Ashland Hill is a place no one seemed to care much about when it opened, but has risen to become a Santa Monica after-work go-to. The bar food (especially the mac and cheese) is solid, and that big beer garden is very dog-friendly and wonderful on a weekday night. There’s a Happy Hour every day of the week from 3pm - 6pm with $6 draft beer, gin and tonics, and wine.
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The Dudes’ Brewing Co.
The Dudes’ is a craft brewery on the top floor of the Santa Monica Place shopping center with a big patio.
Mercado isn’t the best Mexican you’ll ever eat. But it's right downtown Santa Monica and after a day of misery at the pier, you simply don't care.
Mondo Taco in Santa Monica is a small, order at the counter taco spot serving non-traditional tacos.
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A modern space for excellent tacos on the Westside. Yes, you read that correctly - the Westside.
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On a side street in Boyle Heights, El Momo is a tiny trailer and home to some carnitas tacos you can’t get anywhere else in town.
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Shutters On The Beach
Nothing beats sitting on Shutters’ patio overlooking the ocean, sipping champagne, and pretending this is your everyday life.
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