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.
This cozy lounge with chandeliers dangling from the ceiling has the feeling of a prohibition-era speakeasy.
Come for the creative craft cocktails and 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.
It is located inside the Victorian at 2640 Main Street, Santa Monica; (310) 396-2469. Get more Basement Tavern details here.