Not every happy hour is created equal. In fact most are pretty limiting when it comes to drinks, food and days. CAST Lounge at Viceroy in Santa Monica set the standard for the happy hour experience not only with food and drink, but by allowing you to enjoy them all seven days a week.
The atmosphere alone at CAST makes this a must stop after work, for a date, to hang out with friends, any excuse or no excuse at all. CAST has a very stylish and intimate setting that sets itself apart from your typical Los Angeles bar. You can grab the tucked away and secluded corner table to enjoy with a date or sit at the beautiful bar or join friends on the luxurious couches. CAST has an experience and setting that really doesn't fit the happy hour mold, the experience is worth the price of a high end cocktail, but at CAST you get the best of both worlds.
The craft cocktail happy list comes in at only seven dollars apiece and these go far beyond your normal happy hour as you can choose from a great list of tasty mixology driven cocktails. You can begin your night with some of the classics including; sangria, margarita, cosmopolitan and a perfectly prepared lemon drop. If you are looking for something new the first suggestion would be the Ocean Ave. Heat which features tequila, triple sec and a house made spicy craft syrup that gives this cocktail just a little bit of heat that will be enjoyed by those that love a little spice. Chai has become an increasingly popular flavor in the past few years and CAST created the fabulous Chai Tea Daiquiri that combines the richness of rum with a chai tea syrup to create this flavorful and unique cocktail.
CAST Executive Chef Larry Monaco was able to create a near unparalleled happy hour menu that comes in at a mere five dollars per tasty dish. You can share with friends such dishes as; truffle fries, charcuterie & cheese, Viceroy sliders, margarita flatbread, yakitori meatballs, chicken schnitzel sliders. Clearly not your standard bar food, but CAST is clearly not your typical bar. The truffle fries are simply oozing with truffle flavor and the aroma you will find is almost as good as the taste and pairing these with the juicy Viceroy sliders is the only way to go. The flatbread pizzas are among the best around and a flat out steal at five dollars. More than more person can handle, they are loaded with ingredients and the crust is baked to a slightly crisp texture. The ingredients are what really set this menu apart and if you really want a treat, grab a cocktail and then enjoy dinner from Chef Monaco and experience the freshness and flavor that he brings to his menu.
Happy hour at CAST Lounge goes from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week. While making for a great stop if you are in Santa Monica, the perfect way to enjoy CAST would be to book a room at the beautiful Viceroy and enjoy your weekend poolside with a few cocktails from CAST.
CAST is located at 1819 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401. For more information visit: CAST
Another great happy hour to try is in Beverly Hills at Avec Nous at Viceroy L'Ermitage. Avec Nous recently introduced their new "Cocktail Hour" featuring a wealth of items all priced at $10 or under, including:
• $2 Oyster Martinis - Plated in martini glasses, adventurous eaters can indulge in a number of preparations like Bloody Mary, Habanero Pepper or Cucumber & Lime
• $8 Cocktails - Wet your whistle with a Moscow Mule, Boulevardier, Paloma and well drink specials
• $10 Featured Wines - Enjoy a glass of featured sparkling, red or white wine
• $8 - $10 Bites Menu - Includes foie gras crostini ($8), truffle fries ($8), shrimp cocktail ($8), 6 oysters on the half shell ($10), two beef sliders ($10), and two grilled lamb chops ($10)
For more information visit: Avec Nous