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As beachside developments continue to edge out the minnows, old-school bars like The Shellback Tavern in Manhattan Beach are increasingly rare. Just 50 yards east of the ocean, the beer pours cold at the Shellback and you can still find tequila shots for a dollar. Twelve bucks will net you a steak and a beer on Tuesday nights (don't say we didn't warn you), and on weekends you can try your stomach at two fried eggs and a plate of hash browns. Otherwise, it's all about the booze at the Shellback, thanks to owner Bob Beverly, and the endless supply of bikini-topped ladies and board shorts-wearing men who have the bar humming all night long.
Located just 50 yards up from the Manhattan Beach Pier with the best views in the South Bay, the Shellback Tavern started life in 1955 as a bait-and-tackle shop where you could also pick up a couple of six-packs. Still housed in the original concrete-sided box, it is the last of the no-shoes, no-shirt, no-problem bars that once dominated Los Angeles' coastal strip. Owner Bob Beverly defiantly revels in its "beach trash" image, which offends the MB establishment but draws huge crowds of rowdy... More »
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