May 2nd, 2012: El Texate

WEDNESDAY, May 2nd, 2012

El Texate
316 Pico Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90405

This week we visit a Santa Monica hole-in-the-wall, El Texate. Frequented mostly by the locals from the surrounding beach community, this restaurant/bar serves respectable, slightly over-priced Oaxacan fare yet drinks cheap enough to warrant status as a dive. As one of our few dinner/dive spots, we highly recommend showing up early to eat and make friends with the waitresses who will be serving your drinks for the rest of the night.

Don’t come here expecting to play billiards or darts, as there is no room in the cozy dining and bar area. However, what El Texate lacks in entertainment it makes up for in character, teleporting you from a dull neighborhood street to an authentic Mexican oasis. The walls and ceilings are adorned with traditional mexican decor from sombreros to panchos, pictures of cacti and men on horseback. El Texate also features an outdoor dining patio, but you’ll still have to stand off the premises - 30 feet from the entrance, in the middle of the street - to legally smoke a cigarette.

Plenty of lot and street parking. Cash and Credit accepted.

As usual, the casual debauchery starts around 9PM and gets really interesting by 10:00. Come for one drink, or stay for one too many. Bring anyone and everyone, and join us for a great time in the middle of the week. If you arrive early or late, look for the people having a damn good time (it’ll be us), or start having a damn good time on your own (we’ll find you).

Carpe Drink’em,

Damien, host

for the World Dive Bar Tour Executive Committee

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