2640 Main St, Santa Monica, CA | Directions 9040534.001647 -118.483518
Daily, 5pm - 2am
Neighborhoods: West LA, Ocean Park
This place has somewhat of an identity crisis but we like the outdoor area for live music, drinks specials and half off appetizers.
Horrified! – I cannot believe that a customer who wrote this review over a year ago has said that this establishment had an overtly racist type of entertainment playing and citysearch still has it up as a top ten item for a "guy's night out". How irresponsible of you City Search and obviously I will not be frequenting the The Basement Tavern anytime soon unless I feel like traveling in a terrifying time wrap.
TOTALLY TURNED OFF BY THIS PLACE – I have been here quite a few times. In the past I have enjoyed myself. This last time while out with some friends that were visiting (for the sake of this story all are african american except myself) from New York I insisted that we go here. Upon arriving and getting to the bar downstairs we looked up at the TV and were all absolutely disgusted. They were playing "Blackface" one of the most racist forms of entertainment in American History. Is this really your idea of quality entertainment for a thursday night crowd????? How Dare you. I felt sickened to my stomach when I came in and saw this. How did you feel your african american customers would feel upon seeing this? Needless to say we left almost immediately and will not be coming back. I will also be telling everyone I know never to come here if this is you idea of nighttime entertainment for the masses.
Citysearch Editorial Review – Downtown comes to the beach: This speakeasy-style Main Street bar, located in the basement of the Victorian, the 19th-century house best known as a wedding venue and a breakfast spot during the Sunday Farmer's Market, is a totally unexpected space for Main Street. Entered through a semi-secret entrance off the Victorian’s parking lot (go around the back, then head down the stairs past the kitchen), the bar has dramatic chandeliers, chalkboard walls and affordable, handcrafted cocktails--no drink is over $10. Seating areas with leather armchairs and benches surround the large, square bar, and there's also a semi-private, glassed-in area in the back, which can be reserved for groups. The crowd is eclectic--30-something couples on dates, groups of college students out for drinks, and, of course, omnipresent hipsters watching the bands that sometimes set up in the back corner--and the late-night scene is lively.
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