Circa Blows The Whistle For Happy Hour

"Your mind is gone, your brain is blazed," get thee to happy hour!

The M.O. of most Manhattan Beach happy hours is fairly simple: Get 'em in, get 'em pickled, and get 'em out. Circa is being a little more structured and selective for its new afternoon drinking deal, to be known as The "5' O'Clock Whistle." The first fifteen people to get to the door at 5:00 P.M. receive a time-card like the one you see above. If you've never had the repeated pleasures of clocking in, it's like a flimsier version of the stone slab Fred Flintstone punches everyday at the quarry. The card lists several items from Circa's bar menu, including duck confit tacos, wood-grilled oysters, and arancini. If you're one of the first fifteen coming in, you pick five of the listed dishes and get them for a combined price of $20, while your server punches holes in the card to track your order.

A little Byzantine for getting blasted? Perhaps. But a deal's a deal.

The offer is available from 5:00 to 6:30 P.M. daily, along with $5 punch, wine, and beer specials and does not include a call from your boss five minutes into your third stiff one to command you back to cover the night shift.

Circa, 903 Manhattan Ave. Manhattan Beach; 310-374-4422.