September 19th, 2012: Big Dean’s “Muscle In” Cafe

WEDNESDAY, September 19th, 2012

Big Dean’s Cafe
1615 Ocean Front Walk
Santa Monica, CA 90401

We’re often asked, "What makes a dive?," to which we typically reply with a lengthy explanation about the price of drinks and what’s coming out of the juke box. But a bar’s character, among both owners and patrons, is of paramount importance. Every dive is unique and whether a cantankerous, rodent-harboring Chinese owner is the draw (Hop Louie) or a matronly, Scottish woman (Speak Easy), it’s the people behind the counter who bring each establishment to life.

Big Dean’s in Santa Monica has been home to our annual summer spectacular for the past 6 years for this very reason. Encapsulating the very essence of a laid-back surfer bar, this historic watering hole is the beach equivalent of a visit to Granny’s house at Christmas. From T.J., the owner, to Mary-Francis, head bartender/Goddess of Lager, the warmth and hospitality of the staff cannot be over-stated.

Each year, Big Dean’s stays open hours past closing time just for the World Dive Bar Tour, keeping both food and drink flowing well into the night. Their generosity and kindness deserve our thanks–so, let’s show them how much they mean to us by PACKING THE JOINT. (This is not meant to be a cannabis reference, but given the venue it’s very apropos.)

Come hungry. The burgers and fries are amazing. Come thirsty. The Coors Light come in a variety of plastic cups from Large to Big Gulp. Come with friends and let’s party. Summer’s almost over. Let’s go out with a bang!

Don’t let the beach location or proximity to the pier deter you. There is plenty of parking in the new Santa Monica Place parking structure at 2nd and Colorado. There is street parking if you’re lucky enough to find some. Finally, there is a beach parking lot next door to the bar, but it technically closes at sunset.

Because Big Dean’s is being kind of enough to stay open late for us, we’ll begin the revelry an HOUR EARLY at 8pm. As usual, It’ll get real interesting by 10. Come for one venti Bud Light, 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!

The World Dive Bar Tour Executive Committee

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