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The Basement Tavern

Map & Directions 2640 Main St.
Santa Monica, CA 90405


LA Weekly's Description

To avoid the tourists in Santa Monica, you'll have to go underground. That's where the Basement Tavern is, right underneath The Victorian event space on Main Street. The low-slung cocktail bar still teems with regulars on the weekends, but you can enjoy a relaxing midweek drink without much fuss. The Basement Burro, a friendly take on the Moscow Mule that relies on a housemade ginger syrup, is a hit with the youngish crowd, as is the Modern Fashioned, which subs in agave nectar and blood orange. There is food and a small selection of beers, but don't be fooled: This is cocktail territory with a laid-back vibe that hasn't been ruined by hordes of tourists yet.

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  • Los Angeles Times on 10/14/10

    To find Basement Tavern, you'll have to enter in back, pass by the wafting stench of trash bins, navigate through a loading dock and then descend a flight of stairs, and that's just to get inside.

  • AskMen on 02/17/12

    The tavern delivers on many fronts. It's a community bar, no cover is always a plus, it's got a great bar menu, and did we forget to mention it's in a historic Victorian home

  • April P. on 09/01/10

    Nice bar tenders , good drink prices, newest fun bar on the westside

  • Mike J. on 06/13/11

    Get the dragon. Promise. Also, awesome happy hr 5-8

  • Shawn A. on 03/07/11

    fun bar with great live music

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