8 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach (310) 372-5759; hennesseystavern.com
Life just got better at this two-story beach bar with roof seating. They’ve launched the “Happier Hour” – $3 shots with the purchase of any regular priced drink, Mondayt through Friday, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
They’ve also introduced two Flatbread Appetizers, a grilled cheeseburger and “The Irish,” both for $6.50. The Early Bird Dinner Menu features a variety of entrées all for $10 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily, including Black Angus Top Sirloin and Honey BBQ Ribs. Two-Timin’ Tuesdays offers a buy one burger, get one free special – all day.
Mai Tai Bar
97 Aquarium Way, Long Beach (562) 435-1200; maitaibar.com
One of Long Beach’s newest bars is already grabbing attention from the locals. Enjoy views of Rainbow Harbor from the patio, sway to the sounds of the islands as played by Long Beach’s hottest bands, while sipping on, what else, a Mai Tai. Go for something exotic like a Mango Mai Tai or try one of their Big Island Specialties, like the Wicked Wahine or Berries on the Beach.
Duke’s Barefoot Bar Malibu
21150 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu (310) 317-0777; dukesmalibu.com
Lovers of floral patterns – à la Hawaii – might especially enjoy this seaside bar. Sit outside, stick your feet in the sand and try a Hula Pie (It’s a surprise!).
Every day is a party here: Tuesday is Fish Taco Night ($2.50 each); Wednesday, Wine Night, treats customers to 50 percent off select bottled wines with purchase of two entrées; Thursday is Aloha Hour All Night Long ($3 Primo Island Lager) starting at 4 p.m.; Friday is Mai Tai Madness ($4 Mai Tais all night long, plus Hawaiian dancers).
The Sunset Restaurant & Beach Bar
6800 Westward Beach Rd., Malibu (310) 589-1007; thesunsetrestaurant.com
Magically placed directly on the sands of Zuma Beach, this bar is best known for its elegant and breathtaking views, with sunsets and smells that drive the senses wild. They know they’re sitting on a goldmine, that’s why they offer a Happy Hour, Tuesday through Friday, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., bingo; right at sunset.
Big Dean’s Oceanfront Cafe
1615 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica (310) 393-2666; bigdeansoceanfrontcafe.com
Voted one of Los Angeles’ 101 best bars, this cute eatery and bar is just beside the pier. Enjoy the breezy patio seating, grab a cold beer and a tasty burger and become part of this legendary spot since 1902, a place where celebrities, politicians and eccentric Boardwalk regulars have always felt comfortable stopping by.
Rusty’s Surf Ranch
256 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica (310) 393-7437; rustyssurfranch.com
Open Monday through Saturday at noon, Rusty’s lures pier strollers with their Happy Hour specials from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.; domestic draft for $2.50, House Margarita for $3.50 and well drinks and house wines for $3.50. Taco Tuesdays deal out $2 seafood tacos. And Thursdays, after the Twilight Dance Series music stops, the music continues at Rusty’s at 9:30 p.m.
Venice Whaler Bar and Grill
10 Washington Blvd., Marina del Rey (310) 821-8737; venicewhaler.com
The balcony is the best part of this Venice Boardwalk-adjacent spot, not to mention the jukebox full of drinking-time hits. In addition to an extensive menu of cocktails, like a Mayan Chocolate Martini, they’ve got shooters and snifters, live music and, of course, a Happy Hour, Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
On the Rocks Sports Bar
239 N. Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach (310) 379-7438
Catch your favorite game in a bar known for making sports fans feel right at home, while snacking on food from Down Under. The bar boasts a 2,500 square foot patio as well as an ocean view overlooking the harbor at the Redondo Beach Marina.
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