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Restaurant and Bar in Manhattan Beach, California

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A Quick Tip by Butter

  • Jan 14, 2011
A Manhattan Beach institution. Where else can you watch multiple games while playing quarters or flip cup, then watch the sun set, over the Pacific, then chase it all down with a signature Fanta shot. Can smell like stale beer, but that's part of the charm. Bonus points for vending machine in men's bathroom.
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Quick Tip by . March 22, 2011
posted in MBlocal
My favorite old school watering hole has an unbelievable dinner item...the Volleyballer's Special: a teriyaki chicken breast, baked potato and salad for $7.95....you would think it was from the Charthouse. Steak tacos are great too!
Quick Tip by . May 17, 2010
posted in MBlocal
Good place for a quick beer on a hot day. Not the best for its nightlife though. Beaches across the street must be rubbing off on it...
Quick Tip by . May 12, 2010
posted in MBlocal
never had breakfast here... i'm giving this rating based on it's location and dive bar essence. yes, i said "dive bar essence"
Quick Tip by . April 02, 2010
posted in MBlocal
One of the few places that serve pitchers of beer. Drinks are stiff. 180 bombs! MB Locals beach bar.
Quick Tip by . March 26, 2010
posted in MBlocal
Quintessential Manhattan Beach
Quick Tip by . March 14, 2010
posted in MBlocal
Fanta shots and pitchers of beer. A Rx for happiness (and morning headaches).
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The Shellback Tavern came to life as The Knothole and then The Surf after World War II. Famous for their pizza and reasonably priced drinks, the location became an instant hit on the beach bar scene. The original owners were Don Hartsong and Ed Jamison. In 1973 local bartender Richard Swartz and his partner Jim Korshall purchased the bar and renamed it the Shellback Tavern. Jim sold his interest to former Hermosa councilman Jack Wood. Jack sold to local resident and patron Steve Petroff in 1976. Steve and Richard remained partners until May of 2000. Manhattan Beach native Bob Beverly took over ownership in 2000 and still owns the Shellback today.
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Address: 116 Manhattan Beach Blvd Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Phone: (310) 376-7857
Hours: Mon-Fri 11 am - 2 am; Sat-Sun 9 am - 2 am
Cuisine: Dive Bars, American
Price: $$
Attire: Casual
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