Top 10 Happy Hours: Penny Pinching Drinking

High on the list of traditional activities during economic hard times has always been watching movies--and hitting the bars. This town is, happily, very good for both. But it's really no fun to toast the movements of the Dow with a $15 martini, so save a penny at one of Los Angeles' many watering holes and head for a happy hour. No longer set for just the stereotypical end of the business day crowd, LA bars and restaurants offer happy hours at various times, with specials on drinks, entertainment and food.

In a city where too many bars charge too much for a cocktail, here is a list of the best offers Los Angeles has for those looking for a good deal. Half-price beers? Free shots? $3 appetizers? You're sure to find a pal in the crowd with whom to commiserate and clink drinks; just nudge your way into a spot at the busy bar to order first.

Happy hour at Birds in Hollywood
Happy hour at Birds in Hollywood

10. Ciudad

The Food Network's "Too Hot Tamales" Chefs Mary Sue Miliken and Susan Feniger opened Ciudad downtown and they can't keep people away from their Latin inspired fare. Happy hour is Monday through Friday from 4-7 with $3 tacos and 1/2 price Margaritas, Mojitos, Sangria, and Wine. It's a great place for a drink before a show downtown or after a long day at work.

Ciudad, 445 S Figueroa Street, (213)486.5171

Specialty cocktails at Copa d'Ora
Specialty cocktails at Copa d'Ora
Copa d'Oro

9. Copa d'Oro

This Mediterranean-style lounge uses fresh, seasonal produce to provide an eclectic menu. A Santa Monica neighborhood favorite, they offer $5 cocktails from 5-8pm Monday through Saturday and all night on Monday nights, with choices ranging from a Dark and Stormy, a Moscow Mule, and a Pisco Sour.

8. Boho

Named Best of L.A. for it's happy hour by LA Weekly, Boho has some deals that can't be beat. From 4-7pm weekly, Boho offers both 1/2 priced beer and pizza. Located at Sunset and Ivar, in the heart of Hollywood, this kitschy-style lounge is a great place to grab a drink before a movie at the Arclight or before starting your night out in Hollywood.

Boho, 6372 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A. (323) 465-8500

Depression era cocktail at The Edison
Depression era cocktail at The Edison
Katherine Sacks

7. The Edison

They say this recession is just like the Great Depression. Drink in that same style at downtown's The Edison Cocktail Hour. This bar is home to the Thursday night happy hour from 5-7pm where bartenders serve signature cocktails at Depression age cost, 35 cents(one per person). Just make sure to bring millennium age money for any other drinks you want to buy.

The Edison, 108 W 2nd St, (213) 613-0000

Drink a Kir Royal at happy hour at Figaro Cafe
Drink a Kir Royal at happy hour at Figaro Cafe
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6. Figaro Cafe

With a daily happy hour from 5-7pm, this French bistro along Vermont Avenue ranks high in the LA happy hour list. With half-priced Kir Royals, Kronenburg, and champagne and wine by the glass, they also offer a limited bistro menu($3-5) including escargot, mussels, garlic fries and a mini burger. Sit outside to people watch, eating escargot and sipping on a Kir Royal, and feel a bit French while still in LA.

Figaro, 1802 N. Vermont Ave, (323)662-1587

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