With two new cocktail meccas opening up within a couple months of each other, it seems like Santa Monica's all of a sudden become a viable "Where are we going to go to actually drink-drink tonight?" option.

For the next time you consider it, here are our definitive CliffsNotes on where to drink in SaMo.

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This is one of those 'two new cocktail meccas', and it's got drinks from the crazy-lauded dude who established the bar program at Picca and Rivera, all with the added fun of serving drinks in bottom-lit lightbulbs with straws (!). The food (oh, they've got that, too) is all made to match the booze, so you'll get a red snapper crudo along with the pictured-above fig/gin/strawberry Red Light Special.

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The OTHER one of those 'two new cocktail meccas' is this newness from the original drink peeps behind La Descarga. Here, they're coming in hot with dimly lit brick walls and a curated drink menu with cocktails like the bourbon-based Blackberry Honey Sour, as well as a killer draft beer list.

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Not to be confused with The Library Bar Downtown, or The Library Bar at the Roosevelt, The Library Alehouse has long been a Main St staple, thanks to an epic beer list curated by a certified cicerone. Whatever you do, don't get so distracted by beer that you forget about the nuts-good burgers -- especially the Hell Burger topped w/ jalapeño, habanero, and ghost pepper aioli.

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Just off the promenade is this date-friendly cocktailery, which has an amazing happy hour with $5-6 mixology-ish drinks from 5:30-8pm, Tues-Sat, and all day on Monday.

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The most classic bar on the Westside (and probably in all of LA) is this steak-serving, seaside shanty shack. It's got an overwhelmingly charming nautical theme, overwhelmingly delicious filets, and overwhelmingly strong drinks.

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Thanks to inexpensive pours and a knowledgeable staff, this wine-focused bar (don't worry, they've also got beer) has become a Santa Monica staple. Their happy hour is no slouch either, with $6 wines and apps from 5-7pm, M-F, and again from 10pm-close, Sun-Thurs.

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Jam-packed, like, always, this post-college hang has got killer brunchness (pretzel croissant sandwich FTW!), an also-great drinks list with a decent craft lineup (Magic Hat!), and classic cocktails, which are knocked down to $5 if you're well-ing it up for happy hour (which you will be).

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A longtime Thrillist favorite for their beer selection and whiskey selection, The Daily Pint's one of those bars you can't believe actually exists. They take their boozing seriously, but are clearly set up for maximum fun with pool, shuffleboard, darts, and more to keep you active between sips.

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The sort-of-hidden Tavern (it's underneath that giant Victorian house on Main St) is best known for having long lines for cover bands on weekends, but that's not a fair break: they've also got a fantastic cocktail program, with amazing Moscow Mules and rotating chef specials.

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"A 1960s, retro-themed bar paying tribute to Charles Bukowski" is how the owners self-describe this comfy, inland drinkery, and they've done an admirable job paying homage to the ultimate writerly boozeman, with a massive draft list and nuked White Castle cheeseburgers. Yep.

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Let's say it's time for you to impress someone -- a lady friend, a man friend, a friend-of-a-friend, whomever. You're like, "I'd like to take them for a drink where they can have the absolute best view of the Westside of Los Angeles in a setting that feels like it was ripped from a DiCaprio movie". Then you take them here. And you are allllll set.

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Right by the promenade is this two-story standby, which has happy hour starting at noon (NOON!) on weekdays, a breezy & enormous bar (with $5 lunch specials), and pretty-frikking-good food and booze, including super-great Jidori fried chicken & the ginger/mint/Buffalo Trace "Jumping Jack Flash".

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No bull (and no nonsense), this British pub is one of those places that could have been airlifted in from Jolly 'Ol, landed in Santa Monica, and set up shop. Like its also-great countryman Ye Old King's Head, it attracts both looking-for-home-and-terrible-teeth ex-pats and fratboys alike, thanks to a party-ish attitude, cheap drafts, and, uh, probably name giggleability.

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Jeff Miller is Thrillist LA's Senior City Editor, and can't wait for the Subway To The Sea. It's gonna happen someday, right? Sigh. Anyway, he's at @thrillistla on Twitter and @jeffmillerla on Instagram.

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1. The Chestnut Club 1348 14th St, Santa Monica, CA 90404 (Santa Monica)

From the folks behind Black Market and Scopa, The Chestnut Club is a Santa Monica bar with upscale drinks and rare spirits, especially brown ones. The best part of the bar? You'll escape the flip-flop-wearing, pier-bound crowds heading down Santa Monica Boulevard as you sip your drink in a relaxed and refined space with dim lighting, dark wood, leather sofas, and exposed brick.

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2. Copa D'Oro 217 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401 (Santa Monica)

Darkly lit, mid-sized, and old-world detailed (tiled floors, exposed brick, candlelit booths), Copa's a menu-less cocktail emporium dedicated to making exclusive-to-you drinks, helmed by a former Providence 'tender.

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3. Chez Jay 1657 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401 (Santa Monica)

Chez Jay is a great lounge/steakhouse/place to get some deliciously salty peanuts with a strong libation.

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4. Brick + Mortar 2435 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405 (Santa Monica)

This gastropub boasts a menu dotted with Spanish-inspired additions (tortillas, guajillo chili sauce, chile relleno with black beans) for breakfast and inventive toppings like green curry chicken on pizza. Outdoor seating with umbrellas amps up the relaxed vibe of the space.

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5. The Daily Pint 2310 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405 (Santa Monica)

This SM dive has surprisingly impressive whiskey flights, craft beers, and SHUFFLE BOARD!!

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6. Basement Tavern 2640 Main St., Los Angeles, CA 90405 (Santa Monica)

Located beneath the Victorian, this dimly lit basement bar (accessed through a semi-secret parking lot entrance) features lounge seating, chandeliers, and taxidermy-lined walls. Nightly live music and great cocktails make this a go-to Santa Monica spot.

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7. Barkowski 2819 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405 (Santa Monica)

This '60s themed Santa Monica bar, which pays homage to the poet Charles Bukowski, is super laid-back, with cushioned bar stools and booths and friendly staff. They also have a great beer selection, with lots of California craft brew options.

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8. The Penthouse at Huntley Hotel 1111 Second Street, Santa Monica, CA 90403 (Santa Monica)

Lodged comfortably on the 18th floor of The Huntley Hotel, The Penthouse has views that span everything from the Pacific cliffs, to Malibu beach, to Hollywood's bright lights.

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9. Cock and Bull 2947 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405 (Santa Monica)

This British neighborhood pub in Santa Monica features big screen TVs, pool tables, and live-band karaoke. A solid selection of international beers and excellent fish & chips are definite pluses.

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10. Bodega Wine Bar 814 Broadway, Santa Monica (& other locations), CA 90401 (Santa Monica)

Located in Santa Monica, Bodega prides itself on being unpretentious about wine. A go-to date spot, the wine bar is intimate and perfect for quiet conversation over good vino and small plates. It also has an awesome late night Happy Hour starting at 10 pm.

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11. Brilliantshine 522 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401 (Santa Monica)

This is one of those 'two new cocktail meccas', and it's got drinks from the crazy-lauded dude who established the bar program at Picca and Rivera. The food is made to match the booze, which is pretty awesome.

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12. The Library Alehouse 2911 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405 (Santa Monica)

The Library Alehouse has been a Main St staple for a long, long time, thanks to an awesome beer list curated by a certified cicerone. Whatever you do, don't get so distracted by beer that you forget about the nuts-good burgers -- especially the Hell Burger topped w/ jalapeño, habanero, and ghost pepper aioli.

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13. The Misfit 225 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401 (Santa Monica)

The Misfit has a sprawling bar that begins its happy hour at NOON on weekdays and has both delicious food and drink menu offerings. If you're looking for a cocktail, try the Jumping Jack Flash, which is both what happens when you wear your short shorts to gym class and a concoction made with ginger, mint, and Buffalo Trace.

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