Social Hour: 4.8/5
There’s so much new in DTLA it’s hard to think of bars or themes that are missing, there’s a little bit of everything except… A cool underground lounge with a Social Hour menu that’ll make you feel like you’re part of an exclusive club somewhere in London. The Queensberry has been taking the DTLA scene by storm and we think it has something to do with whiskey and a dance floor. We got to experience the allure first hand and let us tell you, you want to be in this club. Cheers!
Happy Hour: 4.8/5
We were called west to Santa Monica in honor of Massilia’s Happy Hour! A French, Italian, Morocco restaurant with a hint of California is now our favorite place to go for those summer vibes all LA looks for. Massilia has a very special, well-rounded Happy Hour menu that truly offers something for everyone. But it’s their elevated ambiance that will keep you there long after Happy Hour ends. Check out more of our review, cheers!
What is Cachaça?
Happy Hour: 4.8/5
Chinatown is changing the landscape for the food scene in DTLA, but it’s time to introduce the neighborhood to the blooming drink scene there as well. At the forefront of the latest bar buzz is Songbird Cafe, a speakeasy that recently opened up with a killer team behind the bar program. It’s no surprise their Social Hour menu is here to revolutionize, and in this case, it’s classic cocktails. Read all about why this is the best place to discover/rediscover the simple beauty behind the classics, which one impressed us the most, and more. Cheers!
South America is known for having some of the strongest national spirits in the world- from Pisco to Aguardiente, Latinos clearly don’t play around when it comes to their pride nor their liquor. However, the biggest country in South America isn’t Latino at all, it’s Portuguese and we think you know where this is going… Straight to Brazil. Today, we’re digging into one of the most under looked spirits in the U.S. Cachaça. Cheers to learning!
Every month, we gather intel on the best Happy Hours in LA, but where would we be if not for the dedication of bartenders? February’s honor belongs to Pedro Barriga, we met him at an Industry Night event at the local DTLA bar, Mezcalero. He created an imaginative cocktail, provided incredible customer service, and when we saw the content he was making from home we knew we were in the presence of a pro. Get to know Pedro one on one like we did and learn all about his experience opening some of the most successful bars in DTLA and the crazy creative events he has in mind for 2019.
Happy Hour: 4.9/5
South Park residents have been keeping their Happy Hour hidden gem to themselves for too long. Juggling between being a coffee shop, cocktail bar, and restaurant every day is something Barcito does exceptionally well. As a true Argentinean bistro would, they offer one of the most well rounded Happy Hour menus we have ever had the pleasure of reviewing. Find out why Barcito stands out from the crowd, just how authentic it is, and what made Mariana feel right at home before she even sat down. Cheers!
Every month, we gather intel on the best Happy Hours in LA, but where would we be if not for the dedication of bartenders? January’s honor belongs to Tony Gonzales, we met him nearly a year ago when we reviewed the Happy Hour over at District DTLA. What he’s doing with ice, flamethrowers, and medicine cocktails blew us away. Get to know Tony one on one like we did and learn all about his ice carving skills, where he likes to go for Happy Hour, and how he plans to revolutionize the industry.
Rommel Del Crypt
Every month, we gather intel on the best Happy Hours in LA, but where would we be if not for the dedication of bartenders? December’s honor belongs to Sunny Lam, we met him early on the scene at Hock + Hoof during our Happy Hour review. What he did with Soju based cocktails blew us away. Now, he’s serving up all kinds of creative concoctions at the newly opened Here and Now in the Arts District in DTLA. Get to know Sunny one on one like we did and learn all about what he considers to be the most important part of running a business, how he made his way to DTLA from NorCal.
Every month, we gather intel on the best Happy Hours in LA, but where would we be if not for the dedication of bartenders? November’s honor belongs to Rommel Del Crypt he’s serving up what can be considered the best damn Bloody Marys in town and managing the patio bar in the back of La Cita. Get to know Rommel one on one like we did and learn all about how his favorite places, who inspired him, and what he loves to drink when he’s not serving up Bandera shots. Cheers!
Clayton's Public House
Every month, we gather intel on the best Happy Hours in LA, but where would we be if not for the dedication of bartenders? August’s honor belongs to Krisi Jensen, a mixologist/sommelier extraordinaire that has been giving back to the DTLA community for nearly a decade, she’s currently to blame for Clayton’s Public House popularity. Get to know Krisi one on one like we did and learn all about how her creativity fit right into the Victorian theme at Clayton’s and how she has been involved in the creation of some of the most popular bars in LA, what she enjoys playing at bars, and her favorite type of guest.
Overall Score: 4.8
Happy Hour Score: 4.7
Clayton’s Public House has had a long awaited opening from DTLA locals and visitors. The newest neighborhood bar is definitely worth the visit! Locals will find comfort in the familiar faces employed by the charismatic owners Tony and June. Visitors will be captivated by the interior decor and overall theme of the place, but the Happy Hour deals are the sweet spot for all crowds. See what we ordered, what we drank, and how much we enjoyed ourselves. Cheers!
Every month, we gather intel on the best Happy Hours in LA, but where would we be if not for the dedication of bartenders? April’s honor belongs to Ken Lin, a fresh face and attitude to the bartending scene, but his resume and skills make him a gifted natural. Get to know Ken one on one like we did and learn all about how he ditched the corporate life for one behind the bar, how he managed to get a job at one of the top restaurants in DTLA, and his ultimate favorite cocktail.