Best Happy Hours on Main Street

Main Street in Santa Monica is home to some of the city's best happy hour bars and restaurants. At each of these friendly, laid-back restaurants, you can expect a happening scene, discount-priced drinks, and unique eats.

Main Street in Santa Monica is home to some of the city's best happy hour bars and restaurants. At each of these friendly, laid-back restaurants, you can expect a happening scene, discount-priced drinks, and unique eats.

The best happy hour bars and restaurants below were chosen because they can be counted on to serve up a laid-back vibe, creative cocktails, and appetizers at reasonable prices - night after night. Enjoy!

Jameson's Irish Pub & Sports Grill

Jameson's Irish Pub & Sports Grill at the corner of Main and Hill streets is the new kid on the happy-hour block as of 2019. (Just in time for the COVID-19 craziness.)

And it's still here - and packing in the friendly crowds on the livelier than ever Main Street. It replaced the venerable Finn McCools while retaining its predecessor's laid-back style and sports bar ambiance.

Daily from 3 p.m. - 8 p.m., drinks are 2-for-1 - or you can get a double for the same price. Not enough for you? Jameson's does it all over again for the late-night 10:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m. Sunday through Thursday. 

Specials include Irish nachos with crispy hand-cut fries topped with your choice of prime rib or chicken - or try it with a fried egg on top; and slow-roasted prime rib specialties. Chase it with a shot of Jameson Irish whiskey on tap or a $5.89 peanut butter Jameson shot. Sip your fill of bottomless mimosas, bellinis, and Bloody Marys on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday until 3 p.m.

Come for the Irish-strong drinks and friendly vibe, and a primarily local crowd. 2702 Main Street, (424) 330-0069

Basement Tavern

Temporarily Closed

Hip cocktail lounge on the lower level of an old house providing retro drinks, light bites & live jazz.

This hip cocktail lounge on the lower level of an old house (hence the name) serves up retro drinks, light bites, and live jazz. You'll find happy hour pricing daily (through Saturday), from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.; and 3 p.m. - 2 a.m. Sundays.

Happy hour drink specials include $5 cocktails, wine by the glass, and house-infused sangria with seasonal fruits and berries.

Appetizer specials include $5 deviled eggs with prosciutto, green onion, and mayo; $4 mac and cheese balls with spicy ketchup; and $7 tuna tartare. 2640 Main Street, Santa Monica; (310) 396-2469.

The Galley

Happy hour restaurantsOld school favorite The Galley.

Inside one of Santa Monica's best-loved restaurants, the seaworthy drinks and eats are happy-hour priced from 5 - 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and all day Sunday at the South Seas Bar and on the patio. Best of all you'll find food and drinks are half-off during this two-hour sailing. 2442 Main Street, Santa Monica; (310) 452-1934.

 Library Ale House

Best happy hourThe Library Ale House.

Need a 'study break' (as the Library Ale House euphemistically deems happy hour)? Then ditch class - or work - from 3 - 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, in favor of sipping half-priced beer, $3 wines, and some seriously studious-priced eats: such as $3 pulled-pork sliders, $6 calamari, and $7 beer-braised mussels. Hall passes are not required. 2911 Main Street, Santa Monica; (310) 314-4855.




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