West Hollywood, CA 90069
Parking: $6 Valet; Limited Street Parking
Drink Deals: 2-for-1 on All Drinks, priced from $8-$14
Food Deals: $4-7 select appetizers
This past weekend, JB & I were so pumped after seeing 21 Jump Street, we decided to keep the party moving to happy hour at Mirabelle On Sunset. We probably should have checked the site first because upon arrival we learned that Mirabelle is closed for construction. Never to let a few taped up windows stop us, we kept it moving to 2 doors down to Isla Cantina.
I was well aware of Isla Cantina’s Happy Hour because they are constantly tweeting about their 2-for-1 deals. Not that there’s anything wrong with that! We wish more places would advertise their happy hours. As luck would have it (unlike my last happy hour!), we were properly greeted and it was confirmed that Happy Hour was in session.
Isla Cantina is made up of three different,small spaces: a rotunda, a backroom, & a patio. We chose to sit at the high top tables in the rotunda because it was the coolest looking space. The acoustics, however, weren’t too great and the ringing phone often sounded like it was ringing right at our table.
|Fish Eye view. Not buzzed view... yet.|
For drinks, I expected their margaritas to be the big hit given the name of the bar, but it turned out that there were many specialty cocktails that featured alcohol other than tequila.
Isla Cantina Happy Hour Rule: When ordering 2-for-1, you can not place an order for one person and share the 2nd drink with your Happy Hour partner. Each person has to order their own drink.
That kind of rubbed us the wrong way as we wanted to try to pace ourselves for a long night, but we quickly got over it. I settled on the Midnight in Rio, a cocktail made with blackberries, Leblon cachaca, St. Germain, & fresh lime; JB ordered the Especial de Alex, a cocktail made with Ultimat vodka, raspberries, strawberries, agave nectar, & pineapple juice. For our 2nd round, we traded drinks. The cool thing is that they bring the 2nd drink after you finish your first. For the fun of photos, I usually like to have both drinks served at once, but it was nice to have my second drink fresh and not watered down when I was ready for it.
|Sippin on cocktail #2 - Especial de Alex|
|Lots of dips, but not enough chips.|
While I enjoyed the food & drink and location, I doubt I would return to Isla Cantina without the promise of more welcoming service.