Sunday, February 1, 2015

Get Crafty

The Craftsman is your new Santa Monica go-to


The tool brand Craftsman makes manly-man things like lawnmowers, hammers, and drill kits.
All things you probably shouldn’t operate at The Craftsman bar, officially open now.
Formerly known as gastropub The Yard, the space has been lightened up to look like the living room of a beach house. Think sea green walls and vintage sofas facing into old drafting tables, backdropped by old surfing footage from a pull-down projection screen. 
Underneath the drafting tables, you’ll find games -- Taboo, Jenga and Connect Four -- all things you should operate here. Especially under the influence of the Rosetta Stoned, a whiskey and scotch blend, summer-ified with lemon and orgeat. (It's an almond syrup with hints of orange and rose -- we had to ask, too.)
Challenge an opponent to a game and bet not in money but sliders. There are seven kinds, created by a former Campanile chef, and one even has a pork sausage patty and a fried egg. Don't lose.
Oh, and if you get bored with games of the board variety, this place even has old-school, arcade-style Donkey Kong tables.
In which case, it’s cool to throw hammers in here. Fiery ones even.

The Craftsman
119 Broadway (at 2nd), Santa Monica
(310) 395-6037

Price: 3 (out of 4)
Noise: 3 (out of 4)
Parking: Street and garage
Scene: Anti-corporate Promenade fringe; afterhours service industry types
Best bets: Sliders; candy bars; Rosetta Stoned
Hot seat: At one of the arcade tables or the lounge area in the middle
Nearby: BOA; Blue Plate Oysterette; Shangri-La

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