Raise your hand if you love happy hour! Now raise your hand if you love dineL.A.! Well good news then my friends, because today marks the first day of the first inagural “dineL.A. Happy Hour Week” that will run today April 27 through Friday, May 1 (cue the clapping). You know how dineL.A. works so you know you’re in for some great deals, but with the new Happy Hour concept vs just lunch/dinner chefs, bartenders, and restaurants can showcase new and existing afternoon and late-night happy hours with curated menus, craft cocktails, and exclusive “one week only” offers. That means that some participants in the weeks festivities don’t even usually offer happy hour menus, and some have gone ahead and made additional happy hour times (early PLUS late night) so there’s less excuses for us not to get our happy on this week. There’s 135+ restaurant participants and a seriously epic amount of great offers and great menus, but in doing a little research, first hand, these are the 5 must-have happy hour deals to take advantage of this week.
Plan Check | “The Daily Shift Change”
Where: DTLA | 1111 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90017
Hours: 4 – 7 pm | Monday – Friday
The Deal: 8 $3 – $9 dishes | $2 off draft beers + well drinks | $6 – $8 craft cocktails | $4 glasses of house red or house white wine
What to Order: pimento grilled cheese + bacon (pictured), stuffed mushrooms, + beast fries. Plan Check’s happy hour is the easiest spot to fill up on an entire meal at, it’s not all the “lightest” of dining options but it sure is the tastiest and quite possibly the most extensive!
Culina | “Crudo. Cocktails. Carafes.”
Where: Beverly Hills | Four Seasons Hotel | 300 S. Doheny Dr. Los Angeles, CA 90048
Hours: 6 – 8 pm | Monday – Friday
The Deal: $2 oysters | 5 $6 crudo plates | 4 $5 – $9 small plates | 5 $7 cocktails | 4 $7 carafes | 3 $5 beers
What to Order: take advantage of those prices and get your crudo on people! This is the one deal/restaurant featured with hands down the most bang for your buck – Culina is a beautiful, romantic, upscale setting, and what better way to drink and dine during prime hours without having to fork over some serious cash.
A-Frame | “Luau Hour”
Where: Culver City | 12565 Washington Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90066
Hours: 5 – 7 pm Monday – Friday | + late night: 10 – close Friday
The Deal: 5 $5 – $10 plates | 3 $8 cocktails | 2 $6 glasses of wine | 2 $4 beers
What to Order: the “OG ribs” and the “Crackling Beer Can Chicken” (pictured). A-Frame has finally completed their remodel and now is the perfect time to check out what Roy Choi has been up to in the kitchen and fill up on some fun Hawaiian inspired beverages and dishes at some awesome happy hour prices.
Gracias Madre | “Hora Feliz”
Where: West Hollywood | 8905 Melrose Ave. West Hollywood, CA 90069
Hours: 4 – 6 pm | Monday – Friday
The Deal: everything is $5! | 5 $5 small plates | 4 $5 cocktails | 2 $5 glasses of wine | 1 $5 beer
What to Order: the empanadas featured as a dineL.A. exclusive so take advantage, and you can never go wrong with the classic Gracias Madre “Purista Margarita”. This deal comes comeplete with a gorgeous patio setting should the weather permit, plenty to fill you up on, but let’s be real here – the whole menu consists of $5 options. No wrong can be done!
Sotto | This Week Only Happy Hour
Where: Pico-Roberston | 9575 West Pico Los Angeles, CA 90035
Hours: 5:30 – 7 pm | Monday – Friday
The Deal: 3 $8 bar bites | 2 $8 cocktails | 2 $8 Southern Italian glasses of wine
What to Order: 1 of everything because this is one happy hour you’ll never be able to repeat! Unfortunately Sotto does not offer a regular happy hour program, but this week we’re all in luck so make sure you order those famous Sotto meatballs though, and if you’re a cocktail connoisseur, the two drinks that will be offered this week are two you will not want to miss.