TASTE | THE 7 BEST PLACES TO DRINK IN WEST HOLLYWOOD

With the sprawling Hollywood Hills in the backdrop and the rich and famous mingling alongside equally fabulous locals, West Hollywood is a prime LA neighborhood to see and be seen. Here’s our vetted list of seven WeHo happy hours offering discounted drinks, light bites, and prime people-watching.
— Michele Ross

The Henry
120 N Robertson Blvd
+1 424 204 1595

Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name. And while I’ve yet to become besties with the staff at The Henry, I do see why it’s the self-proclaimed “greatest neighborhood restaurant.” It’s chic without being pretentious, and their happy hour menu — with inventive takes on classic cocktails and elevated finger foods — is perfectly palatable.

Gracias Madre
8905 Melrose Ave
+1 323 978 2170
Meatless, cheeseless Mexican food? We don’t know how Gracias Madre makes vegan Mexi fare work, but we’re grateful that they do. Their verdant patio is one of the best in the neighborhood, and the vibes alone are worth the typical challenge of finding a parking spot nearby.

Cecconi’s
8764 Melrose Ave
+1 310 432 2000
Cecconi’s is a go-to lunch destination for Tinseltown movers and shakers. But their happy hour, which lasts from 3 to 6 p.m., is worth a visit if you can sneak out of work a bit early. Check your wheels at the valet and indulge with their burger, which is only on offer during this time.

Melrose Umbrella Co
7465 Melrose Ave
+1 323 951 0709
Head to this playfully moody, yet still cozy, outpost in the heart of the Melrose shopping district. While their “libations” hint at refinement, their happy hour “provisions” spell comfort through and through.

Laurel Hardware
7984 Santa Monica Blvd
+1 323 656 6070
Laurel Hardware’s sleek interiors are hidden by the unassuming storefront of the actual hardware store that preceded it. Their New American menu hits all the right buzzwords for discerning guests: organic, farm-to-table, hormone-free, and free-range.

Petite Taqueria
755 N La Cienega Blvd
+1 310 855 7223
The juxtaposition of antique decor and hip-hop beats makes Petite Taqueria a solid spot for nontraditionalists. Make the most of their special menus by going during happy hour on Mezcal Mondays.

La Boheme
8400 Santa Monica Blvd
+1 323 848 2360
The space itself oozes opulence with its rich color palette, dramatic chandeliers, and lavish statues and decorations. Yet despite appearances, La Boheme’s happy hour menu—which offers a varied selection of Mediterranean-inspired bites and tantalizing tonics—will be kind on your wallet.