

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$7 Happy Hour at FIGat7th

Post work happy-hour block party?

We’re in.

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Monday thru Friday, from 4pm – 9pm a handful of restaurants at 7th & Fig (okay they have re-branded to Figat7th, but old habits die hard), are offering happy hour. Nothing is over $7, somethings are even cheaper (like $3 wine!). The perfect excuse to bar & restaurant hop after work.

Participating Restaurants & Discounted Items: 

City Tavern: $7 Beast Fries (BBQ Pulled Pork, cheddar, onions & 1000 island on toasted garlic fries).  Psst: they also have boozy happy hour deals daily from 3-6pm. Deets on our Happy Hour guide. 

Loteria Grill: $4 Very Berry Margarita. Yum.

Mendocino Farms: $3 house wine (JACKPOT!!!), $5 Organic Eel River Blonde (that’s a beer, not a NorCal hippie).

New Moon Café: $7 Meal Combo: Honey Glazed Chicken Bowl + (Non-Boozy) Drink

Torta Company: $7 Hawaiian Chipotle BBQ Torta. Sounds like it might taste nice with that Loteria Grill bevvy… 

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Bottomless Mimosa Guide: The 3rd Stop

 

3rd stop used to be our go-to happy hour post college. They had beer and they had hotchix (boneless wings that were close to godliness.) When the hotchix were nixed from the menu, we stopped going.

But feeling a bit like old-ladies these days, out of nostalgia, we stopped by 3rd stop last weekend…. and guess what?…  they serve bottomless mimosas now!
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The Spot: The 3rd Stop, Mid City West

Boozy Brunch Hours: Sat & Sun, 11:30am – 3pm

Bottomless Mimosa Deal: $15 Bottomless Mimosas

Menu Highlights: Sadly no brunch here, really just lunch. But on our visit last weekend we really really liked the spicy Hawaiian pizza and the Hoagie wasn’t bad either. The silver lining of the no-breakfast food set up is 3rd stop is totally empty when they open, so if you show up between 11:30 – 12:30pm you can easily grab a table. Our giant party of 11 was easily and quickly seated and had our drinks constantly refilled for a good 3 hours. It was glorious (and later disasterous- but that wasn’t until we left 3rd stop.)

 

The 3rd Stop / 8636 W. 3rd Street, Los Angeles 90048 / (310) 273-3605 / http://www.thethirdstop.com/home

Yes, I Am Ready for Some Football.

UPDATED FOR 2014/2015 Football Season!

photo via thrillest.com

photo via thrillest.com

For those interested in the inane details of my life:

My perfect fall Sunday would involve waking up at 9:45am to update my fantasy team, the SheHawks. I then move from bed, to the kitchen to open a breakfast beer, dial up Tomato Pie, and plant my tukus on the couch. My laptop, iPad, and cell are all open to my fantasy apps + scores + research. I do not move for the next 10+ hours.

However, on really special occasions (i.e. a Hawks game that isn’t airing on local stations) and for Thursday, Saturday & Monday night football, I will leave the routine to take advantage of  multiple screens, $2 beers, the company of friends, and greasy delicious bar food.

So, whether you’re like me and want to stay in Sundays, or head out all football weekend long, there are a great number of bars with drink & food deals (plus giant flat screen TVs + the NFL package). Even better, most of these are not your typical ‘Sports Bars’ so they are less likely to be completely packed with rowdy stupid Raider fans (go Seahawks!)

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ALL GAMES

Big Wangs (Downtown, Hollywood, N. Hollywood, Valencia): $4 Heineken Pints + $6 Jack&Colas During ALL Football Games (Thursday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday)

Brennan’s (Marina Del Rey): Drink Specials for Bronco’s Games Only. Deals Vary by Week & Are Posted Online. Example: $3.50 Bud Lights or $5 Blue Moons.

McCabe’s (Santa Monica): $1-OFF All Drinks during NFL and NCAA Football Games + Raffles for Great Prizes.

The Oinkster (Hollywood): House Beer Buckets (5) $18; Food Specials: Game Day Fries: Buffalo Sauce, Blue Cheese, Pulled Pork & Onions Cheeseburger & Fries. Available anytime an NFL game is on.

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THURSDAYS

Blue Palms Brewhouse (Hollywood): .35cent Wing Night (5-11pm)

Nikki’s (Venice): Half-Off Apps (Available on Monday’s too!)

The Original Pizza Cookery (Woodland Hills): $3 Domestic Bottles, $3.25 Drafts, $3.50 Imported Bottles + Discounted Apps (Available Thurs & Monday – During Game-Time Only)

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SATURDAYS

American Junkie (Hermosa): $3 Beers, Wells & Wines + $5 Specialty Drinks + 25% Apps During College Games

GYM Sports Bar (West Hollywood): $3 Beers, $11 Pitchers, $8 Captain Black+Stormies (12pm – 9pm, Available Sunday’s too!)

Happy Endings (Hollywood): $6 Wells, $1-Off All Pints, $14 Bud-Light Pitchers, 2-for-1 Breakfast Cocktails (Avail Sat & Sun During All Games)

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SUNDAYS

Barella Bar (Silver Lake): 2-for-1 Cocktails, Beers, and Wines

Casey’s Irish Pub (Downtown): All Day Happy Hour! (on Monday’s too!)

Park Bar & Grill (Burbank): $2 Jello Shots, $10 Pitchers of Beer (Note: GreenBay Packers Bar)

Tam O’Shanter (Atwater Village): Bottomless Draft Beers + $5 Bites During the Games (and $12 Burger+Beer Combos on Mondays!)

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MONDAYS

American Junkie (Hermosa): $2 Bud-Lights, $5 Personal Pizzas.

Baleen (Marina del Rey): All Night Happy Hour on Mondays

Patrick Molloy’s (Hermosa): .25cent Wings, $3 Domestics, $4 Imports, $10 Select Pitchers, 1/2 Off All Other Drinks

R.E.D. Bar & Grill (Long Beach): $4 Draft Beers + Apps Until End of MNF Game

Short Order (Fairfax / Mid City): 64oz Craft-Beer Growlers, Wings & Chili Cheese Fries Served During Every MNF Game.

Smoke City Market (Sherman Oaks): $3 Drafts During MNF Games

The Yard House (Downtown): Happy hour pricing from kick off to the end of the game.

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Dominick’s 5-O’Clock Meeting (aka Social Hour)

It was rather fortuitous that V proposed a visit this weekend to Dominick’s, as when I went to visit their website this afternoon for menu details I spied something new and quite glorious: happy hour.

Image via marpop.com – Isn’t it romantical?!

Dominick’s ‘5 O’Clock Meeting’ Social Hour(s)

When: Mon – Fri, 5-7pm 

What: $4 Moretti Drafts, $6 Wine, $6-$8 Specialty Cocktails + Menu of bites & full entrees from $3-$18 each. 

My last visit to Dominick’s was lovely. Cutesy patio, multiple glasses of wine from a slightly discounted wine flight menu (I feel like it was $18 for 3 ‘tastes’), and some delicious bites or cheese. But it was still pricey, and thus has kept me from returning for my post work noshing+boozing.

And this spot really classes up our standard expectations for happy hour food: Baked Ricotta w/ San Daniele Prosciutto and Roasted Sweet Peppers (yes please), Beef Carpaccio w/ Crispy Bone Marrow and Salsa Verde (yup that too), Oysters at just $1.50/ea! Okay, so ‘rice balls’ doesn’t sound quite a special as the rest, but we are sure they are delicious too (don’t classy spots usually call this arancini?) And while normally we try to stick to vino for daily imbibing, the menu of deluxe classic cocktails has us intrigued  Penicillin (ala Comme Ca?), Moscow Mules, Tom Collins, daily Marg specials? We could easily sling a few of those back and still manage the walk home with a still-full wallet.

I look forward to many romantical happy hours with V (and possibly the husband, if he is so inclined) on the twinkly patio in our future.

Dominick’s / 8715 Beverly Blvd, West Hollywood / (310) 652-2335 / http://www.dominicksrestaurant.com/

Rock Sugar Happy Hour

With the holiday season fast approaching (yes, we are already counting down the days to Xmas and starting out gift lists…) we figured we’d feature a happy hour in a mall, so you can get your buzzed shop on. After all, after a few cocktails that’s when you are the most creative and thoughtful, right?

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What: RocktTail (aka Happy Hour)

Where: Rock Sugar, Century City (in the mall)

When: Daily, 4-6:30pm

Happiness: $6 Cocktails, $5 Wells, $4 Beers, $5 Wines + $3-$5.50 Plates

So yes, Rock Sugar is owned by the Cheesecake Factory. But don’t let that discourage you! We’ve dined here a couple times and it was surprisingly pretty darned good. And with food prices hovering around $4 and vino at $5, AND a location in the mall, we really could care less who owns them.

As far as the food menu is concerned: We love dipping sauces, and TONS of items on this menu come with their own dipping sauce. Think Samosas, skewers, pot stickers, spring rolls, and lettuce wraps – each with their own sauce to slather all over the suckers and slurp em down (or chew, if you prefer.)

For those that work late and can’t swing a happy hour that ends at 6:30pm, head here for your next business lunch. RockSugar has a pre-fixe lunch deal ($12.95 for 2 courses, $15.95 for 3 courses) where you can choose from a selection of appetizers, entrees, and desserts that will for sure fit within your allocated per-diem.

And regardless of what time you go or what deal you enjoy, the Disney-esque Asian vibe of the place only adds to the fun.

For a full review of the happy hour menu check out Unemployed Eater.

Rock Sugar Pan Asian Restaurant / 10250 Santa Monica Blvd, Century City / 310-552-9988 / http://www.rocksugarpanasiankitchen.com/

Colonial Wine Bar Happy Hour

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This spot is making our job so easy.

Normally we would break down for you the standard price for booze + bites to demonstrate a great happy hour deal. But Colonial Wine Bar wraps it up in a nice little package and sells it to you for just $12 a pop. Food AND Wine for $12. Someone grab the defibrillator.

Colonial Wine Bar Happy Hour

When: Mon – Fri, 4-7pm

What: Three Dishes + One Drink, $12

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Its a wine bar, so we’re thinking your best option on the booze is to go with wine. Though you also have the option of beer or sake if you so desire (seems to us that would be gettin less boozy bang for your buck, but maybe you aren’t as concerned about eeking out the extra $1 in value as we are.) And as far as food goes, its nothing hefty – think small singular bites like meatballs, herbed fries, small salads, and deviled eggs. If you’re still hungry (you will be) flatbreads are just $12 and the lamb burger is just $15. If you’re still thirsty (what a stupid hypothetical) there’s an extensive wine list to choose from with options as low as $7/glass.

Psst: check out E*StarLA’s review of Colonial Wine bar to get a better idea of what a delicious happy hour your in for here.

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Colonial Wine Bar / 7166 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles / 323.657.1827 / http://colonialwinebar.com/