Basement Tavern
American Restaurant$
Today 5:00 PM – 2:00 AM
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2640 Main St Santa Monica, CA 90405
2640 Main StreetUSCaliforniaSanta Monica90405
$American Restaurant, BarToday 5:00 PM – 2:00 AM
Thursday 5:00 PM – 2:00 AMFriday 5:00 PM – 2:00 AMSaturday 5:00 PM – 2:00 AMSunday 5:00 PM – 2:00 AMMonday 5:00 PM – 2:00 AMTuesday 5:00 PM – 2:00 AMWednesday 5:00 PM – 2:00 AM
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Hip cocktail lounge on lower level of an old house providing retro drinks, light bites & live jazz.- Google
"Live music of Terry Reid, Ginger Merkin, etc.. HollywoodRockStars."
"In fact, I would be a regular at The Basement if I lived in LA."
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Sean Coleman
a week ago
Eclectic furnishings with a cool, low-key bar in a basement setting
James Rowland
6 months ago
Good beer... Enjoyed several times... Live music of Terry Reid, Ginger Merkin, etc.. HollywoodRockStars
Joshua Hoskison
a year ago
The place is so packed that you will be covered in the sweat of everyone around you. It's impossible to move, dance, or make your way to the bar. There's a horrible line outside, and after opening a tab there my credit card was used for fraudulent charges the following day. The bands that play on Saturday nights aren't bad, but the environment is dismal.
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Alyx Barranger
2 years ago
This was my first official going out in LA experience, and I have to say, I loved this place. Walking in, I felt like the coolest kid on the block since this place feels like a well kept secret of Santa Monica. It literally is in the basement, so it makes it kind of a mystery to find, and once you walk in you are transported to such a cool setting. There's chalk walls that you can write on, a little side room that you can sit and talk in, live music, cheap beer, chandeliers... you name it, they probably have it. The only downside (that I didn't experience) is the line to get in. We arrived early and missed the late night rush, but there will be a line if you decide to head out later.
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Stephanie Han
8 months ago
Last and best (imo) stop on our Santa Monica Barcycle Crawl. The other bars we'd been to had been fine, but I didn't think there was anything really special about them. The Basement Tavern was definitely different. Located literally in the basement of the Victorian house where they do special events, it was the coolest-looking bar of the bunch. First of all, you're going underground, ooooooh! This bar definitely had more of a hip current ambiance, with fresh herbs at the bar for special cocktails (a dead giveaway) and a coo old gentleman's library-ish atmosphere. They had a variety of seating areas, ranging from some pretty comfy leather armchairs to standard tall bar tables and stools. I was feeling pretty full by the time we got to this place so I just ended up having a Coconut Porter (forget the brewery, but it was in a can, not on tap, alas). Something else to note about its undergroundedness: your phone reception will probably suck. Our group had a dandy time here, and this is a place I definitely wouldn't mind coming back to in the future.
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Meaghan Haas
a year ago
My absolute favorite bar in Santa Monica. Awesome happy hour until 8pm, which is perfect when paired with the Tuesday Food Truck gathering in the accompanying parking lot. Sit out on the patio, have a delicious $5 bourbon cocktail and eat your fill of food truck findings. Also, their food menu is super cheap and really tasty - so no need to limit your visits to Tuesdays! Love the furnishings and lighting in the basement bar, and staff is all really friendly. Highly recommended!
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Nikida Koraly
10 months ago
Excellent atmosphere, excellent drinks
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Hernan Vicuna
2 years ago
This review pertains to the Basement Tavern - Poor experience. Security guards are dumber than dirt...heaven forbid you walk up the stairs looking for the bathroom because they make you wait in line again. Once inside it's douchebag and guido central. Music / band is okay and drinks are mediocre. There are way better hot and overcrowded shiteholes than this yourself the wait and hassle.