Category Archives: Handlebar Happy Hour

Breeze Bike Share turns ONE TODAY!

And have we got some Awesome Stats to share!

Once year of Breeze, 43,261 Active Subscribers / 274,504 Trip - equaling 630,580 Miles Breezed / 556.057 pounds of Carbon Reduced / 25,233,213 Calories Burned / Savings of $365,735

Breeze Bike Share launched November 12th, 2015 with epic fanfare and an ocean of green – Today we celebrate 1 year of Breeze, LA County’s 1st Bike Share System with a Fun Community Ride and an Open House Handlebar Happy Hour at Breeze HQ! To help celebrate, enjoy FREE RIDE TME* on Breeze Bikes all day today Saturday, November 12th.

If you would like to join us on a community bike tour around Santa Monica, we will experience our cool bike network of buffered and green bike lanes with great company — RSVP below! The bike tour ends at Breeze HQ with an Open House & Handlebar Happy Hour refreshments. We come together to celebrate Breeze Bike Share, and our community joyfully coming together after an election where voters resoundingly came out in support of affordable housing, schools, transit & parks!  Come check out Breeze HQ, meet the crew, and celebrate Breeze! Always family Friendly!

Community Ride

When:   Saturday, November 12th
When:   2:00 pm meet , 2:30 pm roll out
Where:  Ride Leaves from 17th Street Expo Station

Open House: Handlebar Happy Hour

Where:  Breeze HQ, 1631 Colorado Ave, Santa Monica
When:   4:30 – 6:30 pm

Eventbrite - Breeze 1 Year Celebration: Community Ride & Handlebar Happy Hour

Questions about the event email us at: info@SMSpoke.org


Ride time on Breeze Bikes will be free* all day Saturday, November 12th.

  • Monthly, Annual, and Student members will not be charged for riding over their daily ride time amount.
  • Pay-as-you-go members will not be charged for their ride time.

Not a member? Give it a try by signing up for a FREE Pay-as-you-go membership at breezebikeshare.com or download the Social Bicycles app.
Get it on Google Play   Get it on App Store

For more information on Breeze Bike Share visit: breezebikeshare.com or call 310-828-2525

*Out-of-hub and Out-of-System Area fees still apply during the promotional period. 


In the News:
CITY MANAGER CALLS FOR UNITY AND CELEBRATION AT BREEZE’S 1ST BIRTHDAY PARTY ON SATURDAY

  #BikeSM  #GoSaMo #BikeLocalSM  #BikeLocal

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Save the Date November 12th: Celebrate Breeze 1 year Anniversary!

Breeze 1 year Celebration

Breeze 1 Year Celebration:
Community Ride & Handlebar Happy Hour

Breeze Bike Share launched November 12th, 2015 – Come celebrate 1 year of Breeze Bike Share with a Fun Community Ride and an Open House Handlebar Happy Hour at Breeze HQ! To help us all celebrate the one year anniversary, ride time on Breeze Bikes will be free* all day Saturday November 12th.

Join us on a community ride around Santa Monica, experience our cool bike network of buffered and green bike lanes with great company! We will end the ride at Breeze HQ with Handlebar Happy Hour refreshments. Come check out the facility, meet the crew, and celebrate Breeze!  Always family Friendly!

Community Ride

When:   Saturday, November 12th
When:   2:00 pm meet , 2:30 pm roll out
Where:  Ride Leaves from 17th Street Expo Station

Open House: Handlebar Happy Hour

Where:  Breeze HQ, 1631 Colorado Ave, Santa Monica
When:   4:30 – 6:30 pm

Eventbrite - Breeze 1 Year Celebration: Community Ride & Handlebar Happy Hour

Questions about the event email us at: info@SMSpoke.org


Free Rides on Breeze!

Ride time on Breeze Bikes will be free* all day Saturday, November 12th.

  • Monthly, Annual, and Student members will not be charged for riding over their daily ride time amount.
  • Pay-as-you-go members will not be charged for their ride time.

Not a member? Give it a try by signing up for a Pay-as-you-go membership at breezebikeshare.com or download the Social Bicycles app.
Get it on Google Play   Get it on App Store

For more information on Breeze Bike Share visit: breezebikeshare.com or call 310-828-2525

*Out-of-hub and Out-of-System Area fees still apply during the promotional period. 

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October Handlebar Happy Hour: The Albright

This Month Handlebar Happy Hour: The Albright

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End of every month we like to get together for fun, and to celebrate all things bike.bike_local_sticker
Always fun, always family friendly!
Socialize, talk bikes, give input ….
We’ll be treated to some specials


DAY:     Wednesday
DATE:   October 26th
TIME:    5:30pm -8pm
PLACE: The Albright
258 Santa Monica Pier, SM 90401


Celebrate #BikeLocalSM, our Buy Local SM businesses, happy hour + new friends at these monthly events!  Learn about upcoming local bike events + find out about and connect with us at SM Spoke…as we visit and introduce you to some of our Buy Local SM businesses.  Eat Local, Drink Local, Buy Local AND Bike Local SM!

This month, we’re excited to visit a Santa Monica Pier Institution. The Albright is honored to be the longest running restaurant on the Santa Monica Pier which also happens to be the birthplace of the beloved American icon, Popeye the sailor-man.

As always our Handlebar Happy Hours are a Family Friendly Events. Come one and all!

#HBHH #BikeLocalSM #BikeSM #SMSpoke #DrinkLocalSM #EatLocalSM

September Handlebar Happy Hour: Border Grill

boarder-grillThis Month Handlebar Happy Hour : Border Grill!

End of every month we like to get together for fun, and to celebrate all things bike.bike_local_sticker
Always fun, always family friendly!
Socialize, talk bikes, give input ….
We’ll be treated to some specials


DAY:     Thursday
DATE:   September 29th
TIME:    5:30pm -7pm (HH $)
PLACE:  Boarder Grill Santa Monica
1445 4th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401


Celebrate #BikeLocalSM, our Buy Local SM businesses, happy hour + new friends at these monthly events!  Learn about upcoming local bike events + find out about and connect with us at SM Spoke…as we visit and introduce you to some of our Buy Local SM businesses.  Eat Local, Drink Local, Buy Local AND Bike Local SM!

This month, we’re excited to visit our “Too Hot Tamales” and Master Chef Champions + to celebrate a Buy Local SM institution.  To view the Happy Hour specials >

As always our Handlebar Happy Hours are a Family Friendly Events. Come one and all!

#HBHH #BikeLocalSM #BikeSM #SMSpoke #DrinkLocalSM #EatLocalSM

August Handlebar Happy Hour: Gilbert’s El Indio, August 31st

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End of every month we like to get together for fun, and to celebrate all things bike.bike_local_sticker
Always fun, always family friendly!
Socialize, talk bikes, give input ….
We’ll be treated to some specials
•  $12 Pitchers of Margaritas
•  $ 5 food menu items


DAY:     Wednesday
DATE:   August 31st
TIME:    5:30pm -7pm (HH $)
PLACE:  Gilbert’s, El Indio
2526 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405,
On the patio – lock up out front or welcome to bring your bike in!


Established in Santa Monica in 1974 Gilbert’s El Indio is casual, friendly, Mexican Restaurant + Bar that feels like home. They are a Buy Local Business

Think Santa Monica First
….  Buy “Bike” Local

Bike Local, Buy Local – Eat/shop/play local by bicycle!  It’s fun, healthy and good for the environment.  Join us for our monthly Handlebar Happy Hour events (generally the last week of the month, check the Calendar!) organized in partnership with Buy Local SM to help showcase our BLSM businesses and the joy of bicycling!

For every $10 spent at a Santa Monica business, as much as $7 stays in the community through taxes, payroll and other expenditure (Civic Economics, 2008).  Spending locally ensures that your sales taxes are reinvested right here in Santa Monica.
Check out the Top 10 reasons to Buy Local 

Handlebar Happy Hour: Tonight at The Upper West

Celebrate Bike Month! Each week this month we visit Buy Localism Most Loved Santa Monica Happy Hour Finalists.

The Upper WestThis week we visit The Upper West in the Pico Neighborhood.

See Happy Hour food and drink specials on the event page HERE


Day:    Thursday
Date:   May 26th, 2016
Time:  5:30pm – 7:00pm (HH prices)
Place:  The Upper West
3321 Pico Blvd


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Come celebrate all things bike. socialize, talk bikes, give input ….
Have FUN!

Log miles over smiles and learn how to join the Nation Bike Challenge and ride for Team Bike Santa Monica
Learn about all the great events for Bike Month and Bike to Work Week!bike_local_sticker

Bike Local!

Bike Week LA: Thursday May 19th #BTWD

Santa Monica Bike to Work Day Pitstops 2016 & our
6th Annual Bike FROM Work Handlebar Happy Hour at Areal Restaurant

Bonus: This year we have TWO to visit! Public Bikes at 2714 Main Street 90405 is also hosting a Handlebar Happy Hour supporting SM Spoke!
5:30-7:30pm 

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Did you take the pledge? 
If your ride is long or a full day at work makes it a challenge to pedal home, go multi-modal: , Big Blue Bus joins Metro (and other transit) to offer FREE rides to bicyclists all day on May 19th. Bring your bike or helmet on board a Big Blue Bus and you can ride for free.

Full list Bike Week, Bike Month & Bike Local SM Specials 2016

Santa Monica Spoke and Local EVENTS Listed 

Free ride time on Breeze Bike Share May 19th – 21st

2016, Santa Monica Bike to Work Pit Stops:
Metro LA Pitstop Map

note: if you know of other Pitstops not listed – lets us know and we will add them!
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City of Santa Monica, the grand-daddy of all Bike to Work Pit Stops! 6-9am, Santa Monica City Hall, 1685 Main Street, there will be giveaways, continental breakfast, hot and cold beverages and gift packs for bikers, also lots of bicycling information. Organized by City of Santa Monica in partnership with METRO and Santa Monica Spoke.
Local Business partner with this pit stop:
     • The Albright –  258 Santa Monica Pier  90401 free treats!  http://thealbright.com
     • Yogurtland Santa Monica –  304 Santa Monica Boulevard  90401 –coupons for free
yogurt! Or stop by their store during Bike Week for coupons for 3oz off when you mention
“Bike Local SM!”  http://www.Instagram.com/YogurtlandSM

Santa Monica Spoke 7am -9am 17th and Broadway Bike to Work Pit Stop. Coffee, Juice, breakfast food and healthy snacks!

Santa Monica Spoke  9:30am – 10:30 at 1640 5th Street, south of the Expo Terminus at SM Spoke HQ.

Office of Assemblymember Richard Bloom 50th District2600 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405 Bike to Work Day Pit Stop 8:30-10:30am. Stop by on your bike ride to work, Light snacks and refreshments, legislative resources and promotional bike items.

Areal Restaurant, 10am-11pm, 2820 Main Street,
Free coffees & fountain drinks as well as refilling of water bottles. 20% off any food purchase by mentioning that you biked to work

Crossroads School, 7-10am, 1729 21st Street (just south of Olympic Blvd),
Cold drinks, snacks, water, giveaways FUN

GIANT SANTA MONICA –  2411 Main Street 90405
Save 10%-15% off MSRP on select bikes + accessories. Free Bike Safety Checks. Free $40 Helmet with $400 Bike Purchase.  http://www.giantsantamonica.com/en-us/

Moore Ruble Yudell –  933 Pico Boulevard  90405 Bike to Work Pit Stop on Thursday,  from 7-9 a.m.  http://www.moorerubleyudell.com

Next Salon –  2400 Main Street  #C3 90405  Bike to Work Pit Stop from 7-9 a.m.
$20.00 gift card to Main Street Santa Monica bikers to use any time at Next Salon. http://www.nextsalon.com

Natural Resources Defense Council 1314 2nd St, Santa Monica, CA 90401 Bike to Work Day Pit Stop from 10am-3pm. Water station, bike pump and granola bars

Helens Cycles,  6:30-10AM, 2501 Broadway, 90404 Free bike safety checks, water bottles coupons, information, Bonk Breaker Bars & drinks out in front of the store! http://helenscycles.com

Colorado Center, 8-10am, 2400 Broadway, Corner of Broadway and Cloverfield – Water and Giveaways!

Santa Monica College, Center for Environmental and Urban Studies, 8am – 10am, 1744 Pearl Street, Across the street from 1744 Pearl Street, in the bike parking corral area, The SMC Bike Club will be providing a pit stop for students and other commuters riding out to or around the West Side. Roll on over forbagels, coffee, parfaits and fruit.

Santa Monica Bike Center, 7:00 am – 12:00 pm, 1555 2nd Street (corner of 2nd and Colorado) Come visit our Pit Stop on Thursday, We will have juice, coffee, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, bike maps, and informational materials!

Cynergy Cycles, 2300 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, 90404
Bike Week:
FREE Safety Checks on all brands of bikes, 20% off Helmets, 10% off all Bike Accessories BOGO on select Road Tires www.cynergycycles.com

Bike Attack SANTA MONICA –  2400 Main Street Thursday May 19th 
15% off MSRP on select bikes & accessories. Free Mini-Tune-up. Free Kali Helmet with $400 Bike Purchase.  www.bikeattack.com

Bike Attack Electric+ –  2904 Main Street Thursday May 19th
15% off MSRP on select electric bikes & accessories. Free Mini-Tune-up. Free Kali Helmet with E-Bike Purchase.  www.electricbikeattack.com

IZIP Store, 9am – 6pm 2830 Main St: (90405) 10% off Accessories and Services. Free Safety Checks (use promo code “RIDE2WORK”) 

Please check back here or the event Calendar for more listings & specials!

Join the National Bike Challenge: Ride for team BIKE SANTA MONICA

Handlebar Happy Hour: The Craftsman, May 12th

Celebrate Bike Month and Breeze Bike Share SIX Month Anniversary since launch!!  Special Breeze Giveaways!

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Now 6 Months after Launch November 12th!

Come celebrate all things bike. socialize, talk bikes, give input ….
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Log miles over smiles and learn how to join the Nation Bike Challenge and ride for Team Bike Santa Monica
Learn about all the great events for Bike Month and Bike to Work Week

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This month we visit Buy Localism Most Loved SM Happy Hour Finalist each week.
This week we visit The Craftsman Bar and Kitchen, downtown – 119 Broadway


Day:    Thursday
Date:   May 12th
Time:  5:30-8:00pm

May: National Bike Month, National Bike Challenge & More!

MAY: NATIONAL BIKE MONTH IS HERE!!!

TheLEAGUE-BikeMonthMay is National Bike Month, sponsored by the  League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling — and encourage more folks to giving biking a try.bike_month_250x250

Whether you bike to work or school; ride to save money or time; pump those pedals to preserve your health or the environment; or simply to explore your community, National Bike Month is an opportunity to celebrate the unique power of the bicycle and the many reasons we ride.

Each year the number and diversity of Bike Month celebrations continues to grow, accelerating the momentum around bicycling nationwide.

Join us for the National Bike Challenge 

The National Bike Challenge is a nationwide event uniting thousands of current bicyclists — and encouraging countless new riders. In its simplest form it is a logging center for users to record miles ridden and be part of the national community of bicyclists. It is a free and easy way to challenge yourself, colleagues and the greater community to ride more. Users compete on a local, state and national level. The year the Challenge aims to unite 75,000 riders to pedal 35 million miles from May 1, 2015 until September 30, 2015. Now in its fourth year, the Challenge is a successful partnership between the PeopleForBikes and Kimberly-Clark’s Scott Natural Brand.

PeopleForBikes owns, operates, and maintains the National Bike Challenge website. PeopleForBikes mission is to making bicycling better for everyone by uniting millions of riders, thousands of businesses and hundreds of communities..

Join the Challenge and ride for team Bike Santa Monica!NBClogo-SCREEN

After you sign up for the National Bike Challenge. and create your account – join team Bike Santa Monica!

The National Bike Challenge officially starts May 1st. We are already warming up in April – don’t wait join now! This year there are 4 apps you can choose from to record your participation. Visit the app gallery here. IT”S EASY!

May 4th: National Walk Bike to School Day
& Bike it Walk it Week Santa Monica

Bike Walk to School

The first-ever National Bike to School Day took place on May 9, 2012, in coordination with the League of American Bicyclists’ National Bike Month. Almost 1,000 local events in 49 states and the District of Columbia joined together to encourage children to safely bicycle or walk to school.

The event builds on the popularity of Walk to School Day, which is celebrated across the country – and the world – each October. Many communities and schools have been holding spring walk and bicycle to school events for years. National Bike to School Day provides an opportunity for schools across the country to join together to celebrate and to build off of the energy of National Bike Month.

Bike it Walk it Week Santa Monica, May 2nd -6th

Santa Monica and Malibu schools celebrate Bike it Walk it Bus it Week May 2nd-6thth. Join the fun by contacting SRTS Coordinator Cory Keen, your PTA President or the Bike it Walk it Bus it coordinator at your school to find out about how you can participate.

SMMUSD Bike it Walk it

  • Lincoln Middle School: May 4th
  • Franklin Elementary: May 5th
  • Will Rogers Learning Community: April 29th
  • Edison Language Academy: May 4th
  • Grant Elementary: May 5h 
  • John Muir Elementary: May 5th
  • SMASH: May 5th
  • McKinley Elementary: May 4th – 6th
  • Roosevelt Elementary: May 3rd
  • John Adams Middle School: May 5th
  • Samohi: May 18th

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Bike Week / Month 2016

Bike Week LA is an annual week of community events sponsored by Metro and local advocates all over the County of Los Angeles to promote bicycling as a sustainable and practical mode of transportation. Check Metro website for events all over LA.  In Santa Monica we have you covered, to get connected in your area look up LACBC, or your areas LACBC Local Chapter.

Santa Monica Spoke we will again participate and host rides and events through out the week! More info on these rides and events is coming soon Check out our Event Calendar for the latest. Here is an overview of Metro Events some of what we have planned locally to get you excited!
More are being added – check calendar for updates! 

  • Nation Bike Challenge Begins. Log miles over smiles from May 1st to September 30th. Join Team Bike Santa Monica in this National Competition. More info online.
  • Sunday, May 1st – Gear Up! as we launch Bike Month! Get ready to ride, learn to pedal safely, and win free stuff! 11am-2pm McKinley School, 2401 Santa Monica Blvd
  • May 2nd – 6th – Bike it! Walk it! Bus it! to School – SMMUSD. For more information contact Cory.Keen@smgov.net
  • Sunday, May 1st – Adult Learn to Ride bike class. For more info and to sign up visit smbikecenter.com/services/bike-classes/
  • Every Wednesday Camp Coffee, #CoffeeOutside at Ballona Creek 7:00-8:00am. Bring your camp brew kit or ready made, It’s a great way to start your day. On the jetty at the end of Ballona Creek Bike Path past the bike bridge.
  • Wednesdays in May Bike Maintenance Workshop – 4 part series, Santa Monica Bike Center , more info visit smbikecenter.com/services/repair/
  • Every Thursday in May Handlebar Happy Hour – Celebrate all things bike as we explore our Santa Monica Buy Local, Bike Local business. This month we visit the Most Loved SM Happy Hour Finalists. Areal, The Craftsman, Rusty’s and Upper West.
  • Sunday, May 8th LA Bike Festival: Grand Park, Downton Los Angeles
    CycloFemme Rides
  • Thursday, May 12th, BREEZE BIKE SHARE Handlebar Happy Hour 6 Month Anniversary Celebration at The Craftsman Bar and Kitchen
  • Friday, May 13th Big Blue Bus Buy One Get One stock up on your BBB fare!
  • Saturday, May 14th Expo II Bike Path Ride info as confirmed at SMSpoke.org
  • Sunday, May 15th CicLAvia Southeast Cities 9am-4pm ciclavia.org

Bike LOCAL WEEK Santa Monica 

  • Sunday, May 15 – Breeze Bike Share Community Ride & Bike Route Tour 10am – noon, meet at 17th Street Expo station.
  • Meatless Monday, May 16 – Ride & Fundraiser to the Veggie Grill We meet at Colorado Center Park at 5:30 to ride (or meet us) at Veggie Grill, 2025 Wilshire blvd
  • Tuesday, May 17th Ladies Choice Women and Biking discussions over morning coffee at Sidecar Donuts  — 7:30am to 9am, 631 Wilshire Blvd, SM
    12th Annual Blessing of the Bicycles
  • Wednesday, May 18th Special Edition Bike Week Camp Coffee #CoffeeOutside at Ballona Creek 7:00-8:00am. Bring your camp brew kit or ready made, It’s a great way to start your day. On the jetty at the end of Ballona Creek Bike Path past the bridge.
    Guided SM City Bike Tour. We’ll check out the new Esplanade & cycle track, then ride some of the great bike facilities that earned Santa Monica its Silver Level Bike Friendly City Designation. We ride to a bonus Handlebar Happy Hour, location tbd
  • Thursday, May 19th is Bike to Work Day! Sponsored by Metro Visit our website for a full list of Santa Monica pit stop locations. We will be at City Hall as well as several other locations.
    Bike From Work Handlebar Happy Hour: TWO in Santa Monica! We will be at Areal 2820 Main Street Main St and Public Bikes 2714 Main St is hosting a Bike From Work Handlebar Happy Hour that benefits Santa Monica Spoke. WOOT!! So FUN and so close – you can do BOTH!
    People on bikes Ride Metro and Big Blue Bus for Free today!
    Visit metro.net/bikes/bike-month/ for Bike events all over LA County
    Free ride time on Breeze Bike Share Thursday May 19 to Saturday May 21
  • Friday, May 20th Opening Expo II light rail line and Expo II Bike Path. Festivities are scheduled for noon at 4th Street Terminus station – smgov.net/expo
    Expo Trains are FREE Friday & Saturday, May 20th & 21st
    Bike to the Movies / Date Night at the Laemmle Theater. Meet at the 4th Street Expo Station and ride to the movies at Laemmle Monica Theater. Time tbd
  • Saturday May 21st Expo II Station Parties. Visit all three stations, each is themed differently – we plan to be at all three stations. This historic event is one not to be missed. 10am-4pm all stations.
  • Sunday, May 22nd Santa Monica Spoke Family Bikes on Expo Tour. Let’s go multi-modal with the whole family. We start at 17th Expo Station take a short ride on the Expo II Bike Path and then jump on Expo to Exposition Park for a short ride around the Rose Garden, then back to Santa Monica. Fun for the whole family. Start time planned for 10am, final details posted to the website soon.
    Bike + Train Tour SM Learn to connect bikes to transit with PUBLIC Bikes & Sustainable Streets, free Breeze ride and tap card! 10am- 4pm meet at 2714 Main St.
    Intermediate Learn to Ride bike class. For more info and to sign up visit smbikecenter.com/services/bike-classes/

Close out Bike Month with Bike Night at Union Station! 

  • Friday, May 27th Bike Night is more than just bikes: music from Jungle Fire,    raffles and games, awesome prizes from Public Bikes and Tern Bicycles, and the highlight of the evening, a bicycle fashion show!

Join the National Bike Challenge: Ride for team BIKE SANTA MONICA

More Bike Week, Bike Month & Bike Local SM Specials posted “linked here” soon!

April Handlebar Happy Hour: Solidarity

April Handlebar Happy Hour goes international with a visit to Solidarity!!

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End of every month we get together for fun, to celebrate all things bike.bike_local_sticker
Always fun, always family friendly!
Socialize, talk bikes, give input ….
Next month we launch the National Bike Challenge for 2016!


DAY:    Wednesday
DATE:   April 20th
TIME:    5:30pm -7pm (HH $)
PLACE: SOLIDARITY
1414 Lincoln Boulevard, Santa Monica,


Polish Food & Happy Hour on the Back Patio!
SOLIDARITY is a locally-owned business supporting other local business by buying locally and supporting fellow SM businesses! They are a Buy Local Business