Bodega is a massive wine bar at Broadway and Lincoln in Santa Monica with a good bottle list, a food menu that’s better than it needs to be, and an atmosphere far more lively than your average wine bar. Their weekday Happy Hour from 5pm - 7pm gets you $6 glasses of wine as well.
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Tumbi is a modern Indian restaurant right off The Promenade in Santa Monica and an unexpected bright spot in a rather bleak area for good food.
The Daily Pint
The Daily Pint is a classic English pub in Santa Monica with fantastic craft beers and plenty of, uh, atmosphere.
Chez Jay is classic beachside drinking hole and one of the few remaining places in Santa Monica that can actually still get weird.
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Sonny’s Hideaway is an old Hollywood-themed restaurant/bar in Highland Park that’s actually tolerable.
Friends & Family
Friends & Family is an East Hollywood all-day cafe that’s about to become part of your everyday routine.
Black Market Liquor Bar
Black Market Liquor is a bar/restaurant on Ventura with good cocktails, a big craft beer list, and delicious small plates.
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Sushi note is part sushi spot, part wine bar, and unlike any other place to eat raw fish in the city.
For great, interesting wine, and excellent classic French food, Oriel in Chinatown is the place to be.
Plant Food and Wine
For vegan fine dining, and one of the best patios around, Plant Food + Wine in Venice is the place.
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