L.A.'s Best Happy Hours

In Marina del Rey, Happy Hour comes with a complimentary sunset view! Check out these places to kick back with your work pals after the day is through.

Beachside

This popular hangout at the Jamaica Bay Inn unveiled a major renovation in late 2017, debuting a new indoor-outdoor bar and a coastal chic interior. Beachside hosts one of the go-to happy hours on the Westside, offered daily 4-6:30 p.m. Plus, Wine Down Wednesdays offer discounts on select bottles of wine and a reduced cost of cheese/charcuterie boards with purchase of a bottle of wine. Cocktail specials and live music or DJ entertainment highlight Thirsty Thursdays, 5-9 p.m. 4175 Admiralty Way. 310-439-3033.

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Cafe del Rey

Claim a spot in Cafe del Rey’s spacious bar area for daily Happy Hour drink specials, 3 p.m. till close, including glasses from its notable wine list for $6-$9. The Lounge Menu offers a range of small plates and full portions of the award-winning gourmet California contemporary cuisine. We recommend its specialty – the truffle pizza, a decadent thin-crust pie with caramelized onion and black truffle cream. 4451 Admiralty Way. 310-823-6395.

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Cabo Cantina

Cabo Cantina draws regulars with giant margaritas, classic Cali-Mexican food, and casual atmosphere. The famous 2-for-1 priced Happy Hour runs 4-8 p.m. daily. 30 Washington Boulevard. 310-306-2500.

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Cast & Plow

California is famous for its culinary scene, focusing on fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Cast & Plow is the signature restaurant of The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey, where Executive Chef Eric Duchene gives his equal attention to what goes into each dish as to how it’s presented. Experience a long-standing tradition of dining that is both creative and comforting with the Small Bites menu offered from 3 to 5:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. to midnight daily, with indoor and outdoor Marina-view seating. Relax and unwind with a sophisticated cocktail crafted from a selection of ultra-premium spirits tequilas and whiskeys, or a fine wine. 4375 Admiralty Way. 310-574-4333.

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Chart House

Tucked away off the Marina’s main drag, the Chart House is a quiet gem with views of Basin C along Panay Way. If you didn’t know it was here, it’d be easy to pass right by. Enjoy daily Happy Hour, 4:30-7 p.m. on weekdays, and 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. on weekends. A special menu lists popular light bites such as Asian lettuce wraps, spicy shrimp, and fish tacos as well as a full list of drink specials. 13950 Panay Way. 310-822-4144.

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El Torito

Oh, the views from this spot in Fisherman’s Village! Head to the cantina for daily Happy Hour, 3-7 p.m., for drink specials from $4 and discounts on select food items. An all-you-can-eat Taco Tuesday deal is offered in the main dining room 3-10 p.m. – choose steak, chicken, or carnitas for $11.49. 13715 Fiji Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292; 310-823-8941.

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Killer Shrimp

With twice-daily Happy Hour, Killer Shrimp may be the happiest restaurant around. Shuffle into the bar on weekdays 3-7 p.m. and 10 p.m.-midnight, and on weekends 3-5 p.m. and 10 p.m.-midnight for specials on well drinks, beer, and wine plus a specialty cocktail of the day. Better still, get a discount on the restaurant’s famous Killer Shrimp dish – original (shell-on) for $18 or shelled for $20. A long list of other seafood bites is also on Happy Hour pricing. Here’s a local tip – on Mondays, the bar offers a bowl of original Killer Shrimp for just $9.95. They’re practically paying you to eat it! 4211 Admiralty Way. 310-578-2293.

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Marina Grill & Bar

Daily Happy Hour at this Hilton Garden Inn restaurant is 4-7 p.m. and it has some of the tastiest bar fare in the Marina. Two thumbs up for the Anchor Bites, a twist on nachos made with kettle chips, bacon crumbles, sour cream, and bleu cheese. This plate, as well as buffalo wings, quesadilla, ceviche, sliders, and more are all under 8 bucks apiece. Also save on house wines, domestic beers, and a couple choice cocktails.  4200 Admiralty Way. 310-301-2000.

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SALT Restaurant & Bar

Located at the Marina del Rey Hotel, SALT offers indoor and outdoor seating surrounded by sparkling Marina waters. This modern, upscale space offers Happy Hour food and drink specials daily, 4-6 p.m. Try the creamy avocado hummus served with soft Indian bread and vegetables. 13534 Bali Way. 424-289-8223.

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Sunny Spot

Flavors of Latin America spice up the menus here, though Sunny Spot isn’t a Mexican restaurant, per se. Lots of shareables make this a go-to for groups, happy hour, and weekend brunch. Happy hours are Monday-Friday, 3:30-6:30 p.m.; and Friday-Saturday, 11 p.m. till close. 822 Washington Boulevard. 310-448-8884.

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Tony P's Dockside Grill

The 2017 recipient of Best Overall Restaurant in The Argonaut’s Best of the Westside Awards is part regular restaurant and part sports tavern. Head to the latter for food and drink deals Monday-Thursday, 3-6 p.m. and Friday, 3-7 p.m. Try the bar’s signature Mai Tai (a huge portion for just $9 on special), domestic drafts for $5, and more. For the belly, pub fare like spinach artichoke dip, nachos, and a pulled pork quesadilla are under $8. 4445 Admiralty Way. 310-823-4534.

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Venice Whaler

An icon at the Venice Pier serving seafood, pizzas, and American fare – plus a perfect sunset view. Happy hours are 3-6 p.m. and 10 p.m.-close Monday-Friday. 10 Washington Boulevard.  310-821-8737.

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The Warehouse

This quirky Marina del Rey mainstay features steak, seafood, and American food in a Polynesian-themed waterfront atmosphere. Weekday Happy Hour deals are available 3-7 p.m. The bar offers a long list of food specials and a few cocktails at a discount. Come on a Wednesday and get treated to live acoustic music from Uncle Monkey. Salsa dancing is on deck for Fridays, starting at 9 p.m. 4499 Admiralty Way. 310-823-5451.

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Whiskey Red's

Take in sweeping Marina views and a primo vantage point on the sunset from the spacious outdoor patio. Fire rings and heat lamps will keep you toasty if the evening is chilly. Food and drink specials are offered for bar and patio seating, Monday-Friday, 4-7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. till close. The generous drink menu lists deals on beers, special wines, and select craft cocktails. Make a light dinner out of discounted small plates, including oysters on the half shell, fish tacos, and short rib sliders – $6 or less. Another option, the Sunset Menu is a three-course fixed-price meal for $25.95 offered weekdays 3-5 p.m. and weekends 4-5 p.m.; dining room and patio only. 13813 Fiji Way. 310-823-4522.

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