7 Best Happy Hour Restaurants
on Main Street

Main Street in Santa Monica is home to some of the best happy hour bars and restaurants in the city.

At these cool places in Santa Monica you can expect a happening scene and some pretty fabulous discount-priced drinks and eats. And the vibe? Stylish, laid-back, and friendly.

The 7 best happy hour bars and restaurants on Main Street are listed below in alphabetical order.

  1.   Areal Santa Monica

This indoor-outdoor California cuisine restaurant is the place on Main Street to grab a post-beach libation, with $4 beers, $6 cocktails and wine to wash down discounted appetizers like bacon wrap dates, Spanish octopus with chickpeas and harissa, or a crispy shrimp po boy.

The special is available daily from 4 - 7 p.m. throughout the restaurant. 2820 Main Street, Santa Monica; (310) 392-1661.

  2.   Basement Tavern

This intimate, subterranean bar (known to locals as simply 'The Basement") offers happy hour prices from 5 - 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and Sundays from 3 p.m. - 2 a.m. when drink specials include $5 well cocktails and wine by the glass, and $ house-infused sangria with season fruits and berries.

Food 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.

  3.   Brick and Mortar Santa Monica

Every day is a happy day at this unfussy tavern tucked away in the Edgemar Center for the Arts, where happy hour happens daily.

Enjoy $5 well drinks and house wines to accompany specially priced cheese & meat trays, house-made hummus, Caesar salad, mussels, mushroom pizza and short-rib pizza.  

The special is available weekdays from noon to 7 p.m. with food specials 3-4 p.m. on weekends.

2435 Main Street, Santa Monica; (310) 450-3434

  4.   Enterprise Fish Company Santa Monica

This Santa Monica seafood happy hour is one of the best happy hour spots for locals from 4 - 7 p.m. daily (with late night happy hours Friday and Saturday 9 - 11 p.m.), with $6 spirits and $1.50 oysters on the half shell, and $8 - $16 premium small plates including lime-marinated fish ceviche, hamachi, and lobster rolls. 174 Kinney Street, Santa Monica; (310) 392-8366

  5.   The Galley Santa Monica

At one of Santa Monica's best-loved stalwart Main Street restaurants, happy hour is 5 - 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and all day Sunday at the South Seas Bar and on the patio and all food and drinks are half-off.

2442 Main Street, Santa Monica; (310) 452-1934.

  6.   Library Bar Santa Monica

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 50 percent off beers, $3 wines, and some seriously studious-priced eats like $3 pulled-pork sliders, $6 calamari, and $7 beer-braised mussels.

Hall pass not required. 2911 Main Street, Santa Monica; (310) 314-4855.

  7.   M Street Kitchen

From 4 to 6:30 p.m. daily, M Street Kitchen has $3 beers, $5 wines and $6 well drinks to go along with a selection of simple bites, including $5 cheeseburgers or turkey burgers, $2 mahi-mahi tacos and $5 guacamole & housemade chips.Better still, everything on the menu is under $7.

2000 Main Street, Santa Monica; (310) 396-9145.

Be sure to check out this list of the Top 10 Santa Monica Happy Hours.

And you can get a list of the top Santa Monica Night Clubs here.

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