10 Best Happy Hours on the Westside

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Anne Fishbein

The Westside can be a goofy place these days: There's the tech scene in Silicon Beach, the tourist trap that is Venice Beach, and the surfers, hipsters and corporate culture everywhere in between, from Westwood to Santa Monica. But if there's one thing that can unite everyone for a drink, it's that magical hour (or two or three) known simply as happy hour. Whether you’re looking to relax after a long day at work, catch up with a friend or just save some dough on date night, these great deals on drinks and bites are here to help. From the happy hour–only burger at Ox & Son to $2 oysters at the Lobster, here are our favorite happy hours to check out on the Westside.

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Nile Cappello

Brick + Mortar 

While Brick + Mortar’s bottomless mimosa brunch may bring this Main Street eatery the most attention, its best kept secret is the happy hour, offered Monday through Friday from noon to 6 p.m. With six hours of discounted plates and drinks, there’s plenty of opportunity to try out the whole menu. Shared items range from $5 to $12 and include a chuck burger, chili-glazed wings and a cheese board, while pizzas will run you $11 and come in four varieties, including barbecue chicken and margherita. Pair it with a $5 well drink, a $6 house wine or a draft beer, which are $2 off during happy hour. 2435 Main St., Santa Monica. (310) 450-3434, brickandmortar-brg.com.

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Matthew Christopher Miller

FIG 

It may be located at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel, but FIG has won over a local crowd with its locals-only happy hour, FIG at FIVE, which runs daily from 5 to 6 p.m. Instead of curating a separate, discounted menu, FIG keeps things simple and offers half off most items on the regular menu. Which means happy hour patrons can ball out on a budget with FIG’s high-end and seasonally inspired dishes, including the steamed Manila clams and fresh bucatini pasta. The only downside? Happy hour is interpreted literally here — it's offered for just one hour — so you may have to chow down fast. 101 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 319-3111, figsantamonica.com.

Palomino 

A bit of a hidden gem, Palomino in Westwood offers what could easily be considered the best happy hour in the city — in part because it’s not actually an “hour” at all. In fact, Palomino offers happy hour prices all day, every day, in its bar and lounge areas, seated on a first-come, first-served basis. The extensive menu features a selection of small plates from $4.95 to $11.95. There are Sicilian meatballs, truffled deviled eggs, and crab and artichoke dip, as well as pizzas for $9.95 to $10.95. But no happy hour list would be complete without drink specials: Palomino’s includes $4 draft beers, $4.95 wine by the glass and $5.95 cocktails — including our favorite, the basil gimlet. 10877 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood. (310) 208-1960, palomino.com.

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The Lobster

The Lobster 

With views as picturesque as the ones from Santa Monica Pier–adjacent the Lobster, it’s no surprise that the regular menu items cost a pretty penny (or two). To take in the ocean views without forking over your whole wallet, check out the “happiest hour,” offered Monday through Friday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The menu includes $6 cocktails, including the signature mojito and margarita, and $2 oysters of the day. Other small plates, which range from $4 to $12, include the lobster roll, crab taquitos and truffle fries. 1602 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 458-9294, thelobster.com.

See also: 10 Best Restaurants in Santa Monica 

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Claire Thomas

Sushi Roku

In the heart of the Santa Monica tourist hub and just off the Third Street Promenade, Sushi Roku might sound like the last place you'd want to unwind after a long day at the office. But don’t be fooled by the bustling out-of-town crowds out front — this hip Japanese eatery caters to budget-minded locals during its daily happy hour, Monday through Friday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Selections include $5 martinis, beers, sakes and wines. Pair them with $3 to $6 bites such as popcorn shrimp ceviche, albacore tacos and Robata-yaki skewers. 1401 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 458-4771, innovativedining.com/restaurants/sushiroku.


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