March 11th, 2013

Daylight Savings: Best Places for Happy Hour In and Around Marina del Rey

Daylight savings is here (and came early this year, thanks to the Energy Policy Act of 2005)! Now that you’ve got an extra hour of sunlight, what are you going to do? The Parcourse Fitness Circuit along Admiralty Way? A Sunset Moonlit Marina Paddle Cruise? Nah! They call it “happy hour” for a reason, don’t they? Here’s your guide to some of the best happy hour spots around Marina del Rey:

Bin 73
18 Washington Blvd
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
(310) 827-6209

Also known as Mercedes Grille, Bin 73 has it all for happy hour (4-7 p.m. Monday-Friday): $3 or $5 plates, a meat and cheese board for $10 and wines by the glass for $5.  “An oceanside happy hour treat?”  You bet.

El Torito
13715 Fiji Way
Marina del Rey, CA. 90292
(310) 823-8941

Strong margaritas, $1 tacos on Tuesdays, deep-friend ice cream and a view overlooking the Marina. What more could you ask for in a weeknight happy hour? El Torito’s happy hour runs from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the weekdays. Just about everything on their drink menu is $4 during happy hour, including those margaritas, plus $3 off select appetizers.

Killer Shrimp
4211 Admiralty Way
Marina del Rey, CA. 90292
(310) 578-2293

Ok, we all know Killer Shrimp has some, well, killer…you know.  But what about happy hour? As it turns out they also have killer a happy hour (or happy hours, if you really want to be accurate). Here’s the gist: Happy hour #1 happens every weeknight from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., and again from 10 p.m. to midnight weeknights (happy hour #2). On the weekends, happy hour #3 runs from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., followed by another from 10 p.m. to midnight (happy hour #4). Drink specials include well drinks for $5, red and white wine for $4, and domestic beer for $3. Order some popcorn shrimp for $6, fish tacos for $5 and clam chowder for $4, and head out to the patio to watch the sun set in the marina!

Café del Rey
4451 Admiralty Way
Marina del Rey, CA. 90292
(310) 823-6395

Café del Rey might be more popular for lunch and dinner—but it’s also got a sweet happy hour happening everyday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. (It also has a late night happy hour from 9 p.m. to close.) Specialty drinks, like sangria, chocolate orange martini and jolly rancher rum are $6, as are glasses of wine. Budweiser and Bud Light are $3. Hungry? Try the truffle fries, steamed black mussels and other apps for $6. Oh, and their homemade potato chips are nothing short of the sublime.

Tony P’s Dockside Grill
4445 Admiralty Way
Marina del Rey, CA. 90292
(310) 823-4534

Want a happy hour to watch the big game? Look no further than Tony P’s Dockside Grill. The restaurant offers eight 65” high-definition TVs, over 100 beers from all over the world to choose from and a great happy hour between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., Monday thru Friday. Happy hour includes appetizers for $4.50 to $5.50, well drinks and domestic beer for $3.25, and martinis for $6.50.

Cabo Cantina
30 Washington Blvd
Venice, CA 90292
(310) 306-2500

Cabo Cantina makes our list simply because of its too-good-to-pass-up happy hour deal: 2 for 1 drinks from 4-8 p.m. seven days a week. The atmosphere and crowd skews younger (and rowdier), but if you’re looking for bargain beverages and a fun outdoor patio while taking in the sights and sounds of Venice, it’s an affordable place to start the night.

The Bar at the Culver Hotel
9400 Culver Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 838-7963

There’s no place like The Bar at the Culver Hotel for happy hour. Built in 1924, the hotel is a designated history landmark…so it goes without saying your happy hour (from 4-7 p.m. daily) will be happy in a nostalgic Hollywood-kind-of-way. What can you expect from The Bar? House wines for $4, beers for $3, house martinis for $6…plus signature cocktails like the Red Slipper and Dirty Harry for $6.  Happy hour bites include choices like tempura green beans, garlic fries, Asian infused wings and a fish taco for $5.

Chaya Venice
110 Navy St
Venice, CA 90293
(310) 396-1179

At Chaya Venice (just a hop from the Marina), you’ll have happy hour in darkness or in light—since it’s happy hour all night, everyday in the bar.  Happy hour drinks are just $7 (try the fresh pineapple infused vodka) and sushi rolls for $5. And if sushi isn’t your thing, they offer smaller versions of their signature dinner dishes: fish & chips, house cured smoked salmon, spicy tuna tartare, Korean BBQ beef and coffee rubbed BBQ park.

Of course, this is just a taste of the happy hours happening in and around Marina del Rey.  Now that you’ve got an extra hour of daylight…where will you be heading for happy hour this week? Drop us a line to let us know!