great mellow place, great service, good house music, favorite martini, great staff, great food, great atmosphere
Best martinis in Manhattan Beach! Best service!. I happened to be in Manhattan Beach on business and dropped in at The Side Door. I like a martini and these were the best I've ever had. A beautiful young woman named Alexandra waited on me and did a super job. She was intelligent and very professional. The only thing that could be better at The Side Door is if Alexandra worked every day.
Side Door is Perfect!. Not only are the Martinis delicious, but the service is great! Stopped by on a Wednesday night with friends and had dinner (didn?t even know they had food!). The Tuna tartar and meatballs are excellent. Some of the only GOOD house music in the south bay. I returned on the following Friday with another friend to a busier, crazier vibe. It?s cozy enough to be comfortable, hip enough to be considered upscale, and fun enough to make my regular hang!
Delicious, Yet Dangerous Martinis!. My favorite martini at Side Door is the Champagne Martini! Side Door is very small, but never seems to be overly crowded. The vibe is like any other martini bar, upscale and usually a sexier crowd than the neighboring bars. Overall, I recommend Side Door.
Avoid Bartender Named Ron. I used to come here all the time. They just got remodeled and have a nice decor plus there is the private club upstairs. It is a nice, mellow place and not too much of a scene. Overall, though, I think that service is key and the main bartender is named Ron. He seems like the type of person that has been working there for too long and has just gotten too comfortable and does not seem to care about his patrons. I think that if you are a regular and he arbitrarily determines that he likes you or are a very good looking lady that he may provide good service. Unfortunately, as much as I used to like this place, I think that service is key to the success of any place and I would not recommend it on the premise that the service there seems to lack the "how can I help you" attitude. In the future, if you are looking for a place, I would highly recommend Towne over this place. Everybody there is nice, the music is good and the service is excellent.
Thanks so much for your input,it means alot,good or bad. We actually do respond and check up according to what we hear from customers. tahnks again for mtaking the time and I hope you find a visit to The Sidedoor more to your liking next time.
DJ music TOO G*DD*MN LOUD!!! -- Drinks expensive beyond reason. I've always liked the Side Door, but last night while trying to have a nice quiet drink with my girl, there was this idiot DJ blasting some sort of INDUSTRIAL DANCE thumping b*llsh*t music. This is no longer a romantic place. Two martinis costs $28.00!!! We could have bought an entire bottle of Belvedere vodka for only $25.99 and slugged it back next to the dumpster in the alley! What could have been in those martinis to make them twice the price of the same drink at any other bar??? So, avoid this place if you want to have a nice time, save lots of $$$ and be able to have a conversation without yelling over this idiotic loud music. What are these people thinking???
Almost like London. If you're into intimate down tempo house music then this is the place. It's really casual and friendly...reminds me a lot of the DJ bars in London. It's def not the place to be ALL night. My fiance and I usually have dinner at Penny Lane, a small Sushi restaurant across the street (make sure to bring a bottle of wine, corkage fee is only $5) and then head over to The Side Door for drinks and good music. Any night is a good night. And you don't have to get dressed up :)
Ultra chill..... Some friends and I stopped in on a weekday night after dinner at Mangiamo's. The design and lack of any identifiable sign led us to step in. Luckily, they had our favorite rum - Sailor Jerry's - and we stayed for a drink. The ambience is low key, with small groups talking quietly in the corners and at the bar. The prices were a bit high but the bar was unique and worth the trip. Not much in the way of a romantic ambience, but a good after work place to relax and have a couple drinks.
Very small indeed. We went here as a "starter" place before we went out, but it is small, very few seats, crowded and loud. We ended up only having one drink there because it's so loud (since it was so crowded) that it was hard to hold a conversation.
If you go there expecting this, it might be ok. The deocr is very cool and I'll agree the martinis are great, but don't come here looking for an intimate evening.
Chill. Nice little place in Mahattan Beach - and I mean little. This place is very cozy - and definitely gets a little too crowded on weekends. There's a exclusive club upstairs. We asked one of the bartenders, the yearly membership is something insane - so i'm curious what really goes on upstairs. All i know is that most of the good looking people, stroll through the bar and go up the stairs. Martini's a excellent.
Comfortable basement-sized martini bar fills a niche between the stuffier and scruffier neighborhood spots..
A compact cathedral facade, complete with stained-glass windows and unmarked entry, conceals this slightly subterranean watering hole. The cozy spot features faux blue velvet couches, benches and rounded booths, along with a tiny bar in the middle of the room. Sunday through midweek, it's an egalitarian mix of local barhoppers, bohemian Venice commuters and the college contingent. Much the same crowd shows on the weekends, when all but the former are held behind a slow-moving velvet rope.
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