Patrons on the new rooftop restaurant/ bar, Perch. (Lawrence K. Ho, Los Angeles…)
Downtown's Perch has perhaps the best bar view in all Los Angeles — a scintillating rooftop vista in the Historic Core, surrounded by a skyscraper scene straight out of a Jay McInerney novel. But should you want to make that view a little blurrier, their "apertif hour" is a great chance to try its neo-French bistro wares at prices that won't leave your wallet feeling vertigo. From 4 to 6 p.m. daily, you can pick up a draft of Kronenbourg 1664 beer for the bargain price of $5; a smattering of wines or champagne-liqueur cocktails at $6; $7 nets you a Jacques Collins (saffron gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, soda and saffron) or French 64 (cognac, ginger syrup, Peche Lambic and a hit of that Kronenbourg); and a whole host of small plates like spicy mixed nuts, rabbit rillette or frogs legs clock in well under $10 apiece. Just don't look down after you've had a few.
Perch, 448 S. Hill St., L.A. Hours: 4 p.m.-midnight Mon.-Wed., 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Thu.-Fri., 6 p.m.-2 a.m. Sat.; closed Sun. (213) 802-1770; http://www.perchla.com.
If you're looking to turn your Dia de los Muertos into a Noche de los Ebrios (Night of the Drunkards), Taberna Mexicana in Beverly Hills is a fine place to start. Their new happy hour slings all (all!) beer, wine and margaritas for $3 from 3 to 7 p.m. daily and all day on Sunday — so much for a day of repentance. They'll also offer samplings of many of the restaurant's upper-scale-ish Mexican entrees for the same price: $3. The deal goes on through Halloween and Dia de los Muertos, so even if you speed up your liver's demise, at least kids will get to eat candy skulls in your honor.
Taberna Mexicana, 369 N. Bedford Drive, Beverly Hills. Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Thu. and Sun., 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Fri.-Sat. (310) 858-7070; http://www.tabernamexicana.com.