Shutters is the sceney hotel/post-beach drink spot right off the boardwalk where windswept hair and silk sarongs are the mandatory aesthetic. But as much of a production as this boutique hotel is, nothing beats sitting on that patio overlooking the ocean while sipping champagne and pretending this is your everyday life.
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Best known as that place you drank too many tequila sodas at a few weekends ago, Basement Tavern calms down mightily during weekday happy hour.
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The Nickel Mine in Santa Monica became the go-to sports bar in the neighborhood the minute it opened.
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