Santa Monica Bars & Nightlife
Bars & Nightlife neighborhood
217 Broadway, Santa Monica
We love the choose-your-own-cocktail method practiced here: Pick your spirit, a fruit or veggie, and some herbs, and resident mixologist Vincenzo Marianella will whip you up a delicious cocktail. They also have some pretty rad signature drinks if you'd rather not work for it, and the $5 price tag during happy hour is inarguably awesome.
Esters Wine Shop & Bar
1314 7th St., Santa Monica
Historically, LA hasn’t been known for wine bars, but a recent surge of wine-centric openings, including Cassia’s sister spot Esters, is changing all that. Being that it’s a partnership between Josh Loeb and Zoe Nathan (Huckleberry, Milo & Olive, Rustic Canyon) and longtime collaborator and wine expert, Kathryn Coker, the highly curated booze offering is supported by an elegant menu of charcuterie, local and imported cheese, and more substantial dishes like grilled cheese and avocado toast. And as gorgeous as the interior of the Deco building that houses it may be, the best seats in the house are on the outdoor patio. The tiny on-site market is hostess/birthday/thank you gift heaven.
101 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica
When you daydream about moving to California and lounging in a beach house, the image you conjure probably looks something like the Bungalow. Its notable address on the corner of Wilshire and Ocean means that the west side hang-out has a solid view of the Pacific, with the décor to match—the shaded patio is dotted with hammocks, relaxed couches, and white-washed Adirondack chairs gathered around cozy fire pits. They also lay definitive claim to the best margarita in this part of town. Unfortunately, the secret's out about this spot, so the lines can get long on Fridays and Saturdays—we'd only recommend it for a weeknight or Sunday afternoon.
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