There’s no better way to relax after a tough day of classes or work than with a cocktail –especially when it’s cheap. We’ve rounded up the best happy hours near your campus, so you can drink and eat without the guilt of burning through your paycheck.
USC: South L.A./Downtown
The Lab Gastropub
3500 S. Figueroa Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
Happy Hour: Mon.-Fri. 3 p.m.-6 p.m.
For the best on-campus happy hour, head to the Lab for $3 beers(!) and a selection of discounted bar food including $3 garlic fries, hot wings, and chips and guac. What better way to show your school spirit than by ordering a Trojan ale, especially when it’s three bucks?
448 S. Hill St., Los Angeles, CA
Happy Hour: Mon.-Fri. 4 p.m.-6 p.m.
Take in the incredible views of Downtown L.A. as you savor French delights off the rooftop lounge’s “apéritif hour” menu. Enjoy a refreshing $6 glass of sparkling wine and snack on some cordon bleu “poppers” (also $6) –chicken breast stuffed with prosciutto, Swiss cheese and tomato remoulade.
445 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA
Happy Hour: Mon.-Fri. 4 p.m.-8 p.m.
Border Grill is a brightly-colored mini oasis among the tall buildings that surround it. Happy hour includes $4.50 mojitos, margaritas, beer, wine and sangria, as well as a food menu featuring $3 gourmet tacos and ceviche tostaditas and $5 quesadillas and tamales. Get there early and snag a seat in the outdoor patio area to take advantage of the warming weather.
128 E. 6th St., Los Angeles, CA
Happy Hour: Mon.-Sat. 6 p.m.-8 p.m; All day Sunday
The intimate wine and cheese bar offers a selection of wine and small plates for $5 during their happy hour. They’ll even help you find the perfect wine pairing for whatever food option you choose, whether it’s the mac & cheese, the baguette sandwich with ham and brie or the croque monsieur.
10877 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
Happy Hour: Every day 3 p.m.-close
This swanky American/Mediterranean spot has an all day happy hour menu available at the bar, so take a seat and enjoy the classy atmosphere while you savor $7 pizzas, $6 sliders and $4 wine and beer. Note: the happy hour cocktails are all pre-mixed and tend to be a little on the sweet side, so I would stick to wine and beer here.
1099 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
Happy Hour: Half-off food all day every day; Drink specials Thurs., Fri., Sat. 5-5:30 p.m., 7-7:30 p.m., 9-9:30 p.m.
This bank-turned-sushi restaurant is worth checking out just for the architecture, but it’s also a great place to go for the deals. The delicious sushi is half-off all day every day, and during their drink happy hours (which are somewhat sporadic), you can enjoy $4 cocktails, including the Dude Where’s My Carbomb?, the Almond Jello and my personal favorite, the Pomjito.
11648 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
Happy Hour: Mon.-Fri. 3 p.m.-7 p.m.
The upscale Brentwood eatery is actually affordable during their happy hour, though it is available at the bar only. While the menu is limited (and still not super cheap), it’s worth it to go just to have the experience of dining in such a truly beautiful space. Choose from discounted beers, cocktails and $5 wine, and pair with one of their $15 burger options (normally priced at $18).
1071 Glendon Ave., Los Angeles, CA
Happy Hour: Every day 4 p.m.-7 p.m., 10 p.m.-midnight
Relax under the high vaulted ceilings at this chic restaurant and lounge, and enjoy food and drinks from their impressively extensive happy hour menu. Most items are priced at $6, including martinis, wine, appetizers and even desserts. The thin-cut fries –offered in garlic n’ herbs and sweet potato flavors—are a must-order item here.