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Best Craft Beer Happy Hours In Los Angeles

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Get happy with your friends or friends-to-be in the early evenings at one (or two) of Los Angeles' best gastropubs operating all over the City of Angels. Some of these jaunty joints are down and dirty while others are calm, cool and classy, and still others are predictably mellow in order to suit certain citizens of laid-back Southern California. That being said, the following are five of the best craft beer happy hours held around our famous town.

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The Corner Door
12477 W. Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90066
(323) 313-5810

Sitting on a corner in Culver City, this lively outpost gives the gastropub happy hour experience new meaning. Among featured beers is the Craftsman 1903 Lager and among the munchies are chicken yakitori served on skewers, the latter a perfect pick if you intend to have your other free hand clutching a mighty brew. Every Sunday, burgers and beer come with a side of fries on a night when cocktails alone are all only five bucks each.

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City Tavern
735 S. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 239-5654

Pork belly sliders and craft beer go together like milk and honey. You'll find the best of both at this downtown hangout where happy hour is made even more cheery thanks to the more than two dozen local drafts. Other good news includes the fact that City Tavern serves a 32-ounce milk jug of almost any craft brew on tap for 10 bucks. Order that and a couple of appetizers - like "the best green beans ever" and the aforementioned pork belly sliders - and you're all set for a session in this fun-loving venue meant for enjoying your downtime.

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Bread & Barley
130 N. Citrus Ave.
Covina, CA 91723
(626) 339-3310

A five dollar menu accompanies this gastropub's happy hour special of one dollar off all drafts. The upscale appetizer specials run the gamut from fried portobello mushrooms to tacos filled with filet mignon while the majority of the beers come from California enterprises. Exceptions include a Belgian favorite called Lindemans Peche and an upstate New York great with the creative caption of Ommegang Game of Thrones, Valar Morghulis from Brewery Ommegang.

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Tony's Darts Away
1710 W. Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91506
(818) 253-1710

The slogan at this Burbank establishment is "We're all about all craft, all draught, all California." With that statement in mind, you already know that when you plan an excursion to Tony's Darts Away at happy hour, you'll get the chance to enjoy picks from among literally dozens of brews created in the Golden State. Choices called Hot Stoopid and Torque are on the roster. Meanwhile, some of the fare includes vegan choices, like tasty sausages that come from other states such as Oregon and Washington. Meanwhile, all of the drinks available from this haunt are bottle free and all of the food is served on biodegradable materials.

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Beer Belly
532 S. Western Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 387-2337

Arguably the ideal boozing den, Beer Belly thrives during happy hour with extraordinary nibbles like Twinkies that have been deep fried and Death by Duck, a menu choice for which this establishment puts three duck-based dishes -- fries, skin cracklins and confit -- on the same order. Beer Belly calls these and other choices "crafty food" while this outpost's craft beer includes everything from Reserve Wheat from Santa Barbara's Telegraph Brewing Company to Shark Attack from San Diego's Port Brewing. Talk about divine diversity.

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Los Angeles freelance travel writer Jane Lasky, contributes to publications such as Travel + Leisure, Vogue and Esquire. Her weekly sojourning column ran in 40 newspapers for 20 years. Jane is anything but an accidental tourist. Check out her articles on


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