11.21.2012

Chavito

4441 W Sunset Blvd 
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 664-0871 

Come on in!
Parking: Neighborhood Parking (check the signs), Metered Street Parking 
Days: Daily 
Time: 5-9pm; Tuesday nights also has a late HH from 9pm-close 
Drink Deals: $4 Well Drinks and Margaritas, $3 Cans of Beer (Dos Equis, and Tecate) 
Food Deals: No Food Deals, but plenty of tasty a la carte items for ok prices! 

Somewhere near the intersection of Los Feliz and Silverlake is nestled an awesome Mexican Happy Hour. This magical locale, featuring $4 margaritas made from an original recipe dating back 40 years (think heavy on the lemons ), is called Chavito and it’s the sister bar to the larger El Chavo Restaurant. 


A group of gal-pals including Happy Hour Tour fav’s Nic and Kitty Packard and new pal Sarah-Mo dropped by Chavito before a screening of ARGO at the nearby Vista Theatre. Sarah recommended the spot as it’s a go-to after-party venue for her Tuesday night comedy show. As a sign of how cool the bar is, they actually have added a late-night Happy Hour on Tuesday nights to accommodate the comedy revelers. Other cool things about the bar: 

•  FREE Jukebox. And people play good music – I walked into Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5” – the perfect jam for a group of working girls like us! We also heard some Runaways, Joan Jett and Prince – love it! 

•  The restaurant sits below a funky and eclectic B&B, El Tres Inn, that’s popular for touring bands. As such, the bar and restaurant see a lot of musician types – especially in the neat patio area (where unfortunately, I don’t think Happy Hour is served). Maybe they were the ones selecting the golden jams on the jukebox! 

•  FREE Jukebox – I think this bears repeating :)!

Din-Din (clockwise from top left): Tamale ($6); Chips & Salsa (complimentary); Potato Taco ($3)

I also really liked our cute blonde bartender lady who helped me select a couple vegetarian food items from the non-Happy Hour, but affordable a la carte menu – the corn tamale ($6) and the Potato Taco ($3). Both were great, though the tamale was a bit spicy (which was fine with me) and the Potato Taco was a delish mix of textures – mashed potatoes and toppings on a crisply fried tortilla. YUM! 

Given its primo location at the intersection of hip and hipper, the crowd was a bit, well… hip, but everyone seemed super-chill. Love this spot and their nightly swell Happy Hour – not super fancy, but kind of an LA gem! 


-- JB

Rating: 5 Martinis

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