Basement Tavern on Main Street

The Basement Tavern is, literally, a basement bar at the bottom of an 1800s-era Victorian mansion on Main Street in Santa Monica.

The subterranean bar is easy to miss - unless you know this hidden gem featuring retro drinks and live jazz music exists. It's also home to one of the best happy hours in Santa Monica.

Two good reasons this hip lounge with chandeliers dangling from the ceiling, taxidermic wildlife, and cozy lounge spots is definitely worth finding. It has the feeling of a prohibition-era speakeasy, craft cocktails and all, and has one of the most extensive whiskey menus in Santa Monica.

Most nights include live music from local musicians, featuring everything from DJs to bluegrass bands to reggae nights.

Happy Hour at Basement Tavern

  • Happy Hour is Tuesday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sundays from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m.
  • Drink specials include $5 well cocktails and wine by the glass, and creative libations such as the $5 Delia's Elixir (bourbon, lemon, raspberry); and a $7 house-infused sangria with seasonal fruits and berries.
  • Food specials include $5 deviled eggs with proscuitto, green onion, and mayo; $4 mac and cheese balls with spicy ketchup, and $7 tuna tartare.

Location & Details 

It is located inside the Victorian at 2640 Main Street, Santa Monica; (310) 396-2469. Get more Basement Tavern details here.


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