Gramercy is a neighborhood bar on a section of Wilshire that's an ideal place to stop and wait out traffic if you're heading east from Santa Monica. The Happy Hour drinks are cheap (plus, there’s a late-night version with $2 PBRs), and the bartenders won’t bother you unless you look like you want a conversation. The Sriracha wings or a flatbread are your best bet if you’re hungry.
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Upper West might be in the Westside no man’s land, but this casual spot is definitely worth your time.
Mercado isn’t the best Mexican you’ll ever eat. But it's right downtown Santa Monica and after a day of misery at the pier, you simply don't care.
Cha Cha Chicken
An outdoor, island-like Caribbean BYOB that’s a great time. In Santa Monica, no less.
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Hatchet Hall is a Southern-leaning small plates restaurant in Culver City where you’ll actually leave full.
Superba Food + Bread
All-day Venice spot Superba Food + Bread proves that sometimes sequels are better than the original.
Barbrix in Silver Lake is an all-day spot, but your best move is to come here for a great, affordable brunch.
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Esters Wine Shop & Bar
Esters in Santa Monica might be known as that place you drink at before eating at Cassia, but this wine bar very much stands on its own.
Elephante is a rooftop bar/restaurant in the heart of downtown Santa Monica with great views and a crowd of bankers.
We like Market Provisions for everything that they are. Except the food. We will never stand by that.
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