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Best Bars With Free Snacks In Los Angeles

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Popcorn, pretzels and peanuts are usually considered happy hour staples in bars in Los Angeles. For the establishment, these between-meal morsels represent an economical way to keep drinkers satisfied as they down their favorite alcoholic beverages. However, if you're planning to quench your thirst at a pub, consider choosing one that offers heftier free eats alongside its drink menu. Here is a list of top bars in L.A. that dish out complimentary snacks, appetizers and small plates to encourage customers to come back for more.

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Bar Food
12217 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 820- 3274

A favorite gastropub for those who want to socialize after a long day's work, Bar Food offers some of the best bar found around. During happy hour, if you check in via Facebook, Four Square or YELP, take advantage of a complimentary hot dog. The ideal time to take advantage of the free cooked sausage is between the daily hours of 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., when the pub's happy hour sliders, potato puffs and beer selections are priced at a steal. The on-the-house dogs are usually brought to the table topped with ketchup, mustard and onions. This freebie has become quite a treat for sports enthusiasts that frequent this popular Westwood spot to watch broadcasts of live events.

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Cat & Fiddle
6530 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 468-3800

This British tavern dishes out great food including bangers and mash. Some select pasta dishes are also presented gratis between the hours of 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., the time slot when the costs of the venue's alcoholic beverages are reduced to yesterday's tabs. After ravaging some of the pub and restaurant's free selections, try sampling Cat & Fiddle's signature shepherd's pie or deep-fried, sausage-wrapped hard-boiled eggs. In addition to its inviting free and billed food offerings, this venue provides one of L.A.'s best-loved outdoor drinking areas.

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1739 Public House
1745 N. Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 663-1739

Between the daily hours of 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., this neighborhood bar in Los Feliz rolls out a free cheese pizza with drink orders. The personal-size pie is generous enough to whet the appetite of a party of six. The pub boasts an extensive beer menu, with dozens of selections from which to choose. In its casual setting, 1739 Public House guests are able to fire up the jukebox or take in a scheduled sporting event while checking out its food menu that includes low-cost appetizers, entrees and desserts. If your date is furry and walks on four legs, dining on the venue's open-air patio is a delightful option.

Related: LA's Best Bars For Foodies

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Pacific Dining Car
2700 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90403
(310) 453-4000

In recent years, this traditional steakhouse has done a commendable job in its effort to attract younger professionals and foodies. Between the hours of 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., the bar area's free buffet is filled with an array of chef-prepared appetizers that range from stuffed mushrooms and chicken wings to steak and shrimp. It's always wise to visit this appealing establishment with a hearty appetite because the gratuitous items of the day are constantly replenished. After sampling Pacific Dining Car's wares, you may want to return to enjoy its distinguished food menu whenever your schedule permits because the eatery is open around the clock.

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730 N. Victory Blvd
Burbank , CA 91502
(818) 848-2325

This Mexican restaurant and bar is so proud of its food menu, it offers free nachos daily during the hours of 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., with the whole enchilada of freebies presented on Friday. That's the time guests put on the feedbag and help themselves to a have-at-it buffet that includes chicken wings, gut-filling flautas, taquitos and a variety of raw vegetables. Barragan's full bar boasts some of the more potent margaritas in Burbank, which are offered at a reduced price during happy hour. The popular landmark, which has been around since 1961, constantly thanks its guests for their patronage by allowing them to help themselves to scrumptious appetizers without cost.

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Sharon Raiford Bush is an award-winning journalist who covers topics of social interest in greater Los Angeles. Some news articles she has authored have been archived by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. Sharon also contributes to

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