The Dudes’ is a craft brewery on the top floor of the Santa Monica Place shopping center. While the space is big and modern and the beer itself is decent enough, there’ll come a point while you sit out on their patio and ask yourself, “Why am I drinking craft beer in a mall food court in Santa Monica?” Unless you’re with your out-of-town cousins and need a break from the off-key karaoke performers on The Promenade, there aren’t many good answers to that question.
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For views and a crowd-pleasing menu on Third Street Promenade, there's Santa Monica's Sonoma Wine Garden.
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