Small Bites: Happy Hour deals at the Beachcomber, Mirabelle & Le Merigot
5-5-5 Happy Hour Deals: The Beachcomber, known for hoisting its martini flag complete with a bugle call everyday at 5 p.m., is offering a new happy hour deal: Choose from five cocktails and five appetizers for $5 (Monday - Friday, 5 - 7 p.m.). Cocktails include the Citronage Margarita, the Pier Club Colada; the Strawberry Fields (rum, strawberries, bananas and cream), the Wizard of Ahhs (gin, lime juice and mint) and the Watermelon Jolly Rancher Martini (vodka, watermelon schnapps and pineapple juice). Food choices are calamari fries; cheese pizzettes; hummus and crisps; spicy chicken sliders; and a cheeseburger. The Beachcomber at Malibu Pier and Malibu Pier Club Bar: 23000 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. (310) 456-9800, www.thebeachcombercafe.com.
Extended Happy Hour at Mirabelle: Every Monday and Tuesday, Happy Hour at Mirabelle (normally 4 to 7 p.m.) lasts until midnight. That means all house wines are $3.50-$5 per glass, while martinis are $5. Food includes the Greek-influenced meze plate ($7), rock shrimp with honey wasabi sauce ($7), short rib cubes and more ($5.50). Mirabelle, which opened in 1971, also extended its $19.71 three-course meal through the rest of 2009. It includes a salad or crab bisque for the first course; pasta, chicken Dijon or hangar steak for the main course and ice cream for dessert. Mirabelle: 8768 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. (310) 659-6022, www.mirabelleonsunset.com.
Late Night Happy Hour at Le Merigot: Because you're still busy working when everyone else heads to happy hour at 5 p.m., Le Troquet, the open-air bar at Le Merigot, now offers a happy hour Monday through Friday from 8 to 10 p.m. Well drinks are 50% off while appetizers and small plates like crab quesadillas, steak au poivre and tuna tartar are 30% off. Le Troquet at Le Merigot: 1740 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 395-9700, www.lemerigothotel.com.
Photo: Revelers raise the martini flag circa 1950s at the Beachcomber. Courtesy of the Crystal Cove Alliance.