Happy Hour in Hollywood
May 1, 2014
My friends and I are big fans of Happy Hour – it’s the perfect way to celebrate a good day, or turn around a bad one – and Hollywood has no shortages of them, so we’re always trying to find the best one. What makes a good happy hour? Obviously, the price is a factor; happy hour drinks often cost half the amount they do regularly, and the food can be extremely discounted as well. However, the quality, ambience and service are also very important. Here are a few of our favorites, with different categories to help you pick depending on your mood:
THRIFTY: Tinhorn Flats, 1724 N. Highland Ave., www.tinhornflats.com
Tinhorn is located just across the street from Hollywood & Highland, but it’s far enough away that you feel removed from the hustle and bustle of the tourist zone, and there is convenient parking just off Yucca Street. Tinhorn’s happy hour is every day from 2:00 – 7:00 p.m. and features $3 domestic draft and bottled beer, $5 well drinks, and half price appetizers. BEST BET: Get there on a Monday when happy hour is ALL DAY and order a plate of buffalo wings with coleslaw ($4.50), a chicken quesadilla ($4.50) and a Sam Adams ($3). It’s a serious bargain!
SPICY: Te’Kila, 6541 Hollywood Blvd., www.tekilahollywood.com
Boasting over 150 different types of Tequila, this indoor/outdoor stop is right in front of the historic Janes House and offers happy hour every day from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Drink specials include $5 tequila shots (Patron & Milagro Silver), $3 domestic pints, $4 imported pints and $15 beer buckets; food items include $5 “gigante” taquitos, cheese quesadilla, and delicious tequila lime chicken wings. BEST BET: Stop by on Taco Tuesdays for $1 tacos (chicken, asada steak or carnitas) and a $5 margarita all day!
CLASSY: Saint Felix, 1602 N. Cahuenga Blvd., www.saintfelix.net
If you want a little more sophistication, check out Saint Felix. It’s not the cheapest happy hour, and the food isn’t discounted at all, but all beer, wines, well and specialty drinks are half off from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. everyday! The atmosphere is great – reminiscent of “old Hollywood”, and you can even dine out back in the alley – where else can you do that in LA? BEST BET: Order the Stockholm Syndrome ($6.50) which features English gin, pomegranate juice, and fresh rosemary, mint, lime and strawberries! If you’re hungry, add a trio of braised short rib sliders – yum!
SPORTY: Big Wangs, 1562 N. Cahuenga Blvd., www.bigwangs.com
Looking to catch your favorite sports teams on a big screen? Big Wangs does happy hour Monday through Friday from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. and daily from 10:00 p.m. until close. It includes $3 select cans of beer, $4 select pints ($1 more for 22 oz), and $5 signature cocktails, “wang-tinis,” and well drinks. Their $5 “grub” happy hour menu includes nachos, wings, freshly made hummus with pita bread, cheese sticks and more! BEST BET: Munch on sliders, wings and spinach & artichoke dip and wash it down with a 22 oz. Shock Top!
NOSTALGIC-EY: Mel’s Drive In, 1660 N. Highland Ave., www.melsdrive-in.com
Wanting a taste of a bygone era? Check out the classic Mel’s Drive In, in the historic Max Factor building, and you’ll feel like you’ve time warped back into the 1950s! Mel’s happy hour is 3:00 – 7:00 weekdays, and from 10:00 p.m. until close Monday through Thursday. They offer $4 well cocktails, and $6 specialty cocktails including Mel’s margarita, bloody mary, and mojitos. They also have special pricing on food items including their famous grass-fed beef sliders for $3 and 50 cent buffalo wings. BEST BET: Flashback to the past with a gin and tonic ($4) and chili cheese fries ($5), then visit the Hollywood Museum next door, which features the most extensive collection of Hollywood memorabilia in the world!
Devin Strecker serves as manager of communications and social media of the Hollywood Property Owners Alliance. He previously spent eight years working for the nearby Hollywood Media District BID, starting out as an administrative assistant and working up to operations coordinator. He graduated from Fort Hays State University, near his hometown of Paradise, Kansas, with a degree in information networking and telecommunications, emphasis in media studies. He is a musician with his own band, Devin Tait and the Traitors.