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Happy hour savings in L.A.

Tasty food and drink specials for happy hour can be found at the Charleston, Drago Centro, the Prince and Urbano Pizza Bar.

April 06, 2012|By Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times

Outstanding happy hour deals at top L.A. bars and clubs.

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Chef Jet Tila, who has battled it out on "Iron Chef America" and opened the buzzy pan-Asian restaurant Wazuzu at the Wynn in Las Vegas, has brought his tasty brand of Asian-fusion comfort food to Santa Monica. Called the Charleston and decked out in snazzy 1930s-era decor, Tila's new boîte features classic cocktails, live music — including jazz — and short rib tacos. Happy hour, which takes place Mondays through Fridays from 5 to 7 p.m., offers a chance to taste Tila's food without residual wallet pain. Choose a $7 bacon, egg and cheese flatbread; $2 Korean tacos or $5 Thai sweet and sour hot wings with Sriracha — and more — and wash it all down with $7 craft cocktails or $5 well drinks.

The Charleston, 2460 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica. Hours: 5 p.m.- 2 a.m. Mon.-Sat., 5 p.m.- 1 a.m. Sun. (310) 828-2115; http://www.charlestonla.com.

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Happy hour gets all-day crazy at Drago Centro, the hidden Italian respite in a boxy office building off Flower Street in downtown Los Angeles. When you order from the special bar menu from 11 a.m. to close on weekdays, and from 5 p.m. to close on weekends, you won't get baby bites of anything. Calamari with spicy herb aioli comes in an ample bowl; the charcuterie comes on a chunky cutting board with three types of tender meat and cheese; and the salmon crostini is thick and salty — a meal unto itself. A selection of four cocktails by affable mixologist Jaymee Mandeville, including an effervescent caipiroska, pack a life-sized punch for the puny price of $5.

Drago Centro, 525 S. Flower St., L.A. Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 5-10 p.m. Sat., 5-9 p.m. Sun. (213) 228-8998; http://www.dragocentro.com.

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Sometimes your happiest hours are spent drinking. At times like that you'd do well to get yourself to the Prince in Koreatown. Originally opened in the 1920s, when Mid-Wilshire was the place to be in Los Angeles, the Prince still looks much as it must have years ago. Circular red tufted booths, super-low lights and a happening oval bar in the center of the room make the Prince one of the most inviting places in town to nurse a martini. And since last August, with very little fanfare, the Prince has been offering 50% off on all alcoholic beverages every day from 4 to 8 p.m.

The Prince, 3198 1/2 7th St., L.A. Hours: 4 p.m.-2 a.m. daily. (213) 389-1586; http://www.theprincela.com.

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If you're feeling like pizza and want to get full fast, check out Urbano Pizza Bar's fully baked new happy hour, which features half-off all of chef Bruce Kalman's wood-fired, Neapolitan-style pizzas. These cheesy babies, including prosciutto di parma with mushrooms and spicy sausage with cage-free egg, normally retail between $11 and $15. Add some swerve to your meal with one of 11 $4 draft beers.

Urbano Pizza Bar, 630 W. 6th St., L.A. Hours: 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 11:30 a.m.– midnight Fri., 6 p.m.- midnight Sat., closed Sun. (213) 614-1900; http://www.urbanopizzabar.com.

jessica.gelt@latimes.com

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