The genius institution of Happy Hour dates back to the early 1900s when the United States Navy encouraged regularly scheduled social hours, full of entertainment and smoking. Prohibition can be thanked for translating boxing and cigarettes on Navy ships to getting some drank on at a speakeasy before heading out to a dry restaurant. After that, “Happy Hour” became a thing for all of us to enjoy.
Many of the fine establishments on Melrose have generous and delicious Happy Hour offering to end your day or kick off your night.
The Parlor is a sports lounge, with more than 50 televisions showing everything from baseball to the Olympics in a sophisticated, spacious setting. Given Southern Cali’s likelihood of awesome weather, the patio garden space with fire pits is a perfect option to catch the last rays of sun or relax into a gorgeous evening. Happy Hours are Monday – Friday, from 3p – 7p, giving you quite the early jump on the evening buzz. Draft beer selections are only $5-6, craft cocktails are $10, wine and well drinks a mere $6. Food specials run $5 -9, and include homemade hummus with veggies and pita chips, quesadillas, a variety of wings and fries, and some deeply yummy mac and cheese.
7250 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
The Darkroom’s Happy Hour runs Monday-Friday, 4p – 7p. While you’re listening to some fine tunes, checking out one of the amazing photo exhibits, and enjoying the elevated dive bar vibe, order up some silly-inexpensive bevvies. $7 for a cucumber jalapeno mule and/or Oxaca Me Crazy (tequila, agave, grapefruit, ginger beer, chile-salt rim) and other specialty drinks and all wine, $5 for all draft beer, $3 for barkeep’s choice of shot. For an old school, get ‘er done combo, there’s the Happy Meal: draft beer, shot of Jameson, and a Camel non-filtered, $10. If you’re idea of a happy meal includes solid food, how ‘bout a pepperoni pizza and beer for just $11?
7302 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
Snake Pit Ale House wants you to be happy every day, for many hours, so its “International Happiest Hour” runs from 3p – 8p, all seven. Well drinks (including vodka tonic, gin tonic, bourbon coke), house wine, and tap draft (including Blue Moon, Goose Island, and Alaska Hefe) are only $5. Bree’s Musical Selection of Cocktails is also featured. And food, oh, is there food! From $5-7, you can enjoy artisan pizza, Alabama sweet potato fries, vegan black bean chili, quesadillas and more. Bonus: a portion of sales proceeds goes to animal rescues and homeless shelters.
SNAKE PIT ALE HOUSE
7529 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
If you like a little escapism with your Happy Hour, a few steps up from Melrose is a magical fountain garden, surrounded by vines, and herbs, and other living greenery. There, you can take in the wonderful, earthy scents and colors while enjoying special takes on traditional Happy Hour food. The $7 meatballs are herbed lamb, the $4 slider is topped with banyuls onion jam, blue cheese, and harissa mayo, and there is fresh, seasoned popcorn (also $4). Of course there is wine! Two house whites and two house red for $7 per glass, and two beers of the day for $5. Happy Hours are 5p – 7p, Monday – Friday.
7469 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles 90046
The Village Idiot’s Happy Hour (Monday – Friday, 4p – 6p) is practically a double-dog dare to eat and drink everything on its ample, diverse menu. On the cheapest end, you’ve got $1 (yes, $1!) oysters, and pickled veggies or a jar o‘nuts for $3. Middle ground will get you fish and chips and British disco fries (waffle cut, gravy, and cheese curds) for $7 and $8. If you’ve got the hunger, go for a pie: steak and potato for $10, mixed veggie for $14. To wash that all down, select wine, beers, and cocktails are an easy $3 – $5.
THE VILLAGE IDIOT
7383 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
Monday – Friday, from 5p – 7p, Melrose Umbrella Co. offers a thoughtful, delightful Happy Hour menu that allows you to do a lot of your own booze picking. For $9, you can order a Buck Season (housemade ginger syrup that is amazing, lime and soda) with your choice of house bourbon, rum, tequila, gin, or vodka. Same price, same alcohols, pick the preparation: fix (citrus & sugar), smash (mint, citrus, sugar), daisy (lemon, curacao, grenadine), or maid (cucumber, mint, citrus). Split a crisp, delicious sangria pitcher for $17. Bites include $5 grilled cheese and soup, $6 pork and pickle poutine, and $7 seared tuna tartine.
MELROSE UMBRELLA CO.
7465 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046