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Basement Tavern

Speakeasy, Bar, and Music Venue$$$$
Ocean Park, Santa Monica
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  • AskMen
    AskMenFebruary 17, 2012
    The tavern delivers on many fronts. It's a community bar, no cover is always a plus, it's got a great bar menu, and did we forget to mention it's in a historic Victorian home Read more
  • Maria O.
    Maria O'bryNovember 20, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Love bartenders. Soo friendly, experienced and easy-going. More classy Victorian and sick Basement, cheap drinks, nice live bands,lots of people. If you want the real speak-easy spirit, this is it.
  • Joe J.
    Joe JohnsonJuly 25, 2012
    The best part is... It feels like a high end Chicago speakeasy from 1918 once inside...except for the enclosed chic game room. Great food from the parent restaurant, the Victorian.
  • Chris C.
    Chris CooksonSeptember 19, 2015
    Dark, hard to know where you are going or hear anyone, drinks are expensive, place is overcrowded and it tends to get really sweaty, really fast. However, their live music is almost always great!
  • Cato S.
    Cato StevensAugust 4, 2011
    Great idea! Rock music and Rock Band. Great cocktails (I loved the ginger Basement Burro) and selection of aged Whiskeys. A fun follow-up to Tuesdays' food trucks in the adjacent lot. Read more
  • Tom M.
    Tom McKeeverDecember 4, 2014
    Live music and great cocktails. A large amount of outside porch area to escape the basement if you need to. Nobody dances but the live bands are usually really great.
  • Taryn Maxximillian D.
    The ladies WC is super ratchet. You're just as well off peeing behind a car in the parking lot with a fist full of cocktail napkins. The drinks are good. The DJ loves spinning 90's jams.
  • Ryan W.
    Ryan WOctober 23, 2014
    One of my favorite places to grab a drink. Well-crafted cocktails and a decent beer selection. Great atmosphere. Your phone won't work downstairs.
  • Emiliy M.
    Emiliy MarinoFebruary 19
    Fun little speakeasy. Looks like you're in a cross between the Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean. Live band karaoke is a blast.
  • Party Earth
    Party EarthApril 4, 2012
    “The Tavern fills up quickly between 9 and 10pm. Once they hit capacity, it’s one in/one out for the rest of the night.” Find out more at
  • Juliana L.
    Juliana LimaJanuary 19, 2015
    What a find! Didn't know where to go so searching in some apps Basement Tavern appeared as local spot. I absolutely loved the atmosphere of the place and the people.
  • Meg F.
    Meg FarmerDecember 24, 2014
    Trendy late night spot. Attracts a good crowd, but also tends to have a wait to get in. Hit up another Main Street bar if that's the case.
  • Taste Terminal
    Taste TerminalMarch 4, 2012
    Happy hour discounts include food items marked at 50% off, $2 off bottle beer, $5 glass of house red or white wine, $5 Delia’s Elixir cocktail and $7 rotating specialty cocktails. Read more
  • Scott H.
    Scott HowardNovember 26, 2012
    Order a Manhattan in a rock's glass. The bartender makes it really well using this awesome whiskey, it's called Brimstone.
  • Cherith Z.
    Cool spot and fun to get to, but I've been here several times over the last few years and one thing hasn't changed: Way. Too. Loud. It's absurd
  • Oscar "Del ☊ Brian" R.
    Oscar "Del ☊ Brian" RangelJuly 26, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    I vinyl DJ here on either Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays. One or the other each weekend. So fun. Don't forget to say hello!
  • Shane E.
    Shane EppsMarch 13, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Always a good time. Great prices and even greater happy hour prices on food and drink.
  • FabFitFun
    FabFitFunNovember 16, 2011
    Bartenders in old-time dress serve strong cocktails, a live band plays most nights, and a good time is guaranteed!
  • Kirsten S.
    Kirsten StubbsJuly 4, 2011
    Make friends with Gilbert, he's the best bartender and has a knack for creating drinks on the spot. Love this bar!
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyAugust 4, 2014
    To avoid the tourists in Santa Monica, you'll have to go underground. Read more
  • Steph D.
    Steph DJuly 20, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Be sure to order a C'est La vie from Brad. Also, the chalkboard walls provide hours of fun.
  • Pierre C.
    Pierre CannJanuary 24, 2015
    Excellent place to chill out after a day on the beach. Very intimate.
  • Ingrid B.
    Ingrid B.June 27, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Try the signature drinks! They are all amazing, well prepare drinks!!!
  • aris s.
    aris sJune 28, 2011
    good drink prices, good food, board games and wii. so much fun!
  • Los Angeles Times
    Los Angeles TimesOctober 14, 2010
    To find Basement Tavern, you'll have to enter in back, pass by the wafting stench of trash bins, navigate through a loading dock and then descend a flight of stairs, and that's just to get inside. Read more
  • Maria O.
    Maria O'bryFebruary 3, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Love the band on Saturday though it is very crowded!
  • Amy S.
    Amy SApril 25, 2014
    The 'C'est la vie' & the 'Purple Haze' are both delish!
  • Jacqueline L.
    Jacqueline L.February 3, 2013
    Happy hour: Sun all day, rest of week 5-8. $3 beer, $5 wine/well. Half off all food.
  • Ben C.
    Ben CaroApril 6, 2015
    Always open, even if upstairs is reserved.
  • Kevin D.
    Kevin DuncanAugust 16, 2010
    Awesome vibe. Good music. Decent beer selection. Chandeliers are a fine touch.
  • April P.
    April PfenderSeptember 2, 2010
    Nice bar tenders , good drink prices, newest fun bar on the westside
  • Rachael M.
    Rachael McLeanAugust 29, 2011
    Monday is best night..Butch Walker is playing there these days then it gets clastrophobia like.
  • Dave H.
    Dave HoltzAugust 25
    Get there early before the bros descend upon the bar.
  • Jeff W.
    Jeff WalkerSeptember 30, 2013
    great music, get the Moscow mule
  • Alisha B.
    Alisha BlandJanuary 25, 2013
    Live Band on Thursday is great!!!!
  • Ingrid B.
    Ingrid B.November 1, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Monday is burlesque night with Behind the six band. Soooo good!
  • James L.
    James LeeNovember 26, 2011
    try the basement burro... it's refreshing!
  • Mike J.
    Mike JacobsonJune 14, 2011
    Get the dragon. Promise. Also, awesome happy hr 5-8
  • Brendan B.
    Brendan BurnettNovember 30, 2013
    Any place with two live bands is cool by me
  • Phil S.
    The vibe is very chill and relaxed
  • Jonathan P.
    Jonathan PercyJanuary 14, 2012
    Pretend you're the only one that knows about this place and try to impress your friends.
  • Elle S.
    Elle ShaneeAugust 5, 2013
    Beautiful for weddings and receptions!!!
  • Carla A.
    Carla AJuly 13, 2014
    I didn't like it at all. It was hot and there was no AC. The bouncer was an A-HOLE who wanted our group to make line to get back in after we came out for some fresh air! Go somewhere else if you can.
  • Amol K.
    Amol KDecember 27, 2014
    Like the ambiance but drinks are overpriced for the amount they pour.
  • Ingrid B.
    Ingrid B.November 16, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Happy hour everyday food and drinks from 5-8 pm
  • Allan d.
    Allan de LeonAugust 9, 2011
    Get there before 10 PM... Read more
  • Shawn A.
    Shawn AndersonMarch 7, 2011
    fun bar with great live music
  • Justin T.
    Justin TaylorAugust 13, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    If you can't get in, check out the Victorian
  • Michelle M.
    Michelle MoralesNovember 19, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The Bathtub Gin Rocks!!
  • Jessica Y.
    Jessica YoMay 17, 2011
    Wow. Careful, it's very very dark down there!
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