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    2 of us heading over from Dublin, Ireland arriving in SM on Tuesday 13th.
    Can anyone recommend some good bars for some pre festival boozing in the area?

    Don't want any crappy VIP clubs.. just some cool bars with some good rock n roll. would be cool to hook up with any other fellow travelers before the madness!

    cheers

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    Shangri-la hotel bar. Check it out
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    You know a festival is in the process of dying when you start to see sports jerseys there....

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    Check the LA bar/club thread in misc lounge.

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    The Daily Pint
    2310 Pico Blvd
    Santa Monica, CA 90405

    House of Billiards
    1901 Wilshire Blvd
    Santa Monica, CA 90403

    Sonny McLean's
    2615 Wilshire Blvd
    Santa Monica, CA 90403

    These are three bars from the top of my heard that are unpretentious and pretty low key. There are a lot of fancy bars around SM too but I get the impression you are not looking for that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tezman;
    The Daily Pint
    2310 Pico Blvd
    Santa Monica, CA 90405

    House of Billiards
    1901 Wilshire Blvd
    Santa Monica, CA 90403

    Sonny McLean's
    2615 Wilshire Blvd
    Santa Monica, CA 90403

    These are three bars from the top of my heard that are unpretentious and pretty low key. There are a lot of fancy bars around SM too but I get the impression you are not looking for that.
    I LOVE the Daily Pint! It's awesome! A definite choice. Being a local I hate most of the bars and that is one of my faves. I also like the arsonal on pico
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    I'm actually like 2 blocks from the Daily Pint right now. Been there a few times. I like it. There's a couple Irish pubs in Santa Monica called O'briens... one is on Main St and the other is on Wilshire blvd... both are good. Check out the Good Hurt on Venice blvd for live bands. 14 Below on Santa Monica blvd. was closed for a while, but just opened back up and they have bands as well. Trip on Lincoln blvd. has bands. If you're not driving to Indio on Thursday then you should check out the turtle races at Brennans on Lincoln blvd in Venice. Fun times!

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    I'm dining with Lord and Lady Krebs on the Thursday night and am looking for a plus one. Then driving over on Friday morning.

    Actually this is all true (except for the plus one that is). Now I'm off to play with my trains, whilst Hobson draws my bath.

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    Quote Originally Posted by juloxx View Post
    Shangri-la hotel bar. Check it out
    I work right next to the Shangri-la and I didn't even know they had a bar.
    Is it decent?

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    Renees

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    love shangri-la pool/bar
    cant go wrong with anything on abbot kinney- the otherroom or the briggs are fun spots
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    Daily Pint is great.

    I'm fond of the Library Alehouse.

    ...but we've had this convo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by profchaos View Post
    Renees
    hahaha you must be under age

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    The Joker on Pico.
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    cheers guys! Ive a feeling the next 20 days are going to drag.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by ProEdge View Post
    I work right next to the Shangri-la and I didn't even know they had a bar.
    Is it decent?
    The bar itself is alright, but its a really cool atmosphere. They got a lot of fine honeys workin all round and there is a nice pool area thats got some good music spinning. Very nice place to post up and down a couple of drinks.
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    Don't watch Conspiracy Theory while on mushrooms.
    You know a festival is in the process of dying when you start to see sports jerseys there....

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    How much for drinks at Shangri-la?

    I'll be staying at the hostel nearby on Tuesday and Wednesday.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 3n60r63d View Post
    hahaha you must be under age
    And why would that be? Have you been there during the week it's chill as fuck... weekends are crazy and I never go there then.... I'm 26 how old are you just curious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by profchaos View Post
    And why would that be? Have you been there during the week it's chill as fuck... weekends are crazy and I never go there then.... I'm 26 how old are you just curious.
    If you didn't know Renees is notorious for serving underage folks. That's where we all went.
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    Quote Originally Posted by juloxx View Post
    The bar itself is alright, but its a really cool atmosphere. They got a lot of fine honeys workin all round and there is a nice pool area thats got some good music spinning. Very nice place to post up and down a couple of drinks.
    Haha. Yeah I can see some of those pool honeys from our building. As Borat would say, "Niiiiiice!"

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    I’ve heard O'Briens is good.

    Hard to pass up a half and half along with those sausage rolls at ye old kings head though. Just in there on Monday.



    Quote Originally Posted by TonyMostyn View Post
    I'm dining with Lord and Lady Krebs on the Thursday night and am looking for a plus one. Then driving over on Friday morning.

    Actually this is all true (except for the plus one that is). Now I'm off to play with my trains, whilst Hobson draws my bath.
    What a shame. I am tempted to oblige. I however have a previous engagement with an new acquaintance. His name is Dawsey and will be arriving by steam ship from Guernsey on that very Thursday.
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    Quote Originally Posted by profchaos View Post
    And why would that be? Have you been there during the week it's chill as fuck... weekends are crazy and I never go there then.... I'm 26 how old are you just curious.
    21. yeah that place is pretty chill i actually quite like it. its just that everyone i know who is underage goes there to drink.

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