From artisanal cocktail lounges to blue-collar beer joints, Santa Monica offers a watering hole for everyone. And happy hour provides an ideal time to explore the city’s diverse nightlife scene. Raise a glass to some of the cities best in happy hour deals.

Areal (happy hour 4–7 p.m.) sits on the “Ocean side” of Main Street, just a short walk from the beach. Look for deals on house wines, bubbly, and beers, as well as small plates, such as grilled pomegranate-molasses steak sandwiches.

Rusty’s Surf Ranch (happy hour 4–7 p.m. Mon–Fri) has anchored the Pier with laid-back vibes and great deals on cold drinks and spicy appetizers since the mid-90’s. Order Bud drafts for just $3 and signature blue iguana margaritas for $4.

Vino headlines at Bodega Wine Bar (happy hour 5–7 p.m. Mon–Fri, 10 p.m.–close Sun–Thu), where wines by the glass and soju drinks are $6. Local pints ring up for $4, along with deep discounts on wood-fired pizzas and apps like tangy wings.

Drop into Wilshire Restaurant (happy hour 5 p.m.–close Mon–Fri, 5–7 p.m. Sat) for succulent bar bites including steak tartare, wild mushroom flat bread, and fried chicken sliders. Local beers like Santa Monica Brew Works Wit go for $4, or you can order martinis and specialty drinks for $8.

The Upper West (happy hour 5–7 p.m. Tues–Sun, 5–10 p.m. Mon) boasts 16 choices on a $10-and-under “bar eats” menu. Lamb nachitos and Thai peanut noodles pair nicely with eight signature cocktails, a sparkling wine, and a double IPA, all $6 apiece.


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