Venice Beach Bars: Our Favorite 10 for Seaside Fun
Venice Beach is the king of seaside nightlife. Whether you're looking for a fun bar crawl or a high-class experience, this place will not disappoint!
Venice Beach is known for its relaxed setting and lively nightlife. The city is filled with all kinds of people, cultures and fun at all times of day. After you catch some high tide and lie out on the beach, catch a cold one at any of the great bars Venice Beach has to offer. Don’t know where to start? Keep reading to discover the must-visit bars of the beach boardwalk of Venice Beach, California.
If you want to experience what it’s like to enjoy some traditional German food on the beach, head over to Wurstküche and take in the liveliness of a modern adaptation of the German beer hall. Here you’ll be able to sit at long tables and drink one of 24 beers on tap. Looking to enjoy some delicious food while you drink? Order some of the menu’s exotic sausages, ranging from rattlesnake and duck to rabbit and alligator. Listen to the local DJ spin some records and watch the hall transform from an afternoon restaurant into an energy-filled nightclub!
625 Lincoln Blvd., Venice; (213) 687-4444
If you’re looking for the perfect hipster hangout while you’re in Venice Beach, look no further than The Otheroom. Settled in a modern industrial area, this low-lit indie hangout was cool before we said it was. This local lounge is known for having a wide variety of craft beer mixed in with a premium wine menu. Equipped with delicious pear cider and paired with a yummy Niman Ranch Burger, this eclectic hotspot will be just what you need to enjoy a day in Venice Beach.
1201 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice; 310-396-6230
If you’re out at Venice Beach and looking for a break from the traditional beach bar, stop in at Zinqué and enjoy some delicious French food and drinks! From ratatouille and beef carpaccio to quiche lorraine, you can taste test a little bit of every French-influenced dish Venice Beach has to offer. Zinqué is a quaint bistro with an amazing wine bar that will having you coming back for more every evening. If you’re looking for a mix of cultures and treats, Zinqué is definitely for you!
600 Venice Blvd., Venice; (310) 437-0970
Hinano’s slogan is “burgers and beers at the beach” and that pretty much sums it up. Hinano is a very laid-back, cash-only bar along the Venice Beach boardwalk. Hinano must have a pretty good reputation, because they’ve been serving up fresh, world-famous burgers and delicious, cold beers since 1962! Jim Morrison has even claimed it as his favorite Venice hangout spot! The bar contains pool tables, a jukebox, TVs ready for college sports and of course, free popcorn. Hinano also hosts local, live band Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings!
15 Washington Blvd., Venice; (310) 822-3902
Venice Ale House
Are you a beach-goer with a taste for craft brews? Venice Ale House is the perfect spot for anyone with a great appreciation for local brews. Venice Ale House is set up specifically so patrons can enjoy the sunset with a little bit of food and a whole lot of brew! They owners at Venice Ale House offer organic farm-to-table dining options, including a large selection of vegan dishes! With local food comes local brews, and Venice Ale House does NOT disappoints. With over 30 different brews, there is definitely something for everyone.
2 Rose Ave., Venice; (310) 314-8253
The Venice Whaler
Looking for some variety in your Venice Beach experience? Look no further than the Venice Whaler! With FIVE comprehensive menus—brunch, summer food, crab shell drinks, upstairs drinks and takeaways—you’re sure to fall in love with a boardwalk favorite. Wanting some table side entertainment? You got it! The Venice Whaler offers nights filled with karaoke, jazz, electronic dance, rock & roll, tropical house and top hits music, along with local performances on the weekends!
10 W Washington Blvd., Venice; (310) 821-8737
Established in 1915, Townhouse is the oldest bar in Venice and it’s stayed around for good reason! After operating as The Del Monte, a speakeasy during Prohibition, Townhouse operates out of two floors, serving hand-crafted cocktails to patrons. Townhouse has a mix of nightlife energy and classic bartending to bring together a terrific blend of old and new. Townhouse mixes delicious wines and spirits with wonderful live music, comedy shows and burlesque performances to give clients a wonderful taste of 100 years of Venice’s boardwalk bar culture.
52 Windward Ave., Venice; (310) 392-4040
Close to Hotel Erwin, Larry’s Restaurant is a historic bar within close proximity to the beach boardwalk. Larry’s Restaurant is named after SoCo artist Larry Bell, and carries with it all of his contagious personality and energy. If you’re looking for scenery and a great menu, Larry’s is for you! Larry’s food menu is packed with delicious appetizers, fresh grill items and yummy desserts (tiramisu, anyone?), with a relaxed collection of cocktails sure to delight everyone in the group!
24 Windward Ave., Venice; (310) 399-2700
If you’re headed over to the iconic Abbot Kinney Boulevard, don’t miss your chance to stop by The Brig, situated on the boulevard for over 60 years. The Brig hosts nightly entertainment to make sure that your night is anything but boring. The Brig offers sports and DJs every night, with a special party on the first Friday of every month. Looking for a bite to eat? You don’t have to go anywhere! The Brig hosts food trucks on a neighboring lot so you can have all of your evening fun in one place!
1515 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice; CA (310) 399-7537
High Rooftop Lounge
Looking for dinner and drinks with a view? Check out High Rooftop Lounge! Located inside Hotel Ervin, High Rooftop Lounge is sure to be a hit with you and your friends. Enjoy a cool sip of a Blood Orange Julep or Sonoran Sun, or maybe a chill blonde brew. Trying to warm up? Maybe a warm drink of Mexican Spiced Hot Chocolate or a Lemon Apple Toddy is for you. For the more expensive tastes, High Rooftop Lounge also offers a High Roller drink menu and an extensive wine menu to pair with your dinner of fresh seafood or delicious food straight off the grill.
1697 Pacific Ave., Venice; (424) 214-1062.
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