Mom’s is, without question, a college bar. But it’s also a fun place to party like you still don’t get hangovers that keep you in bed for 24 hours straight. Their Happy Hour is four hours long every day, and features $4 well drinks and $3 beers. The floors are sticky, the music’s loud, and there are multiple beer pong games happening at all times. But sometimes, that’s exactly what you want in a bar.
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The Misfit Restaurant + Bar
The Misfit is located uncomfortably close to The Promenade tourist hellzone, but when it comes to this laid-back restaurant, we grin and bear it.
Elephante is a rooftop bar/restaurant in the heart of downtown Santa Monica with great views and a crowd of bankers.
The Santa Monica location doesn’t have the magic of the original Ktown location, but El Cholo is still fun and serving solid old-school Mexican food.
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Clayton’s Public House
Clayton’s is a Victorian-themed bar in the Spring Arcade downtown. It’s as cheesy as it sounds.
Barney’s Beanery in Redondo is a more low-key location of this sports bar mini-chain, with bar games, nachos, and a water view.
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Audrey is the restaurant at the Hammer in Westwood, and a great place for some cocktails and dinner (whether or not you actually visit the museum).
Tacos Tu Madre
Tacos tu Madre is the colorful, affordable taco window in Westwood with an all-day breakfast burrito that's one of our favorites in the city.
Sunnin Lebanese Cafe
Sunnin, a classic Lebanese spot in Westwood, serves some of the best shawarma in town.
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