Bodega is a massive wine bar at Broadway and Lincoln in Santa Monica with a good bottle list, a food menu that’s better than it needs to be, and an atmosphere far more lively than your average wine bar. Their weekday Happy Hour from 5pm - 7pm gets you $6 glasses of wine as well.
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The Craftsman Bar and Kitchen
The Craftsman is a relaxed downtown Santa Monica bar and a great spot to hit up after a long day at the beach.
A dive bar named after an alcoholic poet? Yeah, Barkowski is as weird and wonderful as you think it is.
Tumbi is a modern Indian restaurant right off The Promenade in Santa Monica and an unexpected bright spot in a rather bleak area for good food.
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Baran’s 2239 is a Hermosa Beach neighborhood spot that will make you feel like you’re at a potluck.
One of the more impressive restaurants in the city, 71Above still lacks enough reasons to go there.
The Fountain Coffee Room
The Fountain Coffee Room is a classic morning counter service spot in the Beverly Hills Hotel.
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Sushi note is part sushi spot, part wine bar, and unlike any other place to eat raw fish in the city.
For great, interesting wine, and excellent classic French food, Oriel in Chinatown is the place to be.
Plant Food and Wine
For vegan fine dining, and one of the best patios around, Plant Food + Wine in Venice is the place.
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