5 Best Happy Hours for Craft Beer
For many bars, happy hour means rock-bottom prices for stiff well drinks that could peel paint off the walls. But plastic-bottle vodka isn't for everyone. Besides, any two-for-one deal on Kentucky Gentleman is likely to leave you stuck calling a cab. Instead, take advantage of beer-focused happy hours, where you can maintain your legal driving limit while still having a few. And don't settle for the fizzy yellow stuff. If you're going to drink discounted beer with discounted food, it might as well be quality discounted beer, right? Right.
We scoured this burgeoning craft beer city for the best places to visit during those magical early-evening hours. Behold, our five favorite spots where tasty microbrews are poured at PBR prices.
Say what you will about the corporate vibe and pomegranate martini-sipping clientele at Yardhouse, a chain with locations in Pasadena, Northridge, Long Beach and downtown at L.A. Live. When it comes to craft beer happy hours, it still makes the cut. Most of the taps are selections of common brews like Moose Drool or Green Flash IPA, but each location has nearly 100 of them on draft. Better yet, during happy hour, every single one is discounted, meaning craft and import pints are no more than $5.75, and short pours are only a few bucks. Plus there's an extensive happy hour menu of pizzas and appetizers priced at a fraction of their regular cost. With locations on the waterfront in Long Beach and in the heart of other nightlife destinations from downtown L.A. to Pasadena, Yardhouse is an easy place to load up before heading to the next spot. Now if only they'd fix the too-loud "classic rock" soundtrack and get rid of the Cheesecake Factory feel, we might actually stick around for dinner. Happy hour Mon.-Fri., 3-6 p.m.; Sun.-Wed., 10 p.m. to mid. 800 W. Olympic Blvd. Los Angeles; 213-745-9273.
4. City Tavern:
City Tavern emerged a few years ago in the middle of bustling downtown Culver City, a town that's slowly becoming the Westside's missing-link beer destination. With a rotating list that always features the latest from L.A.'s young breweries and tableside pour-your-own tap systems, this neopastoral watering hole attracts newbies, geeks and Sony Studios employees alike. Even if its normally high prices ($9 for a pint of local beer?!) are a turnoff for some, City Tavern's happy hour special -- $10 for a 32-ounce milk jug "share pour" of most of its 22 drafts -- provides a perfect opportunity to dive into the restaurant's impressive tap list. Other than eschewing the "share" suggestion and just drinking the entire two-pint portion yourself, happy hour here leaves few options for solo drinkers. But with the deal running through the weekend and a second location being planned for downtown L.A. this fall, we'll file this one under "make sure to bring a friend." Happy hour daily, 3-6 p.m. 9739 Culver Blvd., Culver City; 310-838-9739.
9739 Culver Blvd., Culver City, CA