Bordered by the Pacific, the Palisades and the 405, Santa Monica is home and host to every shade of bar and every breed of drinker. Tourists may be our bread and butter, but they're also the bane of our existence, and we prefer our drinking establishments to be minimally invaded by camera toting, directionally confused, Hawaiian shirt wanderers. From a classic dive with the best scotch west of the Mississippi to a wine bar that supplies Scrabble on Sundays and a subterranean cocktail session supervised by the mounted head of a buck, we toured the bars of the West Side to bring you the best drinking holes in Santa Monica. All photos by Colin Young-Wolff.
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The Top 10 Bars in Santa Monica