Half-price Wine Nights in Los Angeles

Who doesn’t love a half-priced bottle of wine night? It’s the perfect way to splurge on that amazing bottle you love without feeling bad. Luckily, on slows dining nights, there are plenty of restaurants in Los Angeles that offer half price wine at least one day a week. Almost all of them have great food too!

Here is the list, by neighborhood. (please post or email if you have additional suggestions):

Westside (Venice, Santa Monica, Marina Del Rey, Brentwood, Westwood):

Hal’s Bar and Grill, Abbott Kinney, Venice, CA: Great food and a great atmosphere, Hal’s offer half priced wines on Tuesday nights. Hal’s offers a full bar, fairly extensive wine menu and a kind of old-school meets local fresh dinner menu. Nice local crowd and jazz and on Sunday’s and Monday’s if you don’t mind the full price bottle :) .

Whist at Viceroy, Ocean Ave. Santa Monica, CA: Monday nights at Whist are all wine at $25 a bottle. Well, actually it is a select few bottles but still a great deal, especially considering that you are dining at a beautiful hotel bar accross the street from the ocean. Good small plates and great pool side seating and people watching galore.

Upper West Restaurant on Pico Blvd in Santa Monica, CA: This sleek, sophisticated surprise of a cool bar in the middle of a rather dull part of East Santa Monica (next to Trader Joe’s) is one of my new favorites. There is a great happy hour every night from 5-7, which includes great wines $4, delicious cocktails for $6,  PBR for $3 and more. Even better though, is their 1/2 price wine night on Tues. nights. The wine list at Upper West is actually one of the better lists I have seen in awhile for this size and style of restaurant. Food is excellent as well. Upper West is reminiscent of a place you’d find in New York without trying too hard (besides the name ;) ).

West Hollywood:

Boa West Hollywood, Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA (excuse the horrible website): Boa offers very solid steak and fish options along with all the other usual stuff you’ll find on a steakhouse menu (including the huge portions). Dining room is very elegant, crowd tends to be a bit on the “sophisticated” side, and the half price wine on Sunday nights is a GREAT deal. They have an amazing wine list as well inflatable tents.

XIV, Sunset Blvd. West Hollywood, CA:

After revamping the menu, XIV is offering half-priced wine on Monday nights. The new menu is exquisite (Prix fixe menu is not worth it though). Great wine menu.

The Whaler on Venice Beach Happy Hour

The Whaler on Venice Beach is thee place for dive bar sunsets on Venice Beach. It is at the end of Washington right by the parking lot so getting there is pretty easy at the end of the day.

Clientèle: weird locals and tourists alike. Some normies too. But, the key here is that you get beautiful view of the sunset over the water and you will always have a great time here.  Its the beach! Everyone on the beach is happy, socialable and nice. The place is also big-group friendly. Bring your friends!

Since you are most likely going to be there for the sunset, you should try working your way to the Northwest corner of the upstairs patio. That is the place to be.

Whalers menu is decent – for bar food, because that is all it is. Drinks are super strong and the waitresses serve you fast.

Note: no matter how old you are, always remember your ID. The guys at the door card pretty hard.

Happy Hour special:

Drink specials 3-7 PM so you can get drunk before sunset in the summer.

Check out the Whaler on Venice Beach!

Trastevere Hollywood and Highland

This is thee Hollywood World Cup headquarters. Every four years, the French and Italian co-owners of the delicious and elegant forth floor Italian food restaurant bring out all the stops. Read: closed darkened area where they project HD games onto a 15 foot screen. Eat great food while you enjoy the game over breakfast and lunch.

XIV on Sunset Blvd Happy Hour (Fourteen)

Happy hour at XIV (aka fourteen) on Sunset Blvd in West Hollywood is an amazing atmosphere with amazing deals. This place has a beautiful Michael Mina fine dining restaurant so the bar menu is better than most resturants in town. Not only that, but the bar menu is super cheap for happy hour.

The bar has great TV’s so it gets packed for Lakers games and any other significant game day event… you’ll need reservations for that. But otherwise, there is usually table space after work. You’ll have to do the valet but that is the case with most places.

You’ll see lots of LA’s beautiful people and their douchy worshipers, but again, you are on Sunset, what do you expect. Sometimes there are DJ’s working the bar area. Ticketed special events, run by SBE, are often thrown for holiday’s and other special occasions.

Here’s the deal:

Bar menu with $6 dollar drink specials and $6 dollar food specials. All the food is great except for the $6 dollar tiny bowl of popcorn.

Check out XIV on Sunset for happy hour! Corner of Sunset and Crescent Heights. Cool Gallery of photos here.

Goal Sports Bar on 3rd Street

Goal Sports Bar is one of the more upscale sports bars in Los Angeles. Yes, the bar in LA for sports bars is pretty low, but Goal is actually pretty nice  There is no happy hour at Goal just yet but they said they will have one in a couple months. The set-up is perfect if you are looking to actually WATCH the game you are there for. Both sides of the restaurant (which is small and dark in a NYC bar type of way) are lined with huge HD flat screens. There is no bad seat in the place. Great for World Cup viewing as well.

The menu has good stuff – gastro-pubish, not too veggie friendly, not a lot of fish, but lots of meat and sandwiches. Stuff guys like.

Nice beer selection and some good wines. Full bar. Huge booths. Everything you need.

The crowd at Goal is younger and h-wood hip. We have a theory that one of the backers is Leo DiCaprio, who is said to be spotted there quite often. The place is frequented by other actors that hang out with Leo as well.

Another weirdness about this place. They have no official website. But, you can find Goal Sports Bar on Yelp.

Bar Bouchon Beverly Hills

Bar Bouchon at the Montage in Beverly Hills has announced they are now doing happy hour! Good for us, the food here is AMAZING! I recommend salads and seafood dishes.  Small plates and daily specials at the bar can now be had with cheap happy hour drinks.

The atmosphere here is casual and chic but still has a bit of that older Beverly Hills crowd. Sit at the bar inside or on a patio outside for larger parties.

If you are feeling spendy, hop upstairs for the real deal at the restaurant Bouchon – but if you are not on the very early or very late side, I’d recommend reservations.

Here’s the deal:

Select beers $4 and $5, house red or white wine $5, cocktail of the day $7, small plates from $2-$7 dollars.

Happy hour time at Bouchon is 4 PM-7 PM

Check out Bar Bouchon!

Cat & Fiddle Pub Hollywood

The Cat & Fiddle is a Hollywood institution… and a super cheap place for happy hour. The Fiddle, located in the heart of Hollywood on Hollywood Blvd.,  has been around forever… and is always packed after work for happy hour, at night and on the weekends. The main reason is the laid back atmosphere, central location and amazing patio. For winter though, they also have an amazing HUGE fireplace inside. I love having wine by that fire when its a balmy 58 degrees in Los Angeles (burrrrrr).

The crowd is totally mixed, as many Hollywood places tend to be, and totally unassuming and laid back. It can also be kind of a “hard” crowd during daytime hours.

Cat & Fiddle food and drinks include pub food galore, good beer and all types of spirits.

This is also a great place for watching sports, which is why I am recommending it for World Cup viewing!

Regular Happy Hour:

Monday-Friday 4pm-7pm and Late Night 10pm-11pm, draft, wine and well only $3.50.

World Cup Happy Hour:

$1.50 Sausages and $3 beer anytime a game is on.

Here is their World Cup game viewing schedule.

Caffe Roma Beverly Hills Happy Hour

Caffe Roma is a super cute Italian restaurant on Canon and Brighton in Beverly Hills. Its no surprise that their food is top quality – the place is owned by the chef/owner of Ago and one of my personal favorites, Toscanova in Century City. While I love lunching here, the happy hour is even better. They have a huge outdoor patio that always has plenty of seating and the prices are great for the high quality food.

Here’s the deal:

51% off of all food and drinks from 6-8 PM.

The Crowd:

It’s definitely the older Beverly Hills crowd but lively and fun people watching anyway. You can sit in a private patio area in the back or see the crowds walk down Canon from the front patio.

Pourtal Wine Tasting Bar Santa Monica

Pourtal Wine Tasting Bar on the corner of Ocean and Santa Monica is one of my favorite places near the water.  The tasting concept at Pourtal is that you can buy a range of wines in 1 oz increments. You just put money on a card, put the card in a machine, and click a button over the wine you wish to try and viola, you get an ounce poured into your glass. This is such a great way to try lots of different wines if you are in the mood, but they also have plenty of great options by the glass that they will serve to you in the traditional way: waiter pours it in your glass. Wine specials during happy hour are only 5 bucks a glass.

Not only are the wine choices great at Pourtal, but they have a great small plates  ”farmers market driven”  menu full of food that is as beautiful to look at as it is tasty. The best thing on the menu is the hummus. Its the best hummus in Santa Monica. For happy hour, they have several 4 dollar food options as well.

The ambiance is quiet and you can almost always go in and sit right down. Perfect for date night or a couples night out. Patio is lovely as well… and dog friendly. They even have a free dog walking night during happy hour sometimes. Check the website for details.

Here’s the deal:

Happy Hour Monday all night, then Tuesday through Friday from 4 to 7 PM.  Food specials for 4 dollars a plate, drinks specials for 5 dollars.

Check out Pourtal Wine Tasting Bar!

Pourtal Yelp reviews

The Abbey West Hollywood

The Abbey is one place in Los Angeles that you can go to and expect a wild and crazy time – every time! Spontaneous dance floors seems to pop-up out of no where and the crowd is always having a great time. It just does not matter what time of day it is, people here are getting crazy. Because of its popularity though, it gets a bit clubby once it gets late, so I only like to do The Abbey in the earlier times of day,  right after work, around 5  or 6 or on Sunday afternoon around 4. Then it is calm and quiet enough to sit outside and enjoy a nice conversation for an hour or so before the trouble begins.

The Crowd:

The Abbey is the premier, and best known for sure, gay bar in all of Los Angeles. It is always packed full with the hotty HeWo gay boy crowd for sure, but it also surprisingly diverse. You get people from all walks of life. No matter the crowd though, the strong drinks, awesome staff, great music and plentiful seating available for large and small groups alike seem to keep whatever clientele there in a VERY good mood.  Bartenders are always hot and friendly but usually, and unfortunately, straight.

Here’s the Happy Hour deal:

4-7 PM there are drink specials. Some days they do “Everything $5 dollars after work” special. Check their website for details. Best foods on the appetizer menu are the calamari and the hummus (almost as good at the Troc hummus). Yum!

Check out The Abbey in West Hollywood, on the corner of Robertson and Santa Monica.

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