Jay’s Bar - Happy Hour
June 10th, 2013
My monthly girl’s night out was cancelled but instead of staying home and sulking over the fact that I had purchased a new outfit to impress my friends with and now had nowhere to wear it, I found myself a new plan. Friday night was waiting and so were my husband and his friend who had no idea what they were getting themselves into when they agreed to let me crash guy’s night out. It is all a blur of amalgamated images that make no sense; beer, burlesque, bikinis, a cut out figure I took a photo with outside of a Tattoo parlor. What is clear though is the fact that we discovered a new bar that served as the starting point for our adventure.
Jay’s Bar is a little dive bar located in a hole in the wall shopping center close to the Fountain Ave. and Sunset Blvd. intersection, but the only thing dive-y about it is the location and the very stark décor. Simple, unfinished wooden benches, brushed metal picnic tables, and a bar that traverses the entire place from end gives off a very cold first impression, but this is in complete contrast to the staff who in our experience was extremely inviting, flirtatious even, and knowledgeable about the beer. We arrived for Happy Hour, which takes place seven days a week from 4pm to 7pm, and were happily surprised to notice that they had many delicious craft beers on tap as well as bar food with a twist that we could share.
Their Happy Hour specials are $1 off beer and wine by the glass, $3 cans of PBR and bottles of Coors, $3 off draft pitchers and wine by the bottle and $1 sake shots all day long. Official warning: if a cocktail or a stiff drink is what your Happy Hour calls for, Jay’s Bar is not the place for you. Jay’s is relatively new and they still do not hold a full liquor license though on that particular Friday night, there was a big chalkboard sign announcing that liquor was coming soon.
When out with the guys, I drink beer so we indulged in the Iron Fist Hired Hand Saison which was a dollar off for Happy Hour and then feeling peer pressured or “beer pressured” if you will to keep up with the boys on guy’s night out, I continued with a 10.6% beer from Bend, Oregon called Deschutes Hop Henge Double IPA. Since any responsible Happy Hour goer knows that drinking on an empty stomach is not the best idea, we ordered some corn meal Hush Puppies served with a spicy remoulade on special for $6 and some Fresh Cut Fries with garlic aioli for $5. The Hush Puppies were a nice surprise to find on a Happy Hour menu in L.A. They were really tasty and though fried, not heavy or greasy. It was almost like eating a crunchy comforting corn bread. We devoured these and the fries within minutes from their arrival and as Happy Hour came to a close we realized it was time to truly begin guy’s night out.
4321 Sunset Blvd
Everday, 4pm - 7pm
$3 Cans of PBR & Bottles of Bud Light
$3 Off Draft Pitchers & Wine by the Bottle
$1 Sake Shots All Night Long
$5 - 6 Happy Hour Appetizers