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Recession Busters: the All-Cocktail Edition

March 25, 2009 |  5:10 pm

RH restaurant and bar at Andaz West Hollywood. Free Cocktail Bites: The RH Bar at recently opened Andaz West Hollywood (formerly the West Hollywood Hyatt, a.k.a. Riot Hyatt) is treating its guests to complimentary cocktail bites from 5 to 7 p.m. every evening. Prepared by executive chef Sebastien Archambault, they include: prosciutto with ciabatta, roasted forest mushroom tart, shrimp ceviche, homemade foie gras crostini and roasted eggplant. Wash it down with a glass of Santa Ynez viognier or a signature cocktail like a Sanprinia with Leblon Cachaça, Grand Marnier, Pinot Grigio, pomegranate juice, soda and seasonal fruit. RH Bar, Andaz West Hollywood, 8401 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, (323) 785-6090, www.andaz.com

Discounted Cocktails for Metro Riders: At La Grande Orange Café, which is conveniently adjacent to the Del Mar Metrolink station, show up with a current Metro ticket stub and get a cocktail for $1. The deal is only available for the first drink; after that, you're paying regular price. But at least you won't have to drive home. The deal is good all day long (not just happy hour!), seven days a week. La Grande Orange Café, 260 Raymond Ave., Pasadena, (626) 356-4444, www.lgostationcafe.com

Seaweed salad from Bond Street. CREDIT: Gary Friedman, Los Angeles Times Happy Hour Comes to Bond St.: About two weeks ago, the Lounge at Bond St. introduced a happy hour (5 -7:30 p.m., Mon. - Fri.) featuring 7 drinks and 7 appetizers for $7 each. Snacks include: spicy crispy shrimp with a yuzu calamanci vinaigrette and chipotle aioli; ama ebi harumaki spring rolls; beef and chicken skewers; sesame crusted shrimp rolls with orange curry sauce; and more. Drinks include red or white wine, Sapporo beer, sake, dry or sweet Saketini and a lychee martini. The Beverly Hills sushi restaurant also recently lowered the cost of its prix fixe tasting menu (offered daily except Saturday starting at 6 p.m.) to $36 per person in the main dining room. Bond Street, 9360 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills. (310) 601-2255, www.bondstrestaurant.com

--Elina Shatkin

Photo: The RH restaurant and bar at Andaz West Hollywood

Credit: Andaz West Hollywood

Seaweed salad from Bond Street

Credit: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times