Are you a frustrated actor? Do you yearn for a safe haven in which you can meet with your fellow unemployed thespians to commiserate and imbibe? If so, then welcome to Los Angeles – your kind populate every watering hole in the county. But the prettier ones can be found at Bodega.
Aesthetics aren’t really my primary concern when considering happy hour, but it’s hard to deny that the ambiance at Boedga’s Sunset Boulevard location (below) is impeccable. It’s sleek and hip without seeming pretentious. As with most wine bars, recommended seating is at the bar so you can avail yourself of the expertise of the surprisingly well-versed staff.
My bartender, like charming Edwin (also likely a frustrated actor, bless him), seemed relieved that I came bearing at least a cursory knowledge of soju – one of the three stripes of adult beverages served at Bodega, along with wine and beer. Being vodka’s smoother, more insidiously powerful cousin, I was intrigued by the selection of soju cocktails (a good bang for your boozy buck at $6/each). Two soju gimlets in, and you might reconsider getting headshots...just because.
Most of the eats are quite good, especially the hummus and pita and roasted potatoes – certainly a bit more posh than the usual bar snacks. It’s a perfect stop before catching an early movie at The Arclight down the street or a great spot for impressing a first date. Just make sure they’re not distracted by the…ahem, scenery.
Happy Hour: every day 5pm-7pm ($3 off wine, $2 off beer, and food under $7).
There are also different specials every night – check 'em out here.
- Sarah Evans