What: Half-off entire menu
When: Mon-Sat 5-8pm, Sun 5pm-close
Why we love it: So you like the idea of a half-off happy hour menu, but you don't want to limit yourself to FIG's one-hour deal. Head to the Basement Tavern at the Victorian, and your problem is solved. From 5-8pm every night (except Sunday, when happy hour is all.night.long.), both food and drink prices are neatly slashed in half. Craft cocktails, usually $12 each, are now only $6—we recommend the Purple Rain, a refreshing libation featuring gin, citrus, blackberries, cucumber and agave. But you need a little sustenance too, which is where the Tavern's burgers, fries, cheese boards and more come in. A plate piled high with calamari for only $7? Pinch us, we're dreaming.
Santa Monica may embody most Southern California stereotypes—babes frolicking on beaches, hippie moms strolling through farmers' markets—but it's also known for its fledgling start-ups and tech giants (what's up, Google). To sum up: It's all about working hard and playing hard here. We rounded up the nine best happy hour spots in Santa Monica to unwind, whether you're finishing up your work day or just taking a break for beer. Because, hey—you deserve it.
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