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 September, 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. For fall, enjoy a few extra promotions: Enjoy an extended Happy Hour for Monday Night Football, 4-10 p.m. 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, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292; 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, 2:30 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, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292; 310-823-6395.

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Cabo Cantina

Cabo Cantina is loved for its giant margaritas, Mexican food, and casual atmosphere. The famous 2-for-1 priced happy hour runs 4-8 p.m. daily. 30 Washington Boulevard, Marina del Rey, CA 90292; 310-306-2500.

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Cast & Plow

The signature restaurant of the The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey, doesn’t have a dedicated Happy Hour per se, but its Bites Menu is offered daily from 3 to 5:30 p.m. and from 10 p.m. till midnight. A long, elegant bar is the setting for sophisticated cocktails such as a Gingerberry Mojito, high-end lineups of tequilas and whiskeys, and fine wines. Shareable plates like chipotle hummus and the Purple Haze cheese served with date crisps get our vote. 4375 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, California 90292; 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, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292; 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 Hours, 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, Marina del Rey, CA 90292; 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. Outside of Happy Hour, take note that if you live in Marina del Rey, show your ID to get 10 percent off your food bill, excluding alcohol, at breakfast or dinner. (P.S., MG&B is closed for lunch.) 4200 Admiralty Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292; 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 contemporary, 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, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292; 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 Marina del Rey, CA 90292; 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. 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, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292; 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 Marina del Rey, CA 90292; 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 Hours are 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, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292; 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, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292; 310-823-4522.

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