I'll skip this one in the future
I've been to this place twice. The first time around, it was a Thu night. The place was packed with a lot of good looking women from UCLA. Drinks at the bar were served promptly and the staff was generally attentive. The bartender did overcharge me on my credit card. Here's the deal - when you close your tab at the bar, they don't give you a list of drinks you've had through the night. Instead, they give you the total amount. I'm sure the bartenders get away with this with a lot of drunk people, but it's something to watch out for. Luckily, the numbers didn't make sense to me and I asked for a list, they gave it to me and then adjusted the bill accordingly. The excuse was that they had thought someone else (who wasn't even sitting at the bar with us) was on our tab as well. Nice try.
The second time, it was a Sunday night - not too many people in the place. Staff was generally friendly and attentive. There were a couple of drunk, old, Irish men sitting on one end of the bar, one of whom proceeded to make blatantly racist remarks to someone at the opposite side of the bar. This went on for a while and when another customer at the bar got annoyed the bar tender stepped in and said the old man was drunk and that he was friends with him. He kept serving this obviously drunk person more beers instead of cutting him off. So, I guess if you're old, white and drunk, you've got a friend at the bar who is willing to back you up when you display your full bigoted self in public. Oh, and I went through the same issue at the bar with my tab this time as well.
There are better places in Santa Monica to spend my money, Busby's isn't one of them.