Break up the stressful workweek by grabbing drinks with friends or co-workers. From wine bars to comedy clubs, poolside cocktails or trendy bars -- these local hot spots offer great deals throughout the week, with savings of up to 75%.
AFTER-WORK DRINKS: Go straight from the office to a bar the LA Times called “chic,” The Glendon Bar & Kitchen in Westwood. Our deal experts loved the baked brie and honey fig toast. Drinks and appetizers for two cost $39 (reg. $84).
POOLSIDE COCKTAILS: Sip on drinks while lounging around the pool at the JW Marriott Santa Monica Le Merigot, where four drinks are $39 (reg. $80). Or, up the street is the Lobby Lounge at Fairmont Miramar Hotel, where four alfresco cocktails are $30 (reg. up to $144) or four top-shelf whiskeys cost $99 (reg. $260).
DRINKS 'N’ LAUGHS: Laughing is one of the best ways to de-stress. Flappers Comedy Club in Burbank has hosted top acts, including famous faces such as Sarah Silverman and Margaret Cho. Nab two show tickets with four drinks for $29 (reg. $68).
SPICE IT UP WITH SANGRIA: For “addictive sangria” (Zagat), try Bar Pintxo in Santa Monica. LA Magazine named it Best Spanish Restaurant in 2012. Drinks and appetizers for two are $35 (reg. $72).
SWIRL AND SIP: Head to Marina del Rey for wine flights at Bin 73. This wine bar is “sleek” with “generous pours” (LA Weekly). Try their wine and cheese package for two for $49 (reg. $90), which includes two premium wine flights with three tastings per person.
BREEZY BUBBLY: Gather up to seven friends for sparkling wine and tunes on a private boat cruise. Enjoy a 90-minute ride along the coastline in Newport Beach with a bottle of bubbly for $65 (reg. $150).
FIND YOUR INNER MONET: Sip on two glasses of wine while learning how to paint on canvas at PAINT:LAB in Santa Monica. Two drinks with appetizers, painting supplies and instruction cost $29 (reg. $67).
FRIDAY FUN FEST: Ready for a big wine festival with pals? Then mark your calendar for Friday, August 15, for Around the World in 80 Sips in the Miracle Mile. If you book by July 9, you’ll save 50%: general admission for $37.50 (reg. $75) or VIP admission for $62.50 (reg. $125).