For some unknown reason, Santa Monica has more than its fair share of traditional English pubs, and Ye Olde King’s Head is one of the best. In operation since the 1970’s, this place can definitely get touristy, but ultimately you don’t mind because the kitschy interior is fun and welcoming, the fish and chips will cure your blackened soul, and everyone’s screaming at rugby on TV.
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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.
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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 Library Alehouse
If you’re a beer person on the Westside, The Library Alehouse in Santa Monica is your place.
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