Santa Monica, CA

In The Mood For a Good Happy Hour? Try '1212'

Dayana Sabatin

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If you ever find yourself in the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica shopping your life away, then please take a break and head on over to 1212 Santa Monica for a good bite and good drinks.

"The open, two-story space incorporates a mixture of modern and traditional elements that make for a dynamic yet comfortable dining experience. Encompassing a sweeping 10,000 square feet with virtually no obstructed views, the first floor houses the restaurant’s main bar and dining area; upstairs, a wrap-around balcony offers additional seating, while a secondary dining and bar area functions as both an after-hours lounge and private event space.
A bow-truss ceiling from which over 100 copper drop lights hang is a focal point of the space, and accents such as warm woods, textured stone, and colorful tiles provide additional warmth.
Patio seating is also available on the main floor, and a glass façade (complete with bi-fold doors) creates a natural synergy with the bustling energy of the Promenade."

The Happy Hour is from 5 PM to 8 PM Monday through Thursday, 5 PM to 6 PM on Fridays, and 4 PM to 6 PM on weekends. Wine is $7 and cocktails are $8. The spicy margarita is made with monte Alban infused serrano peppers tequila, prickly pear cactus puree and house-made sour.

Mambo splash has Cruzan coconut rum, fresh orange juice, pineapple juice and house-made sour.

If you're a wine lover try their spiced sangria with cabernet sauvignon, apple cider, seasonal tropical fruit and fresh citrus.

In terms of their happy hour menu food options, the edamame is $6, they have amazing mushroom arancini with crispy risotto rounds, wild mushrooms, and an herb truffle sauce, and they have great parmesan french fries.

The menu doesn't end there though, while I've only tried the things mentioned above they also have popcorn shrimp with a spicy miso glaze, cheeseburger sliders with cheddar, pickles and Russian dressing, chicken wings with a crispy garlic chili oil, shrimp dumplings tuna nachos and a charcuterie cheese board with a selection of meats and cheeses.

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