Sure, there are lots of great perks that come with living in Santa Monica.
Like having some of the best restaurants and bars in Los Angeles located right in our backyard.
We took inventory of the best nibbles and sips in town, creating a hot-spot list of our favorite Santa Monica happy hours. You'll find our favorite spots below.
Join the recurring Tap Takeover series upstairs at SocialEats food hall, on the last Friday of every month, with $3 beers all day at Azule' Taqueria, STRFSH, and Paperboy Pizza restaurants.
Enjoy a different specialty brew at every restaurant. Bring a friend, grab some beer and food, and play board games like Jenga, Connect Four, Checkers, Uno and more on The Deck outside.
SocialEats is inside The Gallery, a one-of-a-kind dining experience that sits at the heart of the Third Street Promenade, across the street from the recently-renovated 7-screen AMC Theatres. 1315 Third Street Promenade, 310.584.7836
More Happy Hour Specials at SocialEats Food Hall on the Promenade:
Fridays just got better, with half off all the signature crispy sandwiches at STRFSH. Try all three fan favorites for half the price, including the Flying Fish, Santa Monica Hot Fish, and the Filet O’STRFSH.
They’re now serving oysters at STRFSH! Enjoy a variety of fresh oysters, served with cider mignonette, lemon, and house hot sauce. Stop by for Oyster Happy Hour from 4-7PM daily with $1 oysters!
3 / 5 / 7 Happy Hour
Enjoy bites, beer, and wine weekdays from 3 to 7PM for $3, $5, and $7 at Azulé Taqueria, STRFSH, and Paperboy. Why limit yourself to one happy hour when you can choose from three different menus all under one roof?
Introducing Marg Mondays at Azulé Taqueria and Paperboy! Enjoy half off Margarita pitchers at Azulé, and half off Margherita Pizza at Paperboy.
Half off tacos all day at Azulé Taqueria. Try favorites like the vegan Cauliflower Al Pastor with roasted cauliflower and pineapple al pastor style, house salsa, and avocado or Azulé Asada with citrus-cilantro marinated carne asada, salsa arbol, cilantro, and onion for less than $2!
Jameson's Irish Pub & Sports Grill at the corner of Main and Hill streets is the new kid on the happy hour block for 2019. It replaced the venerable Finn McCools in name while retaining its laid-back style, Irish roots. Catch all the big games here in HD.
Daily from 3 p.m. - 8 p.m., all regular priced drinks are 2-for-1 - or you can get a double for the same price. Not enough for you? Jameson's does it all over again for the late-night 10:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m. Sunday through Thursday.
Specials include Irish nachos with crispy hand-cut fries topped with your choice of prime rib or chicken - or try it with a fried egg on top; and slow-roasted prime rib specialties.
Chase it with a shot of Jameson Irish whiskey on tap, or a $5.89 peanut butter Jameson shot. Sip your fill of bottomless mimosas, bellinis, and Bloody Marys on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday until 3 p.m.
Come for the Irish-strong drinks and friendly vibe and a mostly locals crowd. 2702 Main Street, (424) 330-0069
Brick + Mortar is tucked inside the bustling Edgemar Center for the Arts. Its mouth-watering menu of Modern American fare has been a local favorite since its opening in 2012.
Happy hours: Monday through Friday, 12 p.m. - 7 p.m.; $2 off all draft beer, $5 house red or white wine by the glass, well drinks.
From 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. you can nibble on the $5 and $6 food specials. Weekend happy hour 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., featuring bottomless Mimosas and a Bloody Mary bar. 2435 Main Street, Santa Monica; (310) 450-3434.
Watch the sunset over the Pacific at this laid-back, beach-themed outdoor bar.
Happy hours: Monday through Friday from 4:30-7 p.m., including $6 specialty martinis, $8 hand-crafted cocktails, and $4 beers; perfect for pairing with calamari with spicy aioli, grilled artichokes, and more priced from $6 to $8 each. 101 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica; (310) 899-8530.
Happy hours: 2 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Relax by the pool after a long (or short) day at work or on the beach with $10 craft cocktails, $5 beer, and $9 sparkling and wine, while nibbling on $6 lamb kefta meatballs and $7 BLT sliders on Hawaiian bread. At the Viceroy Hotel, 1819 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica; (310) 260-7511.
Happy hour: 4 - 7 p.m. daily (with late night happy hours Friday and Saturday 9 - 11 p.m.). Go for the $6 spirits and $1.50 oysters on the half shell, and $8 - $16 premium small plates, including lime-marinated fish ceviche, hamachi, and lobster rolls. 174 Kinney Street, Santa Monica; (310) 392-8366.
When it comes to stellar views and creative cocktails, it doesn't get much better than the Penthouse restaurant atop the Huntley Hotel.
Happy hours: 4 - 7 p.m. weekdays, when you'll find $4 select beers, $6 wines, and $7 select cocktails to wash down more than a dozen $7 food specials including crispy rock shrimp with Tabasco aioli, halibut ceviche tostadas, and short rib tacos. 1111 2nd Street, Santa Monica; (310) 394-5454, atop the Huntley Hotel.
Come for the killer views from Rusty's Surf Ranch's prime location on the Santa Monica Pier, and stay for happy hour: Weekdays from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. featuring $5 blue iguana margaritas, wine and beer, and tasty bites including $5 fish tacos and $3 clam chowder. 256 Santa Monica Pier; Santa Monica; (310) 393-7437.
The Lobster does happy hours weekdays from 4:30 - 6:3- p.m., with $6 draft beers, $7 wines, $9 crab taquitos, $2 oysters of the day, and $7 crispy calamari.
Fresh seafood and discount-priced drinks at the historic Santa Monic Pier - does it get any better than this? 1602 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica; (310) 458-9294.
Sushi Roku happy hours: daily from 5 - 7 p.m.
Start with $5 cold or hot sake, Robata fusion cocktail or Fuji apple martini, then move along to savor $5 sushi rolls (spicy tuna, California, or vegetable), wasabi bloody Mary oyster shooters, and tuna tatami with mizore ponzu. 1401 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica; (310) 458-4771.
Hungry for more happy hour spots to peruse? Check out the Best Happy Hours on Main Street in Santa Monica. Cheers!