There is no shortage of chandeliers, taxidermied wildlife and comfortable lounge spots from which to view a Turner Classic Movie at Basement Tavern, an intimate, subterranean bar below Main Street's The Victorian event space. A selective list of craft beer and cocktails, written colorfully on a chalkboard-painted wall, is improved upon only by the discounted prices during happy hour (5 to 8 p.m. daily). The crowds that show up for live music at 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays will assure you that word has gotten out on the best kept secret in Santa Monica. 2640 Main St., Santa Monica. (310) 396-2469, —Erika Bolden

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