well I ended up at Hopsaint in Torrance. No happy hour to speak of, but decent food, wine, and a large beer list which my beer snob friend loved, but I could not find a single non-IPA type beer, so I opted for Riesling. What better way to get turnt up before a Rage show than Riesling?
But seriously, this killer shrimp dish was great, and worked well with the wine (pic ripped from google):
My buddy's burger was less successful.