West Hollywood, CA 90069
Parking: Metered parking until 6pm, free meters after 6pm; various prices, parking lots
Mon.-Fri., 4-7pm, $5 happy hour specials with lots of choices
In addition to the normal round of questions we receive about our happy hour adventures, we are often asked when we will be going to happy hour again. Finding happy hours is a lot of work so it was with great surprise that my friend & former coworker, Tim, offered to take me on a happy hour tour of boys-town in West Hollywood.
We started our evening at The Abbey, a must since it has been voted “best gay bar to bring a straight friend to” by Los Angeles magazine and “best gay bar in the world” by MTV's Logo. I had been to The Abbey before but only during the madness of Halloween. Happy hour is a beast I’m always willing to tackle.
For those that haven’t been to The Abbey, the place is huge. There are 4 bars, 3 indoor & 1 outdoors. It was nice to see that even during happy hour 2 of the 4 bars were open since sometimes bars fall short on the servers (and service!) during happy hour. We grabbed a table on the outdoor patio, and we were greeted by our server for the night, Kevin. He made sure we had a happy hour menu and whatever else we needed for the rest of our visit.
On Monday through Friday, The Abbey offers “Everything Five After Work Special.” For drinks, there’s a choice of 4 martinis, 4 mojitos, 3 wines, and well drinks & beers. There are 8 choices for appetizers. That is definitely a lot more variety than we’ve seen featured at some happy hours lately. As our readers know, we like choices.
I ordered up the mojito, and Tim went for his favorite from The Abbey, a cosmo. It took us a while to decide what food to order as he assured me that everything was good. We finally decided to split the calamari & nachos supremacy. Odd pairing, we know, but good nonetheless. When the plates arrived, I couldn’t believe that it was a happy hour serving size. Just like the drinks, the food was of generous proportions.
I can’t think of one reason not to return to this happy hour. Our server, Kevin, checked in within us twice prior to the closing of happy hour, a major plus. The drinks were tall and tasty, the food portions were of great size, the service was amazing, and the price was right all around.
I was a tad disappointed that there were no go-go boys on my visit, but as I would learn later that night, go-go boys can be quite the distraction.
Rating: 5 Martinis