Ah, happy hour. It’s the moment many of us dream about as we’re rapidly wrapping up the day at work. Luckily, for worked-to-the-bone DTLA-ers, the City of Angels takes this magical time pretty seriously. And, what’s more, you can find a killer happy hour in the South Park neighborhood. Last July, we detailed some of our favorite South Park happy hours; however, things in DTLA change pretty fast. So, we’ve decided it’s time for an update. If you’re looking for a spot to cut loose after work (or you just really like a good deal), here are spots you’ve got to hit!
Prank Bar (Daily, 2:40-7:02pm & 9:42-10:47)
*image from Happening in DTLA
First up is Prank Bar, locally known as the first walkup bar in DTLA. Their quirky happy hour times are designed around their lucky 7’s menu where everything, like Kobe beef sliders, vegan nachos, wings, and tacos, is just 7 bucks. Located at the corner of 11th and hope, Prank blends the indoors and the outdoors to provide patrons with access to their patio, the walk up bar, and the lookout lounge. There’s amazing food, 2 full-service bars with amazing beer and wine lists and craft cocktails…at Prank, you can’t miss.
Barcito (All night Monday, 4-7 Tues to Fri,5-7 Sat)
*image from Barcito’s Instagram
An Argentine-inspired spot on the corner of 12th & Grand (yes, right around the corner from WREN apartments in DTLA) Barcito provides shared plates in approachable, laid-back setting. Billed as both an all-day cafe and a late night bar, Barcito is a place where you can pop in for a drink or spend the entire day. The Happy Hour boasts unbelievable cocktails, each of which is just $9, and the restaurant serves amazing food at all hours of the day. If you’re in South Park, LA this spot is a must!
Preux and Proper (Daily, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.)
*Image from Preux and Proper
2017 Diners’ Choice Award winner Preux and Proper has built a reputation as a top South Park happy hour, which is great for us since it’s under a mile from WREN’s DTLA apartments. Regulars will tell you to try the frozen daiquiris and cocktails, baked mac and cheese, and shrimp and oyster po’ boy. (Our mouths are watering just thinking about it.)
Baldoria (Sunday through Friday, 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.)
*image from Baldoria
How would you like 20% off on any drink you like? That’s what the good people of Baldoria will do for you. But, for most, the real star of this happy hour is the $8 pizzas. We recommend the Yukon Gratin Pizza or the Hot Mama.
Mezcalero (Monday through Friday, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.)
*image from Mezcalero’s Instagram
Mezcalero may be considered the most chill happy hour in South Park. A friendly staff and relaxed atmosphere perfectly complement the inventive $7 cocktails. Of course, if you’re not a cocktail fan, that’s okay — they also offer $5 drafts, $3 bottles and cans, and $4 wines and wells. Start collecting the change in your couch!
The Library Bar (Monday through Friday, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.)
*image from the Library Bar’s instagram
The Library Bar is located about a mile from our luxury apartments in South Park. In case you’re wondering, yes, this spot is an homage to libraries and bibliophiles. And, the addition of jazz music to the decor makes this a super cool South Park happy hour. Highlights include $5 select appetizers, $8 cheeseburger, $8 select cocktails, and $6 select wines and beers.
District (Daily, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.)
*from District’s Instagram
District invites you to imbibe on their plush couches in the bar area. Every day, they serve up $6 select cocktails, wines, and craft beers, and you can choose three food items off their happy hour menu for $20. This includes items such as tamari deviled eggs, truffle potato fries, and beef and kimchi tacos. It’s all yummy.
Wolf and Crane (Monday through Friday, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.; all day Sunday)
*image from Wolf and Crane’s Instagram
Nestled in the Little Tokyo area is the cozy Wolf and Crane. The staff here is all about community. So much so that if you visit them enough, you might get a special nickname that’s displayed on a little plaque. The happy hour menu showcases $8 well cocktails, and $5 house wines and beers.
Birds and Bees (Daily, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.; all day Sunday)
*image from Birds and Bees’ Instagram
Birds and Bees is probably the most secretive happy hour in South Park in the sense that its speakeasy entrance is not easy to find. (Make sure to look for a staircase near the corner of the parking lot that leads down to an alley where clues on the ground there will lead the way.) Once you’re in, reward your efforts with $8 select cocktails.
The Love Song Bar (Monday through Friday, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.)
*from the Love Song Bar’s Yelp Page
The Love Song Bar is a dive that you’ll easily fall in love with. It’s located in the Regent Theater and boasts an old-fashioned punk rock vibe. During happy hour (a.k.a. Amazing Hour), small plates are 50 percent off, wines are $6, draft beers are $5, and select cocktails are $7. Plus, the food menu typically includes some relatively healthy options.
We certainly hope we’ve led you to a South Park happy hour that sings to you. At WREN, we’re lucky enough to have FIRST DRAFT taproom and kitchen opening up in July in our retail space, so a good time is always just downstairs.
We feel it’s important to stay on top of what DTLA-ers really care about. It’s helped us develop an incredible apartment community that’s suitable for any type of personality and lifestyle.
We’re telling you — there’s something really special going on in South Park and at WREN.